Dear stupid dog, I've gone to live with the children on "Jolly Farm". Goodbye forever. Stewie. P.S. I never got a chance to return that sweater Lois gave me for Christmas. Umm, I left the receipt on top of my bureau. I'm probably over the thirty day return limit but umm... I'm sure if you make a fuss they'll at least give you a store credit or something. Umm... It's actually not a horrible sweater. It's... It's just I can't imagine when I would ever wear it you know? Oh I also left a button on the bureau. I'm not sure what it goes to, but I can never bring myself to throw a button away. I know that as soon as I do I'll find the garment it goes to and then it'll... Wait a minute, could it be from the sweater? Did that sweater have buttons? Hmm... Well I should wrap this up before I start to ramble. Again, goodbye forever. P.P.S. You know, it might be a little chilly in London, I'm actually going to take the sweater.
: Feburary 7th, 2002
Stewie is entranced by a British television program entitled "Jolly Farm Revue", a colorful children's show featuring several imaginary characters. Peter, meanwhile, is a huge fan of KISS, and takes a road trip with Lois to KISS-Stock as it enters New England.
Getting the chance to leave, Stewie decides to travel to "Jolly Farm" and live there forever. He finds out he can leave and go to the BBC Offices in London. Brian tries to stop Stewie from leaving Rhode Island. He finds Stewie sneaking aboard a transatlantic flight, and tries to pull him out. However, the plane takes off, and winds up landing hours later.... in the middle east.
Brian begins to search for a way to get back to the United States, but Stewie refuses to leave with him and insists they travel to London. Having no money, the two have to distract the locals (with a song describing their differences) in order to get a camel. They begin their journey with the camel. However, the camel winds up dying in the desert. Stewie is sickened in learning that he has to cut up the camel. Just as he is about to sleep in the camel, Brian finds a nearby Comfort Inn in which they decide to stay. They steal a hot air balloon from the hotel premises and make their way to the Vatican City, where they steal the hat of the pope. They then travel by train from Switzerland to Munich. Eventually, they end up in Amsterdam, where they get stoned by the secondhand smoke.
Upon finally arriving at the BBC Television Centre, Stewie is stunned to learn the truth. The farm is merely a set. The pig is not reading a storybook: he is looking at porn. Mother Maggie gives kind words to Stewie: "Piss off, you grotty little wanker!". Disillusioned, Stewie decides to travel back home with Brian to Quahog and take up a new addiction: dancing with fruit hats.
Meanwhile, at KISS-Stock, Peter and Lois dress in face paint and leather to look like KISS band members, as does the rest of the crowd, and they manage to stand only a few feet from the stage. During the performance of "Rock and Roll All Nite", Gene Simmons points the microphone at Lois.
"And have a wonderful.... time. Is that it? Oh, no. It's: And Something, something all.... day."
KISS are so stunned, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley leave in disgust, while the other two sing "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." Peter winds up floored at the fact that Lois was pretending to be a KISS fan. Later that night, Peter and Lois wind up a Denny's. At one of the tables of the restaurant are the band members of KISS. Lois recognizes Gene without his makeup as Chaim Witz (Gene's birth name), an old classmate. Peter winds up learning that Lois "knew" Gene. Later on, during KISS forum, Peter proclaims that Lois "did" KISS.
This episode is notable for being the final episode produced during the third season. By extent, this also made this the final episode produced for the pre-2002 cancellation era, and the third to last one aired ("Viewer Mail #1" aired as the Series Fauxnale
, and "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein", from the second season, wound up airing on [adult swim]
in 2003 and on FOX in 2005 when news hit that Family Guy
was coming back to FOX with new episodes).
Tropes found in this episode include:
- Bait and Switch, Curse Cut Short, Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion, and Last-Second Word Swap: during Brian and Stewie's song
Stewie: And you get a kick out of stroking your—
Brian: Whoa-whoa, you can't say that on TV!
Stewie: What, "ego"?
Brian: Never mind.
- Call Back: Much like in "Road to Rhode Island", Stewie attempts to sneak on board a plane. This time, he is successful in sneaking aboard, yet not on the right flight.
- Depraved Kids' Show Host: Pengrove Pig and Mother Maggie have no respect for their jobs; the former looks at porn on set, while the latter calls Stewie a "grotty, little wanker" and kicks him.
- Fan Disillusionment: Once Stewie realizes the truth about "Jolly Farm", he denounces the show (though he would later love the Americanized version of it).
"The Stewie who loved Jolly Farm is dead!"
- Freestate Amsterdam: Brian and Stewie wind up in Amsterdam, wind up in a marijuana bar, and wind up getting high just by breathing the air in the bar.
- Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Mother Maggie turns out to be this.
- Overly-Long Gag: Stewie's letter, as seen in the page quote.
- Series Fauxnale: If you go in production order, this was the last episode produced for the third season, and, by extent, the show (until the show came back in 2005).
- Surrounded by Idiots: The reason why Stewie wants to go to England.