Recap / Family Guy S 9 E 7 Road To The North Pole

Airdate: December 12, 2010

An hour-long Christmas Episode (the second in the series after "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas") in Family Guy, which also contains two songs, and is narrated by Seth MacFarlane's father, Ron MacFarlane, in live-action bookends.

It's days until Christmas and everyone in Quahog is writing down what they want for Christmas in a musical number, except for Brian, who wonders if they're being too greedy. Stewie gets a rude brush-off from a Mall Santa, and vows to head to the North Pole to kill him for his disrespect. Not believing in Santa, Brian tricks Stewie by taking him to a Santa village, but Stewie sees through the ruse and threatens to kill him too if he doesn't take him to the real North Pole. After Stewie causes a traffic car pile-up that damages Brian's car, they continue on foot and eventually ride the rest of the way on a Canadian's snowmobile.

To Brian's surprise, Santa and the workshop does exist, but conditions there are far worse than they feared, due to the world's growing population and growing demands for the gifts. Santa is sick, weak, and worn out, the workshop pollutes the air, the elves are overworked, mutated, and inbred, and the reindeer have evolved into man-eating, and cannibalistic, monsters. Brian and Stewie agree to deliver the presents in his place, but crash the sleigh, break into a house, severely injure the family inside it to cover it up, let the reindeer eat each other, realize they only visited one house for two whole hours out of the millions of other houses in the world they need to visit before dawn, and finally panic, give up, and barely escape with their lives.

The next day, on Channel 5 News, Tom Tucker announces that no presents were delivered in Quahog, when Brain and Stewie wheel a barely-living Santa onto the set in front of the nation. They reveal that the world's greed is killing him, and ask that everyone only ask for one gift per person each year. Chastened, everyone agrees, and the next year, Santa and his workshop are healthy and rejuvenated.

"Road To The North Pole" contains examples of:

  • Anti-Christmas Song: "Christmastime is Killing Us"
  • Berserk Button: Christmas proves to be a pretty big one for Stewie. He angrily threatens Brian with a gun for trying to deceive him with a fake North Pole, and then tries to outright set about that threat on Santa for brushing him off at the mall.
  • Characterization Marches On: Stewie's Knight Templar treatment of Christmas is a stark contrast to the previous Christmas special, where he didn't even know who Santa was.
  • Christmas Miracle: Santa, the workshop, his elves, the sleigh, and reindeer, all somehow become normal again by the next year.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Stewie becomes set on killing Santa for ignoring his requests for presents.
  • Epic Fail: Stewie and Brian's first attempt at delivering toys turns into a home invasion.
  • From Bad to Worse: As said in the above synopsis, this special shows what happens when reality hits the Santa mythos too much.
  • Hollywood New England: Upon seeing Santa's workshop in a morbid, foggy state with factory chimneys spouting pollution, Stewie compares it to Bridgeport, Connecticut.
    Brian: Ooooh boy. Get ready for the letters.
    (cutaway to a Bridgeporter writing a letter) Dea' Family Guy basta'ds. How the Hell do you think you ah'?? I'll have you know that Bridgeport is among the world leada's in abandoned buildins', shattered glass, boa'ded up windows, bah'king dogs, and gas stations with no pumps! So eat my ***note , Jew writers.
  • Mall Santa: An apathetic one chains off Brian and Stewie's journey by brushing the latter off.
  • Musical Episode: The special contains two elaborate songs.
  • Nightmarish Factory: Santa's workshop has turned into one.
  • Reality Ensues: Unlike what's depicted in most ChristmasEpisodes that have mortals trying to help Santa Claus make his yearly gift delivery, this special pretty much breaks that well-worn story into pieces by having no magic aiding Brian, Stewie, or Santa, showing The North Pole toy factories as sweatshops, and turning the typical "Santa slides down the chimney to leave presents for families" trope into what it really is: a home invasion mixed in with No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to keep the witnesses from ratting them out to the police.
    • Stewie points out how impossible delivering presents around the world in one night actually is.
  • Running Gagged: The last episode to feature Brian's Rant-Inducing Slight relationship with Quagmire. By the next episode Quagmire's hatred of Brian remerges Brian openly loathes him back.
  • Subbing for Santa: Brian and Stewie attempt to deliver the Christmas presents in Santa's place. They blew'd.
  • What The Hell, Brian and Stewie?: Beating an entire family (yes, even the little girl) half to death all to keep your cover about Subbing for Santa. Merry Christmas!
  • Would Hurt a Child: Brian and Stewie are not above tying up a little girl and stuffing her in a closet with her half-dead parents, though she is the only one who Stewie doesn't bludgeon with a bat.

Alternative Title(s): Family Guy 9 E 7 Road To The North Pole