Family Guy

Season 4 Episode 19

Brian Sings & Swings

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 08, 2006 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After Brian has a near-death experience in the hospital, he decides to lead a new life. He ends up getting a nightly singing gig with Frank Sinatra Jr., but his new lifestyle doesn't last very long. Meanwhile, Meg, after joining a new after-school group, pretends to be a lesbian.moreless

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  • worst of the season

    After Brian has a near-death experience in the hospital, he decides to lead a new life. He ends up getting a nightly singing gig with Frank Sinatra Jr., but his new lifestyle doesn't last very long. Meanwhile, Meg, after joining a new after-school group, pretends to be a lesbian. I don't really hate this episode but it had to be the worst episode for season 4. Also, if you noticed, this will be the first episode in the actual (not counting the later ones) that I rated under 7. I just find both plots very boring especially Meg's. I only laughed at Peter hitting Brian, cutaway with Joe falling down and he want 7up, "Mom why the cable guy here?" the Chinese guy commercial, Bruce's appearance, and some of the cutaways. Overall, the worst season 4 episode ever. 5.5/10moreless
  • Does Seth really think we want to watch Brian sing for 30 minutes?

    After Brian has a near-death experience in the hospital, he decides to lead a new life. He ends up getting a nightly singing gig with Frank Sinatra Jr., but his new lifestyle doesn't last very long. Meanwhile, Meg, after joining a new after-school group, pretends to be a lesbian.

    Brian was a real jerk in this episode, and I really don't care much for him singing, please avoid this episode for your own good.

    1/10 Fmoreless
  • Could have been better but it's a great way to spend 30 minutes of your time

    I thought that this was a great episode of "Family Guy". In my opinion, it wasn't my favorite episode and it could have been better but it was a great way to spend 30 minutes of your time. Not the best episode but it also wasn't the worst episode either. I didn't like Meg's plot that much with the whole "pretending to be a lesbian" plot which lowered my score a little low. My score was also lowered a little because Brian was being a little annoying being negative after people are gonna die soon and all that. Other than those things, this episode was great. There were some parts that made me laugh pretty hard though. The Thomas Edison cutaway was funny. The cutaway with Peter swimming with the bulls made me laugh very hard. The cutaway with Stewie laughing weird at anything that was funny to him is funny as well. Joe's cameo appearance made me laugh very hard. Mayor West's cameo appearance was also memorable and hilarious. Let's also not forget Quagmire's two cameo appearances in this episode which also was very funny. Brian and Stewie singing on stage with Frank Sinatra Jr. was very enjoyable. Brian going on the stage and singing with Stewie and Frank Sinatra Jr. at the very end of the episode was very enjoyable. Overall, this episode was great but Meg's plot wasn't that good to me and Brian was a little annoying. 8.5/10moreless
  • My favorite episode!

    This is the episode that I chose to purchase on iTunes because it is the perfect Family Guy episode. It's a great story involving Brian, and a funny subplot where Meg tries to be a lesbian. Even the cutaways were memorable! This had a majority of the funniest quotes ever heard on the show. The music is also great, great use of Walter Murphy and His Orchestra and an equally awesome guest appearance by the "Member of the Board," Frank Sinatra, Jr. But if I have one thing to criticize, I'm not really fond of the John Goodman joke. I think it was in a little bad taste. But other than that, great episode.moreless
  • Season 4, Episode 19.

    After Brian has a near-death experience in the hospital, he decides to lead a new life. He ends up getting a nightly singing gig with Frank Sinatra Jr., but his new lifestyle doesn't last very long. Meanwhile, Meg, after joining a new after-school group, pretends to be a lesbian. I really, really enjoyed this episode. I wouldn't consider it a series classic, but it is pretty good. I loved when Meg was pretending to be a lesbian. Haha, I loved the Sunshine Bear scene... I'm pretty sure that was in this episode... Hehe, excellent scene, regardless. Great episode, definitely, as can be expected from FG.moreless
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)

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Frank Sinatra Jr.


Guest Star

Don LaFontaine

Don LaFontaine


Guest Star

Mike Schank

Mike Schank


Guest Star

Adam West

Adam West

Mayor Adam West

Recurring Role

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly


Recurring Role

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When John Goodman appears with his family, 2 kids appear. However, in real life, he only has one.

    • As Brian and Frank Sinatra, Jr. are performing on stage, the song they are singing was originally composed for the 1960 film High Time (after the film, the song became so popular it was used in a new movie in 1973). Another song that they performed was based on a musical composition used in the 1953 film Scared Stiff.

    • Ricky Blitt voices Stewie during the scene when he is laughing uncontrollably while watching Hope & Faith. This marks the first time in the series, someone other than Seth MacFarlane voices Stewie.

    • During the credits, Frank Sinatra Jr. sings the Family Guy opening theme song.

    • The song sung by the "mega-lesbians" is Elvira by The Oakridge Boys.

    • The music coming from Edison's house is Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix.

    • On the poster with Meg, at the bottom it says "See You Next Tuesday", just as a reminder of when the next meeting is. Also, if you read this as "C U Next Tuesday", and create an acronym, you see what the writers really meant.

