Recap / Family Guy S 1 E 2 I Never Met The Dead Man
April 11, 1999
Peter teaches Meg how to drive in time for her road test. When Meg fails for racing an Amish buggy, Peter gets distracted by the FOX reality special, Fast Animals, Slow Children
, and hits the town's cable satellite, causing all of Quahog to go without TV, which slowly drives Peter crazy...until Lois rescuing him from an angry mob makes him realize that there's more to life than television. Meanwhile, Stewie uses the town's banged-up satellite to create a weather machine so it can snow all around the world and wipe out the broccoli plant.
"I Never Met The Dead Man" contains example of (YMMV Goes Here):
- Bowdlerization: On Channel 4 in the UK (and some free-to-air TV channels in the United States), the part where Tom Tucker and Diane say politically incorrect things now that Quahog has no cable (until the cameraman tells them that they're still on the air in Boston) was edited. Tom's line, "I'm The Lord Jesus Christ. Think I'll go get drunk and beat up some midgets" was shortened to "Think I'll go get drunk and beat up some midgets," while Diane's "Well, Tom, I just plain don't like black people" was cut entirely, making it look as if Diane was laughing at what Tom was saying.
- Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded with a heavy dose of Meta Humor: Peter has given up TV and Lois tries to entice him back by talking about the broadly-drawn characters, cliché storylines, and convenient coincidences that bring the plot around just in time. Immediately after she says this, William Shatner enters the house, his car having broken down outside on his way to give a speech on how TV keeps families together. (And yes, Shatner's appearance does resolve the plot and get things back to status quo.)
- Didn't See That Coming: Ensign Ricky's reaction to William Shatner getting killed by Meg's driving.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The German sausage clerk taking over a Czech sausage booth and a Polish sausage booth. To make it more obvious, the German clerk looks like a fat version of Adolf Hitler.
- Failed a Spot Check: "Holy crap! Uhura's black?!"
- Hypocritical Humor: Peter claims that nothing gets past him, only to suddenly notice that Uhura is black.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite passing the blame for the accident off to Meg, Peter winds up caring about his family more once he learns to live without TV.
- Red Shirt: Wonderfully parodied.
Kirk: All right, men, this is a dangerous mission, and it's likely one of us will be killed. The landing party will consist of myself, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Ensign Ricky.
Ensign Ricky: Aw, crap.
- Sanity Slippage: Peter starts wearing a cardboard TV monitor in front of him and becomes convinced that everything he sees is a TV show.
Peter: (seeing townspeople advance toward him menacingly) Oh man, look at these guys. Looks like some boob's about to get lynched.
- The Scapegoat: Peter blames the accident on Meg and promises to buy her a car if she keeps quiet. After all the abuse she receives, though, she cracks and tells the truth.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: The family once they get tired of Peter making them do wholesome activities.