Family Guy

Season 9 Episode 18

It's a Trap!

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 22, 2011 on FOX
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The Trilogy comes full circle in this parody of Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi.

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  • Part 3 of Star Wars

    10
    The episode begins in a similar fashion to the previous parodies, as the power suddenly goes off in the Griffin household. However, unlike the previous times, in which the act causes the Griffin family to be surprised, they instead complain about it because, in Stewie's words, "we're going to do Jedi now, aren't we?" Peter sighs, and asks the family to let him get through this.

    Darth Vader (Stewie Griffin) arrives at the second Death Star and is greeted by Moff Jerjerrod (Roger Smith). Upon hearing that the same design flaw that plagued the first Death Star is present in the new design (and commenting that they've run out of Family Guy characters to portray the Star Wars cast), Vader tells Jerjerrod to fix it before the Emperor (Carter Pewterschmidt) arrives. Meanwhile, on Tatooine, C-3PO (Glenn Quagmire) and R2-D2 (Cleveland Brown) arrive at Jabba's Palace to deliver a message to the Hutt (Joe Swanson), whereupon they are sold to Jabba, who commands Flick from A Christmas Story to lick the carbonite form of Han Solo (Peter Griffin) in a "triple dog dare." Later that night, Leia Organa (Lois Griffin), disguised as Boushh, frees Han from the carbonite prison. The pair are quickly captured and Han is sent to the dungeon with Chewbacca (Brian Griffin), who was caught eating out of Jabba's trash.

    The next morning, Luke Skywalker (Chris Griffin) arrives and tries to barter with Jabba for the lives of his friends, but is thrown into the rancor pit (despite Threepio's best attempts to warn him) and confronts Jabba's Rancor (Rush Limbaugh). After killing the beast, Luke, Han and Chewbacca are brought to Jabba, who decrees that they are to be thrown into the Sarlacc (Meg Griffin).

    Arriving at the Dune Sea, the trio are about to be flung into the pit when R2-D2 throws Luke his lightsaber, who then proceeds to attack Jabba's guards while rescuing Leia (who kills Jabba). Boba Fett (Ernie the Giant Chicken) tries to kill Han but falls overboard off screen. Han rescues Lando Calrissian (Mort Goldman) after the latter is thrown over the skiff (and despite being shot numerous times by the blinded Han.)

    Meanwhile, Emperor Palpatine arrives and, after meeting with a sick boy named Jeremy, is informed by Vader that the Death Star will completed on schedule, but that his room will not be ready till 4:00pm. On Dagobah, Luke meets with Yoda (Carl), who tells the young Jedi that his training is complete and that he must face Vader once more. Before passing away, he reveals to Luke that he has a sister. Following Yoda's passing (and after using Yoda's credit card to order a package from Hammacher Schlemmer), Luke is confronted by Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert) who reveals that Leia is his sister because she is "the only other goddamned woman in the galaxy."

    At Sullust, as the Rebel fleet assembles, Mon Mothma (Angela) and Admiral Ackbar (Klaus Heissler) announce that their plan is to, as Ackbar says "do exactly the same thing we did last time", saying that Han will lead a strike team to destroy the shield generator on Endor while Lando (who claims that he didn't volunteer for the assignment, and complains that his is the only uniform to bear the Star of David) will fly a squadron of fighters into the Death Star and destroy the reactor core.

    As Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, Artoo and Threepio arrive on Endor, they find a pair of scout troopers in the forest and, after being alerted to their presence when Han steps on a boombox and plays Get Ready for This, set out on bikes to warn the garrison base. Luke and Leia take off in pursuit and manage to stop them, though Leia is knocked out when a meteor fragment from the rubble of the planet Alderaan's destruction hits her. She is found by Wicket (Tim Bear), who, after being offered a cracker, reveals that he found her because her period is about to start. Meanwhile, onboard the Death Star, the Emperor orders Vader to go to the moon and wait for his son.

    As the others continue to search for Leia, they come across a hot girl from Florida and her mother. Chewbacca rushes towards them, and although Han tries to stop him, they all end up captured in a net trap. Although Artoo frees them, they find themselves surrounded by Ewoks (modeled after the Bear family from The Cleveland Show), who bow in the presence of the "Gold Guy" (Threepio) and are taken to Bright Tree Village, where they are freed after Luke performs a magic card trick, and are reunited with Leia (whose braided hair has Han questioning how a race that used stone tipped spears can known the finer points of cosmetology, Leia deflecting the charge by saying that the movie isn't as good as Empire.)

