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* ComicalOverreacting: Abed doesn't take it [[{{Fainting}} very well]] when Annie messes with the dreamatorium's engine. He has the same reaction when she redecorates his and Troy's blanket room.


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* NotHyperbole: When Abed says he refuses to go to the restaurant because the manager hates ''Film/DieHard'', it at first seems like he's treating the movie as SeriousBusiness. But then his friends discover that the manager constantly and annoyingly rants about how much he hates it.


* TheRainman: "I am Abed Nadir, and I don't know a lot of things everyone else knows," while an analog clock (confirmed in "[[Recap/CommunityS3E17BasicLupineUrology Basic Lupine Urology]]"), a restaurant check, shoes with untied laces, and a pile of papers (possibly tax forms) float around.


* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Annie manipulates the Dreamatorium to add empathy. She gets what she wants: Abed has a breakdown and instead summons her other friends to simulate the kiss she wanted from Jeff. Annie refuses, and talks with Abed-Annie that just because she wants to kiss Jeff doesn't' mean it's a good idea.
* BothSidesHaveAPoint: And both sides must learn how to compromise. Abed is right to tell Annie that meddling never ends well in their group, given what happened when he tried manipulating Britta and Jeff's romance, and that she doesn't know everything. Annie also tells Abed that he can't micromanage relationships around what he wants. In the end, Annie gives an indirect apology for breaking the Dreamatorium boundaries, and Abed tries to consider others' feelings.



** The ending does offer some hope, however; Abed learns he needs to stop forcing things to try and fit how he think they should work and go with the flow more, and contrary to what he believes will happen Troy genuinely enjoys his lunch date with Britta. Ultimately, after some teething issues they both seem to benefit from moving out of their ever-so-slightly codependent relationship and spending more time with other members of the group away from each other.

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** The ending does offer some hope, however; Abed learns he needs to stop forcing things to try and fit how he think they should work and go with the flow more, and contrary to what he believes will happen Troy genuinely enjoys his lunch date with Britta. Ultimately, after some teething issues issues, they both seem to benefit from moving out of their ever-so-slightly codependent relationship and spending more time with other members of the group away from each other.



* JerkassBall: Abed and Annie grab it when Annie fixes up a lunch date between Troy and Britta. They then end up in the Dreamatorium, with Abed ending the simulation of ''Inspector Spacetime'' because Annie doesn't know enough about continuity. Abed admits he's mad that Annie meddled, and Annie retorts that Abed can't just control Troy or predict the date will go badly. Cue the rest of the episode happening.

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* JerkassBall: Abed and Annie grab it when Annie fixes up a lunch date between Troy and Britta. They then end up in the Dreamatorium, with Abed ending the simulation of ''Inspector Spacetime'' because Annie doesn't know enough about continuity. Abed admits he's mad that Annie meddled, and Annie retorts that Abed can't just control Troy or predict the date will go badly. Cue the rest of the episode happening.episode.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Even the Dean thinks he went too far with his half-man half-woman split down the middle "Duali-Dean of Man" costume:

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Annie has this reaction when she pushes Abed into a breakdown. She resolves to snap him out of it, including stopping a hologram of Jeff kissing her and getting herself in trouble by acting like Abed to find him.
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Even the Dean thinks he went too far with his half-man half-woman split down the middle "Duali-Dean of Man" costume:


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* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: Rather, talking down the catatonic. Abed has a breakdown when Annie messes with the Dreamatorium and summons her other friends while putting himself in a locker, chained to the wall. He tells Annie he's used to people putting him there so he may as well give them what he wants, and add some space. Annie, with a very guilty MyGodWhatHaveIDone expression, tells him this isn't what she wants.

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* JerkassBall: Abed and Annie grab it when Annie fixes up a lunch date between Troy and Britta. They then end up in the Dreamatorium, with Abed ending the simulation of ''Inspector Spacetime'' because Annie doesn't know enough about continuity. Abed admits he's mad that Annie meddled, and Annie retorts that Abed can't just control Troy or predict the date will go badly. Cue the rest of the episode happening.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Annie ends up breaking Abed by messing with the Dreamatorium machine. She then has to use the Dreamatorium to fix him.


--> '''Annie''': Look at ''2001''. Did we have a space odyssey? No! We got snowboarding in the Olympics and we over-validated Carson Daly.

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--> '''Annie''': Look at ''2001''.2001. Did we have a space odyssey? No! We got snowboarding in the Olympics and we over-validated Carson Daly.

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* IWantMyJetPack:
--> '''Annie''': Look at ''2001''. Did we have a space odyssey? No! We got snowboarding in the Olympics and we over-validated Carson Daly.


* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Annie is convinced that the real Jeff would be concerned if Abed were in that situation.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Annie is convinced really seems to believe that the real Jeff "real Jeff" would be concerned if Abed were in that situation.show concern for Abed.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Annie is convinced that the real Jeff would be concerned if Abed were in that situation.


