Last Sunday night, April 19, a new episode of Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy,” titled “Once Bitten,” aired on Fox. The following recap of the show may contain spoilers. The episode was directed by Joseph Lee and it was written by Anthony Blasucci. This week it was a Brian-centric “Family Guy” episode that has the family dog attend obedience school where he becomes more submissive. Peter eventually misses Brian’s feistier attitude. For the second storyline, Chris befriends Neil Goldman, but comes to understand Neil simply wants to get closer to Meg, voiced by Mila Kunis.
The episode begin with a gag scene that lampoons both the “Indiana Jones” movie franchise and actor Harrison Ford. Jones questions, “Why did it have to be snakes?” while the snake ponders, “Elderly potheads. Why did it have to be elderly potheads?” The Griffin family is in the living room when Brian asks, “Is everyone warm in here? Is it warm?” Moments later, Brian throws up all over the place and Peter says, “Oh, Lois, your dog threw up.” Lois tells Peter, “You got to take him to the vet,” which upsets Meg, who shouts, “Unbelievable! Brian throws up once, and you rush him to the vet. I was throwing up all night last night.” Peter, making fun of her weight, tells her, “Good start. Keep it up, snack pack.”
Peter takes Brian to the vet who tells him, “Your blood work shows that your liver isn’t functioning properly. Would you happen to be a drinker?” Brian covers up the truth that he drinks a lot and says, “Well, I don’t know if I’d label myself a drinker. I know I like a cold beer after I mow the lawn.” Peter calls him out and says, “There were three lies in that sentence.” The vet asks Brian if he’s ever heard of Lou Gehrig’s disease and then informs him that he has Mickey Mantle’s disease. He tells Brian, “Now, the most obvious step would simply be to stop drinking,” but then says, “Well, we do have these pills that may correct the enzyme imbalance in your liver.” Brian decides to continue drinking and just take pills in hopes of recovering.
Brian tells Peter, “Okay, I’ll be in the waiting room barking at the fish in the tank.” The vet tells Peter that the pills will clear up Brian’s condition, but they only come in suppository form. Peter looks at the vet and declares, “Oh, you’re a dirty doctor, aren’t you?” The vet says, “Mr.
Griffin, I’m not joking, or a doctor. Now, you’ll need to administer these pills, because no dog ever voluntarily takes a suppository.” Peter has his work cut out for him trying to ensure Brian gets healthy and takes the medicine.
Meanwhile, Neil walks up to Chris and says, “I noticed you were sitting alone,” and joins him for lunch. Chris tells Neil, “I got to say, it feels kind of weird having someone join me for lunch,” and Neil responds, “Well, it’s only natural, Chris. You and I are social exiles.” Neil then tells Chris, “Well, time to break out my terrible Jewish bag lunch,” which consists of smoked whitefish, herring in cream sauce, smoked sable and a cookie. Chris tells Neil, “Boy, it’s so great having someone I can talk to, and Neil replies, “I feel the same way, Chris. I think you and I could get along very nicely.” Chris has no clue at this point of Neil’s ulterior motive involving Meg and his plan to get to know her better.
Back home, Peter is tasked with giving Brian his suppository. He tells Brian, “It’s time for you to take one of these pills from the vet.” Brian asks Peter, “Can we do what we normally do, where you roll it up in a piece of cheese like you’re fooling me?” Peter plays along and tells him, “Yeah, I guess, but then you’re gonna have cheese in your ass.” When Brian is shocked at the news, Peter informs him,”Yeah, the doctor said I got to give you these pills the butt way.” Brian is adamant when he declares, “That is not happening, and clarifies, “I do not go the butt way.” Peter tries to comfort him and says, “Look, I know it sounds a little rough, but why don’t we start with a gentle massage of the area and see how you feel?” Brian runs from Peter and they have a slight scuffle. Peter concludes, “Guess I’m just gonna have to take him by surprise.”
Eventually Peter gives up and tells Brian, “It’s your liver; you do whatever you want.” Brian tells Peter, “Yes, it is my liver, and I don’t want to take that pill.” Peter tells Brian, “So let’s just both watch TV. And nothing else.” It’s a ruse, however, and Peter attempts once again to give Brian the suppository, claiming, “This is for your benefit, so just go limp and take it!” Brian threatens Peter, saying, “You touch my ass, I swear to God I’ll kill you!” Brian ends up biting Peter in the arm and draws a significant amount of blood. Brian tells a stunned Peter, “I’ll do it again if you don’t stay the hell away from my ass!” Brian, feeling dominant with power, makes everyone in the house cower with fear until Lois takes action, tired of feeling fear in her own house. Lois tells Peter that enough is enough because, “The dog’s not in charge of this house. First thing tomorrow, I’m taking Brian to obedience school so we can get him back under control.” Stewie mentions, “You know, sending him to school wouldn’t be the worst idea. He might even enjoy it.”
