Family Guy

Season 10 Episode 3

Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2011 on FOX
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When Quagmire suffers an accident, he learns that his sister Brenda needs help, so he asks Peter and Joe to kill her abusive boyfriend, Jeff.

  • underrated gem

    This episode is nowhere near as bad everyone thinks. I think it handled the theme of abuse really well. I loved it when Jeff got what he deserved in the end. Quagmire is normally known for his selfish sexual desires, but in this episode he manages to set that aside to help his sister. He really does have a generous side. The episode that came before this one (seahore seashell party) also did a great job dealing with themes of "abuse", but I didn't like how that cruel bitch Lois never learned her lesson in the end. In this episode on the other hand, everyone learns a valuable lesson. My only small complaint with this episode was that it was too dark with few funny moments. The best part was the Iraq lobster song.moreless
  • Seth seems to know nothing about the subject matter of domestic abuse, or how to make black comedy.

    You see, first of all black comedy can be done the right way, IE Monty python but there was nothing funny in this episode. The episode tries to tackle a very serious subject matter like domestic abuse, but instead it's like trying to study a whale in sea world rather than the ocean. First of all aside from being an asshole, Jeff is very unrealistic and over the top. Real abusive relationships don't have abusers that are that extreme, and abuse victims are not that helpless and submissive to their abusers, they do want to get out of their abusive relationships, idiot. But sometimes they only stay because of a variety of reasons such as Brenda needing Jeff to survive, or vice versa, or Jeff threatening to kill Brenda if she leaves. Trust me I have studied this issue before, and read about it on the news. But then we get the moral that in order to get out of an abusive relationship for good, you have to kill the abuser and it's the victim's fault for being in an abusive relationship in the first place. IT'S NOT FUNNY! FYI Jeff committed domestic abuse in front of four people, he should have been arrested on the spot. I admit the iraq lobster did provide some comedic relief, but the rest of the episode is just not funny. But here's the big elephant in the room, this episode aired right after Seahorse seashell party. In that episode they said you should stay in an abusive relationship for the benefit of the abuser, and called Meg out on standing up for herself, in this episode Brenda is called out for not standing up for herself and it says you should not be in an abusive relationship. Seth, that is 100% hypocrisy right there. When a comedy show is filled with issues that involve politics, abuse, and other serious issues the wrong way, it becomes mean spirited, whiny, and annoying. If you really want to do black comedy the right way, watch some episodes of Courage the cowardly dog, one in particular is, The Mask. It did everything you want to tackle, the right way.moreless
  • worst lesson ever

    Seth MacFarlane thinks that domestic abuse is comedy and making the victim the ass of the jokes and the writers thinks that is funny DO U FUCKASSES SEE THE FUCKING PROBLEM HERE FAMILY GUY FUCK OFF
  • Not Funny At All

    I think everyone else summed it up nicely. I saw nothing funny about this episode!
  • I've finally figured out WHY these episodes that are great in Seth's mind are starting to suck.

    Okay, I have no problem with dark comedy, however if a dark joke fails you run the risk of making your audience very uncomfortable. This episode is a perfect example of dark jokes that just failed and as a result just made me feel disgusting.

    If any good came out of this I've now I've finally realized why this show is become less funny with this episode. When you want to make a comedy out of a serious subject, political issues, controversial crimes, etc. you can go two ways. One, make it a satire where you subtly poke fun at the joke (Much like what south Park does), or you can talk about it like a moron to show that you a just a big dumb smuck who doesn't know much of anything about it. (I know of a lot of funny stand up comedians who do this). Seth is doing both at the same time and failing miserable at both at the same time.

    I've studied domestic abuse and this is not how the abuser takes control, how the abused one gets to that point, or how the family should handle it. It's clear he knows NOTHING about this subject but has no problem preaching about it, but as I've said before the jokes he makes fail and It is in no way subtle satire and yet he expects you to take something away from it as though it were.

    I think domestic abuse is a terrible thing, but this episode doesn't fail because of he took it too far, it fails because of where he took it.moreless

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