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: As mentioned above, Bonnie apparently didn't realize that she'd have to continue doing the hard work she had done to gain the position of cheerleading captain in the first place.
- 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 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 on the internet or even in a place like a library. 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, "He 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, and his once-top secret missile defense system is of no real significance in the current decade. Kim and Dr. Green himself even point out to Agent Du that 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, and while the other cheerleaders go crazy for them, they're merely just color-switched, long-sleeved versions of their original uniforms.
- 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: At the end of the episode, Bonnie succeeds in becoming the new MHS-cheerleading captain (with the surprise of Kim supporting her), and is genuinely excited about it...but figures that she's done with the hard work she had done to gain the position in the first place. It's not until Kim points out that with Bonnie being the captain now, the hard work is really only just beginning, that Bonnie realizes the pressure and responsibilities of actually being the captain—and Bonnie starts having obvious second thoughts. Ron thinks that Bonnie will only last a month as the captain, but Kim gives her "two weeks, tops."
- 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).
- 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.