Family Guy

Season 1 Episode 4

Mind Over Murder

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 25, 1999 on FOX
8.4
out of 10
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At Chris' soccer game, Peter gets into a fight with a woman, that he thought was a man, and punches her in the face. After being placed under house arrest, Peter becomes restless and ends up turning the basement into a full bar. Lois begins singing each night and becomes the main attraction. Meanwhile, Stewie creates a time machine in order to avoid teething pain, but ends up taking back much more than that.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Mind Over Murder.

    8.5
    I loved the first half which will always remain a classic but after everybody hears Lois play the piano it just gets a little stale and boring to me. Still a fun and breezy adaption,
  • Almost perfect but funny episode

    9.5
    At Chris' soccer game, Peter gets into a fight with a woman, that he thought was a man, and punches her in the face. After being placed under house arrest, Peter becomes restless and ends up turning the basement into a full bar. Lois begins singing each night and becomes the main attraction. Meanwhile, Stewie creates a time machine in order to avoid teething pain, but ends up taking back much more than that. Another funny episode. My score is lower because a couple parts lacked funny moments. Other than that, I really the story to it, especially Stewie's. Another prove why I liked the old Stewie better. I rather see him criticize Lois than to have that gay obsession with Brian. Parts I laughed at were the opening ("Must kill Lincoln."), Lois' dream, Stewie making a machine that his teeth can't hurt, Peter punching a woman (who looks like a man and is pregnant), cutaway where Peter looks for his sock in Narnia, the part with Ernie and Bert, Peter making a bar at the basement, the people praising Lois' singing, and a few more. I LOL'd the most at the ending, by the way. Overall, a superb episode. 9.5/10moreless
  • Mind Over Murder

    10
    What I Liked- Peter figuring out the 'man' he punched was really a woman, the ending with Stewie's time machine inadvertently saving Peter and Lois from dying, the scene in the grocery store, Stewie being drunk, amonst other things.



    Pretty good. I was never crazy about the ending to this episode, but upon rewatching it recently, it did not bother me a lot. Funny episode, A+
  • Despite it being a little boring in a couple of scenes, this was an excellent episode of "Family Guy"

    9.5
    At Chris' soccer game, Peter gets into a fight with a woman, that he thought was a man, and punches her in the face. After being placed under house arrest, Peter becomes restless and ends up turning the basement into a full bar. Lois begins singing each night and becomes the main attraction. Meanwhile, Stewie creates a time machine in order to avoid teething pain, but ends up taking back much more than that. I thought that this was an excellent episode of "Family Guy". Not my favorite Season 1 episode but it was pretty close and I liked it for the most part. The storyline was thought out very well and it was very creative. A lot of parts in this episode made me laugh hard such as when Peter punched that man (who turned out to be a woman) at Chris' soccer game, Cleveland saying "Oh, that's nasty" when he and Quagmire were at the pool, and some more. My score was only a tad low because I felt like a couple of parts were a little boring. Oh yeah!!! I also enjoyed the very ending and Stewie's storyline when he wanted to make a time machine was original and funny. Overall, an excellent episode of "Family Guy". 9.5/10moreless
  • Not the best of the season, but it was still funny.

    9.0
    Overall, I thought this was another hilarious episode, although it wasn't my favorite episode of season 1. The plot was very creative, and it had its share of funny moments like Peter doing the laundry, Peter punching that man in the bar, and the Sesame Street parody. I also thought the dog hanging from the ceiling was hilarious. However, in the second half, it started to get a little boring and didn't have that much humor. I did like the ending, though, with Stewie getting his teeth and biting his tongue, although that was also kinda weird to me. For the most part ,though, this was another great episode, although definitely not one of my favorites. Final grade: B+. Marebear2009, out!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)

Leslie Uggams

Leslie Uggams

Herself

Guest Star

Alex Rocco

Alex Rocco

Soccer Mom

Guest Star

Butch Hartman

Butch Hartman

Various

Recurring Role

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Diane

Recurring Role

Wally Wingert

Wally Wingert

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Lois: Bye bye Stewie. Mommy will be upstairs to kiss you goodnight.
      Stewie: Burn in hell!

    • Patriot: Peter.
      Peter: Hey you're the Pawtucket Patriot.
      Patriot: Verily. Come hither and give heed.
      Peter: Woah woah woah. I don't swing that way pal. Look I've got a date with my female wife. I just came down to get some beers.
      Patriot: Why spend time with your wife? If you build a bar in this basement and stuff it with plenty of Pawtucket Patriots, your friends will come down here for a beer as well.
      Peter: Build a bar! That's a great idea. Wait one last question! If I walk through you does that mean like..we've done it?
      Patriot: Gee what's with you and the gay jokes?

    • Mr. Tumnis: Welcome to Narnia. I'm Mr. Tumnis.
      Peter: Hey give me back my sock you goat bastard!

