Family Guy will be paying a tribute to late Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher in Sunday’s episode, which will see Peter Griffin eulogise supervisor Angela (Carrie Fisher) after her death from “swimming less than 20 minutes after she had eaten.”
After taking similar lines from theme songs belonging to beloved sitcoms like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Friends and Cheers, Peter warns every one of the dangers of swimming with a full stomach before giving a rain-soaked speech in remembrance of Angela.
“She had grace, courage, and an unmatched zest for life. She may be gone, but her voice will live on in DVD and Hulu Plus, and tiny Droid-projected messages. I may have lost a boss, but Heaven has gained a princess,” a tearful Peter says before realizing he’s speaking at the wrong funeral.
“It would be easy for a less capable actress to make that character kind of one-note, gruff, and yelling all the time,” executive producer Steve Callaghan told EW.
The heartwarming speech that pays homage to Fisher’s fine as Leia Organa in Star Wars is “very much intended and a respectful goodbye to both the character of Angela and also Carrie Fisher,” Callaghan said.
“Peter has a speech in there where he’s talking about Angela, but we the audience know that he’s also quite deliberately talking about Carrie Fisher. It’s not like the entire episode is about Angela’s departure, but it does introduce Peter’s new bosses that then sets the stage for what the episode is about.”
Her last episode, “Three Directors,” was remembered by executive producer Rich Appel during last October’s Comic Con, where he recalled an intense makeout session between Peter and Angela.
“The last direction we were able to give her was, ‘it’s a deep French kiss with Peter Griffin, go wild,’” Appel said, adding Fisher was “as game for this as she always was over the years.”