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Much of the humor from the animated series Family Guy comes from the characters failing to recognize their own stupidity, being clueless when others harshly criticize them and so forth.

  • In Season 18’s "Cat Fight", Quagmire opens a cat cafè next to a place where Brian goes to drink. Being a dog, he hates cats.
    You’d expect: For Brian to just ignore the cat cafè and drink at the bar.
    Instead:He organizes a strike based out of nothing but spite towards Quagmire and cats.
    And: More of a Headscratcher, but the above turned out to be part of a dream.
    You’d expect: For Brian to see if the cat cafè exists first, before organizing the strike.
    Instead: He just starts the strike arbitrarily.
    Later: Brian has started the strike, and Stewie took notice.
    You’d expect: Stewie, being as smart as he is, to give Brian the reason you suck speech about Brian being cruel towards Quagmire for no good reason.
    Instead: He encourages it.
    During this: Quagmire is trying to fight back against the strike.
    You’d expect: For him to try to start a petition to keep the cafè open, or fix the problems Brian is pointing out.
    Instead: He doesn’t.
    The result: The cat cafè is closed down and Quagmire needs to find a home for the cats.
    Then you'd expect: For Quagmire to put some cats in a shelter and/or give some to his friends while keeping some.
    Instead: He takes them all in and gets overwhelmed.
    In the end: Brian has to pretend to be a service animal to go to the bar, and he’s a service animal to Stewie and hates it.
    You’d expect: For him to realize he brought this on himself and go cry about it.
    Instead: He fights Quagmire.
    When the fight ends: Brian says he’s sorry.
    You’d expect: For Quagmire to not accept his apology, keep in mind that typically forgiveness is a good idea but Brian doesn’t deserve it, and for him to give Brian a reason you suck speech about how he was petty and cruel.
    Instead: He forgives Brian.
    Even worse: The cats had to be put down because of Brian.
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  • In the Season 17 episode "Regarding Carter", Carter gets shot in the head by Lois, though it was an accident. As a result, Carter's personality changes and he decides to be closer to Lois and to be a better father.
    You'd expect: Peter makes all of his best in order to be accepted by Carter and Carter being a better father in law.
    Instead: Peter just wants Carter to revert back in order to have his inheritance and worse, Babs shoots her husband when she discovers his new personality.
  • In the Season 3 episode "To Love and Die in Dixie", the Griffins are placed in the Witness Protection Program after an armed robber threatens to kill the star witness – Chris. Several examples abound:
    Early on: Peter is sent to the police station to pick up Chris, who is giving a statement after witnessing the robbery and is being asked to identify him in a police lineup.
    You'd expect: The receptionist to have Peter wait in the lobby until Chris comes out.
    Instead: Peter is somehow able to wander into police lineup room, where he shows someone he thinks is a police officer Chris' photo. The man turns out to be the suspect.
    Later, after the Griffins are sent to the South to live (after the robbery suspect escapes from jail): Two police agents are hired to stay at the Griffins' home until the armed robbery suspect is brought back into custody and is no longer deemed a threat. One evening, the robber visits the Griffins' home, hoping to find Chris and to carry out an earlier threat to kill him. However, when he initially asks the agents if Chris is home and they reply that he is not, the robber realizes his mistake and asks where Meg is living.
    You'd expect: The police officers to have the man arrested. At the very least, one would think they would be tipped off by the man's earlier slip that their visitor might harbor a sinister motive. Additionally, the two officers also had a description of the armed robber suspect and were aware from their (unseen) briefing that he was likely trying to find Chris.
    Instead: The addle-brained cops reveal where Chris is living.
    And finally: Herbert, the elderly pedophile who wants to consummate a sexual relationship with Chris.
    You'd expect: That with 113 messages left on the Griffins' voice mail, all from Herbert demanding to see or talk to Chris, that Peter and/or Lois would get suspicious about the caller and have the police charge Herbert for (at the very least) making harassing phone calls.
    Instead: They ignore it, setting up a series of encounters later on with Chris, who at least is able to – if only unwittingly – ward off his predator. (Peter and Lois seem to have no knowledge of Herbert's background, and indeed very little has been revealed about Herbert's past, except that he was in the Army Air Forces during World War II.)
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  • In the Season 6 episode "McStroke", Stewie – inspired by the teen dramas such as One Tree Hill – decides to masquerade as a teenager named Zach Sawyer and enroll at James Woods High School.
    You'd expect: The school administration to ask "Zach" who his parents are, or perhaps contact his former school to obtain a transcript.
    Instead: No background check is done, and "Zach" is allowed to enroll.
    Later, You'd also expect: Connie D'Amico – the self-described most popular girl at school – to suspect that "Zach" is actually Stewie, since she has seen him several times and, knowing who he is, would suspect that the physical features of "Zach" strongly resemble 1 1/2-year-old Stewie. In the very least, she is aware that Meg has two brothers: Chris and Stewie. And, as Connie is an intelligent person, she knows or should know that having a romantic relationship with a toddler is morally wrong and illegal, and that by asking someone she has a feeling might be too young for her out, she could risk being arrested, lifetime placement on the Sex Offender Registry, and ruined social standing.
