Family Guy Season 16 Episode 8 Review: Crimes and Meg's Demeanor

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The Twitter pariah finally returns home!

It took two incredible episodes, but on Family Guy Season 16 Episode 8, Brian finally returned home where he belongs.

He was a little banged up after his fall through the open window, but at least he survived.

Meg Starts Drinking - Family Guy

How many movie references did you count?

For a show that's only twenty minutes, there were plenty of movie references including The Usual Suspects (and another jab at Kevin Spacey), a Quagmire version of The Dark Knight (which was cool), Home Alone (my favorite) and a clever reference to JAWS, but the biggest nod was to Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.

Since Brian broke his leg and was wheelchair-bound, he had nothing to do but spy on his neighbors. Even if he wasn't wheelchair-bound, he would probably spy on his neighbors anyway. What else is he going to do?

Lots of people do it. My mother-in-law will tell you all about what the neighbors across the street are doing and speculate about what it all means.

Sometimes she comes up with some pretty wild stories about them much like Brian did when he saw Principal Shepard drag a bloody-looking garbage bag across the floor.

Brian pieced together a story where he believed Principal Shepard had killed his wife because he saw them arguing earlier and concluded that the bloody bag he was dragging across the floor contained her body.

Spying on the Neighbors - Family Guy Season 16 Episode 8

None of it was true.

Yet, Brian wasn't called out for spying on his neighbors. Instead, the newspaper declared him a hero because the bloody-looking stuff pouring out of the garbage bag ended up being cans of disgusting cafeteria food Shepard stole from the school.

Poor Principal Shephard had to steal food because he was hungry, but Brian got accolades and got invited back home for spying and making up stories.

Lois' reasons for taking Brian back were as stupid as her reasons for kicking him out in the first place! And did you notice how quick she was to jump on the bandwagon?

The lesson I learned from Brian's escapades was that busybodies are just as dangerous as social justice warriors. If you think about it, it's true. 

How many lives have been destroyed because of neighborhood gossip? How many laws have been enacted because of busybodies who have nothing to do and feel it's their job to tell us how to run our lives?

But there was another lesson. Brian was so busy making up stories that he missed the big one.

How many of you thought that Shepard was going to do something nasty to Stewie after he came back into the room after looking under the dress?

Could Brian have inadvertently saved a bunch of dolls from potential abuse?

Brian's New Hobby - Family Guy Season 16 Episode 8

But he missed what was happening because he was too busy eating so it became the viewer's turn to make assumptions.

A grown man playing with dolls is weird. And him looking under a doll's dress is a serious red flag. (Stewie's expressions during the whole ordeal were golden.)

In the end, maybe Shepard got what he deserved, but does this mean busybodies deserve a pat on the back? 

While Brian and Stewie were having their Rear Window adventure, Meg went on a drinking adventure with Peter.

She discovered that drinking gave her a confidence she never had before. She hung out and talked to people she never would have had she not had alcohol in her.

But what drinking gave her was an opportunity to hang out with Peter without all the insults he usually throws her way. 

Lois: And Meg I hope you learned your lesson about drinking.
Meg: Yeah. I think I'd rather live my life as a loser than feel bad once in a while.
Lois: Well, I hope you know that you're our loser.
Meg: Thanks, mom.

It's sad that the only thing he could find in common with his daughter was drinking, but you have to admit their adventures were quite fun!

And why wouldn't they be? They were drinking.

I loved when Meg finally came down from her drunk and was hit with a major hangover. Peter, in his own weird way, showed what a great dad he was by helping her get over her hangover. 

Theirs may not be the most healthiest of relationships, but he still loves and cares about her. They're the Griffins. They're meant to be dysfunctional. And they're a hell of a lot more fun than The Simpsons sometimes.

Speaking about The Simpsons, did Peter and Lois have their own little couch gag, or am I reading too much into the upside down couch?

Over to you. What did you think of "Crimes and Meg's Demeanor"? Was it on par with the last few episodes? Are you glad Brian is back home?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts.

If you need to catch up, you can watch Family Guy online right here via TV Fanatic.

Crimes and Meg's Demeanor Review

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Family Guy Season 16 Episode 8 Quotes

My little girl's a drunk. Oh my God. Where did we go wrong?

Peter

Brian: Joe, Joe, it's Brian. Listen. I have to tell you something. I'm - I'm pretty sure Principal Shepard killed his wife.
Joe: That's a serious accusation. Do you have any proof?
Brian: I have something better than proof. Rank suspicion born out of boredom and loneliness.