Family Guy

Season 4 Episode 15

Brian Goes Back to College

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 13, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After writing a story for a local magazine, Brian gets a job at The New Yorker. He admitted that he didn't graduate from college and lost his job. So he went back to college. In the end, he failed.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Great episode

  • A-Team for an A episode !! :D

    Another great episode - as though Family Guy had reached a peak during Season 4.

    Brian going back to college, his inner dilemma (cause he's been cheating) and the decisions he takes make him look complex, he has limits and isn't sure what to do about it. Meanwhile, more comedy ensues when Stewie tags along (he definitely has moments here) and when Peter and his friends decide that after being the A-Team for a costume contest at a convention, they should be an A-Team in real life.

    Too much funny material to list all, and next to no flaws.moreless
  • Brian goes back to college after finding out he didn't graduate; the guys make their own team

    After writing a story for a local magazine, Brian gets a job at The New Yorker. He admitted that he didn't graduate from college and lost his job. So he went back to college. In the end, he failed. Brian's plot was somewhat boring in between parts (which some of the antics from Stewie were hilarious) but the guys' subplot was was much better and funnier. The guys becoming the A Team was very interesting to see. I laughed at almost all the stuffs they did. Chris falling down then he fall down again was another funny part. Overall, the main plot wasn't my favorite, while the subplot was funnier. 8.5/10moreless
  • Boring

    After writing a story for a local magazine, Brian gets a job at The New Yorker. He admitted that he didn't graduate from college and lost his job. So he went back to college. In the end, he failed.

    Brian's plot was boring, once again.

    But I liked the A-team plot

  • great

    What I liked: Chris' "I hate you!" at the end, everyone telling Brian he should have cheated, "Nobody at the New Yorker has butts", Peter, Joe, Quagmire and Cleveland as The A-Team, amongst other things.

    Decent episode. It's not one of their funnier episodes but it did have a decent amount of humor. And the story was decent. B- or so as my final grade, I think is fair.
Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (season 2+)

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Stewie's shirt says "Amateur Gynecologist", though the staff originally wanted it to say "Free Mustache Rides"

    • Brian is scared of the vacuum in this episode, but he isn't scared of the vacuum in Fore, Father. In fact, he's even seen vacuuming in that episode.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Stewie (After throwing a frisbee through the window): Oh no! Did that hit crazy stairs?

    • (Peter shoots the ceiling and Chris falls through)
      Chris: Hi, Dad!
      Peter: Go to your room.
      Chris: OK!
      (Chris runs upstairs only to fall back through the hole)

    • Stewie: (To Brian): I read your article too Brian. Seems to me you should spend less time working on the paper and more time (High Pitched) working on that novel you've been working on. You know, the one... (Brian hits him)

    • Little Girl: Mommy, mommy, my cat's stuck up a tree! Oh what will we do?
      (Peter and his "A-Team" drive up)
      Peter: Never fear little girl, the A-Team is here!
      (Peter and his friends shoot the tree down and rescue the cat)
      Man: Who the hell are you guys?!
      Peter: (takes cigar out of his mouth) We're the A-Team.
      Man: Get of my property!
      Peter: Uh yes, guys, I think that might be a good idea. (they get in van and drive away)

    • (Brian is watching the Facts of Life)
      Jo: Uh, Mrs. Garrett, can I ask you something?
      Mrs. Garrett: What is it Jo?
      Jo: Um... is it alright if your penis and vagina touch each other?
      Mrs. Garrett: What?!
      Jo: Yeah, I kinda woke up this morning and they were sort of touching each other.
      Mrs. Garrett: You have both?!
      Jo: Yeah, doesn't everyone?
      Mrs. Garrett: No!

    • Lois: Oh, Brian, I can't believe they fired you! How come you never told us you dropped out of college?
      Chris: I, I saw an after-school special about that! It didn't work out too well for Kristy McNichol, but, then again, nothing did...

    • Brian: Wow, you went to Harvard, huh? I'm an Ivy League man myself, I went to Brown.
      Wellsley Sheperdson (New Yorker editor): Ooh, my incarcerated business partner's retarded gay niece went to Brown, what year did you graduate?
      Brian: Well, I mean, I, I didn't... technically graduate.
      Sheperdson: (gasps) You're a college dropout? Brian, The New Yorker does not employ your kind! You, sir, are fired!

