Recap / Family Guy S 4 E 20 Patriot Games

Airdate: January 29, 2006

During a disastrous night at his high school reunion, Peter shows untapped talent for pushing through people and becomes a member of the Patriots, which doesn't sit well with Tom Brady. Meanwhile, Brian bets on FOX's Celebrity Boxing with Stewie, who won't stop beating him up unless he gets his money.

"Patriot Games" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Adam Westing: Jay Leno guest stars as himself being Tom Brady's stalker.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: See No-Holds-Barred Beatdown below.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Brian's prediction that Mike Tyson will win the boxing match against Carrol Channing is proven so wrong.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "At Wilkin's Hundai and Subaru, we have Hundais and Subarus!".
  • The Determinator: Carrol Channing, no matter what, will not go down.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Lois's entire goal at the dinner was clearly to get Tom Brady naked in her house. Let's reverse that to "Peter aims to get Erin Andrews naked in the Griffin house" and see the reaction...
  • Eye Scream: Stewie breaks a glass cup near Brian's eyes.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Stewie feels sorry for beating up Brian and offers him one free revenge shot, this however begins to overcome Stewie with paranoia when he doesn't know when exactly Brian is going to hit him.
  • Hi, Mom!: During a news interview, Lois says hi to her mom and flips her off.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Peter is proven not to be a cowboy astronaut billionaire because "the hat comes right off".
  • Kill It with Fire: Stewie sets Brian on fire with a flamethrower.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A spectacular example happens to Stewie. After nearly killing Brian twice on purpose, Brian is allowed one free revenge shot at Stewie but he doesn't tell Stewie when he's going to use it. Stewie after going mad with paranoia, begins to beat himself up at an attempt to satisfy Brian, it doesn't work. Then at the end of the episode, Stewie has seemingly forgotten about the revenge shot, prompting Brian to push Stewie towards a moving bus
  • Never Trust a Trailer: A promo picture for the episode showed Stewie on a jumbo-tron screen as if he was attempting to brainwash the spectators. Nothing like that appears here.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: "WHERE'S MY MONEY?!?!?"
  • Nothing Personal: In true gangster fashion, Stewie becomes affable and content the instant Brian finally pays up and is genuinely surprised that he holds a grudge over the two brutal beatings he recieved beforehand.
    • After all, Brian did deserve it, and Stewie is his friend.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Lois with Meg when both mother and daughter are trying to watch Tom Brady showering through a drilled hole in the wall and Lois shoves her aside.
  • Pet the Dog: Stewie giving Brian a revenge shot after beating him up to near-death twice. Of course this horribly backfires on him.
  • Serious Business: "Where's my money, man?!"
  • Wimpification: Stewie in the second half.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Brian at the end of the episode. Given, Stewie did offer him a revenge shot, but still.