Family Guy

Season 9 Episode 1

And Then There Were Fewer

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The town of Quahog is invited to a mansion for a weekend getaway. When some murders happen, it turns into a real life murder mystery.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Sonic

  • The great prologue of the season 9.

    The best thriller ever!
  • Nicely done, yet boring (here be SPOILERS)

    The problem with this episode is this: The famous "And then there were none" idea does not work in TV series if pretty much every character invited to the party is a main character. You could tell from the start who was going to die; they killed off those who had the least screen time so far. No excitement whatsoever.

    So this episode was not about excitement. Did it have hilarious murder scenes? No, nothing there either. So what did it have? A few funny scenes, sure, but not nearly enough for 50 minutes.

    All in all, this season opener was well written, nicely done, a fine nod to the original - but boring.moreless
  • Couldn't have been better. Did it's job perfectly.

    I love episodes where you can sense the flair of it's writers, Family Guy needs more episodes like this! Well setup, the humour was first class (I particularly loved Consuela not knowing what 'mister' meant), plenty of action, and a backstory was intricately woven and just to put the cherry on the cake, they had a nice twist in the end. It entertained me and delivered Family Guy like it was meant to be.moreless
  • THE greatest episode of the last 4 seasons!

    Every resident of Quahog get an invitation to a dinner at a mansion that is owned by James Woods,but little did they know they would be stuck at the mansion with a killer on the lose,could it be James Woods or could it be one of they're own.

    This is what I call the slasher episode! Which I am a huge fan of those films and it just knocked it out of the park for me. This is without a doubt one of the best(if not the best)episodes in Family Guy history!moreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Peter Griffin/Brian Griffin/Stewie Griffin/Glenn Quagmire/Tom Tucker/Dr. Hartman/Seamus

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois Griffin

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris Griffin

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg Griffin

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)


Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale


Guest Star

Colin Ford

Colin Ford


Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Dianne Simmons

Recurring Role

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

Jillian Russell

Recurring Role

H. Jon Benjamin

H. Jon Benjamin


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Brian: Boy, it's kinda awkward seeing Jillian here with Derek. I wonder if she's thinking about me.
      Stewie: I don't know, are you a pony or the color blue?
      (Scene shows Jillian thinking about a blue pony)

    • (After finding a hidden gun)
      Joe: Stephanie was an accident.
      Quagmire: That's a way of putting it.

    • Jillian: Who's he?
      Derek: James Woods.
      Jillian: Oh, I thought he was a shark.
      Derek: No, he was a on a show called Shark.
      Jillian: But he's made of wood?
      Derek: No, his last name is Woods, but he's not made of wood. Nobody is.
      (Seamus stares angrily)

    • Stewie: (after Stephanie is killed) I can't help feeling this would be sadder if she wasn't heavy.

    • (When the Griffins' car is about to go over a damaged bridge)
      Lois: Oh, my God, Peter, back it up!!
      Peter: Oh, really, Lois? I thought I might drive forward. I thought that-that might be a fun thing to do.

    • Herbert: Whoa, whoa, whoa, all right. Look, everybody but Chris, just keep your pants on and let's figure a way out of this.
      Diane: He's right. We just got to stay calm.
      Bonnie: With a killer in the house?!
      Stewie: Killer in the hooouse!

    • Peter: You're a monster, James Woods! You think you can just commit murder and get away with it?! Quagmire loved that girl!
      Quagmire: Easy.

    • (After James Woods is murdered)
      Peter: So James Woods murdered Stephanie, and then he murdered himself. Criss-cross.
      Joe: No, Peter, don't you see? He didn't kill himself, and he didn't kill Stephanie.
      Peter: What are you saying?
      Joe: I'm saying James Woods isn't the murderer. The one of us!
      (Everyone gasps)
      Joe: And someone ate the last goat cheese tartlet.
      (Everyone outrageously complains)
      Peter: Now I hope I die next!

    • (The group finds a secret room)
      Stewie: Eh, my secret room's bigger.
      Herbert: Mine's smaller.

    • Peter: All right, let's split up and search the house. I'll go with Lois. Chris, you check the basement with Herbert. (Herbert quickly springs over to Chris) Meg, you go with Brian and Stewie.
      Stewie: Uh, no, she-she can't.
      Brian: Yeah, uh, she can't. We-we-we were gonna use this time, figure out what to get you for your birthday.
      Peter: Ooh, ah, okay. Oh, yeah, no, you guys go. You guys--ooh, now I'm excited. Um, okay, um, Meg, you go with Carl. Sorry, Carl. Tom and Diane, you're a team. Quagmire and Bonnie, you're a team. Um...Seamus and Dr. Hartman? That-that could be funny. Don't usually see the two of you together. Uh, Derek and Jillian, you guys take the attic. Joe and Priscilla are still passed out, so they'll be the unconscious team. And that leaves one three-person team of Mort, Consuela, and Mayor West. All right. Let's do this.

    • Jillian: Hey, maybe it was that cat who was the murderer. Let me ask him. Meow, meow, meow? Meow-meow-meow-meow?
      Cat: We don't all talk like that. I happen to be a professor.
      Derek: Our apologies, sir.
      Cat: I should imagine so. Now if you'll excuse me, I have papers to correct.

