Throw It Away
The family tries to stop hoarding.
Season: 17 Episode: 18
Total Episode Count: 327
Prod. no.: HACX15
First Aired: April 28, 2019
Featuring: Lois Griffin
Also Appearing: Peter, Meg, Chris, Stewie, Brian, Quagmire, Joe, Cleveland, Donna Tubbs-Brown, Tom Tucker, Joyce Kinney, Tricia Takanawa, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Kathy Ireland
Musical Numbers: Surfin' Bird, Theme from "Taft"
Director: Brian Iles
: Ivaylo AngelovWriters
: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong Storyboarders
: Rob Bou-Saab
, Jonathan Gebhart
, Stephen Wong Plot
Lois drags Peter to Joyce Kinney's talk show, The Flow, where she learns that Tricia Takanawa has a new best selling book titled Throw it Away. Inspired by a trip to Mount Asia, it recommends clearing clutter by getting rid of things that no longer bring you joy. She makes the family go on a house cleaning binge, but when one of Peter stunts at bedtime annoys her, she declares he no longer brings her joy and orders him out of the house. After annoying Quagmire with a brief stay, he ends up taking up residence in a storage facility.
She soon turns her attention to the rest of the family and quickly kicks them out as well, where they join Peter. With the house a gutted, white shell, happiness continues to evade her. The family returns and finds a note she left behind, and they deduce that she went to Mount Asia for answers. There, they find her on a rope bridge high over a river, trying to collect her thoughts. But when Peter tries to cross to her, his movements on the bridge cause her to fall over and plummet towards the river. She is saved when she falls into a passing garbage barge and realizing that every little thing in the house brings her joy, decides to keep it all.