[7.6/10] Lots of good stuff in this one. The main debate gets a little cartoony with the soul-patch douchebag opponent’s desperate gambit. But this is really the first gasps of Jeff and Annie as a pairing, and it’s not hard to see why fans latched onto them, with the sort of uncomfortable but undeniable chemistry between the two of them. I like the idea of Jeff thinking this is stupid and doing it just for a parking spot, then doing it because he actually cares about losing and is more bothered by the prospect of being beaten than he lets on, and then realizing that he’s more affected by Annie than he lets on. The whole “man is good”/”man is evil” thing gets a little silly, but overall, still good.
My favorite subplot, is the one where Abed, as a studier of human character, is basically able to predict the future. It’s a little fourth wall-breaking, as Abed should be, but it’s just chock full of great setups and payoffs, particularly when it comes to Shirley being so freaked out by it and the hints that a professor is a werewolf.
The one real weakspot in this one, as is sadly becoming common, in the Pierce storyline. Him doing a terrible job of being a hypnotherapist for Britta is pretty weak, and the twist that the image of a threesome in his hottub is what dissuades Britta from smoking is a pretty mild payoff.
Overall, a quite good episode that launched a thousand Jeff/Annie ships!