Recap / Family Guy S 4 E 6 Petarded

Airdate: June 19, 2005

After "winning" at Trivial Pursuit during game night with the neighbors, Peter deludes himself into thinking he actually is a genius—Brian challenges Peter to take the MacArthur Genius Grant-IQ test to make it official. But when Peter finally gets his test results back, it turns out that he's not a genius—in fact, Peter's IQ is apparently so low that he's declared to be (technically) "mentally retarded." After initially grousing over it, Peter decides to take advantage of it because people are more forgiving of those with mental disabilities. As always, Peter takes it too far—this time, it results with him severly injuring his wife and getting the kids taken from him by Child Welfare (as he's deemed "mentally unfit" to take care of them).

"Petarded" contains examples of:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Peter develops a pretentious attitude after he wins a game of Trivial Pursuit (that Lois rigged with questions from the preschool edition).
  • Bait-and-Switch: In a Cutaway Gag, when a man in 1945 Hiroshima who got a parking ticket and mud splashed on his asks how his day can get any worse, he sees something falling above him and says "". He gets attacked by a monkey.
  • Brick Joke: A Cutaway Gag shows a National Geographic documentary about firetrucks. At the very end, Peter gets attacked by a firetruck.
  • Department of Child Disservices: Inverted, since Peter has given social services every reason to think he's a horrible father and place them with the more level headed Cleveland in the meantime.
  • Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: Peter takes advantage of his mental condition to do anything he wants, like going into the womens' bathroom and announcing "Testicles!" over a restaurant loudspeaker. It comes back to bite him in the ass later when Lois is put in the hospital for grease burns and the kids are taken away to live with Cleveland.
  • Epic Fail: As mentioned above, Peter does so poorly on his exam that he's declared to be "mentally retarded" (technically-speaking).
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Even when trying to do good and prove he's a good father to social services, Peter interprets this as making Cleveland look like an even worse parental-figure by comparison (such as framing Cleveland for prostitution).
  • Jerk Justifications: Peter uses every and any excuse to act like a complete prick to those around him. When he wins a rigged Trivial Pursuit he becomes conceited and talks down to everyone, when he discovers he is retarded he exploits his condition to get away with any trouble he causes. When it finally bites him back and he has to prove his entitlement to his kids, he decides to do so by framing Cleveland (their current guardian) for mistreatment.
  • Karma Houdini: Played with, as Peter doesn't get any retribution for his antics because he's legally retarded.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Peter after Lois' ends up in the hospital because of his shenanigans.
  • Never My Fault: Peter complains in court about "getting the bum rap" just for being retarded, disregarding even outside his stupidity, he had used his condition to act like a irresponsible jerk to his friends and family.
  • Precision F-Strike
  • Reality Ensues: Peter's attempts to exploit Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery end up getting his kids taken away by Child Services after he's deemed mentally unfit to take care of them.
  • Shout-Out
    • The number of prostitutes are counted in a manner similar to Sesame Street.
    • To cope with his retardation, Peter gets Verne to be his social worker.
    • Stewie says Meg clears her sinuses like Felix Unger.
  • Take That!: On Peter's intelligence chart "Retarded" is below "Average" and above "Creationist"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Peter—justified in that this episode reveals that, technically speaking, he's mentally retarded, so all those past times he did stupid things was presumably because of mental retardation and not him being an expy of Homer Simpson (though some Family Guy detractors will still believe this).
    • The entire cast decide to play Paintball with actual guns. Only Lois briefly questions the idea.
    Peter: Alright, alright. Nobody fire at Lois, she's scared.
  • You Monster!: The Judge says this to Peter, unfazed by his Rousing Speech.