Recap / Family Guy S 12 E 20 Hes Blaack

Now that The Cleveland Show has been canceled, Cleveland moves back to Quahog, and takes his family with him. But when Lois and Donna have a fight and forbid their husbands from being friends, Peter and Cleveland must set things right between the two.

Tropes associated with this episode include:

  • Both Sides Have a Point: Lois and Donna both bring up good points in their feud. While Donna was technically spanking a child that wasn't her own, Lois fails to discipline her children, which allowed Chris to break a vase over Rallo's head. Keep in mind that Rallo's a baby, and if this show followed the rules of reality, that would definitely leave a scar at the very least.
  • Brick Joke: Peter notes that he and Cleveland won every three-legged race except that time they lost to two guys who each had a leg missing so that ran like one person. Said guys beat them at the race.
  • The Bus Came Back: Cleveland and Cleveland Jr. and they've brought along Donna, Roberta and Rollo from Stoolbend.
  • Continuity Nod: Peter recalls how Ryan Reynolds and Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd previously lived in Cleveland's house.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Spank someone else's child over a broken vase, check. Bar two husbands from seeing each other, despite having been friends longer then they have been married to the wives (one with a least two marriages) from, check. Forcing one husband to sleep on the couch, while the other has to pull down his pants and lay across his wife's lap to be spanked like a child, all just for hanging out with a best friend, check.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Had Lois taken Peter's advice and calmed down before talking to Donna, there may be a lesser chance of her and Donna forbidding their husbands from being friends with each other.
  • Evolving Credits: Parodied. Cleveland stops the opening and replaces the poor Mort Goldman in the chorus line.
  • Feud Episode: Between Donna and Lois.
  • Mama Bear: Lois really didn't appreciate Donna spanking Chris.
  • Mood Whiplash: At the end of the episode, the guys toast Cleveland's return. Peter then tells Cleveland that not a single person stopped watching because he left.
    Quagmire: [to Cleveland] You don't have the guts to say anything back.
  • Moral Guardians: Peter attempts to exploit this trope to get Lois and Donna to reconcile. He says that women will band together to stop an offensive piece of art from being shown, so he sets up a canvas with pictures of baby penises to set them off, but Cleveland calls Peter out for being in possession of child pornography, and probably has for many years.
  • Overly Long Gag: Peter and Cleveland communicating with each other at night by using flashlight light code to communicate with each other, followed by Quagmire joining in to tell them to knock it off because his latest date has epilepsy (but then to keep going as the epileptic seizures are great for his bedroom performance).
  • Parenting the Husband: Both Lois and Donna ban their two fully grown husbands from seeing each other because of their feud and even spy on them to make sure they don't see each other as if they were their children.
  • Police Brutality: One of the ways Peter tries to see Cleveland without the wives finding out is to dress up as a police officer and stop him for speeding. He proceeds to club him repeatedly. Joe (unaware of what's going on) shows up and joins in.
    Cleveland: [delirious] Wow, the whole gang's back together.
  • The Power of Friendship: Peter and Cleveland spend most of the feud trying to sneak around behind Lois and Donna's backs, but confronted at the party and thinking of the good times they've had, they finally tell them off.
    Cleveland: Peter's right. We're friends and this fight is stupid.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Parodied. The Title Sequence is interrupted so Cleveland can get in the line, with Mort being kicked out.
  • Ship Tease: Kevin and Meg working together during the three-legged race.
  • Shout-Out: Included in the Peter/Cleveland montage is a clip of Magnum and T.C..
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Donna does this several times to Lois (and by extension, the Griffin family) when Donna spanks Chris for breaking a vase and Lois confronts her about it.
  • Take That!: The jokes about The Cleveland Show being mediocre (the phallic logo, the mostly-white writers penning a show about a black family, the lack of a coherent audience, Tim the Bear's voice actor being changed from Seth MacFarlane to Jess Harnell, and losing in the ratings to Bob's Burgers).
  • Unfortunate Implications: Invoked. Stewie notes that Lois referring to the Browns as "that Brown family" has more racist implications than intended due to their skin color.