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Family Guy: Stew-Roids

After Stewie gets his baby butt kicked by Joe’s infant daughter, he starts hitting the gym with Peter.
It seems like all of Stewie’s hard work is paying off until Peter drops a bombshell when he reveals just how Stewie got those six-pack abs.

Meanwhile, Chris starts to date Connie D'Amico and quickly realizes that popularity is like physics – as in what goes up must come down.

Source: Stewie's Playground

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x13
Production Number: 6ACX18
Airdate: Sunday April 26th, 2009

Director: Jerry Langford
Writer: Alec Sulkin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Jul 05, 2009

Guest Stars
Alec SulkinAlec Sulkin
voiced Jock #3 (“The joke's kinda on us cause we're smelling it”)
Alex BreckenridgeAlex Breckenridge
voiced Popular Kid #6
Camille GuatyCamille Guaty
voiced Gina
Chace CrawfordChace Crawford
voiced Jock #2 (“That was AWESOME!”)
Chris CoxChris Cox
voiced Various
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Gary ColeGary Cole
voiced Principal Shepherd
Jeff BergmanJeff Bergman
voiced Fred Flintstone | Paul Sorvino
Jennifer TillyJennifer Tilly
voiced Bonnie Swanson
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Announcer | Chazz Palminteri | Radio Voice | Scientist
Lisa WilhoitLisa Wilhoit
voiced Connie DiMico
Mae WhitmanMae Whitman
voiced Popular Kid #3
Meredith BaxterMeredith Baxter
voiced Elyse Keaton
Patrick WarburtonPatrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
Ralph GarmanRalph Garman
voiced Cop
Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller
voiced Jock #4 (“We're totally stoked for your party this weekend”)
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
Mila KunisMila Kunis
voiced Meg Griffin
Mike Henry (1)Mike Henry (1)
voiced Cleveland Brown | Various Characters
Episode Notes
This episode drew 6,666,000 viewers & was FOX's #9 show for the week

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Chuck MangioneFeels So GoodAt the end of “Distracting Trumpet”
Q LazzarusGoodbye HorsesDuring Chris' “Buffalo Bill Dance”
StarshipWe Built This City 

Episode Goofs
The holes Glen cuts into the fence to watch Lois rub lotion on Bonnie have vanished when they run to see Stewie after he gets beaten up by Susie.

Cultural References
Stewie plays with the classic Matell “Barbie” doll

Peter: “Oh man this is tougher to watch then when Family Ties does a Tina Yothers episode”

Peter watches the sitcom “Family Ties” (1982-1989) and mentions the youngest daughter Tina Yothers (1973-) who played Jennifer Keaton

Stewie: “Those lying bastards at Johnson and Johnson”

Johnson & Johnson is a global American pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886.

The “No More Tears” is a reference to their line of baby shampoos.

Meg: “I heard you talking in the hall the other day about how much you liked High School Musical 2 so I burned you the soundtrack”

“High School Musical 2” is the 2007 Disney Channel movie that starred Zac Efron (1987-)

Connie: “What if I date a loser and make him over into a popular guy”

This is an allusion to the 1987 Patrick Dempsey (1966-) comedy “Can't Buy Me Love”.
In it Patrick's character, tired of being a nerd, makes a deal with one of the most popular girls in school to help him break into the “cool” clic.
Incidentally, Family Guy's own Seth Green stars as Patrick's brother.

The character Fred Flintstone makes an appearance in this episode

Peter: “Now let's sit here and watch Spike TV”

Spike TV is a cable channel that is geared toward the male audience and the promo heard in the episode is not far off from the real promos that appear on Spike TV

Stewie: “Well look at me. (holds up barbell) I HAVE THE POWER”

This is a reference to the 80's cartoon & title character “He-Man & the Masters of the Universe” (1983-1985).
Prince Adam would hold the Sword of Eternia over his head and shout “I have the power” and transform into He-Man.

TV Announcer: “We now return to Lady & the Tramp & Michael Vick”

Brian & Lois watch famous spaghetti eating scene from the 1955 Disney film “Lady & the Tramp” w/ the addition of Michael Vick who kills Lady & Tramp.

This is referring to his 2007 conviction of running dog fighting rings and lying about it and animal abuse charges.
He was ordered to serve 23 months in jail & 3 years probation.

Brian: “Stewie you look gross. You look like Lou Ferrigno's poop”

Lou Ferrigno (1951-) is an American actor who got his start in bodybuilding.

“Cool, maybe we could go see that Chazz Palmatari Paul Sorvino movie, Distracting Trumpet”

American actors Chazz Palminteri & Paul Sorvino appear in a fake movie called “Distracting Trumpet”.

This may be an allusion to 1972's “The Godfather” that often had a lone trumpet playing in the background in some scenes.

Also, the trumpet song turns into “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione

Stewie: “That's how John Mayer would say it. Bahdy. I'm really into him now”

American musician John Mayer (1977-) is mentioned in this episode as Stewie's newest interest

Peter: “Look at the shape of that body. LOOK AT THE SHAPE OF THAT BODY! That's it Brian, that's where one eyed Willy buried his gold”

The amulet Peter holds up and “One-Eyed Willy” are references to the 1985 adventure movie “The Goonies”

Lois: “Ok look Meg, I've been at this for 45 minutes, I don't know what else I can say.
Here's a Sylvia Plath book and a bottle of Ambien. I'm gonna look the other way and whatever happens happens.”

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet & writer who wrote “The Bell Jar”.
She committed suicide in 1963 after a lifelong battle with mental illness and depression.

Visual: The cinema marquee “Adam Sandler in the 35 Year Old Bicycle Delivery Boy”

The movie title is a combination of Adam Sandler's movie “The Waterboy” and Steve Carell's movie “The 40 Year Old Virgin”

Before Stewie realizes his muscles are gone, he calls his arms “The Guns of Navarone” which is the title of a 1961 war film starring Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn & Richard Harris

Stewie: (after flying in figure eights) “And now, here's something we hope you'll really like”

Stewie's quote, his flight & the music used during his flight are all references to the character “Rocket J. Squirrel” from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” (1959-1964)

The movie Neil shows features Chris imitating the “Buffalo Bill” scene from the 1991 horror film “The Silence of the Lambs” complete with the music by Q Lazzarus, “Goodbye Horses”

Episode References
It is revealed Kevin Swanson is dead.

Joe tells Peter he died in Iraq, however in Season 10's Thanksgiving Kevin makes his return revealing he faked his own death.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Executive ProducerDavid A. Goodman  |  Chris Sheridan  |  Seth MacFarlane  |  Danny Smith (1)
Co-Executive ProducerSteve Callaghan  |  Mark Hentemann  |  Brian Scully
Supervising ProducerAlec Sulkin  |  Wellesley Wild  |  Mike Henry (1)
ProducerKara Vallow  |  Kirker Butler  |  Shannon Smith
Co-ProducerKim Fertman  |  Patrick Meighan  |  Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Consulting ProducerTom Devanney
EditorMichael Elias
CastingLinda Lamontagne
MusicRon Jones (1)
Storyboard ArtistAnnie McMillian
Supervising DirectorJames Purdum  |  Peter Shin
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