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"Stewie Kills Lois/Lois Kills Stewie"
Family Guy episode
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Promotional poster for "Stewie Kills Lois"
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 4 and 5
Written by David A. Goodman (Part 1)
Steve Callaghan (Part 2)
Directed by John Holmquist (Part 1)
Greg Colton (Part 2)
Production no. 5ACX17 and 5ACX18
Original airdate November 4, 2007 - November 11, 2007
Guest stars
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"Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie" are a two-part episode of Family Guy that first aired on Fox two weeks in a row with Part 1 airing on November 4 and Part 2 airing on November 11, 2007. Part 1 is the 100th episode of the series, with Stewie believing he finally killed his mother Lois, only to discover she is not really dead. Part 2 involves Stewie on the run after being exposed as the homicidal baby he is, but he soon fulfills his dream of world domination. It also features a crossover with American Dad!, another series created by Seth MacFarlane, where Stewie encounters Stan Smith and Avery Bullock at the CIA.

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Plot

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Stewie Kills Lois

The episode opens with the family at a dinner celebrating Lois' birthday; the family gives her mediocre gifts. To their displeasure, Brian gives Lois a pair of tickets for a cruise, which she assumes are for her and Peter (Brian, of course, intended otherwise). Stewie is greatly upset at not getting to go; as soon as he returns home, he concocts a diabolical plan to humiliate Lois, which he intends to carry out as soon as she returns. Brian scoffs, noting that Stewie has never followed through with any of his diabolical plans before, and is completely skeptical that he will do so this time. Stewie realizes that Brian is right, so he decides to take immediate action to rectify the problem.

Lois mere moments before her attempted murder by Stewie.

Meanwhile, on the ship, Peter proves to be a continual embarrassment to Lois: he poops on the poop deck, thinks Philip Seymour Hoffman, (not Kate Winslet), played Rose in Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, and tells a story at the captain's table about how they almost aborted the fetus that would become Meg. A humiliated Lois rages at Peter when they are alone; when she's finished, she goes out on the deck. At this time, Stewie, who has made his way onto the ship via a speedboat, finds and confronts Lois. Completely astonished to see Stewie, Lois wonders how he came on board without her knowing. Stewie then pulls out an Uzi and, after remarking he should have done this long ago, opens fire. Lois' chest is graphically riddled with bullets. The final bullet pierces her heart and she falls overboard, her body plunging and sinking deep into the ocean's abyss....Stewie is ecstatic that he has finally killed his mother (despite an initial lapse when he trips and cries for his mother, only to remember he's just killed her).

Six days later, Lois is considered missing and Stewie is elated to discover that no one suspects foul play as the other Griffins begin to worry. Since she has been missing for so long, Joe tells a distressed Peter that the search for her has been called off and he must now accept the fact that Lois is gone.

A year passes and the Griffins have managed to move on with their lives: Peter begins dating other people; Chris has been led to believe that Lois is merely away at a health spa; and Meg, as Stewie states, has really begun to flourish after Lois' murder. Brian restates that her death was an accident, but Stewie counters by saying that was what everyone was led to believe. Greatly disturbed by this revelation, Brian realizes that Stewie actually carried out his plan, and vows to bring him to justice.

At The Drunken Clam, Peter mentions to his friends that his wife's life insurance has finally paid out. He casts much suspicion on himself by noting that he took out the policy while they were on the ship, just after having secretly wished she were dead after their fight. Meanwhile, Stewie realizes that keeping evidence of his crime as mementos is too risky with Brian snooping around, and throws into the trash his gun and his drawings depicting Lois getting killed in various ways. Joe and the others search the trash and find these items just after Stewie disposes of them. This proves serendipitous however, as Joe and the others think that Peter made them, and are forced to accept Peter as the killer. Noticing the coincidence, Stewie is ecstatic now that it appears that he's indeed pulled off the "perfect murder."

