Recap / Family Guy S 4 E 4 Dont Make Me Over

Airdate: June 5, 2005

Meg feels depressed about her appearance and gets a makeover, which ties in with the subplot of Peter starting his own band, as Meg becomes the lead singer and lets fame go to her head — until a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live brings her back.

"Don't Make Me Over" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Meg after getting her makeover.
  • Beautiful All Along: Meg, after the makeover, become a very attractive girl. Future episodes won't be so kind to her appearance.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Brian, in the last scene.
  • Brick Joke: Brian's possibly latent, reflexive racism, as used in the last scene (see Gainax Ending, below)
  • Didn't Think This Through: Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe form their own band and are excited about their first gig at a prison...until they realize they don't know any songs just as they're about to perform.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: As a part of her makeover, Meg gets her hair dyed blonde.
  • Faux Horrific: The mere sight of Meg can cause one to douse themselves in gasoline, light themselves on fire and jump out a window.
  • Gainax Ending: At the end we learn that the apparent final scene was really just the last SNL sketch, followed by what appears to be that show's end credits. Then ... Brian abruptly turns it off when Showtime at the Apollo comes on, and when his eyes come around to the camera he addresses it, getting defensive about how he turned off the show because he always goes to bed at 1 a.m. and not because he's racist (see Brick Joke, above). It could be seen as questioning the entire reality of the show, since it seems improbable that Brian is both backstage at SNL with the Griffins and watching the show at home.
  • Hey, You!: Meg starts calling her mother "Lois" as a sign of her Acquired Situational Narcissism.
  • Noodle Incident: When Peter sees the new Meg for the first time.
    Peter: Oh my God! Lois, it was twenty years ago! I never even heard the word rubber!
  • Papa Wolf: Subverted and played straight. Peter beats up Jimmy Fallon, not because he had sex with her on live TV, but to get revenge on Fallon's horrible acting and constant cracking up when he was a cast member on SNL. Peter then goes looking for the guy who slept with his daughter (not knowing that it was the same guy he just beat up).
  • Status Quo Is God: Meg reverts back to her old self because she felt it was too hard being beautiful.
  • Take That!: Against Jimmy Fallon and his Corpsing on Saturday Night Live (which was a big deal back when Fallon was on SNL, but doesn't really hold water, since Fallon hasn't been on the show since the end of the 2003-2004 season, and this episode aired in 2005).
    • Peter's line about meeting such SNL cast members as John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Phil Hartman, and Horatio Sanz. The joke is that Peter is such an idiot that he doesn't know that Belushi, Radner, and Hartman are dead. Horatio Sanz is still alive, but hasn't really done anything since SNL, so it's the writer's way of saying that Sanz's career is dead.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Meg.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Meg becomes this after she gets a makeover. Too bad it's only temporarily.