Family Guy/We Love You Conrad
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We Love You Conrad is the fourteenth episode of the seventh season of Family Guy, and the one hundred twenty-fifth episode overall.
Brian unwittingly falls in love with actress Lauren Conrad (of The Hills) in this episode, after learning he is not invited to ex-girlfriend Jillian's wedding. Hill and Drew Barrymore (reprising her role as Jillian Russell from the episode "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)") are guest stars.
The Griffins learn that Brian's ex-girlfriend, Jillian Russell, is getting married to "the perfect man in every respect." Peter has been asked to walk Jillian down the aisle, and the others are invited... except for Brian. Brian feels like he is being excluded and goes to the Drunken Clam to drown his sorrows. In a drunken stupor, he meets up with Lauren Conrad (star of The Hills), although he does not realize this until they wake up in the same bed the next morning.
Stewie becomes ecstatic when he meets Lauren. Against Brian's express wishes, Stewie leaks the relationship on TMZ.com, resulting in a media circus and the claim that Lauren is a dumb blonde. Brian tries to break off the relationship, but continues when he realizes she is well-educated, articulate and rather accomplished ... one of the most intelligent women he had ever met. Brian becomes even more uncomfortable with the relationship and tries comparing himself to Lauren.
Lauren realizes that Brian had never gotten over the end of his relationship with Jillian and encourages him to let her know about his still-strong feelings for her. Brian uses Jillian's wedding as this opportunity, interrupting the ceremony to passionately profess his love for her. Jillian, however, tells Brian (gently) that he had his chance, she decided to move on and he needs to as well. Brian is now a miserable, girlfriend-less dog; he can't even go back to Lauren, she having apparently broken off the relationship because he gave her worms.
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- The A-Team — Live-action footage is featured from the 1980s action series starring George Peppard and Mr. T.
- Bill Cosby — An exaggerated portrayal of Cosby, including his voice used during his comedy routines and association with the Jell-O line of products, are highlighted in a gag (where a Cosby-like character prepares to make love to a younger white woman).
- Children's cereal commercials — A cutaway gag features Peter and Lois talking about the benefits of eating sugar-loaded cereals "as part of a healthy breakfast," much in the vein of the 1970s- and 1980s-era commercials frequently seen on Saturday mornings.
- Happy Days and The Simpsons — The Simpsons episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" featured a brief appearance by a character named Roy, a live-in boarder who has absolutely nothing to do with the plot; this gag is replayed in "We Love You Conrad," here with the character named B. Ryan. His addressing Lois as "Mrs. G" is akin to Fonzie and the other teenagers of Happy Days addressing Marion Cunningham as "Mrs. C" (much like several guest characters, Roy included, addressed Marge Simpson as "Mrs. S" on The Simpsons).
- Late night talk shows — Live action footage from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson are featured, with Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson all commenting on the Brian Griffin-Lauren Conrad relationship.
- Mr. Magoo and Lindsay Lohan — Lohan's legal troubles, particularly those involving her 2007 drunk driving arrest, are spoofed in a gag where designated driver Mr. Magoo drives her car, is involved in an accident (thanks to his poor eyesight) and Lindsay offers to switch places and take the heat for the accident.
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan —
- Sting — Several gags poke fun at criticism over the former Police lead singer's alleged incomprehensible enunciation of the lyrics to his songs.