Airdate: November 4, 2007 and November 11, 2007
"Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie" is a two-part episode of the sixth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy, which was produced for Season 5. Stewie finally follows through on killing Lois after being mad that she and Peter didn't take him with them on a cruise. Peter's thought to be the true killer, but then Lois, alive and well, comes to courtroom just as Peter's about to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole, and reveals that Stewie was the one who tried to kill her. After that, Stewie heads to Washington DC and finally achieves his dream of total world domination.
"Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie" contain examples of:
- All Just a Dream: The whole thing was just a simulation Stewie was doing to see what could happen if he did follow through with killing Lois and achieving world domination (Brian refers to as "basically just a dream").
- The Bad Guy Wins: Stewie manages to finally shoot down Lois after many attempts up to this point, though she survives. He then overthrows the USA and becomes president until Peter and Lois arrive to kill him.
- Badass Adorable: Stewie is very badass in the two episodes.
- Bittersweet Ending: At the end of the episode, Stewie, who was the greatest threat to world is killed by Peter, but him and Lois are sad. Well, until its revealed that its only a simulation.
- Bond One-Liner: Peter tries this after killing Stewie.
- Brick Joke: While tied up, Peter suggests starting a "totally bogus rumor about a celebrity" and comes up with Rob Schneider paying migrant workers to choke him in the shower while he masturbates; the others agree that sounds completely believable. Later, as Stewie announces his takeover:Migrant worker: Señor Rob Schneider, you must come see the news!
Rob Schneider: I'm not payin' you guys to watch TV. Now, get in the damn shower!
Peter: We keep running out of them for some reason.
- After Meg takes the jumbo sized hotdogs to her room, Peter tells his guy friends he has to stop by the supermarket to pick up some more hotdogs.
- Cerebus Syndrome: A rare example, the episode itself is funny, but the attempted murder of Lois is played seriously.
- Crossover: Who tries and fails to stop Stewie's takeover? Stan Smith and Avery Bullock.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Meg when she spends the whole night up in her bedroom clutching a bag of 'Jumbo-sized Hotdogs' in her lap (on the FOX-edited version, Meg is in her normal clothes and outside of her room about to run in), contemplating using them for sexual stimulation. Lampshaded by both Stewie and Peter.Stewie: You know, from this angle, I can hear Meg up in her room. (cuts to Meg's room)
Meg: (smiling while holding a package of Jumbo sized Hotdogs) I'm gonna pretend you're the New York Knicks.
- Easily Condemned: Peter's friends are quick to believe he killed Lois after finding Stewie's drawings in the trash. In fact, his own kids except Brian turn against him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Lois is an abusive mother, but she still feels unable to kill Stewie, even if she was willing to do it.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Lois' death caused by Stewie is the plot point of...well, "Stewie Kills Lois". Averted in "Lois Kills Stewie", for reasons of Even Evil Has Standards above, and Peter saving the day by killing Stewie.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: One device in Stewie's vault causes Lois and Peter to switch bodies. Peter is thrilled.
- Fridge Logic: Invoked when Lois is saved by a merman; he's dismayed that she doesn't want to have sex with him, as he heard that having sex with a merman was a woman's fantasy. She's weirded out by the fact that it's the opposite of what she expected (instead of a human top half and fish bottom half, it's the opposite), and the merman replies, "Yeah, but then I wouldn't have a penis." Lois reluctantly agrees, and the merman replies, "See? There you go. I just poked a huge hole in your logic."
- Grammar Nazi: One of Stewie's new laws as president of the United States is to send anyone who uses the phrases "irregardless", "a whole 'nother", and "all of the sudden" to a work camp.
- Guilty Until Someone Else Is Guilty: Everyone except Brain believes Peter killed Lois. This is because Peter admits he secretly wanted Lois dead after a fight, mentions taking out a life insurance policy on her right before she died, and photos of Lois being brutally murdered were discovered in his trash can. At his trial, Lois shows up alive and reveals that Stewie was the one who tried to kill her, finally clearing Peter's name.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Lois temporarily got a job at a fat camp; her job was to keep the kids from eating each other.
- Intercourse with You: "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band plays as Meg pleasures herself with Jumbo sized hotdogs.
- I Want My Mommy!: After Stewie shoots Lois, he runs around in joy, but falls and hurts himself:Stewie: Ow! Ow! Ow! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Oh, yeah, that's right...
- Just a Kid: When Lois comes into the courtroom, revealing that she's not actually dead and explains that Stewie was the one who tried to kill her, Meg's reaction (to paraphrase) is, "But Mom, Stewie's just a baby — he couldn't have done it."
