Recap: Family Guy S 5 E 7 Chick Cancer

Stewie reunites with his child acting partner Olivia, whose fame is on the wane after being replaced with Chuck Berry in a fruit juice campaign, and the two get married. Meanwhile, Peter gets into chick flicks and decides to make one himself, despite not being experienced in filmmaking.

This episode contains examples of the following:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: After witnessing Quagmire's mean treatment of a woman he had over for sex, and taking Brian's earlier "to be taken in jest" advice to heart, Stewie is led to believe that Olivia will like him better if he treated her cruelly and took on a James Dean attitude and look. Which (incredibly enough) happens.
  • Bowdlerization: On the TV version (both on cable and network TV) and Netflix version of the episode, Vageena Hurtz died of an "angry hymen". In the DVD version, she died from a "rotten vagina".
  • D.I.Y. Disaster: Peter's (ahem) attempt to create a "chick flick" by himself. The end result is a horribly produced and directed, randomly cobbled-together film that uses incomprehensible plot bits into a nondescript story that offends everyone who sees it.
  • Evil Laughter: Stewie does this as he walks away – calmly – from the burning house, while two toddlers are trapped inside and about to be burned to death.
  • House Fire: Stewie sets fire to the cardboard box that he and Olivia "shared" … while Olivia and Victor are trapped inside, screaming for their lives. There is no indication either one escape.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Woody Allen: Several of the big screen legend's films are referenced, including "Annie Hall," "Manhattan" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors." The latter is the inspiration for the character Victor, who becomes Olivia's new "boyfriend."
  • Studio Audience: Parodied with the blackout gag for "Sitcom Punchlines of the '80s" and "Sounds of the '80s: Studio Audience," which was simply clichéd canned studio responses on a series of albums. The host was "The Mayor of Comedy," and features a "celebrity endorsement" from Howard Hesseman (star of WKRP in Cincinnati, One Day At A Time and Head of the Class, all during the 1980s). The advertisement is a parody of Time-Life commericals for various popular music compilation albums (one of which was "Sounds of the Eighties," a compilation of 408 of the top songs of the 1980s decade).