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 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.
  • Big Eater: Lois becomes one when Peter refuses to have sex with her.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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."
  • 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?.
  • 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.