Recap: Family Guy S 4 E 15 Brian Goes Back To College

Airdate: November 13, 2005

The plot consists of Peter, Joe, Cleveland and Quagmire winning a costume contest dressed as characters from The A-Team, and deciding to improve their community by continuing to act like the characters of the show. Brian is hired by The New Yorker, but is later dismissed as after Brian admits that he never actually graduated from college.

When Brian explains to the Griffins that when he was in college, he was only one class short of graduating but he just cracked under the pressure. After some encouragement from Lois, Brian decides to go back to college to complete his education—Stewie ends up tagging along with Brian as well, having Gary Coleman serve in his place at home while he's at college with Brian.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Subverted—the only way Brian could pass his class was if he cheated, and at the very end of the episode when he comes home to the Griffins, he explains that he failed his test, but he's proud of himself for not cheating. The Griffins, on the other hand, are disappointed in their dog and tell him that he probably should've cheated in order to pass.
  • Ivy League/Ivy League for Everyone: Most of the people who work at The New Yorker are former students at Ivy League-schools (one of them is a graduate of Harvard University, for example) and Brian reveals that he was a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.