Family Guy

Saving Private Brian

Season 5, Ep 4, Aired 11/5/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Chris is approached to join the military. Brian goes to the recruiting headquarters to voice his opinion, when Stewie signs himself and Brian up for the military. They pass Boot Camp and are shipped to Iraq, where they try to get honorably discharged by doing anything they can. Meanwhile, Chris decides to join a goth band.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alex Borstein

    Lois (and various)

  • Mila Kunis

    Meg (season 2+)

  • Seth Green (I)

    Chris (and various)

  • Seth MacFarlane

    Peter / Stewie / Brian / Quagmire / Tom Tucker (and various)

  • Cherry Chevapravatdumrong

  • Fan Reviews (40)
  • Brian and Stewie join the military; Chris joins a band

    By fsaenz0125, May 26, 2012

  • Great until another couple of characters were killed off.

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 10, 2011

  • Another great episode!

    By marebear2009, Aug 12, 2011

  • One of my favorite episodes of "Family Guy"

    By tigerdude22, May 20, 2011

  • Umm, it's okay, but still good.

    By AangPhantom777, Mar 08, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Chris: The army sounds awesome! And the recruiter said, with any luck, I could get the clap from a twelve year-old Chinese prostitute. Peter: Oh, that's great! You'll be serving your country, just like American film legend, Mickey Rooney. (scene switches to Mickey Rooney in a chair) Mickey Rooney: Hi, I'm former biggest star in the world Mickey Rooney, and, as you may know, I am totally and completely insane! I like to yell at mice with my shirt off! (a shirtless Rooney kneels by a mouse) Aaah! Aaah! Sometimes, I like to steal other people's scabs! (Rooney steals a man's scab and runs off) Aaah! Aaah! How do I stay so crazy? (lifts up a jar of pills) Mickey Rooney's Crazy Pills! Take one with breakfast, one with lunch, and before you know it, you'll be up on your roof, pooping in the chimney! (switches to Rooney sitting on a chimney, pants down) Hold out your stockings, kids!

    • Peter: (playing piano and singing) I am Peter Griffin, I like fancy food, I like reading comic books and dressing like a dude! (throws piano) Oh yeah! Rock 'n' roll!

    • Chris: Hello, James Woods High! I'm Chris, and this is my band, Splash Log! And we are gonna rock this place until about 9:30, cuz that's when the dance is over!

    • Lois: Chris, I don't like this attitude of yours. Chris: I don't care what you think of me! Peter: Oh, I envy that. I am so self-concious about what people think of me.

    • Stewie: Brian, did you see Revenge of the Sith? Brian: Yeah, I saw part of it. Stewie: Why does Emperor Palpatine have a desk? Brian: Huh? Stewie: In that scene where Yoda comes in and they're about to have that big fight, Emperor Palpatine clearly gets up from his desk. I'm just saying, what does he...what does he need a desk for? Brian: Who the hell cares? Stewie: I'm just saying, it's weird. I mean, like, what was he doing at his desk right before Yoda walked in? What was he doing? Was he doing paperwork? Was he, like, "Uh Yoda, what do you need, and will it take longer than five minutes? I'm absolutely swamped. These requisition forms for new TIE fighters have to be down to Debbie in accounting by six or Nute Gunray is gonna pitch a tent in my waiting room."

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    Notes (2)

    • In this episode we see Peter play the piano to a short song he made up. In the episode Wasted Talent Peter could only play the piano if he was drunk, he was not drunk when he was playing it in this episode.

    • Again, Meg appeared in this episode, but didn't have any speaking lines.

    Trivia (10)

    • Before Chris' concert, James Woods Regional High School is shown, but with its sign's middle word spelled incorrectly: "Reglonal."

    • The soldier who Stewie and Brian see after they shoot themselves in the feet is wearing master sergeant insignia on his arm and lieutenant general rank insignia on his lapel. It is unlikely that a general would be guarding the medical tent, so it is reasonable to assume he was a master sergeant.

    • The Drill Sergeant's stripes are upside down even though on the wall next to the recruiters door the enlisted ranks were correct.

    • The second episode in a row to have unpopular side character(s) killed off.

    • The sign outside of Radio City Music Hall says "Radio City, Welcome to the Grammys (Not you, Fred Durst).

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    Allusions (17)

    • Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Stewie shouts "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" into the radio. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is a 70's era show that was meant to satire soup operas of that time period. The show was produced by Norman Lear.

    • Missing White Woman Syndrome The scene where the man is discussing to the media the girl who died in the bus crash, and the media's reaction afterward is a reference to the term missing white woman snydrome (or MWWS for short). MWWS is described as disproportionate media coverage of missing or murdered young white female victims, whereas stories about men or older women or non-white women or other news stories receive less attention. An excellent example of MWWS is the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the young girl who disappeared in Aruba in 2005.

    • Stripes When Brian is running the obstacle course, the theme from the movie Stripes is playing.

    • Wu-Tang Clan In the scene where Lois and Peter investigate Chris's room, Lois recites a quote by Inspectah Deck from the Wu-tang Clan song "Bring Da Ruckus." The Wu-Tang Clan are a popular hip-hop supergroup from Staten Island, New York.

    • West Side Story While the recruits are marching in the woods, they go into a dance. The music is from the song "Mambo" in West Side Story. During the dance the recruits shout, "Mambo!", just like the dancers during the Mambo scene in West Side Story.

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