Family Guy

Season 5 Episode 16

No Chris Left Behind

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 06, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After Chris is expelled from school, he is sent to a boarding school that his grandfather Carter attended, but Chris doesn't exactly fit in. Meanwhile, the chicken returns to pick a fight with Peter.

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  • Chris gets expelled and goes to a boarding school

    After Chris is expelled from school, he is sent to a boarding school that his grandfather Carter attended, but Chris doesn't exactly fit in. Meanwhile, the chicken returns to pick a fight with Peter. Extremely underrated, one things for sure. I always enjoyed this episode. There's only a few flaws:Herbert's appearance (he wasn't funny opinion on him changes depending on which episode), the deaf guy kept saying I can't hear you, and the students picking on Chris. Besides those, this episode was just excellent. I know that chicken fights are TIME FILLER and VIOLENT (I made them CAPS because the writers are relying too much of these time filler and bloody scenes in the later seasons), but it's the highlights. Some might hate it because of those two words I emphasized. I want to take those chicken fights over that annoying waste of time old men fight in German Guy. I liked/laughed at Peter's opinion on the Nutcracker, the family has to attend a ballet, the book using an unusual word, "No school! I can stay home and pee all day," (funniest line...said by Chris) the chicken fight, the chicken inviting Peter for dinner (it's revealed he has a wife named Nicole and his name is Ernie), then they fight once more, etc. That's all I'm gonna list here. Overall, a superb but almost perfect episode...only ruined because of those three problems I listed. 9.5/10moreless
  • Boring

    After Chris is expelled from school, he is sent to a boarding school that his grandfather Carter attended, but Chris doesn't exactly fit in. Meanwhile, the chicken returns to pick a fight with Peter.

    I didn't like this episode, the atmosphere was very boring and bland, and the chicken fight was boring.

  • I loved this episode, but what was the point of the chicken fight?

    This was a fantastic episode! The scenes with Stewie playing the tuba were so hilarious! The only thing I didn't like was the chicken fight. I mean, what was the point of that? I keep thinkng it was to add some humor to the ep, but I'm also assuming it was to take up time. It was random, pointless, and unnecessary. Plus, it kind of took away from the main plot, which was Chris being expelled from school. I think the episode would have been much better without the fight. Otherwise, I really liked it (the episode)! I want to give it a ten, but because of the unnecessary fight, I'll give it an 8.5.moreless
  • Season 5, Episode 16.

    Chris is expelled from school for being the stupidest student in the school and so their funding can be increased. LMAO, I loved the beginning! Stewie: A lot of supermodels are anorexic, and it seems to be working for them, so, yeah... Hippity Hippity Hop...

    LMAO! And Meg has pot connections! Ah, and at last, another chicken fight!!!! I loved when the chicken screamed for the first time, and then went they fell into the sewer... Then on the train! Hehe. LMAO I loved when they knocked the train operator out and the train ran him over! Haha, Seth MacFarlane is awesome at creating these fight scenes. It was choreographed excellently, and it was very long and entertaining. LMAO! I like how they made up and started fighting again over who paid the bill! Genius! The chicken is still alive though! It would be cool if he died, though. Good episode, definitely. :)moreless
  • One of the better episodes of this season to be sure.

    Lois takes the family out to the ballet on a late school night. As Chris studies at the breakfast table for an upcoming exam later that day, Brian notices that Chris's history textbook is hopelessly out of date (published in 1896 in the Adult Swim version of the show, 1948 in the Fox version). Upset by this, Lois goes to a PTA meeting to complain. Principal Shepherd explains that the school cannot afford new textbooks; as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act, the school has lost its federal funding due to low test scores. His solution for raising the school's performance average is to expel the dumbest student, who happens to be Chris.

    After several failed attempts to find another school for Chris (and an extremely long intermission featuring Peter and the Giant Chicken), Lois asks her father, Carter, to use his influence to get Chris admitted to the upper-class Morningwood Academy. Carter agrees, on the condition that Peter humiliate himself by starring in a shot-by-shot remake of Liar Liar.

    Chris is shunned by the wealthy, snobbish, privileged students at the academy. After hearing his plight, Lois asks her father to help him, who invites him to become a member of Skull and Bones with the other students, who eventually come to accept him. The Griffins, meanwhile, have all taken extra jobs to pay for Chris' tuition; Peter is selling "butt scratchers" at the ballpark, Lois and Meg are working as prostitutes (though Lois is obviously the more successful of the two), and Stewie is following fat people while playing "The Air Is Getting Slippery" on a tuba.

    Feeling his family shouldn't go through so much trouble to keep him satisfied, Chris asks Carter to help him get back into his old school. Carter complies, and Chris moves back home.moreless
Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (season 2+)

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Cleveland/Herbert/Performance Artist/Greased-Up Deaf Guy (and various)

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Barney Stinson

Guest Star

Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor

Ted Mosby

Guest Star

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)


Recurring Role

Gary Cole

Gary Cole


Recurring Role

John Viener

John Viener


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Lois: Meg and I have been working at nights.
      (scene cuts to Meg and Lois in an alley dressed as hookers. Car pulls over)
      Man: I'll take the one in the right.
      Lois: (opens the car's door ) Well, once again, Meg, I'll be back in an hour.

