|Family Guy episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Rob Renzetti|
|Written by||Mike Henry|
|Original air date||August 15, 2001|
"Death Lives" is the sixth episode of the third season of the animated comedy series Family Guy, another episode produced for Season 2. It originally aired on Fox in the United States on August 15, 2001. The episode features Peter after he is struck by lightning, and has a near-death experience, which involves him going back in time, and realizing his love for his wife, Lois, who he had ditched to play golf on their anniversary. Peter soon realizes his mistakes, and attempts to repair his relationship with his wife.
The episode was written by Mike Henry and directed by Rob Renzetti. The episode featured guest performances Adam Carolla, Laura Silverman, Peter Frampton, and Estelle Harris, along with several recurring guest voice actors for the series.
On their wedding anniversary, Peter is invited by Quagmire to play at Barrington, an extremely exclusive golf course, so he sends Lois on a scavenger hunt to stall his family. There, he is struck by lightning and has a near-death experience. Death tries to show Peter that his marriage is in trouble and to a greater extent, his life (Death tells Peter he dies 2 years after Lois divorces him); in exchange Peter helps Death get a date with a pet shop clerk named Amy.
Death takes Peter back in time to his courtship of Lois. Peter did not make a good impression on Lois's father, Carter Pewterschmidt, who knocked Peter out with an early Etruscan statue and had his servants give him a death flight.
He was rescued by the U.S. Navy ship which Quagmire served on. Peter enjoys a rousing musical number performed by Quagmire and his shipmates. Back ashore, Peter gets a ride with Cleveland back to Rhode Island. Cleveland's vehicle is a van tricked out for seduction. They are pursued by members of the Ku Klux Klan whom Peter mistakes for ghosts, a reference to Mississippi Burning. Peter gets back to the Pewterschmidts' house, but is chased by a guard dog and literally ends up rolling into Carter's private sauna. He explains he wants to marry Lois, and Carter offers Peter one million dollars to stay away from his daughter. Peter tears up the check, declaring Lois "worthless" (He meant to say priceless, but the goof made it funnier and was put in). Lois, who has heard (and understood that he actually meant to say "priceless"), comes in to thank Peter.
Death manages to score a date with Amy by talking to her outside of the shop. Peter realizes that he has not appreciated his wife as much recently and once he's back in his body, he asks Death to pay a visit to Peter Frampton.
When Death arrives at Frampton's house to persuade him to visit the golf course, Frampton protests, saying that Death should be "at Keith Richards' house" (a joke Frampton himself pitched, according to the DVD commentary). Death also asks Frampton to bring his guitar and "that thing that makes it go ‘wah wah wah'".
Lois discovers Peter at the golf course and prepares to confront him, but Frampton appears, playing "Baby, I Love Your Way", which is "their" song, which they heard when they were making out on a road (due to the radio on a truck they didn't notice that crashed onto the side of the road). Peter presents this as his anniversary gift to her. Lois is deeply moved, asking Peter how he thought of all this; Peter responds by saying he had help from "a very special friend". At the end of the episode, however, Death does not enjoy his date with Amy, as she harps on about animal rights. He then discreetly kills her by his "touch of death" and ends the episode by saying "Check, Please!".
- Adam Carolla as Death
- Laura Silverman as Amy the pet shop girl
- Estelle Harris as Death's Mom
- Peter Frampton as himself
Recurring guest appearances
- Lori Alan as Diane Simmons
- Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown
- Danny Smith as The Evil Monkey
- Nicole Sullivan as Muriel Goldman
- Wally Wingert as Wally
- Chris and Stewie read an Archie Comic in which Jughead draws pupils on his eyelids so his teacher cannot tell that he is asleep in class.
- Quagmire pays their "personal ball cleaner" to run by Peter as he is about to swing and say, "he's after me lucky charms," the catchphrase of Lucky the Leprechaun from the Lucky Charms Cereal commercials.
- To impress Lois, Peter uses his stomach to imitate actor Arte Johnson.
- S. Callaghan, “Death Lives.” Family Guy: The Official Episode Guide Seasons 1–3. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 148 – 151.
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