Brian's a Bad Father
Brian tries to use Dylan's television connections to further his career.
Season: 12 Episode: 11
Total Episode Count: 221
Prod. no.: BACX10
First Aired: January 26, 2014
Guest Starring: Liam Neeson, Ashley Benson
Featuring: Brian, Dylan Flannigan
Also Appearing: Lois, Stewie, Meg, Peter, Quagmire, Joe, Susie Swanson, Jerome, Tom Tucker, Cameron, Dakota, Josh & Derek, Billy Bird, Mr. Devlin, Captain Stubing, Dr. Adam "Doc" Bricker, Burl "Gopher" Smith, Julie McCoy, Marvin Gaye, Marvin Gay, Sr., Leo the Lion, Liam Neeson, Joe Pesci, Michael Chiklis
Musical Numbers: We've Been On For Years
Director: Jerry Langford
: Michael RundleWriters
: Chris Sheridan Storyboarders
: Helen Kim
, Dante Leandado
, Pablo Solis Plot
Peter and the guys go hunting. While stopping for a bite to eat, Quagmire is disturbed that Peter's gun is facing his way and Peter promptly manages to shoot him while trying to prove it is harmless. At the Drunken Clam, Quagmire angrily accuses Peter of being stupid and refuses to have anything to do with him again. Peter finds himself shut of his booth and Joe suddenly has to decide which one he wants to be friends with. Joe calls the two together and elects to be Quagmire's friend to Peter's disappointment and loneliness. Depressed, Peter considers suicide with helpful advice from Meg. Peter comes up with the idea of having Quagmire shoot him in return but Peter is startled when Quagmire takes him up on the offer. While trying to keep from getting shot for real, Joe shoots Peter in the arm to settle the matter. When Peter demands to shoot Joe, Quagmire isn't satisfied that he hasn't shot Peter and shoots him in the head, everyone becoming friends again while Peter is in a semi-vegitative state.
While writing, Brian hears from his son Dylan and tries to avoid him until Stewie tips his hand. Dylan tells of coming to town but Brian blows him off until he discovers Dylan has become a TV star and rushes to meet with him. Gushing over his success, Brian tries to hint that he could be a match for television as well and Dylan agrees to have a word with the producers. Getting hired as a writer, he tries to push his book and his attitude turns off the other writers. Dylan tries to use Brian's lines and it accepts his work as Brian is fired. Brian begs Dylan to get him hired back and Dylan comes to the realization that he is being used. During his confrontation with Brian, he tells him he's a terrible father. Although he acknowledges the hurtful truth, Brian cleans out the catering table on his way out of the studio.
At home, Brian drinks cheap booze in his depression. Stewie suggests he talk to him and apologize. But at the studio, Brian discovers he is forbidden to enter. In order to get into the studio, Stewie dresses up as Zach Sawyer. On the set, Stewie delivers Brian's message of love and they bond again.