Stewie, the maniacal one-year-old bent on world domination.And Brian, the sarcastic dog with a wit as dry as the martinis he drinks.
In the second episode we see Peter discover that he has a vestigial twin growing out of his neck, beloved family dog Brian gets killed and later in the series, Quagmire finally finds a woman who has the same sexual appetite as he does but when she kidnaps him to use him as her sex slave, Peter, Joe and Ida set out to rescue him.
On its face, this story is just a by-the-numbers Rocky/high school fight plot, with Quagmire taking the Burgess Meredith role and teaching Meg how to use her “gross” body as a weapon after Meg finds his main office in the girls’ bathroom.
After some drawn-out demonstrations of just how violent Pulaski is, he finally fights Meg only to be defeated by her grossness—first, she kisses him (ew! ), and finally lifts her shirt up, which has the same effect on the bully the uncovered Ark does at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie, because ha, Meg is totally gross, right?
Last week’s episode was a surprisingly effective character piece, getting at the sympathetic as well as the funny in Quagmire.
Tonight’s Family Guy does the exact opposite, leaning into everything terrible about how the show has treated Meg over the years.