Family Guy

Season 3 Episode 3

Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 25, 2001 on FOX
8.3
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Peter's toy company gets bought out by the El Dorado Cigarettes company, and the toys are then used to market cigarettes to children. When Peter, on Lois's advice, confronts his new bosses about their evil use of toys, they promote Peter to president to shut him up. Lois, pleased with all the perks that come with Peter's new position, keeps her mouth shut too, while Brian quits smoking in protest. Peter's bosses send him to Washington to lobby against a bill that would put them out of business, because they figure politicians will be able to relate to a big dumb fat guy. When Lois finds Stewie smoking a cigarette, she goes down to Washington to stop what Peter's doing, and Peter ends up getting the El Dorado Cigarettes company fined $100,000,000. Brian helps himself to a cigarette as the family drives away.moreless

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  • Peter become president at Washington

    9.0
    Peter's toy company gets bought out by the El Dorado Cigarettes company, and the toys are then used to market cigarettes to children. When Peter, on Lois's advice, confronts his new bosses about their evil use of toys, they promote Peter to president to shut him up. Lois, pleased with all the perks that come with Peter's new position, keeps her mouth shut too, while Brian quits smoking in protest. Peter's bosses send him to Washington to lobby against a bill that would put them out of business, because they figure politicians will be able to relate to a big dumb fat guy. When Lois finds Stewie smoking a cigarette, she goes down to Washington to stop what Peter's doing, and Peter ends up getting the El Dorado Cigarettes company fined $100,000,000. Brian helps himself to a cigarette as the family drives away. Not a perfect episode though it was superb. My only problems here was Brian getting a little annoying here (he usually has his jerky self in the newer episodes), and the ending was dragged. Besides those, it made me laugh. The funny parts are Lois' dream about Stewie, Peter lying to Mr. Weed that he was killed in an accident (then Mr. Weed is actually at the game), Peter taking off his shirt (putting sausage, mustard, and drink in his nose, funny, but gross), "I'm nude on ice," Dick Army joke, and a couple. Overall, expect for those two problems, I enjoyed the episode. 9/10moreless
  • Finally a step up from the first two episodes

    10
    Peter's toy company gets bought out by the El Dorado Cigarettes company, and the toys are then used to market cigarettes to children. When Peter, on Lois's advice, confronts his new bosses about their evil use of toys, they promote Peter to president to shut him up. Lois, pleased with all the perks that come with Peter's new position, keeps her mouth shut too, while Brian quits smoking in protest. Peter's bosses send him to Washington to lobby against a bill that would put them out of business, because they figure politicians will be able to relate to a big dumb fat guy. When Lois finds Stewie smoking a cigarette, she goes down to Washington to stop what Peter's doing, and Peter ends up getting the El Dorado Cigarettes company fined $100,000,000. Brian helps himself to a cigarette as the family drives away.



    What I liked:

    -Dick Armey

    - Baby smokes alot

    -Brian withdrawling on nicotine

    -Martha Stewart

    -Peter's plot



    10/10moreless
  • Cheap Imitation of a Simpson's Episode

    1.0
    Does no one realize the basic plot of this is just a cheap imitation of Simspon's season 4 (1992!) episode "Lisa the Beauty Queen" where Lisa gets sponsored by a cigarette company but complies with their propoganda until she sees her baby sister and all the little kids of Springfield starting to smoke? I know that Family guy was originally just a cheap knock off of all the Simpson's mania, but they should at least have been able to come up with some sort of originality for their episodes, rather than relying on ideas that have already been done and proven popular in that context. What cheapness.moreless
  • Brilliant!

    10
    I felt that this was a really interesting episode which had some funny moments. Although, what really won me over was the storyline, which was terrific in this episode.



    I thought that it was really well written and the humour element was well constructed, ultimately providing an excellent episode, which was just great!



    I wouldn't consider this as one of the best episodes, but it is still a worthwhile one, and I think it is rewatchable.



    I recommend this episode quite highly, because of the factors I mentioned above. I do think that this is the best episode of the season so far, even though it is only the third episode.moreless
  • a funny take on Mr. Smith goes to Washington

    9.5
    Some of the funniest Family Guy episodes are spoofs of popular movies. And this one proves to be no different in a satiric take on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This time around, it's about the insidious and elaborate lengths a cigarette company will take to get people hooked on their product. And most of the time, the episode is not far off point. Exageratted maybe, but not far off point. The El Dorado Cigarette Company, who recently bought out the toy company where Peter works, needs a clueless "everyman" to go to Washington and speak on their behalf to the government that smoking is good for you and of course, Peter is the man for the job. Peter gets bought along the way wih some nice quirks and bonuses and it's the age-old dilemma of selling your soul for some necessities theme. Brian is often the voice of reason, even though he's hypocritical because he smokes. Lois is the first one to come to her senses and Peter slowly has to realize how evil the cigarette company is, with some political spoofing along the way. Not to mention some good natured humor on how many times Family Guy itself has been sued. It's a goodnatured, funny spoof episode and it remains to be a series classic.moreless
Seth Green

Seth Green

Chris (and various)

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (season 2+)

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Ricky Blitt

Ricky Blitt

Milano's Lawyer

Guest Star

Louise DuArt

Louise DuArt

Voice

Guest Star

Olivia Hack

Olivia Hack

Voice

Guest Star

Carlos Alazraqui

Carlos Alazraqui

Mr. Weed

Recurring Role

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Various

Recurring Role

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The strip club that Peter, Al Gore, George Bush, and the other government officials go to is called the "Oval Orifice".

