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The study group takes Troy out to a bar to celebrate his 21st birthday. While there, Annie assumes a new identity, Abed is propositioned by a man, one of Shirley's secrets is discovered, and Britta and Jeff fight over the "cool" bars.



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When the study group convenes to celebrate Troy's birthday, they realize he is actually turning 21 and decide to hit the bars. While Jeff and Britta ingest a few too many cocktails and get silly, Shirley gets busy pulling down incriminating photos of herself that are posted at the bar. Annie embraces the identify on her fake ID, while Abed delves into conversation with a fellow sci-fi nerd. When Senor Chang finds the fresh remains of a birthday cake in the study room, he vows to find the group. Written by NBC Publicity

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2 December 2010 (USA)  »

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The study group gets a cake reading: "Hello during a random dessert. The month and day of which coincide numerically with your expulsion from a uterus." for Troy citing his being raised a Jehovah's Witness since they do not celebrate holidays or birthdays as part of their faith. Donald Glover was raised as a Jehovah's Witness. See more »


When Troy, Jeff, and Abed are driving to the bar, Troy's seat belt appears unbuckled for only the first half of the scene. See more »


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Brilliant episode!
11 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

I love this episode, the character development of Troy is exceptional. We all think of Troy as more of a dumb and goofy character a lot of time but here we see a side of him we've barely seen, a mature Troy capable of making his own decisions. I understand the other reviewer's problem with the preaching but i personally didn't take it that way.

-Jeff and Britta were bickering before they even touched the alcohol. That the way their relationship is.

-Annie's problem with her identity also has nothing to do with the alcohol, the ID card triggered it and the alcohol was just way of making her character do something she normally wouldn't. Normal Annie would probably just repress those feelings until a big "Nooooooooooooo!" came out.

-And Abed failing to grasp reality is not true. He grasps it just fine, he knew the guy was hitting on him but he wanted to talk about the TV show since he has no one talk about it. Abed is not an insane person, don't forget that.

Troy deciding not to drink alcohol is a major decision in this context. He makes the mature sacrifice for his friends, they all drank to much to drive and Troy is the one who has to be the mature one. And he does it, happily. I didn't see this episode as much of a preaching on how "alcohol is bad and we shouldn't drink it". I saw it more a critique on how people have this idea that being mature is about getting wasted and drinking.

His "sacrifice" and the sweet final scene he has with Annie show that in the day he turned 21, Troy really became a man.

Again, brilliant episode! And due to its nature, don't expect it to be one of the most comedy driven ones.

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