Recap / Family Guy S 2 E 5 Love Thy Trophy

Original air date: March 14, 2000

Peter and the neighbors fight over a trophy they won for a parade float. Meanwhile, Meg takes a job as a pancake house waitress to get a Prada bag by posing as a single teenage mother with a crack-addicted baby so she can get more tips from sympathetic diners.

Tropes included in "Love Thy Trophy" include:

  • Apple of Discord: Ownership for the trophy from the float contest drives a wedge between the residents of Spooner Street. In the end, it turns out Brian stole and buried it, sparking the whole plot.
  • Character Development/Establishing Character Moment: According to a "making of Family Guy" special on DVD, Seth MacFarlane cites this episode as the one that solidified Quagmire's "heartless sex maniac" persona (more specifically, the scene where he sleeps with the social worker and, after she asked him what he does for a living, he asks her, "Why are you still here?"). Later episodes (such as "Fore Father", "Jerome is the New Black," and "Quagmire's Mom") expand on why Quagmire is a heartless sex maniac (in "Fore Father", it was because his large-chested mom [who was recently abandoned by her husband, who later got a sex change operation] breastfed him as a child, in "Jerome is the New Black," it was because the one woman he truly loved [Cheryl Tiegs] left him, and "Quagmire's Mom" revealed that he picked it up from his mother, which is really an extension of the one cutaway from "Fore Father").
  • Chimney Entry: Peter is on a rescue mission to free Stewie from his foster parents. He enters their home through the chimney and causes a bit of a racket, disturbing Stewie's new foster siblings.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After Meg comes clean about her lies to being a teenage mother Peter is shocked at the fact that she's a teenager and Lois knew.
    • Stewie's foster parents thoroughly mistake his demands for pancakes as demanding for crack in slang.
    • The floats ahead of Team Spooner Street got the Who's the Boss suggestion wrong. One has Tony walking in on Mona instead of Angela. The next has Tony giving Jonathan a bath.
      Tom Tucker: Well, that's just plain wrong.
  • Department of Child Disservices: An agent steps in and takes Stewie away from his family after overhearing Meg milking sympathy from her customers for tips at waitressing with a fake story of being a single mom with Stewie as her crack baby. She did interview the neighbors but neglected to confirm Meg was actually the mother and the stories were true.
  • Determinator: Peter's compliment to Quagmire, that he never gives up trying to woo the ladies.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: This is the first appearance of Cleveland Jr. He's depicted as a skinny, hyperactive Motor Mouth, which is the opposite of his depiction on The Cleveland Show.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: Meg got hired at the diner because Flappy and his manager thought Stewie was her child. She proceeds to run with it to get the job and then milks it for tip money. She tells further lies (such as Stewie being addicted to crack) to get even more money, only for a woman from child services to later overhear all this and investigate the Griffin household. It gets worse when she interviews the neighbors, who are so mad about the missing trophy that they gladly lie about what kind of people Peter and Lois are.
  • Giving Them the Strip: Played for laughs. When Peter tries to take Stewie back, the foster parents point a gun at him, and he shields himself with Stewie. Stewie tells them, "Don't shoot!", then takes off his overalls, leaving them in Peter's hands. He then runs away and says, "Now shoot!".
  • G-Rated Drug: Meg might have lied about Stewie being addicted to crack but he is seemingly addicted to the pancakes served at the diner she's working in. Complete with withdrawal like symptoms like hallucinations.
  • Hypocrite: Brian chastises Peter and the others for letting a trophy come between their friendships. The ending reveals that he was the one who took the trophy and caused them to be at each other's throats.
  • Innocent Innuendo:
    Diane Simmons: Welcome to the 83rd annual Quahog Harvest Festival Parade. Are you as excited as I am, Tom?
    Tom Tucker: Are you kidding, Diane? I've got wood!... (holds up a clipboard)and clipped onto it is a list of this year's float entries.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When officials from the Department of Child Disservices come to take Stewie away, Lois is enraged and wants to disprove the claims which is immediately torpedoed by Peter's action off-screen.
    Lois: How dare you! This is a wonderful home!
    (cue a gunshot going off in the distance)
    Peter (shouting off-screen): Quagmire, you rat bastard! Come near my fence again, and that'll be your head!
  • Jerkass Ball: Meg gets this pretty hard, using Stewie as a faux crack-addict baby to try and get a Prada purse (though she does end up giving it up so Stewie can be returned).
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: The theme for the Quahog Harvest Festival Parade is "The episode of Who's the Boss? where Tony sees Angela naked in the shower". Lois and Cleveland both think it's too esoteric.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Part of the plan to get Stewie out of the foster home is for Joe and Cleveland to pretend to be selling books door-to-door. The husband is certain one of them is a homosexual, which causes Joe and Cleveland to look at each other.
  • Mustache Vandalism: When Peter breaks into Joe's house to look for the stolen trophy, he takes a moment to draw a mustache on a picture of Joe and Bonnie. Moments later, while in Cleveland's house, he draws mustaches on Loretta and Cleveland Jr., but pauses when he gets to Cleveland because he already has a mustache. He decides to erase Cleveland's mustache instead.
  • Off-Model: Just before the social worker removes Stewie from the Griffin home, Stewie's head is darker in color than usual for several seconds.
  • The Power of Friendship: All friends contribute to the rescue of Stewie.
  • Pun: When Quagmire is hitting on a woman at a bar and asking her sign, he says, "Well I know you're not a Virgo!"
  • Ransacked Room: Peter ransacks the homes of his neighbors.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sick and Wrong: One of the entries for the parade float is Tony bathing Jonathan. Tom Tucker declares, "That's just plain wrong."
  • Spies in a Van: The wives are surveilling the rescue of Stewie from a white van.