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Recap / Family Guy S 12 E 10 Grimm Job

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Airdate: January 12, 2014

Peter helps Stewie get to sleep by telling him "unique" versions of three Grimm Brothers fairy tales: "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Cinderella."

"Grimm Job" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Abusive Parents: Peter, viciously shaking Stewie awake after he falls asleep while hearing "Little Red Riding Hood".
  • Adults Are Useless: Peter not noticing (or caring) that Herbert is in Chris' room or that Meg hanged herself.
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  • All Germans Are Nazis: Mort appears in Jack and the Beanstalk as a hideous troll, saying he looks like that because all the fairy tales were written by Germans.
  • Ass Shove: A quick gag at the end of Jack and Beanstalk has Bruce planting some of the magic beans and squatting patiently over the spot.
  • Big Damn Hero: Subverted with Peter as the Woodsman in the Little Red Riding Hood retelling, he is most likely a lunatic running from door to door murdering people, judging by how he bursts into another house (offscreen) and kills another person).
  • Bittersweet Ending: For all three of Peter's fairy tale retellings.
    • Jack and the Beanstalk ends with Jack (Peter) solving his and his wife's (Lois) food problems, but their marriage problems are still at large.
    • Red Riding Hood has the woodsman (Peter) kill the wolf (Brian), but it's assumed (and then confirmed) that he's just a lunatic running around murdering people.
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    • Cinderella has Cinderella (Lois) and Prince Charming (Peter) marry, but they have difficulties with their marriage, and they're not friends on Twitter anymore.
  • Bowdlerization: The following changes were made between the TV version and the DVD version:
    • Brian the wolf's line "I believed I was due an explanation about why she was such a fucking whore" in the "Little Red Riding Hood" parody had "fucking" bleeped out on TV.
    • In the "Cinderella" parody: Princess!Stewie's line to Prince!Peter on the TV version was "Oh, I'm so fancy and moist." On the DVD version, the line is, "Oh, my butthole is so tight today."
  • The Cameo: Cleveland makes a vocal cameo in the first story as Little Boy Brown. In the uncut DVD version, he also appears in the third story conducting the orchestra and having them play his theme song.
  • Darker and Edgier: Peter's retellings of the fairy tales.
  • Lack of Empathy: The Fairy Godmother, played by Adam West, transforms Brian and Joe against their will, with Joe implying it hurts. After the spell wears off, Cinderella!Lois laments having to leave the ball early as she's lying on the backs of a ragged Joe and exhausted Brian.
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  • Lampshade Hanging: Seeing Stewie and Meg are Cinderella's stepsisters, Lois breaks character and remarks how few female characters the show has.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Stewie during the "Red Riding Hood" skit, when out-loud asks as to how the scene with the wolf disguised as Grandma is a scene.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Peter briefly recalls how he got into trouble for urinating by a playground, and had a social worker with him when reading the second story to Stewie.
  • Painful Transformation: Joe being transformed into the carriage in Cinderella repeatedly shouts that it hurts.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Lampshaded. Stewie is incredulous that the Wolf dressing up as the grandmother could've possibly fooled anyone.
  • Parental Obliviousness: In yet another example of clearly being an unfit parent (moreso than Lois, but, at least Peter has mental retardation as an excuse), Peter failing to notice a pedophile (Herbert) in Chris' room, or that Meg hanged herself. He also earns no redemption with Stewie (reading to him), as he not only shakes him (to get him to wake up to hear "Cinderella"), but frightens him even more earlier in the episode by reminding him of a home invasion.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story, Jack is able to solve the money issues in his marriage, but money doesn't solve the other problems in his marriage.
    • In the "Little Red Riding Hood" story, Stewie doesn't immediately buy the wolf's disguise like Red does in the original story, and when the wolf is cut open, Babs's half-digested corpse falls out (when most Red Riding Hood stories have the grandmother fully intact and not affected by digestive acids). He also points out that it’s really dangerous for a little girl to be traveling alone on-foot to their grandmothers house, which is 68 miles away.
    • In the "Cinderella" parody, Cinderella does get her prince, but, since she didn't know him very well before they married, the marriage was short-lived and they divorced. Once to attempt self-improvement and a second time due to incompatibility.
  • Shout-Out: A couple of minor examples, but Brian running to avoid being transformed into a horse and the mice having made Lois' (playing Cinderella) were directly lifted from the Disney version (with Gus the mouse with the former)
  • Something Completely Different: A Three Shorts Fractured Fairy Tale episode. It's also a Bottle Episode as it only takes place in the Griffin house and Peter and Stewie are the only major characters with lines in the scenes outside of the fairy tale parodies.
  • Stealing the Credit: Cinderella!Lois takes credit for her pink dress. The mice are disgusted and one is worried about the screenplay they gave her.
  • Suicide as Comedy: At the cut-to-black to close the episode, the feet and nightgown of whom the viewer is led to believe is Meg, implying she hung herself. Meg is alive and well by the next episode.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: For once, Meg gets a respectable role in one of the fiction stories Family Guy remakes (the Cinderella one).


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