Recap: Family Guy S 12 E 6 Life Of Brian

After a time-traveling mission gone wrong, Stewie decides to destroy his time machine once and for all — which proves to be disastrous when Brian gets hit by a car and dies, and what's worse, the supply guy Stewie goes to for plutonium is arrested for drawing Mohammed. While the Griffins get a new dog in memory of Brian, Stewie has a hard time forgetting his canine companion.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Antagonist in Mourning: Inverted with Quagmire—-he doesn't cry or show remorse for Brian, as he's too busy watching a video on his cell phone. Kinda makes you wonder who was driving that car...
  • Bittersweet Ending: Although some see this as a Downer Ending — at least until the Christmas Episode where Stewie goes back in time to prevent Brian's death from ever happening.
  • The Cameo: Practically everyone at Brian's funeral.
  • Continuity Nod: While at the vet waiting on Brian's surgery, Peter talk with a chicken who had his head cut off. The chicken tells him he doesn't want to talk with him because he has a bad reputation with the chicken community.
    • Also, when Vinnie asks Stewie about the vomit smell in the living room carpet (a reference to the infamous "ipecac vomiting sequence" from season 4)
  • Despair Event Horizon: Most fans consider this it for the series.
  • Downer Ending: Many fans, especially those of Brian, consider it this.
  • Even Jerkasses Have Loved Ones: Stewie really shows he loves Brian.
  • Famous Last Words: ''"You've given me a wonderful life...I love you all"''.
  • Grey Rain Of Depression: At Brian's funeral, sort of. It's not raining, but it is overcast, so it counts.
  • Hope Spot: Not restricted to this episode, but a few future episode titles were shown to have Brian's name in them, meaning that Brian's death wasn't going to be permanent.
  • Inferred Holocaust: From the way fans reacted, it seemed to come out of nowhere, but really, the signs were everywhere. A character was conformed to be killed off, Tony Sirico (the actor best known for playing Paulie Walnuts on The Sopranos) was confirmed to be a new dog the Griffins would get and had recorded his vocals for the theme song, and the plot summary—-given several weeks in advance—-came with the detail about how Stewie regrets destroying his time machine after "an unthinkable event occurs".
  • Killed Off for Real: Brian, but later undone in the Christmas episode.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The late November release of the episode is very fitting with its dreary, depressing tone.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Stewie to Brian. And it just pulls at the heart.
  • Retcon: As of "Christmas Guy", the majority of this episode—-as well as the majority of "Christmas Guy" and possibly "Into Harmony's Way"—-never happened.
  • Revised Ending: See "Christmas Guy".
  • So What Do We Do Now?: Pretty much what all the fans thought (until the episode "Christmas Guy").
  • Spoiler Title: Pretty much.
  • Status Quo Is God: Averted in the case of Brian's death but played straight later.
  • Take That / Biting-the-Hand Humor: At Family Guy DVDs being packages out of season order and being labelled as "Volumes" rather than "Seasons".
  • The End... Or Is It?: Brian doesn't return at the end. And even though he has since, it's believed he might die for real later.
  • Undying Loyalty: Stewie remains loyal to Brian after he dies.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Wham Episode: Brian dies but this is prevented from ever happening in the Christmas episode.
  • "What Now?" Ending: Sort of.
  • You Are Not Alone: Vinny to Stewie—-it's what actually convinces Stewie that Vinny might not be all bad.