    Instead: Connie asks "Zach" out, and when she tries to initiate sex, she finally realizes that he is a baby. Instead of realizing that she could be in very deep legal trouble, Connie – still wanting to believe that "Zach" is actually a teenager – arrogantly has him ostracized for his small, well, "thing." Stewie finally reveals himself, and just as quickly Connie is arrested for lascivious acts with a child.
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  • Connie herself has had some moments, regarding her bullying of Meg.
    You'd Expect: That after all the times Connie has received karma for her treatment of Meg (i.e. getting sexually molested by Quagmire, physically beaten to a bloody pulp by Peter, humiliated in front of her friends by a drunken Brian) that she'd learn her lesson and be nice to her or at the very least, leave her alone.
    Instead: She still continues to bully Meg, even going as far as to harass her when she's minding her own business. Not to mention her bullying tactics have become crueler over the years.
  • In Season 4's "Patriot Games" Brian makes a bet with Stewie, which he loses and now owes him $50.
    You'd Expect: Brian, knowing how dangerous and violent Stewie can be when he doesn't get his way, to agree to pay him ASAP. And by dangerous, we mean Stewie having access to a entire arsenal of military weapons and plotting to kill Lois on a regular basis.
    Instead: Brian repeatedly procrastinates in paying off the bet, which leads to Stewie viciously beating him to a bloody pulp on two occasions (one of which Brian buys a fake mustache to try and get out of paying the bet). Only when Stewie shoots him in both knees and roasts him with a flamethrower does Brian finally agree to pay Stewie the $50.
    And Later: While the family are on their way to London to watch the game between the Patriots and Sillynannies, Brian is now acting cold towards Stewie for the two brutal beatings he inflicted on him.
    You'd Expect: Stewie to beat Brian up again in order to keep him quiet about it, given how he previously threatened him into silence for the first beating.
    Instead: He offers Brian a free revenge shot at him to make up for all the abuse he caused, to which Brian accepts but says he will not tell him when the hit will be delivered. This leads to Stewie becoming increasingly paranoid to the point of begging Brian to hit him, even going as far as beating himself up to placate him. Later, Brian gets his revenge by shoving Stewie in front of an moving bus.
    • Also from the episode:
      Brian is trying to avoid Stewie, and he sees him playing golf in the hallway so he puts on a mustache, hoping to sneak past him.
      You'd expect: Brian to keep his mouth shut if he doesn't want a repeat of what happened before or, better yet, just pay Stewie the $50.
      Instead: He greets Stewie who at first falls for the disguise but catches on immediately afterward. Stewie dishes out another ruthless beating, worse than before.
  • In Season 6's "Back to the Woods" James Woods — wanting revenge for his arrest for stalking Peter (in the Season 5 episode "Peter's Got Woods") — steals Peter's identity, moves into his house and refuses to leave. When Peter objects, Woods calls the police to have Peter removed from the premises. Officer Joe Swanson shows up and upon questioning, Woods shows him documents that prove that he, not the real Peter, is Peter Griffin.
    You'd expect: That Joe, knowing Peter as his best friend for years, would arrest Woods for forgery and identity theft.
    Instead: Joe believes Woods instead, claiming the paperwork shown is legal. Lois calls Joe out for being such an idiot, but Joe decides to follow the "law" and boot Peter out of his own home, not even bothering to ask Peter to see HIS own forms of identification to at least prove that Woods is impersonating Peter.
    Later: After Peter's attempt to reunite with his family fails (Woods tricks the obviously disguised-as-Chris'-new-friend Peter into revealing his true identity), Peter and Brian decide that turnabout is fair play, and before long Peter assumes Woods' identity and books himself as a guest on Late Night With David Letterman.
    You'd expect: Letterman, knowing who Woods is, to immediately kick Peter-as-James Woods off the show and have security escort him from the studio.
    Instead: Peter successfully convinces Letterman that he is James Woods, then proceeds to destroy Woods' reputation by making slanderous, inconsiderate remarks before the coup de grace: claiming that he is making a slapstick comedy short based on the 9/11 attacks.
    In the closing scene: Woods tracks Peter down to an alley, where he hopes to engage in a confrontation. Instead, he finds a trail of Reese's Pieces.
    You'd expect: Woods to immediately get wise, knowing that this is a trap (as he was caught in a similar booby trap a year earlier).
    Instead: "Ooh, a piece of candy! Ooh, a piece of candy! Ooh, a piece of candy! Ooh... " The box slams down on top of Woods, and Peter and Brian stand guard until the authorities arrive to take Woods into custody.
  • "Love,Blactually"
    • Brian dates a woman named Carolyn, only for her to sleep with Cleveland behind his back when Brian on Stewie's advice holds off on having sex with her. Stewie after going Never My Fault tries to cheer Brian up by taking him on outings, only for Carolyn and Cleveland to have sex everywhere they go. It culminates when Cleveland tells Brian that he's marrying Carolyn and to deal with it. Stewie suggests to Brian that they reconcile Loretta and Cleveland so that Brian can win Carolyn back and not give up on love.
      You'd Expect: Brian would not take bad advice from Stewie again; Carolyn is a cheater, and that isn't going to change. He should go for the jugular and remind Cleveland about what it was like to have Loretta cheat on him, and he didn't expect Cleveland to be that sort of person. Then that may spur Cleveland to have a Jerkass Realization about the way he's acting.