    • Tom: Muriel?
      Diane: Oh, yeah, like she's going to answer you, Tom.
      Tom: And here we go with the attitude. This is why you're single.
      Diane: Oh, so I'm not supposed to point out when you do something stupid?
      Tom: You hear that? You hear that tone you're using? That's penis repellent right there.

    • Mort: (after finding his wife murdered) Oh, my God, Muriel! My sweet Muriel! She was so young. She was so beauti--She was so genero--Uh, we were married.

    • Derek: Hey, Peter, look at this. I'm getting a faint signal on my cell phone.
      Peter: (looks at the cell phone) Really? Oh, my God, is that-- Are you holding up the whole Hollywood sign?
      Derek: (chuckles) No, no, no, no. The sign was way in the background. I was standing in the foreground going like this when Jillian took the picture, so by forced perspective, it looks like I'm holding up the whole sign.
      Peter: I don't believe you. I think you are a god. And I will die for you or kill others.
      Derek: Damn it. The signal's gone. If I can get up to the roof or something, maybe I can get a stronger signal and call the police.
      Peter: Okay. (grabs Brian) And I will skin this dog in your honor.
      Derek: Please don't.
      Peter: (releases Brian) As you wish.

    • Quagmire: (about Priscilla) She's hot. Hot chicks are never crazy!

    • Peter: Oh, my God! Are those Stephanie's underpants?
      Quagmire: Oh, God.
      Adam West: They're huge!
      Stewie: Looks like the crotch got chewed on by a walrus mouth.
      Lois: (laughs) Look, it's got flowers! Ha, I mean, why bother? Who's gonna see 'em?
      Chris: Maybe someone in space.
      (Everyone starts laughing)
      Quagmire: Come on, guys, can't we all just be glad she's dead?

    • Joe: Just for that, when the movie of this story comes out, I'm gonna make sure Adrien Brody plays you.

      Tom: I guess that means you don't want anyone to see it.

    • Stewie: You know, despite all the craziness this weekend, I feel like a lot of people were looking at me like I was really attractive. Which makes me think that I'm gonna grow up to be good-looking.
      Brian: What part of that statement is supposed to lure me into a conversation?
      Stewie: I talk to you about wet tennis balls! (walks away)
      Brian: Oh, come on!
      Stewie: We're in a fight!

    • Diane: You shouldn't have stopped to say hi to me. You would've lived longer.
      Lois: God, why do I ever try to be friends with other women?

    • Stewie: (after killing Diane and saving Lois) If anybody's gonna take that bitch down, it's gonna be me.

    • Peter: (reading James Woods' diary) Bonnie, he punched you in the throat and that's why you sound like that?
      Bonnie: No, he punched me in the throat because I sound like this.

    • Quagmire: What a minute... something's not right here. We're short one vagina in this room!

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode was dedicated to Ann Perry MacFarlane, Seth and Rachael MacFarlane's mother, who died of cancer on July 16, 2010.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Beverly Hills, 90210

      At the end, when Lois is trying to mentally send Peter a message, she calls him 'Pete'. He apparently gets the message and wonders why, since they've been together so long and she's never once called him Pete. He unfortunately doesn't get this memo and leaves.

      On the show Beverly Hills, 90210, Donna is being held captive by a man who has broken into her apartment. Her ex-boyfriend, David shows up, but Donna must get him out so the man does not hurt her. She dismisses him using the name "Dave". David recognizes this as weird, and breaks into the room to save her.

    • Hava Nagila

      Peter hums the melody to this Hebrew folk song as the group carries Joe and his wheelchair up the mansion's grand staircase. Hava Nagila is frequently played during the Horah, a dance at Jewish weddings and bar or bat mitzvahs, while the honoree is hoisted on a chair and carried by the attendees.

    • James Woods (to a wooden doll resembling Seamus): I wish you were a real, live ornery sea captain.

      This scene echoes Geppetto's "wish upon a star" over his wooden puppet in Walt Disney's film Pinocchio (1940).

    • The Shining

      The scene of the Griffin family's long, winding drive through wilderness en route to the mansion closely mimics the opening credits of Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining (1980).

    • The gathering of all the people with a cryptic invitation, the hallway of the house and the greenhouse is very similar to the 1999 film "The Haunting".

    • The style in which the episode plays out; the mysterious murders, the tall formal gothic building, the way all of the characters keep returning to rooms they began in, along with the title and credit music, all allude to the Detective Nintendo games series Professor Layton

    • The murder mystery scenario in this episode actually mimics "Murder by Death" a 1976 comedy movie written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore with an all star cast, which (oddly enough) is a parody of "And Then There Were None" a 1945 film by René Clair which of course is a film adaptation of "And Then There Were None" a book by Agatha Christie.

    • Prom Night

      Priscilla's dead body falling out of the air duct after it drips blood out of the vent is a reference to the 1998 horror movie remake of Prom Night.

    • Peter: Go, go gadget skis!

      This is a reference to the cartoon Inspector Gadget.

    • Peter: Criss-cross!

      Peter's initial theory that two party-goers conspired to kill the other's arch enemy is a reference to the 1951 Hitchcock movie Strangers On A Train.

    • Clue

      The murder mystery scenario in this episode mimics the Hasbro board game, and 1985 film, Clue.

    • And Then There Were None

      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the Agatha Christie detective novel, And Then There Were None.