“Family Guy” dug deep into Stewie’s psyche in a special episode that addressed his sexuality and a secret about his accent.
In the episode “Send in Stewie, Please,” Stewie is sent to Dr. Pritchfield, a therapist voiced by out actor Sir Ian McKellan, after he pushes his classmate down the stairs.
“I only pushed Tyler down the stairs because I like him and I’m afraid he won’t like me back,” Stewie tells Dr. Pritchfield. “And not like him, like him. I’m not gay. This whole thing isn’t because I’m gay so calm down, I can already see you licking your chops. I’m sure you live for the ‘coming out’ sessions. If anything, I’m less gay than I used to be, not that anybody at this school would care. But do I think that Grant Gustin and I would make the most adorable Instagram couple? Yes, yes we would.”
“Grant Gustin plays The Flash on the CW if you were wondering because, you know most people over 70 probably don’t know who he is. Think young Anthony Perkins,” Stewie, whose sexuality has been a running joke on the show, adds.
Stewie opens up that he may consider himself sexually fluid.
“Anyway, fluid is something I hear being tossed around,” he says. “But I’m confident in my heterosexuality. That’s a word, right?”
When Dr. Pritchfield says it is a word, Stewie says “Okay. It just sounded strange for a second.”
The biggest revelation was that Stewie’s British accent is actually fake.
Writer Gary Janetti explained to the Daily Beast that the episode wasn’t meant to be an official coming out for Stewie but the start of him understanding his identity.
“Stewie’s extremely intelligent. When he walks into the room, within a second he identifies that therapist as gay,” Janetti says.“And the way he acknowledges that is when he says to him that this isn’t a coming out session and I’m sure you lick your chomps every time you get one of those. I’m not being defensive, but… I think he’s seeing an opportunity to say, ‘This isn’t easy. What you think this is going to be, it’s not. It’s not as actualized.’”
Watch Stewie reveal the truth about his accent below.