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Family Guy: Death Is a Bitch

During a night of lovemaking, Peter finds a breast lump...on his own chest and fears it may be cancer. After days of worrying, Peter discovers that the lump isn't cancerous, but his medical bill is huge. To get out of paying it, Peter writes down that he's dead, prompting a visit from The Grim Reaper, who ends up incapacitated after breaking his ankle.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 1ACX14
Airdate: Tuesday March 21st, 2000

Guest Stars
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Lori AlanLori Alan
voiced Diane Simmons
Tara StrongTara Strong
voiced Various (as Tara Charendoff)
Cara NewmanCara Newman
voiced Various

Norm MacDonaldNorm MacDonald
voiced Death
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Peter Griffin | Stewie Griffin | Brian Griffin | Various Characters
Alex BorsteinAlex Borstein
voiced Lois Griffin | Various Characters
Seth GreenSeth Green
voiced Chris Griffin | Various Characters
Mike Henry (1)Mike Henry (1)
voiced Cleveland Brown | Various Characters
Lacey ChabertLacey Chabert
voiced Meg Griffin
Episode Notes
Hitler says "213 - Du Werdest Eine Krankenschwester Brauchen". Which translated means "213 - You Will Need A Nurse!"

We learn Stewie's email address is [email protected]

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Paula ColeI Don't Want to Wait19min 34sec

Episode Quotes
Peter: Ah, my bike. The memories. (Flashback starts with Peter having a picnic with his bike) More tea, mr. bike?

Meg: You could kill all the girls who are prettier than me.
Death: Well, that would just leave England.

(Death and Lois playing the game of Life)
Death: You know, I should find this ironic, but I'm really just bored as hell

Death: What did you make this hot chocolate with? Crap?
Lois: If you want me to make you another, just say so.
Death: I just thought you would make it with milk. Instead of crap.

Stewie: But you promised the fat one would perish!

Peter: Woah, woah, woah! Is this the bill or my phone number?
Nurse: Your phone number

Peter: I don't say this often enough, but, uh, I'm gonna die.
Lois: Oh my God.
Stewie: High five! Anyone? Anyone?

Peter: I've had a good life. And you can always be proud of your father and all of his accomplishments.
Meg: What accomplishments?
Peter: Go to your room.

Stewie: Email me at lois must die, all one word, at

Peter: How'd you find out I was dying?
Death: It got e-mailed to me by your HMO.
Peter: Woah, woah just cause my doctor came on to me doesn't mean you have to call him names.

Peter: I'm not gonna kill those kids. If they die I'll have nothing to watch on Wednesdays (slowly turning at the camera nervously) ... Other than the fine programs on FOX.

Episode Goofs
After Peter is shot in the head, he gets up and there's no visible wound. Even though every other shot he took has left one.

The darts Stewie shoots at Lois through the straw disappear soon after he shoots them.


The knob and hinges have alternated sides. It first opens on the right and then opens from the left when the darts vanish.

Stewie breaks off Death's toe and throws it away but it appears intact by the end of the episode.

When death eats the turkey leg, there's a salt shaker and full butter dish in front of him.
When he stands up to take Peter the salt shaker is missing and the butter dish is empty. Also, Death's knife has vanished as well.

The sleeves of Karen Black's uniform change from white to blue.

In the 2 scenes with Peter's bike, it's standing up without the kickstand.

When Peter claims that Peter Griffin is a lamp, the lamp is blue. Then when he places it back on the table, it has turned yellow.

When Peter is betting Glen and Cleveland he'll jump off the building, the stripes on Glen's jacket change from “Orange-Brown-Orange” to “Brown-Orange-Brown”.

Also, Cleveland's hat has vanished.

At Dr. Hartman's office Peter asks “How the hell can a dead comedian from the silent movie era be lodged in my left bosom?”.

Lois found the lump is Peter's right “bosom”

In “I Take Thee, Quagmire”, Joan dies instantly when she touches Death but Stewie massages Death's ankle w/ no ill effects.

The biker w/ the red bandanna who shoots Peter first has a skull & crossbones tattoo on his left arm.
The tattoo switches to his right arm when he assists the biker from the floor who shoots himself with the shotgun.

When Death is on the phone w/ Peter, there's a red napkin on the table in front of him.
After the Hitler talk show cutaway, the napkin has changed to gray.

Brian places Death's scythe in the corner but it has vanished right before Lois takes Peter aside to explain to him with Death in their house, he can't die.

It reappears in the next shot but Death's sandals that he kicked off are now missing.

During the Titanic cutaway, Jack has long sleeves as he sinks and when he resurfaces but a second later when he tells Rose he thought he was going to die & about the girl in New York, suddenly they are rolled up.

Death is 'barefoot' and a second later in the next shot, his sandals are on.

As Death stands up to leave, one of his feet just vanishes.

