Recap: Family Guy S 1 E 5 A Hero Sits Next Door

Airdate: May 2, 1999

Peter meets his new neighbor, a wheelchair-bound cop named Joe Swanson, who wins everyone over with his athleticism and harrowing tales of being a police officer. While Peter sets out to be as big of a hero as Joe, Stewie thinks Joe is a cyborg and deduces that his wheelchair is the secret to his powers and Meg tries to flirt with Joe's son, Kevin.


"A Hero Sits Next Door" (YMMV Goes Here) contains example of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: Occurs immediately to Peter at the end:
    Peter: I guess being a hero isn't always about saving lives and catching bad guys. It's also about just being there for the people you love.
    Old woman: Help! Someone just stole my purse!
    Peter: Who cares? I don't even know you.
  • Bank Robbery
  • Hollywood Tourette's: Peter's cover for why he got upset at Joe asking to borrow a screwdriver. note 
  • Second Episode Introduction: For Joe, Bonnie, and Kevin.
  • Tongue-Tied: "Holy crip, he's a crapple!"