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Family Guy

Season 1 Episode 2

I Never Met the Dead Man

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While teaching Meg to drive, Peter crashes into the town's satellite dish, which knocks out the city's cable. He promises Meg that if she takes the blame, he'll get her a car. Without TV, Peter goes crazy, which drives the family insane. Meanwhile, after refusing to eat the broccoli that Lois gives him, Stewie attempts to build a weather control device that would destroy all vegetables.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • funny

    Family guy is funny
  • nimbostratus

  • Much more like Family Guy

    I didn't enjoy the pilot too much but this episode really changes my feelings towards the first season. It was much funnier and Peter really interested me in this episode. There were more laughs and a better plot to go with it. The voice acting and directing is top level brilliance and is a far better episode
  • Peter wrecks the cable

    While teaching Meg to drive, Peter crashes into the town's satellite dish, which knocks out the city's cable. He promises Meg that if she takes the blame, he'll get her a car. Without TV, Peter goes crazy, which drives the family insane. Meanwhile, after refusing to eat the broccoli that Lois gives him, Stewie attempts to build a weather control device that would destroy all vegetables. Another superb episode for Family Guy. The main plot was great, but it was not my favorite. Stewie's plot was funnier. It had a lot of funny parts such as the cold opening, Stewie doesn't want to eat vegetable, Stewie using a device to get rid of a broccoli, Peter at Meg's school in a tower, and around 4 more funny moments. Overall, this episode was superb. 9/10moreless
  • perfect

    what i liked- tom about to spank diane when they think they are still not on the air, peter walking around pretending he is watching television, the ending where he interrupts lois, "Sorry Meg, daddy loves you, but daddy also loves Star Trek, and in all fairness Star Trek was here first", amongst other things.

    good episode. i did not laugh a whole lot but i did however think the plot was pretty good. A+moreless
Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert

Meg (season 1) [uncredited]

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada

Officer Ponch [Uncredited]

Guest Star

Frank Welker

Frank Welker


Guest Star

Aaron Lustig

Aaron Lustig


Guest Star

Joey Slotnick

Joey Slotnick


Recurring Role

Lori Alan

Lori Alan


Recurring Role

Butch Hartman

Butch Hartman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • After Peter tells Meg that it is not the 1st time he embarrassed her, it cuts to a flashback of Meg's class in which the teacher is wearing a watch on his left wrist. After the camera shifts position his watch is gone.

    • When Lois and Peter are in bed, Peter's glasses disappear during shots.

    • We learn that Quagmire is a Pilot.

    • The different segments on Stewie's see 'n say are Freezing Rain, Blizzard, Tornado, Partly Cloudy, Hurricane, Apocalypse, Sand Storm, and Pestilence.

    • When Peter is watching Fast Animals, Slow Children while driving, the man's hair is yellow, but when they crash and they zoom in his hair is brown.

    • Near the beginning of the episode, Meg asks Peter to give her a driving lesson as the family sits and watches TV. If you look carefully you'll see that they are watching a blank screen.

    • After Meg fails to get her driver's license, the scene cuts to a bird's eye- view of Meg and Peter in the car. In the opening shot of that scene, however, Lois is the one sitting in the car with Peter.

    • Meg goes to James Woods Regional High School. James Woods is the name of a Hollywood actor who came from Rhode Island.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Peter: Look Meg, I know you're pretty upset at me right now, and I know this isn't the first time I've embarressed you...
      (Flashback to Meg in class)
      Teacher: And if you add the measure of the right triangle, the sum...
      Peter busts in wearing nothing but a towl around his waist)
      Peter: Hey Meg, you mind cleaning out the showers next time you shave your legs? It's a carpet in there!

    • Lois: Honey, it's not going to go away just because you don't like it.
      Stewie: Well then, my goal becomes clear. The broccoli must die!

    • Lois: Sweetie, it's broccoli. It's good for you. Now open up for the airplane.
      Stewie: Never! Damn the broccoli, damn you, and damn the Wright brothers!

    • Stewie (talking on his toy Seasame Street phone): Put me through to the Pentagon!
      Phone: Do you know what sound a cow makes?
      Stewie: Don't toy with me, Ernie. I've already dispatched with Mr. Hooper. I've got six armed men stationed outside Big Bird's nest. And as for Linda, well it's rather difficult for a deaf woman to hear an assassin approach, now isn't it?
      Phone: Can you count to three?
      Stewie: Oh indeed I can. One!
      (shoots phone)
      Stewie: Two!
      (shoots phone)
      Stewie: Three!
      (shoots phone)
      Stewie: Can I count to three? For God's sake I'm already shooting at a fifth grade level.

    • Lois: Stewie, you can't leave the table until you finish your vegetables.
      Stewie: Well then, I shall sit here until one of us expires, and you've got a good forty years on me woman!

    • Lois: I know you don't like broccoli Stewie, but you'll thank me when you grow up big and strong like your father.
      Stewie: A compelling argument. You've swayed me, woman. Mmmm. That is good. Oh I feel stronger already. Mmmm it's good tasting and good for you.

    • Peter: Look Meg, I suffer my own dissapointments too.
      (Flashback with Peter when Meg was born.)
      Doctor: It's a girl!
      (Peter appears with bunches of hockey, soccer, basketball, and football equipment.)
      Peter: Can you check again?

    • Peter: What can me and you do together? (Lois giggles) Lois, you've got a sick mind!
      Lois: Peter, I'm talkin' about making love.
      Peter: Oh, I thought you wanted us to murder the children and harvest their organs for beer money.

    • Brian: Hey barkeep, whose leg do you gotta hump to get a dry martini around here?

