DANNEMORA — Looks like convicted killers Richard W. Matt and David Sweat watched the “Family Guy."
The happy-face sketch they left behind when they broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility is almost identical to one used on the TV show's “Trading Places” episode to identify a suspect of a crime on the show.
The version left by the escapees had the words “Have A Nice Day” inserted at the bottom.
It was left on the steam pipe the two cut open to get out of the maximum-security prison.
In the March 20, 2011, segment of the animated comedy series, Peter Griffin, the father on the program, is a police sketch artist drawing a picture of an Asian-American who a man says assaulted him.
After meticulous questioning of the victim to get a description, Griffin draws an image.
“I have a preliminary sketch here,” Griffin tells the victim, turning his drawing pad around. “Is this the man who assaulted you?”
It is an offensive drawing of a Chinese coolie, a term for a 19th-century unskilled laborer.
And it is very much like the one the fugitives left behind.
In the next scene, Griffin is shown talking with his wife at home after losing his job.
“They’re never going to take you back,” she says. “You got fired for racist drawings.”
“Trading Places” was episode 13 of the show’s 9th season and is available on Netflix.
A clip of the sketch artist gag is at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5EpqnLB7NU
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