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Stewie Kills Lois and Lois Kills Stewie (Family Guy)

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Stewie Kills Lois and Lois Kills Stewie
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Series: Family Guy
Part of Season: 6
Episode Number: 4-5
Air Date: November 4, 2007 (Stewie Kills Lois)
November 11, 2007 (Lois Kills Stewie)
Writer: David A. Goodman (Part 1)
Steve Callaghan (Part 2)
Director: John Holmquist (Part 1)
Greg Colton (Part 2)
Run Time 21 Minutes
Previous episode: "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air"
Next episode: "Padre De Familia"


"Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie" is a two-part episode of the sixth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy, which was originally produced for the end of Season 5. Respectively, both parts are the fourth and fifth episode of their season, and they premiered in the United States on Fox on November 4 and 11, 2007. In the former, housewife Lois receives cruise tickets from anthropomorphic dog Brian, and invites her husband, Peter, on the cruise with her. This upsets Stewie, and he ultimately appears to murder Lois while she is on the cruise, only to find out that she had survived the attack as the year passes. In the latter, Lois is able to expose Stewie as the villain that he is, but he soon accomplishes his dream of world domination.

"Stewie Kills Lois" was written by David A. Goodman and directed by John Holmquist, while "Lois Kills Stewie" was written by Steve Callaghan and directed by Greg Colton. Both episodes received relatively positive reviews for their combined story arc and cultural references. "Lois Kills Stewie" featured appearances by Patrick Stewart, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Willem Dafoe (although Dafoe did not provide his voice), and both episodes featured cameos by various recurring voice actors for the series.

Plot

In "Stewie Kills Lois", Lois receives cruise tickets from Brian, and invites Peter on the cruise with her. This upsets Stewie, and he ultimately appears to kill Lois on the cruise, only to find out that she had survived the attack as the year passes.

In "Lois Kills Stewie," Lois is able to expose Stewie as the villain that he is, but he soon accomplishes his dream of world domination.

Why They Both Rock

  1. This episode, alongside "Road to Rhode Island", "Road to the Multiverse", "And Then There Were Fewer" and "PTV", are regarded as major fan-favorites and some of the best Family Guy episodes of all-time.
  2. Alongside "Blue Harvest" (another Season 6 episode), it manages to have some of the best action scenes in Family Guy's entirety with Stewie and Lois's battle being the highlight of the two-parter.
  3. Stewie's way of framing Peter for the crime is very clever and show's Stewie being a genius like his usual self.
  4. Half-Development Endingː Though the ending was weaker, this shows that Stewie has finally got some character development as he no longer wants to kill his own mother due to how being evil is not good.
  5. Stan and Bullock's cameo in this episode is hilarious and it could show a possible crossover between "Family Guy" and "American Dad!".
  6. "I've got a Little List" is a fantastic song and is easily one of the series most underrated song numbers.
    • This musical number was based off of another musical number titled "As Someday it May Happen..." from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "The Mikado", sung by an executioner character named Ko-Ko, who created a list of those whom may end up executed.
  7. Considering that part 1 aired on November 4, 2007, that is the series 100th episode and a great way to celebrate the show.

Bad Qualities

  1. Peter being blamed for a crime that he didn't commit and nearly being sent to prison for life over what Stewie did is rather mean-spirited, despite Stewie's plan being clever.
  2. Half-Weaker Endingː After Stewie is shot, it seems like we will see the Griffin Family move on from the past events that occured, however, the ending is very cheap as it ends with the episode being a simulation as a whole.
    • Brian and Stewie are even aware of how lazy the ending is, making jokes about it and all.
    • Heck, even if someone is watching the episode for the first time, it's obvious that there's going to be some sort of cop out that will undo the events of the episode.
  3. Unfortunately, this episode is the epitome of Stewie's unjustified and mean-spirited hatred towards Lois.

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 Richie, 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."

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