      Instead: Brian and Stewie talk to a regretful Loretta, who says that she wishes that she hadn't cheated on Cleveland. Cue a Zany Scheme where they try to get Cleveland to talk to her, and for Peter to ensure that Cleveland remembers what Loretta did by sending Quagmire to seduce her.
      The Result: Cleveland sensibly turns Loretta down but wishes her happiness. Then in a fit of Laser-Guided Karma, Carolyn sleeps with Quagmire and Cleveland is forced to call the engagement off. He apologizes to Brian on realizing what he did, after all the damage has been done.
  • Season 8's "Family Goy" — an episode that mocked the Jewish faith — begins with Peter and his friends at the Drunken Clam, and proprietor Horace disposing of old life-sized cardboard cutouts in the trash bin. Peter sees one of the cutouts — that of Kathy Ireland — falls in love with it and, not wanting to see an inanimate object depicting the beautiful Ireland in a particularly physically attractive pose destroyed, asks to take it home, to which Hoarce consents.
    You'd expect: Peter to at least realize that the cutout is not a living object and keep it simply as a souvenir... if only to masturbate to when looking at it. (See next line for why.)
    Instead: He serenades "Kathy" with Billy Ocean's "Suddenly Last Summer" while at the bar, before later treating the item as his girlfriend, as though she were a living, breathing human being. (Examples include going for a ride in the country and simulating sex with it.) Later, when Chris takes the cutout into his room, Peter becomes very angry (because "Kathy betrayed" him) and strikes the cutout, causing its head to fall off, and he winds up burying it in his yard, somehow thinking he killed a human being and was trying to cover up his crime(!).
    Even better: When Lois sees Peter laying on top of the cutout and expresses her disgust, she points out Peter getting into a turf war with — of all things — a cat!!!!!
    Later: In a scene emulating an infamous sequence from Schindler's List, Peter, having become an anti-Semitic after his father — Francis, not the town drunk from Ireland as revealed in "Peter's Two Dads"— comes back from the dead to warn Peter that he'll end up in Hell for leaving the Catholic faith, shoots at his Jewish friend and neighbor, Mort Goldman, from his upstairs window while Mort is at his mailbox.
    You'd expect: Peter to be arrested almost immediately.
    Instead: Police officer Joe Swanson — another of Peter's neighbors — not only lets Peter get away with it, but he too (a policeman(!)) also shoots at Mort as his morning greeting. Mort resignedly says, in essence, this is par for the course.
  • In the Season 8 episode "Dial Meg for Murder", Brian gets a job for writing a news article, and he wants to write about Meg.
    You'd expect: Brian to ask Meg directly for an interview. Brian probably connects with Meg more than anyone else in the family, and if Meg really is "far sweeter and kinder than the typical American girl", then surely she can make time for an interview. Luke may have to wait a little longer for her, but at least there's a better chance of their secret being safe this way (which we'll get to later).
    Instead: Brian follows her around where she goes to see what she does, basically stalking her. This leads to Brian finding out Meg's secret.
    • A while ago when Meg joined a prison pen pal program at school, she fell in love with a convict named Luke, who received a three year sentence for robbery. After the program was over, she secretly kept seeing him during visiting hours. Now that Brian knows, he has one of three options.
      You'd expect: Brian to either a) confront Meg directly and ask her what the hell's going on, b) check things out and get some information on this Luke guy, or c) if Brian HAS to notify her parents, then give her some kind of warning first. When Brian was The Stool Pigeon in Season 4's "Deep Throats", another episode where he threatened to expose Meg's relationship, he at the very least did that.
      Instead: In a rather sneaky move, Brian tells her parents her secret, without considering any of these options. This earns Meg a nasty scolding from Lois, who forbids her from ever seeing Luke again, without even bothering to check things out, potentially breaking her trust in both of them for life. Even with Meg's safety in mind, you really have to wonder what made Brian jump to conclusions like that, without even giving her a warning first. Whatever happened to "I'm warning you because I care about you"?
    • Later, Meg is sent to prison for harboring Luke when he escapes to see her. She returns with a hardened attitude, wanting revenge on her family and school mates who have taunted and/or abused her through the years.
      You'd expect: Connie and her friends to avoid her now that she's not the mousy, little nerd-girl she once was (just in case the new look, tattoos, and cold expression don't make it apparent).
      Instead: They make fun of her as usual, and Meg finally beats up and humiliates Connie.
    • After Meg gives Connie a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and assaults her, she gets suspended. Lois reports it to Peter and Brian and shes' very concerned about how Meg is out of control. The whole family can agree; Meg showered with Peter and has used Lois's laundry for toilet paper.
      You'd Expect: Brian to admit that this is all his fault and try to figure out how to fix the situation. If he had simply talked to Meg rather than outing her secret relationship to her parents, then she wouldn't have been sent to jail. Then the family can decide if they want to get the police involved again or a therapist since Meg angrily tells Brian that no one cares about her.
      Alternatively: Peter would talk with Joe over drinks about what to do now that prison has turned his daughter into a hardened felon. Joe did arrest her but he may know some answers.
      Instead: Brian goes Soapbox Sadie about how a broken prison system ruined Meg's sweetness, never acknowledging that if he hadn't pried into Meg's business then she never would have ended up in jail.
