Following a Spanish test, Senor Chang discovers a discarded crib sheet and threatens to fail the entire class if the cheater doesn't come forward. When Britta steps forward to take the blame, she faces a tribunal (at the campus' 'state of the art' judges table in the swimming pool facilities) which threatens her with expulsion; however, Jeff steps forward to act as her counsel, and the possibility of an intriguing defense arises.

Meanwhile, Troy has taken to messing with Abed, which backfires when Abed decides to respond in kind -- however, while Abed's own understanding of sarcasm-based humor is [[SarcasmBlind comparatively weak]], another more disturbing, alien picture of him begins to be painted.

The Dean, in yet another attempt to convince everyone that Greendale is a proper university, has commissioned a statue of alumnus Luis Guzmán to be erected on campus, and has asked Annie to arrange for the writing of a school song. Pierce convinces Annie that he is a talented songwriter, but soon finds that he might not be cut out for the role.

!!The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Advanced Criminal Law" provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion: Donald Glover's character convincing Abed that he's related to Danny Glover. Donald Glover gets this a lot in real life, apparently.
* TheBGrade: Annie has never gotten an 'F' before and reacts very poorly to the possibility of getting a zero on the test.
* BigNo: And this is how Annie reacts. Told you.
* BritishTeeth:
-->'''Chang:''' Oh, shut your pompous vortex of overlapping fangs!\\
'''Duncan:''' Hey, British dentistry is not on trial!
* ChewbaccaDefense: Jeff's attempt to invoke 9/11 in his defense of Britta. It draws audible groans from everyone present.
* CourtroomEpisode: Except the trial is held in the pool.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The alternate scenes included on the DVD have Annie and Pierce having much nastier disputes over his lack of composing talent.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Luis Guzman, noted Puerto Rican American."
* DontAnswerThat: Jeff suggests this technique for Britta's trial, but we don actually see it applied the next day.
* EscalatingWar: Abed embarks on one of these after being messed with by Troy, acting as an alien. Subverted in that Troy isn't fooled by Abed's pranks, but ''is'' increasingly concerned by Abed's ridiculously elaborate attempts.
-->'''Troy:''' Abed, stop! Stop doing this right now!\\
'''Abed:''' Whoa, whoa, I'm not an alien! ''[Giggles happily]''\\
'''Troy:''' I never thought you were. But ''this'' is insane, okay. Those are credible alien hand movements. You invented a whole language. I'm pretty sure you rented green screen. It would be less creepy if you ''were'' actually an alien.
* FeedbackRule: In the last scene there's a noticeable feedback when Pierce talks into the mic right before performing his song in public.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** When the study group play the BlameGame, Britta is the only person who doesn't explicitly deny being the cheat, foreshadowing that she ''is'' the cheat.
** When Britta wonders what's going to happen to her after she confesses to cheating, the Dean comes out of nowhere and to offer a reply. He then [[LampshadeHanging makes a note about what an entrance he just made]], offering a slight preview of how he would go on to interact with the study group.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: As the episode closes by zooming out from Pierce's musical performance, Dean Pelton can be seen lightly dancing to it.
* HowMuchDidYouHear: Abed, in an attempt to mess with Troy's head, is pretending to be an undercover alien. At one point he pretends to send transmissions while hiding behind a bush Troy is sure to walk past. When Troy comes by and overhears him, Abed asks "How long have you been standing there?" to further the illusion that he's hiding something.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Remember how, in the pilot, Britta said that her big deal is 'honesty'? Kind of hard to take ''that'' seriously when she admits she really ''did'' attempt to cheat on the test.
* HypocriticalHumor: Three examples:
** After Senor Chang has ordered the class to 'turn on' Britta, resulting in her being pelted with paper.
--->'''Britta:''' Ow! Real mature. ''[She leaves]''\\
'''Senor Chang''': ''[Childishly]'' That's right, we ''are'' mature! ''Too'' mature to sit in a class with a cheating lying poop-face!\\
''[Britta has long since left the room]''
** During the hearing [[spoiler: after Britta has admitted that she ''did'' cheat]]
--->'''Britta:''' You know I have a problem with dishonesty!\\
'''Jeff:''' ''You're on trial for cheating!''
** Leonard, swimming in the pool during Jeff's climactic speech, objects to Jeff's assertion about how everyone at Greendale is to some degree completely insane:
--->'''Leonard:''' Not me!\\
'''Jeff:''' Oh, come on Leonard. If you're gonna argue with me, put on a bathing suit.\\
'''Leonard:''' Busted!
* InsanityDefense: How Jeff saves Britta from expulsion for cheating.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Señor Chang calls out Starburns on his identity issues:
-->'''Chang''': Silencio, por favor. Starburns! That means you.
-->'''Starburns''': My name's Alex, dude.
-->'''Chang''': Well maybe you should spend 5 hours sculpting ''that'' into your face.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre:
-->'''Chang:''' And then she said "screw you!" or "screw education!" or something like that and stormed out of the room in her high-heeled boots like it was tampon time. ''If'' you know what I mean.\\
'''Jeff:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Objection. I don't know what he means.]]\\
'''Duncan:''' Please don't encourage him, Winger.
* MaleGaze: Pierce takes the opportunity to openly watch Annie's rear end as she leaves the music room where he's 'composing' the school song.
* OutOfFocus: Shirley is not involved in any of the episode's three subplots.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Chang spewing racist comments in class.
* SarcasmBlind: Abed's inability to understand being 'messed with' drives his and Troy's subplot. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d:
-->'''Abed:''' Troy invented rap music, and he's related to Danny Glover, and [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama President Obama]].\\
'''Troy:''' Hey man, that stuff I said this morning wasn't true, I was just messing with you.\\
'''Abed:''' You were lying?\\
'''Troy:''' Yeah, as a joke. You've never had somebody mess with you before?\\
'''Abed:''' Yes, just kidding, no. Like that? ...This isn't a table. ''(Laughs)'' ...That's funny.
* SelfServingMemory: Although we don't hear all of Chang's testimony at the 'trial', it's pretty clear that he's inaccurately presenting himself in the best possible light.
* ShoutOut: Chang makes a reference to [[Film/TheKarateKid Mr. Miyagi]] and his WaxOnWaxOff treatment.
* ShowSomeLeg: Chang attempts this while giving his testimony.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Chang and Duncan spend most of the trial sniping at each other.
* SmallNameBigEgo: When stating their names for the record, Chang claims to actually be a Professor. Duncan, an actual professor, swiftly argues the point. And then Jeff lampshades the fact that they're arguing over status at ''Greendale''.
* StylisticSuck: Double subverted; for the most part Abed's efforts to persuade Troy he's an alien are quite convincing and credible, and he even goes to the trouble of renting green screen to produce some reasonably convincing 'alien communicator' effects. Troy in fact cites the obvious effort that Abed is putting into his production as a reason why it's utterly insane and creeping him out. Then this trope fully kicks in when Garrett appears in a less-than-convincing alien suit badly acting the same way Abed was, unaware that Troy already knows the score.
-->'''Troy:''' You're gettin' a little sloppy.\\
'''Abed:''' We went over-budget.\\
'''Troy:''' Hmmm.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Invoked. The school song Pierce finally creates is a thinly-veiled (as in "veil, what veil?") knockoff of Bruce Hornsby and the Range's "The Way It Is". Jeff and Abed [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade all over this]].
* TakeThat: Pierce states he's no better writing songs than Annie or Music/BillyJoel.
* WhatWereYouThinking: Duncan has this reaction after it emerges that Chang had threatened to fail the entire class if someone didn't own up to cheating.