Peter is brought into the police station for questioning where Joe reluctantly informs Peter that he is the prime suspect for Lois' murder and that things look bleak for him. At his trial, Brian does everything in his power to keep Meg and Chris from believing he killed their mother. The prosecutor manages to get Peter to reveal things that would make it seem obvious as to why he would kill her, albeit perhaps unintentionally (such as drinking, striking her periodically, and being aggressive in nature). Peter is found guilty of murder in the first degree and is almost sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. (Everyone says "Oh No" and the Kool-Aid Man crashes into the building saying his Catch Phrase "OH YEAH.") Before the judge can bang his gavel to make the sentence, a mysterious figure enters the courtroom — it's Lois herself, very much alive. The Griffins are relieved and overjoyed to find she is safe and that Peter didn't kill her. After happily reuniting with her family, Lois implicates Stewie as her would-be killer.

Lois Kills Stewie

Everyone is confused at the idea that Stewie would try to kill Lois, but Lois insists that he is evil and begins to explain what happened to her. After being shot by Stewie and falling overboard, she was rescued by a merman and nursed back to life. She found herself suffering from amnesia and aimlessly wandered the country, eventually ending up at a fat camp in North Carolina, where she was hired as a counselor. A few months later, Lois met and hooked up with a young man who initially seemed very nice, though it turned out he was actually a white supremacist. He took her to a convention, she spoke out against them, and an enraged attendee threw a bottle at her which struck her on the head. The impact caused her to regain her memory, and she rushed back to Quahog. As soon as she finishes her story, everyone notices that Stewie has escaped. Joe initiates a manhunt around town to track down Stewie, though his team has little luck. When Joe arrives to the Griffins house, Stewie manipulates Brian by insulting him for being handicapped.

When the Griffins return home, Stewie is waiting for them—armed with a gun. Knowing that his crime and maliciousness are no longer a secret to the Griffins (or, indeed, all of Quahog), he restrains them (and also humiliates Brian and beats Peter) while he forms a plan. When Cleveland casually walks into the house, Stewie shoots and kills him in front of the terrified family. Realizing that neither the police nor the press would ever overlook a black man's disappearance, Stewie ties the family to chairs in the living room (with Cleveland's body stuffed under the couch cushions) and forces Brian to drive him to the CIA Headquarters. The Griffins eventually get free when it is revealed Stewie never tied Chris's hands...though it took 14 hours for him to mention this fact.

Posing as an agent, Stewie gains access to the CIA's supercomputer and takes control of the planet's power grid. Stan Smith and Avery Bullock attempt to intervene, but find themselves helpless against Stewie's threat to rid the world of electricity and fulfill his demands to become "President of the World." As he broadcasts all of his oppressive new laws across the planet on the news from the White House (which include the banning of straight to DVD movies, insisting America's milk must now come from Hilary Swank's breasts and making it compulsory for people to throw apples at Peter on sight), Lois becomes enraged with his tyrannical reign. Realizing what she must do, she arms herself with various weapons from Stewie's reserve and heads out to assassinate her baby. While banned for television it's included on the DVD episode, Stewie sings a song about the list of people who wouldn't be missed (as he'd have them killed, being "President of the World"). The joke at the end of the episode about the ending of The Sopranos is actually in reference to this song, as Stewie includes in the song 'HBO deserves a whack, for ending The Sopranos with a fucking cut to black'.

Lois and Stewie's "final battle."

Lois crashes through the window in the Oval Office at the White House and confronts Stewie. Stewie is armed with his own arsenal of weapons and they clash in a violent, drawn-out battle. Lois eventually gains the upper hand and prepares to shoot Stewie with her shotgun as Stewie spurs her on. Lois ultimately realizes that although he is evil, he is still her baby and she could never bring herself to kill him: however, Stewie has no such qualms and seizes the gun from his mother. Just as Stewie is about to kill her, he is suddenly shot twice by Peter. Peter and Lois loom over Stewie's mangled corpse and hold each other brokenheartedly in silence over the loss of their son, despite everything that's happened, and Peter closes Stewie's empty eyes before leaving.

The words "SIMULATION OVER" suddenly pop up on the screen.

The scene pulls away to Stewie sitting in a strange chair-like device. Brian comes into the room with postcards from Peter and Lois that say they are having fun on their cruise, when he finds Stewie coming out of the device. It is revealed that most of the events from the past two episodes were actually a computer simulation. Stewie was watching to see how attempting to kill Lois would pan out for him after being told by Brian that he never would go through with it. In other words, "it was all a dream." Stewie tells Brian things didn't work out so well for him in the simulation, and that his plans of matricide and world domination will have to wait. They go off on a tangent about how the "dream sequence" may "piss a lot of people off" who were potentially watching it, saying it would be like a "giant middle finger to them." Stewie insists that at least it didn't cut off in mid-sentence like The Sopranos. He is then cut off in midsentence when the screen becomes black (thus mimicking The Sopranos' finale.)

