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

  • Critical Research Failure: To say the show takes...liberties with domestic abuse is putting it lightly.
    • For one, Brenda is shown to be undyingly loyal to her abuser, but neither give any reason why. In most cases, it's a case of Draco in Leather Pants, where the victim sees past the abuser's abundant flaws to whatever made them fall in love in the first place, but it's just as often the abuser threatening to kill or withhold money from the victim if they leave. This, plus Jeff showing no redeeming qualities whatsoever, just makes Brenda look like an idiot.
    • 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.
    • Joe claims that he can't incarcerate Jeff until Brenda files a complaint, which is unfortunately Truth in Television with most cases of domestic abusers, as they tend to do everything behind closed doors and are very subtle in their emotional attacks on their partner (hence the title "Screams In Silence," a common expression used to describe domestic abuse). In this case, it doesn't work, because Jeff has repeatedly beaten Brenda in front of other people, in plain sight. And when there is obvious evidence of abuse, a complaint doesn't need to be filed first to get the abuser arrested.
    • Finally, the gang decides that the best idea in the end is to simply kill Jeff, freeing Brenda. Cathartic as it may be, "getting rid of the bad person" doesn't automatically fix the problems brought on by abuse. Brenda is most likely severely psychologically damaged and, if left to her own accord, will immediately go to someone else who is just as bad.
    • The Mysterious Mr. Enter, himself a victim of abuse at the hands of his parents, said in his review of the episode that the staggering amount of misinformation on the subject was actually worse than no information at all and such carelessness was harmful to actual victims of abuse (he put a link to a support line in the video's description to show just how seriously he took this, then did a follow-up video debunking the common stereotypes of domestic abuse, passively mentioning that the episode would have been no good either way).
  • Don't Shoot the Message: Zig-zagged. Despite the show's track record of regularly abusing women for laughs and employing a lot of Black Comedy Rape, not to mention it's (mostly) strict aversion to consequences, this episode aims as hard as possible to show domestic abuse as monstrous and inhumane, and portrays abusers as vicious animals who need to get put down. In theory, this is good, but they portrayal is so misinformed and vague that what could have been an inspiration to victims of abuse to get help became twenty minutes of the writers beating an incredibly obvious message into the viewer.
  • He Really Can Act: Seth MacFarlane sounds on the verge of tears when Quagmire reads his letter to Brenda.
  • 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."
  • Narm: Along with all of the abundant misinformation about it's subject, the show's extremely economical and rigid animation makes it difficult to take seriously.
  • 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.