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Recap / Family Guy S 8 E 4 Brians Got A Brand New Bag

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Brian starts dating an older woman and becomes a laughingstock to his family. Original air date, November 8, 2009.


  • Artistic License – History: 50 year old Rita is shown as a young girl in Washington D.C. with a flag of less than 50 stars. Alaska and Hawaii were last added in 1959 so she would have been an infant at best.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Brian claims to Rita that he's going to be a better man and a better boyfriend to her, but when Rita tells him to leave for hurting her, Brian ultimately goes back to his old self by rudely telling her to take her keys and slams the door on her.
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  • Even Beggars Won't Choose It: When offered a free copy of What Dreams May Come, Peter declines and even threatens to kill the salesman if it even touches the Road House DVD he is buying.
  • Continuity Nod: After a car crashes into Cleveland's house, the bathtub is empty when it falls down. "Oh that's right, Cleveland moved".
  • Jerkass: Everybody in the Griffin family acts terrible towards Rita when they demand to know her age and Brian acts this way when Rita breaks up with him for cheating.
  • Love Father, Love Son: Brian originally wanted to date Nicole but when she forgot their date as she was with another man when he goes to pick her up, he meets her mother Rita and they hit it off.
  • Really Gets Around: When Brian and Rita become engaged, Nicole enters the house congratulating them before she takes three black men up to her bedroom.
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  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Brian mentions to Rita that he had a bit part in Die Hard. It then shows actual footage from the movie with an animated Brian inserted into the clip.
  • Roundhouse Kick: Peter starts doing this to people after watching Road House (1989).
  • Running Gag: The Cleveland Bathtub Gag. Only this time, for some reason, no water or person comes out of the bathtub.
    Peter: Oh, that's right. Cleveland moved.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title is a reference to the song "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" by James Brown.
    • The screeching demons that take away the newly deceased Willy in the film Ghost take Joe Swanson.
    • Peter's line to Brian, "get off my plane", is a reference to the film Air Force One.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Invoked when Peter beats the crap out of Lucy Van Pelt from Peanuts, and then lets Charlie Brown finally kick the football.