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Family Gay
Season 7, Episode 8
Airdate March 8, 2009
Written by Richard Appel
Directed by Brian Iles
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Family Gay is the eighth episode of the seventh season of Family Guy, and the one hundred nineteenth episode overall.

The episode centers on Peter working as a test subject for gene therapy experiments, with one of those genes he is injected with possibly determining sexual orientation. As such, the episode made a case for whether biology had anything to do with one's sexual orientation.

Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry

Also Starring: Lori Alan (Diane Simmons), Jeff Bergman (), Johnny Brennan (Mort Goldman), Reid Bruton (), Max Burkholder (), Cathy Cahlin Ryan (), Augie Castagnola (), Ralph Garman (), Jules Green (), Virenia Lind (), Danny Smith (), Alec Sulkin (), John Viener (), Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson), Adam West (Mayor Adam West)


Plot Overview

Peter buys a brain-damaged horse and intends to make money on horse racing. However, the horse mentally snaps during his debut race and goes on a rampage, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage throughout Quahog. Eventually, the horse dies of a heart attack and is buried in the yard of Mort Goldman. The Griffins are held liable for all the damage the horse caused. When insurance won't cover the costs, Peter gets a job as a gene therapy test subject. One of the three genes he is injected with is a controversial one: a "gay gene."

That night, Peter comes home and surprises the family with the announcement that he is a homosexual. Lois is annoyed until she sees Peter doing his share of the housework... then is upset again when Peter loses sexual interest in her. Lois then realizes that the effects of the "gay gene" may be permanent and tries her best to make the best of things. Then, Peter leaves the family for a gay man named Scott. Brian, a strong LGBT rights advocate (and perhaps sensing that Peter is straight), sees that Lois is upset and recruits Stewie to help get Peter to come home and bring him back to his normal self.

Brian and Stewie plan to kidnap Peter and send him to a "straight camp" for conversion therapy, but things are easier said than done. After their plan is exposed, Lois arrives and tells Peter that she understands and that he can resume his relationship with Scott, no harm no foul. But the effects of the gene have worn off, and Peter decides he wants to go home ... all of that happening in the middle of a homosexual orgy with 10 other men. Peter and Lois are about to resume their heterosexual, monogamous relationship, until Mort flings the corpse of the horse (from the first act) through the Griffins' front window.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • The Parents Television Council (PTC), a conservative decency campaigning group, filed an indecency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, contending that much of the plot and several gags therein violated the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005. Gags the complaint specifically cited included the gay orgy scene and one where Stewie ate cereal with horse sperm.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Family Guy — The episode title is a self-reference and play on the series' name.

Memorable Moments