Family Guy/McStroke

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Season 6, Episode 9
Airdate January 13, 2008
Production Number 5ACX19
Written by Wellesley Wild
Directed by Brian Iles
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McStroke is the ninth episode of the sixth season of Family Guy, and the one hundred seventh episode overall.

Starring: Seth MacFarlane (Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin), Alex Borstein (Lois Griffin), Seth Green (Chris Griffin), Mila Kunis (Meg Griffin), Mike Henry (Cleveland Brown)

Also Starring: Alex Breckenridge, Ralph Garman, Camille Guaty (Donna), Mark Hentemann, Phil LaMarr, Denis Martel, Ted McGinley, Ricardo Montalban (The Cow), Danny Smith, Alec Sulkin, John Viener, Lisa Wilhoit


Plot Overview

Peter, while looking through Cleveland’s mail (which he agreed to pick up while Cleveland was out of town), reads a magazine about men with mustaches, and is inspired to grow a mustache himself. Soon his entire personality is taken over by “mustache culture,” which includes wearing an all-jean outfit and trying (poorly) to speak Italian.

Later, while Peter and Brian are taking a walk, they see that the local fast food restaurant, McBurgertown, is on fire; Peter is recruited by firefighters to help put it out, because he has a mustache. Peter runs into the building to save a man’s life; he succeeds, but his mustache is burned off. The man he saved turns out to be the owner of the restaurant, and as a reward he offers Peter free hamburgers for life. Peter accepts this offer, and eats thirty hamburgers at one sitting to ease the pain of his “mustachelessness”; however, he suffers a stroke and the entire left half of his body is paralyzed.

After three months of trying and failing to cope with his paralysis, Peter discovers a stem-cell research clinic, and goes inside; five minutes later, he’s back to normal. Peter then tries to sue McBurgertown, blaming them for his ordeal, but he loses the case. Nevertheless, he’s determined to bring them down, so he and Brian take a tour of McBurgertown Headquarters, claiming to be Asian investors. They discover a huge slaughterhouse in the building, and help a talking cow to escape so that he can tell the world about McBurgertown’s practices. They succeed and McBurgertown is ruined, but now the cow has nowhere to stay.

In a secondary plot, Stewie makes a bet with Brian: Stewie, disguising himself as a teenager named Zack Taylor, will become the most popular boy in James Wood High School within two weeks. Stewie succeeds, and even has a date with Connie D’Amico; she dumps him, however, after seeing his tiny penis, and she tells all the other students about it, thus ending his “reign of coolness.” In retaliation, Stewie asks Connie for one last kiss, and just before it happens, he strips off his disguise and clothing so that Connie’s kissing a naked baby, making her look like a pedophile; she’s taken away in handcuffs.


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