Family Guy

Season 4 Episode 1

North by North Quahog

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 01, 2005 on FOX
8.5
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Peter and Lois decide to go on a second honeymoon. But when Peter crashes the car, he decides to pose as Mel Gibson to stay in his fancy hotel suite, where they find a copy of a "The Passion of the Christ" sequel. They attempt to destroy the film and end up being chased by two priests who went to retrieve the film.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • What a way to bring back the series after cancelation.

    9.5
    This is one of those perfect episodes that isn't chessy and unfunny.
  • The return of Family Guy

    9.5
    Peter and Lois decide to go on a second honeymoon. But when Peter crashes the car, he decides to pose as Mel Gibson to stay in his fancy hotel suite, where they find a copy of a "The Passion of the Christ" sequel. They attempt to destroy the film and end up being chased by two priests who went to retrieve the film. I thought this was a superb episode of Family Guy. It is the first episode of the show to be brought back after a few years on break. That is such a good thing for FOX (but it's actually Adult Swim rerunning the show). If Fox didn't renews this series at all, it'd be just boring seeing the 50 episodes over and over again (Yet, I was only 8 when this first aired so I'd waited like a few years to see FG.) But of course, the revival episodes especially during the later seasons, had its moments of getting bad episodes, but it is still a good show,. It just needs more excellent episode. Anyways, the episode was very funny to watch, and I thought the ending was a little dragged (last couple minutes of it). I did laughed a bunch of times like the beginning with Peter saying all the shows that FOX had to put in, Lois yelling George Clooney's name during sex, Peter hurting his nipples on the electric thing, Peter reading the comics while driving (and Lois asleep) then crashes, Stewie reading Meg and Chris Garfield, the boys caught drinking, Stewie spanking Chris in the @$$, the British porn, the promo for the Jesus Christ movie, the chase scene, Peter and Lois making out on the Mount Rushmore, and of courses, some of the cutaways. Overall, this episode was excellent (aside from the last minute of the episode). 9.5/10moreless
  • Welcome back, Griffins, and you too, Brian.

    10
    The family made their triumphant return in May 2005 and came back with this gem. It may be an old-fashioned plot [couple try to go on a second honeymoon and things go wrong], but they manage to make it funny like some episodes of American Dad. Lois and Peter's attempt at another honeymoon goes wrong and winds up being a chase, as the couple try to run away from Mel Gibson [NOT playing himself]. The subplot is good too, as Stewie returns with his nastiness as a temporary mother to the kids as Lois and Peter had gone away.moreless
  • The show rises from the dead.

    7.0
    Peter and Lois decide to go on a second honeymoon. But when Peter crashes the car, he decides to pose as Mel Gibson to stay in his fancy hotel suite, where they find a copy of a "The Passion of the Christ" sequel. They attempt to destroy the film and end up being chased by two priests who went to retrieve the film.



    Meh, the start of boring family guy, but this episode was alright.



    7/10moreless
  • The first episode of Family Guy's return from cancellation makes everyone wonder why on earth it was brought back....

    4.5
    Seth MacFarlane and the rest of the Family Team must not have wanted the first episode since Family Guy's cancellation to be good - because "North By North Quahog" is one of the most lackluster Family Guy efforts.



    Because their sex life has gotten stale, Peter and Lois go on their second honeymoon to try to rekindle the magic. What starts off as great gags ends up an unintelligent mocking of Mel Gibson and Christianity - which is great if you like laughing at Mel Gibson and Christianity, but not so great if you want to watch the clever comedy that Family Guy usually offers. The B-story involving Brian and Stewie watching Meg and Brian as Peter and Lois are away (with Brian and Stewie growing to parody the stereotypical lily-white suburban couple) is good and offers plenty to laugh about, but the juvenile jabs at Mel Gibson and Christianity leaves viewers stone-faced.moreless
Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

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)

Rick Kuhlman

Rick Kuhlman

Voice

Guest Star

André Sogliuzzo

André Sogliuzzo

Actor/Director

Guest Star

Bill Ratner

Bill Ratner

Flint

Guest Star

Wally Wingert

Wally Wingert

Various

Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Various

Recurring Role

Chris Cox

Chris Cox

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Tom: Can my wife, Stacy, get you anything?
      Stacy: Go to hell Tom.
      Tom: Already there hon.

    • Tom Tucker: Coming up next: Handsome mustachioed man recaps news in pleasing baritone.

