This episode provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: This episode introduces Duff Killigan, and is the only episode featuring him as the solo villain.
- Didn't Think This Through: Bonnie apparently hadn't anticipated having to continue doing the hard work she had done to gain the position of cheerleading captain in the first place, also not realizing all the pressures and responsibilities that go into being the head of an extracurricular activity.
- Failed a Spot Check: Both Kim and Will fail to notice Killigan's exploding golf ball landing right between them while they're reading up about him on their communicators. Good thing Ron didn't.
- Feet of Clay: Although Will Du is said to be Global Justice's top agent, and maintains a professional attitude throughout the episode, he turns out to be pretty much useless in the field.
- Hidden Depths: This episode proves that Bonnie's truly passionate about cheerleading and that she's (surprisingly) competent enough to actually lead and motivate their squad, and even comes up with some pretty good routines and gets the squad cool new uniforms (that are only seen in this episode). The only thing she couldn't handle was simply having to continue doing the hard work she had done to gain the position in the first place.
- Hypocritical Humor: At the end, Kim complains about how Will is arrogant and can't conceive that anyone can actually do something good on their own, unaware that is the exact same attitude she's had towards Bonnie for the entire episode.
- Improvised Weapon: Kim and Duff both fight with Dual Wielding golf clubs—Kim wins, naturally.
- Ironic Echo: As noted below under Kidnapped Scientist, Will believes that Dr. Green was kidnapped for his weapons skills, but Kim reminds him that Dr. Green was a weapons expert in the 1960s, and points out that literally anyone can look up his now-obsolete work in a place like a library or even on the internet. Later, after they finally rescue Dr. Green, Will asks him about any weapons secrets that Killigan may have stolen from him, but Dr. Green casually admits, "[Killigan] could look up my work in any public library."
- Kick the Dog: First thing Will Du does upon meeting Ron is paralyze him and Rufus with his stop watch because he came within one foot his person.
- Kidnapped by an Ally: Kim's introduced to Global Justice by being suddenly dropped down a trapdoor into a pneumatic tube.
- Kidnapped Scientist: Played with—as previously mentioned, Dr. Green was a weapons-expert in the 1960s, but his once-top secret missile defense system is of no real significance in the current decade. Kim and even Dr. Green himself point out to Agent Du that virutally anyone can look up Dr. Green's work at a place like a public library—what Killigan really wants is the super grass-growing formula that Dr. Green had developed in his free time as a hobby.
- Never Say "Die": Averted.Kim: Mr. Killigan, put down the golf clubs!
Killigan: Yeh'll have to pry them from me cold, dead hands!
- No-Sell: Will Du's stopwatch merely bounced off Killigan when he first tried using it. It worked the second time, though.[Will tries using his stopwatch on Killigan. It bounces off.]
Killigan: Are yeh daft, lad?
- Palette Swap: As previously mentioned, one of the things Bonnie does is get their cheerleading squad new uniforms—while the other cheerleaders go crazy for them, the uniform itself is simply a color-switched long-sleeved version of the original MHS-uniform.
- Pretender Diss: Will Du is quite disdainful of Team Possible, believing that world-saving confrontations with villains should be left to trained professionals like the employees of Global Justice.
- Quicksand Sucks: Duff has this around his castle lair.
- Reality Ensues/Wanting Is Better Than Having: While Bonnie succeeds in becoming the new cheerleading captain, she initially figures that she's done with all the hard work she had done to gain the position—it's not until Kim herself points it out that Bonnie realizes all the pressure and responsibilities that come with being the captain. After seeing how upset Bonnie with her second thoughts about being the captain, Kim and Ron both figure that likely won't last that long—probably only about two weeks to a month.
- Shout-Out: "Check it out Killigan's Island".
- Kim warns Bonnie that trying too hard at cheerleading will make her spontaneously combust. What would ever give Kim that idea?
- Status Quo Is God: The next time we see all the cheerleaders together, Kim's back to being the captain of the squad, so Bonnie obviously gave the captainship back to Kim (most likely very grudgingly).
- It's possible that Kim realized beforehand that Bonnie most likely wouldn't be able to handle the pressure and responsibilities of actually being the cheerleading captain.
- Likewise, the new cheerleading uniforms that Bonnie got for the squad are never seen again after this episode—in fact, the MHS-cheerleaders keep their original uniforms until Ill-Suited, in which they finally get new uniforms that stay that way for the rest of the series.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The whole relationship between Kim and Will.
- You're Insane!: Will calls Killigan this when it's revealed that he plans on turning the entire planet into his own personal golf course.