Family Guy

Season 2 Episode 11

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Bucks

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 18, 2000 on FOX
8.0
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Peter runs into a former classmate of his while at the amusement park that the classmate founded. Contemplating his own legacy, Peter starts to think about his future. Chris gives Peter a painting that he painted in order to cheer Peter up, but Peter ends up selling it to a New York art gallery for $5,000. Realizing that Chris might be his only hope to have a lasting legacy, Peter pushes Chris to follow his dream of becoming an artist. The family then moves to New York so Chris can become famous.moreless

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  • great for most of the parts

    8.5
    Peter runs into a former classmate of his while at the amusement park that the classmate founded. Contemplating his own legacy, Peter starts to think about his future. Chris gives Peter a painting that he painted in order to cheer Peter up, but Peter ends up selling it to a New York art gallery for $5,000. Realizing that Chris might be his only hope to have a lasting legacy, Peter pushes Chris to follow his dream of becoming an artist. The family then moves to New York so Chris can become famous. A great episode. This episode wasn't my favorite though because I thought it could have been better in some of the parts. The plot was a tad interesting though. Parts that I laughed are Peter refering to the place then he turns into a child, Stewie playing a game at the amusement park, Stewie thinks that he wrote a letter to Peter, Stephen King cutaway, the mailman turning into a baby/midget, Walt Disney cutaway Peter singing about Meg, and a few others more. Overall, a great episode. 8.5/10moreless
  • One of my least favorite Season 2 episodes.

    7.0
    Peter runs into a former classmate of his while at the amusement park that the classmate founded. Contemplating his own legacy, Peter starts to think about his future. Chris gives Peter a painting that he painted in order to cheer Peter up, but Peter ends up selling it to a New York art gallery for $5,000. Realizing that Chris might be his only hope to have a lasting legacy, Peter pushes Chris to follow his dream of becoming an artist. The family then moves to New York so Chris can become famous.



    What I liked- When Peter tells Chris he didn't want the drawing.





    Overall, mediocre compared to the other Season 2 episodes



    7/10moreless
  • good

    7.0
    What I liked: Chris' "What?!" (the way he says it), "This looks like something out of Stephen King!" and then the Stephen King cutaway, Peter's line "Don't you know it's illegal for women to drive?" at the beginning, amongst a few other things.



    It was pretty good. Peter and those other guys in the flashback, making fun of Bob because his mom was dead? Yea, those kinds of jokes do not amuse me. But the rest of the episode was pretty good, with Chris having to make a tough decision. Not one of my favorite episodes but I would be willing to watch it again, my final grade is a B-/C+.moreless
  • Pretty good episode

    9.0
    When Peter runs into an old classmate, he realizes that he has done nothing successful with his life. Chris makes him a painting to make him feel better, and Peter sells it to a museum, and gets $5,000. A art agent sees that Chris has real talent, and puts him on display at a museum, but chris cant see his dad anymore, because the agent thinks he's a bad influence. Peter is furious, so he tries to get Meg famous, by using her bird calls. Chris sees that he dosn't care about the money, and he just wants to be with his dad.



    This was a great episode. There were many great scenes like The Bull in the china shop, Poseidon, the guy who was playing Brian, and Big bird.



    Overall Grade: 90%/A-moreless
  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the show family guy peter runs into a old classmate of his from school and then chris who is making paitings gives one to his father and peter goes and sells it for 5,000 to art gallery in new york and then peter wants to move to new york to let chris live his dream as artist. and things start to work out but they go down hill and they go back to living in cohog. this was a good ep that had some funny scenes that made the ep really good that is why i gave it a 8.5moreless
Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (season 2+)

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Voice

Guest Star

Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen

Murphy Brown

Guest Star

Faith Ford

Faith Ford

Corky Sherwood

Guest Star

Rachael MacFarlane

Rachael MacFarlane

Various

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Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)

Various

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Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

Bonnie

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Peter and Meg are sitting in the park, Meg's shoes are brown in one scene.

      Also, near the end of the episode, Lois' feet are colored red like her shoes.

    • During the Andy Warhol's Lassie scene, Brian gets a can of soup poured on him, though the can says chicken noodle, it looks more like tomato soup.

