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Recap / Family Guy S 2 E 5 Love Thy Trophy

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Original air date: March 14, 2000

Peter and the neighbors fight over a trophy they won for a parade float. Meanwhile, Meg takes a job as a pancake house waitress to get a Prada bag by posing as a single teenage mother with a crack-addicted baby so she can get more tips from sympathetic diners.


Tropes included in "Love Thy Trophy" include:

  • Apple of Discord: Ownership for the trophy from the float contest drives a wedge between the residents of Spooner Street. In the end, it turns out Brian stole and buried it, sparking the whole plot.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: Peter recalls the time Quagmire figured out how to get them free Cinemax. The cutaway starts out at the cable wires, but instead of splicing in, we see Peter, Quagmire, and Cleveland beating up the installer and demanding free cable.
  • Brick Joke: Joe remarking that he's the only one in the group that actually pays for cable. Later, Peter says the cable company found out what they did, and he accuses Joe of ratting them out.
  • Character Development/Establishing Character Moment: According to a "making of Family Guy" special on DVD, Seth MacFarlane cites this episode as the one that solidified Quagmire's "heartless sex maniac" persona (more specifically, the scene where he sleeps with the social worker and, after she asked him what he does for a living, he asks her, "Why are you still here?"). Later episodes (such as "Fore Father", "Jerome is the New Black," and "Quagmire's Mom") expand on why Quagmire is a heartless sex maniac (in "Fore Father", it was because his large-chested mom [who was recently abandoned by her husband, who later got a sex change operation] breastfed him as a child, in "Jerome is the New Black," it was because the one woman he truly loved [Cheryl Tiegs] left him, and "Quagmire's Mom" revealed that he picked it up from his mother, which is really an extension of the one cutaway from "Fore Father").
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  • Chimney Entry: Peter is on a rescue mission to free Stewie from his foster parents. He enters their home through the chimney and causes a bit of a racket, disturbing Stewie's new foster siblings.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After Meg comes clean about her lies to being a teenage mother Peter is shocked at the fact that she's a teenager and Lois knew.
    • Stewie's foster parents thoroughly mistake his demands for pancakes as demanding for crack in slang.
    • The floats ahead of Team Spooner Street got the Who's the Boss suggestion wrong. One has Tony walking in on Mona instead of Angela. The next has Tony giving Jonathan a bath.
      Tom Tucker: Well, that's just plain wrong.
  • Dehumanizing Insult: The foster children say these to one another during a fight while Peter escapes with Stewie.
  • Department of Child Disservices: An agent steps in and takes Stewie away from his family after overhearing Meg milking sympathy from her customers for tips at waitressing with a fake story of being a single mom with Stewie as her crack baby. She did interview the neighbors but neglected to confirm Meg was actually the mother and the stories were true.
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  • Determinator: Peter's compliment to Quagmire, that he never gives up trying to woo the ladies.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: This is the first appearance of Cleveland Jr. He's depicted as a skinny, hyperactive Motor Mouth, which is the opposite of his depiction on The Cleveland Show.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: Meg got hired at the diner because Flappy and his manager thought Stewie was her child. She proceeds to run with it to get the job and then milks it for tip money. She tells further lies (such as Stewie being addicted to crack) to get even more money, only for a woman from child services to later overhear all this and investigate the Griffin household. It gets worse when she interviews the neighbors, who are so mad about the missing trophy that they gladly lie about what kind of people Peter and Lois are.
  • Failed a Spot Check: While ransacking Quagmire's house, Peter's so busy looking for the trophy that he fails to notice all the pictures of his wife Lois that Quagmire has taped up on the closet door.
  • Giving Them the Strip: Played for laughs. When Peter tries to take Stewie back, the foster parents point a gun at him, and he shields himself with Stewie. Stewie tells them, "Don't shoot!", then takes off his overalls, leaving them in Peter's hands. He then runs away and says, "Now shoot!".
  • G-Rated Drug: Meg might have lied about Stewie being addicted to crack but he is seemingly addicted to the pancakes served at the diner she's working in. Complete with withdrawal like symptoms like fevers, chills and hallucinations.
  • Hypocrite: Brian chastises Peter and the others for letting a trophy come between their friendships. The ending reveals that he was the one who took the trophy and caused them to be at each other's throats.
  • Innocent Innuendo:
    Diane Simmons: Welcome to the 83rd annual Quahog Harvest Festival Parade. Are you as excited as I am, Tom?
