Family Guy

Season 4 Episode 1

North by North Quahog

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 01, 2005 on FOX

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  • Rating: Meh Episode

    The beginning of this episode references the fact that the show was canceled at the end of the third season. The joke here is that Peter is listing the shows that Fox needed to make room for. This goes on for a fairly long time, and the longer it goes, the less funny it is. Be prepared because that will be a complaint about most of these episodes. But, I digress. The episode tries to satirize Mel Gibson and his crazy obsession with Christianity, but the only time it really does this is when it shows a trailer of Passion of the Christ 2 and it makes Jesus out to be a badass action star. There is also a pretty entertaining car chase with Peter and Lois being chased by Mel Gibson's priests. Other than those parts, the episode isn't that funny. On the bright side, it doesn't really do anything terribly.
  • Ideologically well-connected

    Hilariously badass
  • The show is back from the dead.

    Many people are happy and upset that the show is back on air after a 2 or 3 year cancellation. I know, I can't believe the show that was as unsuitable as "South Park" is back. How can FOX let that series get away with it, when they show very dirty stuff? I don't know or care whether I love the show or not, but ever since it got back, their humor is somewhat dropping. People hate the show because it was so inappropriate, even cartoonists hate that show as well. "Family Guy" may seem cool, but it really does stink, and I don't blame the haters.
  • What a way to bring back the series after cancelation.

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

    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). 9.5/10
  • Welcome back, Griffins, and you too, Brian.

    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.
  • The show rises from the dead.


    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.


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

    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.
  • First After Cancellation

    I was never that big a fan of this show, but I watch it sometimes. This episode was the first after the series had been canceled, and it finds Peter and Lois on a second honeymoon, where they inadvertently find a copy of Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This. Now they have to escape and outrun priests who want the film back.

    Chris is in trouble meanwhile for drinking, but it was really Tom Tucker's son. Brian gets back at him for this in the end.

    Not the greatest episode but it was at least watchable
  • first one back from the three year "hiatus"

    The first episode back from its long cancellation and Family Guy comes back swinging, proving that it deserved to be back on tv, where it belongs, taking sharp and sometimes not undeserved jabs at people. The person attacked in the episode: Mel Gibson. The format: a direct parody of North by Northwest. The story begins with Peter and Lois having a martial crisis and deciding to go on a vacation. After a fib of Peter telling that he is Mel Gibson, and with a funny jab at Braveheart, the couple stay in Gibson's suite, where they find a hilarious but sucky sequel to Passion of the Christ and Peter decides to destroy it. Meanwhile, Brian and Stewie try parenting on for size with unfortunate side effects. It was the perfect episode to start back with and shows Family Guy's knack for relevancy since this was made a year before Gibson's drunken tirade made its way to the press. Three years did nothing to change how sharply smart Family Guy is. Other hilarious parts include Chris telling Meg The George Lopez Show only furthers the stereotype that George Lopez is funny, a Goodfellas parody beat-down with Stewie, Brian, and Chris, Peter ticking off all the Fox shows that bombed while Family Guy was away (and there were amazingly a lot more than thought), Mel Gibson and two priests going after Lois and Peter after they stole his sucky sequel tape, Peter crashing the car because he was reading a comic book, and several North by Northwest parodies. It was also nice to have Seth MacFarlane for once being credited for writing an episode, and having some heart between Lois and Peter. As Greased-Up Deaf Guy said at the end, "It's good to be back, Y'all!" And here's to more Family Guy back to being Family Guy.
  • Lois and Peter worked to improve their relationship, and in it was a very twisted and hilarious episode

    Lois and Peter worked to improve their relationship, and in it was a very twisted and hilarious episode

