Original air date: September 25, 2005
Chris starts his freshman year of high school running away to South America as a missionary to escape the seniors paddling the new meat. Meanwhile, Peter finally gets a job at the Pawtucket Brewery (which has been stripped of its Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-style whimsy and is now a normal brewery), but when Peter takes unfair advantage of the "free beer, as long as you don't drink it on the job" rule, he gets Kicked Upstairs to a desk job, where his co-worker is a mentally-disabled ward of the state and his boss is voiced by Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher.
Tropes used in the episode:
- Accidental Proposal: After Chris sings "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" and dances, the tribal leader announces that in accordance with customs, Chris has now married his daughter.
- Broken Aesop: Chris was a victim of a brutal bullying that even the adults and his own mother partook in for his simply being a freshman. Despite this, the episode portrays him as the one in the wrong for simply wanting to escape it, while those who bullied him got absolutely no comeuppance for it.
- Freshman Fears: Chris starts high school, and finds himself subjected to the "freshman hunt", where the seniors relentlessly hunt down new students. Chris suffers so much from this that he decides to volunteer for Peace Corps work in South America just to escape.
- Gay Best Friend: Referenced by Stewie, who admits to Chris that he's not worried about high school, feeling that the "worst-case scenario" for himself is ending up as the "effeminate male friend of all the popular girls."
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Played for Laughs. A cutaway portrays Lou Gehrig as an evil mastermind plotting to expose a deadly disease to the world's water supply. He accidentally drops the bottle and contracts it himself instead.Lou Gehrig: (in a wheelchair) Well, I guess the joke's on me.
- Hypocrite: Late in the episode, Chris calls Peter out for taking advantage of the natives and using them to escape his problems at home. While he's not wrong, Chris himself is doing the exact same thing for the exact same reason, which Lois quickly points out to him.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: Lois intentionally attracted Chris' attention during the "Freshman Hunt", but was also right in pointing out that running away via the Peace Corps is not the answer to his problems.
- Is This Thing Still On?: When the Griffins are on the plane, the pilot comes on the intercom:Pilot: We'll be landing in south America shortly. Please buckle your seat belts. Oh, hey, Brenda. Whatcha got for me, coffee? Damn, your ass looks hot. Oh, is this thing on? I don't care. I want 'em to hear.
- Noodle Incident: Effeminate Stewie asking his female friends if "anyone has any Scope" due to some favors he did for a friend in exchange for tickets and alcohol.
- Overly Long Gag: Stewie is not thrilled with the Bewitched remake with Will Ferrell, so he leaves the theater, gets on an airplane, and makes his way to Will Ferrell's house. When Will answers the door, Stewie knocks him out and says, "That's NOT funny!"
- Rhetorical Question Blunder / Outside Joke: In a cutaway featuring Paul Reiser stand-up:Paul Reiser: And what's with those Starbucks, huh? They're everywhere.
Peter: Uhh... a lot of people want coffee; that's supply and demand, it's the foundation of our entire economy, Paul.
- Rotoscoping: Used for the dancing tribespeople in the "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" scene.
- A re-creation of the "No one in this town will hire you" scene from Tootsie is one of the cutaways, with Stewie in Michael's place.
- Peter pays the villagers to re-enact various episodes of Seinfeld, such as "The Contest" and "The Stall".
- The ending is a re-creation of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the twist that Meg is killed by the villagers.
- The scene in which Chris is beaten with paddles is from Dazed and Confused. As in the film, the song in the background is "No More Mr. Nice Guy" by Alice Cooper. Mayor Adam Wests sequence is directly referencing Fred O'Bannion from the same film.
- The episode's title is a reference to a single of the same name by The Steve Miller Band.
- At different times, Peter and Quagmire had jobs as Sandy Duncan's glass eye. Duncan, a Broadway and television actress, underwent surgery for a brain tumor in 1972. She said that she lost sight in one eye and unconfirmed rumors persist that it was removed and replaced with a prosthetic.
- Quagmire calls Sandy "Wheat Thins", referencing that she was a spokesperson for Wheat Thins.
- The chief has a cousin named Vinny, who is Joe Pesci's character Vincent Gambini from My Cousin Vinny, impersonated here by Jay Mohr. Later, Peter actually refers to him as Pesci.
- The chief says "Never had it, never will" and laughs. This was a commercial slogan for the 7 Up brand soft drink from the 1980's, indicating that 7-Up was always caffeine-free.
- Peter has a flash-back to when he was an assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, showing Peter morphed into a Beaker design and meeping. Bunsen laughs and agrees with Peter.
- In a cutaway, Stewie tours Europe with a musical rendition of My Left Foot.
- Peter asks Chris who was the female star of in Remington Steele. Chris correctly points out that it was Stephanie Zimbalist.
- When Lois tries to recall which of the family's acquaintances was in the Peace Corps, Peter suggests actor Beau Bridges who was never in the Peace Corps.
- Take That!:
- To Kevin Federline in the cutaway of Peter working as Federline's magic mirror who gives him advice on how to be a douchebag.
- See Overly Long Gag above (according to the DVD commentary, Stewie was supposed to attack Steve Martin for being in the movie Bringing Down The House).
- Younger Than They Look: Chris casually mentions that his wife is eleven, It seems that this particular South American tribe goes through puberty early (or they believe that girls who have their first period are immediately considered women and are of marrying age).