“It’s a Trap!” is a direct-to-video special of the animated series Family Guy which later served as the double-episode season finale of the ninth season and is the final part of the series’ Star Wars parody trilogy Laugh It Up, Fuzzball.
It retells the story of Return of the Jedi as “Blue Harvest” did with Star Wars and “Something, Something, Something, Dark Side” did with The Empire Strikes Back by recasting characters from Family Guy into roles from the film.
It is named after the phrase uttered in the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi. The home video was first released on 21 December 2010 and later aired on Fox in the United States on 22 May 2011.
The Griffin family experience another power outage, forcing them to reluctantly go through Return of the Jedi. Rather than setting up the plot, the opening crawl states that Fox required Seth MacFarlane to complete the trilogy to be allowed to direct Ted.
On Tatooine, R2-D2 and C-3PO find Jabba the Hutt’s palace in order to initiate a plan to save Han Solo, still frozen in carbonite for posterity. Leia unfreezes Han but Jabba captures her and she is shackled by Jabba’s side. Han, meanwhile, is thrown into a prison cell with Chewbacca. Luke arrives at the palace and attempts to bargain for the release of his friends. Jabba opens a trap door and Luke falls into a pit where he battles and kills the Rancor. Afterwards, Jabba orders Luke and his friends to be eaten by the Sarlacc. Luke initiates an assault on Jabba’s crew with the help of Lando Calrissian, disguised as one of Jabba’s henchmen. Distracted by the carnage, Leia chokes Jabba using her slave chains while her fellow rebels commandeer a transport ship and fly to safety.
Luke and R2-D2 fly to Dagobah so Luke can finish his training with Yoda while the others rejoin the rebel fleet. On Dagobah, Yoda explains the final part of training is to face Vader. In his dying words, Yoda reveals that Luke has a sibling. The spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to Luke and further explains that his sibling is Princess Leia; he chastises Luke for not figuring it out sooner, as Leia is “the only goddamn woman in the galaxy”.
The rebels begin planning an assault on the new Death Star and Admiral Ackbar explains that they must first destroy a shield generator located on the forest moon of Endor. In order to land on the forest moon of Endor, Han uses a stolen Imperial ship and old access code to sneak past the Empire’s blockade. Vader allows them passage on to the moon, knowing Luke is aboard the ship. When they reach the moon’s surface, the rebels are spotted by Imperial soldiers which they stop from reporting after a high-speed chase. Separated from the others, Leia is befriended by Wicket the Ewok. Luke, Han, Chewie and the droids fall into an Ewok trap while searching for Leia. They are captured and brought to the village where Leia is being housed. The Ewoks believe C-3PO is a god and begin to worship him. Luke tells Princess Leia they are siblings, but Leia claims to have already known that, even when they kissed: “I’m from Alderaan. It’s basically the Mississippi of the galaxy.”
Following Yoda’s advice, Luke surrenders to Vader in order to confront him. Vader tries to convince Luke to turn to the dark side. Luke refuses and the two meet with the Emperor, who reveals that Luke’s friends are walking into a trap on the forest moon. When this revelation fails to anger Luke, the Emperor begins to mock actor Seth Green (who voices Chris). Luke defends Green saying that he has been in successful projects, only to have The Emperor saying the negative side of Green’s roles. Luke becomes enraged and begins duelling Vader.
Back on the forest moon, Han leads the rebels to the shield generator, however, the company is ambushed. The Ewoks help the rebels escape from the Imperial troops and destroy the shield generator, while Lando and Nien Nunb lead the attack on the Death Star.
Luke finally subdues Vader, but he refuses to execute him and join the dark side at the Emperor’s request. The Emperor then incapacitates Luke with his powerful Force lightning. Because Luke asks Vader politely for help, Vader gathers his remaining strength and kills the distracted Emperor by throwing him into the reactor core. Vader and Luke manage to flee the Death Star before Lando and his crew blow it up. Unfortunately, when Vader asks Luke to help him remove his mask (to “look on you with my own eyes”), Luke accidentally twists and breaks Vader’s neck. Everyone rendezvous back at the Ewok village to celebrate the rebels victory over the Empire. While the Ewoks kill the wounded Imperials, the spirits of Obi-Wan and Yoda appear to Luke, alongside the spirit of the redeemed Anakin Skywalker, who angrily accuses Luke of murdering him.
The Griffins’ power returns just as Peter concludes the story, Meg then asks Peter “What about the prequel trilogy?” with Peter suggesting that The Cleveland Show might do the prequels. After that, the family starts arguing about whether Seth Green or Seth MacFarlane is a better artist.
- H. Jon Benjamin as Carl/Yoda.
- Dee Bradley Baker as Klaus Heissler/Admiral Ackbar.
- Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
- Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Worf.
- Carrie Fisher as Angela/Mon Mothma.
- Rush Limbaugh as himself/Rancor.
- Anne Hathaway as hot blonde.
- Bruce McGill as John Williams.
- Mary Hart as herself.
- Due to the declining number of unused Family Guy characters, the episode also features characters from American Dad! and The Cleveland Show: Roger appears as Moff Jerjerrod, (with Vader/Stewie commenting “What, have we run out of our characters already?”) Klaus appears as Admiral Ackbar, Tim appears as Wicket the Ewok and Rallo appears as Nien Nunb.
- Stan was originally going to appear as Wedge Antilles, but his part got cut (he is still mentioned when Lando orders him to destroy the Power Station in the main reactor of the Death Star).
- The role of Meg Griffin continues to be minor, this time taking the role of the Sarlacc.
- The episode featured voice cameos from Patrick Stewart and Michael Dorn reprising their roles of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Adam West, Carrie Fisher and Rush Limbaugh as the Rancor (Limbaugh had previously made a cameo as himself in “Blue Harvest“). At the Sarlacc Pit, when the Rebels keep nodding at each other to fight back against Jabba’s minions, an image of an impatient Ted Knight appears from a clip of Caddyshack (“Well, we’re waiting!”).
Family Guy Laugh It Up, Fuzzball Trilogy
Star Wars Series
- Overview of the Star Wars Franchise.
- Overview of Star Wars Films.
- Overview of Star Wars Parodies.
- Hardware Wars (1978).
- Spaceballs (1987).
- Spaceballs: The Animated Series (2008).
- Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle (1999).
- Family Guy TV Series:
- Overview of Star Wars TV Series.
- Overview of Star Wars Documentary Series.
- Overview of LEGO Star Wars.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Peter Shin.
- Writer(s): Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and David A. Goodman.
- Music: “The Games That Daddies Play” by Conway Twitty.
- Release Date: 23 May 2010.
- Running Time: 60 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.