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Recap / Family Guy S 3 E 12 To Love And Die In Dixie

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Original air date: November 15, 2001

Chris becomes a witnesses of a convenience store robbery and helps puts the robber behind bars. But once he breaks out of jail, the Griffins are put into the Witness Protection Program and relocated to the town of Bumblescum in the Deep South. There, Chris forms a budding relationship with the tomboyish Sam, Peter and Brian recreate the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, and Stewie takes up playing the banjo.

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This episode contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: After Meg tells her friends that brother is going to be killed, a five year old girl tells Meg that she has a daughter of her own who would most likely grow up to admire Meg.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Meg incorrectly calls the raccoon which is constantly attacking Peter a rodent, which they are not.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Bumblescum townsfolk save Chris, Sam, Peter, and Brian from the mugger at the end.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Sam shares one with Chris thinking they'll never spend time together again. Chris is shocked by this since at that point he thinks Sam's still a boy, but once he decides to part ways on better terms and discovers the truth, it ends up presenting a different problem for him.
  • Black Comedy Burst: A little girl's comment to Meg about having a baby at her young age.
    Little Girl: My daughter would absolutely love you!
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  • Brother–Sister Incest: Discussed by one of Meg's new friends, hoping to date her if "her brother don't already have dibs on her".
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Chris is extremely nervous talking to girls, and panics after discovering Sam is one. When she points out that he didn't treat her any differently when he thought she was a boy, he realizes she's right and is able to get past it.
  • Contralto of Danger: Sam uses one, but when it is revealed that she's a girl, she uses a slightly less gruff sounding voice to reflect this.
  • Deep South: After Chris gets targeted by a criminal wanting to kill him, Witness Protection relocates the family to the extremely rural southern town of Bumblescum, Alabama, depicted as being almost a century behind in terms of social or technological progress. This obviously alienates the family, but they overall start to find their place in their new town despite its flaws (Meg becomes popular among her classmates, Peter and Brian become sheriff and deputy, Stewie starts a band, etc.), making it one of the more sympathetic portrayals of the South in this show.
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  • Dirty Old Man: This episode features the introduction of Herbert, the soft-spoken neighborhood pedophile who lusts after Chris.
    Herbert: You like popsicles? Then you need to come on down to the cellar, I got a whole freezer just full of popsicles!
  • Everyone Has Standards: While the townsfolk get angry at the Griffins when Peter when he corrects them that the Confederacy lost the Civil War, they still come to save Peter and Chris from the robber. As one man says, as long as they're living there they're still members of the town too and they aren't going to let a criminal murder them.
  • From Bad to Worse: After Peter gets attacked by the raccoon (the first time), he goes into the outhouse. It gets knocked over by a bird and, well...
    Peter: It's everywhere! It's in my raccoon wounds!
  • Funny Background Event: During the party scene when one of the FBI agents is calling the Griffins to warn them about the escaped convict, you can see Quagmire running past him sporting a foam dome hat and a bra.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Sam, given the reveal he's a tomboyish girl.
  • Girl of the Week: Sam for Chris.
  • Hidden Depths: Stewie quickly discovers an admiration for the banjo after arriving to the town, and throughout a B-plot, he forms his own bluegrass band and proves to be a pretty skilled player.
  • Historical In-Joke: The Civil War reenactment is obviously supposed to be false — no, it was not started over Ulysses S. Grant showing up drunk to a meeting with Robert E. Lee — but there is a smidge of historical basis in this; Lee was a teetotaler who encouraged abstinence from alcohol, and Grant was repeatedly alleged to be an alcoholic, a mostly exaggerated reputation perpetuated by his critics.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Played with. After being kissed by Sam who he thought was a boy and conflicted because he is not good at talking to girls, Sam asks Chris to pretend she's a boy since he didn't have trouble talking to Sam when he thought she was a boy. They agree and go to make out.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Sam is revealed to be a woman by the third act of the episode, a fact disguised by her androgynous name, deep voice, and unisex clothing.
  • Literal-Minded: Peter takes the saying that women are from Venus at face-value, and suggests that Chris get his crush a gift that consists of chemical and topographical features from the planet.
  • Overturned Outhouse: When Peter goes outside to use the outhouse, it gets tipped over by a bird.
    Peter: Ah! Oh, God! Oh, it's everywhere! Ahhh! It's in my raccoon wounds! Oh-ho, God!
  • Police Are Useless:
