Brian composes a play that's a hit in Quahog, but just as he lets his success go to his head, Stewie creates a far superior play — one that has a chance at becoming big on Broadway.
"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 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.
- "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 (which Brian claims to have never seen or read some of them).
- 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.
- Take Our Word for It: While we're told Stewie's play is the most amazing piece of literature in decades, we never actually hear and see any of it.
- Title Drop: Brian seems to be fond of those.