I think I’ll have to watch this episode again to fully appreciate it, but I did enjoy it. I was rather relieved to realize that no special familiarity with Pulp Fiction was required. I’ve only seen about half the movie and that was more than ten years ago. I’m sure there were specific Pulp Fiction jokes in this episode that I missed, but it seemed like the basic knowledge of the movie that anyone who pays much attention to pop culture would possess was enough to get most of the references. I recognized most of the costumes and knew that the plot of Pulp Fiction involved a mysterious briefcase that had SOMETHING valuable inside.
I thought at first that it was going to turn out that Abed was stuck in character as Chad, a regular guy from Cougar Town, and thought it was a good twist to have him trying to act like a mature, sophisticated adult by imitating My Dinner With Andre. Abed has changed somewhat as a person if he was capable of wanting to act like a mature, sophisticated adult in order to connect with a friend, but he’s still the same guy who spend Halloween trying to be Batman.