The Book of Joe
Joe becomes a children's book author.
Season: 13 Episode: 02
Total Episode Count: 233
Prod. no.: CACX01
First Aired: October 5, 2014
Featuring: Joe Swanson, Peter Griffin
Also Appearing: Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie, Brian, Cleveland Brown, Jr., Bonnie, Kevin, Tom Tucker, Cleveland, Quagmire, Al Harrington, Chloe, Gene Shalit, JoAnne, Mr. Peanut, Blake Walker, Captain Kirk, Uhura, Sulu, Spock, Bones McCoy, Cee-lo Green
Director: Mike Kim
: Jonathan GebhartWriters
: Mike Desilets Storyboarders
: Young Baek
, Won Ki Cho
, Helen Kim
, Pablo Solis Plot
When the neighbors are invited over to Joe's house for a pool party, Peter discovers that Joe has been writing a children's book and offers his support when Joe has doubts about it. Joe sends his book to a publisher and they pick it up, but he decides to use a pen name to avoid trouble on the police force.
At a book reading, his wheelchair and attitude intimidates the children and Peter decides to step in for him, becoming a success. Joe and his agent Blake Walker enlist Peter to become the “face” of the pen name. Joe has some misgivings, but decides to go along with it. When interviewed by Tom Tucker, his humorous pokes at the handicapped get under Joe's skin, but the fans find it funny. Joe confronts Peter over his angle on the book, but Peter uses the threat of the publisher's support and Joe quits the project. Lois tries to talk to Peter, but he has bigger problems when he needs to write another book. He goes to Quagmire and Cleveland to come up with story ideas which takes some odd turns. At the debut of the new book, Peter's blue presentation shocks the parents and their children and they leave as Peter is fired. Peter realizes that Joe is the true spirit of the book and goes to Joe's house to find him throwing away his writing materials and apologizes. Joe forgives Peter and admits he never would have published in the beginning.
Meanwhile at a coffee shop, Brian obsesses over a runner named Chloe he sees and tries to impress her, scoring a date. When he arrives to pick her up, she decides they should go for a run and he achieves a “runner's high” more powerful that drugs and scores with her. Brian continues his workout, annoying the family. Brian shows off his new figure which frightens Stewie, having dumped Chloe to take up working out on a full-time basis. At the Quahog Marathon, Stewie shows up in support but continues to express reservations about Brian's health. As soon as the race starts, Brian's leg snaps and he is run over by the other runners, allowing Stewie to have the final word.
Peter finishes with some odd books he found while in Urban Outfitters.