Family Guy

Season 6 Episode 11

Former Life of Brian

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 2008 on FOX
6.9
out of 10
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338 votes
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Episode Summary

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Brian, afraid that he may have lost his last chance at love, searches for a former flame, Tracy. To his surprise, he discovers that he is the father to her son, Dylan. Tracy decides that Brian should raise the boy, and she drops him off at the Griffin's house. When Dylan runs rough-shot in the house, Brian's attitude towards parenting doesn't settle too well with Lois and Peter.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Still has it's moments

    5.0
    Even though this episode wasn't a laugh out loud one, I still did love Brian and Dylan smoking pot. Even Peter growing back his hair as playdoh and Brian with the bag on his head was funny, since Brian rarely acts fully as a dog.
  • Brian has a son

    6.0
    Brian, afraid that he may have lost his last chance at love, searches for a former flame, Tracy. To his surprise, he discovers that he is the father to her son, Dylan. Tracy decides that Brian should raise the boy, and she drops him off at the Griffin's house. When Dylan runs rough-shot in the house, Brian's attitude towards parenting doesn't settle too well with Lois and Peter. Another Brian centered episode (Peter didn't has a major role here) and it wasn't as great as play it again, Brian. The reason for my low score is because of the way Dylan (Brian's son) acts in the first two acts. But it quickly improves when Brian turns his life around and he got less annoying and mean. And this episode was boring. Also, one of the most (but not the worst) cutaway was Stewie hanging out with Matthew McConaughery. I don't know why but I was bored to death watching it. The other cutaways here were hilarious. My favorites would be Mexican funeral, the old man annoying his neighbor, and a couple more. I only laughed a few times.here. This is however the writer's worst episode he did because he didn't made that much humor here. There's only at least 8 laughs in this episode. Score 6/10 (tied with Padre de Familia as worst season 6 episode ever)moreless
  • Brian goes to see his former Love, and finds out he has a son.

    2.0
    This is the WORST EPISODE of Family Guy by far! I watched it once and thought maybe it just came off wrong the first time. I sat down and watched it a 2nd time a few days later and I thought he was even worse. I have seen it a few times since and I can't believe how bad this was. Brian and his son were awful. The son was a stupid worthless character. Brian turned into an idiot when he was trying to act like a dad. The worst thing in the episode, was having The stupid son who should never be in Family Guy ever again, beating up the fan favorite Evil Monkey. Why would have this dumb character beating up the classic Evil Monkey? It makes no sense. The only reason I gave it a 2 of 10, was because Stewie has his moments.moreless
  • Great.

    8.5
    Brian, afraid that he may have lost his last chance at love, searches for a former flame, Tracy. To his surprise, he discovers that he is the father to her son, Dylan. Tracy decides that Brian should raise the boy, and she drops him off at the Griffin's house. When Dylan runs rough-shot in the house, Brian's attitude towards parenting doesn't settle too well with Lois and Peter.



    8.5/10
  • great

    8.5
    what i liked- brian and dylan doing pot and crying and hugging each other, the somewhat emotional ending with dylan going back with tracy (would've been a lot better without peter's final line of the episode being a joke. would it kill them to have a sad ending with NO humor? apparently, yes), the cocoa puffs cutaway, the mexican funeral cutaway, the scene where meg was tied to a chair and forced to watch the 'unfunny' Monty Python sketches, amongst other things.

    good episode. I liked Dylan as a character and thought it was nice to have a character like him in it. It isn't the best episode of the show or anything but there are some nice moments. I really wish they hadn't killed any emotion this episode could have had by ending it with peter making some lame joke, but i guess you can't have everything your own way. Final grade would be a B- or so.moreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Cleveland/Herbert/Performance Artist/Greased-Up Deaf Guy (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (Production Season 2+)

Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein

Tracy

Guest Star

Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford

Boyfriend

Guest Star

Erinn Hayes

Erinn Hayes

Jared's Mom

Guest Star

Steve Callaghan

Steve Callaghan

Various

Recurring Role

Max Burkholder

Max Burkholder

Kid

Recurring Role

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Joe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Brian meets Stewie, Stewie has a facepaint of a cat, after the Pink Pather clip he is shown without it.

    • Brian says to Stewie "If you don't like it, go on the internet and complain." This is a response from the writers to those fans of Family Guy who often posts blogs or forum comments with their gripes about the show, and about some inaccuracy within the show.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Brain: (After finding out he has a son) This is more awkward than the goodbye from The Wizard of Oz.
      (Cut to Dorothy saying goodbye to everyone)
      Dorothy: Goodbye, Tin Man. (Kisses him on the cheek)
      Tin Man: Goodbye,Dorothy.
      Dorothy: Goodbye, Lion. (Kisses him on the cheek)
      Cowardly Lion: Goodbye, Dorothy.
      Dorothy: (To Scarecrow) I think I'm going to miss you most of all. (Hugs him)
      Tin Man: Oh, okay. That's kind of an odd thing to say.
      Cowardly Lion: Yeah, sort of a weird comment right in front of all of us.
      Tin Man: Kinda thought this was a team effort.
      Cowardly Lion: Yeah, really glad I risked my life and everything.
      Tin Man: Yeah. You're like five minutes from gone and you leave with that? You know, that's like cutting a huge fart and then walking out of the room. And that's how we'll remember you. As a big fart.
      Cowardly Lion: Goodbye, Big Fart.

