Recap / Family Guy S 3 E 10 A Fish Out Of Water

Original air date: September 19, 2001

After two weeks of being laid off from his job at Happy-Go-Lucky Toys, Peter has grown fatter and lazier than usual, so he takes a job as a fisherman to remedy this. Meanwhile, Lois takes Meg to the beach for spring break — and ends up having all the fun Meg should be having.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Brick Joke: "Hairlip" Steve is mentioned in an early scene; at the end of act one, we get to meet Steve when Stewie and Steve pry a Jewish clown off a boat.
    Stewie: Hey Steve, you ever think about growing a mustache?
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Stewie.
    Stewie: Two men are standing at the Pearly Gates. Oh, God, wait. How did that one go? Anyway, it turns out they're Siegfried and Roy. I'm no good at telling jokes.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Lois goes above and beyond to help Meg have fun during spring break, far cry from their more well-known relationship, where Meg literally exists just to be bullied by her family.
  • Exact Words: At an auction, one item up for bid is a "photo of a beautiful 40-foot fishing boat." Peter gets into a bidding war with a man but loses; the man pays $25,000, but it turns out he just bought the photo of the boat, not the boat itself.
  • Funny Animal: "Daggermouth and Boom Boom".
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Quagmire asks Seamus if an accident is why his arms and legs are pieces of wood. Seamus says it's because his father was a tree.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Peter gets a loan from Jim Kaplan to pay for the boat he bought at auction. Jim openly declares that other banks are banks, and may not be kidding about taking Peter's kids as collateral. He also runs a tattoo shop next door.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Hennessey tells Peter that Salty was "half the weight" that he is, despite Hennessey being as obese as Peter and Salty being somewhat overweight himself.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Salty bribes Peter to keep quiet about the truth about Daggermouth—saying the longer they linger on this, the faster people will realize a fisherman with zero engineering experience somehow managed to build a sophisticated, talking robot.
  • Literal-Minded: When Carson Daly asks the crowd who wants to party, the crowd cheers, and Carson counts the number of people cheering.
    Carson: Okay, we're gonna need cake and juice for 14 people.
  • Long Name: Peter's boat is named the "S.S. More Powerful than Superman, Batman, Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk Put Together."
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When Peter bursts into flames, he dryly says, "Oh dear, I've spontaneously combusted." Then he adds, "Quite all right, I've grown tired of living."
  • Man on Fire: In one cutaway, Peter spontaneously bursts into flames.
  • Mercury: When Peter is morbidly obese, Tom Tucker tells his son, "That's Mercury, Jake, the planet closest to the sun. What it's doing by the wharf, I haven't the foggiest. We should ask a scientist."
  • Orphaned Setup: "So the French guy says: "Deodorant? What's that?"
  • Read the Fine Print: When Peter and Brian return home to find that their house is being repossessed, Brian asks Peter if he read the fine print on the loan contract.
    Peter: If, by read, you mean imagined a naked lady, then yes.
  • Shout-Out
    • At sea, Peter, Quagmire, Joe, and Cleveland ask each other who they'd have if they weren't married. Peter's answer is the "chick with the three knockers" from Total Recall (1990).
    • While on search for Daggermouth, Peter and the guys pass by the man with long arms from the "find the fish" segment of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: At the start of the episode, Peter is grossly obese from being out of work for two weeks. By the middle of act one, Peter is back to his usual weight.
  • Twist Ending: Despite getting $50,000 to pay off the bank, the Stevensons still live with the Griffins by episode's end.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: At sea, Peter, Quagmire, Joe, and Cleveland ask each other who they'd have if they weren't married. Quagmire chooses Taylor Hanson. After being informed that Taylor Hanson is a guy, Quagmire breaks down.