    • (Flashback to Stewie on stage with long hair and a guitar)
      Stewie: Uh, excuse me, it's been brought to my attention that a few bad apples are smoking marijuana. Uh, I've got news for you, my friend: marijuana's illegal, not cool! (Starts playing the guitar) Establishment, establishment, you always know what's best...
      Hippie: You suck!
      Stewie: Learn the rules!

    • Convention M.C.: Okay everyone, Alan Thicke will be up in a minute to answer your hate mail, but first, the winners of this year's costume contest. And the winners are: The A-Team with the real black guy.

    • Peter: A-Team roll call; Face?
      Quagmire: Here and handsome!
      Peter: Murdoch?
      Joe: Here, and... crazy!
      Peter: B.A.?
      Cleveland: I pity the fool! But also suggest ways he may better himself.

    • Brian: Umm...where are the toilets?
      New Yorker Editor: Oh, no one at The New Yorker has an anus.

    • Gary Coleman as Stewie: Whatcha talkin' 'bout vile woman?!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The full title of this episode is Brian Goes Back To College (And Stewie Goes With Him For Obvious Comedic Reasons).

    • When Peter falls out of the jeep during the A-team parody, he does the same moaning and gasping maneuver he did in Wasted Talent after the tripping following the Willy Wonka parody.

    • Brian's professor at Brown uses the keys on his wheelchair to talk, but there are clearly only 20 keys, too few for all of the letters in the alphabet.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Rocky IV

      When Brian is training in the arctic weather. This is a reference to Rocky IV, He even calls out "Drago!" Rocky's opponent.

    • Ol' Man River

      In the Ashlee Simpson flashback, when the wrong record is played, the song is "Ol' man river", performed by Paul Robeson, a singer from the early 20th century.

    • Quagmire (while dressed as Faceman) reacts to a Cylon from "Battlestar Galactica".

      Faceman, on "The A-Team", was played by Dirk Benedict, who also played Starbuck in the original series of Battlestar Galactica.

    • When Brian is fired from the New Yorker, he is thrown out of the door, while a hand places a sign that says "NO DOGS ALLOWED." This was a running gag in the second Peanuts film, "Snoopy Come Home." The allusion is even completed by an exagerated bass voice talk-singing the phrase, which is also from the film. Brian then completes the Peanuts motif by walking away and climbing on top of a dog house while the "Linus and Lucy" theme plays.

    • M.C. Escher

      The painting that Stewie bought and referred to as "Crazy Stairs" was actually an M.C. Escher entitled "Relativity". M.C. Escher is famous for painting a multitude of stairs going in many directions, which is what Stewie's painting had.

    • The Blair Witch Project

      Upon hearing of Brian's firing, Stewie starts videotaping him hoping he will cry. Stewie gets bored of Brian and Lois' conversation and wanders off to see what Meg is up to. He goes into Meg's room and sees her in her bra and panties, and falls to the floor; the camera shows only his convulsing legs and we hear him gagging, a la the end of Blair Witch.

    • Ubu Roi

      The sign at the door of the Quahog Convention Center reads:

      80's Television Convention
      In loving memory of Ubu

      This is a reference to Ubu Roi, a black labrador retriever who was the mascot of UBU Productions, which produced many television shows including Family Ties and Spin City. Viewers may remember a picture of Ubu with a frisbee in his mouth and the voiceover "Sit, Ubu, sit! Good dog." followed by a bark. Ubu died in 1984.

    • Gary Coleman

      Gary Coleman was a child actor, known for his role as Arnold Jackson on Diff'rent Stokes. His "job" as Stewie's substitute is likely a reference to him being forced to take odd-jobs, including his infamous security guard job.

    • The board at the football game says "Brown vs. Board of Education" which is a name of a famous court case from 1954 concerning racial segregation of children at state schools.

    • The A-Team
      The episode contains many, many references to Steven Cannell's hit series The A-Team, include the credits, cast members, van and basic show theme. It parodies a signature show element: weapons fire and vehicle accidents that somehow never injure or kill those involved.