Family Guy

Season 3 Episode 18

From Method to Madness

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 24, 2002 on FOX
8.3
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382 votes
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When Brian expresses his interest in theatre, Lois tells him to try out for the Quahog School of Performing Arts. During the audition, Brian turns in a mediocre performance and is dismissed by the judges. Stewie, determined to get Brian a second chance, throws a melodramatic fit. The teachers, impressed with Stewie's theatrics, enroll him in the rising stars program. Stewie doesn't realize he is struggling at the school until he overhears his teachers discussing how he and Olivia, the school's most promising but overly haughty student. will be asked to leave if they don't shine in the quarterly review. Stewie tells Olivia that they must put on the performance of a lifetime or they'll get kicked out, and their routine is a hit. Stewie and Olivia become fast friends, but the harmony ends when competition, pressure and fast-fame set in. Olivia walks off the stage mid-routine, leaving Stewie to finish the performance. Stewie takes his act solo, but is booed everywhere he goes. Meanwhile Meg finally gets a boyfriend, a boy from an all-American family. There's only one problem with this family though - they're nudists.moreless

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  • Stewie joins the Quaghog School of Performing Arts; the Griffins meet a nudist family

    8.5
    When Brian expresses his interest in theatre, Lois tells him to try out for the Quahog School of Performing Arts. During the audition, Brian turns in a mediocre performance and is dismissed by the judges. Stewie, determined to get Brian a second chance, throws a melodramatic fit. The teachers, impressed with Stewie's theatrics, enroll him in the rising stars program. Stewie doesn't realize he is struggling at the school until he overhears his teachers discussing how he and Olivia, the school's most promising but overly haughty student. will be asked to leave if they don't shine in the quarterly review. Stewie tells Olivia that they must put on the performance of a lifetime or they'll get kicked out, and their routine is a hit. Stewie and Olivia become fast friends, but the harmony ends when competition, pressure and fast-fame set in. Olivia walks off the stage mid-routine, leaving Stewie to finish the performance. Stewie takes his act solo, but is booed everywhere he goes. Meanwhile Meg finally gets a boyfriend, a boy from an all-American family. There's only one problem with this family though - they're nudists. I thought this episode was great. It introduces Olivia, who would later appeared again in the season 5 episode "Chick Cancer." I somewhat liked the Griffins' plot of meeting the nudist family better than Stewie's plot. I'll get to Stewie's plot in a bit. The nudist plot was funnier...I laughed how the Griffins reacted when they met the family who turned out to be nudists. (Both Dave and Dotty would appear again in Road to Europe, when Peter and Lois were at the KISS concert.) Chris kept saying b***ies was very funny. Peter and Lois trying to act like nudists was funny as well. Quagmire's appearance was hilarious. Now for the Stewie's plot, it was decent, but not as good as the other plot. My only problem is that Stewie and Olivia kept fighting which lead Stewie to perform by himself. So, yeah, the last few minutes of this episode was just boring. There was a few parts that made me laugh though. Overall, this was a great episode, but could have done better for Stewie. 8.5/10moreless
  • Funny

    9.0
    When Brian expresses his interest in theatre, Lois tells him to try out for the Quahog School of Performing Arts. During the audition, Brian turns in a mediocre performance and is dismissed by the judges. Stewie, determined to get Brian a second chance, throws a melodramatic fit. The teachers, impressed with Stewie's theatrics, enroll him in the rising stars program. Stewie doesn't realize he is struggling at the school until he overhears his teachers discussing how he and Olivia, the school's most promising but overly haughty student. will be asked to leave if they don't shine in the quarterly review. Stewie tells Olivia that they must put on the performance of a lifetime or they'll get kicked out, and their routine is a hit. Stewie and Olivia become fast friends, but the harmony ends when competition, pressure and fast-fame set in. Olivia walks off the stage mid-routine, leaving Stewie to finish the performance. Stewie takes his act solo, but is booed everywhere he goes. Meanwhile Meg finally gets a boyfriend, a boy from an all-American family. There's only one problem with this family though - they're nudists.



