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Recap: Family Guy S 2 E 7 The King Is Dead
Airdate: March 28, 2000

Lois is named the new director of the Quahog players and decides to put on a production of The King and I. When Peter bombs at his audition, Lois decides to make him the producer to make him happy and to keep him out of the way. Peter gets the play mentioned on the news by casting Diane Simmons in the role of Anna, despite the role previously being given to Loretta.

Peter adds more and more stupid and outlandish changes to the script, which everyone agrees on but Lois, despite those changes being so popular that the play sells out fast. Finally having had it with Peter, Lois quits and names him the director. As revenge, Lois makes some "creative changes" to his breakfast. Peter's constant changes frustrate Diane into quitting, so he takes the role of Anna himself.

On opening night, Peter's version The King and I is seen taking place in a post-apocalyptic future where a human/android takes on a tyrannical king with kung fu fights featuring partially-nude Asian women. Lois, expecting Peter's play to bomb miserably, is dumbfounded to find that the play is a massive hit. She finally snaps and yells at the audience for cheering at "this mind-numbing schlock", but when Peter creates a long fart, the audience laughs. Later that night, Peter thanks Lois for giving him the director job, saying it gave him the creativity he needed to get his play off the ground. Feeling guilty, Lois admits that if everyone liked that play, it's got to be entertaining.

"The King is Dead" contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Decay: Peter's version of The King And I.
  • Bait and Switch: After Diane quits, Peter says that there was always someone there who should have played Anna from the start. When Loretta comes to thank Peter, Peter says that he himself will play Anna.
  • Eat The Camera: Peter at the end of his audition.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Automaton Nuclear Neo-human Android (A.N.N.A.).
  • In Name Only: This episode provides the page quote.
    Lois There is no talking penguin in The King and I!
    Peter: There are in Peter Griffin presents The King and I.
  • Large Ham: Parodied. Brian announces his role as the King of Siam in a dramatic fashion, to Quagmire's annoyance.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Lois's description of The King and I also fits her marriage - and by extension, Family Guy itself - perfectly.
  • News Travels Fast: Right after Lois gets the call that she is the new theater director, Tom Tucker announces it on the news, complete with a photo of Lois from seconds ago.
  • Monkeys on a Typewriter: The basis of a Cutaway Gag, but here, the monkeys are intelligent and speak like humans.
  • Precision F-Strike: "This isn't art! This isn't even entertainment! This...BLOWS!!!"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lois gives one to both the audience for liking Peter's interpretation of The King and I, as well as Peter for transforming it into something surreal and unlike the original play.
    Lois: Oh my God. They liked it? (Lois stands on her seat and faces the audience) Stop it! Stop clapping right now! What's wrong with you? These people shouldn't be encouraged! They should be punished! That man has committed murder here this evening and the victim's name is "theater"! This is the kind of mind-numbing schlock that's turning our society into a cultural wasteland! This isn't art! This isn't even entertainment! This...BLOWS!!!
  • Shout-Out
    • The Quahog Players puts on an adaptation of The King and I.
    • Peter performs the theme song for Land of the Lost.
    • The marquee on opening night says that the play is "A Peter Griffin Joint", a reference to Spike Lee's odd director credit ("A Spike Lee Joint" instead of "Film").
  • Toilet Humor
    Peter: Hey, I have more creativity in my whole body than most people do before 9:00 a.m.
    Lois: The only thing you create before 9:00 a.m. is exactly what you've turned my show into.
    Peter: I think my work will speak for itself. (leaves the room and comes back) Oh, ha-ha, I just got that. A poop joke? That's real creative, Lois.
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