Family Guy

Season 1 Episode 7

Brian: Portrait of a Dog

7
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 16, 1999 on FOX
8.1
out of 10
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605 votes
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When a heat wave hits Quahog, Peter gets Brian to enter a dog show to win $500 so that the family can get a new air conditioner. When they argue over a trick gone bad, Brian walks out on the family and Peter replaces him with a cat. Brian struggles to assert his civil rights and soon ends up at the pound. Luckily, Peter is able to bail him out by bribing the judge.moreless

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  • worst episode of the series

    1.5
    wow I am surprised at the high rating. I consider this to be the worst Family Guy episode ever, loaded with inconsistencies and not sure which way it wants to go - heartwarming story of a man and his dog or goofy send up. It works as neither. Brian agrees to go through with the show and all its indignities but then refuses to do a stunt no more humiliating than those that preceded it, getting all worked up over nothing. The very early episodes often suffered from an identity crisis but "Portrait of a Dog" really stands alone.moreless
  • A perfect episode

    10
    When a heat wave hits Quahog, Peter gets Brian to enter a dog show to win $500 so that the family can get a new air conditioner. When they argue over a trick gone bad, Brian walks out on the family and Peter replaces him with a cat. Brian struggles to assert his civil rights and soon ends up at the pound. Luckily, Peter is able to bail him out by bribing the judge. This episode was perfect. Some humor include the beginning, Chris noticed that he saw Diane Simmons' nipple, Stewie's appearance (almost all of them he is in), most of the cutaway, and the ending. Overall, a perfect episode of Family Guy. 10/10moreless
  • The worst Season 1 episode, still a good episode though.

    7.0
    When a heat wave hits Quahog, Peter gets Brian to enter a dog show to win $500 so that the family can get a new air conditioner. When they argue over a trick gone bad, Brian walks out on the family and Peter replaces him with a cat. Brian struggles to assert his civil rights and soon ends up at the pound. Luckily, Peter is able to bail him out by bribing the judge.



    What I liked- Dianne simmons saying "freak", the Pillsbury Doughboy, Peter staring at the dog showing her boobs, and Peter bribing the judges



    An okay episode, but not my favorite Season 1 episode.



    7/10moreless
  • One of the best episodes of Season 1

    10
    I thought that this was an excellent Season 1 episode of "Family Guy". The plot was well written and it had very funny moments. The cutaway with Peter hitting the deer was hilarious. The cutaway with Peter also trying to take the candy from the baby was also hilarious. Stewie's part in this episode was very funny as well. The Griffin's air conditioner broke and the house is very hot so they want to enter Brian in the dog show so they can use the money to buy a new air conditioner and even though Brian doesn't like dog shows, he decides to enter the dog show. The dog show turns into a bust when Brian didn't want to do that trick with the doggy treat. Brian's part in this episode was very funny and it was political like he is in the later "Family Guy" episodes which are still good but I can do without Brian being political about everything in the later "Family Guy" episodes. Chris, Meg, and Lois' confession was very funny. It was also funny when Brian is allowed to drink from the water fountain. The ending was sweet and hilarious at the same time when Brian licked Peter (like a real dog) and tells Peter "If you tell anyone, I'll kill you". Overall, an excellent Season 1 episode of "Family Guy". 10/10moreless
  • Awesome episode

    10
    Being in the dog show so Peter can get a new air conditioner is degrading enough. But when Peter wants Brian to try to get the dog treat off his nose, that crosses the line. Brian decides to move out on the streets, and he becomes a pathetic homeless dog. He gets taken to the pound for biting people, and he is going to get put down, unless he can make a good case in court. Brian wins, and dosn't have to get put down.



    This was the best episode of season 1. There were many great flashbacks, like The old time cartoon, Peter crashing into the deer, and Brian singing.

    I also loved the cat



    Overall Grade: 100%/A+++moreless
Seth Green

Seth Green

Chris (and various)

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert

Meg (season 1) [uncredited]

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten

Tom Bradford

Guest Star

Mary Scheer

Mary Scheer

Voice

Guest Star

Wally Wingert

Wally Wingert

Various

Recurring Role

Butch Hartman

Butch Hartman

Various

Recurring Role

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Diane

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Police Officer: The fine is ten dollars. (To Brian) Now you behave little fella.
      Brian: Oh Lordy, Lordy I'll never roam again! (The police man leaves) Jackass.

    • (on Murder, She Wrote)
      Jessica Fletcher: Charles Montrose, after all these years.
      Charles Montrose: Jessica Fletcher, why I haven't seen you since you've had the, the uh...
      Jessica Fletcher: You can say it Charles. I'm not ashamed. Abortion.
      Peter: Aha! So she's the murderer.

