- Date: May 2, 1999
- Type: Television Episode
This Television Episode refers to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! written by Dr. Seuss
The criminal Joe is chasing (before he was paralysed) is the Grinch, who even rhymes in the style of Dr. Seuss saying, "You think you have won, you think all is well, but kiss my green ass, I shall see you in hell!"
After Peter injures the Happy-Go-Lucky Toy Factory's new employee Guillermo during softball practice, he is forced by Mr. Weed to find a replacement for the upcoming softball game. Meanwhile, Lois meets the Griffin family's new neighbors, the Swansons. Peter is initially annoyed by Joe Swanson and has no interest in becoming his friend, but convinces Joe to play for the softball team once Lois mentions that he played baseball in college. Next morning at the game, Peter is surprised to learn that Joe is wheelchair-bound. Joe's experience helps the team win. Peter becomes jealous of Joe and tries to become a hero by stopping a robbery; he ends up as a hostage until Joe convinces the robbers to surrender. Peter is disappointed, but his family tells him that he is their hero.