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Family Guy: Brian in Love

When mysterious urine stains begin appearing around the Griffin house, Stewie is blamed and forced into being potty-trained. But when Brian has an accident at the supermarket, he is sent to therapy to find out why he keeps wetting himself.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 2ACX01
Airdate: Tuesday March 07th, 2000

Director: Jack Dyer
Writer: Gary Janetti


  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
D.D. Howard
voiced Various
Recurring
Lori Alan
voiced Diane Simmons
Recurring
Wally Wingert
voiced Various
Recurring
Sam Waterston
voiced Dr. Kaplan
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlane
voiced Peter Griffin | Stewie Griffin | Brian Griffin | Various Characters
Alex Borstein
voiced Lois Griffin | Various Characters
Seth Green
voiced Chris Griffin | Various Characters
Mila Kunis
voiced Meg Griffin
Mike Henry (1)
voiced Cleveland Brown | Various Characters
Episode Notes
On the initial FOX airing of this episode, Peter's line after he catches Brian peeing himself at the supermarket is, "Geez, Brian, where do you think you are, K-Mart?". In all reruns (TBS reruns, Cartoon Network reruns, and syndication) and on the DVD version, the line is changed to, "Geez, Brian, where do you think you are, Payless?"

The FOX version of this episode edits out the cold opening where Stewie dreams of killing Mr. Rogers on an episode of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood", while the syndicated version edits out the part where Stewie points out that Mr. Rogers' last name rhymes with "eliminate". The Cartoon Network, DVD, and TBS versions all have this scene uncut.

This episode introduces the character

Dr. Kaplan


Peter mentions his realtive Angus Griffin, who (apparently) helped create the rules of golf.




Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Air SupplyI'm All Out Of Love9min 11sec


Episode Quotes
Brian: Oh, my God! Are you Stephen King?!
Dean Koontz: No, I'm Dean Koontz.
Brian: Oh.

Stewie: What the hell is this?
Lois: Sweetie, that's tuna salad.
Stewie: Oh, is that what it is? Really? Because I could have sworn it was mayonnaise and cat food.

Peter: So did your therapist figure out what the problem was?
Brian: Yeah. He thinks I'm in love.
Peter: Oh my God...you can talk!

(Peter is trying to potty train Stewie)
Peter: C'mon Stewie, don't you want to pee in the toilet like a big boy?
Stewie: Well, perhaps I could give it the old college try. Would you put your hands there on the toilet seat, it'll help me relax.
Peter: OK. (Stewie slams toilet seat down on Peter's fingers.) AAAHHHHHH!!!!
Stewie: Listen you, I'll use these facilities when I'm DAMN WELL READY!!!! Until then you shall continue to sanitize my crevice and be DAMN GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY!!! Starting right . . .hmmp. . . hmmmp. . . . .hmmmmmp well then, not now, BUT SOON! (Walks off.)

Lois: Stewie, did you unhook mommy's bra?

Tricia Takanawa: Thank you, Diane. Sex. Some people have it anonymously. What kind of person would do that you might ask? Well, I'm about to find out. I've just picked up a complete stranger in a hotel bar and he's in the bathroom right now,
possibly doing drugs. Watch as I have sex with this potentially dangerous man, as we take you in-depth and undercover.
(Quagmire walks into the room in his boxers and lays down on the bed.)
Quagmire: I've never had a Spanish chick before! O-LE!!!

Stewie: Oh! Oh! This story is so good, it must be fattening!

Mr. Rogers: Hello neighbor, I’m glad we’re together again. Oh, I think I hear our friend trolley.
(Stewie comes in riding on the trolley)
Stewie: Actually, it’s your mortal enemy: Stewie!
Mr. Rogers: What the?!
Stewie: Oh, I wouldn’t bother visiting the Neighborhood of Make-Believe today, Mr. Rogers, as I dare say you’ll find it quite in ruin.
Mr. Rogers: What?!
(Mr. Rogers looks through the trolley’s tunnel; he sees King Friday XIII and Queen Saturday hanging on a noose while Prince Tuesday and Daniel Striped Tiger are dead in the castle’s dungeon. The screen moves right and he finds X the Owl dead in his tree and Lady Elaine Fairchilde is seen spinning lifelessly on her Museum-Go-Round. Henrietta Pussycat comes running by, all the while on flames)
Henrietta Pussycat: Meow, meow, meow, skin graft, meow, meow, meow, meow!

Peter: (as Brian pees on the floor in supermarket) Geez, Brian. Where do you think you are? Payless?

Peter: Golf is a great game. You know, my great, great grandfather invented the sport.
Peter's Great, Great Grandfather: (in flashback) So we're all clear on the rules, then? No Jews, and no Blacks.



Episode Goofs
The 2 books on the bathroom floor vanish when Stewie runs out.


During the Logan Run's parody, the jewel in Brian's palm has vanished when he's caught by the guards.


While the family is in the grocery store you can see there are no cross shelves behind them, just aisles straight to the back of the store...



...but when Stewie calls for 'Paco' there's suddenly shelves where they weren't before...



...and they are gone as we see the old lady walk into frame.


The magazine that Lois reads isn't on the couch when the scene opens.


When Stewie is holding his tuna fish sandwich you can see he's taken a bite from the center but when Lois is holding it when Stewie slaps her, the bite as switched to the side.


When Stewie is holding his ray gun on Mr. Rogers he is standing on the Trolley but when he fires moments later he's standing on the blue bench.


During the Jetsons opening, George sends Elroy to his room. He leaves his bowl of cereal on the table but when George tells Jane he was out there for 45 minutes the bowl has vanished.




