From the opening sequence involving an Eight is Enough reunion, it is clear this episode has promise. Following that is a bit of Stewie’s occasional insanity regarding Rupert, his stuffed teddy bear. This episode also marks the first appearance of Quahog channel 5 anchorman Tom Tucker’s son, Jake who was born with an upside-down face and would become a recurring character. Soon we get to the meat of the episode, the Quahog dog show. Which Brian is at first against. After the family convinces him that his entering the contest is the only way to beat the summer heat, the training begins.
Brian has reservations upon getting to the show, but eventually goes along with it. Peter, as is his custom, manages to completely embarrass Brian at the show, by trying to get him to beg for a treat and Brian simply walks away. They continue fighting on the way home until Brian just gets out of the car. He gets brought home by the cops. Brian leaves and continues to try and exist on his own, and finds defeat at every turn. The family meanwhile, tries replacing Brian with a cat, which ends poorly. Brian is finally arrested for what is best described as a temporary loss of insanity. He’s sentenced to death, but Peter intervenes at the trial and he’s acquitted, allowing Brian to drink freely. Overall, the episode is a great showcase for Brian and is one of the series’ best.