    • Peter: Chris, I would give you a hug, but I'm exhausted for working two jobs for paying your scholarship. I've been selling buttscratchers-BUTTSCRATCHER! ( shows Lois a tiny hand on a stick )
      Lois: No, Peter.
      Peter: BUTTSCRATCHER! ( shows buttscratcher to Lois again )
      Lois: Peter, no!
      Peter: BUTTSCRATCHER! ( shows buttscratcher to Lois once again )
      Lois: NO!
      Peter: ( sad ) Buttscratcher...

    • (When reading a 1948 history text book)
      Lois: Israel. The brand new country everyones gonna love.

    • (Peter rings Quagmire at the ballet)
      Quagmire: Hello?
      Peter: Hey, Quagmire.
      Quagmire: Hey, Peter. Whats up?
      Peter: I'm stuck at the stupid ballet.
      Quagmire: Get out of here! You serious? So am I.
      Peter: What?
      Quagmire: Yeah, I got dragged here by this broad I'm trying to nail.
      Peter: Where are you sitting?
      Quagmire: Look across at the other balcony. I can see you.
      Peter: Oh my God, we're both here! What do we do, what do we do?
      Quagmire: Oh my God, we should text each other. Hang up, Hang up.
      (Peter's phone vibrates, he reads the text)
      Peter: Heheheheheheh
      (Peter texts Quagmire back, Quagmire reads it)
      Quagmire: HA!!

    • (When at the ballet)
      Brian: Boy, this is gonna be long. So, ah, you kids develop any pot connections at your school yet?
      Chris: Huh?
      Meg: Yeah.
      Brian: Ah. Lois, Meg's just gonna take me outside to poop.

    • (Stewie follows Chris while playing his funny beat on his tuba)
      Chris: Cut it out!
      (Stewie keeps playing)
      Chris: I'm just trying to live my life!
      (Stewie keeps playing)
      Chris: No one taught me about carbs!
      (Chris trips, Stewie makes a flatulence sound)

    • Stewie: I got a job following fat people around with a tuba.
      (cuts to scene of Stewie plays a funny beat while following a fat man)
      Fat Man: Stop it!
      (Stewie keeps playing)
      Fat Man: Cut it out!
      (Stewie keeps playing)
      Fat Man: I have a glandular problem!
      (the fat man trips and Stewie makes a flatulence sound)
      Stewie: That'll be sixty dollars.

    • Carter Pewterschmidt: Sorry Master Herbert.
      Herbert: Sorry? You better get your ass in that closet Pewterschmidt.
      Carter Pewterschmidt: Yes sir. (walks to the closet)
      Herbert: I am so tired of you.

    • Carter Pewterschmidt: Chris, welcome to the Skull and Bones Society. This is where the most powerful men in the world are groomed for their futures. Every president, every CEO, every douchebag named Ryan Seacrest.

    • Stewie: Yes, I shall attend this institution. Perhaps one day I can be more powerful than King Friday. (Scene to where Stewie becomes King Friday.) I am the supreme ruler of the neighborhood of make believe. All will kneel before my... (Trolley comes by and rings bell.) Oh, come on! What kind of freaking king lives next to the tracks? What is this, Mexico?

    • Principal: I suppose there is one thing I could do to raise the school's test average.
      Lois: Then do it!
      Principal: Oh right, we'll drop the dumbest student we have. Chris Griffin is hereby expelled!
      Chris: But if I leave now, I won't hear who is the dumbest kid in school.

    • Lois: They cut our school's funding if it's got low test scores? This is not what the founding fathers had in mind. (Cuts to scene to signing of Declaration of Independence.)
      Man On Podium: Okay, we're here to sign this declaration of our independence. Let's take roll call first. Thomas Jefferson?
      Thomas Jefferson: Here.
      Man on Podium: Benjamin Franklin?
      Benjamin Franklin: Here.
      Man on Podium: John Footpenis?
      John Hancock: It's Hancock now.
      Man on Podium: Why?
      John Hancock: Mind your business, that's why.

    • Bruce: Oh hey, y'all said my name! Welcome to our meeting here at the school. We got lots of exciting topics here tonight. We're going to have a public show, we're going to have some jazz. No, I'm just kidding, we have some business to take care of though. I'm sorry I pulled y'all legs. I'm just a little excited because (high-pitched voice) I met somebody today. Someone in the book store. Someone who likes the same kind of literature as I do. Oh and the adventure begins again!