    As Threepio tells the Ewoks the story of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Luke reveals to Leia that she is his sister, that Vader is their father and that he must leave to face him. He soon leaves to confront Vader, who attempts to coerce his son to accompany him to see the Emperor, succeeding when he reveals that it's Taco night.

    The next day, Han and the others arrive at the Endor bunker and break inside, forcing the Imperial personnel to go outside and dig their own graves. When Leia comments on how dark the request is, Han justifies his actions by proclaiming that "there's enough cutesy crap in this movie". However, they are soon captured by reinforcements as the Alliance fleet arrives in the system and is pinned down by the assembled Imperial navy.

    Onboard the Death Star, the Emperor reveals to Luke that the Death Star is operational as the station's superlaser first kills Will Robinson from Lost in Space, then destroys the Allinace star crusier Liberty. He then taunts the work of Seth Green (who voices Chris/Luke), which finally snaps Luke from his calm. As he retrieves his lightsaber intending to strike Palpatine down, his blade is met by Vader's (after first drawing, then discarding, a "joke" lightsaber). The pair fight for some time until Vader cuts down the catwalk Luke had leapt to, which leads him to wonder if he's OK. When the Emperor expresses his indifference, Vader explains that they will be lucky to escape without a lawsuit. Hoping to anger Luke into fighting him once more, Vader once again taunts Seth Green, causing Luke to explode in rage, knocking Vader down and slicing off his arm. However, he refuses to kill his father. Angered by this, Palpatine using Force lightning to attack Luke. In pain, Luke pleads for assistance from his father, who picks up Palpatine and throws him down to the reactor core to his death, informing the audience that the action "is the power of 'please', kids."

    As the Millennium Falcon and other Alliance fighters travel to the power core, Vader pleads with Luke to remove his mask, so he can see him with his own eyes. As he attempts to do so, however, he snaps the Sith Lord's neck, killing him instantly. Proclaiming the death to be the result of what "the Emperor did…a while ago", Luke takes the body onboard a shuttle and leaves the Death Star as the Falcon destroys the station's power core (being provided by the 80's band Power Station), causing the battle station to explode. As the Alliance celebrates its victory later that night, Luke turns to the Force ghost's of Obi-Wan and Yoda, who are joined by Anakin Skywalker, who complains about his newly jacked up neck and calls Luke a murderer.

    As the story comes to its conclusion, the power comes back on in the Griffin household, where Peter declares the Star Wars saga complete (and that The Cleveland Show will handle the prequels). Chris then wonders what Peter has against Seth Green and says that he's not that big a fan of Seth MacFarlane, a comment to which Lois and Meg agree, while Peter, Stewie and Brian (voiced by MacFarlane) dispute. They then complain about MacFarlane's work on Family Guy, to which Peter exclaims that he hopes people will remember the laughter.



    10 out of 10moreless
  • Slickly animated, but extremely boring and not a modicum of originality

    1.0
    You've got to hand it to the animation team. They really go all out, particularly with the Star Wars episodes. Unfortunately, the writers are probably mentally handicapped. The episode essentially follows the exact same storyboard as the actual Star Wars movie, but apparently attempts to pass itself off as a comic version by inserting "jokes" (as the writers might call them) here or there. I can't remember laughing once, and that's a real bummer because the animators are wasting their time working for Seth McFarlene.moreless
  • Excellent 1-hour Star Wars episode of "Family Guy"

    9.5
    I really enjoyed this 1-hour Star Wars episode of "Family Guy" and it is also known as the season 9 finale of "Family Guy". I can't wait til' September for Season 10 of "Family Guy" to premiere but I guess I have to wait even though I wish they air new episodes during the summer so I have something to look forward to on Sunday night. Anyways, on to my review, The animation in this 1-hour episode was excellent as any "Family Guy" Stars Wars episodes usually are. I loved that this show used characters from other cartoons to be in this Stars Wars episode such as Roger the alien from "American Dad", Klaus the goldfish from "American Dad", Tim the bear from "The Cleveland Show", and Rallo the toddler from "The Cleveland Show". I also laughed really hard on many jokes such as Rush Limbaugh being a giant, the Pee-Wee Herman joke, Han Solo(Peter) sneaking up on one of the soldiers and then he steps on the radio and it plays "Get Ready For This" and then the soldier said "I love this song, the bicycling chase sequence, Luke Skywalker accidentally twists and breaks Darth Vader's (Stewie) head and he dies, and a few more. My score was just a tad low because that nodding scene just like took forever and I was going to almost die of boredom because of that. Overall, this was an excellent 1-hour Star Wars episode of "Family Guy" and it's also an excellent Season 9 finale. 9.5/10moreless
  • Seth Macfarlane and the Family Guy team perfectly parody the third Star Wars film.