    Tom Tucker: Are you kidding, Diane? I've got wood!... (holds up a clipboard)and clipped onto it is a list of this year's float entries.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When officials from the Department of Child Disservices come to take Stewie away, Lois is enraged and wants to disprove the claims which is immediately torpedoed by Peter's action off-screen.
    Lois: How dare you! This is a wonderful home!
    (cue a gunshot going off in the distance)
    Peter (shouting off-screen): Quagmire, you rat bastard! Come near my fence again, and that'll be your head!
  • Jerkass Ball: Meg gets this pretty hard, using Stewie as a faux crack-addict baby to try and get a Prada purse (though she does end up giving it up so Stewie can be returned).
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: The theme for the Quahog Harvest Festival Parade is "The episode of Who's the Boss? where Tony sees Angela naked in the shower". Lois and Cleveland both think it's too esoteric.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: When Peter breaks in to the foster house, an overjoyed Stewie refers to him as this.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Part of the plan to get Stewie out of the foster home is for Joe and Cleveland to pretend to be selling books door-to-door. The husband is certain one of them is a homosexual, which Joe and Cleveland can only react to with a confused look to each other.
  • Mustache Vandalism: When Peter breaks into Joe's house to look for the stolen trophy, he takes a moment to draw a mustache on a picture of Joe and Bonnie. Moments later, while in Cleveland's house, he draws mustaches on Loretta and Cleveland Jr., but pauses when he gets to Cleveland because he already has a mustache. He decides to erase Cleveland's mustache instead.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The end credits of the episode depicts Stewie going through a drug-like withdrawal from his addiction to pancakes and as he wishes for one more syrup soaked bite, suddenly hallucinates seeing a baby looking exactly like him crawling on the ceiling and twisting his head around like a praying mantis at him. This causes Stewie to scream and hide under the covers in fear. All this set to creepy pounding house music.
  • Off-Model: Just before the social worker removes Stewie from the Griffin home, Stewie's head is darker in color than usual for several seconds.
  • The Power of Friendship: All friends contribute to the rescue of Stewie.
  • Pun: When Quagmire is hitting on a woman at a bar and asking her sign, he says, "Well I know you're not a Virgo!"
  • Ransacked Room: Peter ransacks the homes of his neighbors in search of the trophy, a fate that falls to his own house as well.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: While trying to get a job as a waitress, the owners of Flappy's pancake house believe Meg to being an unwed teenage mother of Stewie, who unbeknownst to them is really her baby brother. Meg however, doesn't correct their mistake and confirms to them that he's her son (for her financial gain) causing Stewie to have a Spit Take upon hearing this.
  • Russian Roulette: Peter suggests this in order to decide who gets the trophy.
    Peter: Three bullets, last guy standin' keeps the trophy. [puts gun to his head] Me first! No, no, no, no, wait a minute. This is crazy. [offers gun to Quagmire] You first.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Meg's whole storyline of getting her own Prada bag gets undone when it's traded to get Stewie back.
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  • Sick and Wrong: One of the entries for the parade float is Tony bathing Jonathan. Tom Tucker declares, "That's just plain wrong."
  • Skewed Priorities: Everyone of the neighbors would rather self-destruct their friendships and compete with each other over a little gold clam trophy than admit to their faults over their actions getting Stewie taken away by Child Services. Brian calls them out on it.
    • Meg would rather have an $1100 dollar Prada bag than to have her baby brother back safe and sound. Her financial greed and lies about being an unwed teen parent to a crack-addicted baby eventually gets Stewie taken by Child Services.
  • Spies in a Van: The wives are surveilling the rescue of Stewie from a white van.
  • Stereotype Reaction Gag: Each of the foster kids react to the other with this, causing a fight to break out between them.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: The foster kids try to define how Santa Clause looks based on his and her cultures and eventually turn racist insults on each other.
  • Suicide Dare: Stewie in disgust to his new kind foster siblings.
    Stewie: I have a better idea. Let's go play, "go drink the stuff under the sink!"
  • Teen Pregnancy: People at Flappy's pancake house automatically believe Meg to be this as she has the infant Stewie with her always. Meg goes along with it to milk off the extra profits.
  • Twist Ending: The ending reveals that it was Brian who stole the trophy as he's relishing in it before burying it again in the yard.
  • You Will Be Spared: As a result of how good the pancakes are.
    Stewie: Flappy, good news! I've decided not to kill you!

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