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Recap / Family Guy S12 E11 "Brian's a Bad Father"

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Brian's estranged son, Dylan, returns to Quahog to film a new Disney Channel kidcom, and Brian uses his son's fame to get a job as a staff writer. Meanwhile, Peter tries to make things right with Quagmire after accidentally shooting him, and ends up fighting with him over Joe.

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  • Asshole Victim: Peter at the end of the episode. After molesting baby Susie, and committing a bunch of other heinous acts throughout the series, he gets a well-deserved bullet to the head courtesy of Quagmire.
    • Quagmire could be counted as well when Peter shoots him due to being a proud sex-maniac who rapes his victims.
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  • Big Eater: Brian, possibly, seeing as he drowns his sorrows after Dylan leaves him by taking the entire refreshment table.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: What Peter tries to do to little Suzie. Normally, you'd do it on the cheek or in the very least, the arm. Not here.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Peter receives this courtesy of Quagmire. Unlike most examples, he does survive albeit rendered immobilized.
  • Bond One-Liner: Quagmire has one after he shoots Peter.
    Quagmire: Alright, we're good.
  • Call-Back: Stewie returns as Zac Sawyer from "McStroke".
  • Clueless Aesop: Stewie's argument to have Dylan make amends with Brian essentially boils down to "Brian is related to you, so you have to forgive him". The episode seems to think what he's saying has actual merit, even though Brian willingly took advantage of Dylan and never cared about him unless he had something he could benefit from.
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  • Cluster F-Bomb: Quagmire says the following in one scene when Peter refers to him as trash:
    Quagmire: Jerome, can you tell that piece-of-shit asshole to fucking get the hell out of here before I fucking kick him in the face?
  • Didn't Think This Through: Peter and Quagmire have a falling out after Peter shoots Quagmire in the arm during a hunting trip. Eventually, Peter offers Quagmire the opportunity to shoot him to make them even, thinking Quagmire would decline and consider the "thought" as being what counts. He never once considered that Quagmire would actually take him up on the offer, and tries to back out when he does.
    Peter: But... but just the fact that I would make the offer is so meaningful to you.
    Quagmire: Your offer means nothing, Peter. The only thing that means anything to me is a bullet in your arm.
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: Quagmire shooting Peter in the brain as intended payback.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It is strongly implied in past episodes that Quagmire has had sexual relations with teenaged girls, making him in many eyes a sex offender. Even he is shocked at Peter's (off-camera) behavior with 1-year-old Suzie.
  • Feud Episode: Happens with Peter and Quagmire, after the former accidentally shoots the latter.
  • Hidden Depths: Apparently, Quagmire is an outstanding godfather to Susie.
  • Jerkass Ball: Brian previously parted ways with Dylan on good terms, yet now views spending contact with his son as a waste of time until he saw the opportunity to use him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Quagmire rendering Peter immobilized by giving him a Boom, Headshot!.
  • Kill 'Em All: What sick-in-the-head Peter "thinks" would be cool and funny to do to a cafeteria full of students at an elementary school, what with using that as an analogy to grouping wild animals together to shoot as on a hunting trip.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When the guys are hunting at the beginning of the episode, Peter finds a buck, but hesitates to shoot it. The buck then points behind Peter, who looks to see that its buddies have surrounded him with baseball bats.
  • Meaningful Name: The episode's title itself tells the viewers that Brian is a terrible father to Dylan.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Brian had this when realized how selfish he was to use Dylan for his own writing career.
  • Parental Abandonment: Brian hasn't even bothered to contact Dylan in the years since the episode his son was introduced, and was even making excuses not to go visit Dylan when he called. But the instant Brian finds out that Dylan is going to be starring in a TV show, he races over to the studio to mooch off of his son's upcoming fame.
  • Pre-emptive Declaration: Deconstructed in this episode:
    Security Guard: (at the studio where Brian's son Dylan works) Sorry, Brian, Dylan says he doesn't want to see you anymore. We're not allowed to let you in.
    Brian: Well, you know what? I'm sorry, too.
    Security Guard: For what?
    Brian: For this!
    (Brian takes a swing at the security guard, but the guard catches Brian's arm and then hits Brian with his baton)
  • Sequel Episode: To the sixth season's The Former Life of Brian.
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  • Take a Third Option: Peter offers to let Quagmire shoot him in order to square things. Quagmire agrees, and a horrified Peter tries to back out—saying the gesture should be enough. They argue, so Joe shoots Peter as an attempted compromise. Then Quagmire shoots Peter anyway.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Quagmire shoots Peter in the head, leaving him mentally handicapped with severe brain damage (well, more than he had anyways). Naturally, things are back to normal in the following next episode.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: The MGM lion said this in a cutaway after "sticking his head in a circle at the beginning of movies" as a child.
  • With Catlike Tread: See Pre-emptive Declaration above.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Dylan is willing to give Brian another chance, only to realize Brian was just using him.


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