    9.5
    I love this episode. Seth and his writers pull off the perfect balance of parody and tribute, with fan service aplenty as characters from American Dad and The Cleveland Show make cameo appearances throughout the show. Props also to Rush Limbaugh, who proves once again that he has enough of a sense of humour to poke fun at himself, voicing his own character as the giant monster in Jabba the Hutt's basement.



    It's A Trap is nicely animated, with all the iconic Star Wars scenery, spacecraft and characters authentically detailed. The script is tight, with the exception of the extended nodding scene (and Family Guy writers, you REALLY need to knock that sh*t off. It's not even remotely funny, it stalls the narrative of what was once a rapid-fire comedy show, and gives a strong impression that you are padding the episode to compensate for a lack of funny ideas), and makes some well aimed jabs at the various shortcomings of the source material.



    In short, a stellar episode of Family Guy. Well done.moreless
  • Great (knock on wood) end to the Family Guy Star Wars episodes! Loved the merger with "Family Guy", "The Cleveland Show", and "American Dad!" for the characters!

    8.5
    Pretty good. Especially all the crap they gave themselves about doing yet another starwars episode. Loved how they made fun of Seth Green and Seth McFarland. the bike chase scene with Peewee Herman was awesome, as was the scene where Brian (Chewbacca) was shooting everything in sight with his new chicken walker. The part I laughed the hardest at, however, was when on the way to the sarlaac pit, Osama Bin Ladin randomly pokes his head up and shouts, "Still alive!" I just thought that was great because of its sheer randomness. Definitely not the best episode ever, not even of the season, but still quite amusing.moreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Peter Griffin as Han Solo, Stewie Griffin as Darth Vader, Brian Griffin as Chewbacca, Glen Quagmire as C3PO, Carter Pewterschmid

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois Griffin as Princess Leia

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris Griffin as Luke Skywalker

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg Griffin as the Sarlaac

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Cleveland Brown as R2D2, John Herbert as Obi Wan Kenobi, Rallo Tubbs as Nien Nunb

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Klaus as Admiral Ackbar

Guest Star

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Mon Mothma

Guest Star

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lieutenant Worf

Guest Star

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Various

Recurring Role

H. Jon Benjamin

H. Jon Benjamin

Carl as Yoda

Recurring Role

Johnny Brennan

Johnny Brennan

Mort Goldman as Lando Calrissian

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Luke (Chris): Obi-wan, Yoda told me there was another Skywalker. Is that true?
      Obi-wan (Herbert): There is another. You have a sister.
      Luke (Chris): But who is she?
      Obi-wan (Herbert): Who the hell do you think? Who's the only damn woman in this galaxy?!
      Luke (Chris): (realizing) Leia...

    • Vader/Anakin (Stewie): (as a ghost with a broken neck) (to Chris) What the hell, man?! I would have made it!

      Luke (Chris): Thanks for watching over me and keeping me safe.

      Vader/Anakin (Stewie): You murdered me, you bastard!

    • Chris: Uh, Dad, one question: what do you got against Seth Green?
      Peter: Uh, tch, I just think he's a douche. You got a problem with that?
      Chris: Well, we're all entitled to our own opinion. For example, me, I think Seth MacFarlane's a douche.
      Peter: What's that now?
      Lois: Yeah, I don't like him either.
      Meg: Yeah, me neither.
      Stewie: Wait a second, I hear he's a pretty nice guy.
      Brian: Yeah, good-looking guy. Talented, young.
      Chris: Talented? He ripped off The Simpsons.
      Lois: Yeah, he watched TV in the 80s. We get it.
      Meg: And he only puts out, like, ten new episodes a year.
      Chris: And then he splits those up into five DVD sets.
      Peter: He doesn't make those decisions, Chris. Those decisions are made at the corporate level.
      Chris: But he still takes the money every week. How noble.
      Lois: And doesn't he have a whole staff that writes those episodes anyway?
      Peter: Well, I would-I wouldn't know about that, but I-I think...and I hope, Chris, that ultimately, people will just remember the laughter. (the family all look around at each other)

    • Peter: The end. And that's the final chapter in the Star Wars saga.
      Meg: What about the prequels?
      Peter: I think the Cleveland Show is gonna do those.