      The Result: Meg overhears and accuses the family of talking behind her back, and they play the Blame Game until Meg forces Peter to punch Stewie. She maintains that no one actually cares about her wellbeing, and she wouldn't be wrong considering that no one even visited her while she was in prison. If Brian hadn't revealed that he wrote his featured piece about her, they would have lost Meg's trust forever.
    • During all of this, Stewie has been witnessing Meg going bonkers. Then his father punches him on Meg's orders.
      You'd Expect: Stewie after recovering would gather his technology and figure out how to either protect himself from Meg or wipe her memories so that she goes back to being regular Meg. He does this later in "Leggo My Meggo".
      Instead: He does nothing.
      The Result: Meg becomes more reckless in the climax, kidnapping Brian and planning to run away from home.
    • And finally, Meg kidnaps Brian at gunpoint and takes him away in the car. She then pulls up to Goldman's Pharmacy, orders Brian to stay in the car, and attempts to rob the store.
      You'd expect: Brian to stay in the car or run somewhere else and call the police.
      Instead: Brian goes into the store, sees what Meg is doing, and threatens to call the cops if Meg doesn't put the gun away. Yes, now he gives her a warning, and it's in a situation where Meg could have easily turned around and shot him. That said, what little that remains of the real Meg could be preventing her from straight-up murdering him, but it's still pretty frustrating.
  • Season 8's "Big Man on Hippocampus" saw the Griffins appear on Family Feud, where they win their way to Fast Money. Lois provides all the No. 1 answers and scores 199 points in the first half of the game, one point away from winning the $5,000 grand prize. Peter has been chosen to play the second half of the game.
    You'd expect: Peter to easily come up with at least one answer that will push the family's total above 200 and thus net them the $5,000 prize.
    Instead: On the first question — "Name something you sit in" — Peter duplicates Lois' answer, "chair." Not a problem, as the rules provided that a duplicated answer would be buzzed and the contestant would be prompted to give another answer. However, Peter insists on giving "chair" as his answer (trying "big chair" and "little chair") before insisting that he wants to be credited with "chair," wasting precious time. He then asks, "What if I can't think of anything else?" to which Dawson tells him he can pass the question.
    So now you'd expect: Peter to pass and hear the next question.
    Instead: At least another four seconds are wasted by him asking, "How do I pass?" to which Dawson gives the obvious answer (and to add to Peter's stupidity, he asks for a clarification(!)). Peter can only blurt out, "Chair." In the end, time expires, and (at least in fiction) the Griffins, thanks to Peter, are responsible for the biggest Fast Money meltdown in history.
    • Thanks to the events of the episode, Peter gets amnesia and decides that he is technically a bachelor since he can't remember being married. An enraged Lois moves out and is forced to support the kids while they live in a crappy apartment, which makes her vulnerable to a seductive Quagmire. At some point, Peter gets his memory back thanks to the Chicken of all people but feigns amnesia so he can keep sleeping with other women.
      You'd Expect: Even if Peter is an idiot that he would realize his wife has left him. And since he just argued he's allowed to sleep with other women, it means that they are effectively separated and she is free to do the same.
      Instead: Peter chills at home until Brian finds out he got his memory back and gives him a What the Hell, Hero? that Lois is about to sleep with Quagmire. They only arrive in time to stop Lois because Quagmire becomes impotent on her saying that she trusts him.
      You'd Then Expect: Lois to tell off Peter for taking her for granted and make him squirm a little. Amnesia or no amnesia, when he had a chance to show he still loved her, he failed. He only cares now because his best friend is seducing her.
      Instead: She goes Easily Forgiven and walks off with Peter having learned nothing from the experience.
  • Season 12's "Brian's a Bad Father" sees Peter engage in some highly criminal activity when he "blows a raspberry" to a 3-year-old girl in a private place. Joe (a police officer) and Quagmire – himself sexually deviant – witness the incident (which takes place off-screen).
    You'd expect: Peter to be arrested immediately, or in the very least beaten until he is nearly unconscious.
    Instead: While Joe and Quagmire indeed watch with horror and disbelief, they do nothing! All Joe says to Peter after seeing the whole thing is that maybe he should go home now … and then he remains friends afterward, chalking it up as Peter the all-around good guy being just a little bit screwed in the head now and then.
  • Similarly, a situation involving Peter, (what's implied to be) child pornography and Joe happened in Season 13's "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin". Here, Peter — starting his computer and hoping to set up a Facebook account for Jesus — admits he "had the house to himself" before finding he had multiple internet windows open. As he begins closing the windows, the content of one of the windows immediately piques Joe's curiosity, asking "How old is that girl?"
    You'd expect: For Joe — despite his handicapped condition — to get between Peter and the computer, so he can't destroy the evidence. Or in the very least, call for police backup to prevent Peter from rendering the computer into a state where data cannot be recovered.
    Instead: He just sits there while Peter drives to the shore, hastily hails a cargo ship and throws the computer into the ocean.
  • In fact, Joe gets one of these almost every time someone breaks the law.
    You'd Expect: Being a police officer, for Joe to spring into action and arrest the culprit immediately.
    Instead: He does nothing and essentially allows the crime to happen.
