A surprisingly (for Family Guy) well-plotted episode
There were a lot of elements of last night's show that I didn't like, but at least it managed to veer away from being overly preachy (unlike so many other episodes this season).
When Lois in this episode begins a tirade about obesity, it's hard not to wonder about her own culpability here. Isn't she the one who fixes all the meals in the Griffin household? Maybe she should choose some healthier fare for Peter and Chris? I was waiting for this to devolve into another sanctimonious tirade in one direction or another. Instead, the episode sent them both off to fat camp. I feel like this let Lois off the hook a little too easily, but whatever.
Family Guy has often played fatness for a laugh, like the episode when Peter suddenly realizes that he is overweight. (The gag where Brian throws things into orbit around Peter is completely over-the-top, if funny. Particularly Peter's reaction to the television as it rotates around his midsection.)
You can imagine my surprise when that turns out to be a relevant thought. If you will recall, the episode where Peter discovers that he's fat is also the episode where Lois' brother Patrick escapes from the mental institution and begins his reign as the Fat Guy Strangler. Lo and behold, he's the one responsible for the deaths in this one. OR IS HE.
I didn't connect with this plot as much as I did with the B Plot, in which Stewie develops an irrational (yet developmentally accurate) fear of a Queen album cover. Brian, naturally, uses this to torture Stewie. At first, I thought that it was too pat that Peter needed fifty bucks, and Brian gave it to him in exchange for the Queen album.
Fifty dollars being, of course, the exact amount that Brian lost on a bet, and which Stewie beat Brian mercilessly over. Now I wonder, was this a deliberate reference, to make us feel less bad about Brian spending so much time scaring a baby? If so: well played!