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'Family Guy' fan recap: Meg works for the TSA

Season 13 | Episode 13 | “Dr. C and the Women” | Aired Mar 15, 2015

When Quagmire sees Meg trying to sell her Beanie Babies to raise money for prom, he offers to get her a job as an airport TSA screener. She jumps at the opportunity and quickly assimilates with her colleagues when she yells at a man for approaching the TSA podium before he’s called.

Realizing she’s actually the hottest person who works at the airport, Meg starts strutting around like she owns the place. This irritates Marla, another TSA agent. It doesn’t help when Larry (Marla’s boyfriend) invites Meg to the roller rink where he does security.

“Why isn’t her body shaped like a potato?” Marla complains. “That was part of the interview for this job.”

Meanwhile, Quagmire and Joe get into a fight at the bar, but Cleveland steps in to calm things down using a series of catchphrases and concerned mouth noises. “Guys, guys. Let’s stop escalatin’. And take the stairs for a minute!” Impressed, Peter suggests Cleveland should open his own therapy office as a counselor. He does.

When Lois scolds Peter for not washing the dishes, Peter shoos her away to seek counseling from Cleveland. He expects Cleveland to take his side, but Cleveland tells Lois the root of their problems is Peter’s carelessness and lack of effort in their marriage. Invigorated and empowered, Lois insists Peter should spend more time with her, from playing golf together to doing chores around the house.

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Peter and Joe hate Cleveland for encouraging their wives to demand more from their marriages. Peter threatens to tell Cleveland’s wife, Donna, that he had sex with a stripper at a bachelor party. Horrified, Cleveland runs away, and the men are tasked by their wives to find him.

At the airport, Meg feels like a million bucks at her new job, but Marla is ready to see Meg go. “This TSA isn’t sweaty enough for the two of us,” she says, cornering Meg in the TSA’s room of confiscated items. They engage in a long, drawn-out fight using all the weapons, liquids, and lighters left by airline passengers. No one wins, but Marla promises she won’t stop until Meg is gone.

Joe, Quagmire, and Peter drive around looking for Cleveland. After a lengthy jaunt at a minigolf course, the guys remember Cleveland had his own deli in town. Screen pop-ups remind us “Family Guy fans went ballistic when Brian died, but you don’t really miss him in this episode, do you?” It’s a fair point.

The guys find Cleveland at his old deli, which he calls “a symbol of all my failures.” Cleveland admits he faked being an expert counselor the whole time. His friends offer him absolutely no moral support.

At the airport, Marla frames Meg for stealing dozens of the gray rubber containers where people put their shoes and belts. Larry fires her on the spot: “I’m going to need your small, ridiculous tie.”

Peter asks Meg what she did this week, then cuts her off before she can say anything. Who else missed Mila Kunis? She’s been pretty absent the last couple of episodes. Good to see her gain a bit of misplaced confidence, only to be brutally deflated by her father in true Family Guy tradition.

The episode’s low point? The Outback Steakhouse commercial, boasting 50-pound elephant steaks, 40 ounces of ranch dressing, and bloomin’ pumpkins instead of bloomin’ onions. It would be a clever little bit—if it weren’t a rip-off of Patton Oswalt’s Black Angus Steakhouse routine, right down to the deep-fried pumpkin. Come on, writers.

Insult of the week: “Oh, wait, that was real?” Peter says to Joe, when Joe says he’s a real cop. “I thought that was, like, a Make-A-Wish thing.”

Cutaway of the day: Meg says her catfight was crazier than putting cops on Segways. Cut to a cop racing to help a rape victim: “Are there any steps leading to that alley, or is it just a series of gentle ramps?”

Family Guy airs Sundays at 9/8C on Fox.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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