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: Meg. She completely flips out after coming out of prison.
- 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 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.