Recap / Family Guy S 9 E 9 And Im Joyce Kinney

Airdate: January 16, 2011

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After promising to make items for a church bake sale, Lois runs into Joyce Kinney at the store. After gushing about meeting her, the two quickly become close friends, and they decide to spend the day together at the news studio and later takes her out for drinks. Joyce gets Lois to drunkenly admit she made a porno film in college called Quest for Fur to pay for her tuition after her rich parents cut her off for blowing her school money on cocaine.

Joyce Kinney later features it in a news story. Lois is outraged and when confronts Joyce, she finds out it was in retaliation for a prank she pulled in High School, where Joyce was pantsed in front of the student body with a hot dog shoved in her mouth. Joyce's last name is revealed to be Chevapravatdumrong (which is the last name of one of the writers on the show), but she changed it to Kinney, since she believed that the news will never let that on air. Lois then says that the prank was a long time ago and that she was sorry for what she did. Joyce scoffs and tells Lois to "go talk to a news reporter."

Lois confesses what happened to the family but finds herself ostracized everywhere. Chris faces bullies at school who tease him about his mother. Meg joins in and says "yeah your mom is gross and nasty," but, as usual, gets told to shut up and stay out of it.

She eventually finds herself at church and is ordered to leave. Crying and depressed, Brian tells her that she may not be able to rectify her mistake, but she can make it so that way no one mocks her for it by making fun of herself for it (like how Ryan Seacrest made jokes about his alleged homosexuality to keep others from doing the same). Lois arrives at church the following week and, comparing herself to Mary Magdalene, shows the film to the congregation, winning their approval. Joyce is not pleased that the congregation forgave Lois.

"And I'm Joyce Kinney" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Accuser of the Brethren: Combined with Anti-Villain, Joyce Kinney airs Lois' dirty laundry as revenge for the prank the latter pulled in high school. Even after Lois apologizes, Joyce remains stubborn in her stance and refuses to accept Lois' apology.
  • Adults Are Useless: Implied in Joyce's flashback. Lois and the other cheerleaders are never seen being punished for their prank on Joyce.
  • Alpha Bitch: Lois in high school.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Brian sees Lois' film and looks down, the scene cuts to something red jutting out of a white tube. It turns out to be a woman's tube of lipstick.
  • Brick Joke: When Lois confesses that she did a porn movie in her college days, Stewie worries that he may have been the end result of a porno movie (in the TV version, Brian tries to assure him that he's not, before saying he might be. On the DVD, Brian tells Stewie that he couldn't have been the end result of a porno movie since male porn actors don't finish inside the actresses). Near the end of the episode, Stewie says, "Oh, look at that. Now I'm starting to get suspicious," and we cut to a pizza delivery man in the movie who has Stewie's football-shaped head.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Joyce confronts Lois about a prank the latter pulled on her as a teenager. This is understandable, considering how the action had no negative effect on Lois and that what she did was probably over 20 years ago and can be easily forgotten.
  • Continuity Nod: Lois brings up the death of Diane Simmons from "And Then There Were Fewer."
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: An amusing variation occurs in church.
    Woman: *cough*Sinner*cough*
    Lady: *cough*Harlot*cough*
    Man: *cough*I'm actually sick*cough*
  • Disproportionate Retribution: What Lois did to Joyce was a Carrie-style humiliation in high school, Joyce went behind her back over twenty years later and aired Lois' sirty laundry on TV without confronting her directly about it and caused Lois public humiliation. Even after this, Lois apologized, but Joyce rejected her apology.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Joyce towards Lois. Her backstory is sympathetic, but rather than letting it go and forgetting about Lois, she gets revenge on her and causes Lois public humiliation.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Bonnie has the nerve to call Lois a "slut", when Bonnie cheated on Joe in "Go Stewie Go."
    • A deleted scene shows Quagmire angrily calling Lois "trash". Yes, the same Quagmire who has a Stalker Shrine of Lois in his closet and tried to have sex with her on the episode where Peter has amnesia after appearing on an episode of Family Feud calling Lois "trash".
    • Discussed when Lois tells the congregation that Mary Magdeline (known for being a prostitute) was friends with Jesus and Jesus forgave her for her sins, and the congregation has no right to call her out for her sleazy past since none of them are better than Jesus (except for Tina Fey).
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Invoked as a Ratings Stunt with a news story on Angus Reed, a boy with cerebral palsy.
  • Jaw Drop: Quagmire when he sees Lois' porn film.
  • Kick the Dog: Lois' prank on Joyce.
  • Living Prop: Peter mentions this trope when he tells Lois that the people at church are just random background people whom he's never seen before, and most of them don't even move or blink.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Chris and Meg get shamed at school for Lois' past actions.
  • Mondegreen
    Lois: But how am I supposed to live in this town when I'm a social pariah?
    Peter: What's that? Is it them little fish that eat cows?note 
  • Parallel Porn Titles: Lois starred in Quest for Fur.
  • Reality Ensues: Joyce gets revenge on Lois for a Carrie-style prank that the latter pulled on her in high school. Lois attempts to apologize, only for Joyce to not care (due to the severity of said prank). Moral of the scene: there are real life victims of bullying who will never let go of grudges against bullies (even when they really should) and that just because you feel remorseful and apologize for your actions, it won't guarantee an accepted apology.
  • Rejected Apology: While understandable due to bullying being a huge deal and the prank being a Carrie-style humiliation, Joyce does this to Lois. What makes this come off as harsh is the fact that Lois was genuinely sorry for what she did.
  • Revenge: Joyce Kinney airs Lois' dirty laundry in retaliation to a prank that was pulled on in high school.
  • Shout-Out: Lois' prank on Joyce is a bit similar to the prank that Jessica plays on a fat girl in the movie The Hot Chick.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Chris, and Meg to a lesser extent, get this from bullies in high school over what Lois did.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The priest's line, "I know I'm a man of God, but that shit is hot!"
  • With Friends Like These...: Joyce's betrayal of Lois (by revealing her past and the reason as to why she did it), and the aftermath (nearly all of Quahog shunning Lois, calling her hateful names and so forth, and being ex-communicated by her church when she turns to her pastor for help).

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