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* MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial: Inverted in regards to the timelines and who's designated to fetch the pizza. The timelines where Annie, Shirley, and Britta are sent to get the pizza are used for exposition and are generally uneventful. The timelines where Troy and Abed get the pizza are the ones with the most devastating consequences, and the timelines where Pierce and Jeff get the pizza are the ones with the most optimistic outcomes.


* LethalChef: Shirley insists on making her homemade pizzas despite the study group having already ordered one via delivery, implying they were of dubious quality (even when they don't get burned). It's probably this reason and Jeff trying to prevent cooking from being Shirley's dominant characteristic that they actively avoid eating them.

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* LethalChef: Shirley insists on making her homemade pizzas despite the study group having already ordered one via delivery, implying they were of dubious quality (even when they don't get burned). It's probably this reason and Jeff trying to prevent cooking from being Shirley's dominant characteristic that they actively avoid eating them. In one timeline Britta ends up eating them anyway because she was high as a kite, making her forget her promise to Jeff as well as altering her taste buds.

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* LethalChef: Shirley insists on making her homemade pizzas despite the study group having already ordered one via delivery, implying they were of dubious quality (even when they don't get burned). It's probably this reason and Jeff trying to prevent cooking from being Shirley's dominant characteristic that they actively avoid eating them.

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: When Annie falls down in Timeline 5, Pierce gets out of his seat presumably to help her up. This moves him right into position to get shot.


* ActuallyPrettyFunny: In the prime timeline, Abed catches the dice and calls Jeff "a devious son of a bitch" for rigging the game so he would never have to get the pizza. Jeff gives a roguish grin as the study group playfully calls him out for being classic Jeff. Despite Jeff banging his head and the gang calling it karma, he's amused on seeing them dance to "Roxanne".

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: In the prime timeline, Abed catches the dice and calls Jeff "a devious conniving son of a bitch" for rigging the game so he would never have to get the pizza. Jeff gives a roguish grin as the study group playfully calls him out for being classic Jeff. Despite Jeff banging his head and the gang calling it karma, he's amused on seeing them dance to "Roxanne".



* BrickJoke: Several, given the "alternate timelines" nature of the storylines. In the first few timelines, everyone who goes to the door to get the pizzas makes a point of noting what a creepy weirdo the pizza delivery guy was. So of course, when it's Britta's turn, she falls madly in love with him at first sight and they get engaged.

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* BrickJoke: Several, given the "alternate timelines" nature of the storylines. In the first few timelines, everyone who goes to the door to get the pizzas makes Annie and Pierce make a point of noting what a creepy weirdo the pizza delivery guy was. So of course, when it's Britta's turn, she falls madly in love with him at first sight and they get engaged.



** The Indiana Jones temple replica. In each timeline, Abed catches the boulder before it goes over the table...except in the darkest one, where Annie trips on it, triggering DisasterDominoes.
** Troy finds a gun in Annie's purse in the timeline where she goes downstairs. In the darkest timeline, the purse falls to the floor when Annie trips and the gun goes off, shooting Pierce in the leg (a wound that he apparently dies from).
** Pierce brings a bottle of strong Serbian rum to the party, while Britta smokes a joint in the bathroom in every timeline she goes there. In the darkest timeline, the bottle breaks and Britta accidentally drops the joint onto the liquor, setting it on fire.
%% * ChekhovsArmoury. The boulder, the gun, the high-proof rum, Britta's joint, and the [[ChekhovsGift troll doll]] each as their own ChekhovsGun.

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** The Indiana Jones temple replica. In each timeline, Abed catches the boulder before it goes over the table...except in the darkest one, where Annie trips on it, it due to him leading Britta to the bathroom, triggering DisasterDominoes.
** Troy finds a gun in Annie's purse in the timeline where she goes downstairs.downstairs, which freaks out Jeff. In the darkest timeline, the purse falls to the floor when Annie trips and the gun goes off, shooting Pierce in the leg (a wound that he apparently dies from).
** Pierce brings a bottle of strong Serbian rum to the party, while Britta smokes a joint in the bathroom in every timeline she goes there. In the darkest timeline, the bottle breaks due to Annie crashing into the table and causing it to fall on the ground and Britta accidentally drops the her joint onto the liquor, setting it on fire.
%% * ChekhovsArmoury. ** The boulder, the gun, the high-proof rum, Britta's joint, and the [[ChekhovsGift troll doll]] each as their own ChekhovsGun.doll that Pierce gifts Troy comes into play in a few different timelines. Troy ignores it in the first timeline due to being concerned about Annie's gun, is terrorized by it due to Pierce's mean-spiritness in three other timelines, and ultimately [[BreadEggsMilkSquick eats it]] in the Darkest Timeline, destroying his larynx.



