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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  • 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. 7.5/10
  • 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 episode
  • 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 8.5
  • One of the all-time greats!

    I really loved this episode! I thought it is one of the show's best, but not the top episode overall. The concept to this one was just ridiculously great! Peter pretends that Chris is dying, in order to renew his favorite cancelled television programme.

    I loved the ending to this episode, where the seven plagues were unleashed upon the Griffin household. That was just incredible to see!

    I also enjoyed the scenes of Quahog residents worshipping Peter as a saint. Sometimes, I think this show is just too ridiculous for its own good!

    Overall, an episode packed with great humour. What cost it a full rating of ten was the boring scenes that came in here and there and wasted a lot of time. However, the story and plot to this one were great!
  • Another great example of why this shows the best around

    The scene were we see Peter's opening statement at the debate was hilarious it consists of excerpts from the theme songs of Diff'rent Strokes, One Day at a Time, and The Facts of Life. He concludes with "Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog!" which is from the production credit for UBU Productions, the production company of executive producer Gary David Goldberg, who created Family Ties and Spin City, among others. Great scene just like the epsidoe.

    Lois' campaign for school board president is interrupted by a call from Chris' principal - apparently Chris was caught peeking into the girls' locker room. While Peter and Lois are at the school talking to the principal, and Lois finally holds a campaign for Head of the School Board of Education. Meanwhile, Peter runs into his favorite teacher from the past, Mr. Fargus (voiced by Dwight Schultz); he has been reduced from his former peppy (almost loony) self to a catatonic old man due to pills he has been required to take by the school board. Peter tells Mr. Fargus to stop taking the pills, which quickly causes Mr. Fargus to go off the edge (he and his students begin smashing eggs of the endangered California Condor) and subsequently get fired. Lois meanwhile holds a rally and it is revealed that the school textbooks are from a semi-racist era, as they refer The Civil Rights Movement as "Trouble Ahead." Furious that Lois will not give Mr. Fargus his job back, Peter decides to run for school board president, too, so that he can reinstate him to his old position. Peter kissing babies on the campaign trail.The two run tight campaigns against each other but a rally held by both leaves Peter in humiliation. Peter mounts a campaign against Lois that shows some promise, but at a debate between them, Lois trounces Peter. Desperate to win, Peter airs a political ad, using a sexy picture of Lois (which Lois gave to Peter for their anniversary) to discredit her, thus making Lois humilated.

    She's especially shocked when Peter actually wins the school board election and then doesn't seem to take his new position very seriously. To calm her down, Peter tells Lois he's going to show her all the great changes he has in store, but, of course, all of his proposed "improvements" are ridiculous. During a TV interview it's revealed that the kids at Peter's school are reading pornography and, even worse, that Peter supplied it. This causes a huge scandal for Peter, who is advised to pin the whole thing on Lois. During a press conference, he can't bring himself to do that because every woman he saw turned into Lois. In fact, he finds himself apologizing to her for this horrible behavior. He resigns and he and Lois leave on a helicopter.
  • Just a wierd and sac-religious episode

    Chris has been failing school recently, and Lois forbids him from watching TV until his grades improve. Lois suggests to Peter that he help Chris with his study skills. This prompts Peter to lie to her about studying so that he and Chris can watch their favorite show, Gumbel 2 Gumbel, a crime drama starring brothers Bryant and Greg Gumbel. However, he is disappointed to discover that the show has been cancelled. To get it back on the air, Peter decides to tell the Grant-a-Dream Foundation (a parody of the Make-a-Wish Foundation) that Chris is suffering from a made-up terminal illness called "tumasyphilisitisosis," the symptoms of which include growing extra nipples (actually pepperoni slices) across one's torso, and that being able to watch the show is his dying wish.

    Because of this (and because everyone thinks the name of the disease is sexy) an agreement is brokered between Grant-a-Dream and NBC in which the Gumbel show will be put back on the air if NBC can get the film rights to Chris's death. Peter is overjoyed with Gumbel 2 Gumbel back on the air, and Chris uses his "illness" to his advantage in school. However, Peter panics upon learning that mourners are holding a candlelit vigil on their front lawn. When the network comes to claim their part of the deal, Lois finds out about the scam and tells Peter to tell the truth, but he could possibly face prison time for frauding a charitable organization. Acting out of desperation, he casually claims to have cured him with newfound healing powers and gets off the hook.

