Recap / Family Guy S 3 E 4 One If By Clam Two If By Sea

Original air date: August 1, 2001

Peter and boys fight to reclaim the Drunken Clam from its new British owner; meanwhile, Stewie tries teaching the new owner's daughter proper diction.
  • Avenging the Villain: Nigel's daughter intends to kill Lois for getting him hanged for his crimes.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Played straight, then subverted.
    Peter: (talking in his sleep) Oh, Jenny... Jenny... Oh, yeah. Jenny, don't stop. (Lois looks offended) Oh, Richard Jeni, your HBO comedy specials have brought pleasure to millions. (Lois is pleased and shuts her eyes) ...And what a sweet ass.
    • When Peter, Joe, Quagmire, and Cleveland are on trial:
    Judge: You are clearly guilty of arson, so you are free to go... straight to jail! Ha! Now you got burned! No bail.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When a criminal arrested by Joe tells Joe and the others they're dead, Peter assumes the criminal thinks they're zombies.
    • Upon being asked by Lois if the insurance company man doesn't find it suspicious that Nigel's pub would be destroyed so soon after he made that big insurance, he says it's normal and comments on how often it happened to Nigel. Then he understands.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives:
    Nigel: I expect to see you at Eliza's birthday bash, and I won't take no for an answer. Unless the question is "Do you not like me?" Get it? Double negative, you know.
  • Distant Prologue: The episode begins in the '70s, where Peter tells his friends, "So I told my boss I'm not staying in that stupid toy factory. I'm gonna go places." It flashes forward twice more until the present day, with Peter saying the exact same thing both times.
  • Insurance Fraud: Nigel destroyed his own pub for the insurance and it's heavily implied that he did this kind of fraud several times before.
  • Lampshade The Obscure Reference: When Lois says all British men are charming, Peter replies, "That's what they said about Benjamin Disraeli." Cut to Disraeli, who chides the audience: "You don't even know who I am."
  • Latex Perfection: Quagmire dresses as a priest to lure women into his house during the hurricane.
  • Mandatory Line: After Quagmire says "Here's to The Drunken Clam, where they don't ask for proof of age and neither do I.", he forgets to say "Oh!" Peter has to remind him.
  • Mood-Swinger: When the group tries to find a new bar to go to, they go to what they discover is a lesbian bar. Their reaction: "Oh. (surprised) Oh. (excited) Oh! (disappointed) Oh."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After missing the chance to stab the cop who arrested him, the inmate tries to stab himself. Upon feeling the pain, he finally understands what he did to his previous victims.
  • Never My Fault: Or her father's fault. Nigel's daughter believes the punishment he received was Lois' fault for exposing him instead of his own.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Tempting Fate: After Nigel is exposed, Lois says whatever punishment he's given will be too soft. The next scene shows him being hanged.