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You'd thought he'd be able to swim in the coins, didn't you?

The show loves doing this in its cutaway gags. It's almost like the writers flip a coin to determine if a specific action will play out according to cartoon logic, or have reality ensue.

  • In "Death Has a Shadow", the pilot, Peter ends up in trouble for not reporting an over-payment of welfare. In court, Peter finally admits guilt for cheating the government and lying to Lois. The judge is moved... but still sentences Peter to 24 months in prison. Peter only gets out because Stewie developed a mind control laser to hypnotize the judge.
  • When Peter goes to the Peter-Copter and the Hinden-Peter in "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire", he promptly crashes them into Joe's house, causing substantial damage. Joe lampshades this by asking how Peter can afford those things.
    • A later episode shows how Peter pays for all his shenanigans, by robbing banks and killing witnesses.
    • In the above episode, Cleveland and Loretta meet up at the end of the episode, but instead of a heartwarming reconciliation, Cleveland and Loretta bitterly agree to a divorce.
  • In Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story they watch a deconstruction of Looney Tunes, where Elmer Fudd approaches Bugs Bunny. It starts off with the basic "What's up, doc?" but then Elmer shoots Bugs repeatedly with his gun and Bugs dies a slow and painful death before Elmer casually snaps his neck and carries away the corpse.
    • Later in the movie, Future Stewie is goaded by Stewie to have sex with Fran, Future Stewie's coworker at Best Buy. After their awkward attempt to have sex, Future Stewie's boss finds out about his attempt of having an intimate relationship with Fran. Due to Future Stewie and Fran being co-workers and the strict rules of coworkers having relationships, Future Stewie's boss promptly fires him.
  • When Joe manages to tackle a robbery suspect in "Ready, Willing and Disabled" and severs his spine in the process Peter jokes about the man's resulting paralysis, but Joe casually informs him that the man died.
    • At another point, on seeing that Joe is gaining fame due to his achievements despite being disabled, Peter tries to fake disability. He shows Tom Tucker a video of his 'tragic accident', in which a scarecrow wearing his clothes is hit by a car he is driving. Tucker tells Peter he can hardly expect him to believe this as it is clearly a scarecrow and when he pauses the video Peter is clearly driving the car.
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  • Also, when Joe went after the real guy who crippled him, he kneecaps him in an ironic punishment. After thanking his friends for believing in him, Joe turns around, and realises the guy bled out, as Joe apparently shot him in the artery. They then push the body into the downstream to flow over into Mexico (as the guy tried to escape by crossing the border... which kinda happened anyway).
  • In "Petarded", upon finding out that he's legally mentally retarded, Peter uses it as an excuse to do whatever he wants without punishment. This lasts until he tries to steal a deep-fryer for a restaurant and drenches Lois in boiling oil, putting her in the hospital, after which Child Services take Meg, Chris, and Stewie away because Peter's actions have proved that he's mentally unfit to be a parent.
    • He initially feels humiliated and dehumanised by the number of precautions being made for him.
  • When pretending to be the The A-Team in "Brian Goes Back to College", Peter and friends expect the workers demolishing the park to flee in panic, crashing their vehicles in the process and then slinking off in shame, defeated. The foreman educates them how even if they weren't killed outright by the reckless shooting or vehicle crash, even a minor fender bender can result in serious neck injury and partial numbness.
  • In "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter", Stewie forgets about his babysitter's boyfriend whom he locks in the trunk of Brian's car. When he remembers after 3 weeks, it is clear that the person has died.
  • In "PTV", Peter kept a clown in the ceiling of the Griffin house somewhere in order to pop up when Lois admitted Peter was right. Unfortunately, its been 15 years since Peter last set it up, so when Lois finally admits that Peter was right about something (in this case, the FCC being a problem), all Peter gets is a skeleton in a colorful wig. This is a throwback to an earlier gag involving Peter having bought Meg a pony in preparation for his screwing up.
    Peter: Oh... oh right, ponies like food, don't they?
  • In "Lottery Fever", the family wins the lottery, and one of Peter's decisions is to buy a giant room full of gold coins and dive into it a la Scrooge McDuck.
