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Recap / Family Guy S 1 E 3 Chitty Chitty Death Bang

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Airdate: April 18, 1999

Thanks to Peter being Peter, plans to have Stewie's first birthday party at Cheesy Charlie's are canceled, which upsets Lois—but not as much as having Meg ditch the party to be with her new friends, who are all part of a suicide cult.

"Chitty Chitty Death Bang" contains example of:

  • Bait-and-Switch: While trying to get the parade to his house, Peter picks up a "Detour" sign, making it look like he's going to pull a Road Sign Reversal. Instead, he uses it to knock the leader of the parade out and take his place.
  • Blatant Lies: Taken to an extreme after Peter gets banned from Cheesy Charlie's. His excuse: the owners are murderous, cannibalistic Nazis who captured Peter and Chris. Fortunately Peter was able to escape by turning into the Incredible Hulk. Yeah, we're not surprised Lois didn't fall for that one. Brian even knew he was going here before Peter talked with getting a chair out of the kitchen.
    Brian: Wait. * goes to grab a kitchen chair* These are always classic.
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  • Bowdlerization: On Channel 4 in the UK, the flashback where Peter guns down Hanson, thinking they are the Children of the Corn, was shortened so that he fires the gun three times instead of six.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In Peter's fantasy of an evil Cheesy Charlie's, the owner dressed as a devil tells him their choice of ice cream flavors consists of "vanilla, strawberry, chocolate or people". Peter asks what the last one was and the owner just tells him "chocolate".
  • Dance Party Ending: The episode ends with everyone disco dancing after Stewie blows out his candles.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Stewie apparently doesn't like sprinkles—when Chris offered to make him a bowl of ice cream, Stewie tells Chris to not put any sprinkles on his ice cream, and threatened to kill Chris for every sprinkle he put on it.note 
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The flashback to Meg's first birthday, where Peter gleefully informs Lois of all of his daughter's firsts (first words, first steps, first drum solo) which she's missing because of all the kitchen work, as well as the fact that they like her enough to throw her a party, is a far cry from the punching bag Meg would eventually become.
    • On a similar note, Lois being genuinely hurt that Meg would skip Stewie's party (and conversely, overjoyed when she shows up at the end). If this happened only a couple seasons later, she'd probably say something like, "Meg is gone? I hadn't noticed."
  • Implausible Deniability: In one cutaway, Peter farts in an elevator. He then says "That was you" to the only person in the elevator with him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Peter has this reaction when he accidentally cancels Stewie's birthday reservation at Cheesy Charlie's and other people start scrambling for it.
    Peter: Chris? This is a big day for you. Today, you become the man of the house. Because when we get home, your mother is going to kill me.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Before Peter can explain why he cancelled Stewie's reservation at Cheesy Charlie's, Brian pulls up a chair. At the end, he applauds him, calling him "the Spaulding Grey of crap".
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    The Man in White: What the hell is this?
    Stewie: It's a boy!
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Cheesie Charlie's—exaggerated in Peter's fantasy, where he compares it to a dungeon led by the Devil but averted in reality, as it looks fairly normal for an arcade/pizza restaurant where families take their kids for their birthdays (though Chris does mistake a condom machine in the men's room for one of the games).
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of Peter's Blatant Lies about Cheesy Charlie's.
    Timmy: I have 13 tickets, now. Is that enough?
    Clerk: Oh, sorry, Timmy, but you need 15 tickets to live. [activates the trap door]


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