* DancePartyEnding: The prime timeline ends with Jeff going to get the pizza downstairs. Thus Britta can start singing "Roxanne" and everyone starts dancing.

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* DancePartyEnding: The prime timeline ends with Jeff going to get the pizza downstairs. Thus Britta can start singing "Roxanne" and everyone starts dancing.dancing and singing along.



* DisasterDominoes: Timeline 5. Troy hurriedly leaves the apartment for the pizza delivery he dislodges the rolling boulder from the "Raiders" set model which lands on the floor Annie trips on it and falls into the coffee table, smashing Pierce's bottle of overproof rum Pierce jumps up from the game table in panic and Annie's purse hits the floor a gun inside it fires, shooting Pierce in the thigh and hitting an artery as the others frantically try to stop the bleeding, Britta steps out of the bathroom, and as she gapes in alarm the marijuana cigarette she's smoking falls and ignites the rum. Eventually, one is dead, one is driven mad from guilt, one lapses into chronic drunkenness, one's larynx is destroyed, one loses an arm in the fire, one thinks [[MultiversalConqueror they should invade the Prime Timeline,]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking one dyes a strand of her hair blue]].

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* DisasterDominoes: Timeline 5. Troy hurriedly leaves the apartment for the pizza delivery he dislodges the rolling boulder from the "Raiders" set model which lands on the floor Annie trips on it and falls into the coffee table, smashing Pierce's bottle of overproof rum Pierce jumps up from the game table in panic and Annie's purse hits the floor a gun inside it fires, shooting Pierce in the thigh and hitting an artery as the others frantically try to stop the bleeding, Britta steps out of the bathroom, and as she gapes in alarm the marijuana cigarette she's smoking falls and ignites the rum. Eventually, one Pierce is dead, one Annie is driven mad from guilt, one guilt and locked in a mental hospital, Shirley lapses into chronic drunkenness, one's Troy's larynx is destroyed, one Jeff loses an arm in the fire, one thinks Abed puts on a mustache and decides [[MultiversalConqueror they should invade the Prime Timeline,]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking one Britta dyes a strand of her hair blue]].


* ChekhovsGun:
** Literally, Annie's gun which is shown off in timeline 1 only to go off in another (third act).
** The Indiana Jones temple replica. In each timeline, Abed catches the boulder before it goes over the table... until the timeline where Troy gets the pizza and the boulder causes DisasterDominoes.

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* ChekhovsGun:
** Literally, Annie's gun which is shown off
ChekhovsArmoury: Several items introduced in the first act converge to create the darkest timeline 1 only to go off in another (third act).
(Timeline 5, where Troy goes downstairs):
** The Indiana Jones temple replica. In each timeline, Abed catches the boulder before it goes over the table... until except in the darkest one, where Annie trips on it, triggering DisasterDominoes.
** Troy finds a gun in Annie's purse in
the timeline where Troy gets she goes downstairs. In the pizza darkest timeline, the purse falls to the floor when Annie trips and the boulder causes DisasterDominoes.gun goes off, shooting Pierce in the leg (a wound that he apparently dies from).
** Pierce brings a bottle of strong Serbian rum to the party, while Britta smokes a joint in the bathroom in every timeline she goes there. In the darkest timeline, the bottle breaks and Britta accidentally drops the joint onto the liquor, setting it on fire.


* PrimeTimeline: Jeff's die roll determining which of their seven-man party goes downstairs to get the pizza is immediately lampshaded by Abed to generate six different timelines. We then see six different versions of the night. After these, Abed catches the die and commenting that Jeff had left himself out of the count, and the group sends him downstairs instead. This results in the best and happiest version of the evening. In TheTag, the group that had lived out the darkest version of the evening considers this one the "Prime Timeline", and Evil Abed schemes to return there.

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* PrimeTimeline: Jeff's die roll determining which of their seven-man party goes downstairs to get the pizza is immediately lampshaded by Abed to generate six different timelines. We then see six different versions of the night. After these, these are shown to the audience, Abed catches generates a seventh outcome by catching the die and commenting that Jeff had left himself out of the count, and count; the group sends him downstairs instead. This results in the best and happiest version of the evening. In TheTag, the group that had lived out the darkest version of the evening considers this one the "Prime Timeline", and Evil Abed schemes to return there.


