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Brian considers getting neutered.

Season: 18 Episode: 11
Total Episode Count: 340
Prod. no.: JACX11
First Aired: February 16, 2020

Guest Starring: Christopher Meloni
Featuring: Brian, Lois, Peter
Also Appearing: Stewie, Meg, Chris, Cleveland, Quagmire, Joe, Tom Tucker, Mort Goldman, Joanna, Jeremy, Shredder/George Townsend, Sensei Dan, Bentley, Tiny Tom Cruise, The cast of Seinfeld, Golden State Warriors, Fairuza Balk, Annette Bening, Warren Beatty
Musical Numbers: Jewish Party song

Director: Julius Wu

Assistant Director: John Banh
Writers: Kirker Butler
Storyboarders: Helen Kim, Eric Sanford, Stephen Wong

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When Brian is chased out of Goldman's Pharmacy, his attempted vandalism ends up knocking out a robber. When he is hailed as a hero, a previous acquaintance reconnects with him, now a well-to-do tech entrepreneur and author going by the name of George Townsend. George convinces him that the only thing holding him back from greatness is not being neutered. After thinking it over, Brian agrees, despite Stewie's attempt to get him to reconsider. When Brian goes off for the operation, Stewie discovers a secret in one of George's books and sets off in pursuit. Once strapped down, Brian finds out that George is really after revenge for his leaving him for Peter before being gassed and the operation begins. Stewie arrives and stops the operation in mid-procedure, with Brian losing only a single testicle in the process. They convince George that his revenge was at least partially satisfied and because of Brian, he achieved all that he had in the meantime, with Brian's missing testicle being replaced by a jester's bell after George ate it.

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Meanwhile, despite Lois' interest, Peter draws the line at her getting a shorter haircut, but she does so anyway. The guys convince him that to get back at her he should become too annoying to ignore. However, she decides to play the game his way and becomes annoying right back. When things come to a head, they end up making mad passionate love in the kitchen, but afterwards when Lois asks Peter's opinion on her haircut, he still insists that he hates it.

Having been absent for the episode, Meg tries to tell about her big weekend away as Peter calls repeatedly for the closing credits. Noting that they're finished, Brian walks away to the sound of jingling bells.