Cultural References
The episode title “Death Is A Bitch” is a take off on the saying “Life's A Bitch”

The opening scene shows Lois and Peter watching an alternate version of the long running Sunday night news program 60 Minutes (1968-Present), called “60 Minutes After Dark” which features anchors Morley Safer, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley & Lesley Stahl

Peter: “Fatty corpuscle? Wait a minute. How the hell can a dead comedian from the silent movie era be lodged in my left bosom?”

Peter thinks Doctor Hartman means the famous silent movie era comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle (1887-1933)

Death: “I'm Calista Flockhart. Who the hell do you think I am? I'm Death!”

Calista Flockhart is best known for her FOX show “Ally McBeal” (1997-2002).
She is also known for being very skinny, hence the joke about Death, who is obviously bones, possibly being her.

Death: “Look, I caught Flo-Jo, you don't think I can't catch you?”

Florence Griffith-Joyner (1959-1998) aka “Flo-Jo” was a three time gold medal winning runner in the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.
On September 21, 1998 she died in her sleep.

Peter: “Besides, how are we going to explain you to Mr. Roper?”

“Mr. Roper” was the landlord played by Norman Fell on the sitcom Three's Company (1977-1984)

Stewie: “YOU, heat up some gravy for our guest. My last helping of white meat was dryer than Oscar Wilde”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel.
He was known for having a rather dry sense of humor, hence Stewie's reference.

Death: “You know I know I should find this ironic but really I'm just bored as hell”

Lois and Death play “LIFE”, aka “The Game of Life”, a board game originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, as “The Checkered Game of Life”.
The modern version was originally published in 1960.

Death: “Hey how old is this TV. You could probably get the DuMont Network on this thing”

The DuMont Television Network was the world's first commercial television network, beginning operation in the United States in 1946.

Death: “Oh Glamour, great I can learn how to please my man.
Go get me an Entertainment Weekly, I hear it's got a great picture of me sneaking up on Tom Snyder”

Glamour is a monthly women's magazine first published in 1939 in the United States.

Entertainment Weekly is (obviously) an entertainment magazine published weekly also in the U.S.

Tom Snyder (1936-2007) was best known as the host of “The Tomorrow Show” (1974-1981) & “The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder” (1985-1988)

Visual: “Stewie seen from the back driving his big wheel approaching Lois and hitting her causing her fall down the stairs”

This is an allusion to the 1976 movie “The Omen”.
Little Damien hits his mother Katherine Thorn while she's adjusting a planter hanging over a second floor railing causing her to fall over the banister and eventually on the floor below.

Peter: “Hey, aren't you Richard Simmons”
Biker: “Hey!” {hits Peter w/ pool cue}
Peter: {to other biker} “Hey, aren't you Richard Simmons' best friend, Richard Simmons”

Richard Simmons is a well known diet guru. He is known for wearing little striped short shorts and being very flamboyant. Although never publicly addressed, the long standing rumor is that he is homosexual, making the comment to the bikers rather insulting.

Visual: “The Asian man jumping from screen right to left shooting guns”

This is John Woo and a reference to his highly choreographed shootout action movies.

Brian: “He's right Peter. You've disturbed the natural order of things. People need to be able to die.”

The cutaway is to one of the final scenes of 1997's “Titanic” featuring the characters Jack & Rose.

Death commands Peter to kill the kids from the tv show Dawson's Creek (1998-2003).
The ones on the plane are James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson & Katie Holmes w/ James (voiced by MacFarlane) being the only one with lines.

Peter: “Note to self, do not go to the bathroom”

Reference to Norm Macdonald's 1998 movie “Dirty Work”. He repeatedly said “Note To Self” into a recorder

American movie star Christian Slater appears on the Hitler talk show.

Peter: “Thank god! It's Karen Black.”
{Blank stares from the Dawson's Creek kids}
“She landed the busted plane in Airport '75.”
{More blank stares from the Dawson's Creek kids}
“It was a movie in the 70's. Ahh you damn kids with your music.”

As Peter tried explaining, the actress Karen Black starred in the 1974 movie “Airport 1975” where she did indeed land a pilotless 747.

Peter: “You've given me a great gift. The complete Boz Scaggs, how did you know?”

Boz Scaggs is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1970s with several Top 20 Hits in the United States along with the #2 album “Silk Degrees”.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Executive ProducerDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Supervising ProducerDanny Smith (1)  |  Craig Hoffman
ProducerSherry Gunther
Co-ProducerMike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman
Consulting ProducerGary Janetti
EditorJohn Walts  |  Rick McKenzie
CastingKaren Vice  |  Linda Lamontagne
Line ProducerKen Dennis
Staff WriterMike Henry (1)  |  Andrew Gormley
MusicRon Jones (1)
Story EditorNeil Goldman  |  Garrett Donovan
Supervising DirectorPeter Shin  |  Roy Allen Smith
Executive Story EditorChris Sheridan  |  Ricky Blitt
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Series DirectorJeffrey Gatrall
Animation ProducerJohn Bush (1)  |  David Pritchard  |  Lolee Aries
Writing AssistantDave Collard  |  Ken Goin  |  Steve Callaghan
AssistantRich Rinaldi  |  Lane Schnaitter
StoryboardsLothell Jones
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