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Recap / Family Guy 8 E 7 Jerome Is The New Black

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Airdate: November 22, 2009

Peter, Joe, and Quagmire are still sad about Cleveland leaving for Virginia, and decide to find a new friend to fill the void Cleveland left...and meet Jerome, a cool black guy who turns out to be one of Lois' hook-ups from her days as a promiscuous party girl. Meanwhile, Brian is hurt to find that Quagmire doesn't like him and tries to be his friend, only to learn why Quagmire hates him in a now-infamous speech.

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"Jerome Is The New Black" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • The Ace: Jerome.
  • At Least I Admit It: Quagmire calls Brian out on only dating bimbos, then states that he does the same thing, but he at least doesn't pretend to be an intellectual to get in girl's pants (with Quagmire, it's either pick-up lines, emotional manipulation, drugging their drinks, and even machines that restrain any date who tries to leave, which isn't much better in Real Life, but somehow is in the Family Guy world).
  • Boring Insult: Quagmire concludes his rant against Brian by saying that all his other flaws could be negligible if he wasn't such a "big, sad, alcoholic bore".
  • Call-Back: All of Quagmire's complaints about Brian are previous history about his life: Failed college twice ("Brian Goes Back to College") but still acts pretentious, hits on Peter's wife (almost every episode), defecates on the lawn ("Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey"), rescues him from death ("Brian: Portrait of a Dog"), never pays anyone back ("Patriot Games"), made a weed campaign ("420"), and is an atheist (shown in "Love, Blactually" and "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven"), dates dumb chicks (Jillian) but says he likes women for their minds, hates big businesses crushing the underclass ("Hell Comes to Quahog") but doesn't do anything about it, his novel (Faster Than the Speed of Love) which Quagmire says is terrible, and has a son he never sees (Dylan from "The Former Life of Brian").
    • In this episode, Quagmire also reveals that Cheryl Tiegs is the love of his life, as later returns in "And Then There Were Fewer" and "Tiegs for Two".
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    • Jerome refers to Lois as 'Loose Lois', the same nickname Gene Simmons used in "Road to Europe".
  • Cerebus Retcon: Quagmire reveals that his womanizing and near-rapist behavior is the end result of losing his one true love, Cheryl Tiegs. A lot of past episodes, such as "Emission Impossible" and "The Perfect Castaway" did have Quagmire allude to Cheryl Tiegs, but before this point, the viewer thinks that Tiegs could be Quagmire's Celebrity Crush.
    • Quagmire mentions that he has a girl tied up in his basement, yet in "420" he mentions that he found James under his house, indicating that he has no basement.
  • Continuity Nod: Jerome calls Lois by the nickname "Loose Lois", which was previously mentioned in "Road to Europe" (and was her nickname when she had sex with all four members of KISS). Also, Quagmire's unrelenting hatred for Brian is brought back up.
    • Quagmire mentions in his speech some events from past episodes including "The Former Life of Brian" (the son that Brian doesn't care for or see, though Brian saw his son again on "Brian's a Bad Father"), "Play It Again Brian" (Brian betraying Peter by hitting on Lois), Brian being a bad writer ("Movin' Out [Brian's Song]," "Episode 420," and the next episode "Dog Gone")note , "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" (pushing his Hollywood atheism on others, which is how most fans felt about the episode. The writers do agree that the moral was a little heavy-handed, but don't outright hate the episode), and "Episode 420" (his failed campaign to legalize marijuana).
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    • Quagmire previously tolerated Brian sitting with him at the Clam in such episodes as "Meet the Quagmires" and "The Former Life of Brian". He even went as far as to allow Brian to move in with him during the New Brian debacle in "The Man with Two Brians".
  • Domestic Abuse: This episode reveals that Quagmire has a sister who's being abused by her boyfriend, which gets touched on in more dramatic detail in season 10's "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q."
  • Gasshole: Brian, after he gets in bed with Stewie
    Stewie: Aw, come on, man!
  • House Fire: In a fit of jealousy, Peter throws a projectile through the window of Jerome's house, knocking over a lamp and starting a fire. Fortunately, Jerome is able to escape unharmed, but the house burns to the ground.
    Peter: Dear God and Black Jesus!
  • Hypocrite: Three times against Quagmire during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Brian:
    • First, he calls him out for hitting on Lois when this is the same guy who's done the same thing to an equal if not higher degree and has gone as far as digging though the Griffins' trash for her toenail clippings.
    • He uses the line "How's that son of yours you never see?" in referencing Brian's failure as a father. Quagmire himself encountered several children that resembled him in "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing" and promptly ran away. He also gave his daughter up for adoption in the episode literally right before this one while Dylan himself chose to leave Brian in order to take care of his mother.
    • Quagmire states that Brian always hits on Lois. However, the early episodes showed that Quagmire hit on Lois too (though he stopped after "Blind Ambition" when he got in trouble for peeping on her while she was using the toilet...and started up again on "Big Man on Hippocampus" when Peter had amnesia and couldn't remember his family, though this was short-lived, as Quagmire immediately lost his erection when Lois told Quagmire why she wanted to have sex with Quagmire).
