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Recap: Family Guy S 1 E 2 I Never Met The Dead Man
Airdate: April 11, 1999

Meg is out to get her driving license. Peter, who would much rather watch "Fast Animals, Slow Children" on TV, reluctantly gives her a lesson in which he teaches her to race red lights. Naturally, Meg completely fails the test, and Peter must drive her home. Unfortunately, he doesn't pay attention to the road, focusing instead on trying to watch TV through the window of a nearby house and crashes into the local satellite receiver dish, knocking out cable TV for the entire Quahog area, prompting news reporters Tom and Diane to blurt out politically incorrect comments (until the cameraman tells them that the cable didn't go out in Boston). He places the blame on Meg, making her even less popular than usual, but he promises her a convertible when she finally gets her license. Peter, who according to Brian is addicted to television, copes with the loss of TV by creating a harness that holds a cardboard television set in front of his face, allowing him to pretend that things around him are on TV.

Meg finally cracks under the pressure of the town's resentment and tells everyone that Peter was the driver who wrecked the receiver. The town is ready to lynch Peter, but Lois convinces the town that now that TV is gone, everybody can focus on more wholesome activities. The townsfolk forgive Peter and move on to enjoy real life.

Peter learns to participate in family activities to fill the void. However, his enthusiasm for life quickly exhausts the rest of the family. When television service is restored (just as Tom goes to give Diane a spanking), the family is unable tempt him back away from real life, as he opts instead to attend a Bavarian folk festival with William Shatner.

Meanwhile, Stewie is revolted by the broccoli he is fed. Rather than eat it, he plans to wipe out the crop worldwide by modifying a See 'n Say into a weather control device. He uses the remains of the satellite dish, which were tangled around the bumper of Peter's car, to amplify the machine's signal and he succeeds in creating a freezing rainstorm, but the process is interrupted by a bolt of lightning, which destroys the machine, though the storm rages on.

Lois takes Meg out on a driving lesson and the two get caught in the storm. Peter and Shatner begin running back to the Griffin's house barefoot in the rain, but are run over by Meg. Shatner dies on the spot while Peter is subsequently hospitalized in a body cast. The nurse leaves the television turned on, and Peter can't resist being drawn in.


"I Never Met The Dead Man" contains example of (YMMV Goes Here):

  • Bowdlerization: On the syndicated network TV version, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 TV is gone.
  • 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.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: The family once they get tired of Peter making them do wholesome activities.
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