    (cue the room, Peter dives into the coins, only to bloodily hit them hard)
    Peter: Aaahhh!! It's not a liquid! It's a great many pieces of solid matter, that form a hard floor-like surface! Ahhh!!
  • In "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1", the family is exposed to toxic waste, get superpowers, and start oppressing the town. Mayor West decides someone needs to stop them, finds some toxic waste, and rolls around in it. He gets lymphoma. This does, however, make the Griffins realize they're being dicks, and they vow to stop. And West says the doctors told him he'll be fine.
  • In "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing", Peter accidentally sets fire to the pediatric wing of a hospital, killing 19 children. It seems like a throwaway gag until his boss passes him over for a promotion because of it. Why she led him to believe he was still in the running for the promotion up to that point is unclear. Judging by her tone, she may have been surprised by the fact that he hadn't figured it out himself. (Then subverted when Peter's sentence was only until next Sunday.)
  • In one episode, they watch a deconstruction of Home Alone. The thugs easily dodge Kevin's traps and shoot him as soon as they see him.
  • In one sketch parodying Dirty Dancing, Johnny, a 41 year-old man, is arrested and sent to the state penitentiary for dating Baby, who is in her mid-teens.
  • A cutaway in "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High" features Peter telling Brian that he's made a water slide in the house by simply turning a hose onto the stairs. He then proceeds to fall down the staircase and (presumably, judging from how he lands) breaks several bones, where he's left screaming in agony, which Brian refuses to do anything about.
    Brian: "I'm not going to call the hospital, because you won't learn anything if I do."
  • In "The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou", Stewie falls asleep in a tanning booth and gets Embarrassingly Painful Sunburn from it. When Brian points at that Stewie had a mole develop after he peeled, it created a melanoma scare.
    • While it was satisfying and cathartic for Peter to beat up Chris' bully to a bloody pulp, Peter still got into trouble because as much as an obnoxious brat the bully was, he's still a minor, and Peter's a fully grown man.
  • In "Whistle While Your Wife Works", Quagmire brings a bunch of fireworks up and he and the Griffins start playing with them. Peter joins several of them together and sets them on fire. His fingers get blown off (with fairly realistic blood and bone splinters too).
  • One episode parodying The Karate Kid showed how bullying won't be Easily Forgiven as Daniel cursed at Johnny for nearly breaking his leg.
  • In "Airport '07", Peter's shenanigans cost Quagmire his pilot's license, so Peter hatches a plan whereby he and his friends drug the flight crew of a plane Quagmire is on, so that Quagmire can use Engineered Heroics to land the plane safely and get his license back. The plan works (although not in the way that Peter intended), but Peter is arrested for hijacking and thrown in prison.
    • The aforementioned shenanigans is also an example. Peter thinks putting airplane fuel into his truck will allow it to fly just like an airplane. Quagmire calls him out on this stupidity with a very angry Let Me Get This Straight....
  • In "Three Kings", an episode spoofing movies based on 3 Stephen King books, the endings of all three segments follow this trope. In Stand by Me, in the climactic scene where Ace (Adam West) and his gang corner Pete and his friends, Pete fires a shot from a gun and aims it at Ace, only for him to inform Pete that he can get a gun the following day and kill him if he wants. Since they both live in the same town and will undoubtedly meet again, Pete gives in after a brief thought and lets them take the body back with them. Then there's "Misery", in which an author, Paul Sheldon (Brian) is being held hostage by Stewie. It goes much like the movie, however, once Paul finishes re-writing his book, he demands that he be freed, only for Stewie to say no, as he knows he'll go to the police the first chance he gets. And finally, there's the ending of "The Shawshank Redemption", in which after escaping the prison, Andy (Peter) escapes to Mexico, in a town that he told Red (Cleveland) about earlier in the story. He waits for Red while enjoying freedom in this small, Mexican town, however, as Red forgot the name of the town he was staying in, he never shows up. Apparently, just because he told him once doesn't mean he'll remember it.
