Stuck Together, Torn Apart

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"Stuck Together, Torn Apart"
Family Guy episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 19
Directed by Michael Dante DiMartino
Written by Mark Hentemann
Production code 3ACX10
Original air date January 31, 2002
Guest actors
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"Stuck Together, Torn Apart" is the 19th episode of the third season of the American animated series Family Guy, guest starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as herself.

Plot summary[edit]

When the Griffins go to a warehouse club, Stewie finds a bottle of industrial adhesive and tries to eat some, but is stopped by Brian, whose hand is instantly joined to Stewie's. The two spend the rest of the episode trying to hide their predicament until the release solvent arrives

Meanwhile, Lois runs into an old boyfriend of hers named Ross Fishman who invites her out (citing he too is also married) Lois initially declines because of Peter's jealous reputation but changes her mind and the two secretly (to peter) go out for coffee to catch up on old times. Peter, growing suspicious, uses Joe's police surveillance van to spy on them. He becomes extremely jealous of Lois' ex-boyfriend, so he finds his old date book and looks up past romantic interests to quell his envy. Lois becomes frustrated with his jealous antics, and the two go to couples' therapy.

The therapist first has their daily lives recorded on tape so he can determine the best method to resolve their problems. After reviewing the tape and seeing how dysfunctional their lives are, the therapist suggests they go on trial separation, during which they should try to date other people. Although they are both reluctant, they decide to give it a try. Peter moves out of the house and stays with Mort Goldman and his family and ends up dating Jennifer Love Hewitt, who turns out to be a niece of Mort's. Lois goes on a date with Quagmire, and both couples end up at the same restaurant on the same night.

Cutting back to Stewie and Brian, just as the two start to drive each other crazy, the solvent finally arrives. As the instructions state it will take effect within an hour after applying, the two decide to take a walk to pass the time. Minutes before the glue is to dissolve, Stewie and Brian discover a little girl stuck in a deep well. Brian lowers Stewie into the well (while Stewie questions why there's a 17th-century-water well in a modern-day town) and they manage to rescue her with seconds to spare (a local man with elongated arms could have done it but he was too busy tickling a midget in a tree). Despite the glue being gone, the two decide to hold hands on the way home. The girl they saved is revealed to be the wife of the midget in the tree, and not the little girl at all. She is promptly thrown back in the well as her husband jumps in after her, and they are both tickled by the long-armed man.

At the restaurant, despite her disgust towards Peter and his unpleasant antics (such as eating an entire pie for an appetizer and not washing his hands after using the restroom), Hewitt becomes extremely attracted to him. Lois then unexpectedly displays her own jealous rage, and violently drives Hewitt away. Now that Lois can finally understand how Peter can get so envious, the two decide to live with their mutually jealous nature. Quagmire and Hewitt hook up, with Quagmire ending the episode by ordering a "roofie colada".


  • S. Callaghan, "Stuck Together, Torn Apart" Family Guy: The Official Episode Guide Seasons 1–3. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 152–155.

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