    • When Brian was hit by the car he was supposed to go to the Vet not the human Hospital.

    • Don LaFontaine questioned the ethnicity of The Rock and Jessica Alba. The Rock's father is black nova scotian, and his mother Samoan. Alba's father is mexican, and her mother is half danish and half french-canadian.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Peter: (After hitting Brian with the back of his car) Oh no, did I hit that deaf kid again? They should put a bell on that guy.

    • Stewie: Hey, Brian, remember me? I'm the guy you left standing at the couter at McDonald's with a bag full of burgers. You know it's funny, I tried to walk home and, um, a lot of hungry deer walking around at this hour of the night and, um, oh here's where the story gets fun, uh, you may have noticed I'm missing an ear. Managed to, uh, pull it out of the deer's mouth and put it in some ice I got at a 7-Eleven. So when you are ready to apologize, just talk into this cup.

    • Lois: Oh Meg I think you're just trying to fit in by pretending to be something you're not, like the time Peter pretended to be racist to get out of Jury duty.
      (Cut to court room with Peter in the Jury box surrounded by white people)
      Peter: Awful lotta Honkies in here.

    • Meg's Teacher: (puts video tape in VCR) Ah well, that's not Nova at all, is it? That's a sex tape I made with my wife. Course nobody here's interested in seeing that sort of thing, are they? Probably not. No. OK. Oh, you kinda looked like you were nodding. Nope? OK. We should get back to work.

    • Brian: Hey, what's the point in waiting? You gotta live life while you can, and live it hard.
      Stewie: Ah, the Chris Farley method, that's good.

    • Stewie: Ughh, if he dies, I'm gonna have to start hanging out with The Rock again.
      Dan LaFontaine: (Picture of Stewie) One's a baby. (Picture of The Rock) and the other's... Black. I think. At least part Black. Or... Hispanic, I think. You know, possibly there's some Filipino in there, yeah, possibly some Filipino. I mean if he- if he's Black it's definitely diluted. I mean one of his parents must be white. What the hell is Jessica Alba for that matter? If I were 40 years younger I would plow that till next July.

    • Lois: (In response to Meg kissing her lesbian friend on the cheek) Oh yeah? That's nothing! (Begins kissing the lesbian on the lips. Chris then falls out of Meg's closet holding a camera and swiftly exits the room. Lois leaves and Quagmire comes out of the closet holding a boom mike and other camera equipment).
      Quagmire: Chris, I don't have any--(Notices Meg and her friend see him) Oh, would you girls do me a favor and sign these release forms?

    • Peter: I haven't been this scared since I was mugged by Gene Shalit.
      (Scene of Gene Shalit pointing a gun at Peter in the alley)
      Gene Shalit: Don't Panic Room. I'm not going to William Hurt you. I only want your Tango and Cash. So just Pay It Forward, and we'll all be Happy Gilmore.
      Peter: What?

    • Peter: (to Lois) Bye, honey. And remember what I said, if I come home in the middle of the day and you're sleeping with somebody, I'll kill ya both.

    • Peter: Greetings Hebrews and She-brews! What a jewish glorious day!

    • Chinese Guy: Hello. How come I rich and you not? How come you not sell real estate like I do? How come I sleep with your wife while you at work? And then I pee in your toilet and don't flush. And sometimes I open the back part and I pee in there, so that when you flush, pee come out. You know why? Cause I'm smart. I'm smart, you stupid. Call Now!

    • Chris: (Meg walks in with a mullet) Mom, why is the cable guy here?

    • Stewie: (admiring a white suit in a store window) Oh who am I kidding. All those buttons and I'll look like Steve Harvey.

    • Meg: ...I have something very important to tell you. I am a lesbian.

    • Stewie: Yeah, I don't need to go to the hospital or anything, I'll just use this Mr. Potatohead ear.

    • Stewie: You know Brian, when you're wearing that suit, it looks like you're taking a white poop!

  • NOTES (0)


    • When Peter and the bulls are doing synchronised swimming, the music heard is from the ballet play The Nutcracker.

    • When Meg appears with her new gay look, Chris asked "What's the cable guy still doing here".

      Meg's look was similar to comedian Dan Whitney's on-stage persona Larry The Cable Guy.

    • Adam West sang a parody of the song "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music.

    • The nightclub Brian, Stewie and Frank Sinatra jr. perform at is called the Quahog Cabana, referencing the famous Copacabana nightclub in Rio De Janerio.

    • American Movie

      The guys that come out of the closet with Quagmire are Mark Borchardt and Mike Schank from American Movie (1999), a documentary about Mark making an independent horror film called "Coven".

    • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

      The scene where Chris is in the bathroom getting his head put on is a reference to the Star Wars Episode V--The Empire Strikes Back, where Darth Vader is shown getting his helmet placed onto his head in his meditation chamber. The background music heard during this transition also alludes to the episode.

    • Stewies line "Oh the Chris Farley method" which was a refrence to a former Saturday Night Live cast member who died in a Hotel after a drug overdose in his 30's in 1998.

    • New Rat Pack

      The Rat Pack was a nickname given to a group of 1950s entertainers, which included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford.

    • The show that Stewie was watching and laughing at was "Hope and Faith" which aired on ABC.