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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.

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

  • Beware the Nice Ones/From Nobody to Nightmare: Good lord, Meg. She completely flips out after coming out of prison.
  • 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 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.
  • Had To Come To Prison To Become 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.
  • 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."
  • Prison Rape: Presumably what happened to Meg in prison, and hence her current demeanor.
  • Rape as Comedy: It is implied that a bull — a 1,000 male steer — rapes Peter. Never mind the sheer ridiculousness of this (humans romancing animals they think are people have dated to the beginnings of Western Animation), but if a steer were actually able to sexually assault a human being, the man would surely be killed, if not severely sickened and violently injured.
    • Peter suffers more of this later in the episode, when Meg returns home from prison and repeatedly assaults him sexually.
  • 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 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. 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.
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