  • After Peter gets a vasectomy in "Sibling Rivalry", Lois starts putting on weight due to a diminished sex drive. She and Peter then have fat sex and realize it was one of the best things they ever tried. Peter helps Lois stay fat but the reality kicks in when she has a heart attack while they make love.
  • "Road to India" has Brian trying to earn money to pay the dowry for his new Love Interest by participating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? like in Slumdog Millionaire, with Brian failing at his first question since he knows nothing about Indian pop culture, particularly the sport cricket.
  • One episode has Peter steal the Statue of Liberty's foot as a gift for Quagmire. When Quagmire says he doesn't want it, Peter goes on a long rant about how incredibly hard these kinds of shenanigans are to pull off.
    Peter: Hey, HEY do you have any idea what I went through to get this!? A lot! A real lot! You think this is just "oh here comes Peter with the Statue of Liberty's foot, oh isn't that a gas?" NO! The reality, the real reality of getting this together was staggering! You know? This cost me four hundred and thirty-seven THOUSAND dollars—don't ask me how I got it—I had to call in a whole bunch of favors from people I've never even met! So the least you could do is just rub up agains-I dunno.
  • In "Herpe, the Love Sore", Peter, Joe and Quagmire are getting their asses handed to them in a fight. Peter attempts to even the playing fields with a can of spinach. But it takes him a minute to get the can open and prop the lid up so he can get the spinach out (cutting his thumb in the process), and when he finally does eat the spinach, it ultimately does nothing for him.
    • In the same episode, cutaway gag spoofs The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy says goodbye to her friends and the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion both become very hurt and angry with Dorothy for her telling the Scarecrow she would miss him most of all.
  • In "The Book of Joe", Brian takes up running and begins to become obsessed with it. Stewie even warns him that there's such a thing as too much exercise. Brian ends up breaking a leg when he tries to run a marathon because he never took some time to give his body a chance to recover and strengthen.
  • In "And I'm Joyce Kinney", 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). This proves that even if an unpopular kid who was bullied grows up to be more successful than their bullies, he/she may still have self-esteem issues from the undeserved bullying and hate they received and would still hold unhealthy grudges against their tormentors.
  • In "Dial Meg For Murder", Meg gets suspended in school for brutally fighting back against her bullies. There is no mention of the bullies getting punished by the school, even if they deserved it. This is a realistic portrayal of real life's school rules against bullying: while bullying itself is at least nominally prohibitednote , lethal violence is guaranteed suspension.
  • In "Tea Peter", Peter buys a sign for the house that make people think he's a business, and they start coming in for various services. Later, he's shut down because he doesn't have a vendor's license.
  • In "Peter's Def Jam", Peter goes deaf after becoming a DJ. When he asks his deaf coworker Stella if the loss of her hearing heightened her other senses, she tells him that that's a myth, and that it'll be a miracle if Peter's not hit by a bus in the first three months.
  • Lampshaded in a deleted scene from "#JOLO". The guys are watching "Sassy Sitcom Secretary in Real Life", where the secretary makes a derogatory joke towards her bosses... who are rightly insulted, chew her out for speaking to her superiors like that, and fire her on the spot.
  • At the end of "Secondhand Spoke", Peter is told that him becoming addicted to smoking has caused irreparable harm to his body and the damage is not going to just disappear the instant he quit.
  • The premise of "Quagmire's Dad". Quagmire's dad Dan comes to visit and people soon assume that he's gay due to feminine quirks but Dan denies this by admitting that he's actually transsexual and is planning to have sexual reassignment surgery. Rather than immediately accepting his sexuality, Quagmire has a lot of questions about this and feels the pressure of blind support for his inconsiderate father.
  • At the end of "We Love You, Conrad", Brian selfishly realizes that he's still pining for his ex-girlfriend Jillian who is currently getting married to her ideal fiancee Derek. Lauren Conrad suggests crashing the wedding and he does so. Rather than accepting Brian and leaving Derek, Jillian gently tells Brian that she's with Derek now and considers him her soul mate. It really does show how these sort of gestures don't work in real life.
