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Recap / Family Guy S 10 E 10 Meg And Quagmire

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Airdate: January 8, 2012

After a violent night at the Teen Choice Awards and the deterioration of plans for Meg's 18th birthday, Meg finds solace in Quagmire, who uses this opportunity to finally nail Meg (as he has been waiting to do it since at least the pre-cancellation episodes), and the Griffins (who usually don't give a crap about Meg) stand up and keep Quagmire from taking advantage of Meg.

"Meg And Quagmire" contains examples of:

  • Age-Gap Romance: 61 year-old Quagmire attempts to pick up Meg, who just turned 18.
  • Accidental Innuendo: During a dinner date, Quagmire asks Meg if she wants to "blow this joint" and she tells him yes. He unbuttons his pants while she gets up and grabs her purse so they leave, leaving him confused.
  • Bowdlerization: The following scenes have been cut or altered for TV, but can be seen on DVD and on Netflix streaming:
    • The Teen Choice Awards show crowd: On TV, one of the teens in the aisle is a blond pregnant teen who gives birth on the spot and swings her newborn child by its umbilical cord. On the DVD version, the girl is brunette, not pregnant, and, instead, pees herself (kind of hypocritical, as it pretty much says that FOX censors will allow newborn abuse played for laughs over Potty Failure played for laughs).
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    • The announcer's line: On TV, it's "And now, here's your host..."; on DVD, it's "And now, everybody scream like fuckin' retards for your host..."
    • Wilford Brimley shooting the teens in the audience is Bloodier and Gorier on DVD than on TV.
    • Meg's text message from Quagmire: On TV, it's "Can u fit ur fist in ur mouth?"; on DVD, it's "What do u taste like?" (which is odd, considering that the text that was allowed to air on TV is raunchier than the one that wasn't allowed. Must have been a Censor Decoy in the sense of "The censors picked the blatantly obscene choice over the mildly obscene one because they saw something really obscene in the mildly obscene choice").
    • Quagmire having sex with the meatloaf in the refrigerator: On DVD, he has his pants down; on TV, he doesn't.
    • The boring girls in Mexico: One of them says "I'm going to go poo so I won't have to later" on the TV version; on DVD, "go poo" is replaced with "take a dump."
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  • Birthday Episode: The episode begins with Meg celebrating her 18th birthday, even though it goes horribly.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Meg slips back into this after years of being the Butt-Monkey mentally-disturbed teenage girl. Subverted when she thanks her parents for preventing her from sleeping with Quagmire.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When Peter and Lois are stuck in a traffic jam, Lois wonders why the traffic is not moving. Peter looks outside the window and realizes that the road ahead is not finished being colored by the animators yet.
  • Little Brother Instinct: Played for laughs with Stewie punching and kicking Quagmire, saying "Stay away from ma sis."
  • By the Hair: Two teenagers at the Teen Choice Awards tear their hair out of their scalp from all the excitement.
  • Call-Back: Meg has previously had a crush on Brian in "Barely Legal" and Joe in "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair" before she started dating the older Quagmire.
    • This is the second time Meg's Birthday has featured in an episode of Family Guy, the first being her 17th in "Peter's Two Dads".
  • Cargo Ship: Quagmire and the Griffin family's meatloaf dinner.
  • Downer Beginning: The episode starts with the Griffins attempting to throw Meg a wonderful surprise 18th birthday party only for all attempts to fail miserably.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Lois chastises Peter for interfering with Meg's supposedly harmless fling with Quagmire. When she finds out Quagmire intends to have sex with Meg and blames Peter for letting it happen, Peter is quick to remind Lois that she told him to stay out of Meg's business in the first place.
  • Eye Scream: One teenager at the Teen Choice Awards actually tears her own eyeballs out from all the excitement.
  • Facial Horror: Two blonde teenagers at the Teen Choice Awards are seen horribly bruising themselves, one punching herself in the face and the other slamming her head onto a chair all due to the excitement.
  • The Grotesque: Joan Van Ark's "after" picture that Peter shows Meg, which was the result of a chemical peel moments before a red carpet event in Los Angeles in 2007.
  • Mama Bear: After she and Peter stop Meg from sleeping with Quagmire, Lois threatens to cut his "thing" off and feed it to Brian if he ever goes near Meg again.
  • No Yay: Quagmire, of all people, attempts to sleep with the 18 year old Meg.
  • Never My Fault: Lois enables Meg's relationship with Quagmire, believing that nothing will actually happen. She tells Peter that it's just a ploy for attention and she'll rebel if they try to stop her as Lois herself did against her father. When Meg later goes up to Quagmire's sex cabin for the weekend, Lois calls Peter out for not stopping her, to which Peter rightfully retorts that Lois told him to stay out of Meg's business in the first place. Lois concedes he's right, and they immediately go out to stop them from doing the deed.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Peter actually cares about Meg's safety.
    Peter: Meg, get in the car! We're going home!
    Meg: I'm not going home! I'm 18, and you can't tell me what to do anymore!
    Peter: Meg, I'm only gonna say this once. You may be an adult, but you're still my daughter. And it's my job to protect you from errant wieners. Now I don't care how old you are, you're gonna do what I say, and get in the damn car!
    Meg: (quietly) ...Yes, daddy...
  • Overprotective Dad: Peter gets really hostile with Quagmire when he attempts to have sex with Meg when she turns 18. Surprisingly as he is the one who is abusing Meg.
  • Papa Wolf: Peter.
  • Pet the Dog: Peter and Lois to Meg. They even tried to throw her a decent birthday party (even after all the crap they give her in past episodes, which is sweet, but very hypocritical).
  • Potty Failure: One brunette teenage girl urinates herself at the Teen Choice Awards from over-excitement.
  • Take That!: The opening scene really shoots the Teen Choice Awards (and stars that are popular with today's teens, which Brian says that he doesn't know who they are) with both barrels (literally, when Wilford Brimley starts blasting kids with his shotgun).
    • The class ring that the doctor found inside of Lois in her flashback was for SUNY or the "State University of New York" instead of an Ivy League school as Carter had hoped.
  • Shout-Out: Peter's sudden reaction at the end of his long speech with Quagmire is a homage to Jackie Gleason.
    • The gag of the unfinished drawing of the traffic jam is an homage to the cartoon Duck Amuck.
    • The gag involving the grandfather reading the storybook to his bed-ridden grandchild is a reference to The Princess Bride in which a very similar story interruption occurs. The character is intended to be Peter Falk, who performed the role in the film.
    • When Quagmire asks Meg to come in his house for some Crystal Light, she says "Well, I do believe in me." This is a reference to a 1980's Crystal Light marketing campaign that used the slogan "I believe in Crystal Light, because I believe in me."
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Meg has gone from being 15 or 16 when the show first started and now celebrates her 18th birthday while Stewie continues to be age one.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Plans fall through for May 18th birthday party because nobody shows up; Lois immediately calls Chris out for this as she trusted him to pay people to show up at the party. Chris revealed he simply paid his dad instead.
    Meg: If this is a surprise party, where is everybody?
    Lois: (whispering) Chris, what the hell?! You were suppose to pay off some of the kids from school to show up at Meg's party! I gave you 300 bucks!
    Chris: Why do you think Dad's here?
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: When Quagmire comes over to take Meg on a date, Stewie tries to stop him and tells Peter he'll help him stop Quagmire. He also shows he appreciates that this is serious by even calling Peter "Dad". This marks one of the rare times where Stewie calls his father "Dad" instead of "Fat Man" or "Peter".


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