[[caption-width-right:350:"[[ActorAllusion It's debate, not]] ''Series/AmericanIdol''."]]

Jeff joins Annie on the Debate Team. The study group finds out that Abed has been making films about them, covering events before they even took place. Pierce helps Britta quit smoking.


!!The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Debate 109" provides examples of:

* ActorAllusion:
-->'''Professor Whitman:''' Jeff, I am offering you an opportunity to spend the night drinking from the cup of life, rather than romancing your nether regions in front of [[Series/TheSoup the E! channel.]]
** When Abed makes a webseries, the actor he casts as the character based on himself is played by Sandeep Parikh, best known for his work with the webshows ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' and ''WebVideo/TheLegendOfNeil''. He's also a Website/{{Channel101}}er. Other 101ers including Jenny Flack and Kelsy Abbott play other characters in the webseries.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Jeff's head tapping to Annie which helps to keep their {{UST}} in check.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Jeff quotes Romans 3:10 in an attempt to prove that man is evil.
-->'''Jeff:''' Now, I realize that Mr. Simmons's quote was from [[DeadpanSnarker the great Franz Wickmeyer]]. Mine was just from a simple desert handyman... ''named Jesus''.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Abed can predict behavior and conversations a week in advance. [[MundaneUtility He uses this to make student films.]]
* BatmanGambit: The wheelchair-bound captain of the opponent debate team tearing up his cards and [[spoiler:launching himself in the air at Jeff. Its a huge risk, as he could hurt himself badly, but he knows that he will get the crucial proof to his argument as Jeff will instinctively catch him]]. Needless to say, when asked what this is, Abed tells Shirley:
-->'''Abed:''' It's a gambit.
* BrickJoke: The Dean makes a quick reference to the school's reputation being weakened by the men's basketball team, which everyone assumes is filled with gay men. Later in the episode, the basketball team shows up to use the gym - all of them mustachioed, in ripped shirts and short shorts, and speaking with a slightly flamboyant lisp.
* CallBack: TheTag references "Donde Esta la Biblioteca" from episode 1.02.
* CourtroomAntic: Jeff's go-to strategy fails him when he uses it in Debate and [[spoiler:his team loses the first round, 50-8 (and the 8 were to Annie)]].
* DontYouDarePityMe: Pierce, even after he stumbles into a set of drums after hurting his leg. "Don't help me!"
* FreudianSlip:
-->'''Jeff:''' We should study separately, by ourselves.\\
'''Annie:''' Yeah, that way we can be more reproductive-- ''productive''!
* GlassesPull: The opposition debate team captain at the end of his first speech. "Man is inherently... good".
* HeldGaze: One ShipTease-laden gaze happens between Jeff and Annie when Annie is letting her hair down, and Jeff stares at her in surprise. In the HeldGaze that follows after that one, this long gaze also shows a sign of Jeff's CharacterDevelopment and growing feelings for Annie since he looks at her with the most gentle, tender expression that so far no one else has seen.
* HumansAreSpecial / HumansAreBastards: The opposing debate topics.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Jeremy Simmons, the opposing debate team captain arguing that "Man is inherently... good" is a colossal douche who starts mocking Annie over her pill addiction & resorts to the above mentioned BatmanGambit when he realises he can't win the debate by actually, y'know, ''debating''.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Jeremy "Soulpatch" Simmons isn't shy about using his handicap status to win debate arguments.
* {{Jerkass}}: While a charismatic debater, Jeremy "Soulpatch" Simmons is an arrogant bully. [[spoiler:Which is why, despite him being handicapped, it's funny when Jeff ends up dropping him on his face at the climax of the debate.]]
* IMinoredInTropology: A RunningGag for Pierce. In this episode he claims to have minored in psychotherapy and offers his help to Britta who wants to quit smoking.
* LargeHam: Jeff & Simmons during the Debate. Jeff even says that mechanically reciting her argument is a detriment to Annie, and advises her to ham it up during the Debate to draw people's attention to her words.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Jeff uses this when discussing how in sync he is with Annie.
-->'''Jeff:''' It's like a great duet or great se- ... Professor Whitman!
* LettingHerHairDown: She wears her hair tied back most of the time which makes her seem sweet and adorable. When she lets her hair fall down her face in front of Jeff, she goes from being cute to '''smokin' hot''' in both his and the viewers eyes. This might also be because just after she lets her hair down, she shows off some surprising cleavage for the first time.
* MythologyGag: Possibly with the actor playing Jeff in Abed's Community College Chronicles. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, ''Community'' is based on Creator/DanHarmon's own experiences at community college, and Jeff Winger is [[AuthorAvatar based on a younger version of himself]]. Jeff Short (Abed's Film!Jeff) actually physically resembles Harmon.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Jeff had no interest in actually putting any work into preparing for the debate [[YouLeaveHimAlone until Simmons picked on Annie]].
-->'''Jeff:''' That's it; dude, we are gonna debate the living crap out of you.
* OhCrap: Abed, [[ItMakesSenseInContext after Britta tells Pierce he's a genius]].
* OrphanedPunchline: The last line of Pierce's joke in the opening scene. Although he is the only one in the room who finds it funny.
-->'''Pierce''': The housekeeper says to the guy, "We don't have a pool."
* PrimaDonnaDirector: In TheTag, Troy is not satisfied with the actors' performance and calls them out for doing a bad job. Then it's reveals they already did 35 takes of the scene.
* SaveOurTeam: The dean hopes that bringing Jeff into the debate team will finally win the college an award as he has WorkplaceAcquiredAbilities. However, in the end it's Annie who saves the day.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Shirley comes in to tell Jeff and Annie about the crazy idea Abed had that they would kiss. This leaves them awkwardly confronting their sexual tension with each other [[spoiler:and presumably gives Annie the inspiration to lay one on Jeff during the debate to defeat Simmons' gambit.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Debate
* ShipTease: Jeff/Annie. Arguably, the first real instance of chemistry between the characters. Certainly not the last.
* SimilarSquad: The cast of Abed's films.
* {{Squick}}: Invoked by Pierce - After realising Britta was merely pretending to be under a trance during their hypnotherapy sessions, he begins "abusing" his power in a deliberate attempt to get Britta to come clean by telling her that she would suddenly find herself attracted to him & willing to have a threesome in his hottub.
* StanfordPrisonExperiment: Refereed to by Jeff in his debate speech.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Jeff's confidence about his debating skills proves misplaced, succinctly described in the image caption above.
* XanatosSpeedChess: The above BatmanGambit is thwarted [[spoiler:when Annie passionately kisses Jeff, causing him to drop Simmons.]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: Jeff reminds Professor Whitman of himself, but with slightly worst hair.