    • Expected, since Peter is the sheriff. Brian's a more competent deputy, though he still gets drunk on the job with Peter. More justifiable when Peter discovers that the criminal after Chris found out their location, since due to him pissing off much of the town during a Civil War reenactment, he has a hard time rounding up a posse and is forced to confront the criminal with only Brian in tow.
    • The two FBI agents watching over the Griffins' house in Quahog mostly use their house to get drunk and throw a house party. When the criminal looking for Chris answers the door, they refuse to give any information about his location... to which the criminal backtracks and says he's looking for his sister instead, which they then helpfully oblige with. They don't even contact the Griffins of their screw-up until during the aforementioned party.
  • Reused Character Design: The robber has the same voice and design as the Mass Media Murderer from the episode, "The Kiss Seen Around the World".
  • Running Gag: Peter is attacked by a raccoon leaping out of increasingly bizarre hiding places, including a handgun that's obviously impossible to hold it, and even inside Lois' shirt, which she somehow never felt the creature inside.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Despite Sam's boyish appearance and unisex name, Chris eventually discovers that Sam is a girl.
  • The Sheriff: Peter easily gets this job (with Brian as deputy) as the town treats it on a rotating volunteer basis, mainly because all they seem to do is "hang out here, eat pie, and get drunk."
  • Shout-Out: The title is a reference to the 1985 crime film To Live and Die in L.A., and is also a reference to the song “Dixie”: "I wish I was in Dixie, hurrah, hurrah; in Dixieland I’ll take my stand, to live and die in Dixie."
    • The plot of this episode is similar to the 1991 film, Cape Fear.
    • Chris gives Barbara a bottle of Elizabeth Taylor’s brand of perfume and says “I guess that means you’ll smell like bourbon and vicodin,” referring to the actress’s alleged substance abuse problems.
    • The FBI agents are a reference to The Odd Couple when they note “We’ll be watching your house together, even though he’s a slovenly liberal and I’m a fastidious conservative."
    • After Lois says that she made dinner with Shake 'N' Bake, Stewie says “And I helped!” a line directly from Shake ’n’ Bake commercials.
    • After Stewie plays a song on the banjo, he screams "I got blisters on me fingers!" which is what Ringo Starr screams at the end of The Beatles song "Helter Skelter".
    • When the robber asks for the names of Peter and Brian, Peter claims he is T. J. Hooker and Brian is McMillan and Wife, referring to two television police dramas.
    • When Peter and Brian are being chased by the Civil War survivors one of them asks "Has anyone seen my foot?" This is a reference to a Jerky Boys skit in which Sol Rosenberg is selling Confederate memorabilia, one of the items being a Confederate foot.
    • One of the criminals in the lineup at the beginning of the episode is Morpheus from The Matrix.
    • The pig in the classroom shares traits similar to Arnold Ziffel, the pig on the sitcom Green Acres, who also attended school.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Sam who enjoys dressing as a boy.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Chris finds himself confused after being kissed by Sam who he thinks is a boy.
  • Strangely Specific Horoscope: The episode has a criminal robbing a convenience store, but he's told that the cash register won't open unless he makes a purchase.
    Crook: Alright, give me one of those Horoscope scrolls! ..."Financial transaction benefits you today." (amused) Ooooh!
    Clerk: (with the same amused tone) Weirrrrrd!
  • Take That!:
    • Chris' reaction after seeing No Way Out? "How does Kevin Costner keep getting work?!"
    • When Chris gives Barbara some perfume, he tells her the perfume will make her smell like Elizabeth Taylor, meaning that she'll smell like "bourbon and Vicodin".
    • Peter chides Chris for not claiming that the robber of the convenience store was Celine Dion, calling the opportunity “our one chance to put that show-boating Canadian wench behind bars.”
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the south, Meg gains increased popularity due to being smarter than her classmates and being seen as an exotic newcomer.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Sam's grandfather drowned while trying to save his own reflection in the water. Chris nearly ends up doing the same thing.
    • The FBI being trusted to watch the Griffins house while they're in witness protection get drunk, play videogames and give the criminal trying to kill Chris his address thinking that he meant for Meg.
    • Peter giving the criminal Chris' information and photo before he goes to jail.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Chris thought Sam was a boy until she changed to go swimming. Due to his problem with talking to girls, Chris panics and runs away.
  • War Reenactors: The Griffins watch a local recreation of The American Civil War's history... which according to the locals was started off because Ulysses S. Grant showed up late and drunk to a meeting with Robert E. Lee, and that Lee and the Confederacy won. Peter pointing out how blatantly inaccurate this is only gets the town to turn on the Griffins.
  • Witless Protection Program: The Griffins are sent to live in The Deep South after a criminal that Chris testified against breaks out of prison. All it takes is him asking the FBI agents where Chris' sister is (after they wouldn't tell him where Chris was) for the whole thing to come apart.

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