Technically he’s still an infant, but Stewie Griffin is more like Truman Capote meets Ernst Blofeld, with the complicated psyche to prove it. Now, in an upcoming episode of Family Guy, the youngest Griffin will unpack his sexual orientation with a therapist, Dr. Pritchfield, played by out legend Sir Ian McKellen.
If the idea of an oblong-headed baby having a sexual orientation disturbs you—well, that’s honestly the least disturbing storyline we’ve heard on Family Guy in years.
“It’s just a two-character episode with Stewie in his therapist’s office for the first time,” Executive producer Rich Appel told TVLine. “It’s a wonderful episode, and Seth [McFarlane]’s performance is spectacular. They delve into all sorts of things you would think would come up in a therapy session with a boy like Stewie.
“They are going to discuss all the things you would expect from a little boy like Stewie, Appel says, and questions about sexuality come up “pretty immediately.”
“The episode covers that, and then goes to deeper issues for Stewie.”
The series has certainly made gay references with Stewie in the past, but it’s never really unpacked them directly.
There’s no scheduled date announced for the special episode, which will air with minimal commercial interruptions, but Family Guy returns to Fox for its 16th season on March 11.