    Overall, a very funny and enjoyable premiere of the fourth series. Lois and Peter worked through their relationship and came across as a fake Mel Gibbson trying to get rid of the second Passion of the Christ movie. At the Family Guy home, Brian was in charge of watching over the kids, that included Stewie. Oh and "Back to Two and a half men". Now I watch Two and a half men and found it a little insulting but the entire episode was great, done well right about now is the time where I'll begin to watch the next episode. So overall, very funny, entertaining and hilarious. I think we have another excellent season on out hands!
  • The first and only show in history onf animation comedy to be brought back after cancellation Family Guy

    The first and only show in history onf animation comedy to be brought back after cancellation Family Guy.Famiyl Guy enjoyed 3 seasons of success untill finally it was cancelled no hope was left for one of america's best sitcoms.But fortunatly thanks tot high dvd sales and raitng on adult swim the show that wwas once deemed to crude for tv was demanded back for a fourth season.This in many ways is a second pilot and the show lets the public know there back with a fantastic epsidoe juts like the good old days.It also make refrence that the show was mistakenly cancelled for crap show Peter names about 30 show that family guy was cancellled to make room for but wasn't a success.This was an amazing moment in animation now in it's 6th seaosn family guy is enjoying increadible success and high tv ratings Thank god for dvds.
  • A little to sac religious for my liking, but other than that a good episode.

    Lois and Peter are having sex in their squeaky bed, much to the horror of their children, when Lois yells out George Clooney's name. Upset that their relationship has gotten so dull that Lois has to fantasize about other men, Peter decides that the two should go on a second honeymoon to put the spark back into their marriage.

    While the two are on their way to their vacation spot, Peter crashes the car into a tree when he decides to read a comic book while driving. They are forced to spend all their honeymoon money on repairs. Peter feels they should head for home, feeling his plans won't work out at this rate, until he finds out about Mel Gibson's personal suite at a swanky hotel. Peter then poses as Mel Gibson in order to get the room, which seems to be the ideal place for a honeymoon. In the suite, they try to rekindle the spark by making love again; however, Lois calls out Mel's name. Seeing that their honeymoon idea isn't working as he hoped, Peter once again opts to head home early.

    As they are about to leave, Peter accidentally stumbles upon Gibson's private screening room and view the trailer to Gibson's newest film, Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This, a fictional sequel to The Passion of the Christ, in which Jesus and Chris Tucker's character from Rush Hour engage in high-speed car chases and shoot-outs against the police. In order to spare the world from "two hours of sacrelengen," Peter steals the film. As the two are leaving the hotel, however, they are spotted by two priests, Gibson's associates, who were there to pick up the film.

    Peter and Lois are pursued by the priests in a car chase that leads through a shopping mall. After they elude the two cronies, Peter buries the film in a cornfield. While he is doing so, the priests fly down in a cropduster as in North by Northwest, and kidnap Lois. Peter is given a message telling him if he does not return the film to Mel Gibson at his estate on top of Mount Rushmore, Lois will be killed.

    Peter arrives at the house and gives Gibson a film can. As Peter and Lois are about to leave, however, Gibson discovers that the film has been replaced with dog turds, leading to a chase on the face of the mountain. Being held at gunpoint, Peter tells Gibson that the film is in President Rushmore's mouth and points to the other side of the monument. Gibson follows Peter's direction and walks off the edge to his death. Upon climbing back to the top of the mountain, the two make love on George Washington's head, bringing the spark back to their marriage.

    In the subplot, Brian is left in charge of the kids while Peter and Lois are gone, though he is unable to keep Chris and Meg under control until Stewie offers him advice. The two team up to manage the home, which turns them into a traditional couple. Brian and Stewie chaperone a dance at Chris's school. During the dance, Chris is caught with vodka in the bathroom that actually belongs to Tom Tucker's son, Jake. Though Brian and Stewie ground Chris for nearly succumbing to peer pressure, they go out to clear his name. A friendly visit to the Tuckers' house the next day makes the situation worse, so Brian and Stewie plant drugs in Jake's locker.
  • Freakin' sweet!