  • In the episode "No Meals on Wheels", Peter opens up a restaurant and it doesn't do well at all until Joe and his friends stop by the place to eat, which makes the place become a huge hit. The only thing about it is everyone is handicapped, which bothers Peter greatly because it makes the place "less cool."
    You'd expect: Peter would just suck it up and accept the fact that his restaurant is making a ton of money and that it doesn't matter who comes to eat.
    Instead: Peter decides to make a new policy denying service to the handicapped because the restaurant is no longer cool by Peter's standards.
    In the end: Laser-Guided Karma slams Peter hard by having him become injured when Joe and his friends attack him, which makes Peter confined to a wheelchair and causes him to realize that handicapped people aren't really any different or less cool than the non handicapped. And we assume his restaurant is out of business too.
  • In "German Guy", Peter and Chris are locked up in the basement of an old Nazi and there is a small window where they can call for help. They see Meg walking down the street.
    You'd expect: Peter and Chris to call for Meg and ask her to get them rescue.
    Instead: They make fun of her weight and ruin any chance of having her help them out. They end up getting Herbert to help them.
  • In the episode "Blind Ambition", Quagmire spies on Lois going to the bathroom and is clearly getting aroused from it. Lois spots Quagmire and freaks out, getting him arrested. Peter and the others meet up with Quagmire the next day to address what happened.
    You'd expect: Peter to punch Quagmire in the face ... or at least scream at him for watching his wife go to the bathroom and tell him to stay away from her forever or else. Given how jealous Peter gets whenever any man tries to talk to Lois (to the point that he ripped a movie screen while a Hugh Grant movie was playing and punched his own reflection), the writers could have used this bit of characterization to its fullest advantage here.
    Instead: Peter defends Quagmire and claims he is a good guy that is just screwed up in the head every now and then, ignoring the fact that A) Quagmire practically sleeps with every woman he sees and possibly rapes some of them and B) made Lois feel unsafe in the public bathroom.
  • In "Brian & Stewie", the duo are locked in a bank vault door with no way out. Stewie has his cellphone will him, but unfortunately, the battery is about to run out and he has to make one call for help.
    You'd expect: Stewie to call the police or firemen to get them out of there.
    Instead: Stewie wastes the one call to a department store to return a sweater.
  • In "Amish Guy", Meg falls in love with an Amish boy, but his father tells them not to see each other. When Peter confronts the father, he manages to get on his good side and is about to lift the ban.
    You'd expect: Peter to leave now that everything had been sorted out.
    Instead: Peter decides to "teach them about rock and roll" by taking out a boom box and playing the music at full blast. This causes the Griffins to get banned from the Amish village. Oh and the song that was playing? Highway To Hell.
  • "Finder's Keepers'": In a sequence very similar to Yakko, Wakko and Dot's what an idiot moment in Wakko's Wish, when the Griffin family find the clue in a scavenger hunt style treasure hunt, Brian suggests they keep it a secret and not tell anybody else about it.:
    You'd Expect: Peter would easily understand why Brian wanted to keep the treasure a secret, and do so.
    Instead: Peter, wanting to prove to everyone he was right about the treasure, not only tells everyone about the treasure on live TV, but he actually shows the first clue to the treasure hunt, causing everyone in town to start looking for it.
  • "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)": Brian is convinced to move into an apartment with Jillian, despite his initial resistance to the idea. He comes to enjoy it, but cannot afford his half of the rent and has to have Stewie pay it for him. Eventually, Stewie, while being a Jerkass just because he has the option, reveals this to Jillian.
    You'd expect: Brian to just admit "yes, I can't afford the rent" and then maybe work on fixing that the next day.
    Instead: He acts as though he still does not like living with Jillian, since apparently Character Development means "character acts as he always has until the last five minutes". She then leaves him for Adam West.
    What's Worse: Brian even said at the beginning of the episode that he didn't want a committed relationship with Jillian, and he only agreed to move in with her in order to prove a point to Lois. It really makes one wonder whether or not he truly cared about her.
    On a funnier note: The very next Cutaway Gag in the episode involves a baseball team that loses constantly because they insist on hiring a second baseman who has no arms. This is actually pointed out by the announcers in said cutaway.
  • "Family Gay": Peter gets injected with the "gay gene" and becomes a homosexual. Lois hears about it and is naturally shocked. She wants the procedure to be reversed but she quickly changes her tune when Peter starts to bake food and help her choose what clothes to buy.
    You'd expect: Lois to immediately realize that Peter being gay means he wants to have sex with men instead of women.
    Instead: Lois is shocked that Peter does not want to have sex with her and then realizes that Peter is actually gay and not being just an effeminate guy.
  • In "Stew-Roids" when Connie starts to date Chris just to make him popular, Chris falls in love with her and says that she is a really sweet girl. This makes Connie feel good about herself hearing that someone likes her for who she is and two of them start to date as an actual couple.
    You'd expect: Chris would stay with Connie and make the relationship work.
    Instead: Chris dumps Connie for two other girls because he thinks he can have any girl he wants.
  • In "Internal Affairs", Peter gives Joe advice to cheat on Bonnie, after she (almost) cheated on Joe episodes ago.
    You'd Expect: Joe would reject the idea for being bad and not do it because two wrongs don't make a right.
    Instead: He goes along with the idea and he gets caught cheating.
