Recap: Family Guy S 3 E 19 Stuck Together Torn Apart

Airdate: January 31, 2002

Peter and Lois work out their jealousy issues with a trial separation—during which their marriage counselor advises them to date other people. Meanwhile, Stewie and Brian are stuck together after Brian tries to stop Stewie from eating industrial-strength glue.

"Stuck Together, Torn Apart" contains examples of:

  • Adam Westing: Jennifer Love Hewitt (who's revealed to be the niece of Mort and Muriel Goldman).
  • Artistic License Geography: Stewie lampshades that a 17th century well is an out-of-place convenient plot device. On most shows, it would be, but Family Guy happens to be located in one of the few American states where you can come across a 17th century well!
  • Ascended Extra: This is Mort's first major role other than just being Neil's dad.
  • Bee Afraid: Lois is briefly the victim of this.
  • Berserk Button / Crazy Jealous Guy: In the case of Peter, stay away from Lois (and vice versa) if you know what's good for you. He even punched out his own reflection because Lois thought it was another man (also a sign of Peter's stupidity).
  • Butt Monkey: Cleveland when he meets the police van's arresting robot and gets brutalized and framed for having a gun.
  • Chained Heat: The Brian and Stewie plot is a variation, with glue instead of handcuffs or some kind of chain
  • Geeky Turn-On: Jennifer Love Hewitt is attracted to Peter's disgusting ways.
  • Not So Different: Lois can finally understand how Peter can get so jealous at times when Lois drives away Jennifer Love Hewitt in her jealous rage after Lois sees her trying to make out with Peter.
  • Oh Crap!: Stewie and Brian when they find out that the glue doesn't come unstuck, at least until they realize that there's a solvent for said glue, which takes two weeks to deliver and an hour to actually take effect.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted. Peter is at CostMart and gets a free sample, saying that it was quite good. Afterwards, a man identical to Peter wearing a Groucho Marx disguise takes a sample, then another Peter with a thin mustache and oriental haircut (plus a horrible Japanese accent). The employee informs him that he doesn't have to disguise himself to get free samples. Suddenly, Groucho Marx Peter and the actual Peter walk up behind him and ask if they can have another free sample.
  • Second Person Attack: The singer on stage who says the next song is for all the ladies out there is punched by Peter, seen from the singer's viewpoint.
  • Stalker Shrine: One of Peter's old girlfriends has an entire hallway full of pictures of Peter. She is also wearing the dress that she wore to that prom... and hasn't washed the hand that touched Peter's since then... or flushed the toilet he used, for that matter.
  • Take That:
    • When the marriage counselor wants video cameras to be set up so he can see footage of the Griffins' home lives Peter says that it will be just like Big Brother except somebody will be watching.
    • Stewie thinks of something that can last an hour: watching Rita Rudner do 5 minutes of stand-up.
      Brian: Ba-zing.
  • Understatement: Brian says to Lois, "Peter isn't exactly the most 'understanding guy' when it comes to you and other men"—see Berserk Button / Crazy Jealous Guy for what happens.