Later, when Neil comes over to see Chris, he asks, “Uh, before I touch anything, is this a nut-free counter?” Chris deadpans, “I don’t know, my dad’s might have been on there this morning.” When Meg walks into the kitchen Neil perks up and tells her, “I saw you stomp that pigeon today with your bare foot. Pretty powerful stuff.” Meg thanks him, saying, “I don’t like losing any part of my lunch.” Megs tells Neil she has to do her homework and he offers to help you get a head start on it. Shocked by the offer, she says, “You’d do that? Wow, that’d be great!” Chris says, “Wait, Neil, I thought you and I were gonna go find unlocked cars and pretend we’re driving them,” but Neil simply says, “Sorry, Chris. Booty calls.” Chris is beginning to understand that Neil is only interested in his sister.
Brian is sent off to obedience school where he’s told, “There are no belly scratches here! There are no table scraps! What we have here are good dogs!” Brian is transformed into an obedient dog in no time flat and his entire attitude changes as he becomes a totally submissive animal. Meanwhile, Chris and Neil discuss their friendship and Neil’s interest in Meg. Chris remarks to Neil, “You sure are spending a lot of time with my sister lately. You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d think that fish are ghosts. And I’d also think you’re putting the moves on Meg.” Neil confesses that sitting with Chris at lunch was part of a carefully laid-out plan to get close to Meg, which prompts Chris to tell Neil, “I never want to talk to you again!”
When Brian arrives back at the Griffin house from obedience school, he’s a changed dog.
Lois, shocked at Brian’s level of obedience, asks, “What did they do to you at that school?” Peter later remarks, “That obedience school really schooled you in obedience,” and has an epiphany about why it’s called obedience school. A bit later, Neil and Meg go on a date to a movie, but Neil ends up seeing Chris’s face when he goes to kiss Meg. Neil yells, “Oh, my God! Chris?! I’m so sorry! Oh, what have I done?!” Meg, disappointed, says, “Aw, crap,” as she watches Neil flee the theater alone.
Later, Brian drives a very drunk Peter home from the bar and when they get home he says, “Hey, Brian, you know you know what we should do? Let’s you and me go pee in Meg’s bed.” Brian declines, telling his master, “That’d be peeing in the house, and that’s-that’s that’s bad dog stuff.”
Peter throws out another suggestion and says, “Let’s just let’s go throw potatoes at Cleveland’s house.” Brian again declines and tells Peter, “I’ve got to go make the waffle fries that you scream-requested in the car.” Peter wonders why he and Brian have grown apart so fast.
When Neil goes to make amends with Chris things are rough at first. Chris asks Neil, “Shouldn’t you be out with Meg?” Neil apologizes and says, “Look, Chris, I-I’m sorry I lied to you, but I’d still like to be friends.” Meg, upset with being ditched at the movie, shows up outside the Griffin house and yells, “Neil! There you are! What the hell is your problem?! I finally give you a shot, and you abandon me in a movie theater?!” Neil apologizes to Meg, but decides that ultimately his friendship with Chris is more important, which causes Meg to yell, “You’re a jerk, Neil!”
Peter discusses Brian with Lois and remarks that since Brian came back from obedience school he just lets Peter order him around. Peter goes on to say that Brian, “Never wants to do fun stuff together like before.” Peter misses his disobedient friend, but Lois tells him, “I think we just have to accept that this is how he is now.” Peter goes downstairs to where Brian is sleeping and tries to touch his butt which causes Brian to bite Peter in the arm, once again drawing blood. Brian instantly freaks out due to the obedience training and apologizes profusely to Peter.
Peter tells Brian, “It’s okay! Don’t you see, Brian? That’s the appropriate response if anyone gets near your anus.” Peter tells Brian that he was wrong to try and change him and Brian remarks, “I want things back the way they were, too.” Peter, happy with himself and with having his old friend back, tells Brian, “And now I’m gonna go upstairs and pee in Meg’s bed.” Brian looks at Peter and says, “No. We’re gonna go pee in Meg’s bed.” Peter, proud, looks at Brian and says, “Good boy,” and the episode comes to a close, but not before Stewie says from the staircase, “Hey, what’s up? I didn’t know we could do finger stuff in the public rooms.”