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Intro to Political Science 

Anticipating a visit from the vice president, dean Pelton holds an election for student body president. An idealistic Annie decides to run, but Jeff decides to run against her to spite her and show how stupid politics can be.


Jay Chandrasekhar


Dan Harmon (created by), Adam Countee | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McHale ... Jeff Winger
Gillian Jacobs ... Britta Perry
Danny Pudi ... Abed Nadir
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Shirley Bennett
Alison Brie ... Annie Edison
Donald Glover ... Troy Barnes
Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang (credit only)
Chevy Chase ... Pierce Hawthorne
Eliza Coupe ... Agent Robin Vohlers
Jim Rash ... Dean Pelton
Richard Erdman ... Leonard
Marque Richardson ... Special Agent Glenn Keenlan (as Marque Richardson II)
Dino Stamatopoulos ... Star-Burns
Erik Charles Nielsen ... Garrett Lambert
Dominik Musiol ... Pavel


As the school prepares for the Vice President's visit, Dean Pelton organizes the first student elections. Annie, who is determined to win, is pitted in a tough battle against Jeff, Leonard and Star Burns. Meanwhile, Abed has noticed the secret service agents casing the school and develops a clandestine friendship with special agent Robin Vohlers. Written by NBC Publicity

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Release Date:

24 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


According to the ages given in this episode Jeff was 19 in 1997, Annie is 19 in the present (2011) Magnitude is currently 16, meaning he was born in 1993-1994, while Pierce was born in 1944-1945, which is later confirmed in the season 3 episode Regional Holiday Music. However, in "Mixology Certification", Annie is revealed to be born in December 1990, which means she would be 20 in March 2011. Also, in "21st Century Romanticism", Jeff's birth date is given as November 20, 1971, meaning he would be 25-26 in 1997. See more »


During Jeff's bio screen, it has the category "KYPTONITE" when it should be spelled 'Kryptonite'. See more »


Jeff Winger: Well, that's an important question. And it's important to students like Jeremy, who told me today that he is majoring in Astronomy and is supporting two children. It's an important question to Maria, who's a beautiful Latina born in Nicaragua, working in the cafeteria. What will I do, dean? Well, these people don't want me to say what I'll do. They want me to do what I'll say.
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References South Park (1997) See more »


Written by George Michael
Performed by Joel McHale
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Best episode of the series!
14 April 2019 | by NotAbedSee all my reviews

Constant humor and subtle jabs at pretty much everyone in this episode. Critical film studies is pretty amazing too but, on a deeper level. If you want the more humorous episode, this is it. Not to mention, Magnitude, Leonard and a host of additional characters add much humor to the normal cast.

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