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Recap / Family Guy S 8 E 17 Brian And Stewie

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Airdate: May 2, 2010

In this Family Guy take on the All in the Family episode, "Archie in the Cellar," Brian and Stewie are locked in a bank's vault for the weekend and, after a disgusting ordeal involving a soiled diaper, begin to bond — and Stewie learns a horrible secret about Brian.


"Brian & Stewie" contains examples of:

  • Borrowed Catchphrase: At one point, Stewie says "Giggity".
  • Bottle Episode, Cerebus Syndrome, Very Special Episode, and Something Completely Different: It's the only Family Guy episode (so far) to have no cutaway jokes, flashbacks, or any of the typical Family Guy humor (besides the infamous diaper-eating sequence) nor does it have any other voice actor besides Seth MacFarlane, or any music or musical numbers (though when it (ironically) first aired as part of the "FOX Rocks" line-up where every FOX show for the week was mandated to have a musical element, the episode immediately after that was a Clip Show of the series' different musical numbers in order to fill the quota), it takes place in one setting (Seth MacFarlane has stated that he wanted to do this episode like a Waiting for Godot-style play), and is one in a handful of episodes that's more dramatic than funny (see also: "Screams of Silence: The Brenda Q. Story," "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows," and "Partial Terms of Endearment").
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  • Bowdlerization: On the TV version, a lot of the "Diaper-eating scene" and references to it had to be edited (and, like most other Family Guy episodes, the uncut version — with the original lines and unbleeped swearing — can be found on DVD).
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Stewie soiled his diaper when the vault door closed.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A literal example. The gun in Brian's safe deposit box, in that Brian has it in case he ever gets so tired of living that he decides to commit suicide.
  • Driven to Suicide: It's revealed Brian has a gun so he can kill himself because he feels his life is not worth living.
  • Idiot Ball: Stewie calls the clothing store to try and return his Thom Browne sweater instead of calling for help. Brian calls him out on it, breaks the phone, and smacks Stewie in the face hard enough to make him cry.
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  • I Lied: Brian says this when revealing that the gun he'd called empty to stop Stewie from threatening him into eating his poop is actually loaded.
  • Ironic Echo: "Oh I'm just callin' like I'm seein' it!"
  • Oh, Crap!: Stewie and Brian when the vault door closes. In Stewie's case, it causes him to crap his diaper.
    • When Brian realizes that his acts of eating Stewie's poop and licking his butt have been caught on tape by a security camera.
    • Again, when Stewie and Brian realize what day it is and how long until the bank opens.
    Stewie: I just realized something. Tomorrow's Sunday. (Beat)
    Brian: (looks up) Fuck!
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: Stewie finally admits that without Brian, he'd be lost, and that he loves him in regard to this trope. Brian responds by saying that he loves Stewie too.
  • Sick and Wrong: Brian in regards to Stewie asking him to eat his poop.
    Brian: That's sick! That is sick! How messed up in the head are you that you'd even ask!?
  • Skewed Priorities: Stewie's cell phone had just enough battery life for one call... which he wastes trying to return his sweater. Brian calls him out on it by smacking him in the face and breaking the phone.
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  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Stewie pukes after seeing Brian clean his diaper and then asks if he wants to eat the vomit next.
  • Wham Line: Brian's admission that he keeps a gun for if he ever wants to kill himself comes fresh off of Stewie making perverted jokes about it.
  • You Monster!: Brian says this when Stewie reveals that he made him eat his poop because it amused him.
    Brian: You son of a bitch, it could kill you for that!
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