Family Guy

Season 3 Episode 16

A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 21, 2001 on FOX
8.4
out of 10
User Rating
406 votes
17

EPISODE REVIEWS
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Episode Summary

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Lois loves the holiday season and is excited about decorating the house, opening presents and introducing Stewie to Santa Claus. Stewie, on the other hand, is completely paranoid about this fat man in a red suit who can somehow maintain 24-hour surveillance on all the world's children! Peter, sent to drop off one gift to Toys for Toddlers, accidentally gives all the family's presents to the charity. When he and Lois hit the mall to rebuy everything - they are caught up in the last-minute shopping madness. Lois and Peter are completely frazzled, but Lois clings desperately to the hope that they can still have wonderful Christmas. That hope is dashed, however, when they arrive home to find Brian, the house and the Christmas turkey burned to a crisp. Lois finally snaps and goes on quest to snatch the star from atop the city's huge Christmas tree. Only Stewie's motivational speech as the baby jesus (and a tranquilizer gun) can bring Lois back down to earth.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Christmas Episode.

    8.5
    For being the first Christmas special of Family Guy(there is only 2 Christmas specials),I liked it and the finale is wonderful to.
  • Christmas review 9: Perfect FG Christmas episode

    10
    Lois loves the holiday season and is excited about decorating the house, opening presents and introducing Stewie to Santa Claus. Stewie, on the other hand, is completely paranoid about this fat man in a red suit who can somehow maintain 24-hour surveillance on all the world's children! ''''Peter, sent to drop off one gift to Toys for Toddlers, accidentally gives all the family's presents to the charity. When he and Lois hit the mall to rebuy everything - they are caught up in the last-minute shopping madness. Lois and Peter are completely frazzled, but Lois clings desperately to the hope that they can still have wonderful Christmas. That hope is dashed, however, when they arrive home to find Brian, the house and the Christmas turkey burned to a crisp. Lois finally snaps and goes on quest to snatch the star from atop the city's huge Christmas tree. Only Stewie's motivational speech as the baby jesus (and a tranquilizer gun) can bring Lois back down to earth.

    I thought this was a perfect Christmas episode. It is way better than the other Christmas special (which I will review in a bit). I laughed at Stewie's role in this episode (pretty much everything he's involved), the guys' part, the from/to thing, Brian wearing a jacket, Lois going on a rampage, hitting Frosty, the play, and the last part. Overall a perfect Family Guy Christmas episode. 10/10moreless
  • Christmas Review #28

    9.0
    Lois loves the holiday season and is excited about decorating the house, opening presents and introducing Stewie to Santa Claus. Stewie, on the other hand, is completely paranoid about this fat man in a red suit who can somehow maintain 24-hour surveillance on all the world's children! ''''Peter, sent to drop off one gift to Toys for Toddlers, accidentally gives all the family's presents to the charity. When he and Lois hit the mall to rebuy everything - they are caught up in the last-minute shopping madness. Lois and Peter are completely frazzled, but Lois clings desperately to the hope that they can still have wonderful Christmas. That hope is dashed, however, when they arrive home to find Brian, the house and the Christmas turkey burned to a crisp. Lois finally snaps and goes on quest to snatch the star from atop the city's huge Christmas tree. Only Stewie's motivational speech as the baby jesus (and a tranquilizer gun) can bring Lois back down to earth. This wasn't the best Christmas episode I've seen but I still thought the episode was funny and I really like it. Unlike that Season 9 Christmas episode "Road to the North Pole" (ugh, that episode was awful... well, at least in the last 35 minutes of the 1-hour Christmas episode... the first 25 minutes were the only good parts). Anyways, the only thing that did keep my score a little low was how storyline did seem to lack a little but it was well written for the most part though. Parts that did make me laugh were Peter crushing over that blue car to park his car, the scenes with KISS Saves Santa, Stewie getting Hungry Hungry Hippo, Lois getting tranqulized near the end of the episode, and some more. Overall, a superb Christmas episode of "Family Guy". 9/10moreless
  • Another perfect episode.

    10
    Lois loves the holiday season and is excited about decorating the house, opening presents and introducing Stewie to Santa Claus. Stewie, on the other hand, is completely paranoid about this fat man in a red suit who can somehow maintain 24-hour surveillance on all the world's children! Peter, sent to drop off one gift to Toys for Toddlers, accidentally gives all the family's presents to the charity. When he and Lois hit the mall to rebuy everything - they are caught up in the last-minute shopping madness. Lois and Peter are completely frazzled, but Lois clings desperately to the hope that they can still have wonderful Christmas. That hope is dashed, however, when they arrive home to find Brian, the house and the Christmas turkey burned to a crisp. Lois finally snaps and goes on quest to snatch the star from atop the city's huge Christmas tree. Only Stewie's motivational speech as the baby jesus (and a tranquilizer gun) can bring Lois back down to earth.



    one of my favorite episodes of the series



    10/10moreless
  • mediocre

    5.5
    what i liked- the conversation peter and brian have about "for/from" and Brian saying he was done and it was just easier to call Peter an idiot, Peter having the cops shoot Lois, who was clearly not mad anymore, Stewie getting the plutonium...