    • In the Scene in the Hotel lobby after the Broadway skit Brian's collar is yellow.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Stewie: (sees toy clown in shooting gallery booth) Ooo, how deliciously evil-looking! It looks like something out of Stephen King!

    • Art Director: You understand that this means you can never see your father again.
      Chris: That's okay. He's very--Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?

    • Peter: Bob's Funland and Putt Putt Golf? The grownup in me likes the prospect of fun. (Changes to Peter's inner child.) But the kid in me is suicidal over what a fat bastard I'll become!

    • Peter: (singing) I had a dream,
      And it's all about you, Meg Griffin.
      Not much you can do, Meg Griffin.
      You can't dance
      You can't sing
      No, you pretty much can't do a thing,
      Never fear,
      Daddy's here,
      Honey, you going to make our name famous.
      You'll be larger than life,
      I'll be proud you fell out of my wife.
      You'll be known far and wide,
      Like the princess who died.
      I'm going to make you famous, wait and see
      Honey, I'm going to do this for you,
      But it's really for me…! (holds the last note through the act break)

    • Antonio: The painting. I must have it for my studio in Soho. I'll give you five thousand dollars. What do you say?
      Peter: I say :I love you, ya freakin' son of mine.
      I got five thousand bucks for that painting you gave me.
      Chris: But dad, I painted that just for you.
      Peter: Don't feel bad, Chris, I didn't even want it.

    • Lois: Are you Kate Moss? For someone with no breasts, you've done very well for yourself. Good for you.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Annie Hall

      When Peter claims to be Neptune, the real Neptune steps in saying, "You know nothing of my work". This alludes to a scene in the 1977 Woody Allen film Annie Hall wherein Woody fetches Marshall McLuhan from off screen to put a loudmouth in his place with the same line.

    • Bull in a China Shop

      A bull in a China shop is an age-old idiom, saying that it would run amok, breaking everything.

    • Calgon

      When Stewie takes pictures of top secret documents from China, he then quips, "Ancient Chinese secret, huh?"

      That quote comes from the classic commercial from Calgon water softener.

    • The Flintstones

      As Peter and Meg are walking, while he is telling her how she should be famous like Chris, suddenly the New York City scenery is replaced with the prehistoric village town of Bedrock from The Flintstones. Upon noticing this, Peter stops mid-sentence and the two back away slowly.

    • Big Bird
      When Meg does her bird call, a giant, yellow bird who appears to be Big Bird from Sesame Street appears.

    • Stephen King's: It
      Stewie: Ooh that clown looks like something out of Stephen King.

      The Clown in the amusement park does look a lot like the Clown from Stephen King's Bestseller "IT."

    • Kate Moss

      Lois: Are you Kate Moss? For someone with no breasts, you've done very well for yourself. Good for you.
      Kate Moss is a model who invented the waif look. It was a method to become extra slender, it was very popular in the 90's.

    • Princess Diana

      Peter: Like that princess who died.
      The princess Peter mentioned in his song is Princess Diana of Wales who died in a car accident in 1997.

    • Title: A picture is worth a thousand bucks
      The title is a play on the maxim "One picture is worth a thousand words", which is regarded an ancient Oriental proverb, but can be traced down to a 1920's advertisement by a publicist Frederick R. Barnard

    • Gypsy Rose Lee

      The entire song where Peter sings to Meg is from the musical about the life of Gypsy Rose Lee, whose younger sister was the darling of her mother's eye. When the sister disappeared, the mother focuses all her energy on making the elder sister a star on the burlesque circuit.

    • Peter: Bob's Funland and Putt-Putt Golf! The grown-up likes the prospect of fun... But the kid in me is suicidal over what a fat bastard I'll become!
      This is a parody of the Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats commercials, where the adult would profess to like the mini-wheats because of their nutritional value. Then, the adult would be replaced with a child in the same clothing, and the child would profess to like the mini-wheats because of their frosted side.

    • Full Metal Jacket

      Stewie: This is my rifle, this is my gun, this is for fighting, this is for fun!
      In Full Metal Jacket, this is one of the U.S. Marine Corps training songs in which the crotch is grabbed when "gun" and "fun" are said as Stewie did.

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