Family Guy

Season 3 Episode 18

From Method to Madness

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 24, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Fan Reviews (9)

8.3
out of 10
Average
381 votes
  • 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. 8.5/10
  • 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



    9/10

  • 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". 8.5/10
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Just a very wierd episode, but it had a lot of funny moments and great lines.

    8.8
    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.
  • Chris was soooo funny in this episode. lol.

    8.6
    Yey!! Stewie in theatre trying to be a young and little entertainer, this was really great. Oh, and the nudists who could forget the nudists I mean that was just a thing on Family Guy waiting to happen. And I love chris' histericall line when he walks into the room and sees his family and the nudists all naked "Mum, I need some new batteries for my walkman-ah!! why is everybody else naked!!! Now that's what passes as funny. And there was even a sequal to the Stewie-Olivia story entitled chick cancer, I doubt anyone who hadn't seen this one didn't get fully into that one. An excellent episode, overall
  • Do It... we are the men in black...

    9.1
    What a cool episode! Peter goes out to fish and finds a naked man that worships him for saving his life, and he invites him to dinner out. But when they get there, they discover that the whole family is a bunch of nudists, Meg falls in love with their son, and the rest of the Griffins are uncomfortable with it, and Chris forgets about it, while Stewie is out to an acting class, and discovers that he is about to expelled unless he colaborates with his partner, Olivia. What a cool episode, a classic from Family Guy...
  • Why is everybody else naked?

    9.0
    Both plots in this episode were great though the Stewie plot dipped in some places but does have some great gags and insight into Stewie’s descent into madness.

    The nudist plot was hilarious especially the different things used to block the privates and the double entendres when it came to the trophy. Peter’s attitude was great such as glad-wrapping the couch and making them step on coasters.

    Stewie’s acting career was brilliantly written and has many great lines from both Stewie and Olivia. Peter cutting into Brian’s rehearsal monologue at the start and then saying he was generous at the end of the scene was a classic Peter scene and very funny.

    Overall, the episode is not the best but it is quite entertaining.
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