* AddictionDisplacement: Baking is heavily implied to be one of several hobbies that Shirley took up as a replacement for alcohol. [[spoiler:When the housewarming party ends in disaster in the Darkest Timeline, she goes back to drinking.]]

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* AddictionDisplacement: Baking is heavily implied to be one of several hobbies that Shirley took up as a replacement for alcohol. [[spoiler:When When the housewarming party ends in disaster in the Darkest Timeline, she goes back to drinking.]]



** Jeff's line "I don't like being the bad guy any more than anybody else!" [[spoiler:In the Darkest Timeline, ''all'' of the group (including Jeff) become evil.]]
** In the first two timelines, Britta gets indignant after Abed comments that the bathroom smells weird after she uses it, and [[NoSocialSkills he asks her what she was doing in there]]. [[spoiler:Abed wasn't being socially awkward: Britta was smoking weed in the bathroom.]]

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** Jeff's line "I don't like being the bad guy any more than anybody else!" [[spoiler:In In the Darkest Timeline, ''all'' of the group (including Jeff) become evil.]]
evil.
** In the first two timelines, Britta gets indignant after Abed comments that the bathroom smells weird after she uses it, and [[NoSocialSkills he asks her what she was doing in there]]. [[spoiler:Abed Abed wasn't being socially awkward: Britta was smoking weed in the bathroom.]]



* HistoryWithCelebrity: Pierce claims he had sex on a plane with Creator/EarthaKitt.



* InSpiteOfANail: Pierce claims his Eartha Kitt story comes up organically but he actually brings it up in each timeline regardless of the topic at hand.
** Subverted when, in the GoldenEnding, the story ''does'' come up organically, but someone cuts him off two words in.

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* InSpiteOfANail: Pierce claims his Eartha Kitt story comes up organically but he actually brings it up in each timeline regardless of the topic at hand.
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hand. Subverted when, in the GoldenEnding, the story ''does'' come up organically, but someone cuts him off two words in.



* KillingYourAlternateSelf: Evil Abed hatches this plot upon deducing they occupy an evil timeline: go back to the "prime" timeline, kill their counterparts, and [[KillAndReplace assume their normal lives]].

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* KillingYourAlternateSelf: Evil Abed hatches this plot upon deducing they occupy an evil timeline: go back to the "prime" timeline, PrimeTimeline, kill their counterparts, and [[KillAndReplace assume their normal lives]].



* MileHighClub: In six of the seven timelines, Pierce shoehorns in his story about having airplane bathroom sex with Eartha Kitt.

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* MileHighClub: In six of the seven timelines, Pierce shoehorns in his story about having airplane bathroom sex with Eartha Kitt.Creator/EarthaKitt.


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* PrimeTimeline: Jeff's die roll determining which of their seven-man party goes downstairs to get the pizza is immediately lampshaded by Abed to generate six different timelines. We then see six different versions of the night. After these, Abed catches the die and commenting that Jeff had left himself out of the count, and the group sends him downstairs instead. This results in the best and happiest version of the evening. In TheTag, the group that had lived out the darkest version of the evening considers this one the "Prime Timeline", and Evil Abed schemes to return there.


* BilingualBonus: Anyone who can read Serbian (or another Cyrllic script) that pauses on the Serbian Rum bottle that Pierce brings will notice it actually says "Generic Rum", meaning that Pierce spent a lot of money for basically nothing.



%% * ChekhovsArmoury. The boulder, the gun, the high-proof vodka, Britta's joint, and the [[ChekhovsGift troll doll]] each as their own ChekhovsGun.

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%% * ChekhovsArmoury. The boulder, the gun, the high-proof vodka, rum, Britta's joint, and the [[ChekhovsGift troll doll]] each as their own ChekhovsGun.


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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Jeff's immediate reaction to Yahtzee is uncorking the Serbian rum he previously dismissed. In each timeline except for the last one, he quips that he needs a drink before he gets up and bangs his head.


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* NoodleIncident: Britta meeting, falling in love with, and getting engaged with the ugly pizza guy in the space of a few minutes.


* AbsenteeActor: This episode features only the study group, and thus neither Ben Chang, nor the recently [[PromotionToOpeningTitles promoted to the opening titles]] Craig Pelton appear.


