Recap / Family Guy S8 E18 "Quagmire's Dad"
May 9, 2010
Quagmire's father, a Navy lieutenant, comes to town to visit his son — and reveal that he's undergoing gender reassignment surgery
"Quagmire's Dad" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):
- An Aesop: When you tell a loved one about a life changing decision, don't assume that they will accept your choice or force them to accept your decision because the choice will also effect their lives and they need time to absorb this revelation. If you are uncomfortable with someone's choice, try to be supportive but don't be afraid or anxious to ask questions or voice discomfort.
- Beer Goggles: Brian is unaware of Ida's previous identity until Stewie tells him… the morning after the two slept together.
- Big "NO!": Quagmire upon learning that Ida had sex with Brian.
- Broken Aesop: The episode was meant to be a sympathetic portrayal of transgendered people yet it never once addresses how society feels about transgender people and how they aren’t something to fear. While Peter’s actions could be the case of Hanlon's Razor, it’s blatantly obvious that Lois is transphobic. Yet the episode never highlights how they're wrong for feeling the way they do about Ida, instead opting to present Quagmire in the wrong for not instantly accepting her choice.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: After Brian tells Stewie that he slept with Ida, they have exaggerated lip flap for the remainder of their conversation, implying that Brian and Stewie are now flaccid.
- I Banged Your Mom: Brian gives Quagmire a variation of this after the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
Quagmire turns around.
- Made of Iron: After Glenn beats the daylights out of Brian, the latter is able to get up, walk to the front door, and gloat, because he's pleased at having slept with Glenn's mother, and Glenn hates him so much.
- Mood Whiplash: Brian is laughing like crazy upon finding out about Dan, until he discovers Dan had gender reassignment surgery and became the woman he slept with last night.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Glenn gives a very serious one to Brian when he finds out about their little talk last night.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Quagmire went on this when he found about Brian and his dad.
- Running Gag: Once again, Brian is beaten to a bloody pulp after taking a shower, but this time by Quagmire.
- Scream Discretion Shot: When Glenn finds out that Ida slept with Brian.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Brian and Stewie do this in panic after realizing that Brian slept with Quagmire's father.
- Transgender Fetishization: Ida is portrayed as extremely attractive, especially to Brian—who ends up sleeping with her to set up an Unsettling Gender Reveal gag.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Brian is seriously squicked out when he discovers the identity of Ida, vomiting for half a minute.