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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):

  • Angst? What Angst?: In-Universe, Lois is concerned over the fact that Cleveland isn't at all affected by the fact that Loretta cheated on him and kicked him out of the house. A double-dose of this trope occurs when Peter and Brian reveal to him that Quagmire is the one she slept with.
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  • 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!"
  • Bittersweet Ending: Cleveland and Quagmire are friends again, but Cleveland is now divorced.
  • Bowdlerize: 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.
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  • 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.
    • 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, which is one of the reasons why Loretta cheated, until he Took a Level in Badass.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Yug Ylimaf", with time having been reversed, Peter and the barbershop quartet are seen coming back from the hospital singing a snippet of "You Have AIDS" and walking backward into the house with Peter looking forward to singing the song.
    • 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!
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  • Groin Attack: Occurs to Peter, who was a victim in the series "Kicked in the Nuts".
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the cutaway of Cleveland and Quagmire acting like the Fenstruk Brothers (the CasanovaWannabes from 1970s Saturday Night Live), Peter (dressed as Beldar Conehead) comes in and says, "You guys look stupid!"
  • Innocuously Important Episode: The events in this episode would ultimately lead to Cleveland getting his own show (The Cleveland 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Loretta calls out Cleveland for apologizing to her for cheating on him.
  • Karma Houdini: Defied by Quagmire. 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)
  • 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.
    Loretta: I cheat on you and you apologize to me? Cleveland Brown, you are pathetic.
    • Cleveland gives her one toward the end.
    Cleveland: Loretta, what did to me 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!
  • Sassy Black Woman: Loretta.
  • 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".
      • And 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: Halfway averted. 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.
  • 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.
  • The Jail Bait Wait: Brian gets drunk and starts hitting on Meg, asking her if she's 17 yet. This makes her uncomfortable.
  • 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.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Cleveland's rampage through Quagmire's house.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Loretta cheats on Cleveland with Quagmire.
  • 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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