    A hilarious episode and should be viewed by any fan of the show



    9/10moreless
  • Nudists in "Family Guy"?... what a hilarious idea

    8.5
    I thought that this was a great episode of "Family Guy". It's not my favorite episode but I did enjoy it very much even though it could have been a little better. I thought it was funny when Peter saw a naked man drowning in the ocean and then he saves him with the lifesaver and gives him a bag of doritos and then the fishermen said "Hey, he gave him out doritos" or something like that. It was so hilarious to find out that the naked man that Peter saved was actually a nudist... same thing with his wife and his kid. It was hilarious how everyone reacted when they saw that the family are nudists. The subplot was a little weak but still great and that was when Brian auditioned for this musical but Stewie gets the part instead and Stewie has to do the musical with Olivia. Peter and Lois told Meg that she can't see that naked son anymore and she gets upset. It was hilarious when Peter and Lois decided to let Meg go out with the naked son and then Peter and Lois get naked. It was also funny when Stewie became mental and was at the mental room at the very end of the episode. Overall, my score was a little low because the subplot was a little weak and kind of dragged but it was an overall great episode of "Family Guy". 8.5/10moreless
  • Nudists...awesome!

    8.5
    What separates Family Guy with other animated comedies--other than Spongebob Squarepants--is that it not only pokes fun at popular culture, but it also makes fun of normal human social dynamics, such as the nudists when Peter mistakened the father's penis for a hotdog, Peter doing a victory dance naked in front of Meg, or when Meg was trying to win Jeff's approval. This episode contains Family Guy's usual mix of hilarious jokes and gags and references to popular culture, but what really stuck out to me was how it ended with Stewie's acting career. It's amazing that in just two minutes, it was able to portray the downfall of Stewie's career very effectively after Olivia quits on him. Amazing. It ends on a very fitting note too.moreless
  • Much, much better than the last two episodes of this season

    8.4
    Wow, a couple of nudists, that's a high one to remember! And then there was Stewie's performing arts with Olivia who hated each other at first but then developed a huge friendship that no one could ever forget - but only simply because it was weird...



    The jokes on this episode were an all out laugh out loud that you couldn't forget, and a distraught Stewie at the end of this episode when Olivia told him that she was moving to Hollywood was excellent - Stewie has never been funnier.



    Meg developed some weird romantic relationship with the son of the nudists, who is nude, and at first Peter and Lois were not keen on Meg seeing this guy, but then everyone got nude -- what a party!



    Overall, greater episode than the last two, but "Great" as a base score. My favourite parts were Stewie, Olivia and the performing arts centre, but poor Brian. He missed out on his dream goals...moreless
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)

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Dotty Campbell

Guest Star

Mark Paredes

Mark Paredes

Pasqual

Guest Star

Fred Willard

Fred Willard

Dave Campbell

Guest Star

Chris Cox

Chris Cox

Jeff Campbell/Mark

Recurring Role

Ralph Garman

Ralph Garman

Various

Recurring Role

Rachael MacFarlane

Rachael MacFarlane

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Santos and Pasqual speak a very poor Portuguese. Their accent is actually closer to Brazilian, although what they say isn't really understandable, to the point that, in Portugal, they had to subtitle their lines.

    • Mark Hentemann, who does the one-man show in which all the characters sound the same, is named after the producer of the same name.

    • When Olivia quits singing with Stewie and Simon says how the show is over he takes a few steps and disappears in thin air.

    • When Brian said he could act better then the comedian Lois didn't believe him. However, she casted Brian as the lead role in her play, in the episode "The King is Dead".

    • The first time that Stewie and Olivia do "You Do", Olivia is in a pink dress, but when they show her again just before the commercial break she's wearing a blue dress and red lipstick.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Lois: So Meg, did any of the neighbors see Jeff come over?
      Meg: Mom! Come one Jeff, let's go in other room.
      Lois: Now Meg, no need to get so testes, uh testy. Nuts, I mean crap!

    • Stewie: Well, fine refuse my offer. Get booted out of this place and wind up like Linda Evans.
      (scene changes to a supermarket)
      Man over PA system: Linda Evans we have a spill in aisle nine. Linda Evans, spill in aisle nine.

    • Stewie: So Olivia... beautiful day.
      Olivia: You're not gonna fart again are you?
      Stewie: Well I'd love to stay and chat, but you're a total bitch.

