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Recap / Family Guy S6E4/S6E5 "Stewie Kills Lois"/"Lois Kills Stewie"

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It's about damn time.

Airdate: November 4, 2007 and November 11, 2007

"Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie" is a two-part episode of the sixth season (episodes 102, and 103 overall) 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: Everything after Peter and Lois left on their cruise 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").
  • Ambiguously Bi: During their argument on the cruise, Peter calls the captain's story "gay," and Lois snaps back "YOU'RE gay!" Peter, missing the point, responds with "Pleasuring a man with a socked foot one time does not make a guy gay," suggesting that Peter has had a same-sex encounter in the past.
  • 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 the world, is killed by Peter, but afterwards Peter and Lois are understandably sad. Well, until it's revealed that the whole thing's only a simulation.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: While working at a fat camp, Lois had prevent the overweight kids from trying to eat one another.
  • Black Is Bigger in Bed: What Meg plans to fantasize about as she sits alone in her bedroom with a package of jumbo-sized hotdogs.
  • Bond One-Liner: Peter tries this after killing Stewie.
    Peter: It's just been revoked.
    Brian: Uh... Peter, he didn't really set you up for that Lethal Weapon line. It... it doesn't really work here.
    Peter: Oh. [thinks for a bit] I'll have what she's having.
    Brian: That's...better...
  • 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!
    • After Meg takes the jumbo sized hotdogs with her to her room, Peter tells his guy friends he has to stop by the supermarket to pick up some more hotdogs.
      Peter: We keep running out of them for some reason.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: A rare example, the episode itself is funny, but the attempted murder of Lois is played seriously.
  • Courtroom Episode: A year after Lois's disappearance, Peter is named the prime suspect for her murder and goes to trial until she shows up at the courthouse alive and well and names Stewie as her attacker.
  • Crossover:
  • Disproportionate Retribution: All over the place in Stewie's "Little List" song.
    • The girl who doesn't get the jokes in Caddyshack gets crushed by the TV that said film is playing on.
    • The Asian guy who cuts in line gets pushed onto the roller coaster tracks and run over.
    • The entire cast of Entourage are dropped into a pit of spikes just for being on the show, as does the foul-smelling student in camouflage.
    • The guy who keeps farting on the plane gets Thrown Out the Airlock and presumably dies of asphyxiation.
    • The guy who stands behind the news reporter waving like a fool gets run over with a limo.
    • The fat kid who pees in the pool gets swarmed by piranhas.
    • Shakira's lyricist gets hung at the gallows just for giving her bad lyrics.
    • The guy who blames the tryptophan (mispronouncing it as "trip-tow-fane") for being sleepy on Thanksgiving gets stabbed in the eye with a turkey bone.
  • Double Entendre: "An hour from now, I'll be surrounded by seamen. Sperm whales and seamen."
  • Dramatic Irony: After Brian gives Lois two tickets for a luxury cruise for her birthday, Lois naturally assumes the other ticket was for Peter, figuring it wasn't like he was planning to go with her. Needless to say, Brian is upset over the money he wasted.
  • 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 turn against him, though Brian doesn't.
  • 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's death caused by Stewie is the plot point of...well, "Stewie Kills Lois." Averted in "Lois Kills Stewie" due to reasons stated in 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.
  • Give My Regards in the Next World: As he's about to execute Lois:
    Stewie: Say hi to Cleveland for me! Oh, and Mr Weed.
  • 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 Brian believes Peter killed Lois due to Peter admitting he secretly wanted Lois dead after a fight, taking out a life insurance policy on her right before she died, and having photos of Lois being brutally murdered 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:
  • 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.
  • Mermaid Problem: Inverted. When Lois is saved by a merman, he's dismayed that she doesn't want to have sex with him since 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."
  • 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.
  • Neutral Female: Gender-inverted with Brian. Despite being held hostage by Stewie and his long-standing love for Lois, he doesn't intervene in anyway during their final battle.
  • Non-Indicative Title: Both of them. It's only a simulation, but even then, Lois is revealed at the end of the first episode to have survived Stewie's attempt on her life, and in the second it is Peter who kills Stewie.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Peter didn't kill Lois, but he did take out life insurance on her while on their cruise immediately after wishing her dead, which was also the night of her murder.
  • 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.
  • Origami Gag: After sex is outlawed, Quagmire keeps himself busy by making a room full of origami cranes.
    Quagmire: [nervous and sweating] There we go. I made a swan.
  • Overly Long Gag: Aladdin IV: Jafar May Need Glasses. It's just Jafar getting an eye exam.
  • Pooping Where You Shouldn't: Peter's excuse for doing this: "It's called the poop deck, that is why I pooped there."
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • 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..."
    • Stewie also references The Simpsons in his "Little List" song.
      Stewie: The guy who watched The Simpsons back in 1994. And won't admit the damn thing isn't funny anymore.
    • 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:
      Stewie: Well, at least it didn't end like The Sopranos, where it just cut to black in mid-sen— (the episode ends)
      • 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.
    • The 1970s song "Afternoon Delight" by the Starland Vocal Band can be heard playing in Meg's room as she prepares to have alone time with a package of jumbo sized hotdogs.
    • The Neo-Nazi townie that an amnesiac Lois befriended is named Derek.
  • Song Parody: Stewie's deleted number "I've Got a Little List" was originally from The Mikado.
  • Stock Footage: The Kool Aid Man's bursting through the courtroom wall and then sheepishly exiting is recycled footage from "Death Has a Shadow."
  • Suspiciously Prescient Planning: Played With. Peter becomes the prime suspect in Lois's death after he nonchalantly tells his friends that on the night of her murder, he took out a big life insurance policy on her right after a huge fight erupted between them in which he told her that he wished she was dead. Of course, as the first episode title states, Stewie is the actual culprit. Fortunately, Lois turns out to be alive and shows up at Peter's trial to exonerate him.
  • Take That!:
  • 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. To be fair, what Stewie really did was see how it would play out in a simulation first.
  • Wham Episode: Zigzagged. 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, which have been his defining goals since the first episode.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Stewie orders Brian to seemingly offer Joe a compliment but then take it back and insult him.