April 11, 2010
Our story starts by Peter getting a jury duty notice, thinking that he was specially chosen for the duty, but becomes disappointed when it turns out that everybody gets to serve jury duty. He attempts to get out of it but fails. When he gets home, Tom and Diane announce on the news that a black hole is eating up the solar system and the Earth will be destroyed in 24 hours.
Soon, everyone in town goes out of their way to spend their last day on Earth. Herbert finally attempts to have sex with Chris, Quagmire has sex swith Bonnie and Peter steals a lion from the zoo. As the countdown reaches its final seconds, Peter decides to get it out of the way and admits he hates being around the kids. And then, Tom and Diane reveal that the whole news report was a prank for April Fool's Day.
After Peter's shocking revelation, Meg, Chris and Stewie ostracize Peter. After realizing how angry they are at him, Peter attempts to to get them to reconcile with him buy spending time with them, but he fails. After a rather heartfelt apology, they still don't buy it, so Peter gets them an Xbox 360.
"April in Quahog" contains examples of:
- April Fools' Plot
Tom: Yes, April Fools. We, at Channel 5 News conducted the whole black hole story as part of our commitment to be infestive around the holidays.
Diane: And with only 87 suicides and widespread looting, we think this was a pretty successful practical joke!
- There was also a real April Fool's prank to promote this episode, as promo pictures promised that Stan and Francine Smith and Hank Hill were to appear, but they didn't. They did, however, appear on a season eleven episode.
- Borrowed Catchphrase
Meg: Shut up, dad!
- Captain Obvious
Brian: Does it bite?
Peter: Of course it bites. It's a lion.
- Eye Scream: Peter removes his eyeball while high on crystal meth.
- Halfway Plot Switch: The first part has Peter on jury duty, the second part is about widespread panic over the world supposedly ending, and the third has Peter trying to be a better father.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Peter.
- N-Word Privileges: On his supposed last day, Peter decides to shout the N-word in an all-black neighborhood note . He comes back wearing Requisite Royal Regalia and a sash reading "King of the Black People".
Peter: They respected me for it.
- Spoof Aesop (and Broken Aesop): "If you can't earn your kids' respect, you can always buy it."