Recap: Family Guy S 3 E 21 Family Guy Viewer Mail One
Airdate: February 14, 2002In this, the first series finale (now considered a fauxnale), Brian and Stewie show three stories based on viewer requests. In "No Bones About It," a genie grants Peter three wishes...one of which leaves Peter a boneless blob, in "Super Griffins," the family gets hit with radioactive waste and gain superhero powers (but don't use them for good), and Peter and the other adults of Quahog are troublemaking children in the Our Gang parody, "L'il Griffins."
This episode contains examples of:
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: Parodied.
- Series Fauxnale: This and the "Road to Europe" episodes were the last ones to air until the show returned in 2005 (though on the DVD, the final episode to air before the 2005 revival was the Banned Episode, "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein")
- Take That: Stewie mentions he got a Laugh Track box from Dharma and Greg, with Brian saying he's surprised there's anything left in it.
"No Bones About It" contains examples of:
- Artistic License – Biology: Peter is more able to function without bones than he should be if the show followed reality.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Chris mentions that a friend of his beat him up because he lost his shoe in Peter's boneless body.
- Horrible Hollywood: "So this is where all the waste ends up!"
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Peter, not wanting his family to put up with the burden of tending his boneless body, willingly goes down the drain of the bathtub.
- Ink-Suit Actor: The man who threatens to beat up Peter is modeled after and voiced by wrestler Bill Goldberg.
- Take That: Peter notes that Hollywood is where all the waste and sewage ends up, a jab at Hollywood acting and writing being crappy and lowest common denominator.
"Super Griffins" contains examples of:
- Disproportionate Retribution: Lots. For example...
- Stewie beats up a store clerk because he wouldn't let him have a candy bar.
- Lois stomps over cars and kills many people so she won't get stuck in traffic.
- Chris setting his friend on fire because he called him "Chris Grissle" years ago.
- Funny Background Event: Near the end, when Mayor West runs off the stage, you can see an audience member grabbing a woman's ass.
- My Brain Is Big: Stewie
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Griffins when they learn that Mayor West got lymphoma, and stop their megalomania to help him recover.
- Reality Ensues: Mayor West exposes himself to radioactive waste in an attempt to gain superpowers. He ends up getting lymphoma.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: This is one of Peter's morphs.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- Wolverine Claws: Meg, though considering her role as the show's Butt Monkey-cum-Chew Toy, her Wolverine claws don't actually hurt anyone. They leave a scratch that's kind of bleeding and kind of hurts, but not really.
"Lil' Griffins" contains examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: The Little Rascals
- He-Man Woman Hater: Peter and Quagmire, who are members of of "We Hate Broads Club".
- Impact Silhouette: When Mort demonstrates his ghost projection in the malt shop, Peter and Quagmire go running scared and jump through a glass window, leaving their outlines behind.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: The Scooby-Doo cast even makes a surprise cameo.