  • In "Peter's Sister", Peter decides to finally stand up to his Big Sister Bully Karen... by taking her on in the wrestling ring. However, since Karen is a skilled and experienced fighter, and Peter has only had a few days of training (if you could even call it that), Peter is completely outmatched, only getting in one or two decent hits before Karen overwhelms him.
  • In "The Heartbreak Dog", Brian and Bonnie decide to run away together and start a new life. But, since the decision was made on the spur of the moment, and they had no real plans or money, they are forced to sleep in Brian's car, and work at a diner to get by. On top of that, their differing personalities and life goals soon drive them to argue with and insult each other; deciding to spend the rest of your life with someone you don't really know rarely works out, since that person could easily prove to be a poor match for you in the long run.
  • In "No Country Club For Old Men" Peter is told to talk to an angry kid at the river bank, he does so and tries to cheer him up by tickling him. When the worried parents arrive, they are naturally angry and protective of their son. They don't believe Peter when he gave them his reasons and are on the verge of attacking an alleged paedophile, causing Peter to flee the scene before they call the police.
  • In "Believe It Or Not, Joe’s Walking On Air", Peter, Quagmire, and Cleveland team up together with weapons to attempt to re-cripple Joe so the latter can stop acting like an asshole. But considering how Joe took many fitness lessons and is more physically active than the trio, he is able to hilariously curb-stomp the three when they all try to attack him and the three don’t land a single hit on him.
  • In the episode "Brian the Bachelor", Brian signs up to be a contestant for a game show that involved getting chosen to be someone’s soulmate. Brian first rejects the idea and he thinks that competitions involving love are fake. He ends up being proven right when he eventually wins the competition (with a woman named Brooke as the host). After the tapes stop rolling, Brooke said that the show is over. Brian takes this the wrong way and keeps trying to contact Brooke until the latter angrily demands for Brian to leave her alone or she will call the police. It takes Brian getting hit in the face with a voicemail box to get him to realize that Brooke was never interested in him & the game show was a sham. This is Truth in Television for many love-themed game shows. Either the competitors or the host may not even be interested in a real relationship in the first place, and may only be doing those shows for their own personal gain.
  • In the episode "New Kidney in Town", Peter develops kidney failure after trying to make his own energy drink. After deliberately missing his dialysis, the family tries to get him a new kidney. Brian volunteers and is proven a match for Peter but is told that he will die because they need both of his kidneys. When both Peter and Brian are about to go through the procedure, Dr. Hartman comes in and tells them that he'll donate his kidney instead because Brian is still a dog. Neither Brian or Peter will survive the operation because they're both different species and not only will Brian die from donating his kidneys, Peter will also die because of the problems with biologically crossing two separate species.
  • In the episode "Run, Chris, Run," Brian & Stewie disguise themselves as teenagers and infiltrate James Woods High School so they can get more information on a supposed prank the kids are pulling on Chris by electing him prom king. Brian demands Stewie to wait in his car so he can flirt with two senior students in the girl's bathroom. The next scene cuts to Brian getting thrown out of the school for a few reasons: the security guards realize he's a dog, he's older than the students and he's trespassing on the school premises.
    • In the same episode when Chris finds out people elected him prom king out of pity, he doesn't appreciate it and rightfully feels humiliated and furious. It shows how people can feel de-humanised for achievements born from pity rather than actual respect and hard work.
  • A common criticism for Meg's character is her Yandere tendencies. Although her actions are never justified, they do seem to make sense. Meg is used to everyone treating her like crap. She's not used to people being nice to her. So when someone is nice to her, Meg seizes the opportunity to develop a relationship with said person without hesitation and will cross unnecessary boundaries to do so. This is Truth in Television for some child abuse/bullying victims.
  • A flaw of Chris' character is that he engages in Acquired Situational Narcissism a few times (In episodes "Chris Cross" and "Run, Chris, Run"). This is because Chris is unpopular like his sister, Meg. Unpopular people aren't used to people kissing their feet, so this leads to them taking advantage of any type of power they gain from being popular. This also applies to Meg when she acted bitchy and rude in the episode "Don't Make Me Over" when she gets a makeover and she became respected and liked.