    Peter and Lois go on a secon honeymoon and wind up at a hotel, stealing mel gibson's newest film. He goes after them, kidnaps Lois, and showdowns with Peter on mount rushmore. This episode was absolutely fantastic. Stewie and Brian step into parenting roles and save Chris from drug and alcohol blame. Gi joe's appearance was awesome and I just wish I has more to say that could capture this episode's hialrity, charisma, twistedness, disgust, but all I can say is that it was as follows and I quote: freakon' sweet! In the words of world's worst, meanest, funniest dad, Peter Griffin
  • 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.

    Very good episode. 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. Peter is hilarious in this episode along with Stewie and brian acting as "parents" to Meg and Chris.

    One of my favourite tricia takanawa quotes :

    Tricia Takanawa: Diane, I'm standing outside the Park Barrington Hotel because they don't allow Asians inside.
  • One of the best eps ever...and it's the 3rd pilot.

    This is byfar one of the best episodes ever. Especially that "Passion of The Christ 2" thing. As much as I like season 4, 5, and 6 the best, this one byfar sweeps the floor. And to think it's one of the best episodes ever and it's actually the 4th season premeir. Seth Mcfarlene, you have truly outdone yourself. Oh, and scince I have nothing good to say about this any more, in order to type a hundred words, I'll have to say one thing about the animation that's changed: the outlines aren't as dark. Thank you for reading this review.
  • Yey! The second pilot of the series!

    This is just like a season 3 episode, mainly I guess brcause it was written back in the season 3 days, and another reason why I actually like this episode(which is from the fourth season)because it's not completely relying on joke after joke after joke after joke, it actually has a pretty good story - The Second Honey Moon - Lois and Peter are true to their characters in this episode, it makes me laugh, it has a great story, it has little amounts of cutaways, and over all it's just a classic, this is one of the 5 episodes I'm reviewing today, and I think it's got the highest score, man I wish they made more like these. :(
    One more knocked down. :P
  • 'Almost... almost... almost... there we are' 'Well done'

    Trying to put the spark back into their marriage, Peter and Lois head for a second honeymoon, leaving Brian in charge of the children. Whilst Brian and Stewie team up to take care of the kids, Lois and Peter's second honeymoon takes a bizarre twist when they use Mel Gibson's private hotel suite and discover his latest Christian epic. Deciding the world needs to be spared this, Peter steals it... only to unload the wrath of Gibson on his head (a la North By Northwest!) It's a consistently funny episode with some great moments- the high-class British porn is particularly good, as is Stewie's glare at Brian when he mentions Jake Tucker's upside-down face; the opening scene is a nicely satirical swipe at Fox (which is always welcome) as is Ollie Williams' declaration that 'He Gonna Get It!' for the Punishment Forecast. The North By Northwest pastiches are done well and it's just one of my overall favourite episodes.
  • ha ha ha duty

    it was very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good.
  • After Peter learns that Lois thinks of Mel Gibson during sex, comedy ensues

    This has to be one my favorite episodes. The beginning of the episodes when Peter names all of the shows that have come and gone while Family Guy was cancelled showed that the writing didn't diminish while they were off the air. When Peter begins reading the comic book after the car crash is really typical peter. We have seen this episode so many times and we find little things that we didn't find before. This episode is a great example of why Family Guy is better than the Simpsons. Peter is better than Homer any day of the week.
  • Family Guy is back and it's freakin' sweet...

    So it was a long wait for dedicated fans of the series but their prayers never went unanswered it seems (or more precisely, their money spent on DVDs) as Family Guy is officially back. So what better way to start off the episode than by throwing it all back in Fox’s face straight off the bat? I thought this opening gag in particular wasn’t terribly funny the first time I watched the episode as I was kind of desperate to get back into the show again but after several re-watches, it’s a great season opener and sums up exactly what family guy is about, at least for me.

