Recap / Family Guy S 5 E 18 Meet The Quagmires

Peter's wish to go out and live like a single guy again (thanks to Death) leads to an alternate reality where Lois is married to Quagmire and Peter is the husband of former Brat Pack star, Molly Ringwald.

Examples:

  • Art Shift: The cutaway gag about The Jetsons is done in the show's original style.
  • Bad Future: Subverted—while the changes in Peter's life are certainly very extreme, the only real "bad things" the new timeline are 1.) Chevy Chase is the host of The Tonight Show instead of Jay Leno, 2.) Lois and Quagmire got married in this timeline while Peter married Molly Ringwald and 3.) Meg, Chris and Stewie still exist, but they look like Quagmire and Meg inherited Quagmire's sexual appetite. Even then, the good things ultimately outweigh the bad things, and Brian points out to Peter that this new timeline is basically a paradise compared to ours (at the time that the episode first aired) and even admits that, "[Peter] not marrying Lois was the best thing that ever could've happened to the world." To name some of the good things in the new timeline:
    • Al Gore's the president and he killed Osama Bin Laden with his bare hands.
    • There are flying cars that run on vegetable oil.
    • People are much more health-conscious and there's Universal Free Healthcare, so people are living considerably longer.
    • There's Zero Tolerance Gun Control and a much stronger/more well-funded educational system, so there's hardly any street crime.
    • Dick Cheney (who obviously did not become Vice President in this timeline) simultaneously killed Justice Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove, and Tucker Carlson in a hunting accident.
  • Bowdlerization: The following scenes were cut/edited when aired on FOX compared to the DVD and [adult swim] version:
    • Brian's line to young Lois on FOX was "Can I WHAM! my Oingo Boingo into your Velvet Underground?"; on DVD and Adult Swim, it was "I would eat your poo"note 
    • The scene of the 1980s collar guy challenging Brian to a fight cuts off before Brian can say anything in the FOX version; on DVD and Adult Swim, the 1980s collar guy says, "I'll fight you anytime, anywhere." Brian suggests that the two fight on September 11th 2001, at 8:00 am on top of the World Trade Center.
    • Quagmire's roleplaying game he plays with Lois on FOX is "Schoolgirl and Guy Who Has Sex with the Schoolgirl"; on DVD and Adult Swim, it's "Hide and Go Anal."
    • The parody of The Jetsons opening on the TV version (both FOX and [adult swim]) has George say, "Bull...crap" after Jane tries to explain that she's not going to take his wallet this time. On DVD, the line is "Bull...shit."
    • During the dance on the FOX version, Lois asks what's poking her and Quagmire says, "It's just my wang." On [adult swim] and the DVD, he uses the more upfront word, "penis."
  • Brick Joke: The Jetsons cutaway ends with George sending Jane falling a long distance from the hovercar. Later, she lands next to Peter and Brian.
  • Call-Forward: At the prom, Peter accidentally bumps into his enemy, Ernie the Giant Chicken. His friend next to him tells him to let it go and that he'll probably never see Peter again.
  • The Cameo: In the final gag of the episode, Lois says she's thankful that everything is now back to normal... only for Roger from American Dad! to enter the living room asking who ate all the pecan sandies.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Molly Ringwald becomes this in the universe where she married Peter, looking about a decade older than her real age (39 in 2007).
    • Judd Nelson also comes by and looks very decrepit.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Take That!
    • It is mentioned that Osama bin Laden was hiding within the cast of Mad TV, a jab at the show not being as prominent or popular as Saturday Night Live. The joke is made funnier for two reasons: 1) Mad TV got canceled in 2009 due to low ratings and FOX cutting the budget on late-night TV shows (at least until they brought in Animation Domination High Defnote ) and 2) Osama bin Laden was found and killed two years after Mad TV ended.
    Quagmire: Wow, the perfect hiding spot. The one place no one would look.
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