Family Guy: Road to Rhode Island (2000)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This episode has a special Bob Hope and Bing Crosby-style opening credits sequence. The story begins with a flashback to Brian's (voice of Seth MacFarlane) puppyhood in Austin, TX, where he was taken from his mother at a puppy mill. Brian's shrink urges him to confront his feelings about his mother. When someone needs to go pick up Stewie (MacFarlane) at Lois' (voice of Alex Borstein) parents house in Palm Springs, Brian volunteers. While Brian gets blitzed at the airport bar, Stewie leaves their bags unattended, and soon the pair are stranded in Florida with no plane tickets and no cash. The pair have a series of misadventures: hot-wiring a car, flying a crop-dusting plane, and hitching a ride with migrant workers. They pass by Austin, and Brian, with Stewie in tow, takes the opportunity to investigate his past. His former owner, Luke (voice of Brian Doyle-Murray), doesn't remember Brian at first. "I was the one who could talk," Brian reminds him. Brian is distraught to learn that his mother, Biscuit, has passed on, but Luke and his wife have found a rather disquieting way of keeping her memory alive. Meanwhile, Lois and Peter (MacFarlane) try to help their marriage by watching a series of "relationship tapes" featuring the lovely Dr. Amanda Rebecca (voice of Victoria Principal), which Peter oddly seems more enthusiastic about than Lois. The episode features a musical number from Brian and Stewie. This episode, which aired in May 2000, originally featured a gag involving Stewie getting onto an airplane with a bag of weapons and making a reference to Osama bin Laden. That segment was cut from repeat airings of the show, and does not appear on the Region One DVD.