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.
  • 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."
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: 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.
  • 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.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: Or, more appropriately, "We're not just fart jokes, pop culture references and racist jokes, dammit!"