  • In the episode "Friends Without Benefits", Meg attempts to roofie Chris to get Kent to have sex with Chris when Chris is unconscious. When Meg confesses this to Kent and tries to apologize to him, Kent (who was already creeped out by Meg's advances towards him) understandably rejects her apology and deems Meg a psycho. He's not completely wrong, either. It just goes to show that no matter how remorseful you are for your actions, it won't guarantee forgiveness if said actions are extreme.
  • In the episode "Boy Dog Meets Girl Dog", Brian, depressed from being alone on Valentine's Day eats a box of chocolate. He had apparently forgotten that chocolate is toxic for dogs and ends up getting sick.
  • In "The D in Apartment 23", Brian posts a racist comment on his Twitter, and literally everybody in Quahog turns him and the rest of the Griffins into social pariahs, with a mob setting up outside their house and howling for blood. Brian deletes the tweet and tries to apologize, but the mob isn't having it and keeps rudely interrupting him. After all, in real life, there are several instances where you can't take back the things you say or do, and Brian's tweet is a prime example of that. So Brian quickly loses his temper and starts shouting at them. What? You were expecting him to give a speech that shames the mob into admitting he has a point? What did you think this was, another dime a dozen sitcom?
  • In a parody of The Jetsons, Jane tries to steal George's wallet to go shopping, just like the opening to the show. George is pissed and grabs her before she gets away, calling her out on this and disbelieving her excuse.
  • A recurring trend in Brian's love life is that it's born from his Inferiority Superiority Complex. Brian often dates bimbos because most women will refuse to date him on the account of him being a dog. When Brian believes he has to prove himself, he irrationally makes a romantic gesture to the woman he falls for. This is shown with Bonnie, Rita, Padma, Jess, Ellie and Jillian. All of these relationships didn't last because he rushes them or lays his cards out too soon, which results in a break-up when their problems rise to the surface. Brian naively believes in the power of love and believes that it can fix everything.
    Brian: Look, I know it's crazy, but I honestly feel a connection to this woman. More than I have to anyone in a long time.
    Stewie: That's nice, Brian, but you're from different worlds. She's in India, that's a lot to overcome.
    Brian: People in love can overcome anything.
  • In an Asian parody of Trix commercials, three Asian children say the usual "Trix are for kids" catchphrase. Fed up with being denied Trix one too many times, the rabbit angrily tells the kids to share before knocking them out and stealing the Trix note .
  • Unlike most Christmas specials that have people trying to help Santa Claus make his yearly gift delivery, "Road to the North Pole" pretty much breaks that tried and true story into pieces by having no magic aiding Brian, Stewie, or Santa; Santa is sick and dying, and conditions at the North Pole are completely atrocious due to the world's growing population and growing demand for gifts. Santa's workshop has become a toxin-spewing factory, the elves are overworked, mutated, and inbred, and the reindeer have devolved into bloodthirsty monsters that devour the elves after they wander out to die.
    • After Santa's health takes a turn for the worse, Brian and Stewie agree to deliver presents for him, and this episode takes the typical "Santa slides down the chimney to leave presents for families" trope and runs it into the ground, turning it into what it really is; a home invasion mixed with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown just to keep the witnesses from ratting them out to the police.
    1. When they land the sleigh at their first house, they accidentally fly through a tree in the process and the reindeer get stuck in it.
    2. They then go down the chimney but forget to bring the presents with them. Fortunately, the sleigh slides off the roof and lands in the yard.
    3. When they go outside to retrieve the presents, they forget to unlock the front door, locking themselves out and forcing Brian to break a window to get back inside.
    4. They're soon found by the man living there, who heard them break the window and nearly calls the police before Stewie knocks him out with a baseball bat, getting blood everywhere in the process. They then hide him in a closet and Brian ties him up while Stewie makes it look like a burglary.
    5. The man's daughter then wakes up and comes downstairs for some water. They try to get her to go back to bed, but then the man's wife comes down looking for him, and he falls out of the closet. This forces Stewie to knock her out too when she tries to run.
