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Recap / Family Guy S 8 E 16 April In Quahog

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Airdate: April 11, 2010

When news hits that a black hole is eating up the solar system and the Earth will be destroyed in 24 hours, everyone in town goes out of their way to spend their last day on Earth, and when Peter admits he hates being around the kids and the news anchors admit that the whole thing was an April Fools' joke, Peter must win back his children's love.

"April in Quahog" contains examples of:

  • April Fools' Plot
    Tom: Yes, April Fools. We, at Channel 5 News conducted the whole black hole story as part of our commitment to be infestive around the holidays.
    Diane: And with only 87 suicides and widespread looting, we think this was a pretty successful practical joke!
    Brian: You DICKS!
    • There was also a real April Fool's prank to promote this episode, as promo pictures promised that Stan and Francine Smith and Hank Hill were to appear, but they didn't. They did, however, appear on a season eleven episode.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: With only 24 hours to live due to the black hole, Quagmire decides to marry and impregnate a giraffe he stole from a zoo. Then when their human-head giraffe-bodied baby is born, he blatantly denies the child is his.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase
    Meg: Shut up, dad!
  • Brutal Honesty: What Peter says about hating being around the kids. That didn't just slip out; he meant to say that, as he wanted to be honest when it looked like they were going to die.
  • Captain Obvious
    Brian: Does it bite?
    Peter: Of course it bites. It's a lion.
  • Crossing the Burnt Bridge: Peter spends the second half of the episode trying to make amends with the kids after admitting he didn't like them the moment everyone thought the world was supposed to end.
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  • Eye Scream: Peter removes his eyeball while high on crystal meth.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Quagmire sires a child with a giraffe.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: The first part has Peter on jury duty, the second part is about widespread panic over the world supposedly ending, and the third has Peter trying to be a better father.
  • Hypocrite: Fearful over the world possibly ending, Brian resorts to praying to God. Stewie sees this and mocks him for it.
  • Jerkass: Peter, although he shows some of his original Jerk with a Heart of Gold persona by the end.
  • Mood Whiplash: Moments before time is about to supposedly run out, Lois confronts Peter about engaging in crazy antics instead of being with her during this time. Peter assures her that he loves her more than anyone else, and they hug. It's at that moment he says he hates being around the kids.
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  • N-Word Privileges: On his supposed last day, Peter decides to shout the N-word in an all-black neighborhood note . He comes back wearing Requisite Royal Regalia and a sash reading "King of the Black People".
    Peter: They respected me for it.
  • Spoof Aesop (and Broken Aesop): "If you can't earn your kids' respect, you can always buy it."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The kids are openly pissed at Peter for what he said. Lois also condemns him for his attitude.


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