    North by North Quahog as a whole is up with the best there is both in terms of humour and storytelling. The episode follows two plotlines one of which focuses on Lois’ loss of attraction for Peter (or as she affirms it: ‘I guess I’m just going through a phase right now where I’m only attracted to handsome men”) and their attempt to re-kindle the flame, with the secondary plot following Brian and Stewie as they take care of the house while the parents are gone.

    The Peter/Lois storyline is by far the strongest of the two in terms of pure engagement and entertainment value. What really makes it special however is the amount of character development that is created as a result of the quibble between the two and how it reaffirms how they feel about each other first episode into the season. We are also treated to a brilliantly directed and action-packed twist to the plot when Mel Gibson eventually enters the episode and holds Lois captive while Peter attempts to rescue her. The less dominant storyline which is usually far below the primary in terms of quality is surprisingly well done this time around. It’s not so much the actual content of the storyline itself but the performance given by Seth MacFarlane teamed up with the superb direction by Peter Shin which captures a great subtlety in Stewie and Brian’s seemingly new found friendship. There’s some really great moments here such as the car pulling over to spank Chris and the pair visiting Tom Tucker’s house. Both scenes give off a real sense of sophisticated humour that wasn’t really dominant in earlier episodes but is taking a much greater form in the recent seasons. Furthermore we are introduced to a new side of Stewie which is far tamer than his destructive side. I personally love it and feel it fits his personality perfectly whilst adding an extra dimension to his character, fleshing him out a bit and making him more interesting to the weekly viewer who believe it or not may get tired of his world domination and ‘KILL LOIS!’ orientated dialogue.

    Lastly we have the gags and what an episode it is to laugh along with. We have almost series-classic jokes here with: Peter forgetting how to sit down; British porn; the honeymooner’s; the hamburger comic book; Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This! (a particular favourite of mines that I could not stop laughing at the first time I seen it); Peter testifying that anyone who doesn’t want to go to war is obviously ‘gay’; Mel Gibson shooting a safe just to get the exact same gun from inside it; and Peter acknowledging the fact that he looked like a booger during a particular scene.

    Yes, that’s a whole lot of laughs but as I’ve said earlier it isn’t just this which makes the episode so great, it’s the episode as a whole which makes this season opener such a joy to watch and definitely goes down as one of my all time favourite Family Guy outings. Highly recommended!

    STORY: 9
    COMEDY: 10
  • The best re-entrance into television!

    I loved this episode! First of all the plot was a classic "family guy" storyline involving peter trying to steal the film for "The passion of the Crist 2" . Second of all, and probably the most important, this was Family Guy's reiteration into Fox! When I first read that on the Family guy website that it was "Uncancelled." I thought it meant that they were airing the old episodes on Fox, which they did for the first couple of weeks. Then, they starated airing new episodes! I hope the same happens with "Futurama" but we can only hope! Great job, Seth and the crew!
  • there insalting mel gibson did not realy like this episode the only thing that made it better was brian and stewie

    this episode insalts mel gibson they put action and comdy but with the action there insalting mel gibson i dont realy like that oh thowe when i herd the news about mel gibson drinking and divng i was preety dispointed in him so i give this episode a 6 petty good but mel gibson still is cool just not the drinking and driving thing i don't like that and there a little insalting christens in this episode i hated wen they do that in family guy cause im a christen well thats my review bye.
  • North by North Quahog

    Family guy is Back!!
    Yes after Fox made the worst mistake in the companys business ,yes ending Family Guy,Family guy comes back with this episode showing that even though a few years have passed it still keeps the comedy that it had in its prime years!!
    North by North quahog is a 2 plot episode, where, while Peter and Lois try and improve their marriage on a second honeymoon, Chris gets into trouble at school.
    Mel Gibson and the Passion of the Christ 2 Crucify This!helps this episode be a good comeback of Family guy!!
    Thanks Fox and Seth for making this episode and bringing back Peter,stewie,Brian and the rest of the gang !!
  • Peter and Lois battle Mel Gibson becuse they wantr to get the tape." They end up in a parody of "North by Northwest" that takes them to Cape Cod, a Manhattan luxury hotel and, of course, Mount Rushmore. Back in Quahog, Brian & Stewie took to Chris prom.