  • A basic staple in Family Guys later years. Meg tries to make friends with the popular kids (who after Peter are Meg's main tormentors).
    You'd Expect: Meg, having been insulted, bullied, humiliated, abused and not shown a speck of kindness from them, to realize that the popular kids will never accept her and to just be happy with her nerdy friends, since they like her who she is.
    Instead: She keeps trying to make friends with them, and they end up insulting her and/or humiliating her in the most crushing ways possible. It's gotten to the point where Meg is cutting herself because of the psychological trauma over being rejected by the popular kids (though most of it can also be attributed to how her family treats her, which isn't much better).
  • In "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q", in an attempt to get Brenda's (Quagmire's sister) fiancee Jeff to stop abusing her they consider murdering him, when they take him to the woods they plan to shoot him with the shotguns they brought. But Jeff overhears them and threatens to shoot Quagmire. Joe tells him if he puts the gun down, they'll forget about the whole thing, and surprisingly he puts the gun down.
    You'd Expect: Quagmire to just comply and agree to forget it and grab the gun while Jeff had his guard down or go back home and try something else
    Instead: Quagmire says they can't just forget the whole thing in front of him and Jeff takes him into the woods to kill him. Fortunately, Quagmire survives Jeff's attempts to strangle him and successfully kills the bastard by running him over with his car.
    • Also in that episode, the gang witness first hand just how cruel Jeff is towards Brenda.
      You'd Expect: Joe, being a cop, to arrest Jeff on the spot for assault.
      Instead: He does nothing, claiming he cannot prosecute Jeff unless Brenda herself reports him to the police. Now while this would normally be true if the abuse were happening behind closed doors, bear in mind that Jeff up to this point has made absolutely NO effort to hide his abuse of Brenda, and even beats her in front of Joe's face!
      Compiling It: Joe tells Quagmire that he can arrest him for merely suggesting murder, but can't properly arrest Jeff for publicly assaulting Brenda.
    • Brenda herself also has one.
      You'd Expect: For her at some point, to realize what Jeff is doing to her and try to seek help, which Lois and Quagmire have been trying to convince her to do.
      Instead: She STILL remains loyal to Jeff, even with his repeated assaults on her. And when he is later killed by the boys, Brenda is left emotionally scarred by him "leaving" her. Which means that if she ever returns, she'll probably end up in another abusive relationship.
      Worse Still: It's never explained at all why Jeff abuses Brenda, or why she even puts up with the abuse in the first place; and her behavior does not help her case. When Lois and Quagmire straight up tell her that Jeff should not be treating her so horribly, she laughs it off and says that Jeff is a nice guy. This makes her come off as someone who's either oblivious to the abuse, or she just doesn't care.
    • Also, Quagmire convinces the guys to stage an intervention.
      You'd Expect: That the guys would plan the intervention for Jeff, which if dealt with properly, will help him get to root of his problem, seek help, and hopefully stop abusing Brenda.
      Instead: They plan the intervention for Brenda, the victim, to whom Quagmire gives a "heartfelt speech" claiming that his sister has chosen a life of abuse and misery and that she doesn't even deserve to be called a woman.
  • In "Be Careful What You Fish For", Brian discovers that Stewie's kindergarten teacher, Miss Emily is horribly neglectful.
    You'd Expect: Brian to call the police and get her arrested.
    Instead: He falls in love with her and repeatedly refuses to do so. Stewie then gets a dislocated arm.
    You'd THEN Expect: Brian to get Emily arrested now that she's caused harm to one of her students.
    Instead: He STILL refuses to let anyone get her in trouble until he's had a chance to have sex with her.
    Thankfully: Emily turned out to have a boyfriend already, Brian gets her arrested for it and for child negligence.
  • In "Road to Rupert", Meg tries to learn to drive, but Peter and his friends keep on annoying her.
    You'd Expect: For Meg to ignore them and focus on driving.
    Instead: She loudly tells them to shut up. Cleveland then wet-willies her, Peter lights her scalp on fire, then Quagmire puts it out... by spraying her in soda. All of this happened in front a Joe.
    You'd Also Expect: Joe, being a police officer, would defend Meg and have Peter, Quagmire, and Cleveland arrested for what they did.
    Instead: He just sits there and does nothing! In fact, he actually joins in to the fray!
  • Meg makes a "Reason You Suck" Speech to her entire family in "Seahorse Seashell Party" for the way they've treated her over the years. However, she later went to apologize for it.
    You'd Expect: Meg shouldn't care what she said to the people who constantly abuse her. If dealt with properly, this situation would probably get her family to learn a lesson and come to treat Meg with more respect.
    Instead: Meg assumes that being the "lightning rod" of the family keeps the dysfunctions at bay. Thus she apologizes to her abuses and continues to take their crap, leading to an infamous Family-Unfriendly Aesop.
  • In "Turkey Guys", Peter accidentally drives himself and Brian into the bottom of a lake. Then Peter escapes from the car first to get more air.
    You'd Expect: Peter to get Brain out of the sunken car first before getting the turkey.
    Instead: He picks up the turkey first, leaving Brain to nearly drown.
  • In "Stewie is Enceinte", Stewie is concerned that Brian doesn't want to hang out with him anymore.
    You'd Expect: Stewie to discuss with Brian about it and sort out their problem.
