(singing)"Yes! This is adventure! We're starting to fly! We can see everything here in the sky!"
There's tension in the study group; their recent exploits have left nothing but awkwardness and hurt feelings, with the result that no one is looking at or speaking to anyone else. To break them out of their funk and get to the bottom of the problems between them, the Dean holds a puppet therapy session, and through the puppets the group recount how their collective realisation that they had collectively fallen into a rut inspired them to shake things up by going on a hot air balloon adventure. In typical fashion, this soon resulted in chaos and a lot of hidden secrets being brought to the fore...
The Community episode "Intro to Felt Surrogacy" provides examples of:
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
- Buffy Speak:
Troy: Those berries made us real talky but not real listen-y.
- Call Back:
- Cassandra Truth
Kevin Puppet: He's not what he seems!
- Comically Missing the Point: Troy, twice in quick succession.
- Don't Explain the Joke:
Shirley: There you go, treating me like Judas, judging me like Judy. You know, Judge Judy...
- False Reassurance/Exact Words: The study group's opinions of Britta's activism are unchanged by her confession.
- Funny Background Event: The Dean takes advantage of Jeff starting to speak to spoon Jeff's puppet with his puppet.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Jason Alexander and Sara Bareilles.
- Hilarious Outtakes: In place of the usual Tag, as it aired the previous week as a preview.
- Homage: Of The Muppet Show.
- How We Got Here: The episode starts in the aftermath of the balloon ride, with no one looking at or speaking to anyone else. The Dean's puppet therapy works to take the viewer how they reached that point.
- I Never Told You My Name: Played with, with the mountain man.
- Innocently Insensitive: The group believes that Pierce went crazy in the woods, but they actually just abandoned him.
- Medium Blending: Due to puppet therapy.
Britta: (to Annie) Your skin is so beautiful and soft - it's like felt...
- Muppet: The whole reason they made the episode in the first place.
- Mushroom Samba/Intoxication Ensues
- Musical Episode: To go with the puppet therapy stand-ins.
- Out of Focus: Pierce only appears as a puppet. Part of the agreement for Chevy Chase leaving the show was that he had to record his puppet dialogue.
- Racist Grandpa: Troy asks the group to avoid mentioning his relationship with Britta if they see his grandpa in Heaven.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- The Dean didn't have the puppets on hand, and Jeff is not holding a whip.
Balloon Guide: Who said anything about a runaway balloon?
- Take That:
- A jab at Jason Alexander's baldness.
Jeff: I thought my hair looked fake.
- The tag has "out-takes" of puppet!Chevy missing his cues, much as Chase had a reputation for. He left the show this episode and it sounds like someone else voicing those clips.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Jeff fears this because he bailed on a girlfriend when he learned she had a son
- Written-In Absence: Chevy Chase very publicly walked off the set and quit while the episode was still being shot. He only appears in puppet form in flashbacks this entire episode, with Troy mentioning they abandoned him in the woods when he lost his mind.