    this episode was so funny it made a good season premier it was very funny because peter didn't like pasion of the christ because he wouldn't be there leting them hit him and also lois went to go to bed bath and beyond and peter said i hope you didn't go in the beyond section lois wants to do it on there new sheets and they doit but there sex is to dull that lois has to fantasise about somebody else and they want to go to a to go in a 2nd honeymoon and everything gets out of hand.
  • This was a great episode for Family Guy to return on.

    I remember the first time I saw this hadn't come out in Australia yet and my brother was telling me about the new episodes of Family Guy which he had seen over at his friends place who download everything....I was thinking damn I'm missing out, fortunately later on my brother comes back with a DVD full of the epsiodes of Family Guy and and then I was finally able to see that and the first 10 episodes of the season. This episode was quite funny....not the funniest of the episode ever nor even best of the season but it really was rather funny.
  • Welcome back Griffin family, we sure did miss you.

    "North by North Quahog," was the first episode of Family Guy since being cancelled in 2002. In my opinion Family Guy is better than ever. In the
    episode Lois and Peter are taking a second honeymoon. Things turn for the worst, during their trip. First, Peter crashes their car into a tree, destroying the front of it. A very funny scene while Peter was driving and reading a comic book. "You ridiculous man, you can't eat all those hamburgers." Second, the motal they spent the night at out was broken down and dirty.
    Thirdly, Peter poses as Mel Gibson to get his hotal suite. In the suite, Peter finds a copy of
    of the sequel of Passion of the Christ. He does'nt want it to be made and steats it.
    Very well done episode. Welcome back Griffins.
  • Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This!

    This episode marks the return of Family Guy and they start season four with an unoriginal plot, The Simpsons doing almost the same plot several years before, though Homer and Mel stole the movie so it wasn’t really the same thing.

    Seeing Brian and Stewie as parents is hilarious, Stewie spanking Chris and Brian and Stewie planting drugs in “upside down face” Jake Tucker’s locker.

    Lois saying the wrong name in bed was a great starting plot and the whole episode is brilliant, though I didn’t get the opening scene, probably because I’d only heard of one or two of the shows mentioned, possibly because they were an unsuccessful American show that never made it to Australia.

    Overall, this episode can’t be bad because it means that Family Guy is back!
  • Welcome back Family Guy with this terrific episode.

    The return of Family Guy was definately justified with this very funny start to Season 4.

    I thought Passion Of Ther Christ 2 was better than the 1st one, (Chris Tucker was hilarious) but Peter insisted on destroying it.

    Family Guy followed South Park in spoofing Mel Gibson which I am a big fan of.

    These series of events all started with Peter and Lois's sex life problems and when they left Brian in charge an Stewie to play the mother there were several hilarious moments.

    A great start to the season!
  • El inicio de un nuevo "Family Guy" con las mismas parodias que siempre nos hicieron reir.

    Esta vez, Peter se ve condenado a satisfacer a su esposa con una segunda luna de miel, pues su atractivo sexual va perdiendo interes en su esposa. Paralelo a ello, Brian se hace cargo de la casa, debiendo poner en linea a los adorables hijos de esta singular pareja.
    Este capitulo nos trae nuevamente las clasicas parodias que animaron, desde un inicio, a Family Guy. Mel Gibson y la pelicula "La Pasion" fueron blanco de las burlas por parte de los guionistas.
    Quiza se ha esperado mucho de este capitulo, en su nueva temporada. Ha cumplido con hacernos reir, los gags siguen siendo buenos, pero la trama se volvio sosa y de baja velocidad al presentar la supuesta continuacion, 2000 años despues, de "La Pasion".
    Es bueno ver nuevamente a esta disfuncional familia en el aire. Esperemos que continuen asi.
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