Cultural References
Stewie's opening dream sequence is a take off on the long running PBS Children's show Mister Roger's Neighborhood (1968-2001)



The intro to The Jetsons (1962-1963)(1984-1985)(1987)(2002) is parodied showing the outcome of what happens after “George Jetson” gets trapped on the speeding conveyor belt.
The characters of “Elroy Jetson” and “Jane Jetson” appear.


Brian is seen reading “Into Thin Air” written by Jon Krakauer.
It details the author's May 10, 1996 ascent of Mount Everest, which turned catastrophic when eight climbers were killed and several others were stranded by a 'rogue storm'.


Peter: “Isn't he a little young for that? You know what happened to the Lindbergh baby”

Charles Lindbergh's baby boy, Charles Lindbergh Jr., was kidnapped and killed in 1932.



Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937 during her attempt to circumnavigate the globe. She was declared dead 2 years later.


Lois: “This might be a nice way for you and Stewie to bond”
Peter: “Bond? James Bond”


Peter's statement is an obvious reference to the “James Bond” movie franchise.
“Bond, James Bond” is how the master spy always introduces himself.

Chris and Brian watch Bob Barker & The Price is Right (1972-Present)


Book Store Employee: “Everybody Poops is still the standard of course”

“Everybody Poops” was first published in 1977.


Peter: “Hey Brian where do you think you are, Payless?”

Peter mentions the Payless Shoe Store retail chain

Brian: “I had this dream last night. Did you ever see Logan's Run?”

Reference to the 1976 movie “Logan's Run” starring Michael York, w/ Brian playing York's part.


Brian: “What about him? He's gotta be in his 50's”

In Brian's “Logan's Run” inspired dream, he directs the guards to “Snoopy”, Charlie Brown's canine companion.
Brian's line of “He's gotta be in his 50s” is almost true, the year this episode aired (2000), Snoopy celebrated his 50th birthday that October.


Peter: “Lots of crazy people have go on to lead normal successful lives”

A real photo of Dan Rather is shown as the punch line to this joke.
Rather was the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” from 1981 to 2005.




Brian: “Oh my god! Are you Stephen King?”

Allusion to a real life event where in 1999, famous horror writer Stephen King was hit by a car near his home and suffered multiple injuries. King was hospitalized with a broken leg, broken hip, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Brian however hit Dean Koontz, another successful horror writer but perhaps not as famous as King.


Peter: “Oh Catwoman”
Lois: “Peter, no Catwoman today, I'm tired”

“Catwoman” is one of nemeses of the DC character “Batman”



Analysis
This episode is the first time in Family Guy history when the audience is made aware of Brian's feelings for Lois. The idea has since been revisited a number of times throughout the series.

In terms of a plot device, a character developing feelings for another main character seems like a sure-fire way to have a theme the writers can revisit at any point, but the way in which the writers chose to makes Brian's feelings for Lois made known to us, makes no sense whatsoever.

I realize I'm speaking of Family Guy, a show which generously employs "not making sense", usually to great comedic effect. In this case however, it didn't. It was an uninspired poorly thought-out segue into the introduction of a new dynamic between characters which in itself is interesting and brimming with possibility, but it's genesis does it a disservice: making it unbelievable.

Brian's urination issue leads him to visiting a psychologist. The psychologist visit prompts him to see the world and have new experiences. He does so and gets over the issue.

Stewie, in retaliation against Brian for blaming him for leaving puddles of urine around the house, leaves his own puddles on the couch, an article of clothing, and the drapes.

Brian feels the therapy session and subsequent world travels failed to fix his bad habit, a habit he couldn't even remember performing recently, because Stewie did it. He returns to therapy and tells the psychologist about an event that occurred the day of his last remembered accident. This event involved Peter and Lois flirting and playing in the driveway with a hose. The psychologist asks Brian about Lois. Brian tells him how much he admires her. The psychologist then suggests Brian is in love with Lois.

Brian then realizes he loves Lois.

There you have it. Because Stewie got back at Brian for blaming him for puddles of Urine around the house, Brian realized his love for Lois.

This makes absolutely no sense. Brian was over his problem. Stewie's actions made him think he wasn't. So a psychologist randomly suggests Brian is in love with Lois, and Brian is now in love with Lois.

Every following episode concerning Brian's love for Lois instantly reminds me of how nonsensical this love truly is. As great an idea as this love affair has been, the writers brought it to light in a fashion most lazy. It would make me exceedingly happy if an episode made reference to this, purposely pointing out just how ridiculous the entire notion was.

Irregardless, Brian's urination problem never resurfaced but his love for Lois has. His fake, nonsensical love. A love that lazy writing brought to our eyes by having a psychologist suggest it, so therefore it must be true.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Executive ProducerDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerDanny Smith (1)  |  Craig Hoffman
ProducerMike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman  |  Sherry Gunther
Co-ProducerRicky Blitt  |  Chris Sheridan
Consulting ProducerGary Janetti
Associate ProducerLouis J. Cuck
EditorRick McKenzie
CastingKaren Vice  |  Linda Lamontagne
Line ProducerDebby Hindman  |  Ken Dennis
Staff WriterSteve Callaghan  |  Jim Bernstein  |  Alex Borstein  |  Michael Shipley
MusicRon Jones (1)
Story EditorNeil Goldman  |  Mike Henry (1)  |  Garrett Donovan
Supervising DirectorPete Michels (1)  |  Peter Shin
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Writing AssistantKen Goin  |  Dave Collard
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLane Schnaitter
 
Warning: Family Guy season 2 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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