Recap / Family Guy S 5 E 17 It Takes A Village Idiot And I Married One

Airdate: May 13, 2007

This episode Lois after she runs for Mayor of Quahog against incumbent Mayor Adam West, once she notices how polluted the local lake has become. Lois is elected as mayor and successfully cleans the lake, but quickly succumbs when the toxic-dump owner pressures her to let him resume dumping toxins into the lake.

Tropes used in this episode:

  • Bowdlerization: A lot of parts were edited/altered between the FOX version and the versions shown on cable and DVD
    • After the "vacation with the Price Is Right yodeler/Cleveland in Plinko" cutaway, there's a scene where Peter and Lois arrive at the cabin and Meg points out that it's between two oak trees. Lois asks, "Well, there's a lot of trees around here. How do we know we're in the right spot?" The scene then cuts to an overhead shot where the entire area where Quagmire's cabin is is shaped like a penis, with Brian stating, "Uh, I think it's a safe bet this is the place."
    • For reasons unknown, Lois' line when the family enters the cabin is changed from "Wow, Quagmire's got a nice place," (TV version) to "This looks comfortable." (cable and DVD version)
    • The scene of the Griffins walking in on Quagmire about to have sex with a Japanese woman: On FOX, the scene ends after Quagmire asks, "Oh. Hey. Is this the week you guys were coming out?" On cable and DVD, Quagmire adds, "And here I am, cream on my face, hair a mess, and in mid-coitus. I must look a sight!"
    • On DVD, there's a scene after the Donny Most/Brigadoon parody, where Peter shows his family how to hang food from trees to keep animals from getting at it — and ends up attracting The Pope.
    • Another DVD-exclusive scene during the campfire sequence where Lois sees the Stephen Hawking-esque couple from "Brian Goes Back to College" at the campsite across from theirs "singing."
    • Peter's campfire song summarizing Brokeback Mountain: On FOX, Peter says "gay sex"; on DVD and cable, it's "butt sex".
    • The Griffins losing their hair because of the polluted lake and Stewie discovers Ziggy tattoo: On FOX, Brian grumbles, "Ah, geez!"; on DVD and cable, Brian grumbles, "Jesus!"
    • The scene of Stewie pretending he's Mozart: on FOX, when he flashes the audience his butt, he's wearing white, frilly underpants; on cable and DVD, he has a bare butt.
    • The cutaway of Adam West (with slicked-up hair, thanks to his deal with the oil company) hitting on a woman at the bus stop: On FOX, Adam's pick-up line is "Hey, baby, wanna take a gander at some Adam West penis?"; the DVD and cable version is the less clunky, more upfront "Hey, baby, want some Adam West penis?"
    • Tom Tucker's line during his report on Lois running for mayor: On FOX, his question is "Can a woman be mayor, or will she just menstruate all over the city?"; the DVD and cable version replace "menstruate" with "bleed" (which is the same thing, only "bleed" is, by the FOX censors' standards, cruder).
    • Quagmire's line about how he had sex with every woman in town so Lois can get the female vote: On FOX, he complains that he has one sperm left who's alone and scared; On cable and DVD, he says that if he tried to masturbate, a little flag with the word "Bang!" (seen on a lot of trick guns) would come out.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: After all of Brian's fur falls off, Stewie notices that he has a Ziggy tattoo on his butt, and Brian admits that he used to be a fan of Ziggy, but then points out that they and the rest of the family should probably go to the hospital.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Quagmire lets the Griffin stay at his cabin for the weekend, but at the beginning of the episode, the Griffins hear something from upstairs and walk in on Quagmire and a Japanese woman about to have sex, and Quagmire admits that he forget that this was the weekend that the Griffin family was coming.
  • Reality Ensues: As a couple of bystanders point out, Lois can't just give away her position as the mayor of Quahog to Adam West—neither of them have any legal jurisdiction to do that, and the city would have to have an entirely new election to decide who gets to be the mayor of Quahog.
  • Shout-Out: To Amadeus.