Family Guy

Season 2 Episode 9

If I'm Dyin' I'm Lyin'

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 04, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary

To get a favorite show back on the air, Peter convinces the "Make-A-Dream Come True" Foundation that Chris is dying, and that his wish is for the show to go back on the air. The scam leads to Peter "Magically healing Chris" and people thinking that he is God.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Decent entertainment

  • Eh, not very much laughs here

    Forced to go on a women's retreat for telling sexist jokes at work, Peter resists the idea at first. After two weeks, however, Peter becomes a sensitive male. No one likes the new Peter, especially Lois. While attending a charity dinner, Lois does something that snaps Peter out of his feminine phase. To get a favorite show back on the air, Peter convinces the "Make-A-Dream Come True" Foundation that Chris is dying, and that his wish is for the show to go back on the air. The scam leads to Peter "Magically healing Chris" and people thinking that he is God. I thought this episode was good. Since the first three seasons are a tad better than the revival ones (but still great), this one of the weakest early episodes I've seen. The other weakest old episodes (rated lower than an 8) were Fore Father, Ready, Disabled, Willing, and maybe a couple others. The rest of the season 1-3 episodes are usually great, superb, and perfect. I didn't laughed very much. I laughed at the beginning when Peter and Chris were watching Gumbel to Gumbel, Stewie being flithy, Peter pretending Chris is dying, some of the cutaways, and a few more. Most of the parts near the end is just boring. Overall, a decent, but one of the weakest season 1-3 episodes. 7.5/10moreless
  • A great episode.

    To get a favorite show back on the air, Peter convinces the "Make-A-Dream Come True" Foundation that Chris is dying, and that his wish is for the show to go back on the air. The scam leads to Peter "Magically healing Chris" and people thinking that he is God.

    What I liked- the pepperoni nipples, the gumble2gumble show

  • It was good

    Peter convinces people that Chris is dying because he thinks this will help renew a show they like. But when Chris does not die, Peter con vinces all he can heal sick people. He also starts to think of himself as a God, which angers God, so he sends signs and omens to the Griffin house in order to make Peter realize he should not play God.

    It was good, not perfect, not terrible. it did not have a lot of humor but the plot was pretty good. Overall grade for this episode is a B+, a pretty good episodemoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show family guy peter is sad that a show of his is going off air and thing is he sees there is a make a wish foundation and so he lies and says his son chris is sick and he wants the show to come back on air . and then the scam that he set up leads to him magicly healing chris and the the people think he is like god the way he healed him and then it leads to more trouble this was a good ep i thought and that is why i gave it a 8.5moreless
Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert

Meg (Production Season 1) [uncredited]

Martin Mull

Martin Mull

Mr. Harris

Guest Star

Peter Roth

Peter Roth


Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan


Recurring Role

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson


Recurring Role

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Chris's teacher yells at the Jewish boy for wearing a hat in his class. But Chris also wears a hat and the teacher doesn't even seem to notice.

    • The sign outside of the studios at NBC reads: We used to have Seinfeld, remember?

    • Chris' school is the Buddy Cianci Junior High. Mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci, Jr. is the mayor of Providence Rhode Island.

    • The guest stars in the Hollywood Squares scene are L. L. Cool J., Suzanne Somers and Charlie Sheen, Scott Bakula, Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Rodman, Betty White and Fran Drescher.

    • In the scene where Brian slaps Peter for annoying God, the pictures of Stewie, and Chris on the wall change positions between each shot. It appears that Peter was animated facing the wrong direction, and they needed to flip the shot.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Peter (as he writes a letter to FOX): If you don't put "Coach" back on the air, I'll be really upset. The skillful acting of Craig T. Nelson will be missed a lot. Signed Peter Griffin.
      Lois: Peter, come help me with the groceries. (Peter unknowingly spills White-out on the paper, making it say "If you don't put Coach back on the air, I'll kill Craig T. Nelson." Then it cuts to Craig T. Nelson knocking on Peter's door as Peter answers it.)
      Peter: Craig T Nelson!
      Craig T Nelson: Hi, are you Peter Griffin?
      Peter: Yes.
      Craig T Nelson (as he holds out a gun): Make it quick.

    • Peter: We gotta save Gumbel 2 Gumbel, and we're gonna do it Griffin 2 Griffin.

    • (Lois is giving Stewie a bath)
      Peter: Hey Stewie. I see your bum.
      Stewie: Well take a good look, fat man. And while you're at it, take pictures so I have something to bring with me to court, you wretched pervert.

    • [Stewie's bathwater turns to blood]
      Stewie: How positively delightful, it is as if someone stabbed Mr. Bubble!

    • Brian: Peter, the final plague is the death of the first born son.
      Peter: Oh no Stewie!
      Brian: The first born son.
      Peter: Meg!
      Brian: Your wife.
      Peter: Chris!

    • Peter: I want to have the kind of father and son relationship that the Gumbels have.
      Lois: Peter, the Gumbels are brothers.
      Peter: Oh nice Lois, just because they're black we can't learn anything from 'em?

    • Brian: Peter, this is the final plague!
      Peter: Good cause this is starting to get old.

    • Peter: Hey Lois, give Chris a break. I mean, no TV? So he failed a class, it's not like he felt up his cousin in the garage that one time when I was 19.

    • Peter: I look like a freakin' Emmy! (to the camera) Hint, Hint.

    • Peter: When did God ever say he didn't want someone else being worshipped like him?
      Lois: It's one of the Ten Commandments.
      Peter: Oh, come on Lois, those were written like 200 years ago. Times have changed.

    • Peter: I'll handle it Lois. I read a book about this sort of thing once.
      Brian: Are you sure it was a book? Are you sure it wasn't nothing?
      Peter: Oh yeah.

    • Peter: Lois, anyone who wouldn't pretend their own son is dyin' to get the Gumble's back on TV is a racist. There. I said it.

    • Chris: Are you sure this'll work?
      Peter: Chris, this is just another one of your crazy schemes.
      Chris: But this whole thing was your idea.
      Peter: You'll find out.
      Chris: Dad, you're not makin' any sense.
      Peter: You just leave that to me.

    • Peter: You gonna eat that stapler?
      Calahan: Umm... you can't eat a-
      Peter: Wanna split it?

  • NOTES (1)


    • At the television pitch meeting, all of the executives are keen on a show about a single woman working at a magazine. During the late nineties, there were a number of programs that aired concurrently with similar premises. Caroline in the City, Suddenly Susan and Just Shoot Me! all involved single women working for magazines among a cast of eccentric characters.

    • The Grant-A-Dream foundation is an allusion on the real charity the Make-A-Wish foundation, who grant the wish of a child or teen if they have Cancer, Leukemia, or Cystic Fibrosis.

    • Back to the Future

      Announcer: Rufus Griffin stars in, Black to the Future!
      This is a parody of the famous movie trilogy, Back to the Future. It is also a reference to the numerous movies in the seventies that were considered Blaxploitation. Movies that were blatant rip-offs of another concept, but were simply made to be more "black" A classic example of this is Blackula.

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