    • Meg: Brian! Chris picked his nose, and now he keeps touching me with finger!
      Chris: What good is mining nose gold if I can't share it with the townspeople?

    • Lois: Hi, Boys.
      Peter: I didn't have my hand down my pants!
      Lois: Hmm...Good for you. I just bought you some new sheets at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
      Peter: Oh boy, I hope you stayed away from that "beyond" section.
      (Scene of Peter pushing a shopping cart into a door labeled BEYOND.)
      Peter: (through vortex) Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh-- Oh, here are the coffee mugs...

    • Tricia Takanawa: Diane, I'm standing outside the Park Barrington Hotel because they don't allow Asians inside.

    • Gepetto: Whoops, I dropped my glasses. (Bends down, butt facing Pinochio.) Oh, by the way Pinochio, there were some cookies missing from the jar. Uh, did you take them?
      Pinochio: Yes papa, I did. I'm sorry.
      Gepetto: Are you sure you did?
      Pinochio: Yes, papa. I would never lie to you.
      Gepetto: Are you sure? I mean, you could lie to me. And who knows? You may even get away with it.

    • (Peter slowly raises up a comic book into his line of sight while he is driving.)
      Peter: (to himself) Hehehehehe.....Look at all those hamburgers. You can't eat all those hamburgers, you stupid fella (car veers off the road). Oh geez! (Peter swerves the car back on the road and then slowly raises up the comic book again). Uh! He's gonna do it! Oh he is SO ridiculous--you hear me, you ridiculous man? (Car crashes into tree.)

    • Stewie: If I choose to make stool in my pants right now, you're the only one here to change me. What do you think of that, hmm?
      Brian: I'm not going to change you.
      Stewie: What?
      Brian: I said, I'm not going to change you.
      Stewie: You can't be serious. Well, what if I make a fudgie? Well, I just won't. I just won't that's all. I just won't. Blast! I just did.

    • Stewie: If your teachers ask about your bruises, what do you tell them?
      Chris: (crying) I got hit by a baseball!

    • (on top of Mount Rushmore)
      Lois: Ooooh, Peter!
      Peter: Yes!
      Washington: Hey. Hey, Jefferson. Check it out - Chick getting nailed on my head.
      Jefferson: Sweet! Hey, Teddy, pass the word down to Frankenstein!
      Lincoln: Oh, ha-ha.

    • Congressman: There is no just cause for an invasion of Iraq.
      Peter: Well that may be, but what we're all forgetting is anyone that doesn't want to go to war is gay.
      Congressman: I want to go to war.
      Congressman 2: I want to go to war.
      All of Congress: I want to go to war.
      Dick Cheney: I was the first one who wanted to go to war.

    • Tom Tucker: And now over to Ollie Williams for the blackie punishment forecast, Ollie?
      Ollie: HE GON' GET IT!
      Tom Tucker: Thanks Ollie!

    • Chris: (to Brian) I don't have to listen to you! You're a dog! You don't have a soul!
      Brian: Ow.

    • Stewie: (laughs) How does it smell, dog? Does it smell like servitude? (laughs) Aft torpedoes, fire! (pees on Brian)

    • Peter: Lois, I just got an idea! Much better than that time I experimented with gene splicing!
      (cut to that time, where Peter is a Moose man)
      Peter: Uh, Lois, quick question, Do we have any Tylenol?

    • Peter: Everybody, I got bad news - we've been cancelled.
      Lois: Oh, no. Peter, how can they do that?
      Peter: Well, unfortunately, Lois, there's just no more room on the schedule. We just gotta accept the fact that Fox has to make room for terrific shows like:
      Dark Angel
      Titus
      Undeclared
      Action
      That 80's Show
      Wonderfalls
      Fastlane
      Andy Richter Controls The Universe
      Skin
      Girls Club
      Cracking Up
      The Pits
      Firefly
      Get Real
      Freaky Links
      Wanda At Large
      Costello
      The Lone Gunmen
      A Minute With Stan Hooper
      Normal, Ohio
      Pasadena
      Harsh Realm
      Keen Eddie
      The Street
      American Embassy
      Cedric The Entertainer
      The Tick
      Louie
      and Greg The Bunny.
      Lois: Is there no hope?
      Peter: Well, I suppose if ALL those shows go down the tubes we might have a shot.

    • Lois: Honey, what do you say we christen these new sheets, huh?
      Peter: Why Lois Griffin, You naughty girl.
      Lois: Hahaha, That's me.
      Peter: You dirty hustler...you filthy stinky prostitute.
      Lois: Okay I get it.
      Peter: You foul venereal disease carrying street walking whore.
      Lois: That's enough.

