Original air date: August 15, 2001
It's Peter and Lois' wedding anniversary, but Peter decides to ditch being together with her in order to go to an exclusive golf course. While leaving his family occupied with an extensive scavenger hunt, Peter is suddenly struck by lightning and has a near-death experience which involves meeting Death himself, ending up on a trip through time to rediscover his love for his wife and save their marriage.
- An Aesop: Death at first claims that Peter is required to find a revelation from his Near-Death Experience in order to return to his body. However, once Peter starts to get on his nerves, Death threatens to send him back prematurely to his surely doomed marriage, to which Peter decides to help him on a personal favor. After completing journey in remembering how he and Lois came to be married, he finally realizes he should value her more.
- Angry Guard Dog: When a young Peter finally makes it back to the Pewterschmidt residence, he ends up running into one of these and ends up climbing up the vines into the window to escape.
- As Himself: Peter Frampton voices himself, sought after by Death on Peter's request to play a solo version of "Baby, I Love Your Way" for Lois.
- Basement-Dweller: This episode reveals that Death still lives with his overbearing mom. He's annoyed by her and wishes "that dad was still dead", but he doesn't seem to get how embarrassing it is to bring up when trying to talk with girls at the beach.
- The Bus Came Back: Death is a major character in the episode, whose last substantial role was in "Death is a Bitch" (though he also appeared for a brief Cutaway Gag in "Wasted Talent").
- Comically Missing the Point:
- A young Peter and Lois make out on the street, and aside from hearing Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way", they completely fail to give any mind to the fact they just caused a tanker truck to swerve, crash, and explode right next to them. Even the present-day Peter and Death don't seem to give it much thought.
- Later, Peter hitches a ride with Cleveland back to Rhode Island, but as they pass through South Carolina, they end up being chased by the Ku Klux Klan. Peter assumes they're being chased by ghosts.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Parodied; when Death first tries to talk to Amy at the pet store she works at, ALL the animals — dogs, cats, and birds — go utterly ballistic at him to the point where Amy can't hear him.
- Fingore: One of Peter's previous last-minute anniversary gifts to Lois was his own thumb (which he tried passing off as something he got off eBay). Even he realized it was a huge mistake.
- Mental Time Travel: Death is revealed to have this power in the episode, allowing him to take Peter on a trip down his own memory lane without interfering. Compare this to "Meet the Quagmires" two seasons later, where his Time Travel is more literal and past events can change the present.
- Near-Death Experience: Peter experiences one after being struck by lightning, prompting his encounter with Death. After some soul-searching and a journey through time, he manages to return back to the land of the living.
- Non Sequitur, *Thud*: While at Barrington, Peter accidentally bonks a guy in the head with a golf ball while he's in the middle of a phone call. It ends up causing a commotion at the stock market.Businessman 1: The fed is going to be lowering, so get your money out of T-bills and put it all into (gets hit in the head with a stray ball and goes cross-eyed) Waffles, tasty waffles, with lots of syrup!
Businessman 2: Waffles! Buy waffles! (crowd of investors goes nuts to put stocks in waffles)
- Obnoxious In-Laws: This episode establishes that Carter Pewterschmidt's hostile animosity with Peter was near-instantaneous. To wit, their first meeting has him club Peter in the head, then taken out to be dumped in the middle of the ocean.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: The episode reveals that Carter offered Peter a million dollars in a last-ditch attempt to get him to stay away from Lois. Peter instantly ripped up the check because their love is just that strong.
- Too Dumb to Live: Narrowly subverted by technicality. As Peter continues golfing during a storm, a lightning bolt hits a huge tree next to him. He wisely realizes it's dangerously close to falling over... then less than wisely tries to wrap his belt around it and pull it towards him, though he doesn't manage to get it to move and gives up. And then another bolt of lightning comes down, hitting him instead.
- Whole Episode Flashback: Much of the episode shows how Peter first hit it off with Lois and the trials he went through to eventually be with her. It also shows how he first met Quagmire and Cleveland before they became neighbors.