"Prick Up Your Ears" is the sixth episode of season five of Family Guy. The episode originally broadcast on 19 November 2006, with guest stars on the show including David Cross, Drew Barrymore and Gary Cole. The plot follows Lois discovering that Chris's school has no sex education program, successfully applying to become a teacher there herself, and then being dismissed in favor of abstinence education. Meanwhile, Stewie attempts to find and kill the tooth fairy after being told horror stories by Brian and Chris. Three scenes originally scheduled for broadcasting were censored and only made available on the DVD. The episode received positive reception from critics.
Annoyed at a pizza delivery man
for the wrong kind of pizza, Mayor Adam West
chases him across town using a "cat launcher", and accidentally breaks a window to the adult movie store. Upon discovering the smashed window, Chris and his friends steal a selection of the adult movies. When they return to the house, Stewie joins them to watch them, but they are all disturbed when Lois comes in and tells Chris he should talk to his sex-education teacher, to be informed Chris's school doesn't have one. After applying for the job as the sex-ed teacher, she gives the children in-depth lessons on condoms
and sexual aids. Meanwhile, Stewie loses a tooth — but is worried about the tooth fairy after being told horror stories by Chris and Brian. Meanwhile, Lois is dismissed from her job after protests from Quahog civilians, and because the principal is worried that her attitude encourages premarital sex.
After the termination of Lois's sex-ed classes, the children are taught information about sex by a reverend, who encourages the children to be abstinent and wait to have sex after marriage. In the assembly, Meg meets Doug, whom she begins dating. After Peter looks at the information booklet that Meg brought home, he decides to become abstinent himself (despite the fact that he's married). Meanwhile, Meg and Doug, in order to honor their own abstinence commitment, have ear sex, much to Lois's horror. Lois tries to talk her out of it but, Meg refuses to listen to her. Lois eventually rapes Peter, and he gives up on abstinence.
Stewie sets up a trap in his bedroom in an attempt to capture the tooth fairy, but when Brian tells him that the tooth fairy is not real, Stewie is disappointed , but the tooth is missing (it shows that the tooth fairy is actually a creepy man rolling on a hill of teeth). In protest, Peter and Lois go to the school. They get past security, and Lois gives the children a speech persuading them that safe sex is okay and that they should decide when they're ready. Doug is excited about now being able to see Meg naked, but after he does, he ends his relationship with her, leaving her distraught. The episode ends with Cleveland getting his first and only line of the episode.
Throughout the episode, several scenes were not broadcast on the television version as they were deemed inappropriate. When the doctor is discussing the woman's health problems on 'Genital hospital', the original gag was for viewers to see him undoing his zipper, but this was removed for broadcasting standards, and is thus only available on the DVD. When Lois is forcing Peter to have regular sex with her (rather than his new found tradition of ear-sex), this scene was not shown on television, as it too was deemed inappropriate by broadcasting standards . When Brian is informing Lois that his food tastes funny, he asks her why this may be, to which Peter replies with "yeah, it's been on my penis", this was censored and replaced with him saying: "yeah, it's been on my crotch", again so the show would adhere to broadcasting standards. When Mel Gibson
apologizes to Jewish people for offending them, yet continuing to insult them in the process, this entire scene was not added until a later date and after the episode had been made, but still prior to broadcasting. Mel Gibson voiced himself When Stewie enters Herbert
's house, there was originally meant to be a picture of Chris Griffin
's face on the wall, with the body of a model, but this was removed from broadcasting.
The cutaway sequence after Lois is informed the sex-ed classes will be cancelled is a reference to Knight Rider
. When Stewie is using his toys in order to capture and kill the Tooth Fairy, the toys are SpongeBob
, all of which are fictional characters for television programs. Peter is shown watching Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County
The sequence about five minutes into the episode where Brian, Chris, Quagmire, Cleveland, Mayor West, Herbert, the monkey, the Doctor, and the Kool-Aid guy try to violently 'calm Stewie down' is a reference to the David Zucker film Airplane! where the same thing happens.
This episode received little reception, with positive reviews being given by IGN's
Dan Iverson who commented that the story had "great satire of the issue of sex education vs. abstinence", he also noted that "the random flashback jokes are often what are most memorable about each episode" and that the episode had a couple of "manatee gags
", eight to be exact. Overall, Iverson gave the show a final rating of 7.8/10.