** According to [[http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/review-community-virtual-systems-analysis-i-have-a-dreamatorium this]], not even the writers understood the plot until they started editing. Lampshaded: Abed-as-Pierce pops up in the Dreamatorium at one point specifically to point out that he has no idea what's going on.

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** According to [[http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/review-community-virtual-systems-analysis-i-have-a-dreamatorium this]], not Not even the writers understood the plot until they started editing. Lampshaded: Abed-as-Pierce pops up in the Dreamatorium at one point specifically to point out that he has no idea what's going on.

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** Subverted with Annie and Jeff, Annie confesses that she really doesn't love Jeff, she just loves the idea of loving him. Even so, the ship is still present in future episodes.


* ShipSinking:
** Annie, who was once infatuated with Troy, is now officially trying to pair him with Britta.
** Also, Annie rather critically appraises her ongoing flirtation with Jeff.

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ShipSinking: Annie, who was once infatuated with Troy, is now officially trying to pair him with Britta.
** Also, Annie rather critically appraises her ongoing flirtation with Jeff.
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* CharacterDevelopment: For Abed especially. In this episode, he learns to take the feelings of others into consideration and not [[ItsAllAboutMe just his own]]. Annie gets some as well, recognising her own ControlFreak tendencies and self-obsession in trying to get people to follow the courses she has plotted out for them, along with some self-introspection about how her [[{{UST}} thing for Jeff]] might not be based on the healthiest of foundations.

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* CharacterDevelopment: For Abed especially. In this episode, he learns to take the feelings of others into consideration and not [[ItsAllAboutMe just his own]]. Annie gets some as well, recognising her own ControlFreak tendencies and self-obsession in trying to get people to follow the courses she has plotted out for them, along with some self-introspection about how her [[{{UST}} [[UnresolvedSexualTension thing for Jeff]] might not be based on the healthiest of foundations.



** The Blorgons are obviously based on the [[Characters/DoctorWhoDalek Dalek]].

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** The Blorgons are obviously based on the [[Characters/DoctorWhoDalek Dalek]].Characters/{{D|octorWhoDalek}}alek.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Abed and Troy, ''really'' driven home in this episode. For the sake of context: the last time one of Abed's [[HeroicBSOD emotional nosedives]] pulled the show into [[Recap/CommunityS2E11AbedsUncontrollableChristmas genre-bending surrealism]], the event was triggered by his mother's abandonment. This time, it's Troy spending time with someone else, which puts a pretty intense spin on exactly how dependent Abed is on Troy for even a relatively stable emotional life. Doubles as both {{Fridge Logic}} and {{Tear Jerker}}.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Abed and Troy, ''really'' driven home in this episode. For the sake of context: the last time one of Abed's [[HeroicBSOD emotional nosedives]] pulled the show into [[Recap/CommunityS2E11AbedsUncontrollableChristmas genre-bending surrealism]], the event was triggered by his mother's abandonment. This time, it's Troy spending time with someone else, which puts a pretty intense spin on exactly how dependent Abed is on Troy for even a relatively stable emotional life. Doubles as both {{Fridge Logic}} FridgeLogic and {{Tear Jerker}}.TearJerker.



* InterclassRomance: Abed!Jeff spoofs this during his cheesy [[OfficeRomance Hospital Romance]] speech.
-->"I know I'm just a surgeon and you're a hotshot upstart administrator but damn the rules...damn the system."



* TheMatchMaker: Annie sets up Troy and Britta on a lunch date. Abed thinks she did this to clear her way to Jeff. Annie says she did it because she thinks that they would be cute together and that Jeff is just a bonus.

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* TheMatchMaker: TheMatchmaker: Annie sets up Troy and Britta on a lunch date. Abed thinks she did this to clear her way to Jeff. Annie says she did it because she thinks that they would be cute together and that Jeff is just a bonus.



** [[MenAreUncultured He knows nothing]] about [[WineIsClassy wine]].

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** [[MenAreUncultured He knows nothing]] about [[WineIsClassy wine]].{{wine|IsClassy}}.


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* UptownGirl: Abed!Jeff spoofs this during his cheesy [[OfficeRomance Hospital Romance]] speech.
-->"I know I'm just a surgeon and you're a hotshot upstart administrator but damn the rules...damn the system."


** Another event that builds to support Annie/Abed [[spoiler: is that the episode starts Troy & Britta down the path to hooking up, but eventually breaking up, which makes it far more likely that Jeff/Britta will become a pairing, which leaves Abed as the only other person in the group left for Annie to be paired with.]]

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* ActorAllusion:
** Alison Brie's deliberately terrible Mockney accent alludes to the far more convincing posh accent she uses in ''Film/TheFiveYearEngagement''.
** Chevy Chase really does have an Emmy award.

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* PimpedOutDress: Annie's dress becomes this within the Dreamatorium. In the real world, it's actually an unflattering yellow frock with a scarf as a makeshift shawl.

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