Brian enters a dog show at his own expense to earn the Griffin family money to buy a new air conditioner, but quits during the show after taking offense when Peter puts a bone biscuit on his nose. He temporarily runs away from the family but is caught and returned to the Griffin household by the police. Peter is fined and argues with Brian, who eventually decides to leave the family. Peter soon searches for Brian, who has been ridiculed by the community and has slowly become unstable. Peter finds him in the streets of Quahog attacking its citizens, but arrives too late, and Brian is arrested. Brian is given a death sentence, but Peter delivers an emotional appeal on Brian's behalf, and the charges are dropped. Brian achieves the respect of the townspeople.

Pop Culture Connections - Outgoing

It parodies these movies...

Lady and the Tramp

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This Movie is parodied by Portrait of a Dog part of Family Guy Season 1
After Brian is kicked out of the Italian restaurant he sees the dogs from Disney's Lady and the Tramp in their famous scene with the spagetti and meatballs
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It refers to these movies...

All That Jazz

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This Movie is referred to by Portrait of a Dog part of Family Guy Season 1
Brian's mannerisms mimic the director, Joe Gideon, from All That Jazz by using eye drops, taking a deep breath, and then saying “Showtime!”
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Raiders of the Lost Ark
part of Indiana Jones

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  • Type: Movie
This Movie is referred to by Portrait of a Dog part of Family Guy Season 1
The scene where Brian is running from the police mimics a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

This Movie is referred to by Portrait of a Dog part of Family Guy Season 1
The scene where Brian drinks from the "people" water fountain is a reference to the Civil Rights movie in which the lead character, a black woman, drinks from a "whites" water fountain
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It refers to these plays...

The Merchant of Venice

This Play is referred to by Portrait of a Dog part of Family Guy Season 1
Brian's speech in court, "If you scratch him, does his leg not shake?" Brian's court speech recalls Shylock's "if you prick us, do we not bleed?" line from Shakespeare's play
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It refers to these television series...

Eight is Enough

This Television Series is referred to by Portrait of a Dog part of Family Guy Season 1
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MacGyver

This Television Series is referred to by Portrait of a Dog part of Family Guy Season 1
Peter writes a letter to MacGyver: "Dear MacGyver, Enclosed is a rubber band, a paper clip, and a drinking straw. Please save my dog."
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Other Connections and Related Pop Culture

Family Guy Season 1

# Title Air Date
Family Guy
1:1 Death Has a Shadow Jan 31, 1999
1:2 I Never Met the Dead Man Apr 11, 1999
1:3 Chitty Chitty Death Bang Apr 18, 1999
1:4 Mind Over Murder Apr 25, 1999
1:5 A Hero Sits Next Door May 2, 1999
1:6 The Son Also Draws May 9, 1999
1:7 Portrait of a Dog May 16, 1999

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