Airdate: March 28, 2000
Lois is chosen to direct a local production of The King and I and makes Peter the producer, who uses his position to turn The King and I into a mash-up of what he thinks is entertaining.
"The King is Dead" contains examples of:
- Adaptation Decay: Lois wanted to do a faithful version of the original play. Peter's repeated changes ultimately result in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi epic, where Anna is a heroic cyborg warrior, the King is a vicious tyrant, the "children" are bikini-clad women, and a kung fu fight decides the fate of the world.
- Comically Missing the Point:Peter: I'm presenting "Peter Griffin presents The King and I", a Peter Griffin production, and I'm giving you the exclusive story.
Diane: Look, pal, some two-bit community theater production isn't news. Who's the star? For that matter, who the hell are you, and why should I give a damn?
Peter: (starstruck) Wow, I'm being interviewed by Diane Simmons!
- Gasshole: After Lois's hate speech encouraging people to hate him instead, Peter gets so nervous he lets out one huge fart, prompting the audience to burst into laughter and then applaud him a second time, much to Lois's disappointment.
- Get Out!: Tom Tucker repeatedly shouts it at Peter for entering his dressing room while he was shirtless.
- Hidden Depths:
- Lois admits Diane's first line reading was actually pretty good, much to Loretta's annoyance.
- Joe handles the choreography for the dance numbers.
- Not So Above It All: Brian is quick to boast about getting cast as the King. He also goes along with Peter's various changes since he gets to keep his part.
- The Resenter:
- Lois resents Peter for taking over.
- Loretta's not happy about losing her part to Diane.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Peter's repeated and random changes, Diane quits the play.
- Shout-Out: Peter's audition is singing the theme song to Land of the Lost (1974).
- Take That!:
Stewie: You know, it is so fashionable to take a shot at Jay Leno! Look, the fact is, the man is out there every night with fresh material, and he's charming!
- "You're the worst thing to happen to musical theater since Andrew Lloyd Webber."
- Subverted when Peter takes a minor potshot at Jay Leno, only for Stewie to defend him.
- This Cannot Be!: Lois at the end of the play when the audience applauds.
- Toilet Humor: Discussed between Peter and Lois during an argument at the breakfast table.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Peter's play ends and everyone applauds loving it, Lois finally loses it and snaps at the crowds for applauding Peter when they should be hating him for ruining musical theatre with his tasteless version of The King and I that he stole from her in the first place.Lois: Stop it! Stop clapping right now! What's wrong with you?! These people shouldn't be encouraged! They should be punished! That man has committed murder here this evening, and the victim's name is "theater". This is the kind of mind-numbing schlock that's turning our society into a cultural wasteland! This isn't art! This isn't even entertainment! This... this.. BLOWS!