January 31, 2010
"Hands in the air, Goldman!"
Peter enters a local rodeo competition, and begins using Meg (against her will, as usual
) to train for a steer competition. When he tears off Meg's pants and tries to brand her, Adam West shows up, reveals that he already branded her, and ropes her up.
Eventually, Peter enters a bull-riding competition, but doesn't count on the bull planning to exact revenge for being used against his will. Needless to say, Peter is thoroughly and utterly humiliated. While Peter is being raped (offscreen) by the bull, Brian meets the editor of Teen People, who gives him a job writing an article about the average American girl. Brian decides to select Meg as his subject and begins following her around town. Eyebrows are raised when Brian and Stewie learn that Meg has been going to the local prison and has fallen in love with an inmate. Luke, whom was incarcerated for robbery, had been the person Meg met through a school pen-pal project.
Brian immediately tells Peter and Lois, who confront Meg and force an end to the relationship. However, Luke breaks out of prison and hides at the Griffins' house. Brian finds Luke and calls Joe to have Luke arrested. Meg is also taken into custody for harboring a fugitive and is sentenced to prison.
Several weeks, Meg is released from prison as a much different person. Instead of the meek, bullied Meg she used to be, she is now the aggressor. She first searches out Peter, tells him "you're my bitch now" and begins torturing him (much like how Peter always physically abused Meg). At school, Meg also seeks and gains revenge on Connie and all her friends for all those years of being humiliated and the butt of cruel pranks. She hits several of the popular jocks over the head with a pillowcase full of soft drink cans, while forcing an unconscious Connie to swallow her tongue.
Meg later decides to start a new life away from home and quickly ambushes Brian in his car. She forces him at gunpoint to drive to Mort's Pharmacy to rob the business. Brian hastily shows Meg the article he wrote about her in Teen People, which describes her "far sweeter and kinder than the typical American girl." Meg is touched by this, decides to go back to her old self and the two go home.
While eating dinner, Meg mentions how she met Wesley Snipes.
"Dial Meg For Murder." contains examples of (YMMV goes here):
- Beware the Nice Ones/From Nobody to Nightmare: Meg. She completely flips out after coming out of prison.
- Bi the Way: When Meg kisses Connie.
- Black Comedy Rape: Peter getting raped by a bull (in the DVD version, it's worse, in that Peter has no pants on when the bull assaults him. In the TV version, Peter has on underwear).
- Also, Meg raping Peter with a loofah.
- Bullying a Dragon: The popular kids make fun of the hardened Meg before getting whacked with a pillowcase full of soda cans.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Meg dishes these out to every one. 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.
- Jerkass: Peter, Connie and her friends to Meg, which is why she gives them the beat-down they deserve.
- Kick the Dog / 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.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: See Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Only Sane Man: Brian (well in this episode).
- Pet the Dog: Brian telling Meg that she is "far sweeter and kinder than the typical American girl."
- 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.
- Take That: After Peter's final line about Meg's overly esoteric reference "Always end on a strong note." 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. Did she not notice or care that Meg's time in prison would make her violent? Apparently not, because she still makes fun of her before having her ass handed to her.
- Took a Level in Badass/Who's Laughing Now?: Meg. Just see above.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Meg at the end of the episode holds Mort's pharmacy hostage and is one police call from falling even deeper right before Brian defuses the situation by reading her the article he wrote about her.