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First Aired: April 11, 2000


Plot: Delighted at the prospect of Lois being out of the house more often, Stewie encourages her plans to run for school board president. Chris' principal at Buddy Cianci Junior High calls and reports that Chris was caught peeking into the girls' locker room. While at the school to discuss Chris' situation, Peter spots Mr. Fargas, who had been his favorite teacher. Fargas is much more subdued than Peter remembers due to the medications the school board orders him to take. Peter throws the medication away, hoping that Mr. Fargas will once again be a wacky, inspiring teacher.

To help Chris keep out of trouble while dealing with his natural curiosity about men, Peter gives him a pile of his old skin mags. A news flash reports that Mr. Fargas, off his meds and unbalanced, conducted a student egg drop event using the eggs of the "endangered California condor." Fargas is immediately fired for his lack of judgment. The same news report mentions that school board candidate Betsy Lebeau has withdrawn, leaving Lois unopposed. Peter demands that Lois get Fargas' job back, which Lois refuses to do. Peter, convinced that Mr. Fargas' firing was unfair, decides to enter the race for school board president as well.

Meanwhile, Chris begins showing his new found trove of pornography to school buddies, and Stewie begins to realize that he misses Lois acting as foil to his schemes. Cleveland expresses concern for Peter's campaign, since he has no support entering a debate. Predictably, Peter retorts to Lois' well-thought-out platform with personal insults and nonsense ("She freed Miss Rubella Mucus and nailed Jane Doe!). He gains support from the crowd until Lois (who's wanting to win gets the better of her) points out his ignorance and lack of experience. Peter responds by claiming Lois eats babies.

Watching election night results on television, Lois and Brian see a horrifying ad from Peter. He displays a picture of her in skimpy lingerie and calls her a slut. The ad works, and Peter is elected in a landslide victory. Lois furiously demands that he had better do something worthwhile with his presidency besides reinstating a crazy teacher. Incredibly, Peter does institute some landmark programs within a few short weeks, which surprises Lois. During a live interview with Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa, however, Peter discovers that all the male students are reading his old "mens magazines" in the library. Peter's popularity crashes in the ensuing scandal, and in desperation, Quagmire hires political consultant James Carville, who advises Peter to blame Lois for the pornography. In a public statement, Peter attempts to pass the buck to Lois, but is unable to follow through and admits responsibility. He states his regret over humiliating his wife for the election and resigns from his post, boarding a helicopter in a parody of Richard Nixon's post-resignation departure from the White House.

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