Recap / Family Guy S 8 E 11 Dial Meg For Murder

Airdate: January 31, 2010
"Hands in the air, Goldman!"

Brian gets a job writing for a teen magazine — and finds his first story when Meg begins bonding with an escaped prisoner. And when Meg gets busted for harboring said escaped convict, she ends up in prison and is released later as a hardened thug.

The side-story is that Peter takes it into his head to enter a rodeo - and gets a whole lot more than he bargained for.

"Dial Meg For Murder." contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Ass Shove: Meg does this to Peter with a loofah.
  • Beware the Nice Ones/From Nobody to Nightmare: Good lord, Meg. She completely flips out after coming out of prison.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Meg tries to imitate Chris' Big "WHAT?!" when she finds out she's under arrest. Who does it better? You decide.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Peter is a victim of this twice (possibly a series record):
    • After being bucked off the back of his bull in the rodeo, it rapes Peter in the middle of a rodeo arena, and nobody seems inclined to lift a finger to help him.
    • Meg joins Peter in the shower and rapes him with a loofah to assert her dominance.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: What Brian believes he's doing by exposing Meg's relationship with Luke, though how dangerous he actually is is up to debate.
  • Brick Joke: After the bull rapes Peter, it "suggests" that Peter could maybe stop by its place for further sexual encounters. Later in the episode, the bull calls Peter on the phone and tells him to come over for sex, with Peter giving Lois and Brian an excuse about being needed at work before hurrying over.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Connie and her friends making fun of Meg after she returns to school from prison. They pay for it, big time.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Meg dishes these out to everyone. She even gives Peter a literal curb stomp (or in this case, "stair stomp").
  • Dirty Coward: When Peter was being raped by the bull and later assaulted by Meg, no one lifted a finger to help him. They also shifted the blame to Stewie, a baby, when Meg was terrorizing them. Brian also qualifies for exposing Meg's secret to her parents, instead of confronting her about it directly.
  • The Dog Bites Back: This episode is basically Meg getting pushed beyond the brink and getting revenge on those who bullied her (including her own parents).
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: This episode even provides one half of the page image.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: We go from Peter trying out for the rodeo to a forbidden love story to prison life turning Meg into a monster.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The climax in a nutshell, as Brian tries to convince Meg not to go through with the robbery, and that this is not who she is.
  • Irony: Luke got arrested for robbery, which is exactly what Meg would have been arrested for if she went through with it.
  • Jerkass: Peter, Connie and her friends to Meg, which is why she gives them the beat-down they deserve.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The punishment that Peter and the popular kids receive by Meg.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Peter and the popular kids suffer this after tormenting Meg. And Lois all but getting the same treatment after refusing to hear her out earlier regarding the story she gave about the inmate and forbidding her from seeing him again, which led to Lois' current predicament in the first place.
    Meg: Get out now, or stay and get weird. Your call, warden.
    • After shamelessly using his own children to practice his rodeo skills, Peter gets completely trounced in the rodeo - by the bull.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The Griffins when Meg bursts in after getting out of jail.
    Meg: [slams door open] I'm home. You're all my bitches now! [Beat]
    Stewie: Ok.
  • More Than Mind Control: Let's see...Meg gets snitched on by Brian, scolded by her parents, forbidden to see the inmate she fell for again, forced to watch as said inmate is re-arrested, and has to go to jail herself for harboring him, all in one day. Then, once in prison, she had to fight for her life, and was probably raped by an inmate or two. By the time her prison sentence is up, this experience has changed her, to say the least.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: What Meg eventually comes to realize when she's brought back to her senses.
    Meg: Oh my God, I can't believe I did this. I was just so tired of being everybody's whipping girl that I thought it would feel good if I did some of the whipping.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Brian's snitching and Lois' lack of sympathy make them largely responsible for Meg's transformation.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: See Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • No Sympathy: Lois does not care one bit about Meg's story and forbids her from seeing the convict again. Granted the guy is a criminal and they can be dangerous, but Lois doesn't even check things out.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Meg says that harboring a fugitive is only a felony if someone finds out...immediately before Peter walks into the room.
  • Only Sane Man: Brian (well in this episode).
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Negative Continuity aside, Lois telling off Meg for dating a convict doesn't seem so in-place when you remember that she was once arrested for shoplifting. Same goes for Peter, who has been arrested far more times than Lois. This later gets played for laughs when Peter says Meg should be careful who she gets involved with—immediately before getting a call from the bull who raped him earlier demanding him for "some coitus".
  • Pet the Dog: Brian telling Meg that she is "far sweeter and kinder than the typical American girl."
  • Poor Communication Kills: If Brian had simply asked Meg directly for an interview for his article, as opposed to basically stalking her, he wouldn't have stumbled onto her dark secret. Likewise, he had another opportunity to directly confront Meg when he finds out said secret, but tells her parents behind her back instead, without giving her so much as a warning.
  • Prison Rape: Presumably what happened to Meg in prison, and hence her current demeanor.
  • Recursive Canon: Peter finds out the plot of the episode by reading it from TV Guide.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Meg whacking the popular kids in retaliation.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Brian. Justified in that he's shown to actually be concerned for Meg's safety rather than wanting to get her in hot water, and probably didn't expect her parents to be as harsh on her as they were. Meg, however, doesn't appreciate this one bit.
  • Take That!: After Peter's final line about Meg's overly esoteric reference "Always end on a strong joke." The credits and theme are very reminiscent of another animated comedy series.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Meg French kisses Connie after knocking her out cold.
  • Temporarily a Villain: Meg. Justified in-story as she went to prison and had to fight for survival, and justified in the fandom as revenge to all the people who have treated her like crap throughout the series.
  • Too Dumb to Live and What an Idiot!:
    • Brian. While he tries to talk Meg out or robbing Mort's pharmacy, it doesn't occur to him that trying to reason with her with words would get him killed.
    • Connie and her friends. Did they not think that Meg's time in prison would make her violent? Apparently not, because they still make fun of her before having their asses handed to them.
    • Peter, who keeps stroking his own ego while Meg keeps whaling on him. Chris even lampshades this.
    Chris: For God's sake Dad, have some humility, it'll save your life!
    • Before that, Peter's choice to enter the rodeo; as Lois immediately points out, he knows nothing about riding and is in terrible physical condition. Sure enough, he gets quickly bucked off of the bull's back, and it then rapes him to exert its dominance.
    • Even Luke gets this at one point. While running from Joe, a handicapped cop, he thought it was a good idea to run downhill, allowing Joe to get the edge needed to re-arrest him. This too gets lampshaded, by Meg.
    Meg: No, Luke! Don't run downhill!
  • Took a Level in Badass/Who's Laughing Now?: Meg. Just see above.
  • Tranquil Fury: Meg's default mood after coming out of prison.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Brian wants to keep Meg safe from a potentially dangerous sneakily notifying her parents behind her back, which earns her a nasty scolding from Lois, who refused to hear her out or check things out.
    • Luke also qualifies, only robbing a store to support his mother, according to Meg. But that's not good enough, according to the law, her family, or anyone who cares to interpret more criminal behavior he may be hiding.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Meg is arrested, Luke is never seen or mentioned again until the end of the episode, while Brian is talking Meg down from robbing Mort.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: At the end of the episode, Meg attempts to rob Mort's pharmacy and is one police call away from falling even deeper right before Brian defuses the situation by reading her the article he wrote about her.