'Family Guy' Season 19 Episode 3: Chris and Stewie fight over baby squirrel's death, fans call Brian the culprit
While Peter's 'true height' narrative was part of the episode, fans were emotionally invested in Chris and Stewie parenting storyline
Spoilers for Season 19 Episode 3 'Boys & Squirrels'
In this episode of 'Family Guy' titled 'Boys & Squirrels', fans were in for an emotional roller coaster. Although Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) injures himself after getting hold of a chainsaw (which should never be in his hands) and cutting down a tree that eventually fell on him, Chris Griffin (Seth Green) and Stewie Griffin's (Seth MacFarlane) plotline of parenting an orphaned baby squirrel that fell off that tree took over the 30-minute episode.
The episode starts off with Peter being obsessed about his new chainsaw, decided to use it as best he can. Although, if you've watched the series, you'd know that Peter, out of all people shouldn't have a tool in his hand. Of course, as predicted, comical tragedy strikes, and the three he decides to cut through falls on him injuring his arm. Instead of fixing his arm the normal way (with a bandage or a cast), his doctor, a chiropractor, decides to realign his spine which magically fixes his arm. That of course saw Peter tower over his friends, apparently now enjoying his "true height." At the end of the episode, he gets tired of his length, and Lois Griffin (Alex Borstein) his wife, yells insults at him, bringing his height down to smaller than a midget. While that was hilarious and as 'Family Guy' as it could get, we, like the fans, were emotionally invested in the Chris and Stewie narrative.
After the tree fell, Chris and Stewis decide to nurse an orphaned squirrel back to health. From feeding it, taking holiday pictures, and recording its first steps, the "couple" (they are brothers) find their groove when it comes to parenting. Unfortunately, when the baby squirrel took his first steps, the duo decided to film it and spent a bit of time debating over what song to use in the recording when posting it on Instagram. During that time of probably the most awful songs to use for a baby's first steps, Brian Griffin (Seth MacFarlane), the family's talking pet dog, pretty much rips and devours the poor baby squirrel to pieces. Struck with grief, Brian and Stewie hold a weird but emotional funeral for the late child and apparently were unable to deal with its loss. As Brian was cleaning up the squirrel shoebox bedding, they get into an argument about who's fault it was with Brian blaming Stewie for wanting to put in on Instagram instead of living in the moment, and Stewie blaming Brian for a slow phone that didn't upload the video fast enough. Fans though were confused as to why in the world the duo was fighting bad enough to seek (weird) therapy when it was obviously Brian's fault.
"I don't know why Stewie and Chris are blaming one another for the death of their squirrel on #FamilyGuy when it's Brian's fault. They should be mad at him, not one another," wrote one fan with two more adding to it with their all-time hatred for Brian. One user tweeted, "Well, I already thought Brian was a huge POS, but this confirmed it. #FamilyGuy." Another user tweeted, "So, everyone hates Brian now, huh? Welcome to the club! #FamilyGuy"
I don't know why Stewie and Chris are blaming one another for the death of their squirrel on #FamilyGuy when it's Brian's fault. They should be mad at him, not one another.— Tyler Puszczewicz (@TPuszczewicz) October 12, 2020
Well, I already thought Brian was a huge POS, but this confirmed it. #FamilyGuy— Neveryoumind (@TheRealArtzilla) October 12, 2020
So, everyone hates Brian now, huh? Welcome to the club! #FamilyGuy— Oscar Smith (@OscarSm61194655) October 12, 2020
If you watched the episode, it was clearly Brian's fault, not to mention he was very gruesome. "Brian just ripped a baby squirrel apart on #FamilyGuy and im kinda traumatized," wrote another viewer. Either way, in therapy, Chirs and Stewie realize that raising the baby was a great experience, and they also had a Christmas card to show for it.
Brian just ripped a baby squirrel apart on #FamilyGuy and im kinda traumatized.— Whisper (@DommeWhisperer) October 12, 2020
'Family Guy' Season 19 airs on Sundays at 9.30 pm ET/ 8.30 pm CT on FOX.