Recap / Family Guy S 12 E 10 Grimm Job

Peter helps Stewie get to sleep by telling him "unique" versions of three Grimm Brothers fairy tales: "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Cinderella."

"Grimm Job" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Abusive Parents and Adults Are Useless: Peter, viciously shaking Stewie awake after the baby falls asleep while hearing "Little Red Riding Hood," and not noticing or caring that Herbert the Pedophile is in Chris' room or that Meg hanged herself.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Mort appears in Jack and the Beanstalk as a hideous troll, saying he looks like that because all the fairy tales were written by Germans.
  • Ass Shove: A quick gag at the end of Jack and Beanstalk has Bruce planting some of the magic beans and squatting patiently over the spot.
  • Big Damn Hero: Subverted with Peter as the Woodsman in the Little Red Riding Hood retelling, he is most likely a lunatic running from door to door murdering people, judging by how he bursts into another house (offscreen) and kills another person).
  • Bittersweet Ending: For all three of Peter's fairy tale retellings.
    • Jack and the Beanstalk ends with Jack (Peter) solving his and his wife's (Lois) food problems, but their marriage problems are still at large.
    • Red Riding Hood has the woodsman (Peter) kill the wolf (Brian), but it's assumed (and then confirmed) that he's just a lunatic running around murdering people.
    • Cinderella has Cinderella (Lois) and Prince Charming (Peter) marry, but they have difficulties with their marriage, and they're not friends on Twitter anymore.
  • Bi the Way: Peter as the prince in Cinderella offhandedly mentions he'll take any man who fits the glass slipper as well, quickly adding that he's bi.
  • Darker and Edgier: Peter's retellings of the fairy tales.
  • Lack of Empathy: The Fairy Godmother, played by Adam West, transforms Brian and Joe against their will, with Joe implying it hurts. After the spell wears off, Cinderella!Lois laments having to leave the ball early as she's lying on the backs of a ragged Joe and exhausted Brian.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Seeing Stewie and Meg are Cinderella's stepsisters, Lois breaks character and remarks how few female characters the show has.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Stewie during the "Red Riding Hood" skit, when out-loud asks as to how the scene with the wolf disguised as Grandma is a scene.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Peter briefly recalls how he got into trouble for urinating by a playground, and had a social worker with him when reading the second story to Stewie.
  • Painful Transformation: Joe being transformed into the carriage in Cinderella repeatedly shouts that it hurts.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Stewie is incredulous that the Wolf dressing up as the grandmother could've possibly fooled anyone.
  • Parental Obliviousness: In yet another example of clearly being an unfit parent (moreso than Lois, but, at least Peter has mental retardation as an excuse), Peter failing to notice a pedophile (Herbert) in Chris' room, or that Meg hanged herself. He also earns no redemption with Stewie (reading to him), as he not only shakes him (to get him to wake up to hear "Cinderella"), but frightens him even more earlier in the episode by reminding him of a home invasion.
  • Shout-Out: A couple of minor examples, but Brian running to avoid being transformed into a horse and the mice having made Lois' (playing Cinderella) were directly lifted from the Disney version (with Gus the mouse with the former)
  • Something Completely Different: A Three Shorts Fractured Fairy Tale episode. It's also a Bottle Episode as it only takes place in the Griffin house and Peter and Stewie are the only major characters with lines in the scenes outside of the fairy tale parodies.
  • Suicide as Comedy: At the cut-to-black to close the episode, the feet and nightgown of whom the viewer is led to believe is Meg, implying she hung herself. Considering this show's penchant for Negative Continuity, Meg will be back and alive by the time the next new episode premieres.