Family Guy

Season 9 Episode 12

The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 06, 2011 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Meg offers to check on her neighbor, Joe Swanson, while Bonnie, is out of town. Meanwhile, Stewie tries to become more evil.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Superb episode but I thought Brian and Stewie's plot was getting too violent

    Okay.. this episode is better than that new Family Guy episode "German Guy" that aired a couple of weeks ago. I was really impressed with this episode. The only thing that I can do without in this episode is the violence in Brian and Stewie's plot... I liked that plot but did it really have to be violent. I know Family Guy is meant to be violent and I'm okay with that but it shouldn't have been really violent. Stewie's evil clone cutting off Brian's tail and putting Brian's tail in real Stewie's mouth and then Stewie throws up was something that I found unnecessary in this episode. Also, Stewie's evil clone cutting that random woman in half was also something I found unnecessary. Aside from the violence in Brian and Stewie's plot... this was a superb episode. I think I liked the plot more with Meg starting to have a crush on Joe while Bonnie was away. Quagmire's cameo appearance in the beginning of the episode was very funny. Herbert's brief cameo appearance was also very funny. I thought Peter dressing up as Meg and then he says "I stole Meg's cutaway" was hilarious. It was also hilarious when Meg and Joe are talking in their minds and of course when Joe was freaking out because Meg was breast feeding Susie. The Kool-Aid joke was also hilarious. It was also hilarious when Peter keeps prank calling Joe and Joe doesn't even know that it's Peter prank calling him. The last 2 minutes was interesting when Stewie was fighting his evil clone. The ending of this episode kind of leaves you hanging because you don't know if Brian killed real Stewie or evil clone Stewie. I am also happy that Meg apologized to Bonnie for having her arrested and when Joe and Meg told each other that they are glad to be neighbors. Overall, aside from Brian and Stewie's plot getting too violent and the ending leaving you hanging, this was a superb episode of "Family Guy" and made me laugh hard for the most part. 9/10moreless
  • Nice to see Evil Stewie back

    When Bonnie asks Lois to check on Joe and Susie while she visits her father in the hospital, Lois passes the job off to Meg. This go well, but when Joe isn't ashamed to drop her off in front of her school, Meg starts becoming attracted to him. She pushes the boundaries by calling him by his first name and when he doesn't correct her takes it as a sign of being accepted and starts wearing Bonnie's dresses. When Meg discovers Bonnie will be returning she steals Joe's gun and runs to Maine to plant it into Bonnie's luggage, causing her to be arrested at the airport. During an evening out for dinner, Meg starts talking about having children with Joe and becomes emotional, ending with breastfeeding Susie. Joe takes his concerns to Lois and Peter that Meg is becoming too attracted to him but is dismissed until Lois sees Meg's attraction for herself. When Lois points out that Meg and Joe have nothing in common, Meg agrees and throws herself in front of Joe's squad car in an attempt to become handicapped like Joe. At the hospital, Joe sets Meg straight and Meg apologizes to Bonnie who had been freed to keep getting her token voice work checks. In the meantime, while at the park, Stewie fails to take revenge on an older boy who insults him when his gun misfires and believes he is losing his edge. He tries to boost his evil side by building an neural-enhancement device but the machine takes Stewie's evilness and concentrates it into a clone. The clone attacks Brian, attempting to choke him and cuts off his tail. When Stewie discovers the clone, he is also attacked and the clone escapes, killing a woman in the process. The clone goes on a rampage, luring the Kool-Aid Man to his death while gleefully drinking his contents. Stewie and Brian lure evil Stewie by tying up Brian. When evil Stewie arrives to shoot Brian with a ray gun, Stewie leaps onto evil Stewie and they fight, tearing off their clothes in the process. When Brian manages to get control of the gun, he is unsure of which Stewie to shoot until he instructs them to look at their feet. When one Stewie looks at his feet and starts giggling, he shoots the other one. As they walk off, the remaining Stewie looks back with yellow, monster eyes as maniacal laughter is heard.

  • 3/6

    Usually the Meg-centric episodes are actually decent, as bad as that character is, but "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair" was able to buck that trend, unfortunately. Joe had a few good lines here, and as always, when they make references to actual dog stuff (in the case Brian chasing helicopters) you get a laugh, but other than that, there was not too much to this show. Reusing the Meg being obsessed storyline (and actually referencing it, showing they have no ideas) and then reusing the infamous "who do I shoot?" scene? Lame episode of Family Guy, but I suppose it was better than last week's.moreless
  • Meg checks on Joe and Susie while Bonnie is out of town

    The main plot was funnier and better than the sub plot. While the subplot was interesting, I think the violence was unneed. The violence scenes were evil Stewie attacking Brian, cutting off a woman's body, and the fight between the normal and clone Stewie. Those made my score a bit lower. It would been a 10 if the writers didn't include violence. Anyway, let's get on the funny parts. Peter's role was funny in this episode. It was funny that he stole Meg's cutaway and try to prank call Joe. Meg and Joe saying something in their minds was funny. It was super dang hilarious when Joe asked what's Lady Gaga and thinks that she is a d****. Even though the main plot was good, I just found it weird that Meg fall in love with Joe. It was funny that she try to be like a cripple. As for Stewie/Brian plot, it was funny that Stewie falied to shoot. It was funny that Stewie and the evil clone were fighting with their diapers. The ending was funny as well when Stewie looks at the audience evily. Overall, a superb episode of Family Guy. It is one of my top 5 favorite of this season but the violence should have been reduced. 9/10, 10/10 (if without the extreme violence)moreless
  • I respect family guy again due to its recent improvements.

    Did anyone else notice that ever sense the clue episode it seems like family guy has been making obvious improvements and trying to go back to its roots? I don't mean as far as jokes go, because the jokes are still lacking in most cases. But as far as formula goes. No longer is half of the episode taken over by cutaways, if there is a cutaway they lead into it properly and it doesn't feel forced. Stewie is acting more evil again and the show is more plot drivin recently. Although these past episodes lack the amazing clever humor "to the most part" of the first few seasons. The episodes still draw me in more due to these improvements. Keep doing what your doing family guy!

    Just throw in some more clever humor and you could go back to being at least almost as good as you were!moreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Grififn, Glenn Quagmire & Kool-Aide Man

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois Griffin

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris Griffin

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg Griffin

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

John Herbert

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Meg: (in mind) If he doesn't say anything about him calling him "Joe" than we are truly in love.
      Joe: (in mind) She just called me "Joe", that's kind of weird. But I'll just let it slide, she has nothing going on. Besides what harm could it do? These are delious, Meg, thanks.
      Meg: Your welcome, Joe.
      Joe: (in mind) Ah f**k, I should have said something else.
      Meg: (in mind) He let me said it twice now, it's like we're married.
      Susie: (in mind) This is Patrick Stewart. How are you liking the program so far?

  • NOTES (0)


    • The final moments of the episode, with Stewie's eyes turning yellow and a voiceover laugh, mimic the ending of the 1983 music video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

    • Episode Title:the title of this episode is a parody on the 1992 thriller " The Hand That Rocks The Cradle", A film starring Rebecca De Mornay,who plays a deranged nanny out to take the place of the wife who hired her to look after her family.

    • Star Trek: The splitting of Stewie into two one good and one evil is just like Captain Kirk in the episode The Enemy Within.

    • At the end of the episode, Stewie look toward the camera to have yellow eyes and a laughter is heard. This is from Micheal Jackson's Thriller.