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Recap: Family Guy S 11 E 10 Brians Play
Airdate: January 13, 2013.

Brian composes a play that's a hit in Quahog, but just as he lets his success go to his head, Stewie comes to him wanting him to read a play he's written. Brian humors him at first but his confidence is shattered when he realizes the play Stewie wrote is much better than his. Brian tries to lower Stewie's expectations and tries to destroy the only copy. But when Stewie finds it buried in the yard, he admits that he knows Brian's work is inferior and that his play is Broadway bound.

As Brian wallows into depression, Stewie invites him to escort him around New York. At a party for playwrights, Brian tries to ingratiate himself with big-name writers but find that not only had they seen his play, they pronounce it the worst piece of writing they had ever seen. Stewie finds Brian even further depressed and Brian admits he knew Stewie's writing was better but had hoped that he could have at least had a chance to be the good writer in the family before his eventual demise.

At the opening of Stewie's play, the crowd leaves unhappy and Brian is confused over why Stewie had changed it. Stewie coyly claims that he just wanted to "tweak" it a bit but had gone too far. As they leave the theater, Stewie admires New York and professes a desire to live there one day until they are snatched by a pterodactyl.

"Brian's Play" contains examples of (YMMV examples go here):

  • The Ace: Stewie
  • As You Know: You know Brian’s play is bad when it opens with the line, “Donna? It’s Grant, your new husband.”
  • Break the Haughty: Brian
  • Brick Joke: A Cutaway Gag had a women arrive in New York and be snatched by a pterodactyl. The same thing happens to Brian and Stewie at the end.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Brian.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: For all of, or perhaps resulting in his ego issues, Brian's fears of not amounting to anything resurface at the end of the episode, as he ruminates over not having the fraction of life ahead of him that Stewie will, let alone the fact that Stewie already has greatness while Brian struggles to rise above mediocrity.
  • Informed Ability: Justified and averted. Justified with Brian as we're told his play is brilliant, even though it's obviously terrible. Turns out that the standards of Quahog are very low, as the play isn't up to snuff in the eyes of playwrights such as David Mamet and Alan Bennett. Averted with Stewie; while we're told that his play is the most amazing piece of literature in decades, we never actually hear and see any of it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Stewie gives Brian a "Reason Your Writing Sucks" speech, saying what exactly is wrong with his book and play: the plot is simplistic, reliant on cliches, and pieced together from stolen bits of better writing.
  • Shout-Out: Brian reading Stewie's play breaking down crying and letting the papers fly out of his hands while Symphony No. 29 plays in the background is a reference to Amadeus when Salieri reads through Mozart's music.
  • Title Drop: Brian seems to be fond of those.

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