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Peter and the gang are caught in a hurricane while fishing in Peter's boat and get stranded on a deserted island. When Peter finally manages to return home months later, he finds that Lois is remarried — to Brian!

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  • Artistic License – Medicine: After Peter eats Joe's legs, he gets new ones from a death row inmate and says that the inmate was also paraplegic, hence why he's still in a wheelchair. However, Joe's paraplegia has repeatedly been shown to be the result of a spinal injury, so it wouldn't matter if the donor was or not.
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  • Call-Back: During a drinking game of "I Never", Quagmire drinks to having sex with Cleveland's wife.
  • Dirty Old Man: Herbert the creepy old pedophile hums an ice cream truck tune and asks Brian if his dealership had an ice cream truck.
  • Double Entendre: A few in the episode.
    Quagmire: (while using inflatable sex dolls as a lifeboat) Be careful. The tiniest prick will pop these things. Giggedy.
    Lois: (to Brian trying to goad her into sex) Geez, enough already. You're like a dog with a bone.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The episode ends with the Griffin's laughing when Brian makes the I'll Be in My Bunk joke below. Stewie then asks them what exactly was the joke.
  • Face Doodling: After Quagmire passes out from drinking too much, Peter and the guys decide to write on him. In the next scene, Quagmire wakes up with the world "Penus" written on his chin.
  • Fan Disservice:
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    • The orgy between Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe on the island.
    • Peter naked and his chest and private area covered in whip cream.
  • I Never: Peter and the guys play this game while on the boat. Quagmire ends up getting smashed when the guys try to think of increasingly ridiculous sexual scenarios.
    Peter: God, let's see, what else is there? Um...I never gave a reach-around to a spider monkey while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
    Quagmire: Oh, God! (takes a drink)
    Joe: I, uh... I never picked up an illegal alien at Home Depot to take home and choke me while I touch myself.
    Quagmire: Oh, come on! (takes a drink)
    Peter: Um, I never did the same thing, but with someone from JoAnn Fabrics.
    Quagmire: Oh, God! This is ridiculous! (takes a drink and gets knocked out)
  • I'll Be in My Bunk: Brian does this twice when Lois denies him sex due to remaining faithful to Peter.
    Brian: I'll be in the basement.
    Lois: Doing what?
    Brian: What do you think?
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  • I'm a Humanitarian: While the guys are sailing hungry on a bed of inflatable sex dolls, Peter resorts to eating Joe's crippled legs.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Brian pulls this at the end in order for Lois and Peter to be together.
  • Interspecies Romance: Lois married Brian, a dog, when she thinks Peter is dead. She's not willing to get intimate with him though.
  • Love Triangle: A brief one between Peter, Lois and Brian.
  • Parental Incest: A cutaway gag shows Lorelai and Rory from Gilmore Girls making out. Also a joke on how closely the bond mother and daughter have.
  • Pet the Dog: Lois mentions to Peter how Brian's been great with the kids, as Chris is doing better in school and Meg even went on a date with the announcer from The Super Friends.
  • Primal Scene: Stewie walks in on Peter and Lois having sex in the living room, causing him to repeatedly scream loudly (and unintentionally entice Mayor West into a shouting match).
  • Properly Paranoid: After being lectured about Lois having an affair, Brian immediately phones home and Lois doesn't answer — because she's having an affair with Peter.
  • Sexless Marriage: Despite remarrying, Lois is reluctant to have sex with Brian despite him pressuring her to do so. At the end of the episode, Lois rubs it in Brian's face that she would have given in had Peter not come home.
  • Shout-Out
    • A fake clip from Gilmore Girls parodies the show's witty, fast-paced dialogue exchanges by having the characters talk fast to the point of unintelligible.
    • The scene of Peter's boat capsizing parodies The Perfect Storm.
    • Peter trying to catch a fish on the island and forlornly opening a locket with Captain Caveman inside parodies a scene from Cast Away.
    • The cutaway of Peter out-farting Michael Moore parodies the "dueling banjos" scene from Deliverance.
    • As Brian witnesses Peter and Lois' affair from the outside of their hotel window, a shadow silhouette shows Alfred Hitchcock with the theme song playing.
    • One cutaway gag shows Peter claiming he invented the time-traveling DeLorean from Back to the Future and after crashing it into the outside of a mall, believes everyone in 1955 to being on fire.
    • When Peter’s boat goes into the storm, they go up a wave at a 90 degree angle, which is from The Perfect Storm.
    • Herbert the creepy old pedophile hums “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin when he asks Brian if the Quahog Hummer Dealership had an ice cream truck.
    • One brief scene shows Meg on a date with the announcer from "The Super Friends".
    • The scene where Peter sprays whipped cream from an aerosol can all over his chest and privates to seduce Lois is similar to a scene from the film Varsity Blues.
    • Stewie showed Brian a video of Lois and Peter having sex. When Peter reaches sexual climax, Peter screams “Shazam!,” a reference to the superhero Captain Marvel who said “Shazam!” to activate his powers. He previously did this before in “Fifteen Minutes of Shame.”
    • While showing Brian evidence of Lois's affair with Peter, Stewie accidentally shows Brian a tape of him auditioning for MTV's The Real World.
  • Situational Sexuality: After being stuck on an island for months and knowing they all have needs, Peter proposes forming an orgy with Cleveland, Quagmire and Joe. It doesn't go very well.
  • Take That!
    • One cutaway has Peter on a game show called Bobcat or Bjork? where Peter has to listen to whether a blabbing sound is that of Bobcat Goldthwait or Björk's. Peter guesses Bobcat, but it's actually Björk's (the joke is that it actually sounds closer to Bobcat).
    • When Brian comes home to find that Peter has come back, Chris comments that it's like "the show about the two dads, except no one's laughing" before correcting himself "Oh, wait, it's the same."
    • One cutaway shows Kobe Bryant in questioning on a rape charge and distracting the cops by spinning a basketball.
    • After arriving back to Quahog via cruise ship, Cleveland admits he had fun shooting skeet. Instead of the sport, turns out he actually shot actor Skeet Ulrich who enraged. Cleveland then tells him "There's nothing good about who you are or what you done".
  • Tempting Fate: While attempting an orgy between the guys, Joe says he's glad nobody is around to see what's happening. Then a family cruise sails close by.
  • Toilet Humor: Peter enters a public bathroom and gets into a farting contest with Michael Moore.
  • Your Cheating Heart: When Peter returns home to a newly married Lois, they carry on a affair behind Brian's back.
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