-->'''Jeff:''' Shirley just had a mental breakdown.\\
'''Pierce:''' More like a mental-\\

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-->'''Jeff:''' Abed, Shirley just had a mental nervous breakdown.\\
'''Pierce:''' More like a mental-\\nervous-\\


** Timeline 6 ends with each member save for Abed having either awkwardness or genuine hatred of one another (and also implies that the group wouldn't be friends if not for Abed]]).

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** Timeline 6 ends with each member save for Abed having either awkwardness or genuine hatred of one another (and also implies that the group wouldn't be friends if not for Abed]]).Abed).



* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Jeff rolls a "1" on the die for Timeline 5 (the timeline where Troy leaves to get the pizza). In ''Dungeons and Dragons'', a "1" represents a critical failure, and this turns out to be indicating how this will be the "Darkest Timeline".



* HappyEndingOverride: TheStinger shows off the grim aftereffects of Timeline 5: Pierce died from his gunshot wound, Annie went mad with guilt, Shirley became a drunk, Troy destroyed his voicebox after trying to eat the troll, Jeff lost an arm in the fire, and Britta [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking put a blue streak in her hair.]]
* HeldGaze: {{Lampshaded}} by Shirley, who calls the group a bunch of horny toads making googly eyes at each other. Like in [[Recap/CommunityS1E15RomanticExpressionism Romantic Expressionism]], another set of glances go around, starting with Jeff/Annie and then going from Troy/Britta and ending with Troy/Abed (who does his eyebrow thing again.). On top of that, several of the alternate timelines have Jeff and Annie staring schmoopily at each other and every time they do so, Shirley excuses herself to check on her pies.

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* HappyEndingOverride: Spoofed with TheStinger shows showing off the grim aftereffects of Timeline 5: Pierce died from his gunshot wound, Annie went mad with guilt, Shirley became a drunk, guilt and had to be institutionalized, Shirley's alcoholism has relapsed, Troy destroyed his voicebox after trying to eat the troll, flaming troll doll, Jeff lost an arm in the fire, and Britta [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking put a blue streak in her hair.]]
* HeldGaze: {{Lampshaded}} by Shirley, who calls the group a bunch of horny toads making googly eyes at each other. Like in [[Recap/CommunityS1E15RomanticExpressionism Romantic Expressionism]], another set of glances go around, starting with Jeff/Annie and then going from Troy/Britta and ending with Troy/Abed (who does his eyebrow thing again.).again). On top of that, several of the alternate timelines have Jeff and Annie staring schmoopily at each other and every time they do so, Shirley excuses herself to check on her pies.



'''Jeff:''': ''[Brutally]'' '''''No.'''''

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'''Jeff:''': '''Jeff:''' ''[Brutally]'' '''''No.'''''



* NightmareFuel: InUniverse, Pierce's Norwegian troll doll literally gave Troy ''nightmares'' when it was placed outside his bedroom at Pierce's.

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* NightmareFuel: InUniverse, Pierce's Norwegian troll doll literally gave Troy ''nightmares'' when it was placed outside his bedroom at Pierce's.Pierce's mansion.



-->'''Jeff:''' Is charades off the table?

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-->'''Jeff:''' -->'''Jeff:''' ...Is charades off the table?



* ValuesDissonance: {{Invoked}}; Troy and Abed discuss a handbook they consulted for advice on how to act as hosts for their party. The first piece of advice was "dress to impress". The second was "avoid touchy subjects like 'the Negro problem'". Turns out it was written in the 1940s.

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* ValuesDissonance: {{Invoked}}; Troy and Abed discuss a handbook they consulted for advice on how to act as hosts for their party. The first piece of advice was "dress to impress". The second was "avoid touchy subjects like 'the Negro problem'". Turns out it was written in the 1940s.TheForties.

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** Subverted when, in the GoldenEnding, the story ''does'' come up organically, but someone cuts him off two words in.

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* AddictionDisplacement: Baking is heavily implied to be one of several hobbies that Shirley took up as a replacement for alcohol. [[spoiler:When the housewarming party ends in disaster in the Darkest Timeline, she goes back to drinking.]]

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* DrugsAreBad: Done subtly. The final timeline, [[GoldenEnding where everyone ends up the happiest]], is one of the few where Britta ''doesn't'' sneak into the bathroom to smoke weed.

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