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Recap / Family Guy S 4 E 8 Eight Simple Rules For Buying My Teenage Daughter

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When Peter runs up a tab at the local pharmacy, the only way out of paying the bill is to sell Meg to the owner's son, Neil, who has been stalking her for months.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Meg signs the contract because she wants to be with Neil. Turns out that the Goldmans use the contract as an excuse to use Meg as a slave and actually treat her worse than the Griffins did at this point of the show.
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  • Betty and Veronica: Meg (Betty) and Cecilia (Veronica) are this over Neil (Archie).
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: A rare in-universe example; a Cutaway Gag features Meg walking onto an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond to tell Neil that she hates him. After walking out, the show just simply continues on like nothing happened.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Meg exclaims this when she learns that her father sold her to Neil Goldman to pay off a debt.
  • Buffy Speak: Stewie mispronouncing marijuana and heroin and ecstasy as he frames his babysitter to get her fired.
  • Butch Lesbian: The Gym Teacher at Meg and Chris's school.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Meg is this momentarily when Neil starts dating somebody else and returns to being this when he hooks back up with the same girl just after getting him to end the contract she signed to unwittingly become his slave.
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  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Stewie does not take it well that LaDawn has a boyfriend. Seeing them make out was the last straw for him, to which he attacks Jeremy and locks him up inside the trunk of a car.
  • Creepy Gym Coach: The Gym Teacher ordering Meg's classmates to strip down in the showers and bounce around for her.
    Gym Teacher: All right, ladies. Enough chit-chat. Take it off, get in the shower, and bounce around for me!
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Stewie loses his chance with LaDawn after he gets her fired and she departs after leaving a mixtape for him.
  • Endurance Duel: Peter, Chris, Brian and Stewie drink syrup of ipecac (a strong emetic used to make poisoned people vomit). Whoever lasts the longer without throwing up wins. (Chris wins, but really everybody loses).
  • Graceful Loser: Neil takes Meg tricking him into making the contract null and void fairly well, as he wants Meg to genuinely like him and want to be with him of her own free will. It also helps that Cecilia quickly gets back with him afterwards.
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  • Love Father, Love Son: Lois tries to induce this by dressing up as Mystic to seduce Neil away from Meg so that the contract could be violated and Meg could be freed.
  • Love Triangle: Two of them. The main plot has Meg, Neil, and Cecilia, the subplot has LaDawn, Stewie, and Jeremy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Stewie says this after getting LaDawn fired for rejecting him but not before she gives him a mixtape as a parting gift.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Neil says this when Peter and Meg catch him in the act of being seduced by Meg's mother Lois. Justified since the whole thing was planned by Peter, Lois and Meg.
  • Oddly Specific Greeting Card: Peter tries to sell Meg to Mort (as his son Neil's girlfriend) to settle his tab at Mort's pharmacy. Lois is naturally outraged, but cools off after Peter gives her a card saying "I'm sorry I tried to sell our daughter".
    Peter: You wouldn't believe how hard it was to find one of those things in English.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: The title refers to the 2002-2005 television show 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter starring Katey Sagal and John Ritter.
  • Pair the Spares: Implied with Cecilia and Jake Tucker hooking up after Meg and Neil get together.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Chris, being the last man standing, celebrates for only a few seconds until he vomits from the ipecac.
  • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: Peter reveal to Mort that he bought one of these as a breakfast machine. After all the bells and whistles, it inflates a balloon, which pulls a string... which pulls the trigger on a handgun, shooting Peter in the arm.
    Peter: What was the point of all that?! All it does is shoot ya! It doesn't make breakfast at all!
  • Shout-Out:
    • The scene in which Stewie tests his “teleportation pods” and merges with Rupert is a similar to ones used in the film versions of The Fly.
    • In a cutaway, Peter buys a “breakfast machine,” which turns out to be a Rube Goldberg machine which shoots him. The breakfast machine itself is similar to the breakfast machine featured in the film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. The Danny Elfman music used in the scene was adapted from said film.
    • Kramer vs. Predator, pits Dustin Hoffman’s character from Kramer vs. Kramer against a Predator in a parody of the 2004 crossover film Alien vs. Predator which pitted the Xenomorphs from the Alien film series against the Predator of the Predator series.
    • Stewie fantasizes Brian re-enacting the Matthew McConaughey’s character David Wooderson’s line in Dazed and Confused in front of the pool hall: “That’s what I like about high school girls. I keep getting older, they stay the same age.”
    • The scene in which Stewie attacks the babysitter’s boyfriend is similar to one in the film Child’s Play.
    • Lois' line "the position has been filled" is a reference to the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire.
    • Stewie appears on the show Blind Date.
    • Stewie imagines being Jiminy Glick, interviewing Collin Ferrell.
    • One of the people Lois interviews for the babysitter for Stewie is Gloop from the 1967 TV show The Herculoids.
    • Before Stewie locks Jeremy in the trunk, Stewie gives him his iPod so he could listen to The Strokes while he gasps for air Stewie at first calls them “The Streeks”.
    • In the joke in which Stewie makes a reference to Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun dying together, it depicts the two “performing” suicide by means of drug ingestion. In reality, Hitler shot himself and ingested a pill, while Braun just ingested a pill.
    • While stopping at Goldman’s Pharmacy, Peter imitates an Excedrin commercial and buys several copies of the fashion magazine Marie Claire, only to be disappointed by the physical appearance of actress Kathleen Turner.
  • Suppository Gag: Peter asks Mort if the suppositories he sells come in any other flavors, causing Mort to ask if he's been eating them. To which Peter sarcastically replies "No, I'm shoving them up my butt, of course I'm eating them!"
  • Together in Death: After LaDawn scolds him for touching her breasts, Stewie laments he was hoping he and LaDawn would "go all the way and die together like Hitler and Eva Braun". A cutaway gag pokes fun at Hitler and Braun jokingly suicide pact.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: As Neil tries to push himself away from Lois, he gets a handful of her breast.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Meg has never returned Neil's affections or her but when it's announced he is dating a girl named Cecilia, Meg becomes jealous and begs to Neil's girlfriend. And again in the end, after Neil goes back to dating Cecilia and Meg's jealousy returns.
  • Vomit Chain Reaction: This is caused by Brian, Peter, Stewie and Chris all drinking ipecac.


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Peter's Breakfast Machine

The classic Breakfast Machine from Pee Wee's Big Adventure makes an appearance in a cutaway. Though this time, it doesn't make you breakfast.

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