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Recap / Family Guy S 4 E 4 Dont Make Me Over

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Airdate: June 5, 2005

Meg feels depressed about her appearance and gets a makeover, which ties in with the subplot of Peter starting his own band, as Meg becomes the lead singer and lets fame go to her head — until a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live brings her back.

"Don't Make Me Over" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • All Just a Dream: Or in this case, A Saturday Night Live sketch hosted by The Griffin family.
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  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Meg after getting her makeover.
  • Beautiful All Along: Meg, after the makeover, become a very attractive girl. Future episodes won't be so kind to her appearance.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Brian, in the last scene.
  • Brick Joke: Brian's possibly latent, reflexive racism, as used in the last scene (see Gainax Ending, below)
  • Call-Back: The scene where Gene Simmons appears and uses his tongue to pleasure an off-screen Lois references the Season 3 episode Road to Europe, where it's revealed Lois and Gene dated each other during high school.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe form their own band and are excited about their first gig at a prison...until they realize they don't know any songs just as they're about to perform.
  • Driven to Suicide: Apparently, Meg is so ugly that a salesperson and a cameraman douse themselves in gasoline and light themselves on fire before tossing themselves out a window.
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  • Eat the Camera / The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Done on Brian Griffin's racist barking at the end of the episode.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: As a part of her makeover, Meg gets her hair dyed blonde.
  • Faux Horrific: The mere sight of Meg can cause one to douse themselves in gasoline, light themselves on fire and jump out a window.
  • Funny Background Event: During the faux SNL episode ending, in the far right of the screen, Gene Simmons can be seen licking President Bush. To the far left of the screen, Meg’s dead and decaying “real boyfriend” can be seen getting attacked by a wolf as was shown earlier in the episode.
  • Gainax Ending: At the end we learn that the apparent final scene was really just the last SNL sketch, followed by what appears to be that show's end credits. Then ... Brian abruptly turns it off when Showtime at the Apollo comes on, and when his eyes come around to the camera he addresses it, getting defensive about how he turned off the show because he always goes to bed at 1 a.m. and not because he's racist (see Brick Joke, above). It could be seen as questioning the entire reality of the show, since it seems improbable that Brian is both backstage at SNL with the Griffins and watching the show at home.
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  • Halfway Plot Switch: The episode goes from Peter and his guy friends trying to save the Drunken Clam, to them forming a band, to the Griffin family becoming a famous singing act, to Meg becoming popular and losing her virginity during a Saturday Night Live sketch.
  • Hey, You!: Meg starts calling her mother "Lois" as a sign of her Acquired Situational Narcissism.
  • It Meant Something to Me: Meg is distraught when it turns out that she lost her virginity on live television and Fallon was just using her for comedy.
  • Jail Bait: Dr. Diddy suggests Meg to be this for her new musical image. Surprisingly, Peter approves of this.
  • Noodle Incident: When Peter sees the new Meg for the first time.
    Peter: Oh my God! Lois, it was twenty years ago! I never even heard the word rubber!
  • Papa Wolf: Subverted and played straight. Peter beats up Jimmy Fallon, not because he had sex with her on live TV, but to get revenge on Fallon's horrible acting and constant cracking up when he was a cast member on SNL. Peter then goes looking for the guy who slept with his daughter (not knowing that it was the same guy he just beat up). As an added bonus, Fallon actually laughs and looks at the camera every single time he is onscreen in the episode itself.
  • Reduced to Dust: The karaoke machine at the Drunken Clam, after Peter swings Joe around like an electric guitar after they finish their number and demolishes it.
  • Shout-Out: The title "Don't Make Me Over" is taken from a Dionne Warwick song, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
    • When Peter, Cleveland, Quagmire and Joe are going to perform in the Quahog prison, Peter yells: "Hello Cleveland!!" This is a reference to the mock music documentary called This is Spinal Tap.
