Death Lives

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"Death Lives"
Family Guy episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 6
Directed byRob Renzetti
Written byMike Henry[1]
Production code2ACX21
Original air dateAugust 15, 2001
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"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 by 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. Playing golf, he is struck by lightning and has a near-death experience. It is then he meets Death again (for the first time since his debut), who 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 on which Quagmire was serving. 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 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 her. Peter tears up the check, declaring Lois "worthless". 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, he asks him 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 the road when they first met (played on the radio of the truck that crashed avoiding them). 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!".[2]

Guest appearances[edit]

Mike Henry, voice of Cleveland Brown wrote the episode.

Recurring guest appearances[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

  • 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.
  • Death's comment of "Check, please" harps back to the British Comedy Series Goodness Gracious Me.


According to the DVD commentary MacFarlane had asked Frampton to sing "Baby I Love Your Way" with different lyrics. But Frampton refused.


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  2. ^ S. Callaghan, “Death Lives.” Family Guy: The Official Episode Guide Seasons 1–3. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 148 – 151.

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