As a huge Family Guy fan I have seen every episode about as many times as you would expect a loser to watch them, and even though the past two seasons were obviously written by an Ambien-fueled hamster, I still tune in, because, loser. Producer Rich Appel has revealed to TV Line that an upcoming Family Guy episode set to air in March will feature a sit down between Stewie and his therapist played by Sir Ian McKellen, and that Stewie’s sexuality will be at the forefront of their session. While this will probably turn out to be a Hail Mary dead Brian-esque ho stunt, Appel is setting it up to be more like the Brian & Stewie episode that I personally really liked – controversial baby ass licking and all – and has this to say about Stewie’s reveal:
It’s just a two-character episode with Stewie in his therapist’s office for the first time. It’s a wonderful episode, and Seth’s performance is spectacular. They delve into all sorts of things you would think would come up in a therapy session with a boy like Stewie. When Stewie’s with his therapist, they pretty immediately address questions of sexuality. The episode covers that, and then goes to deeper issues for Stewie.
Describing something you made as “spectacular” instills a lot of trust in audiences. It’s why so many people have a Shamwow. Stewie Griffin’s homosexuality has been hinted at on Family Guy at length through jokes and innuendos, but when he has reciprocal romantic relationships with other characters, they are always girls. (Stewie had eyes for Susie Swanson and his baby girlfriend Olivia Fuller has appeared in multiple episodes.) But gay gags – such as when Stewie got baby hard-ons for Brian’s son Dylan in The Former Life of Brian – have existed since the start of family guy over four-hundred-years ago. Back in the 2008 episode McStroke we got this dialogue:
Stewie Griffin: Oh no, Brian, I’m enjoying myself too much. Do you know that I’ve got a date with Connie D’Amico this Saturday night at Anal Point?
Brian Griffin: Ah, I’ve heard about that place.
Stewie Griffin: Really? What’s it like? ‘Cause I have no idea.
Brian Griffin: Well, uh… I suppose if you imagine it like a parking space, that you think, “Gosh, there’s no way I’m gonna be able to fit in there.” But then you fold in the side-view mirrors and, sure enough, well, look at that.
Stewie Griffin: Well, in that scenario, it sounds like I’d rather be the parking space than the car.
Brian Griffin: Yeah, that’s what I’ve always guessed.
WINK. If exploring the inner workings of a gay baby is going to breathe life into a show currently being rolled into the ICU, I’m here for it. But the ambiguity of each of the characters’ sexualities (Meg was predicted to be a trans man “Ron” in adulthood in Stu & Stewie’s Excellent Adventure and Peter had sex with Bill Clinton in Bill & Peter’s Bogus Journey) as well as every other facet of their lives, has made for seemingly unlimited material for the writers to mine. I guess, in the end, I feel like a fan watching his team getting shittier and shittier every year while still showing up to the games because the alternative is Bob’s Burgers and I’m not that much of a loser. Actually, after rereading this, yeah maybe I am.
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