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Recap: Family Guy S 4 E 17 The Fat Guy Strangler
Lois discovers that she has a brother (voiced by Robert Downey, Jr.), who has been locked in a mental hospital after a traumatizing experience he suffered as a child. Meanwhile, Peter starts an advocacy group for fat men after Dr. Hartman diagnoses him with "being fat."

Tropes associated with this episode

  • Continuity Nod: Brian throws a rock at Peter for rolling up the window when he tried to jump into the General Lee in "To Love And Die in Dixie."
    • What Could Have Been: Originally it was going to be because Brian was in a carrier cage on a plane to meet Patrick and Peter pissed on him.
  • Deleted Scene: The DVD includes an extra scene where Peter and his fat advocacy group sing at the funeral of one of the Fat Guy Strangler's victims.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Peter is a jerkass, but he had no way of knowing that Patrick was traumatized over Jackie Gleason. Quickly just turns into a full blown jerkass since Peter does it again right after Patrick has been stopped.
  • Only Sane Man: Brian realizes straight away that Patrick is the Fat Guy Strangler and tells Lois that it's pretty clear it's him. Lois however is in full blown denial.
  • Shout-Out: To:
    • The Honeymooners: The Jackie Gleason look-alike (and later, Peter) impersonating the show's signature character and mannerisms, including "Pow! Right in the kisser!"
    • Billy Joel: The "caveman who invented singing" performs Joel's 1984 hit "The Longest Time," a cappella style.
  • Trigger: Peter's insensitive impersonation of Ralph Kramden (from The Honeymooners) triggers Patrick's trauma of seeing his mother and a Jackie Gleason lookalike having an affair ... and sets off his homicidal rage against overweight people.
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