    • But in the end, the difference is that Quagmire knows he is a nasty piece of work, and doesn't ever pretend to have the moral high ground, like Brian does. He said himself that he could forgive all the flaws he pointed about Brian (having many of them himself) if not for Brian's attitude.
  • Informed Ability: Quagmire seemingly only discovered the internet in "Family Goy" and primarily was only interested in porn, yet knows you can find out all about the economy.
  • Karma Houdini: While Peter is made to feel bad for mistrusting Jerome, he is never found out as the one who burned down his house in the first place.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Prior to the second break, an animation of the Macintosh "working" cursor appears mid-sentence, with Peter stating they'll have to wait for it to go away before he can finish the sentence.
  • Love Mother, Love Daughter: Jerome previously dated Lois years ago when she was a party girl and at some point manages to have sex with her daughter Meg. Despite this, Peter obviously doesn't care about that last part.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Unlike most of his other Jerkass antics, Peter genuinely feels bad about what he did to Jerome.
  • Pet the Dog: Stewie letting Brian sleep in his room after his disastrous dinner with Quagmire.
  • Precision F-Strike: After Quagmire finishes his speech.
    Quagmire: Well, see you around, Brian. Thanks for the fucking steak.note 
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Quagmire's famous tirade on why Brian is a bad person.
    Brian: I'm trying to establish a friendship with you. All I've done is try to be nice to you, and you still don't like me. How can you not like me?
    Quagmire: Okay. I'll tell you. You are the worst person I know. You constantly hit on your best friend's wife. The man pays for your food and rescued you from certain death, and this is how you repay him? And to add insult to injury, you defecate all over his yard. And you're such a sponge. You pay for nothing. You always say [mocks Brian] "Ooh, I'll get you later", but later never comes. And what really bothers me, is you pretend that you're this deep guy that loves women for their souls, when all you do is date bimbos. Yeah, I date women for their bodies, but at least I'm honest about it. I don't buy them a copy of Catcher in the Rye and then lecture them with some seventh-grade interpretation about how Holden Caulfield was some profound intellectual. He wasn't! He was a spoiled brat! And that's why you like him so much: He's you! God, you're pretentious! And you delude yourself by thinking you're some great writer, even though you're terrible. You know, I should've known Cheryl Tiegs didn't write me that note. She would've known there's no "a" in the word "definite". And what I think I hate most about you is your textbook liberal agenda. How we should [mocks again] "legalize pot, man", how big business is crushing the underclass, how homelessness is the biggest tragedy in America. Well what have you done to help?! I work down at the soup kitchen, Brian! Never seen you down there! You wanna help? Grab a ladle! And by the way, driving a Prius doesn't make you Jesus Christ. Oh, wait! You don't believe in Jesus Christ, or any religion for that matter because [mocks again] "religion is for idiots". Well, who the hell are you to talk down to anyone?! You failed college twice, which isn't nearly as bad as your failure as a father. How's that son of yours you never see? But you know what? I could forgive all of that—all of it—if you weren't such a bore. That's the worst of it, Brian. You're just a big, sad, alcoholic bore! [sighs, puts his napkin on the table, and sets to leave] I'll see ya, Brian. Thanks for the fucking steak.
  • Series Continuity Error: This episode features possibly the first instance of the series believing that Brian abandoned his biological son Dylan when in actuality the latter chose to leave Brian on his own account in order to take care of his mother/Brian's ex-girlfriend. Though Quagmire specifically called out how Brian never once visited his son after that. And later episodes showed he actively avoid contacting Dylan.
  • Shout-Out: Statler is featured in this episode saying how without Waldorf The Muppet Show is pretty good. A reference to their constant put-down of the show.
    • Peter refers to The D.C. sniper attacks that took place in 2002. The mastermind, John Allen Muhammad was executed on November 10th 2009, 12 days before the episode aired.
    • While interviewing Cleveland replacements, Quagmire makes a deal with Kevin Connolly that he be in the group if Quagmire can have some of his Kevin Connolly Charms cereal. He responds to the deal with "Oh No! They're after me Kevin Connolly Charms!", promptly running off with Quagmire behind, chasing him. This is an obvious reference to the advertising campaign of the cereal Lucky Charms, where Lucky the Leprechaun, the owner of the cereal, is constantly chased by children who want his Lucky Charms, saying a phrase very similar to what Connolly said. The box art on the Kevin Connolly Charms cereal box is even similar to the box art on the Lucky Charms cereal box.
    • Jerome and Quagmire quote jive from the film Airplane!.
    • Jerome uses Gary Coleman's catchphrase from Diff'rent Strokes "What 'chou talking about?", prompting a laugh from Peter who recognizes the reference.
    • When Stewie is talking to Brian about Chris Farley, they are talking about the film Tommy Boy. However, Stewie mentions tapping on the glass causing him to fall down the hill which happens in the film Black Sheep which also stars David Spade and Chris Farley.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Brian tries to be friends with Quagmire and fails. And, unlike most "Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond" plots, Quagmire has a very detailed reason about why he finds Brian so repugnant.
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