    • Meg: I wanna watch George Lopez!
      Chris: That show only perpetuates the stereotype that George Lopez is funny.

    • Peter: Christians don't believe in gravity.

    • Announcer: Let he who is without sin kick the first ass.

    • Lois: Peter, there's a hooker on the bed!
      Peter: Stay perfectly still, Lois, their sight is based on movement.
      Hooker: Where'd ya go?

  • NOTES (7)

    • One of the shows Peter lists is The Tick, a live action adaption of the comic book and cartoon series starring Patrick Warburton, who voices Family Guy regular Joe Swanson.

      Also, Seth Green, the voice of Chris Griffin, was the star of Greg The Bunny. Another show Peter listed.

    • This episode was nominated for an award at this years Emmy's for most outstanding animated program (under 1 hour ).

    • Though the character is not named for copyright reasons, the member of G.I. Joe that shows up in the bathroom is Flint. Bill Ratner, who voiced the character on the original cartoon series, was brought back to spoof the PSA's at the end of each episode.

    • Don LaFontaine, who did the trailer narration for Passion Of The Christ 2, is one of the more readily recognized voices who does film trailers. Along with Wally Wingert, Family Guy series regular, he does some of Disney's trailer voice overs.

    • Due to strong DVD sales, the show was brought back for a fourth season.

    • First episode to air in the show's new Sunday 9pm ET timeslot.

    • A DVD screener version intended for critics was leaked onto the internet a week before it went on the air.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Caddyshack.

      Brian Griffin reads a book based on this movie, and recites Chevy Chase's character's line: "Nanananana." It was a choice between reading that and Jim Davis' 1978 comic book: "Garfield At Large"

    • The Honeymooners

      The Honeymooners is parodied in a flashback, as Jackie Gleason is shown finally punching his wife Alice after she mocks him for not fulfilling his physical threats.

    • Braveheart

      Peter: I'm Mel Gibson ... I play Peter Griffin, a heroic warrior who defied the English to free England from the English.

      Peter is referring to Mel Gibson's role of William Wallace in Braveheart.

    • Jughead:

      The character in the comic book that Peter was reading while driving resembles Jughead, a character of Archie Comics fame.

    • GI Joe

      GI Joe: And knowing is half the battle.

      At the end of most episode's of the cartoon GI Joe a segment would feature educational promos or public service announcements. They would always end with the phrase "And knowing is half the battle"

    • Dude Where's My Country?

      Dude Where's My Country was a novel written by Michael Moore in the months leading up to the September 11th attacks. Once the attacks had taken place the book's publication was pushed back, edited, and ultimately cancelled due to its harsh criticism of George W. Bush. The book was ultimately released however and went on to make lots and lots of money.

    • George Lopez

      Chris: That show only perpetuates the stereotype that George Lopez is funny.

      A sharp Jab at the show George Lopez that aired on ABC.

    • The Blues Brothers

      The scene where Peter and Lois try to lose their pursuers in the mall is a direct take off from the Blues Brothers movie.

    • Jurassic Park

      Peter: Their vision is based on movement

      A reference to the Jurassic Park movies, where the only way not to be seen by a T-Rex is to stay completely still.

    • North by North Quahog

      The title seems to be an obvious reference to the 1959 Hitchcock Thriller "North By Northwest." The final scenes including the plane attack and the gunfight on Mt. Rushmore are nearly identical to what happened in the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie North By Northwest. The music was also similar to that in the actual movie. Also the whole confrontation right before the Rushmore scene is also in North by Northwest. And the whole 'switcheroo'

    • Yosemite Sam

      Stewie: Hey look at that Yosemite Sam mud flap, you better stay back Brian!

      Yosemite Sam is a Looney Tunes cartoon character (thus marking this as one of two Looney Tunes references in this episode). The Yosemite Sam mud flaps (featuring Yosemite Sam and the slogan "Back Off") are also a popular car accessory for sale at nearly all auto accessory parts stores.

    • Goodfellas

      While Stewie is spanking Chris, he says, "If your teachers ask about your bruises, what do you tell them?" To which Chris replies, "I got hit by a baseball." Then, we the camera pans out and we see Brian leaning against the trunk, smoking a cigarette, and then looking at his watch. Ray Liotta who plays Henry in Goodfellas does the exact same thing while Joe Pesci's and Robert De Niro's characters are beating somebody up.

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