    • When the leader of El Dorado shoots the puppy he throws the puppy out the window over the factory workers instead of out the window of the factory.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Peter: The new bosses gave everyone raises. Even Kennith, the badass mail clerk with a heart of gold. (Flashback to Peter going up to Kennith) Hi Kennith. Hey, did I get any mail.
      Kennith: No. (Points a knife at Peter) And if you come any closer, I'll slice you.
      Peter: Okay. (Walks away) Geez, what a badass.
      Employee: Yeah? Well that "badass" just gave half of his pay check to orphans. Orphans with diseases.

    • Lois: Brian, can you pass me the TV guide?
      Brian: Piss off.
      Lois: What?
      Brian: Sorry. It's been a long time since I've had a smoke. I'm just a bit testy. (To Meg) Stop staring at my tail!

    • (Meg presses button)
      Baby Smokes-A-Lot: (breathes in and puffs out smoke, then laughs) Tastes like happy!
      Chris: Cool! That's imitateable!

    • Peter: You should have seen the way they were treating me, Lois. I've never gotten that kind of respect before.
      (Cut to Peter lifeguarding at a pool)
      Peter: Good workout, Bobby.
      Bobby: Up yours, sackbreath!
      Peter: That's Mister Griffin.

    • Chris: Can't we eat yet? I'm so hungry I could ride a horse. I don't get it. Well, I guess I could ride him to the store.

    • Peter: (About the Tobacco company) Don't worry, Lois. I'll set 'em straight. Just like I did with Chris.
      (Flashback of Chris and Peter watching a whale at a sealife park)
      Chris: Dad, what's the blowhole for?
      Peter: I'll tell you what it's NOT for son, and then you'll understand why I can never go back to Seaworld.

    • Peter: Hey, since I became president, profits have been higher than Alyssa Milano.
      Alyssa Milano: (watching the episode from her couch) What kind of cheap shot! (clenching her teeth and snapping her head back) Joel!
      Joel: (motioning with his hand while seated at an office desk behind her) I'm suing, I'm suing. I'm on it, I'm on it.

    • Lois: But Peter, why would they make you president?
      Peter: Well, maybe it's because I can recite all fifty states in a quarter of a second. (yelping) ARF!
      Lois: Peter, that was just a loud yelping noise.

    • Executive: Trust me, Peter. The last thing we want is to get kids to start smoking.
      Peter: What about that graph on the wall that says: "The first thing we want is to get kids to start smoking"?
      Executive: That? That's just something my son made me in art class.
      Peter: Then what about that post that says: "The graph was not made in art class. We really do want kids to start smoking"?
      Executive: Look, we're a caring company.

    • Peter: Uh, Mr. Weed, I heard you ran into my identical twin brother at the ball game yesterday. And if you don't buy that, I'm sorry I was at the ball game yesterday.

    • (Peter calls Mr Weed)
      Weed: Hello?
      Peter: Mr Weed? It's Peter Griffin. I can't come into work today. I was in a horrible plane crash. My entire family was killed and I am a vegetable... See you tomorrow!

    • Frank: Gentlemen, I propose we send a message to tobacco companies everywhere by finding the El Dorado cigarette company infinity billion dollars!
      Congressman: That's the spirit Frank! But I think a real number might be more effective.

    • Congressman: Cigarettes killed my father, and raped my mother.

    • Peter: Oh, yeah, yeah, that plane crash I told you about... it turned out to be gas.

    • Peter: You may have killed her when you shoved all those dollar bills down her throat, you may have killed her when you hit her with the stool... I don't know, I'm not a doctor. But I'll tell you what didn't kill her.... smoking!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the second time we see the boy in the wheelchair. The first was, "If I'm Dying, I'm Lying."

    • The original person chosen for the live-action sequence was not Alyssa Milano, but intstead it was Barbara Mandrell. When it came time to actually film the scene, Fox decided to go with somebody who was more recent that people could better relate to, so they chose Alyssa Milano. Unfortunately, Alyssa's copy of the script did not have the name changed, so she first asked, "And I'm playing Barbara Mandrell?"

    • Ricky Blitt wrote this episode and also played Joel, Alyssa Milano's agent, during the live-action scene.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Cigarette Advertising

      Peter appears in several cigarette ads. The one with the slogan, "Welcome to Smoking Country" is similar to ads with the Marlboro Man. The phrase, "You've come a long way baby" is a slogan for Virginia Slims. In another ad, Peter's face resembles Joe Camel, the former mascot for Camel cigarettes.

    • Peter: This girl didn't have a family... it'll be like she never existed.
      The senator-killing-the-prostitute scene greatly resembles that from "The Godfather Part II." The line quoted above is exactly what Tom Hagan told Senator Geary to calm him down after he was accused of killing a prostitute in his room.

    • Bill: I'm just a bill. I'm only a bill, and I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.
      After-school educational programs like the singing bill were all the rage in the 70s. The series of these shows which included the singing bill were called "Schoolhouse Rock".

    • Title: Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington
      The title of this episode is a reference to the Jimmy Stewart movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington".

    • Song: Snowflakes daisies...
      This is nearly scene for scene the same opening from Marlo Thomas' hit show That Girl. That Girl was a fan favourite running from 1966 - 1971.

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