'''Airdate:''' January 31, 2010

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[[caption-width-right:320:"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 an escaped convict, she ends up in prison and is released later as a hardened thug.
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!!"Dial Meg For Murder." contains examples of ([[YMMV/FamilyGuyS8E11DialMegForMurder YMMV goes here]]):

* AssShove: Meg does this to Peter with a loofah.
* BewareTheNiceOnes[=/=]FromNobodyToNightmare: Good lord, '''Meg'''. She completely flips out after coming out of prison.
* BlackComedyRape: Peter is a victim of this twice (possibly a series record):
** It is implied that a bull -- a 1,000 male steer -- rapes Peter. Never mind the sheer ridiculousness of this (humans romancing [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny 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. (Not to mention that the bull would probably have been shot and killed if he began doing this in a public arena.)
** Peter suffers more of this later in the episode, when Meg returns home from prison and sexually assaults him repeatedly, first by interrupting his shower.
* BullyingADragon: Connie and her friends making fun of Meg after she returns to school from prison. They pay for it, big time.
* CurbStompBattle: Meg dishes these out to every one. She even gives Peter a literal curb stomp (or in this case, "stair stomp").
* TheDogBitesBack: This episode is basically Meg getting pushed beyond the brink and getting revenge on those who bullied her (including her own parents).
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: 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.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The punishment that Peter and the popular kids receive by Meg.
* LaserGuidedKarma: 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.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: See CurbStompBattle.
* NoSympathy: Lois does not care one bit about Meg's story and forbids her from seeing the inmate again. Granted the guy ''is'' a criminal and they can be dangerous, but the fact that he's gentle around Meg should say ''something''.
* OnlySaneMan: Brian (well in this episode).
* ParentalHypocrisy: 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.
* PetTheDog: Brian telling Meg that she is "far sweeter and kinder than the typical American girl."
* PrisonRape: Presumably what happened to Meg in prison, and hence her current demeanor.
* RecursiveCanon: Peter finds out the plot of the episode by reading it from TV Guide.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Meg whacking the popular kids in retaliation.
* TheStoolPigeon: 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.
* TakeThat: 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 [[TheSimpsons another animated comedy series]].
* TakeThatKiss: Meg French kisses Connie after knocking her out cold.
* TemporarilyAVillain: 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.
* TooDumbToLive and WhatAnIdiot: 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 notice or care 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!"
* TookALevelInBadass[=/=]WhosLaughingNow: Meg. Just see above.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: 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.