- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Averted. It appears that losing to Arcana will result in Yami's legs being sliced off (which was actually true in the original Japanese version), but censorship from 4Kids rendered the duel physically harmless. It just sends you to the Shadow Realm instead.
- Call-Back: The "every time Kaiba smiles a puppy dies" joke is continued here by putting a "+1 dead puppy" text over every shot of Kaiba smiling.
- The Dog Bites Back: Mokuba finally tells someone to shut up right back. And then apologizes for it.
- Drunk with Power: Mokuba uses his status as commissioner of the tournament to do things like demand that participants buy him a pet rabbit.
- Fanservice: This is the Dark Magician Girl's debut episode.
- Marik ends the episode by stripping just to taunt his fangirls.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Poor Bakura.Bakura: I say, Yugi, can I be in this episode? (gets sliced in half) OH BUGGERATION!
- Open Secret: The only one who thinks that the fact that Arcana is working for Marik isn't blatantly obvious is Arcana.
- Shout-Out: Yami gives a brief parody of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.