    • Stewie: I'm in seering pain!
      Lois: Oh, you're just teething, Stewie. It's a normal part of a baby's life.
      Stewie: Very well then. I order you to kill me at once!

    • Lois:(to the crowd)You don't wanna be up all night...or do you?
      Peter:(mocking Lois to himself)Or do you?
      Guy at the bar: She's a smokin' little pistol, isn't she?
      Peter: Are you a woman?
      Guy at the bar: No...
      Peter: (punches)

    • Stewie: Machiavelli! You've told me nothing I don't already know! Ah Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
      Lois: Stewie, those books aren't for babies. Here, watch the Teletubbies.
      Stewie: How dare you! That book may hold the key to my enslaving of all mankind.

    • Stewie: For the love of God, shake me! Shake me like a British nanny!

    • Peter: Apologize to my son!(drinks beer)
      Manly Woman: OK. I'm sorry your kid's a no-good stinkin' grilled cheese (knocks down Peter's beer) FATASS!
      Peter: Oh, oh that's it! (punches her out)
      Kid: Hey, you hit my mom!
      Peter: No, I hit your dad.
      Man: People, people, stand back, give her some air!
      Peter: Y-you mean give him some air!
      Woman 2: Call an ambulance, she's going into labor!
      Peter: Y-you mean he's going into labor...(newborn baby starts crying)...whoops!

    • Peter: My mother used to use whiskey whenever I had a toothache.
      (Flashbacks to Peter as a kid.)
      Young Peter: My tooth hurts!
      (Peter's mother throws a bottle of whiskey that crashes in the wall.)

    • Peter: I feel just like Tim Allen. I build stuff and I have a criminal record. (grunts like Tim Allen)

    • Brian: Something troubling you Peter?
      Peter: Oh no, nothing. Just all of my friends are eye-humping my wife.
      Brian: Well if I were you, I'd keep an eye on her. Then again I'm the jealous type.

    • (Stewie stumbles up to Lois)

      Stewie: Hello mother, care to partake in your oh so exhilarating games of Peek-A-Boo?

      Lois: Oh my god, my baby's drunk!

      Peter: No I'm not, what, oh him? Oh yeah, he's a real light weight.

    • Peter: I know you cant understand what I'm going through, Lois. I mean all the stuff that makes you happy, you know, like cooking and cleaning - it's alright here in the house just waiting for you. You are one lucky…
      Brian: Uh, uh stop. Now.

    • Man: Wow, Lois Griffin, Hey, I love your act! Nice melons.
      Peter: Now listen pal!
      Lois: Peter, I'm holding melons.
      Peter: Oh.
      Man: And her hooters aint bad either.
      Peter: Now hold on a second.
      Lois: Peter! I'm holding hooters!
      Peter: Oh, sorry.
      Man: No problem.
      (pause)
      Man: Your wife's hot.
      Peter: Alright that's it!

    • Peter: Boo Lois, Yay Beer!

    • Peter: Jeez Lois, I just spent all morning on a boat with my friends drinking beers, telling jokes, and screwin' around. How 'bout a little me time?

    • Stewie: Ahhh damn it to the bowels of bloody hell.
      Lois: Well the baby's up.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Amadeus

      Stewie: E flat Salieri!
      This line is from the movie Amadeus, about the life of Mozart from the point of view of Salieri, a rival composer.

    • Tim Allen

      Peter: I feel just like Tim Allen. I build stuff, and I have a criminal record.

      This is a reference to Tim Allen, the star of ABC's former hit sitcom Home Improvement in which he played Tim "The Toolman" Taylor. In real life, Allen has a criminal record for drug offenses and served 2 years and four months in prison. The scene ends with Allen appearing to suck the scene into a straw,this kind of cut scene was used on Home Improvement.

    • The Mystery of Mind over Matter
      The title is a parody of the theory, Mind over Matter. This theory basically belives that humans can control the world around them using their minds.

    • The Pajama Game

      Lois: I've got ssssssteam heat....
      Lois is singing the song "Steam Heat" from the Pajama Game, a Broadway musical from the 1950s. Doris Day starred in the movie version. The song is sung by Gladys and Workers 1 and 2. The song is sung to get the Pajama Union Workers fired up for a strike. This song is in the episode because of Seth's love of Broadway.

    • Back to The Future

      Bar Guy: Here's where the flux capacitor goes!
      The Flux Capacitor was the device that Doc Brown said he invented when he fell of his toilet hanging a clock. He tells us the Flux Capacitor is what makes time travel possible.

    • Louise Woodward

      Stewie: Shake me, shake me like a Brittish Nanny!
      A Brittish Au Pair was convicted by a jury of killing an eight month old infant by shaking it to death because he would not stop crying. The verdict was later overturned.

    • The Chronicles of Narnia

      Mr Tumnis: Welcome to Narnia, I'm Mr Tumnis.
      Peter: Give me back my sock you goat bastard!
      A tale of how a young child finds a magical portal to another world (Narnia) through an old wardrobe she discovers. Peter discovers the same place through his dryer.

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