    • (Flashback to an episode of Scooby-Doo)
      Fred: Gee wizz, gang. Looks like the killer gutted the victim, strangled him with his own intestines and then dumped the body in the river.
      Velma: Jenkies. What a mystery!
      Scooby: (inaudible)
      Fred: You're right Scoob. We're dealing with one sick son of a bitch.

    • (Flashback to Peter in Willy Wonka's factory)
      Wonka: I'll ask you one more time, are you sure you didn't eat anything in my factory?
      Peter: (appears as a giant blueberry) No.
      Wonka: I'm just asking.
      Peter: Are you calling me a liar?
      Wonka: No, I'm just saying -
      Peter: Hey, shut up Wonka!

    • Meg: Dad, if I don't get my driver's license, I'll never have any boyfriends, I'll never get married and I'll have to adopt a kid like Rosie O'Donnell.
      Peter: Meg ... are you implying that Rosie O'Donnell can't drive?

    • Lois: Now kids, your father's just trying to spend time with his family. Or kill us. I'm not sure which.

    • Peter: Let's play a game called Takin' the fall for Daddy. If you win, I'll buy you a convertible when you get your license.
      Meg: Really? Oh Daddy, now I love you again.
      Peter: Oh, you're gonna make some Jewish guy a great wife.

    • Teacher: Well class, we WERE scheduled to watch a PBS Program on the mating rituals of the nude, large breasted Wewak Tribe of New Guinea. Unfortunately Megan Griffin ruined TV. So instead we're having a surprise test.

    • Tom Tucker: Well Diane, that last report was so good I think you deserve a spanking.
      Diane: Oh Tom, I don't think your wife would appreciate that.
      Tom: Haha, that frigid old cow lives in Quahog, she can't hear a word I'm saying.
      Camera Guy: Actually, we're back on the air in Quahog.

    • Kirk: Alright men, this is a dangerous mission. And it's likely one of us will be killed. The landing party will consist of myself, Mr Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Ensign Ricky.
      Ensign Ricky: Ahh crap.

    • Peter: Fox is running one of those new reality specials tonight. Fast Animals, Slow Children.

    • Tom Tucker: Because of an accident today at the Quahog cable company, all television transmission will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Of course, no one can see this news program, so it doesn't really matter what we say. I'm the lord Jesus Christ. I think I'll go get drunk and beat up some midgets, how about you, Diane?
      Diane Simmons: Well, Tom, I just plain don't like black people.

    • Peter: Isn't "bribe" just another word for love?

    • William Shatner: Beam me up God.

    • Peter: Come on everyone, we're late for the Bavarian Folk Festival. You know those Germans, if you don't join their party they'll come get ya!

    • Peter: Meg, don't believe what they're saying. I always keep my eyes on the road. I don't miss a thing.
      TV: We now return to Star Trek
      Peter: Holy Crap! Uhura's black?

    • Peter: Sorry Meg. Daddy loves ya, but Daddy also loves Star Trek, and in all fairness, Star Trek was here first.

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • World War II

      When the German sausage booth is next to the Polish booth, the German booth attendee, who resembles Hitler knocks the Polish booth keeper over the head and takes over his booth. He then begins coveting the Czech sausage booth.

    • Creature From the Black Lagoon
      The green man-like creature that the Griffins pull out of the water while fishing is the monster from the film Creature From the Black Lagoon.

    • My Fair Lady

      Stewie: Damn the broccoli, damn you, and damn the Wright brothers!

      Seth MacFarlane has said that he based Stewie on Rex Harrison and this line is a perfect example; it's a take on one of Harrison's classic lines from My Fair Lady, "Damn the eggs, damn Mrs. Pearce and damn you!"

    • Wizard of Oz

      When Peter is dreaming about a world without television, the dream sequence alludes to Dorothy's dream trip to Oz in The Wizard of Oz.

    • The Wright Brothers:

      Lois: Sweetie, it's broccoli. It's good for you. Now open up for the airplane.
      Stewie: Never! Damn the broccoli! Damn you! And damn the Wright Brothers!

      The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, created and flew the first controlled, powered, airplane.

    • William Shatner

      William Shatner: Beam me up God
      Reference to Captain Kirk, a part William Shatner played on Star Trek. Kirk was often beamed up by his ship's transporters, and often used the phrase "Beam me up."

    • The Wonder Years

      Kevin Arnold: Whoa. Suddenly, I was public enemy number one. It was time to tell the truth.
      From 1988 - 1993 ABC's The Wonder Years entertained audiences with its blend of adolescent humor, drama, and situation comedy. The show starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold. All of Kevin's inner monologues were performed by Daniel Stern, and went uncredited during the run of the series.

    • NYPD Blue

      Sipowicz: Are you gonna tell me what I want to know or am I gonna have to show you my ass?
      This is a reference to an episode of NYPD Blue where Dennis Franz's butt was shown on the air.

    • CHiPs

      Ponch: Driving without my phone number.
      This is a reference to the television program CHiPs. A program that aired from 1977 - 1983, and is often seen as campy today.

    • Raisin Bran

      Mr Sun: It's always a nice day with two scoops of raisins, Peter.
      This is a reference to the Raisin Bran commercials of the 80s.

    • Star Trek

      Ensign Ricky: Ahh crap
      Star Trek had a reputation for killing off its extras especially if they happened to be wearing red shirts. Ensign Ricky knows this and was not thrilled to be picked for this mission. The Red Shirts being killed was never more aparent than in Star Trek's: The Apple an episode where 4 red shirts were killed within the first 10 minutes of the show