Recap / Family Guy S 4 E 22 Sibling Rivalry

Original air date: March 26, 2006

After a pregnancy scare, Lois urges Peter to get a vasectomy, which kills his sex drive and drives Lois to stuff herself with food. Meanwhile, Bertram (the sperm cell who fought with Stewie in "Emission Impossible") is born (from a lesbian couple who bought Peter's sperm at the sperm bank) and wages war with Stewie.

Tropes used in the episode:

  • Artistic Licence Biology: Bertram is born looking exactly the way he did in "Emission Impossible", even though the father's sperm only contributes half of a child's genes.
  • Artistic Licence History and Black Comedy: On the JFK assassination.
    Lee Harvey Oswald: Hey, Mr. President! Mr. President, up here! I voted for you. Wait a minute. That guy on the grassy knoll's got a gun. He's gonna shoot the President! Holy smokes, I've got to do something! (grabs a gun and aims it out the window) All right, Lee, time to become an American hero.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At the end it sounds like Lois is going to talk to Chris about the dangers of overeating, but she talks about it to Meg, when she talks to the actually obese Chris, all she does is compliment his hat.
  • Big Eater: Lois becomes one when Peter refuses to have sex with her.
  • Chubby Chaser: Peter's newfound attraction to Lois post-weight gain jump-starts their sex life.
    Peter: Fat sex is the hottest sex we've ever had! There were so many boobs I couldn't tell whose boobs I was grabbin', your boobs or my boobs!
  • Double Standard: When Peter keeps criticizing Lois for her weight gain:
    Lois: You're one to talk. Look how fat you are!
    Peter: Lois, men aren't fat. Only fat women are fat.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Peter is apprehensive about getting a vasectomy, Joe tells him that a bunch of guys on the force got vasectomies and their lives haven't changed at all. However, he immediately shoots them down when asked if he would get one.
  • Long List: Peter rattles off all the kids they have (except Meg), and a bunch that aren't.
    Peter: We can't afford another kid. We already got Chris, Stewie, Richie, Joanie, Greg, Marcia, Bobby, Jan, Mike Seaver, Carol Seaver, Boner, Urkel, Mr. Furley.
    Brian: Peter, those aren't your kids. That's the Nick At Nite lineup.
    Peter: Blanka, Zangief, Chun-Li, Guile, E. Honda.
    Brian: That's Street Fighter.
    Peter: Red, blue, green.
    Brian: Those are colors.
  • Medium Blending: The Ice Age cutaway. Everything is rendered in the CGI style of the movies, except for Peter, who is drawn in the show's usual 2D style.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Subverted with the ending; when Peter is revealed to be in a closet making out with Lois's liposuctioned fat, he pauses for a minute, but when he can't think of an excuse, he says, "It's exactly what it looks like."
  • Overly Long Gag: The vaudeville singers' off-topic lyrics during the vasectomy song:
    Singers: (singing) You'll never have to wear a condom, when you do it with your wiiiiiife! (talking in harmony) Or anyone else you wanna do it with, we promise not to tell, like that new hot chick at work. You know, the one who always has high beams under her ribbed white cotton T-shirt, but then stares dagger sat you for checking her out. And it's like, why do you wear that if you don't want attention? But you know you shouldn't think that way because of the sexual harassment meeting you all had to go to. Seriously, how lame was that? And you couldn't help but notice that the female lawyer running the seminar had a huge rack. Like, ridiculously huge for someone who has to talk about that kind of stuff. Well, I guess that's the definition of the word ironeeeeee! (resumes singing)
  • Product Placement: The cutaway of Peter meeting Scrat was made as a promotion for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, which was released in theaters five days after this episode aired.
  • Reality Ensues: Peter's desires to keep having fat sex with Lois turn out to be this. Her obesity ends up giving her a heart attack and she has to undergo liposuction treatment.
  • Shout-Out: Stewie asks a kid on the playground, "You! You got my cheese whiz, boy?"
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: At the sperm clinic, Peter accidentally knocked over a bunch of sperm vials, and when exiting the freezer later:
    Peter: (to nurse) And, uh, just so you know, everything in there is exactly the way it was when I went in. There is absolutely zero chance that I spilled all the jars and had to refill them with my own sperm. Zero chance.
  • Take That!: To the comic strip B.C..
  • Toilet Humour: A cutaway involves Peter trying adult diapers.
  • The Unintelligible: Tony Danza and Sylvester Stallone in What?.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Bertram. After his and Stewie's parting on good terms in his previous appearance, you really have to wonder why they're fighting again. Though, to be fair, they do still share some laughs and friendly conversations. In "The Big Bang Theory"? Not so much.
  • Truth in Television: A vasectomy is actually much safer and quicker than a tubal ligation (the female equivalent)—a vasectomy is also generally a lot cheaper.