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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase move into Cleveland's old house. Brian and Stewie learn that they are actually spies trying to track down a Soviet sleeper agent in Quahog. Meanwhile, Peter, Quagmire, and Joe start an improv group.


  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Putin says that he will provide the group with everything from "A to backwards R." "Я," or "Ya," is the last letter of the Cyrillic alphabet, so Putin does give the correct Russian version of "A to Z."
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  • As Himself: Both Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase voice themselves.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Meg's Russian dialogue is unsubtitled when she's triggered by the phrase. The translation is "Agent 2476 is aware and is awaiting for instructions from our side. Please wait for us to call you."
    • Mila Kunis was actually born in Soviet Ukraine, and emigrated to America with her family when the USSR collapsed.
  • The Cameo: Even after moving to Stoolbend, Cleveland just can't take a bath without his house being destroyed.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: After launching the missile, Mayor Adam West snaps out of his trance and, upon seeing that he's in the middle of snow-covered Siberia, wonders if he has bitten into a York Peppermint Pattie.
  • Implacable Man: Mayor Adam West turns into one of these once he's awoken as an agent.
  • Improvised Weapon: Stewie stabs Adam with a shard of broken window glass.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Tim the Bear doesn't get the Running Gag of Cleveland's house getting destroyed and him falling out while he's in the tub.
  • Manchurian Agent: Mayor Adam West is a sleeper agent for the KGB who gets activated when the trigger phrase is activated by Dan by mistake. During the end credits, it's revealed Meg is one as well.
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  • Not So Above It All: After agreeing to provide the group with anything they'll need, Putin asks Stewie if he can introduce a Russian cutaway gag and then does so.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Vladimir Putin, of all people, agrees to help the group track down West, as the activation of a Cold War sleeper agent would be an embarrassment to his government.
  • Shout-Out: Doubling as an Actor Allusion, Dan uses a PKE Meter to track Mayor West.
  • Stab the Salad: After the group is arrested by the Russians, then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin does this multiple times. First he takes out nunchucks, then uses them to hang his coat (in a Shout-Out to Raiders of the Lost Ark). Then he pulls out a crossbow, and uses it to hang his necktie. Then he assembles an AK-47, and uses it as a cigarette lighter.
  • Super Window Jump: Mayor Adam West does this to escape once he's been compromised as a sleeper agent.
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  • Too Soon: In-Universe. While admitting he's dating himself, Quagmire says that one of the improv groups he was in was called "Three-Smile Island."
  • Trigger Phrase: Brian and Stewie learn from Dan and Chevy that the phrase to activate a sleeper agent is "Gosh, that Italian family at the next table sure is quiet."
  • Whole Plot Reference: Of Spies Like Us.
  • You Are Number 6: Even as a Russian sleeper agent, Meg gets the "Shut up, Meg" bit, only her number is 2476.
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