    Eh, this was alright. I don't like it a lot. The pacing was kind of weird. If you were describing this episode to a friend, what would you say? Some of the episode is Peter giving the presents away, half of it is the Griffins buying Christmas presents, some of it is Lois going berserk... it's an OK episode but the pacing was pretty weird, I felt. I also did not laugh as much as I would have liked. C- or so seems fair. It's not a terrible episode but it's not one of their better ones.moreless
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)

Peter Criss

Peter Criss

Himself

Guest Star

Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley

Himself

Guest Star

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons

Himself

Guest Star

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)

Various

Recurring Role

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

Bonnie

Recurring Role

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Joe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Meg:: There are no paper towels.
      (Lois' eyes widen and ominous music starts to play)
      Lois: (angrily) No...paper...towels!?!
      (Lois screams at the top of her lungs and throws Brian's burnt turkey at the wall)
      Peter: Hey, I was gonna pick at that!

    • Lois: So you can cook your own damned turkey, wrap your own damned presents - and while you're at it, you can all ride a one-horse open sleigh to Hell!

    • Joe: Ah! Oh no, I've broken my legs!
      (Joe, Peter, Cleveland, and Quagmire begin laughing.)

    • Hick Child: Dang it, Buck. It's my turn to use the sex box!
      Buck: It's my sex box! And her name is "Sony".

    • Peter: (when the old lady grabbed his titties) Ahh! Ahh! Tittie Twister! Ahh! Hurts!

    • Peter: Merry Christmas to all, and to all shut the hell up.

    • Peter: That's about as funny as Sinbad. Not the comedian, he's hilarious, the sailor. Then again, he was never meant to be funny.

    • Peter: Can't we tell them your mother died?
      Lois: Peter, I'm not gonna lie about something like that!
      Peter: Fine, I'll kill your mother. When did Christmas have to get so complicated?

    • Brian: You're really going to take back donated presents on Christmas Eve?
      Peter: Yep, now here's the plan: You'll enter through the air conditioning duct here. Now there'll be an invisible laser grid three inches from the floor, so you'll have to compress your body to the size of an ordinary household sponge and slide underneath like some kind of weird amphibious dolphin.
      Brian: Can I buy some pot from you?

    • Lois: Brian, you're not wearing the sweater I made you.
      Brian: Well, y'know, it's a little warm in here...
      Lois: "Don we now our gay apparel."
      Brian: (quietly) It doesn't get much gayer than this.

    • Peter: What the hell did you do?
      Brian: Me? Who the hell buys a novelty fire extinguisher?
      Peter: I'll tell you who. Someone who cares enough about physical comedy to put his whole family at risk.

    • Stewie: By all means, turn me into a child star. Perhaps I can move to Californ-i-a and wrangle me a three-way with the Olsen twins.

    • Bonnie: I am the Virgin Mary. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    • Peter: As we all know, Christmas is that mystical time of year when the ghost of Jesus rises from the grave to feast on the flesh of the living! So we all sing Christmas Carols to lull him back to sleep.
      Bob: Outrageous, How dare he say such blasphemy! I've got to do something.
      Man: Bob, there's nothing you can do.
      Bob: Well I guess I'll just have to develop a sense of humour.

    • Peter: Ahh crap, since when did they change the meaning of for to from?
      Brian: I think they had a meeting about it last night.
      Peter: Why wasn't I told?
      Brian: They sent you a card but it said for Peter on it, so you must have thought it was from you so you didn't uh.... you know it's just easier to call you stupid.

    • Quagmire: Hey, maybe we should set him up with another Lemon Snowcone eh?
      Peter: Oh thanks, the last one you gave me didn't taste like lemon at all. It tasted like...oh you guys are asses!

  • NOTES (1)

    • When Fox reran this episode in 2004, they made an obvious edit to the lines, "I am the Virgin Mary; that's my story and I'm sticking with it! Behold our Savior!" to "I am the Virgin Mary; behold our Savior!" It's obviously not an edit for time because of the fairly visible pause of repeated frames to cover it.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • King Kong

      Lois climbing to the top of the town's Christmas Tree and holding up the star could be a reference to the 1933 film "King Kong" and it's 2005 remake.

    • Rankin-Bass Frosty The Snowman Special

      Lois's angry rant about people thinking Christmas happened on it's own and "Santy Clause" was a pretty much direct quote from the villain from the old animated Rankin-Bass Frosty The Snowman Special.

    • Animal House

      Brian: Can I buy some pot from you?
      This is a direct quote from Animal House.

    • It's A Wonderful Life

      George Bailey: Clarence, I wanna live again!
      When Lois pushes this poor guy off the bridge, it's a reverence to the 1946 movie "It's A Wonderful Life". It's a move about an angel that helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed. Clarence is the angel. Jimmy Stewart starred in it.

    • Star Wars

      Peter: Lois, if you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
      This is what Obi-Wan says to Vader in Star Wars moments before he kills him.

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