Recap / Family Guy S 2 E 18 E Peterbus Unum

Airdate: July 12, 2000

A trip to city hall reveals that Peter's house is not on the Quahog map, so Peter (who has had it with the government not giving him a tax refund and telling him he can't build a pool around his house) decides to declare his house his own country — which causes an international crisis when he invades Joe's backyard pool.

"E. Peterbus Unum" contains examples of:

  • Buxom Is Better: Susan Sarandon in her out-of-nowhere appearance.
    Susan Sarandon: For less than the ticket price of one of my movies about capital punishment or neo-feminism, you can make sure that Stewie never goes hungry again.
    Stewie: Yes, and from the look of those sweater cows, so could you.
  • Comically Small Bribe: Peter attempts to get something from the U.S. while negotiating his surrender in an effort to save face, but Mayor West rejects each of his increasingly small demands, until he dejectedly asks for a single ordinary office pen; Adam West then describes at length how little the pen is worth, and still refuses.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: "Just like the bad guy in Lethal Weapon 2/I've got diplomatic immunity, so Hammer you can't sue."
  • Distant Finale: The episode turns out to be a video shown to a class 200 years in the future, where one of the students asks if anyone understands Stewie (which was a common fan question. According to commentary, people do understand what Stewie says, but, because he's a toddler, they don't take him seriously).
  • Early-Bird Cameo: When Lois tells Peter that a swimming pool is one of those things the family doesn't really need, we get a flashback of the last time Peter brought home something the family didn't need: another talking dog, who looked and sounded like a Camp Gay Brian. That dog would later be Brian's cousin, Jasper.
  • Egopolis: Petoria.
    Peter: I was gonna call it "Peterland", but that gay bar down by the airport already took it.
  • Everyone Has Standards: This episodes establishes Adam West as a complete whackjob, but he was the first one to say that Peter should not remain his own nation.
  • Foreigner for a Day: The town zoning map revealed that the Griffin's land was not even a part of the US. Thus was born the tiny, four-bedroom republic of Petoria (It would have been Peterland, but that was already the name of a gay club by the airport).
  • Karma Houdini: Played with and subverted. Peter believes because he's technically the president of his own country he can't be tried in America, it works until he decided to take over Joe's pool.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Even after being barricaded in his own house and having his electricity, heat, and power cut off, Peter refuses to give in and return Joe's pool. However, he does give in when a tank is about to blast him at point-blank range.
    Peter: [to Brian] Can I tie you to a stick and use you as a White Flag?
  • Land of One City: more like Land of One House.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Bill Clinton is given the details of Petoria while sitting in a chair in the buff. Neither he nor his advisors comment on it.
  • Overly Long Gag: Mayor West enjoying taffy.
  • Prison Rape: Quagmire mentions that Peter might go to jail for taking his beer mug outside, and not the good jail you see on Cinemax, the "man" jail.
  • Shout-Out
  • Stealing the Handicapped Spot: One of the many actions Peter brags about being able to do with impunity, as a result of his Diplomatic Immunity. When Joe tries to object, Peter chains his wheelchair to the back of a truck and has it tow him away.
  • Villain Cred: Played for laughs. Peter's only allies after annexing Joe's pool are the world's pariahs. Later, he has a pool party with them.
  • You and What Army?: When Chris tells Peter that someone's blocking the fence, Peter asks "Him and what army?". Chris replies "The U.S. Army".