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Recap / Family Guy S 4 E 5 The Cleveland Loretta Quagmire

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Airdate: June 12, 2005

While on a fishing trip, Loretta (Cleveland's first wife) hits on Quagmire and the two are caught by Peter and Brian having sex. When Cleveland finds out, he reacts with indifference, and Peter decides to teach Cleveland not to be such a doormat.


"The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Bad Impressionists: Peter attempts to get a rise out of Cleveland by imitating Quagmire (albeit badly): "Look at me, I'm Quagmire. I had sex with your wife. Giggity giggity giggity giggity!"
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  • Bittersweet Ending: Cleveland and Quagmire are friends again, but Cleveland is now divorced.
  • Bowdlerise: When Peter gets kicked in the groin by the orange-haired host of Kicked in the Nuts, the host’s mention of the word “nuts” when he tells Peter and Lois the name of the show was bleeped out on the FOX airing and on the censored track of the Region 1 DVD set. The Cartoon Network airing and the DVD’s uncensored audio track have the word intact.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Subverted twice, Peter refuses to use his CPR on Cleveland when he strangles him by putting a plastic bag over his head, while Adam West's banana (naturally) does nothing to protect Quagmire.
  • The Chew Toy: Joe's property is destroyed by the Petercopter and the Hindenpeter.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • Henpecked Husband and local Extreme Doormat Cleveland finally snaps after Loretta has an affair.
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    • The Bewitched parody also has Darrin get back at Endora by splashing holy water on her.
      Darrin: Power of Christ compels ya, bitch!
  • Exact Words: After Peter says that telling the others about Loretta having an affair is the last thing in the world that he and Brian will do, they literally did everything in the world before telling the others about the affair.
  • Extreme Doormat: Cleveland major flaw illustrated in the episode — Loretta cheated on him because he lacked the will to please her as her husband and as "a real man". Cleveland ends up bizarrely unfazed and accepts it as his own "failure", something that the Griffins are quite concerned with. It takes them teaching him anger (and Cleveland almost — but ultimately deciding against — murdering Quagmire) that he learns to grow a spine, standing up to Loretta, declaring her betrayal unforgivable, and breaking their marriage off for good.
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  • Foreshadowing: The awkward pass Brian makes at Meg foreshadows their short-lived and creepy relationship portrayed in “Barely Legal”.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Peter succeeds in getting Cleveland to stop being so passive, but he becomes so furious at Quagmire that he ends up trying to kill him.
    Lois: Peter, I think you've created a monster!
  • Grew a Spine: Cleveland finally gains the courage to snap at Loretta.
  • Groin Attack: Occurs to Peter, who was a victim in the series "Kicked in the Nuts".
  • Hard Truth Aesop: Try not to control how your friends are feeling about a stressful situation. You may make things worse by imposing on them.
  • Hindenburg Incendiary Principle: Naturally happens with Peter's airship. It's even called the Hindenpeter!
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the cutaway of Cleveland and Quagmire acting like the Fenstruk Brothers (the Casanova Wannabes from 1970s Saturday Night Live), Peter (dressed as Beldar Conehead) comes in and says, "You guys look stupid!"
  • I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: Defied; even Quagmire knows he can't fall on this excuse when he's busted for sleeping with Loretta.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: The events in this episode would ultimately lead to Cleveland getting his own show.
  • Ironic Echo Cut:
    • When Peter and Brian discover the affair, they decide not to tell anyone, saying that would be the last thing in the world they would do. Cut to them having literally done everything in the world and telling everyone about the affair.
    • Also, when Quagmire begs Peter not to tell Cleveland about him and Loretta, Peter promises not to tell. Cut to Peter telling Cleveland.
  • Jailbait Taboo: Brian gets drunk and starts hitting on Meg, trying to ask if she's 18 yet. This makes her uncomfortable.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Loretta cheating on Cleveland because he wasn't "acting like a real man" is undeniably selfish, but she isn't out of line for her bewilderment towards Cleveland apologizing to her for failing to meet her demands, therefore proving his complete spinelessness.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Karma Houdini is defied by Quagmire. His former best friend hunts him down with an intent to kill and will accept no excuses for his behavior. While Cleveland doesn't have it in his heart to kill him, Quagmire acknowledges he hurt his friend, and is willing to let him vent his anger boxing.
  • Law of Disproportionate Response:
    Cleveland: I hate Bewitched! (flips couch over)
    Stewie: Hey, so that's a pretty reasonable reaction.
  • Never My Fault: Loretta cheats on Cleveland yet when Cleveland confronts her about the infidelity, she makes it all look like Cleveland’s fault citing his lack of passion and “not being a real man”. She does not acknowledge that what she did was wrong.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When Joe is pulled from the sea, Peter merely pokes at him with a stick. One of the Puerto Ricans gives Joe CPR, which leads Peter to proclaim, "Aw, gay!"
  • Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame: The ending, parodying Rocky III.
  • Retcon: Brian suggests that Meg is 17 years old in this episode, but in “Peter's Two Dads,” Meg celebrates her 17th birthday. However, Brian was drunk when he said the above statement.
    • It appears that no one knows how to revive Joe via CPR, although Quagmire has done it before in "Blind Ambition", but he did not know what it was when he initially did it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Loretta gives one to Cleveland after he learns of her infidelity, with his response being to apologize for failing her.
      Loretta: I cheat on you and you apologize to me? Cleveland Brown, you are pathetic.
      Cleveland: I disagree, but I respect your candor.
      Loretta: Goodbye, Cleveland.
      Cleveland: I love y(Loretta slams the door on him)
    • Cleveland gives her one toward the end.
      Cleveland: Loretta, what you did was unforgivable. This marriage is over!
      Loretta: Well, that's just fine, Cleveland, 'cause I am through being your wife!
      Cleveland: Well, I may not be perfect, but I deserve better than you.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Cleveland vows to kill Quagmire, he eats some spinach.
    • "Good, let the hate flow through you."
    • The ending with Quagmire and Cleveland boxing each other is like the ending to Rocky III. Quagmire even calls Cleveland "Apollo". Earlier, when Cleveland is doing chin-ups by the door, Mickey appears and says "He's a wrecking machine!".
    • "What is the story with that cellophane S that Superman rips off his chest and throws at the bad guy?"
    • Peter’s description of Loretta’s affair consists mostly of the word “Bam” spoken repeatedly. After a while, he asks Bamm-Bamm Rubble from The Flintstones to take over, who then passes it on to Emeril Lagasse who finishes with his trademark “Bam!”.
    • A flashback shows Peter in the audience of Crossing Over with John Edward, a show in which Edward supposedly speaks to audience members’ dead relatives.
    • A transition between two scenes imitates Transformers animated series Transformers, in which the Autobot and Decepticon symbols alternate as the show moves between scenes showing one group and scenes showing the other. In this case, the faces are that of Peter and Quagmire. On the DVD commentary for this episode, the creators reveal that they had originally wanted to use the actual insignia of both factions, but were unable to acquire the rights.
    • "Rock Lobster" is a song by the B-52s, who are known for their song "Love Shack".
    • In a flashback Peter remembers the time when he was intoxicated at the library. He reads the novel Johnny Tremain out loud and is chased by a security guard. On the cover of the book it says Johnny Tremaine with an E.
  • Status Quo Is God: Downplayed. Cleveland and Quagmire's friendship is still intact (after a good boxing match to get out their anger) but Cleveland and Loretta break up afterwards.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Subverted, Adam West gives Quagmire a banana to defend himself against Cleveland. Telling Quagmire that when the time comes, he'd know what to do with the banana. When Quagmire gets around to using it, he still can't figure out what it's for and just throws it at Cleveland. All that succeeds in is confusing the two of them for a few seconds.
  • Take That!: One cutaway pokes fun at John Edwards.
    • Peter, on the CPR doll: "It's hard, jagged, and tastes like alcohoI. Just like kissing Faye Dunaway. (he and Lois laugh) Easy, now."
  • Teach Him Anger: Peter tries to teach Cleveland to show his emotions. It works a little too well.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Cleveland tells this to Loretta.
  • Timmy in a Well: Parodied. When they first hear Loretta screaming, Brian tries to tell Peter what's going on. Peter doesn't understand him and repeatedly guesses badly, but when Brian deadpans "Woof," he gets it.
  • To The Bat Noun: Peter shouts "To the Peter-copter!" and later "To the Hinden-Peter!" Both end badly.
  • The Unfair Sex: The affair is invoked like this, though the episode ends with this narratively subverted. Loretta ends up having an affair with Quagmire due to her dissatisfaction with Cleveland not being a "real man" for her, something that's only verified when his response to this discovery is to apologize like it's his own fault. Cleveland's complete lack of reaction towards Loretta's actionsinvoked concerns the Griffins enough that they try to Teach Him Anger, which ends up with Cleveland developing murderous hatred towards Quagmire, though he pulls himself out before he can hurt him. In the end, Cleveland chooses to forgive Quagmire, and after fully coming to grips with the gravity of Loretta's betrayal, confronts her and vocally ends their relationship for good.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Cleveland's rampage through Quagmire's house.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Quagmire's wandering eye leads to Loretta and Cleveland divorcing. He acknowledges that he crossed a line.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Though Cleveland and Loretta have a son, Cleveland Jr., neither his existence nor his fate because of the divorce is mentioned until the pilot of The Cleveland Show, when the divorce is finalized with Cleveland winning custody of Junior.
 
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