    • (on commercial)
      Girl: Mom, have you ever had a problem with freshness?
      Woman: What do you mean honey?
      Girl: You know, have you ever felt, not so fresh?
      Woman: I'm-I'm not sure what you're get-I don't follow you.
      Girl: Umm, have you ever felt like you're, you know, dirty, down there?
      Woman: Oh. Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! God no!

    • Stewie: You there, child woman. I'll give you a shiny new dime if you roll me into the nearest lake.
      Meg: Let me see if I can find you a juice box 'kay.
      Stewie: Yes, get the lead out pudgy.

    • (Peter on Jeopardy)
      Alex Trebek: For $800, this chemical dye is found in over 95% of all cosmetic products.
      Peter Griffin: Diarrhea! What? Oh, oh, oh sorry, sorry. What is Diarrhea?

    • Stewie: I say, am I to strut about all day like a beggar child in Calcutta? Fetch me something linen to throw on before I call child services.
      Lois: Please don't threaten mommy. She's very hot.

    • Chris: I think I saw of her nipples.
      Lois: Chris that's a terrible word. Nipple. I'll chalk that up to the heat mister.

    • Stewie: You, you seem to know all the players in this poorly acted farce. What do they call that one?
      Chris: That's Meg dude. You know that.
      Stewie: Meg! You vile, smelly girl. You're not to touch any of my things. Do you understand me? Dirty, dirty girl.

    • Dog Show Announcer: Up next, we have Peter Griffin and his dog, Brain!
      Brian: Well, we're off to a good start.

    • Peter: All Brian's ever wanted is the same respect he gives us. Well, that and snausages. He's freakin' mental for those snausages!

    • Meg: Ugh, it' so hot out there.
      Griffins: How hot is it?
      Meg: I don't know. Like around 98, 99.
      Peter: I don't get it.

    • Peter: (in the courtroom) Sometimes we all need a second chance. Sometimes we all need to forgive!
      Chris: I stole ten dollars from Meg's room.
      Meg: I stole ten dollars from mom's purse.
      Lois: I've been making counterfeit ten dollar bills for years.

    • Guard: Sorry, pooch, you gotta sleep outside. No dogs allowed in the bus station.
      Brian: Oh, uh, my, my, my blind guy's in the john.
      Guard: Let me point him in your direction.

    • Brian: Things can never go back to the way they were! Not after the way I was treated! Not after the things I've seen!
      Chris: What did you see? Was it breasts?

    • Meg: Chris, you're hogging up all the fans.
      Chris: Well, you're hogging up all the... ugly!

    • Peter: (writing letter) Dear MacGyver, Enclosed is a rubber band, a paper clip, and a drinking straw. Please save my dog.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The "Oh! What Is diarrhea?" joke first appeared in Seth MacFarlane's 1995 short "The Life of Larry".

    • After the "Murder, She Wrote" parody (in which Jessica admits to having an abortion) the FOX syndicated version of the episode removes Peter's line "Aha! So SHE'S the murderer!" while the TBS/Adult Swim versions air the punchline intact.

    • Most of the contestants at the dog show are animated versions of the show's writers and their dogs.

    • This episode features the first appearance of Stewie's teddy bear, Rupert.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • When Meg comes in saying "It's so hot out there" and the family says "How hot is it" it's a reference to Match Game.

    • The title is a reference to the movie Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

    • Brian: Portrait of a Dog

      This is a reference to James Joyce's semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the story of a young Stephen Dedalus growing up in Ireland, trying to find his identity.

    • Brian: Does a dog not feel? If you scratch us do our legs not kick?

      This speech is paraphrased from Shylock's speech in The Merchant Of Venice by Shakespeare in which he asks whether or not Jews should be treated equally to all other people.

    • Pillsbury Dough Boy: Nothing says "I love you" like something from... Hey! What the Hell are you doing you crazy bit...

      This is a reference to the Pillsbury Dough Boy, who is often featured in Pillsbury's pastry commercials and is well known for his giggle after being poked in the stomach. The actual expression is "Nothin' says lovin' like somethin' from the oven!"

    • All That Jazz

      Brian: Showtime!
      This is a reference to the movie "All That Jazz" (1979). A Director/choreographer struggles with life/sex/drugs etc. Stressed, tired, etc, right before a show he would enter his dressing room, use the eyes drop, breath, and with hands flaring say "Showtime!"

    • MacGyver

      Peter: Dear MacGyver, Enclosed is a rubber band, a paper clip, and a drinking straw. Please save my dog.
      MacGyver was a TV series from the mid-eighties to early-nineties in which the lead character made sophisticated devices from simple, often household items.

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