"We're off, on the Road to Rhode Island"
: May 30, 2000.
In this episode note
, Brian volunteers to pick up Stewie from Babs' and Carter's Florida home, and the duo end up on the road a la
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the "Road To..." movies. Meanwhile, Lois orders relationship-building tapes for herself and Peter, but Peter ends up enjoying them more for the parts that are for men only.
"Road to Rhode Island" contains examples of (YMMV goes here):
- All Men Are Perverts: The "Men-only" part of the tapes that Peter and Lois get contain pornography.
- Bait and Switch:
Brian: Hey kid, thanks for not ratting me out. Is there anything I can do for you?
Stewie: It's on this afternoon, you can tape it for me. And put a nice label on it.
- Black Bra And Panties: Lois surprises Peter with this after finding out about the tapes.
- Due to the Dead: Brian steals her mother's body so he could give her a proper burial.
- Foreshadowing: As the two sleep, Brian is licking Stewie, causing the latter to proclaim "That's it, Mr. Giraffe. Get all the marmalade". This was as Stewie began shifting from an evil genius bent on killing his mother and/or taking over the world into a Bisexual Jerk with a Heart of Gold who pretty much abandoned his mission to kill Lois and/or rule the world.
- Freudian Slippery Slope: Peter, when he talks about the tapes:
Peter, $49.95 for a counselin' tape? Peter:
Now Lois, our marriage can't be measured in nipples and dimes
. I mean nickels and boobs. ...money.
- Gigantic Gulp: Brian drinks wine out of one.
- Shout-Out: The episode (and it's sequels) is similar to the "Road To" film series from the 1940s. This episode, however, bears the most resemblance to the film series, especially "Road To Morocco". In fact, the song "Off on the Road to Rhode Island" is a modern remake of "Off on the Road to Morocco"
- Too Soon and Keep Circulating the Tapes: When this episode originally aired pre-9/11, there was a scene in which Stewie sings The Good Ship Lollipop to distract airport security officers from finding weapons in his luggage. After Stewie distracts him, he mutters, "Let's hope Osama bin Laden doesn't know showtunes," followed by bin Laden appearing and singing, "God I Hope I Get It". Following the 9/11 attacks (and news that Seth MacFarlane was supposed to be on the flight that crashed into the World Trade Center, but missed his flight because his agent gave him the wrong flight info), this scene was cut. It remained cut on Cartoon Network airings, on the season two DVD set, and on Netflix in America.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Since Brian and Stewie are out of the house, they get the A-plot to themselves.