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In this homage to the 1980s movie Tootsie, Stewie auditions for the American version of his favorite British kids' show Jolly Farm Revuenote , but when the talent coordinator tells Stewie that they want girls for the role, Stewie cross-dresses as a child actress to get the part. Meanwhile, Meg dates a normal guy (which comes as a surprise to not just her parents, but also everyone in town), but Lois (who's feeling down about her age because of Peter's remarks) decides to steal him for herself.

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This episode contains examples of:

  • Betty and Veronica: Meg (Betty) and Lois (Veronica) over Anthony (Archie).
    • Stewie (Betty) and Randall (Veronica) over Julie (Archie).
  • Bait-and-Switch: Just before Stewie reveals himself to be a boy, Mother Maggie says "Today, children, we will learn about the letter 'T'". 'T' is the first letter in 'transvestite', which Stewie was about to reveal himself as shortly thereafter.
  • Call-Back: Brian's attempts to goad Stewie into a discussion about Jolly Farm and the end where they go for ice cream are callbacks to "Road to Europe".
  • Dawson Casting: Jake Tucker is seen at the Jolly Farm auditions although they were looking for toddlers, Jake is 15 years old.
  • Dirty Old Man: Herbert is seen in the crowd holding up an "I love Randall" sign. Nobody bats an eye at this.
    • At the bar, Brian (who is considered old in human years) attempts to place Karina's hand on his crotch before revealing herself to be Stewie.
  • Downer Ending: Stewie doesn't get together with Julie due to her mother refusing to let him see her for disguising himself as a girl. Furthermore, she ends back up with Randall. To cheer Stewie up, Brian takes him to eat ice cream.
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  • Guy Of The Week: Anthony, Meg's new boyfriend. To everyone's surprise he's normal.
  • Implausible Deniability: Lois' excuse for Meg catching her making out with Anthony? That he raped her. She says this while she was on top of him.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Karina (a lesbian and really Stewie in disguise) with Julie (who's straight).
  • Love Triangle: Meg/Anthony/Lois
    • Stewie/Julie/Randall
  • Mrs. Robinson: Lois becomes one by attempting to steal Meg's boyfriend.
  • Never My Fault: Lois blames Peter for Meg hating her for making out with Anthony... because he insulted her age earlier.
  • Noodle Incident: When Brian is looking over the photos Stewie has taken for his audition, he comes across one as slightly disturbing and Stewie freaks out.
    Brian: (agape at third photo) Oh my God!
    Stewie: (snatches photo; frightened) Please don't show Mom! He told me that's what a "head-shot" was!
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  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Stewie (in his disguise as Karina) and his co-star Julie.
  • School Girl Lesbians: Lampshaded by Julie to Karina.
    Julie: Oh Karina. If only you were a boy. (walks away)
    Stewie (as Karina): But...I am a boy.
  • Shout-Out: The main plot of this episode is a parody of the film Tootsie and incorporates many references from that film, including the episode title, from a lyric in the film's title song by Stephen Bishop, "Go, Tootsie, Go!". Stewie's "argument" with his alter-ego is a parody of a similar scene originally having been performed in Tootsie.
    • The Seinfeld theme is played after Meg catches Anthony cheating on her with her mother Lois.
    • Parts of the American version of Jolly Farm Revue parody Sesame Street.
    • The name of Stewie's female alter ego, "Karina Smirnoff," is the name of a professional dancer best known for her appearances on Dancing with the Stars.
    • Stewie and Jolly Farm make a reference to Pan Am flight 103; A Boeing 747-100 carrying 243 passengers and 18 crew which exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland by a terrorist bomb on December 21, 1988; killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members. The debris from the 747 fell on the town, killing 11 people on the ground, bringing the death toll to 270.
    • The song at the end of the episode is "It Might Be You" by Stephen Bishop.
  • Stacy's Mom: Anthony thinks Lois is still attractive even for her age, even calling her a "MILF"note  when she reveals her attraction to him.
  • The Bus Came Back: Cleveland makes his first return to Quahog since he moved to Stoolbend. Driving five hundred miles in a short time just to see that Meg has a normal boyfriend.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Meg delivers one to Lois after she catches her attempting to steal her boyfriend.
    Lois: Meg, honey, I think we need to talk.
    Meg: I don't wanna talk to you!
    Lois: Look, I understand that you're upset.
    Meg: You made out with my boyfriend! How could you do that?
    Lois: I don't know, sweetheart. But I am so, so sorry. It was an awful thing I did. I never meant to steal him from you.
    Meg: Is that what you think? You stole him from me? Are you kidding? You couldn't steal him from me.
    Lois: Well, I do know a few things, Meg. And clearly, if I wanted him, I could have him.
    Meg: You really think you stand a chance? Look at you. You're old! You're nothing. You couldn't even imagine the things I do for him. And this isn't even about making out. This is about power tools. Yeah, I go to places you couldn't get back from. I'll do anything. You don't know me. (rips out her own tooth)
    Lois: Oh my God.
    Meg: He hangs me from the shower rods with your old bras, and then we laugh at you. Now, get out of my room!
    Lois: Well, when you're ready to talk...
  • The Tooth Hurts: During her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Lois, Meg rips out one of her own teeth at Lois just to prove a point to her.
  • The Unfair Sex: When Peter is really feeling insecure about getting old and unattractive, he takes it out on Lois who retaliates by making out with a younger man.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Stewie reveals himself to being in disguise as Karina when Brian attempts to seduce him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Lois never makes up with Meg by the end of the episode. Then again, this is Meg we're talking about.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Lois cheats on Peter, with Meg's boyfriend no less.
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