    Peter gets a reputation for being a healer, and people start worshiping him as a god, which he himself begins to believe; they even go as far as dressing like him and building a giant golden idol of him. Lois and Brian, however, continue to plead with Peter that he admit he is not God, lest he wants divine wrath bestowed upon him by the real God. It isn't long before God Himself sends six plagues upon his house. First a blackout occurs in the Griffin house. Brian then gets covered with fleas. Chris comes down the stairs with pimples all over his face and while Meg was giving Stewie a bath, the bathtub water turned to blood. Peter believes that there is a logical explanation for everything until frogs start flying out of his shirt, upon which he finally decides to tell the truth. Though he admits he is not God and begs for forgiveness from the real God, Chris is crushed by the golden statue during the final plague (death of the firstborn son). Peter continues to beg for forgiveness until God, who knows by now that Peter really gets the point, finally ends the plagues and spares Chris' life.
  • Meh, so-so.

    This episode is allright and if you ask me is just going way to far over the sillyness meter and the whole God thing kinda offended me.... But not too much I mean I saw it as a joke, not like scientoligists with the South Park episodes, this episode wouldn't be missed by me if it didn't exist, but I do enjoy watching it every now and again. In an overall rating the Simpsons were probaply making funny episodes around that time and I give this episode 2 1/2 stars, but I do like it- to an exten...

    -Dylan Harkin, CDP magizine.
  • Some of the best lines ever

    While this has never been one of my all-time favorite episode of Family Guy, it has some of the funniest lines. When Peter is trying to understand the last plague, when Peter tells Lois that anyone that doesn't like Gumble to Gumble is a racisct, and the not so subtle hint to the emmy folks that it is time to give Family Guy an emmy really makes this a well-written show. Some of the scenes drag a little bit but overall it is still better than the Simpsons and American Dad. One of the best comedies on T.V animated or not.
  • Great!

    This episode is really cool, in order to get a program back Peter and Chris go to one last wish to be true thingy thing and in the end the program is back, but when the people from the program want to interview him about it, Peter tells them that Chris has been cured, which makes Peter look like a divine healer, but after a while he ends up being sick with it so he tells the truth. This episode is really cool, is one of the best.
  • Thank God. I mean, thank me!

    This episode is quite absurd but entertaining nonetheless. Peter and Chris bonding over Gumble 2 Gumble was a great father-son story and then Peter started ignoring the show and Chris once it got back on the air since he was a hero for healing his son from the dreaded tumorsyphillis-itis-osis. Boy, how stupid are the people of Quahog?

    Peter's stupidity when it comes to figuring out his first born son
    (Peter: Oh my god, Stewie!
    Brian: Your first born son.
    Peter: Meg!
    Brian: Your wife.
    Peter: Chris!)

    is pure Peter stupidity and shows how his idiocy differs from Homer Simpson's whose stupidity is also funny but much different.

    Overall, the plot made no sense but who cares - at least it was funny!
  • Gumble to Gumble enough said, great episode

    Classic Family Guy doesn't get much better then this episode, Chris and peter fake that Chris has an illness to get a crappy tv show back on the air, they succeed through the make a wish foundation but the foundation catches up with them and Peter claims he healed Chris and then Peter has followers who worship him and God of course gets pissed off, through in between are hilarious clips of the Gumble to Gumble show
  • It's alright if you ask me.

    My favorite part in all of this episode is when Lois hears the singers and Peter lies saying that it is just the volume increased on "Good Times". The Good Times joke was especially funny. J.J. saying that quote, the dad rebuking him, the mom going WAY off topic with the fact her name is "Florida" and that it is the name of a state. It was also funny when the president of TV beats the snot out of that guy with the painting on the wall. Maxine is the lady that's feelin' alright. Thanks to the magic of Kid DYNOMITE!!! Sorry, I can not get that quote out of my head.
  • One of the most amusing episodes of the series!

    So, we got peter making everyone think he's god. That's good. How god snaps back at him is even BETTER. This episodes is one of my favorites, andit could be one of yours!The writing's excellent! . . . sorry, I have to get this thing up to fifty...there we go!