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.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Peter is a victim of this twice (possibly a series record):
    • It is strongly implied that a bull - a 1,000 male steer - 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.
  • 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").
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • After shamelessly using his own children to practice his rodeo skills, Peter gets completely trounced in the rodeo - by the bull.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Brian (well in this episode).
  • Parental Hypocrisy: 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Brian telling Meg that she is "far sweeter and kinder than the typical American girl."
  • 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. 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. Chris even lampshades this: "Dad, show some humility, it'll save your life!"
  • Took a Level in Badass/Who's Laughing Now?: Meg. Just see above.
  • Tranquil Fury: Meg's default mood after coming out of prison.
  • 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.