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Recap / Family Guy S 3 E 17 Brian Wallows And Peters Swallows

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Airdate: January 17, 2002

Brian, depressed over dating nothing but bimbosnote , gets busted on a DUI after a night at the planetarium and is sentenced to care for an elderly shut-in who used to be famous. Meanwhile, Peter decides to grow a beard so he can be manly like Grizzly Adams, but ends up housing three rare birds and raising them better than his own children.


"Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows" contains examples of:

  • Bittersweet Ending: Seth Macfarlane considered this (at the time of the DVD release) the one episode that contained "real human emotion". Essentially, Pearl dies, yet gets to spend her last moments imagining what her life would be with Brian. Peter, meanwhile, has to release his birds, yet does so knowing they grew up.
  • Bowdlerization: Following the 9/11 attacks, two parts from the "You've Got a Lot to See" musical number were edited on FOX. The DVD version and the cable reruns on Cartoon Network and TBS are uncut.
    • The World Trade Center towers were digitally removed.
    • The tarot card showing that the world may end at the hands of a drunken George W. Bush had George W. Bush replaced with Jerry Springer on the set of his notorious talk show.
  • Brick Joke: At the laser show, Mayor West is seen in love with his left hand. Later, after Brian's court case is dismissed, West and his hand arrive in court to be wedded.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The virtual reality glasses from the show Peter and the guys go to plays a very important role late in the episode.
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  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Some versions (mostly FOX's version) of this episode cut to commercial just before Brian saves Pearl from hanging herself (the DVD and Cartoon Network version doesn't do this).
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: During the musical number, one of the lyrics is "There's lots of things you may have missed / Like Pee Wee and his famous wrist." Also, see above Adam West being in love with his "left hand" and even choosing to wed said left hand over the right in a court room.
  • Disappointed in You: Joe tells Brian this when he arrests him.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "You've Got a Lot to See".
  • Diving Save: Brian saves Pearl from hanging herself.
  • Double Entendre: In a Cutaway Gag, we see Brian selling food at a Hickory Farms store at the mall asking a man if he wants to taste his "smoked meat log", which gets him punched in the face.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Lampshaded when the ornithologist who tells Peter that his bird is endangered points out the irony of him going to a restaurant that exclusively sells poultry.
    • Joe arrests Brian for drunk driving, yet lets Peter (who's drunker) drive after catching Brian.
  • I Am Not Spock: Pearl is a victim of this In-Universe; after becoming rich and famous as an advertising jingle singer, she tried to branch out into opera, but her debut in Carmen was ruined by members of the audience constantly interrupting her to request their favorite jingles.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Brian rushes back to Pearl's home to apologize to her only to see her about to jump from a chair stool with a noose around her neck. He stops her just in time, but she still tries to rebuff his attempts at preventing her suicidal actions only for Pearl to be given a heartfelt speech about her opera singing from Brian causing her to change her mind for the good.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: Brian told Pearl to drop dead, only to feel bad when he finds out about her past and comes back just in time to stop her from hanging herself.
  • Interspecies Romance: Brian and Pearl. One simulation in the virtual reality scene is them having children both being humans and puppies.
  • Just Testing You: Pearl yells that she fell and can't get up and Brian comes to her aid, but it turned out to be a test.
    Pearl: Five point three seconds! I could have been dead by now!
  • Look Both Ways: Brian convinces Pearl to leave her house for the first time in decades, but she gets run over by a truck almost instantly.
  • Mood Whiplash: After Pearl dies.
    Dr. Hartman: Hey, who wants to see a dead body!?
    • Another happens immediately after Brian's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Pearl. He storms over to the door to leave, but he can't get it open. He calmly asks Pearl how to get the door open, and she explains it calmly too before opening the door for him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Brian feels this way after he learns of Pearl's former life as a singer and feels guilty after yelling at her, and again later on for letting Pearl go outside only for her to get run over.
  • Real Time: The scene with the de-lousing powder.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Brian delivers a brief but harsh one of these to Pearl after her cranky behaviour makes him lose his temper.
    Brian: That's it! I've had enough of you, YOU OLD HAG! You are nothing but a stupid, miserable old bitch who just wants the world to be as miserable as she is. Well, why don't you just do the world a great big favor and DROP DEAD?!
    • He later regrets this after learning of Pearl's ill-fated singing career in a TV documentary and rushes back to her house to apologize, only to find her about to hang herself and stops her in the nick of time. He convinces her that he thought her singing was beautiful and she has a change of heart.
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  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: When Mayor West marries his left hand in court, the judge asks this and West raises his right hand.
    Mayor West: Quiet down! You had your chance.
  • Status Cell Phone: Brian sings a song about how society has changed since the 50's. He sings a line about a businessman with a cell phone and how busy his life must be, then mentioning how the phone will give him a tumor, but his doctor will see it and admit how cool he is.
    Those fancy cellphones, make people mumble "gee whiz, look how important he is, his life must rule!"
    He'll get a tumor, but on the surgery day, the doc will see it and say "Man, you must really be cool!"


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