Cultural references

The story of how Lois survived references Throw Momma From the Train.

The white supremacist, Derek, with whom Lois falls in love, could be a reference to American History X.

"Family Guy"/"American Dad!" crossover

Stan Smith faces Stewie in a standoff while Avery Bullock holds Brian at gunpoint.

Stan Smith and Avery Bullock from American Dad! make a prominent crossover appearance in this episode. When Stan and Bullock aim their guns at Stewie and Brian, Stewie mistakes Stan for Joe Swanson, since both shows are made by the same people; therefore the characters are sometimes similar in appearance. Stan and Bullock are voiced by their usual respective actors from the show, creator Seth MacFarlane and guest star Patrick Stewart.

At Comic-Con, after doing a table read for the American Dad! episode "The 42-Year-Old Virgin", there was a Q&A. Someone asked Seth MacFarlane if there were plans to do an American Dad!/Family Guy crossover where the Griffins would meet the Smiths. MacFarlane said there is currently none in the works, but American Dad! characters would appear in a Family Guy episode. This is the one to which he referred.[citation needed]

The crossover of these two Seth MacFarlane shows takes place at the CIA between the scene where Stewie hacks into the global power grid the moment Stan and Bullock show up, and the scene where he's officially the "President of the World."

American Dad! characters are set to appear in the Star Wars episode 6 parody:"We Have a Bad Feeling About This"

Reception

Ahsan Haque of IGN rated "Stewie Kills Lois" a 9/10, while rating "Lois Kills Stewie" a 9.4/10, saying "For the hundredth episode of Family Guy, Seth McFarlane and friends tackle the subject of one of Stewie Griffin's greatest ambitions — his not-so-secret desire to kill his mother. For the disturbed fans waiting for some form of a matricidal manifestation, you can feel comfort knowing, without spoiling too much, that the youngest Griffin absolutely means business and ensures that he doesn't fail this time around. [...] There are some tense courtroom moments, a birthday celebration with the gift of Lionel Ritchie, a cruise ship, machine guns, and the reappearance of the Kool Aid Man that help round out this carefully crafted and well-told cohesive storyline. With the amount of cheap manatee jokes kept to a reasonable level, this episode also manages to find an excellent balance between comedy and storytelling. It's a fantastic way to celebrate the Family Guy one-hundredth episode milestone. [...] With the writers' strike in full effect, it seems that this might be the last new episode of Family Guy we'll be seeing for a while. It's a bittersweet way to end the abruptly short season as the quality is reminiscent of the series' brilliance from the early years and it seems like the show was really starting to hit its stride for the season. Hopefully the series will be able to live up to the high bar set by this two-part classic upon its eventual return." [1][2]

References


"Lois Kills Stewie"
Family Guy episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 5
Written by Steve Callaghan
Directed by Greg Colton
Guest stars Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
Randy Jackson
Patrick Stewart
Production no. 5ACX18
Original airdate November 11, 2007
Season 6 episodes

Template:Infobox Family Guy Season 6

List of Family Guy episodes

"Lois Kills Stewie" is the second part of the two-part 100th episode of Family Guy that aired on November 11, 2007. Part one was "Stewie Kills Lois". Both parts later re-aired together as a 1-hour special on February 10, 2008.[1] This episode features a crossover with American Dad!, Seth MacFarlane's other series, when Stewie and Brian encounter Stan Smith and Avery Bullock at the CIA. It guest stars American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson as themselves, and Patrick Stewart reprising his American Dad! role as Avery Bullock.

Composer Ron Jones was nominated an Emmy Award for his music for this episode, particularly during the battle between Stewie and Lois.[2] This makes "Lois Kills Stewie" the first episode of Family Guy to be nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).