    6. They then tie the daughter up with her unconscious parents and start cleaning up all the blood, which takes them an hour and a half.
    7. When Brian goes to check on the kid who's getting the baseball bat and discovers the family only has one bedroom, Stewie asks the daughter if she has a brother. When she responds no, it suddenly dawns on Stewie that they're in the wrong house. Stewie then hears the cops coming since they tripped a silent alarm at some point, likely when Brian broke the window.
    8. Brian and Stewie are forced to leave and to add insult to injury, the reindeer are all eating each other at this point. If it hadn't been for Stewie modifying Santa's sleigh to fly on its own, they would have been arrested.
    • End result: Two people are in the hospital (hopefully, if the dad didn't die from internal bleeding), a little girl will require years of therapy, nobody gets any presents, and Christmas is ruined. Stewie even points out just how impossible delivering presents to the entire world in one night actually is.
    Stewie: This was ONE! HOUSE! We've been here for an hour and a half! An hour and a— First of all, we're not even Santa anymore. This has been a home invasion. But an HOUR AND A HALF, Brian! It's gonna be light in six hours, and we have to deliver to the whole rest of the world! There's TWO apartment buildings on this block alone!
    Brian: No wonder Santa lost his mind! This is ridiculous! We can't do this!
    • The depiction of Santa is more realistic than the usual portrayal of Santa. This version of Santa is heavily underweight, sleep deprived and vomiting from stress. Santa wants to die and has become an atheist due to the suffering of his elves. He ends up on life-support after singing an anti-Christmas song and the elf doctor states that he's on the brink of death, if he keeps going then he'll die. Santa is only saved by the end of the episode because Brian and Stewie convinced the world to only ask for 1 gift per year. Santa has been overburdened by his own magnanimity, his schedule and the world has gotten too materialistic.
  • In the episode "Married... With Cancer" and the sequel episode "Dead Dog Walking", Brian falls for Jess, a woman suffering from cancer. Brian enthusiastically agrees to help her with her bucket list (primarily due to many of the things on the list involving sex) and when they discover that Jess' cancer has worsened, Brian proposes so Jess doesn't have to die alone. For this act, Brian is hailed as a hero and he appears with Jess on TV with his heart on his sleeve. However, Jess' cancer is revealed to be cured right after their wedding kiss. Brian quickly realizes that he can't handle the marriage because he and Jess have nothing in common, but he can't divorce her because of the number of times he's poured his heart out to her on TV; This would repeat the events of "The D in Apartment 23" and make him look like an asshole who only dated a cancer patient for attention and fame, and is just waiting for her to die so he can be with other women and gain her inheritance.
    • The episodes also show the reality of cancer recovery: Jess gorges herself when she's overwhelmed with joy since she can actually keep her food down, and soon becomes overweight with severe flatulence. Eventually, she's unceremoniously Killed Offscreen, which is implied to have been from a heart attack.
  • In "Hot Shots," Peter and Lois are successful in their campaign to get rid of vaccination for children. This only leads to Quahog being quarantined with citizens being denied entrance and departures from the town.
  • In "Gronkowsbees", the New England Patriots' tight end, Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski, moves to Spooner Street. He becomes friends with Peter and the gang, and while Peter initially think it's awesome having him living in their neighborhood, Gronk quickly wears out his welcome when his nonstop partying keeps everybody up at night, which Lois warned Peter would happen. It just goes to show that living near a celebrity isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Peter also finds out the hard way that just because a celebrity might act nice to you, that doesn't necessarily mean they give a crap about what you want when Gronk towel whips him in the nuts for trying to talk some sense into him. Then Peter and the gang try to kick Gronk's ass. Keyword being "try", since four out of shape middle-aged men (one of whom is paralyzed from the waist down) picking a fight with a professional football player who's built like a train goes as well as you'd expect.