    Instead: Stewie hatches a horrible, horrible idea to make himself pregnant through scientific means with the help of Brian's DNA, without his consent to any of it.
    What's Worse: Stewie and Brian have been through the whole series inseparable best friends and have no qualms telling each other their secrets or if there's something wrong. So not only is the premise of the episode sickening, but their Poor Communication Kills is completely Out of Character for both of them.
  • In "Roasted Guy", Peter decides that he wants a roast done in his honor and tells his friends to "Leave no punches".
    You'd Expect: Peter to go along with the comments his friends are making as it's implied that he does understand what a roast is.
    Instead: He takes all the criticisms to heart and reacts like the retarded man-child that he is by abandoning his friends and making new ones.
  • In "Friends Without Benefits," Meg is devastated when she finds out that her crush, Kent, is not only gay, but has a crush on her brother. And she still decides to win his affections.
    You'd Expect: Meg to realize that Kent is into other men and to find someone else. As Ruth says, "there's a lot of sweet guy trim at this school."
    Instead: She plans to get Kent and Chris to have sex with each other, and she asks Chris to sleep with Kent and tell her what it's like. He refuses.
    So now you'd expect: Meg to give up on getting Chris to sleep with him.
    Instead: She decides to roofie him and fabricates a story about Chris wanting to have sex with Kent but having to pretend to be asleep during the act, not realizing that Chris wouldn't be able to tell Meg about what it was like sleeping with Kent if he was drugged and unconscious- and also failing to realize that even if he could tell her what it was like, he'd completely lack an incentive to tell a person who had him drugged and raped what it was like to sleep with his unwitting rapist. She does have a Heel Realization and tries to call off the plan, but it was too little, too late when Kent and Chris find out and call her out on it. Ultimately, Kent, already creeped out by Meg's advances toward him, avoids her altogether, fully convinced she's a complete psycho—and he's not exactly wrong.
  • In "Fighting Irish", Peter brags to Quagmire, Joe, and Cleveland that he can beat Liam Neeson in a fight. To prove it, they travel to Connecticut, where Neeson is filming a movie. Peter tries to sneak onto the set so he can fight Neeson, but is caught by police who ask him what he is doing.
    You'd Expect: Peter to lie and say that he only wanted Neeson's autograph, or wanted a part in the movie, and probably be let off with a warning.
    Instead: In a calm voice, he tells them, rather casually nonetheless, that he was going to inflict violence upon him.
    As a result: The police promptly arrest him.
  • In "Brian the Closer", Brian becomes a real estate agent after getting dental work from Glen Quagmire's dentist with Glen paying for the work. He finds himself tasked into having to sell a run-down condo that is hard to sell to anybody and then overhears Quagmire had received a bonus.
    You'd expect: Due to the fact that Glen helped him out earlier despite hating him that Brian would show some legit gratitude and leave him out of this.
    Instead: He cons Quagmire into buying a the cheap condo by convincing him it's great investment.
    And then: Brian hides from Glen in hopes of waiting out the 72 hours of the sale closing out only for Glen to find him and tell him that this act caused him to hate him even more.
    You'd expect: Brian would realize that what he did was wrong and get him a refund. In fact it looks like he actually had as he talks to how good of the points Glen had made.
    Brian: That is 72 hours! Enjoy your craphole, dumbass!
    As a result
    Quagmire finally reaches his limit and knocks Brian's teeth out with a lamp.
    What's Worse: Before this episode, Brian tried his hardest to appease Quagmire by forming a friendship with him, and this episode, he pretty much blew his opportunity in this episode when Quagmire's animosity towards him was gradually dissipating.
  • In the Season 9 episode, "Halloween on Spooner Street", Meg and Chris are both going to a Halloween party, both disguised with the majority of party-goers not knowing who they are, including each other. It all culminates in a game of spin the bottle—and they ended up becoming the lucky pair.
    You'd Expect: For at least one of these two siblings to recognize the other. Chris may have been fully clad in his Optimus Prime costume, but only the top half of Meg's face was covered by her Slutty Cat mask. And since Chris cannot make lip contact while in his costume, forcing him to take the head off if he wants to kiss, Meg should recognize him too before any lip contact could be made.
    Or: For at least one of them to speak at least once in the closet, which will lead to one of them recognizing each other.
    Instead: Neither of them recognize each other, and proceed to unwittingly make out, and as Meg points out, they did so much. By the time they realize their mistake, they both freak out, and everyone watching was shocked, including Connie D'Amico.
    Connie: Oh. My. God.
  • In the season 14 episode "The Heartbreak Dog", Brian and Bonnie share a kiss after discussing how they feel cooped up in their lives by their families, and Brian doesn't want anyone to find out.
    You'd expect: Brian to simply not to tell anyone about the kiss so he won't get in trouble with Joe, or at least tell someone he trusts like Lois or Stewie.
    Or better yet: Brian could tell Joe directly that he heard that Bonnie was sad because Joe became so dependent on her, and not say anything about the kiss.
    Instead: He tells Peter about the kiss without explaining why, who recklessly blurts it out to Joe during a game of charades.
