Family Guy

Season 3 Episode 21

Family Guy Viewer Mail No. 1

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 14, 2002 on FOX
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In a special three-story episode, Brian reads viewer mail and tries to answer profound questions:


"No Bones About it"

Peter rubs a beer bottle and a Genie pops out to grant him three wishes. Peter first wishes that Jackie Gleason wasn't dead. A zombie-like Gleason terrorizes the Griffins until Stewie blasts it dead. His second wish is for his own theme music. Peter then wishes he didn't have any bones. The Genie transforms him into a gelatin blob and he can no longer have sex. Upset, Peter flushes himself down the toilet and winds up in Hollywood. He meets a doctor who tells him about a re-boning procedure. Peter gets the operation, which turns out came from bones donated from his own family.


"Super Griffins"

A tanker truck containing radioactive waste slams into the Griffin house. The radiation affects each Griffin in a different way. Lois gains super strength while Peter has morphing ability. Lois tells her family that they must not abuse their powers. Of course that doesn't work and the town is forced to hold a meeting to see how to stop the Griffins from wreaking havoc. Adam West realizes he must fight fire with fire. He volunteers to roll around in toxic waste but he only gets lymphoma as a result. The Griffins, racked with guilt, use their powers to make Adam's recovery more comfortable.


"Li'l Griffins"

The Griffins as the Little Rascals. Kid versions of Peter, Joe, and Brian decide that they don't need girls. When they first meet Lois however, they quickly abandon their anti-girl sentiment. In school, Lois reads a book touting the virtues of bravery, and Peter and Quagmire try to prove who's the bravest by staying in a haunted house overnight.moreless

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  • Viewer Mail should be real.

    9.0
    An interesting trilogy that couldn't get better if the writers tried.
  • first episode of FGVM

    10
    In a special three-story episode, Brian reads viewer mail and tries to answer profound questions. I thought this episode was excellent. All segments were hilarious. There is actually gonna be another FGVM episode later this season. So let me write my review for each segments. No Bones about it: Peter tries to grant three wishes. After 3 wishes, he became boneless, which was hilarious especially when he got trapped in the escator. and a few more parts. As for Supergriffins, it was a little funnier than No Bones about it. The Griffins trying to become superheroes was a very good and funny idea. The funniest power was definilty when Stewie has psychic power. And Lil Griffins, it involves the gang as children. My least favorite segment but there were still funny parts like Death's appearance, Tom and Diane's appearance, the ghost part, etc. All in all, this episode was perfect. 10/10moreless
  • One of the best episodes ever.

    10
    "No Bones About it" Peter rubs a beer bottle and a Genie pops out to grant him three wishes. Peter first wishes that Jackie Gleason wasn't dead. A zombie-like Gleason terrorizes the Griffins until Stewie blasts it dead. His second wish is for his own theme music. Peter then wishes he didn't have any bones. The Genie transforms him into a gelatin blob and he can no longer have sex. Upset, Peter flushes himself down the toilet and winds up in Hollywood. He meets a doctor who tells him about a re-boning procedure. Peter gets the operation, which turns out came from bones donated from his own family. "Super Griffins" A tanker truck containing radioactive waste slams into the Griffin house. The radiation affects each Griffin in a different way. Lois gains super strength while Peter has morphing ability. Lois tells her family that they must not abuse their powers. Of course that doesn't work and the town is forced to hold a meeting to see how to stop the Griffins from wreaking havoc. Adam West realizes he must fight fire with fire. He volunteers to roll around in toxic waste but he only gets lymphoma as a result. The Griffins, racked with guilt, use their powers to make Adam's recovery more comfortable. "Li'l Griffins" The Griffins as the Little Rascals. Kid versions of Peter, Joe, and Brian decide that they don't need girls. When they first meet Lois however, they quickly abandon their anti-girl sentiment. In school, Lois reads a book touting the virtues of bravery, and Peter and Quagmire try to prove who's the bravest by staying in a haunted house overnight.



    I loved every minute of this episode



    No Bones about it: 10/10

    Supergriffins- 11/10

    Lil' Griffins- 9.5/10



    OVERALL: 10/10moreless
  • Great trilogy of episodes!

    8.5
    This was a great episode trilogy!



    No Bones About It: This was my least favorite out of the three shorts. I like it, but I just don't think it's as funny as the others. The only part I really liked was the beginning, and Peter's theme music. It's just okay to me.



    Grade: B-



    Super Griffins: My favorite out of the three! I loved the story, and it had a lot of hilarious parts. My favorite part was the Britney Spears gag. An excellent short.



    Grade: A



    Li'l Griffins: Not as good as Super Griffins, but still pretty funny. The entire haunted house scene was great, and the ending was really funny. Another great short.



    Grade: A-



    An overall hilarious episode trilogy.



    Grade: A-moreless
  • I this special edition episode, they feature 3 episodes that were suggested by audience and writers. They are; super-griffins, bone-less, and baby griffins

    10
    Super Griffins: a tanker truck that is carrying toxic waste falls off and lands on the griffins front yard. Not knowing what it is, they open it and toxic waste goes all over them. They then accumulate super powers. Lois gets super strength, chris gets fire power, peter gets morphing ability, stewie gets telecanisess, brian gets super speed and meg has the amazing ability to grow her fingernails...

    They let the powers go to their heads and they use their powers for their own gain.

    PETER: "Lois said not to use our powers for our own gain... but i guess doing the exact opposit couldn't hurt".



    Baby Griffins: This shows the gang when they where small kids in school. it shows how peter first met Lois and how they all went there ways. Quagmire and Peter wanted to impress lois with courage so they decided to stay at the haunted house for a night. They all flunked out and NED GOLDMAN ended up with lois (she said she liked smartness more than courage).

