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  • Brian Goes Back to College
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  • Plot: Peter, Cleveland, Joe and Quagmire get dressed up as the protagonists from The A-Team to go to a 1980s TV show convention. The event is covered by Brian for a local newspaper. The editor of The New Yorker happens to read the paper, is impressed by Brian’s writing—and offers him a job. But when Brian admits he did not finish college, he is immediately fired.
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Episode Number
  • 15
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  • 65
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  • Brian Goes Back to College
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  • 2005-11-13
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  • right|300px Peter, Joe, Cleveland, and Quagmire attend a costume contest as characters from The A-Team. Peter and his friends find Brian, who is writing a report for the local newspaper. When Peter and his friends win the costume contest because they had an actual black guy, Brian writes a report about it, and is later telephoned by a member of The New Yorker, who tell him they would like him to work for their magazine. Brian is initially given a warm welcome by the staff, but he is immediately fired after he informs them he never graduated from college. Meanwhile, disappointed at no longer being able to be The A-Team, Peter decides to become an unofficial A-Team alongside Joe, Cleveland, and Quagmire, and decide to help their local community. left|300px After encouragement from Lois, Brian decides to return to Brown University in order to complete his education so he can return to The New Yorker. Stewie, unknowing to Brian, returns to college with him. Brian's new teacher takes an instant disliking to him, but his opinion of Brian quickly changes after he cheats on a test and gets a high mark. Brian goes to tell his teacher that he cheated, but was interrupted, and the teacher tells him Brian has inspired him, and he was so depressed that he was planning to commit suicide. Meanwhile, Peter becomes very satisfied with his A-Team's early actions, but the team fails a mission to save a local park by becoming sidetracked by the builders. Brian eventually cracks under the pressure of a final test and knowing he will only pass if he cheats, he decides to return home with Stewie. A shocked Lois attempts to encourage him to go back and finish the test, and eventually chases him away with a vacuum cleaner. Brian ends up exercising for hours with the help of Stewie, but realizes his test is only a few hours away. He becomes stressed at being late for his exam, so Lois persuades Peter to revive The A-Team and drive Brian to his test, which is successful, and Brian arrives on time. He fails his test, but remains proud of himself for not cheating, much to the dismay of the family, who tell him that he probably should have cheated.
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  • ...and Stewie Goes With Him for Obvious Comedic Reasons.
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  • Plot: Peter, Cleveland, Joe and Quagmire get dressed up as the protagonists from The A-Team to go to a 1980s TV show convention. The event is covered by Brian for a local newspaper. The editor of The New Yorker happens to read the paper, is impressed by Brian’s writing—and offers him a job. But when Brian admits he did not finish college, he is immediately fired. Brian resolves to take the one class he needs to get his college degree. Stewie tags along with Brian, leaving Gary Coleman as his replacement at home. Brian stresses about his class while Stewie parties. Stewie edits one of Brian’s papers, and Brian sees it as cheating. He doesn’t like how Stewie did that, but quickly, Brian has second thoughts. Meanwhile, spurred by winning the costume contest, Peter and friends decide to become a real A-Team. However, rather than solving the town’s problems they end up causing havoc. The episode concludes with them achieving redemption by helping Brian get to his final exam on time. He fails it, but he is glad for managing to finally finish college, without cheating. His family tells him that he should have (cheated).
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