Recap / Family Guy S 12 E 4 A Fistful Of Meg

Airdate: November 10, 2013

Meg spills her lunch on an unstable new classmate; Peter harasses Brian in the nude.

"A Fistful Of Meg" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Adults Are Useless: Played straight with the principal, who actually encourages the fight between Meg and her bully; averted with Quagmire, who actually helps her out.
    • Also, as shown in Quagmire's past story in high school.
  • Alliterative Name/Added Alliterative Appeal: Mental Mike. It also suits him well, because he's well, mental.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted with Meg during her fight with Mike.
  • Body Horror: Brian's hairless body, and Mental Mike's death and his body.
  • The Bully: Mental Mike and Quagmire's former female bully.
  • Butt-Monkey: Both Meg and Brian, who actually win in the end (though Meg still dies, only it's because she masturbated with a hot dog and died of an infection from it).
  • Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin': Meg's desperate attempts to get expelled and avoid the fight fail miserably.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Apparently the menstrual cycle Stewie imagines really exists.
  • The Dreaded: Mike Polaski, a.k.a "Mental Mike"
  • invokedDude, Not Funny!: This is Brian's reaction to Peter's constant nudity.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Meg's first name is revealed to be Megatron.
  • Fan Disservice: Peter always showing up naked in front of Brian.
  • Forceful Kiss: Meg gives one to Mike during their fight.
  • ISO-Standard Urban Groceries: In one scene Lois carries a grocery bag with a baguette stiking out.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Peter suffers this when Brian shaves off his fur, and gives Peter a taste of his own medicine.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Peter taunts Brian by mailing his penis, collapses after losing too much blood, which he didn't pay attention to.
  • Off-Model: Brian is arguably this after he shaves himself. He's been shown without fur during the episode where the family goes swimming in a toxic lake (as well as a cutaway gag) and is drawn differently. More likely Played for Drama, however.
  • The Pig Pen: Peter, as shown in the cutaway scene when he doesn't shower for six months.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Brian to Peter throughout the episode, and Stewie to Brian in the final scene after Brian shaves himself.
  • Put on a Bus: A year later, Meg's friends still have yet to reemerge from the shadows. Of course, that's assuming she forgives them for abandoning her.
  • Running Gag: Peter showing up naked in front of Brian. Also, the "Menstrual Cycle" bike.
  • Shout-Out: Peter running down the stairway dressed as a woman is a parody of Gone with the Wind.
  • Slow "NO!": Meg at the cafeteria when bumping into Mike.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Neil doesn't mind getting folded into a balloon animal and popped with a knife by Mike.
    Neil: Awesome.
  • Truth in Television: The uncaring administration when Meg complains that Mike has threatened her personal safety is, sadly, a real-life occurrence in too many junior high and senior high schools in America.note  There is also the fact that Meg's friends deserted her because they could "be targeted for association" and the fact that, when Quagmire was being bullied, his classmates did nothing, both of which also occurs in real cases of bullying.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Brian thanks Stewie for suggesting he shave himself, to which Stewie simply snarks that he can't believe Brian went through with it, even though Stewie was clearly serious when he suggested it to Brian!
  • With Friends Like These...: Meg's friends (the nerdy girls who sometimes hang out with her, despite many jokes and references to Meg not having any friends at all) refuse to help Meg in her hour of need.
  • Would Hit a Girl and You Wouldn't Hit A Girl With Glasses: Mike had no problem fighting Meg Griffin.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Quagmire reveals he was hit several times by his bully a girl but he doesn't hit back.
    • Subverted, as he claims he wished he had stood up to her (although there were other ways he could have done so).