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A big standardized test sends everyone into a panic — except for Jay, who just scored an Adderall prescription.


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  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Because the standardized tests play such a crucial role in their future, pretty much everyone dreads the tests to the point that they start buying Adderall off of Jay in order to improve their chances.
  • Artistic License – Pharmacology: Averted for the most part. While Jay's Adderall proves to be very helpful for him, the Adderall has a very different effect on everyone else. It makes Nick too energetic, Jessi gets overworked and depressed, and Missy feels overwhelmed. This is very much Truth in Television.
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  • The Bus Came Back: The Depression Kitty returns in this episode.
  • Call-Back: When Missy tells Jay she feels left behind, he mentions how he was left home alone when the house was fumigated.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Andrew wonders if they're all experiencing a shared hallucination after Jay shows that he's ready to take a test, Caleb says that the animation style would be different if that were the case.
  • Product Placement: Jay tells Missy that Amazon Prime is the number one streaming video service.
  • Shout-Out: Nick, under the effects of Adderall, starts twitching and laughing like Beavis at one point.

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