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Recap: Family Guys S 5 E 6 Prick Up Your Ears
Airdate: November 19, 2006

After catching Chris and his friends watching stolen porno videos and Chris telling her that the school doesn't have sex education classes, Lois is hired as James Woods High's sex ed teacher, but soon loses her job when the parents protest her lessons on how to use condoms and the school switches over to a religious-based purity ring program, where Meg and her boyfriend for the episode find a new way to show intimate love while staying pure. Meanwhile, Stewie loses a tooth and, after being told that the Tooth Fairy comes to kids' houses to collect teeth, begins to safeguard himself against her.

"Prick Up Your Ears" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don't have sex until you are ready, and when you do, use protection.
  • Bait and Switch: See Totem Pole Trench below.
  • Bowdlerization: The DVD and Cartoon Network version has a lot of scenes that were toned down on FOX and (surprisingly) Netflix:
    • When Peter vows to be abstinent: On FOX, the scene ends with Peter mispronouncing "abstinent" as "obstinate" and "absinthe." Meg corrects him both times, and Peter sends her to her room. On Cartoon Network and DVD, the scene ends with Peter declaring that he'll be as untouched as the turn signal on an Asian woman's car, followed by a cutaway of Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
    • Lois finding Meg and her boyfriend having ear sex: Brian comes in and asks Lois why his jelly sandwich tastes funny. On FOX, Peter yells from off-screen, "Yeah, it's been on my crotch!" On Cartoon Network and DVD, "crotch" is replaced with "penis."
    • Lois roleplaying as Grimace and mistaking him for the Hamburglar: Peter refers to Grimace as "Ronald McDonald's autistic friend" on FOX. On Cartoon Network and DVD, "autistic friend" is changed to "retarded friend."
    • Peter having ear sex with Lois: On FOX, the viewer hears Lois fighting Peter off her when the lights are out. When they come back on, Peter is naked and on the bedroom floor. On Cartoon Network and the DVD, when Lois turns on the lights, Peter is seen naked and curled around Lois' head (since he convinced himself to be abstinent and into ear sex too).
  • Black Comedy Rape: How Lois snaps Peter out of abstinence.
  • Description Cut: Near the end, Doug says he can't wait to see Meg naked. Cut to Meg crying after the breakup.
  • Mandatory Line: Parodied at the end, which gives the viewer the choice of how to end the episode. The "audience" choose to give Cleveland his first line in the episode.
    Cleveland: Hey y'all, sock it to me!
    • What Could Have Been: On the animatic (which can be seen on the volume five DVD), the third choice wasn't giving Cleveland his only line for the episode. It was seeing Peter and Lois toss Brian out the window.
  • Moral Guardians: The town's parents don't like Lois' sex ed class (not because of Peter's messed-up lessons, like using a bust of William Shakespeare and a Rainbow Brite doll to simulate intercourse, but because Lois was teaching safe sex and the use of condoms), which gets her fired and replaced with a purity program.
  • Primal Scene: Parodied when Lois catcher Meg and Doug performing "ear sex" as a substitute for intercourse.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Parodied with the "lessons" at the abstinence assemblies. For example...
    • "If you have sex, your penis will fall off and land in another dimension populated entirely by dogs, who will eat it."
    • "Premarital sex turns straight people gay and gays into Mexicans! We all go down a notch!"
    • "If you sexual intercourse, you're automatically an Al Qaeda."
  • Take That: At conservatives, Christians, abstinence-only sex ed programs, and the teens who give in to them.
  • Totem Pole Trench: To crash the abstinence lecture, Peter tries to think of an idea. It cuts over to a tall man whose face looks like Peter's wearing a long trenchcoat and high heels. It pans to Peter and Lois still in the bushes, with Peter suggesting they sneak in behind the man.
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