Recap / Family Guy S 4 E 9 Breaking Out Is Hard To Do

Original air date: July 17, 2005

While out shopping for groceries, Lois goes to put back a ham — and ends up stealing it. Soon, she becomes a kleptomaniac and lands in prison, where her family break her out during a visit and the Griffins end up starting a new life in Asiantown.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Crossdresser: A cutaway features Brian in a dress and high heels. Stewie walks in and it gets awkward.
    Stewie: All right, so I'm just gonna go out in the hallway and throw up about something else.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The judge extends Louis's sentence to three (nearly five) years in prison just because he was upset that Peter sneezed during the trial.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X":
    Lois: I guess I was stealing, because I was so sick of the same old routine. I felt like I had a void in my life. Like, there was a secret hole in me.
    (Quagmire appears in the background)
    Quagmire: (excitedly) Oh, God!
    Lois: And I was trying to fill that hole with all kinds of expensive objects and things.
    Quagmire: Oh, God!
    Lois: And I felt wonderful with all those things filling that hole.
    Quagmire: Oh, God!
    Lois: I did this to myself so I'm just gonna have to lay back and let the penal system teach me a lesson.
    Quagmire: That one is also sexual.
  • Identical-Looking Asians: Immediately upon entering Asiatown, Peter assumes every man is Jackie Chan. Subverted when one of the people actually is Jackie Chan, and Jackie immediately assumes everyone is either Ethan Hawke or Frankie Muniz.
    Jackie Chan: Oh my God, it's Malcolm in Middle!
    Meg: I'm not a boy.
    Jackie Chan: (angrily) Yes you are...
  • Rotoscoping: Used to recreate the "Take On Me" video. The creators were offered the opportunity to simply alter the original footage, but decided recreating it with a new rotoscope model would be easier.
  • Sex Sells: During the cutaway on The Age of Innocence:
    Newland: It is settled, May. Our parents have consented and you and I are to be married on the first warm, sunny day of spring.
    May: That would be most good, Newland, most good.
    Daniel Day-Lewis: (breaking character) I am sorry, but she is just awful. Is there any way I mean, can we add, like, a topless scene, or something?
    Off-screen director: Yeah.
    Daniel Day-Lewis: Really?
    Off-screen director: Yeah.
    Daniel Day-Lewis: We can? Great. All right, we got a movie!
  • Shout-Out:
    • The chase scene in Asiatown is accompanied by music from a chase scene in Revenge of the Pink Panther.
    • Early in the episode Chris gets pulled into the "Take On Me" Music Video.
    • In the sewer, Joe blasts some Tie Fighters.
    • In the sewer, the Griffins come across the kids from The Goonies. Peter asks Chunk to do the "truffle shuffle".
    Peter: Hehehehe, childhood obesity.
  • Take That!: To Winona Ryder's Bad "Bad Acting" in The Age of Innocence (and how the film was salvaged because of her topless scene).
  • Tempting Fate: In the "He's Quagmire!" cutaway:
    Man: I do hope nothing happens to spoil this fancy dinner party.
    (Quagmire comes in and starts dancing in a speedo)