- Know When to Fold Them: After experiencing his simulation of how finally killing Lois would play out, Stewie decides to finally shelve the idea. At least for now...
- Lampshade Hanging:
- Stewie confusing Stan for Joe, due to their big chins.
- the last-minute reveal would be "a giant middle finger" to anyone that watched. After Stewie tells him about his simulation, Brian remarks that
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman: One of Stewie's inventions switches Peter and Lois's bodies. Peter is thrilled and proceeds to jiggle the breasts.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": We see multiple reactions, as Stewie announces his takeover.
- Missing White Woman Syndrome: Parodied; after killing Cleveland, Stewie muses that neither the police nor the press would ever overlook a black man's disappearance.
- Non-Indicative Title: Both are inaccurate, especially in the second episode of the arc, in which Peter Kills Stewie, but both parts were a simulation showing what could happen if Stewie actually followed through on killing Lois.
- Not Helping Your Case: Peter didn't kill Lois, but he did somehow get life insurance on her on their cruise, immediately after wishing her dead.
- No Sex Allowed: Stewie, being a baby and quite naive to the nature of sex, bans it under threat of death. Quagmire, of course who lives and breaths it, takes up origami and acts like a crack addict going cold turkey. Making thousands of origami swans while sweating and shaking.
- Overly Long Gag: Aladdin IV: Jafar May Need Glasses. It's just Jafar getting an eye exam.
- Previously On : The second episode opens with a Channel 5 news segment, as Tom Tucker asks questions and Ollie Williams recaps the first part's major events.
Stewie: Well, at least it didn't end like The Sopranos, where it just cut to black in mid-sen- (cut to black)
- When Lois and Peter switch bodies, Peter squeezes his new breasts to the tune of the Green Acres theme song.
- When Peter kills Stewie, he says "It's just been revoked." Brian says that his line doesn't make sense, since he wasn't set up to reply that way. Peter changes it: "I'll have what she's having." Brian: "That's...better?"
- The infamous ending to The Sopranos is referenced when Brian criticizes this and the previous episode for just being a simulation that didn't really happen:
- The ending is brought up earlier in the DVD release in Stewie's "Little List" song, bringing up HBO as one of the many things he despises for being responsible for the ending.
- The cliffhanger ending of the first part homages the famous cliffhanger ending of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1'', by using almost the exact same music (not a coincidence, as the music to both shows are composed by Ron Jones) and font for its "To Be Continued..." caption.
- Squick: Invoked:Quagmire: Man, I haven't dug through these cans since Lois died. Can't believe it's been 12 months since I've deliberately choked myself by stuffing her discarded makeup sponges down my throat.
Cleveland: S'wrong with you?
- Stock Footage: The Kool Aid Man's bursting through the courtroom wall and then sheepishly exiting is recycled footage from "Death Has a Shadow".
- Take That!:
- "Stewie Kills Lois" takes no punches. Among its targets are Ringo Starr, "that fat chick from Titanic (1997)" (whom Peter convinced was actually Philip Seymour Hoffman), Dick Clark, douchey college students trying to pass themselves as songwriters, and Rosie O'Donnell.
- Stewie's "Little List" song is basically Take That! the song, as he lists general and specific examples of things that piss him off and he'd like to see gone. The more specific examples include:
- Britney Spears for accidentally showing her crotch in a picture.
- Bill O'Reilly and his "ineffective dermatologist".
- Former Tennessee Senator/Republican Senate Leader Bill Frist.
- The cast of the HBO Dramedy Entourage.
- HBO itself for the controversial ending to The Sopranos.
- Shakira's lyricist.
- People who won't admit The Simpsons isn't funny anymore.
- One of Stewie's executive orders takes a jab at Disney's Sequelitis.
- Took a Level in Badass: Lois and Peter. Lois fights Stewie in an epic battle and Peter finishes Stewie off when Lois finds herself unable to.
- Tragic Villain: Stewie, at least that's how Peter and Lois see him.
- Unexplained Recovery: Despite being shot by Stewie several times, Lois is absolutely fine upon being rescued from drowning.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Brian had just kept his mouth shut and had not pointed out to Stewie how all-talk he is about killing Lois, Stewie never would've actually attempted to kill her.
- Wham Episode: Zig-zagged. Most of the two-parter is revealed to be a simulation (which Brian says comes off as a cheat), but the story does see Stewie admit he's not ready to kill Lois or take over the world—his defining goals since the first episode.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Stewie ordering Brian to seemingly offer Joe a compliment, but then take it back and insult him.