    • Stewie: Well, we're not the first people to be dragged off against our will. (Cuts to scene with a Captain steering a ship filled with slaves.)
      Slave: Are we there yet?
      Captain: No.
      Slave: Are we there yet?
      Captain: No!
      Slave: Are we there yet?
      Captain: Damn it! I swear to God I will turn this ship around!
      Slaves: That works. Okay. That'll teach us a lesson. Yeah, that's even better.
      Captain: Oh right, (starts turning ship) if that's what you... wait a minute!

    • Peter: Lois, don't freaking put me through this again.
      Lois: Peter, a little culture is good for this family. Besides, you liked the Nutcracker didn't you?
      Peter: No Lois, I did not. The Nutcracker had zero physical comedy. And, and, with a name like the Nutcracker, I thought, oh, this would be worth a few yucks. But no Lois, that title wrote a check to those queers on stage refused to cash.

    • TV Announcer: We now return to, How I Met Your Father.
      Ted: Oh Barney, I'm never going to meet the right girl and get married.
      Barney: You know Ted, don't you think it's kind of strange for a guy in his twenties to always be talking about getting married rather than getting laid?
      Ted: Barney, I'm in love with you.
      Barney: (takes out a condom) Suit up. (They start making out.)

    • Lois: So, do you think your school would be right for Chris?
      School Guide: Oh, Absolutely. Quahog school for the deaf has great programs, both academic and athletic. In fact, your just in time for our Homecoming Pep Rally.
      Guy: What are we gonna do to Lincoln!
      Crowd: Kill them!
      Guy: I can't hear you!
      Crowd: Kill them!
      Guy: I can't hear you!
      Crowd: Kill them!
      Guy: I can't hear you!
      Crowd: Kill them!
      Guy: I can't hear you!
      Crowd: Kill them!
      Chris: Lets just go.

    • Roger Chapstick: And that was the third time I slept with Katherine Harris.
      Virgil Mastercard: Well I love her politics but how is she in bed?
      Roger Chapstick: Well as anyone in Florida will tell you, she knows how to rig an erection.

    • Construction Worker #1: My son got into DeVry.
      Construction Worker #2: Oh, good. What'd he have to do, open the door?
      Construction Worker #1: (Sighs) Can't you let me have anything?

    • Instructor: Welcome to the Quahog maritime school Chris. Our curriculum consists of being on boats for long periods of time with men, just men, for many days at a time. Up on the deck with lots of men, or down in the galley with lots of men.
      Chris: Is this some kind of pirate school?
      Instructor: Well... a certain kind of pirate. Yes, we've been called that.
      Chris: I don't know...
      Stewie: Is there some kind of pre-school program?

    • Chris: Cool, I don't have to go to school. I can just pee in my bed all day.

    • Stewie: You know Meg, female ballet dancers are famous for anorexia and bulimia, and uh... seems to work out for them. So, hintidy hint hint.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Snakes on a Plane

      During the fight between Peter and the chicken, they get launched upward into a small two-person plane and continue to fight. During this small skirmish, the chicken reaches into the plane and takes out a snake, which he throws at Peter. Peter tosses the snake out of the plane.

    • Skull and Bones

      Morningwood Academy's secret society is named and modeled after the actual secret society of the same name at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

    • Enjoy Del's Frozen Lemonade

      Seen on the plane's advertising banner during the fight between Peter and the chicken, Del's is an actual, popular, drink, made in Providence, Rhode Island.

    • Enter the Dragon

      The part of the fight when Peter cuts the chicken with a piece of glass and then chicken rubs his finger acrossed it and tastes his blood is a scene from Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee.

    • The Living Daylights

      During the chicken fight, Peter is held over a cooker by the chicken, who tries to decapitate him with a meat cleaver. This mirrors the scene from The Living Daylights, when Necros gets into the safehouse, but Peter, like the unwitting safehouse butler, throws a large pan of boiling water over the chicken's head.

    • Wilhelm Scream

      When Peter and the Chicken toss the pilot out of the airplane that they are going to fight in, the pilot makes the infamous "Wilhelm Scream" sound effect, well-known for its use in the Star Wars movies, though it originally debuted in Distant Drums (1951).

    • Casino Royale

      During the chicken fight, Peter and the chicken are rising up the side of building under construction. This is very similar to the first major action scene in the Bond film, Casino Royale.

    • Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

      Stewie flashes back to when he was King Friday, from the childrens show Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

    • How I Met Your Father

      Peter is seen watching a parody of the popular CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother.

    • Full Metal Jacket

      The scene where the students beat Chris up with their money wrapped in socks mirrors the scene in Full Metal Jacket.

    • Raiders of the Lost Ark

      When Peter and the chicken are fighting in the plane they find a snake, scream, then throw it out. This is reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark in which Indy jumps into a plane and freaks out because there was a snake in it.

    • Speed

      The subway train wreck in the city during the chicken fight is a reference to the subway crash at the end of Speed (1994).

    • No Chris Left Behind

      This is an allusion to The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the "No Child Left Behind" Act.

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