    • The outfits and singing style of “Meg,” a Griffin “family band,” are similar to those of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour and The Partridge Family.
    • As Stewie rides on Brian’s back, he quotes Yoda from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, saying “Strong with the force young Skywalker is.” When Brian complains “I don’t believe this,” Stewie says “That is why you fail,” like Yoda.
    • On a dare from Brian, Stewie runs naked through the mall, screaming, “Help! I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement!,” a reference to tabloid questions regarding the actor’s sexuality.
    • A cutaway shows Neil Armstrong faking the moon landing at a television studio called Stage 51, a reference to Area 51, a military base well known in conspiracy theory lore.
    • Also during the cutaway showing the fake moon landing, Neil Armstrong walks out of the studio, where he is approached by a fan, who questions why Armstrong is not on the moon. Armstrong stutters at various reasons as to why there is no moon landing, choosing instead to attack the fan with his helmet. This is a reference to when Buzz Aldrin attacked a skeptic who was insulting him about not being honest about the moon landing claims
    • Bill Cosby appears before a commercial break as he did in his 1970's animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
    • For their band Peter dresses like a member of Devo, Cleveland like a member of a funk band, Joe like a glam rocker, and Quagmire like Tommy Lee, drummer of Mötley Crüe.
    • Dr. Diddy’s name is a cross between Dr. Dre and Sean Combs' Diddy, two hip hop music performers and producers.
    • When Lois worries that Meg might develop a "coke problem,” Peter replies “No Coke! Pepsi!” a catch phrase from the “Olympia Cafe” sketches of Saturday Night Live's late 1970s era.
    • During the “1980s fixing-stuff-up montage,” “One Foot in Front of the Other” by Bone Symphony is heard. It played during a montage on the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds. The robot that sweeps the floor is also from that film.
    • When the guys temporarily give the Clam a Coyote Ugly theme, they dance on the countertop to the tune of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band.
    • While the Clam is a karaoke bar, Mort Goldman performs Maureen Mc Govern’s 1973 hit “The Morning After.”
    • Peter attempts to satisfy angry inmates by telling a story about Lake Wobegon, the setting of Garrison Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, which often featured quaint stories of rural life.
    • This episode ends like a typical episode of Saturday Night Live with Peter, acting as the host, waving goodbye to the audience, surrounded the cast and musical guest, which was apparently Counting Crows. Peter exclaims, “Our thoughts are with you, Chevy,” presumably referring to Chevy Chase.
    • After the faux SNL episode ends, It’s Showtime at the Apollo begins. The variety show, filmed at the Apollo Theater, used to air on NBC affiliates after the current episode of SNL ended.
  • Status Quo Is God: Meg reverts back to her old self because she felt it was too hard being beautiful.
  • Sweet Tooth: Meg assertively asks Lois for Skittles.
  • Take That!: Against Jimmy Fallon and his Corpsing on Saturday Night Live (which was a big deal back when Fallon was on SNL, but doesn't really hold water, since Fallon hasn't been on the show since the end of the 2003-2004 season, and this episode aired in 2005).
    • Peter's line about meeting such SNL cast members as John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, and Horatio Sanz. The joke is that Peter is such an idiot that he doesn't know that Belushi, Radner, Farley and Hartman are dead. Horatio Sanz is still alive, but hasn't really done anything since SNL, so it's the writer's way of saying that Sanz's career is dead.
    • News anchor Tom Tucker says that the next news story will concern “Joan Rivers speaking from beyond the grave,” despite the fact that the actress was still alive when this episode first aired.
    • The episode mocks former SNL cast member Jimmy Fallon for “laughing and looking into the camera in every sketch [he’s] ever been in.” While beating Fallon, Peter mentions that Carol Burnett used to do the same on her show but Fallon “hasn’t earned what she earned!”
  • Their First Time: Meg loses her virginity with Jimmy Fallon. Unfortunately for her, the whole thing was used by Fallon for a Saturday Night Live Sketch.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Meg.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Meg becomes this after she gets a makeover. Too bad it's only temporarily.


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