Plot

In the courtroom, Lois explains what happened to her. Shortly after she was shot by Stewie and fell overboard, she woke up on a beach but found herself suffering from amnesia. For a while, she worked at a fat boys' camp, keeping the fat boys from eating each other, until she began a relationship with a man named Derek who eventually revealed himself to be a white supremacist. (He could be an animated version Derek, Edward Norton's character from "American History X".) One of the supremacists threw a glass bottle at her head while she was preaching tolerance. The concussion restored her memory, and she rushed back to Quahog. As soon as she finishes her story, everyone notices that Stewie has escaped in the confusion. Joe begins a massive, yet unsuccessful manhunt for Stewie.

The Griffins return home to find Stewie waiting, armed with a gun. Stewie ties up the Griffins (taking the opportunity to assault Peter and insult Brian, Lois and Joe when he comes to investigate), murders Cleveland and forces Brian to drive him away in Brian's car. The Griffins break free and search Stewie's room for clues as to where Stewie is going, but stumble upon his secret arsenal of weapons and other devices instead.

Stewie and Brian end up at CIA headquarters. Posing as agents (and encountering American Dad!'s Stan Smith and Avery Bullock in the process), they go to the CIA's supercomputer, where Stewie takes control of the planet's power grid, severing power to the world (and also freeing Katie Holmes from captivity). With the world at his mercy, Stewie becomes its leader and moves into the Oval Office. Lois angrily declares that she must put an end to Stewie's reign of terror. Arming herself with Stewie's weapons, Lois sets out to kill Stewie.

Lois crashes through the window in the Oval Office and confronts Stewie. They clash in a drawn-out, brutal deathmatch filled with gunplay, knife-fighting, hand-to-hand combat, explosions, etc. Lois gains the upper hand and prepares to shoot Stewie. Stewie spurs her on to kill him, but she realizes she could never kill her own baby. Stewie, having no such qualms about killing his own mother, attempts to kill Lois, but he is shot dead by Peter.

Shortly afterward, the audience sees that most of the events from the past two episodes were actually a computer simulation Stewie was watching to see what would happen if he did try to kill Lois for leaving him behind on the cruise. Stewie states to Brian that his plans of world domination and killing Lois will have to wait, before he and Brian discuss how someone who would "theoretically" watch all the events from the simulation would be "pissed off" to discover none of it was real describing it as a "giant middle finger".

Crossover with American Dad!

and Avery Bullock face Stewie in a standoff.]]

This episode of Family Guy has a crossover with sister show American Dad!, albeit unofficially, when Brian and Stewie encounter Stan Smith and Avery Bullock at the C.I.A., where Stewie initiates his plan for world domination, discounting the brief cameo appearances of Roger the Alien in "Meet the Quagmires" and "Blue Harvest." Stewie even mistakes Stan for Joe Swanson, since both shows are made by the same people; therefore the characters are sometimes similar in appearance. Stan and Bullock are voiced by their usual respective actors from the show, creator Seth MacFarlane (in addition to his regular Family Guy characters) and recurring guest star Patrick Stewart.

At Comic-Con, after doing a table read for the American Dad! episode "The 42-Year-Old Virgin", there was a Q&A. Someone asked Seth MacFarlane if there were plans to do an American Dad!/Family Guy crossover where the Griffins would meet the Smiths. MacFarlane said there is currently none in the works, but American Dad! characters would appear in a Family Guy episode. This is the one he was referring to.[3]

In the Making of the 100th Episode featurette also shown on the DVD, executive producer Chris Sheridan explains that the Family Guy production crew had talked about doing a crossover with American Dad! for a number of years, ever since the latter came on the air, and the crew had been looking for the perfect opportunity to do it. Apparently, no better one came when Brian and Stewie wound up at the C.I.A. and stumbled into Stan and Bullock. Writer Alec Sulkin had noted that although he honestly didn't know that the writing staff were so excited about working with American Dad! characters, he does acknowledge that they all love Patrick Stewart. Kara Vallow acknowledges that since she produces both shows, she finds it alarming to see American Dad! characters in the Family Guy universe.

Seth MacFarlane had announced that the first official crossover with American Dad! would probably occur during the seventh season of Family Guy, although so far there hasn't been. [4]

References

  1. For Press Release [1]
  2. [2]
  3. MacFarlane, Seth. (2008). Comic-Con Table Read. [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 
  4. thrfeed.com

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