    • (Stewie farts whilst trying to play a French horn)
      Stewie: Th... thank you. Thank you, that was "me farting" by... by Chopin. Thank you. Thank you very- (runs off)

    • (Jeff walks past)
      Herbert: Holy moly. It must be my birthday.

    • Peter: Oh my God. She's got hair growing out of her boobs and up to her head.

    • Dottie: Would you like a beer?
      Peter: Uh, sure. What have you got?
      Dottie: I've got Busch. Oh, and Busch Light.

    • Quagmire: Hey Peter, can I borrow your lawnmow... (Sees Lois naked) Aaahh! Any of you folks got a towel?

    • (Stewie and Olivia's song)
      Stewie: Who's got that greatest gal around?
      Olivia: You do. Who's got the sweetest man in town?
      Stewie: You do.
      Olivia: Who's got a guy who makes her smile all day?
      Stewie: By the way, I'm not so bad to look at either.
      Olivia: Who's got a guy with lots of brains?
      Stewie: You do. Who's got the girl who loves chomain?
      Olivia: You do.
      Stewie: Who's got the greatest love in the world?
      Olivia: You do.
      Stewie: And you do.
      Bothe: Thank goodness I've got you.
      Olivia: Who's got a guy to tell her jokes?
      Stewie: You do. Who's got a girl to show the folks?
      Olivia: You do.
      Stewie: Who's got a girl he'd like to one day undress?
      Olivia: Give it a rest. I told you not until we're married.
      Stewie: Who's got the gal with all the snazz?
      Olivia: You do. Who's got the fella with pazze?
      Stewie: You do. Who's got the greatest love in the world?
      Olivia: You do.
      Stewie: And you do.
      Both: Thank goodness I've got you!

    • Chris: (walks in naked) Mom, I need new batteries for my Walkman.
      (looks around and sees Peter, Lois and Jeff naked) Hey, why is everybody else naked?

    • (Perverted Herbert sees Meg's boyfriend and he is naked)
      Herbert: Holy Moly, it must be my birthday.

    • Simon: Nice effort Brad, but let's remember our performance hierarchy: legitimate theatre, musical theatre, stand-up, ventriloquism, magic, mime.

    • Lois: Good, I don't have to cook.
      Peter: Oh, no, go ahead and cook anyway, Lois, and we'll throw it out. I don't want you to get rusty.

    • Stewie: Well, I'd love to stay and chat, but you're a total bitch.

    • Olivia: You are the weakest link, goodbye.
      (laughter)
      Stewie: Ha ha ha! Oh gosh that's funny! That's really funny! Do you write your own material? Do you? Because that is so fresh. You are the weakest link goodbye. You know, I've, I've never heard anyone make that joke before. Hmm. You're the first. I've never heard anyone reference, reference that outside the program before. Because that's what she says on the show right? Isn't it? You are the weakest link goodbye. And, and yet you've taken that and used it out of context to insult me in this everyday situation. God what a clever, smart girl you must be, to come up with a joke like that all by yourself. That's so fresh too. Any, any Titanic jokes you want to throw at me too as long as we're hitting these phenomena at the height of their popularity. God you're so funny!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Stewie mentions that he has upcoming appearances on "Gilmore Girls." Alex Borstein appeared in several episodes and Daniel Palladino is married to the creator of "Gilmore Girls" as well as being an executive producer. Also, Seth MacFarlane has appeared on Gilmore Girls as well.

    • On American TV, this episode had a warning about nudity before the opening theme.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

      The fight between Stewie and Olivia is a reference to the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee.

    • The Benny Hill Show

      Stewie: This calls for a sexy party!

      Stewie's sexy parties are a reference to this old British sketch show, The Benny Hill Show.

    • Linda Evans

      Store Manager : Linda Evans, we have a spill in aisle nine, Linda Evans... spill in aisle nine.

      Linda Evans starred as Krystle Jennings Carrington for 206 episodes of Dynasty, she has however not appeared in anything of consequence since then.

    • The Weakest Link

      Olivia: You are the Weakest Link... Goodbye...
      A reference to the game show starring Anne Robinson wherein a person is eliminated each round from the game with Anne announcing that person is the Weakest Link.

    • Men In Black

      Peter: Do it
      (neuroliser)
      This is a reference to the mind blanking device from Men In Black.

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