    • Darth Vader (Stewie): Give yourself to the dark side, Luke.
      Luke (Chris): I will not fight you.
      Darth Vader (Stewie): Well, all right. I guess that's no problem. I can always get Seth Green to fight me. He'll do anything for money. I mean, did you see Sex Drive? Oh, of course you didn't. You're a person. Of course, I guess it did respectable foreign numbers. Asians really liked it. And you gotta hand it to Seth Green. I mean, he works hard, you know? I mean, the work is much harder when you know the project is no good. Still, all those small paychecks must add up. I wonder if his fan base knows how Jewish he really is.

    • Emperor Palpatine (Carter): Look at that! Blowing up rebel ships! Bet that gets you going. You hate me now? Come on. Take that lightsaber and try to strike me down, and your journey to the dark side will be complete.
      Luke (Chris): I've seen a lot of ships get blown up. It's no big deal.
      Emperor Palpatine (Carter): Yeah, I guess that wouldn't get under my skin, either. Not the way Seth Green gets under my skin.
      Luke (Chris): Huh?
      Emperor Palpatine (Carter): Yeah. Boy, that guy rubs me the wrong way. I mean, has he ever made anything successful? Greg the Bunny, Four Kings, and that godawful puppet show. It's on, like, channel 100 or something.
      Luke (Chris): Well, I think he's had some successes. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was successful.
      Emperor Palpatine (Carter): It was not popular. Entertainment Weekly said it was popular, but it wasn't. Hardly anybody watched that show.
      Darth Vader (Stewie): Yeah, I never caught it.
      Luke (Chris): Well, he's been in some big movies. The Austin Powers movies grossed, like, a billion dollars.
      Emperor Palpatine (Carter): What, because of Seth Green? Do you ever hear anyone say, "Hey, looks go see that new Austin Powers, Seth's Green's in it"?
      Luke (Chris): You're not getting to me, man. You're talking about an actor who I happen to enjoy.
      Emperor Palpatine (Carter): Well, I certainly enjoyed him in Entourage, 'cause in that show he was playing himself, an asshole.

    • R2-D2 (Cleveland): Oh, Luke! Did you want me to throw you your lightsaber?
      Luke (Chris): Yeah, about ten minutes ago!
      R2-D2 (Cleveland): Just so you know, the compartment I keep your lightsaber in is my rectum.

    • (as an AT-ST approaches Han, Leia, R2-D2, and C-3PO)
      Han (Peter): Holy crap, stay back!
      (Chewbacca opens the hatch at the top of the AT-ST)
      Chewbacca (Brian): Hey, bitches! I just killed like 50 Stormtroopers!
      Han (Peter): Wow, that thing is really cool!
      Chewbacca (Brian): Damn right, it is! See that squirrel over there? Hi, little squirrel. Kachow! (fires at the squirrel, which destroys it) Ooh!
      Han (Peter): Hey, why don't you blast open this door, and then we can, uh...
      Chewbacca (Brian): (a butterfly flies past) Hey, a butterfly! Aw, look at those beautiful wings flappin. But, uh oh, here comes ka-slice! (destroys the butterfly with another shot, then a hummingbird flies past) Hey, speedy little hummingbird! You're so fast, aren't you? Oh, but are you as fast as this? Ka-skingow! (destroys the hummingbird with another shot, then he notices a beehive) Whoa, what do we have here? A fully-formed beehive! Must've taken months to build that guy. Well guess what? Skadoosh! (fires the lasers, creating two holes in the beehive which bees pour out of and then attack Chewbacca) Aaaah! Oh God! Aaaah! Oh my God! Aaah!
      Leia (Lois): Should we help him?
      Han (Peter): Eh...
      Chewbacca (Brian): (walks on, covered in welts) I think...I think...I think...(faints)

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