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").
  • Artistic License Medicine: Herpes can't be contracted through blood and barely has any impact on the quality of ones life.
  • 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.
  • Bowdlerization: The following scenes were altered when shown on TV, but are shown uncut on Netflix and the DVD set:
    • The cutaway of the coked-up giraffe working as a waiter at Studio 54: Robert Mapplethorpe's line to the giraffe on TV was "Can I take this fire extinguisher someplace interesting and take a picture?" On DVD and Netflix, it was changed to "Mind if I stick this fire extinguisher in you and take your picture?" (the latter line is more upfront about the Ass Shove than the former line).
    • The Wizard of Oz cutaway: The TV version bleeps out The Cowardly Lion saying "Fuck you" to Dorothy, The Scarecrow, and The Tin Man and blurs out his flipping them the bird. The DVD and Netflix version, obviously, does not.
    • Lois' line to Peter, "Please tell me this isn't still about how you punked out in front of those guys at The Clam" had "punked out" changed to "pussed out" on Netflix and DVD.
  • 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.
  • Chekhov'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.
  • Easily Forgiven: Perhaps too easily. All it takes was Brian saying he was sorry for Stewie to forgive him. Admittedly though, Stewie made him suffer before this.
  • Forgot About His Powers: "Forgot About His Occupation" in this case, Joe could've arrested the soldiers for harassing and assaulting a cop.
  • 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.
    • Many viewers noticed that Brian never actually apologized to Stewie for giving him herpes, just that he was sorry for lying about it.
      • Of course, Stewie did ruin Brian's life for a while, costing him a relationship with a rich girl and making it known to everyone that he has herpes.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Okay, "hero" is stretching it, but after one of the soldiers knocks the whip out of Peter's hand, he pulls out a taser, planning to zap the guy, only for that to get knocked away too before Peter pulls out a Hawaiian shirt to asphyxiate him with, with Quagmire shouting at Peter to quit stealing his mail.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Stewie and Chris make Brian pay for giving them herpes by making sure everybody knows he's got it, really screwing up his life.
  • Plothole: Where was Jerome when all of the business between Peter and his friends and the soldiers was going on? Clearly he would've instantly put a stop to the guys who were harassing his best customers.
  • 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. Not to mention it doesn't even work.
    • In The Wizard of Oz parody, As Dorothy is saying goodbye to her friends both the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion are visibly hurt and angry over the fact that Dorothy audibly told the Scarecrow she would miss him most of all.
  • The Worf Effect: Joe, Quagmire, and Peter all can hold on their own in a fight, but got their butts kicked easily by the bullies who happened to be soldiers.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Brian reveals to an attractive woman who he's dating that he has herpes. The woman tells him that she doesn't mind as long as their careful and that she loves him. Brian is so moved that he prepares to ask the woman to marry him, only for Stewie to shoot her in the head, refusing to allow Brian to be happy after what he did to him.