Recap: Family Guy S 12 E 16 Herpe The Love Sore

After watching a scene in a Western in which a cowboy becomes blood brothers with an Indian, Stewie convinces Brian do the same to him — and Stewie ends up with herpes. Meanwhile, Peter, Quagmire, and Joe fight back against a crew of tough guys who have taken their favorite booth.


  • Abusive Parents: Peter whips Meg and Stewie (literally, as in "using a whip he got in the mail" not figuratively, as in "he beats them").
  • Butt Monkey/No Sympathy: Peter and friends cowering away from the guys who bullied them out of their booth earns them the scorn of the town and their families. Their attempt to take it back fails with them getting beat up. Even when they get the booth back, it's only because the guys who bullied them reveal themselves to be soldiers who are shipping back to duty the next day. Said guys are hailed as heroes, while Peter and the gang still get no respect.
  • Blood Brothers: Stewie and Brian become blood brothers, which gives Stewie herpes as a result. As it turns out, Brian did the same thing with Chris.
  • Chekov's Gun: Averted. You'd think the whip would be this, but it's casually smacked out of Peter's hand and never brought up again.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The guys' battle for getting their booth back fails in spectacular fashion.
  • Jerkass:
    • Brian for keeping his herpes a secret from both Chris and Stewie.
    • The soldiers who bully Peter and the gang.
  • Karma Houdini: The soldiers get away with bullying, making a laughingstock out of the guys, and even get away with beating them up after they impress the rest of the town by mentioning they were soldiers on leave who were due to report back for duty the next day, leaving Peter and the gang with still no respect even after they were just beaten up. It goes hand in hand with the next trope.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Stewie and Chris make Brian pay for giving them herpes by making sure everybody knows he's got them, really screwing up his life.
  • Reality Ensues: Peter attempts to down a can of spinach a la Popeye to beat up the guys who took their booth, only for him to find it isn't that easy to open a can of spinach by hand, let alone down the whole thing raw.