    As a result: Joe repeatedly humiliates Brian until he decides to run away with Bonnie to live their lives which fails due to a healthy dose of Reality Ensues. Eventually, Joe promises to give Bonnie some more freedom in her life, so she gets what she wants. What does Brian get? A bullet in the leg.
  • In the Season 12 episode "Herpe, the Love Sore", After watching The Outlaw Josey Wales where the main character cuts his palm and shakes hands with a Native American Chief to become blood brothers, Stewie wants to do the same thing with Brian, who unbeknownst to the former, has herpes.
    You'd Expect: Brian would tell Stewie about his disease, preventing him from infecting his friend. Or, Brian could at least warn Stewie about the dangers of sharing blood, a couple of them being hemolysis (if their blood types are incompatible) and bloodborne illnesses like Hepatitis or HIV.
    Instead: He keeps it to himself and agrees to share blood with Stewie anyway, infecting both him and Chris (and likely numerous other women) with a disease that will most likely be with them for the rest of their lives.
    • Also from that episode, Peter, Joe and Quagmire arrive at the Drunken Clam to have a few drinks, only to find a group of tough guys sitting at their usual booth. Peter, Joe and Quagmire politely ask if they can have their booth back, and the Tough Guys (later revealed to be US Soldiers who are only there for a short period of time before going on their third tour of duty) refuse. Even after the Gang offer to leave and come back later, the soldiers tell them that they will never give up the booth.
      You'd Expect: that the soldiers would just explain that they won't be in town for very long and just ask if they could have the booth for the short time they'll be around.
      Instead: They act like abrasive Jerkasses and tell the trio to leave and never come back to the bar ever again, threatening to break their kneecaps if they ever see them around.
      * In the two-part special "Stewie Kills Lois", Stewie kills Lois. A year passes, and the family is still adjusting to her death.
      You'd Expect: Stewie to keep quiet about this. He can probably go longer than a year with no one suspecting a thing.
      Instead: He just can't help but rub it in Brian's face that he did the deed, after Brian doubted him earlier. Brian vows to bring Stewie to justice.
      * In the season 15 episode Gronkowsbees, Stewie becomes a beekeeper and his honey sells out at the farmer's market. Stewie sees the potential and wants to speed up honey production.
      You'd Expect: For Stewie to simply get more bees. More bees means more honey.
      Instead: He laces the hive with steroids.
      You'd Then Expect: For Stewie to start off easy with the steroids to see if it does speed up production and if there are any side effects that could be potentially dangerous.
      Instead: He dumps the whole thing. While this does indeed speed up honey production, it made the bees hyper-aggressive and rampage through Quahog.
  • In season 8's Brian Griffin's House of Payne, Meg and Chris accidentally knock Stewie into a coma and give him a severe head injury.
    You'd Expect: For Meg and Chris to tell their parents IMMEDIATELY about the accident and get Stewie to a hospital.
    Instead: They try to cover up the injury for days on end so they won't get in trouble. Lois is none the wiser.
    It Gets Worse: Peter finds out about the charade.
    You'd Expect: For Peter to reprimand his kids for not telling him that they nearly killed his baby son and refused to tell him.
    Instead: He nonchalantly brushes it off and tries to shift the blame to Lois. How? By throwing Stewie's unconscious body under her car as she drives out.
    THEN You'd Expect: For Lois to rush Stewie to the hospital, no questions asked.
    Instead: She proposes to Peter that they pull THE EXACT SAME STUNT Meg and Chris did earlier then pin the blame on someone else. Fortunately, Peter stops her and FINALLY gets Stewie treated for his injury. What a mess.
  • In the season 16 episode, "The D in Apartment 23", Brian goes to the movies to watch the new Baywatch movie, and decides to post a tweet about a different movie, Ride along 3.
    You'd Expect: Brian to choose his words carefully. What might seem as a harmless joke could very easily be taken the wrong way by a lot of people.
    Instead: He writes, "About to see the new Kevin Hart movie. Just kidding. I’m white & went to college. #BaywatchMovie". Predictably, the tweet goes viral and Brian is deemed a racist and his whole family are made into pariahs, facing harassment and even death threats from everybody in Quahog.
    • After deleting the racist tweet and all of his social media accounts, Brian decides to confront the angry mob outside the Griffin's house.
      You'd Expect: They'd let Brian apologize.
      Instead: They don't even let him get one syllable in, and eventually he explodes in anger and gives them a massive "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how they're all hypocrites and made even worse mistakes than him. Unfortunately, not only does this not work, but the Griffins also decide to kick Brian out the family to save themselves.
  • In "Jerome Is The New Black", Quagmire's sister Brenda comes to hide from Jeff, her abusive boyfriend. Jeff arrives with a baseball bat, forces his way into Quagmire's house, and proceeds to beat Brenda.
    • You'd Expect: Quagmire to protect his sister from Jeff.
    • Instead: He chooses to go outside and scold Brian while completely ignoring his sister getting beaten.
  • In Fox-y Lady, Peter takes advantage of Lois's anchor job at FOX News to pitch his own animated sitcom, Handi Quacks, to FOX. The crude and amateurish pilot impresses FOX CEO Peter Chermin, who agrees to air it, but he angers Peter by suggesting some changes. Chermin then decides to edit the pilot as is.
    You'd Expect: Peter signs off on it, obviously.
    Instead: Peter: "NO!" And the show never airs...


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