    • Lois: Brian, you have to get Dylan under control. He's terrorizing the whole family.
      Peter: Yeah, you won't believe what he did to Meg the other day. He made her watch all the other 178 hours of Monty Python that aren't funny or memorable.
      (Cut to a scene of Meg tied to a chair and looking at a TV)
      British Guy on TV: I have a pet hedgehog that will take with me to town and whenever I put my foot down, I shall say "Boing, boing, boing."
      Meg: I'm a girl! I don't even like the good Monty Python sketches!

    • Dylan: Mom? What are you doing here?
      Peter: Tracy came because she wants you back. Don't you want your son back, Tracy? (Tracy vomits) What a joyous family reunion!

    • Dylan: I hate you all! I didn't ask to be born! If I had a gun, I'd shoot you all! (runs off)
      Peter: Well Lois, now we know what to get him for Chrstmas. (sing-song voice) I love the holidays!

    • Brian; So, Dylan... shouldn't you be in school?
      Dylan: I dunno.
      Brian: It's Wednesday.
      Dylan: Up yours!
      Stewie: Nice kid.

    • (Dylan walks in and smashes a vase with flowers against the wall)
      Peter: (Slightly annoyed) Something on your mind son?
      Dylan: Shut up! You're just a fat old bastard!
      Peter: Well not to get technical sir, but you are the bastard.(He laughs but only his head moves up and down)

    • Tracy: Brian, this is Dylan, he's (pause) your son.
      Stewie: Oh, no way! Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!

    • Stewie: You need more than that, you need an act. Listen, I'll be your assistant, and we'll put on a whole big show.
      Brian: Really?
      Stewie: Yeah, we'll do all the great tricks. You can even split me in half.
      Brian: What?
      Stewie: Saw me in half.

    • Brian: Don't worry, I got it under control Lois. I'm monitoring Dylan from here on Stewie's baby monitor.
      (conversation is heard over the monitor)
      Stewie: Hey Dylan? Hey, come on in here for a sec.
      Dylan: Stewie, why are you nude?
      Stewie: Oh just a little something I do once a week around here called a "naked tea party." Got my teacup here, now all I need is a tea bag. That something that interests you my friend?
      Dylan: You're weird.
      Stewie: Yeah, and you're attractive. Now take your f***ing pants off!
      Dylan: I'm outta here.
      Stewie: Huh, did you see that Rupert? "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Seconds" starring Stewie Griffin huh? Gee whiz.

    • (After Dylan beats up the Evil Monkey)
      Chris: Yay! I haven't been in my closet for years! Boy... there is a lot of feces in here.

    • Lois: I don't know, Brian. Raising a child is a very rewarding experience.
      Peter: You know what else is rewarding, Lois? Shutting your Vag.
      Lois: What?
      Peter: What?

    • Stewie: Say Brian, now that I think about it, how can you possibly have a thirteen year old son, when you yourself are only seven?
      Brian: Well, those are dog years.
      Stewie: That doesn't make any sense.
      Brian: You know what Stewie, If you don't like it, go on the internet and complain.

    • Brian: Gosh, this is a... lovely home Tracy.
      Stewie: That's so weird. It smells like there's a cat, but I bet there's no cat.

    • Stewie: Brian, this is painful. It's like listening to those two foreign guys down at the coffee shop who've been living in the US almost long enough to sound American.
      (scene cuts to coffee shop)
      Guy #1: Oh man, what a good bunch of partying at that disco-tech. They played one of my audience requests.
      Guy #2: Way awesome! I myself drank like five liters of beer. Any more and I would have ended up in hospital man.
      Guy #1: Oh you said it friend, but I wanted to stay, because I almost had sex on this girl.
      Guy #2: Oh yeah, but it was so expensive. Each drink was like six dollars forty!

    • Dylan: Knock Knock?
      Brian: Who's there?
      Dylan: You're there.
      Brian: I'll always be there, Dylan.

  • NOTES (1)

    • During the Jun 22nd, 2008, rerun of the episode, Peter's last line, "She looks like a really hot Tim Russert" was edited to censor the words 'Tim Russert', because Russert had died nine days earlier.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Tracy: Brian, this is Dylan, he's (pause) your son.
      Stewie: Oh, no way! Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!

      This is a reference to The Jerry Springer Show.

    • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

      Stewie: Did you see that Rupert? "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Seconds" starring Stewie Griffin.

      Stewie references this Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey comedy from 2003 after talking to Dylan in his room.

    • The Former Life of Brian

      The title of this episode is a parody of the Monty Python movie The Life of Brian.

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