    HOWEVER!!! this episode does not make any sense. In this episode, Joe is being carried around in a wheel barrow but in a different episode, he breaks his legs as an adult!

    AND brian didnt know them then!



    BONE-LESS: in this episode peter opens his beer to find a genie. he uses his first wish willingly and uses his 2nd for his own theme music. When sitting on a bus with the theme music running, someone gets ticked off at him and says "i'm gonna break every bone in your body" so Peter wishes that he didnt have any bones. When he gets home and over hears his wife talking he says to himself " i may have screwed up my life, but im not going to screw up theirs" so he flushes himself down the drain and ends up in hollywood where he is used as a human stuntbag. a professor then finds him and offers him to participate in a new experiment he's doing which is implanting bones to a body. the operating is a complete success and Peter then finds out that the bones they put in him where his families bones!!!

    WHAT A HAPPY ENDINGmoreless
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)

Judy Greer

Judy Greer

Voice

Guest Star

Kerrigan Mahan

Kerrigan Mahan

Voice

Guest Star

Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin

Himself

Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Diane

Recurring Role

Johnny Brennan

Johnny Brennan

Various

Recurring Role

Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla

Death

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In "Li'l Griffins" every young boy has a tooth sticking out of their mouths.

    • When we see Meg dragging herself on the floor in the doctor's office, she's wearing shoes, but when she and the rest of her family leave, she's in her bare feet.

    • In "No Bones About It", you can hear Stewie shout "Surprise" to Peter with everyone else when they show that it's their bones in Peter, but his lips don't move.

    • In "No Bones about it" in the still shot that shows the house that the Hollywood party is, the water in the fountain doesn't move.

    • If Peter had no bones left, the shape of his head and the ability to move his hands would have been impossible.

    • In "No Bones About It" When Peter has bones surgically implanted he has a large lump on the left side of his face. Once his family enters he's shown again and the lump is on the right side. As they are all walking away it returns back to the left side again.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Peter: (Imitating Mrs. Garrett after morphing into her breasts) Girls! Girls! Girls!

    • Little Quagmire: I bet you're not brave enough to laugh at Death.
      Little Peter: Watch me. (Points at Little Death and laughs at him)
      Little Death: Oh great. Like I don't have enough trouble fitting in.

    • Mayor West: Citizens of Quahog, we have a problem.
      Justin Timberlake: You're damn right we do! Peter Griffin stole my hair!
      Mayor West: Settle down, Jeffrey.
      Justin Timberlake: Justin.
      Mayor West: Michael.

    • Peter: Wait, if we're here, and Quagmire is there.
      (pulls down a map and points) And Istanbul is somewhere in this general area,(points to ghost) WHO THE HELL IS THAT?

    • Peter: (singing) Ridin' on the bus, ridin' on the bus, sittin' next to bums, there's an open seat, hope that isn't pee!

    • Doctor: Mayor West, you have Lymphoma.
      Adam West: Oh My.
      Doctor: Probably from rolling around in that toxic waste. What in God's name were you trying to prove?
      Adam West: I was trying to gain super powers.
      Doctor: Well that's just silly.
      Adam West: Silly, yes...idiotic...yes.

    • Little Peter: Wow, that Lois is some kinda woman.
      Little Quagmire: Yeah, just thinkin' about her makes my testicles wanna drop. Ooh, speak of the devil. Ooh, make that devils.

    • Peter: Well, we promised Lois we'd use our powers responsibly, but I suppose doing the exact opposite couldn't hurt.

    • Peter: Why don't you two make like Siamese twins and split... and then one of you die.

    • Little Diane: Tom, you're so far in the closet, you're finding Christmas presents.

    • Little Peter: My God! Not only are ghosts real, but their innards are made of Children

    • Brian: Hey did you bring enough breasts for the rest of the class?

    • Peter: Hey, is the Count a Vampire?
      Brian: What's that?
      Peter: Well he's got these big fangs. Have they ever shown him doin' somebody in and then feedin' on em?
      Brian: You're, you're asking me if they've ever done a Seseme Street in which the Count kills somebody and then sucks their blood for sustenance
      Peter: Yeah
      Brian: No, they've never done that.

    • Genie: I am here to grant you three wishes.
      Lois: Peter, three wishes. Oh this is so exciting.
      Meg: I want a new hat
      Chris: I want a new hat
      Stewie: I want them to have new hats!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This was originally the last episode of Family Guy to air on FOX until they ordered a fourth season 3 years later due to high DVD sales and cable ratings on Adult Swim.

    • The theme music that plays for Peter while he's ridin' on the bus has been used in the show before, most notably in 2x20 Wasted Talent (see if you can spot where)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • The Cage

      Stewie's appearance in the second sketch -- especially the throbbing vein when he uses his mental powers -- is a reference to this unscreened pilot for Star Trek.

    • Peter: Hey is the Count a vampire?

      Count von Count is a well-known vampire Muppet from Sesame Street, best known for teaching numbers and counting. Performed by veteran Muppeteer Jerry Nelson, he debuted on the show in 1972 and still appears on the show today.

    • The Facts of Life

      In "Super Griffins" the statue that Peter wants erected is from the show "The Facts of Life" about a girls boarding house at a private school. The episode Peter specifically refers to is "Emily Dickinson", where Blair plagiarizes a poem by Emily Dickinson.

    • Superman

      Tom Tucker: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a middle-class irish family.

      This is an allusion to one of the phrases to describe Superman. "it's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman."

    • Adam West as Batman

      Adam West: I've dealt with superbeings before.

      This obviously gives reference to the fact that Adam West, who voices the mayor, used to play Batman on TV.

    • The scene with the young children was a direct take-off of The Little Rascals.

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