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Recap / Family Guy S 2 E 20 Wasted Talent

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Original air date: July 25, 2000

After Peter wins a chance to visit the Pawtucket Brewery (and gets banned for trying an experimental beer), he gets drunker than usual, which turns him into a piano virtuoso (or, as Lois says, "You're like that idiot from Shine!"), and Lois does whatever she can to get her husband as wasted as possible in time for a piano competition.

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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Peter says he believes silver must leave a weird taste, it sounds similar to the movie scene where, after a failure to find a golden ticket, Charlie says gold must have a weird taste. Then it turns out Peter did find a silver scroll.
  • Beer Goggles: Tom Tucker drinks on the air because he wants to find the Pawtucket Brewery scroll; Diane Simmons gives him a face and Tom says, "Hey, don't complain; this is actually making you look attractive."
    • Also Stewie waking up next to an ugly baby in a cutaway and moaning, "Please tell me we didn't do it."
  • Brick Joke: After it's revealed that Peter can play the piano while drunk, Stewie asks him to play the sad music from The Incredible Hulk while he backs up with his thumb stuck out like a hitchhiker. At the end of the episode, just before the credits, Stewie is seen walking backwards on a road with his thumb out while the sad music still plays.
  • Can't Use Stairs: Joe is unable to take the tour of Pawtucket Pat's factory because there's no wheelchair ramp.
    Joe: I'm glad I'm not takin' your stupid tour! I'm a Coors man anyway! Silver bullet!
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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: The first half. This is notable as one of the few Factory parodies that directly spoofs the songs from the 1971 film, rather than bringing in Suspiciously Similar Songs as substitutes.
  • Composite Character: Tom Tucker is one of the journalists covering the Golden Ticket search and the ticket forger.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Stewie beats up one of Lois's piano students while she's getting some sheet music. When she returns to find his bruised face, she asks what happened and the student, afraid of Stewie, says "I fell."
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Viewers familiar with the Pawtucket Brewery from later episodes would most likely be shocked by its initial portrayal as a whimsical stand-in for Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. A Handwave explains it away.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: The first half is a Whole Plot Reference to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, but after Peter breaks the rules, the episode focuses more on the whole piano contest plot.
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  • Jerkass: Pawtucket Pat won't let Joe inside the factory because Joe is wheelchair bound.
  • Mood Whiplash: Of the comedic variety. The joyous "I've Got a Golden Ticket" instrumental when Peter runs home is cut short when he trips and hurts his knee.
  • Overly Long Gag: Peter hurting his knee was one of the first time the show indulged in one of these. And it certainly wouldn't be the last.
  • Roadside Wave: In the cutaway introducing Lois's rival Alexis Radcliffe, the latter pulls a bucket of water out of her car and pours it on the road specifically so that she can do this to Lois and her student.
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  • Sore Loser: When the last scroll is supposedly found:
    Tom Tucker: I think I speak for everyone when I say, congratulations, you son of a bitch.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When Tom Tucker puts a carnivorous earwig into his ear as punishment for faking that the last scroll was found:
    Tom Tucker: (on the floor in pain) IT'S EATING OUT THE BACK OF MY EYES!!!
    Diane Simmons: (to camera) In other news, chocolate may be better for you than once thought. In a recent twelve week study...
  • Was It Really Worth It?: At the end, after winning the competition, Lois has this reaction, knowing that she most likely damaged Peter's health and killed countless brain cells by keeping him constantly drunk to ensure her victory.
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