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Recap / Family Guy S 12 E 21 Chap Stewie

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Stewie goes back in time and fixes it so that way he'll never be born to the Griffin family, but he soon finds he's been born to a Downton Abbey-esque British family in an alternate timeline.


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  • Alternate Timeline Ancestry: Stewie, tired of living in the Griffin family, goes back in time and breaks up his parents before he was conceived. Instead of no longer being born, Stewie is instead born as the son of rich British parents (He surmises that his soul was simply transferred to the next birth at that point in time).
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  • All Men Are Perverts: Stewie tries to breakup Peter and Lois by maxing out her credit cards on vibrators. Peter, Chris, and Stewie end up using the vibrators on themselves when one of them opens the box.
  • Brick Joke: While in the alternate timeline, Stewie accidentally shoots a British baby, who then challenges him to a duel come dawn. At the end, the baby finally finds Stewie and shoots him.
  • Calvinball: UNGA BUNGA!
  • Epic Fail: When Chris and Stewie opened their own lemonade stand, the lemonade somehow tricked Chris, stuffed him into the jug meant for the lemonade and ran away.
  • Expy: Stewie is watching The Cadwalliders of Essex, which is an in-universe version of Downton Abbey. A whole host of copycats is also mentioned.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Somehow Stewie managed to stay in the past for about two weeks without anyone noticing.
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  • High-Pressure Emotion: Stewie, during his temper tantrum over Chris and Peter destroying the TV.
  • Irony:
    • Formerly hell-bent on killing Lois for the first few seasons of Family Guy, Stewie fails to mention Lois in his rant against the Griffins.
    • Stewie couldn't go back in time to save Brian's life after the seemingly permanent destruction of his time machine. Now that it's fully back to normal with no given explanation, Brian was the first to notice and point out that Stewie swore off time travel.
  • Jerkass:
    • Stewie's British family, especially the brothers (one of them referred to Stewie as "it", the other told him he was an accident).
    • Peter during one of the cutaways in typical Manchild behavior. During Stewie's birthday, he gets an equal attention birthday cake, blows out his and Stewie's candles so he can get double wishes, and uses the wishes to crush Meg with a meteor and get a Snickers.
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  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: When it is revealed that Brian only came into Stewie's room to charge his phone because Peter is using all the outlets downstairs, a Cutaway Gag shows Peter using all of them for dozens of toasters.
  • Mood Whiplash: Stewie's meltdown after Peter and Chris break the TV is heartbreaking to watch. That is, until he bites Lois, throws a picture against the wall, and headbutts Meg hard enough to break her nose.
  • Nasal Trauma: Meg tries to calm Stewie down during his tantrum, only to get headbutted hard enough to break her nose and splatter blood all over her face.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Zigzagged; Stewie is a technological genius that builds time machines and weather control devices but in the new timeline he can't keep up with his new family's Passive-Aggressive Kombat or come up with effective insults.
  • No Sympathy: Stewie stops himself from changing his timeline but is pinned by the stage light from Peter's show. The Stewie he stopped declines to put in the effort to get him from under it, as it is very heavy and he'll be Ret-Gone soon anyway.
  • Opening Shout-Out: Stewie walks downstairs only to find out the Griffin family has been performing the last bit of the theme song, but with Lois carrying a bag of groceries instead of Stewie because he wasn't born yet.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: The baby that comes for Stewie at the end, even though that timeline was erased.
  • Series Continuity Error: The episode The Big Bang Theory established that Stewie caused the Big Bang that started the universe. When Bertram prevented Stewie from existing, the universe began to completely unravel until Stewie fixed it. However, no such problems happen here.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "And one superfluous employee I am not in a homosexual relationship with".
  • Take That!: At Downton Abbey for being dry and boring. Stewie notes that the latest episode is the fastest-moving one yet.
  • Theme Naming: Jaden and Aidan
  • What Happened to the Mouse? : We never see Brian in the alternate timeline and don't know what he became.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Chris' reaction from stumbling onto Peter's porn collection.
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