YMMV: Family Guy S 10 E 3 Screams OF Silence The Story Of Brenda Q



  • Bizarro Episode: This episode wasn't meant to be funny, which is odd because, in the past, Domestic Abuse and violence against women has been Played for Laughs.
    • Broken Base: One half says that the episode is terrible for being misogynist and that it's darker and scarier than usual for the show, while the other half says it's a brilliant episode for taking a series, dramatic turn and exploring a serious issue that the show often mocks (usually in cruel ways) and proof that the show has a soul underneath the Comedic Sociopathy.
  • Clueless Aesop: Sorry, writers, but you can't do a Very Special Episode about domestic violence and sexual abuse when you regularly play it for laughs.
  • Critical Research Failure: To say the show takes...liberties with domestic abuse is putting it lightly.
    • For one thing, Joe claims that he can't incarcerate Jeff until Brenda files a complaint, this despite the fact that Jeff frequently and exclusively abuses her in public and in broad daylight.
      • ...which in and of itself is a problem, as domestic abuse often happens in private between the abuser and victim.
    • Jeff, as with most representation of people the writers dislike, it portrayed as thoroughly stupid and cruel in a primal way, despite especially bad abusers usually harming people in crafty and very specific ways that they know will hurt them the most.
    • Finally, the gang decides that the best idea in the end is to simply kill Jeff, freeing Brenda, who is clearly psychologically damaged and will no doubt go directly to another man who is just as bad.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: This episode makes it very, very clear that its moral is "Domestic Abuse is not funny nor should it be taken lightly," and it is a well-meaning message, despite that most of their past episodes show women getting abused and beaten for laughs and a show like Family Guy has been shown to be an antithesis of The Simpsons, in which no life lessons are learned and nearly everything is a joke.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The stuff in here is definitely not played for laughs, but there are a few moments that can be considered this.
    Lois: Oh no, not him. Isn't he the one that beats her?
    Peter: Yeah, but she's gotten a lot better.
    • Peter's attempt at telling jokes at the intervention before Lois stopped him.
  • Moment of Awesome: Quagmire surviving getting strangled (as he's sexually asphyxiated himself so much that it doesn't bother him anymore) by Jeff, then running down the bastard with his car and slamming him into a tree.
    • Also kudos for the show playing domestic violence straight and for drama after over a decade of playing it for laughs. And to think it came from a tasteless joke on the episode "Jerome is the New Black."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: When Quagmire and Jeff were fighting in the woods, Brenda could have pulled a Big Damn Heroes moment by showing up to stop Jeff and save her brother. She doesn't, which is a shame, because both averting this and her crying over the...um, "note" that Jeff was leaving her, only furthers her Extreme Doormat status. That's...a problem.
    • Not so much a problem if you think of her pattern of abuse. She goes to Quagmire to hide from Jeff after being abused, goes back to Jeff, lather-rinse-repeat. She is so used to being abused by Jeff that it's normal to her. makes it sadder now that one thinks about it.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: Or, more appropriately, "We're not just fart jokes, pop culture references and racist jokes, dammit!"