Concerned about a lack of what she considers to be wholesome entertainment, Shirley sets out to make a religious film and asks Abed for help. However, Abed is consumed in the project, which evolves into a gratuitously meta study of the relationship between Jesus and God, with Abed himself in the starring role. Shirley worries about the blasphemous implications while Abed sweeps the rest of the school into his vision.
Meanwhile, Pierce grows fed up with being the "child" of the study group despite being the oldest member and joins the "hipsters", a trouble-causing clique of other senior citizens.
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The Community episode "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples" provides examples of:
- Against My Religion: Subverted: Abed does not object to making a Christian movie as a Muslim: as a filmmaker, he does.
- Aside Glance:
Abed: This is the movie.
- Audible Sharpness: Parodied when Shirley picks up a (wooden) baseball bat.
- Batter Up: Shirley uses a baseball bat to trash Abed's set.
- Crying Wolf/Playing Sick: Leonard's comrade Richard continually says, "Where am I? What year is this?" and the rest of the seniors laugh at this genius ploy of getting out of trouble. This leads to a Tear Jerker moment towards the end when Pierce and the others discover Richard is actually suffering from dementia, and may or may not have been previously faking.
- Designated Parents: Jeff and Britta even moreso than usual, although Jeff tries so hard to defy this. Pierce plays the role of the rebelling teenager and Annie is the concerned younger sister.
- Dresses the Same: In The Tag Abed and Troy both Speak In Unison with and dress the same as Jeff. Annie apparently wanted in on the gag too, but got stuck in traffic and arrives just after the joke has ended.
- Even Pierce Has Standards: After Richard crashes the Dean's stolen car, Leonard tells the rest of the group to run, but Pierce willingly stays behind to look after Richard, who it's just been revealed is suffering from dementia.
- Everybody Is Jesus in Purgatory: In-universe. Abed's idea for a viral video for Shirley's church was a film about a filmmaker who was making a film about Jesus who realized that he himself was Jesus having a film made about him.
- Freudian Slip: That's Dopey.
- Friendship Moment: Abed makes a new, actually serviceable Jesus rap video for Shirley.
- Funny Background Event: Jeff awkwardly dancing in the background in the pre-opening credits scene.
- Jesus Delusion: Abed comes uncomfortably close to it.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: How Abed reacts after reading the New Testament.
- Joins to Fit In: Pierce's reason for becoming a Hipster.
- "Last Supper" Steal: Abed and his production crew.
- One-Woman Wail: A female vocalist ululates Abed's name for a sort of joking Biblical epic effect many times throughout the episode, then in the "dramatic" ending, the singer eerily wails Shirley's name.
- Pretty Boy: Jesus!Abed.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: This episode is The Man With the Movie Camera WITH RELIGIOUS SUBTEXT.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Leonard and his elderly clique, the "Hipsters", so called because they all have replaced hips.
- Shrouded in Myth: "I heard it's the same film backwards and forwards."
- Stop Copying Me: Jeff's reaction to the Dresses the Same gag.
- Team Dad/Team Mom: The roles are the most obvious with Jeff and Britta, but the entire study group plays the "concerned family" in Pierce's B-plot.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Pierce joining the Hipsters leads him to lash out at his true friends, destroy school property and be an accomplice to motor vehicle theft.