  • In "Call Girl", Peter, in one of his usual acts of impulsiveness, has his newly-acquired falcon Xerxes steal a sidecar motorcycle from a random person. After a quick Imagine Spot involving Peter, Xerxes, and the sidecar, the next scene shows Peter confronted by a lawyer. The lawyer informs him that the motorcycle's owner alerted the authorities over the theft, and is going to sue Peter for everything he's got.
  • In "Hefty Shades of Gray", Brian and Stewie are confused about Chris' refusal to date an attractive woman. Stewie assumes he's gay and questions Chris on various trivia. Naturally, this doesn't work and Chris reveals (to Brian's shock) that his porn addiction has affected his sex drive. Since Chris' urges are resolved with the computer, he has no interest in pursuing relationships.
  • In "Cop and a Half-Wit", Stewie decides to enroll in the football team in order to prove himself a man. The coach refuses to put him on the field because he's the smallest of the team. Since he's only a year old, Stewie promptly gets dogpiled by the bigger kids when he's actually put on to the field. This results in him getting a concussion and requiring medical attention, especially after Chris tried to help him by slamming a book into the back of his head.
  • In one episode, Peter and Lois decide to tell Chris that Arthur Valentine, a Santa Claus-like figure they created to make Chris feel better about not receiving Valentines as a kid, isn't real. However, Chris doesn't believe them, so in a rather extremist move, Peter and Lois make a dummy of Arthur Valentine and run it over in a car in front of Chris. But like anyone who's ever seen someone killed in front of them, Chris is traumatized and becomes catatonic; during this, another Reality Ensues moment happens when Peter throws a ball at Chris to see if he reacts. However, since Chris is catatonic, the ball hits his nose, splattering blood all over his face. So later, Peter and Lois then decide to "bring back" Arthur Valentine by having Peter dress up as him. But when Chris sees the "resurrected" Arthur Valentine, he freaks out because people just don't come back to life just like that (well, they do in this world, but it's still scary), and to make things worse, Chris nearly kills Peter because he thinks Arthur Valentine has come back as a zombie, so he tries stabbing him in the head with a screwdriver before being stopped.
  • In one episode, a parody of James Bond is shown. When he kills a man in front of a woman and turns to her in order to have sex, the woman is naturally against it. Just because you help someone in need, doesn't mean they are available to you or find you attractive.
  • The episodes "Lois Comes Out of her Shell" and "Brian's a Bad Father" show how a real security guard would act in certain situations. In the former episode, Lois tries to get past the guard by showing him her breasts, only for the guard to tell her that it won't work. In the latter episode, Brian uses a Pre-emptive Declaration before attacking a guard, only for the guard to catch his fist and quickly knock him out with his baton. Despite most depictions of security guards have them as easily persuaded by women or incompetent, security guards are actually well-trained and have licenses to do what they do. They are also well-equipped to handle certain situations and people, and they try to maintain their health and strength since failing their jobs can result in death if they aren't careful.
  • In the ending of "Don't Be a Dickens at Christmas", Peter happily and gratefully dances with the ghost of Patrick Swayze to the song "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy. However, since only Peter can hear the song and see Patrick Swayze, everyone else believes he's lost his mind and collectively agree to just ignore him until he tuckers himself out.
  • In one cutaway gag parodying the first flight across the Atlantic, when Peter arrives at the destination, he quickly informs everyone that since the flight took over 14 hours, his seat is covered in shit.
  • Lois' scorn towards Brian makes sense when you remember Brian's feelings for her. Lois has made it more than clear that she loves Peter, no matter how many times he pisses her off. If you have a friend that ignores that feeling and constantly flirts with you, you'd feel contempt for them too.
  • While at Vidcon, Brian decides to flirt with some girls but he didn't realise they were actually 15. His comments get him kicked out of Vidcon for harassment. When he tries to justify himself by saying that he "would have been a hero 3 years ago", Stewie corrects him by saying those girls would have been 12 at that time.
    • In the same episode, Meg becomes an internet star for binge eating. However, due to excessive eating, she develops an eating disorder and type 2 diabetes. Meg has to have her feet amputated and she sets the wrong example for her audience, but, when they retaliate against her new health mentality, they are too obese to attack her and collectively end up in the hospital.


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