Family Guy

Season 7 Episode 11

Not All Dogs Go to Heaven

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 29, 2009 on FOX
7.1
out of 10
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415 votes
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Episode Summary

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Meg becomes extremely religious, and tries to convert Brian from Atheism. Meanwhile, after the family visits a Star Trek convention, Stewie kidnaps the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and forces them to hang out with him.

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  • This episode is a reminder that Seth McFarlene portrays religious peoples as bigoted pieces of shit

    1.0
    The whole premise of the episode is that "God doesn't exist, because Mag isn't attractive to Brian". That's it.
  • Probably should have been two episodes

    6.5
    While I'm both a Trekkie and an atheist, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this episode. It tackled two subjects that are of interest to me, but with both of them being featured in the same twenty minute or so allotment of time, there wasn't enough room for either storyline to reach its maximum potential



    I don't watch Family Guy religiously (if you'll pardon the expression), but I made it a point to tune into this one specifically due to the promised appearance of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Based on how it had been promoted, I was sort of expecting something to complement the great episode of Futurama which reunited most of the living TOS cast. Instead, the TNG stuff was only the B-plot and most of the best bits had already been shown in previews. What there was of it I undoubtedly found amusing, however.



    As for Meg's storyline... If you don't want to be offended, you probably shouldn't be watching Family Guy in the first place. It's depressing, yet hardly surprising to me that an episode advocating atheism would be the straw that breaks the backs of some viewers. This is a series that has made light of rape on multiple occasions (unconscionable), but then the show mocks religion and suddenly it's, "Seth, you crossed the I have some issues with the A-plot myself, but they have to do with Brian's somewhat disappointingly weak arguments in favor of atheism. There are more compelling reasons for not believing in gods than those the Griffin family dog put forth. While exaggerated for comic effect, it's an unfortunate fact the type of persecution Brian faces as an atheist is not that far removed from what some atheists are still forced to endure in America today. For proof of that, one only need look as far as the hostile reaction with which this episode was met by some viewers.moreless
  • This worked.

    8.0
    I really enjoyed the star trek concept.
  • Seth MacFarlane, you took religion in this episode WAY too far and I bet you have angry people coming after you because of that situation.

    4.0
    This would have been such a great "Family Guy" episode if Seth MacFarlane didn't take the relgion thing too far and focused on more on Stewie with the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" plot instead. I thought it was hilarious when Stewie wanted to ask a question at the Star Trek convention and then he didn't get to ask a question. I thought it was hilarious when Stewie transported the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Genertaion" to his bedroom so they will be forced to answer his questions... the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Genertaion" was also hilarious especially when them and Stewie went to go to McDonald's. The very ending was also hilarious when Stewie told the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" that they stink and he never wants to them again and transports them back. Stewie's plot was the reason why score is a little higher... now to get to the reason why score is very low. Meg becomes extremely religious and then Brian tells everyone that is an atheist (which means that he does not believe in God) and everyone in Quahog hates him because of that. I didn't like how Brian keeps convincing everyone that there is no thing as God. I am a Catholic and I definitely believe in God so this episode was kind of offensive to me. Also, the scene with Meg burning books and Brian telling her that their is no such thing as God because he said "What kind of God would put you in a home where nobody cares about you? What kind of God gives you a hot mom like Lois? What kind of God gives you a fat dad like Peter? etc." and then Meg was convinced that there is no such thing as God (which angered me). I didn't get the point with the live-action scene with Adam West and Rob Lowe but it was pretty funny and this scene was before Stewie transported the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" back. Overall, why does Seth MacFarlane need to go too far with relgion?... like I said in the beginning of my review, they should have focused more on Stewie's plot. 4/10moreless
  • The whole religion thing went way too far, and we barely get to see the Star Trek TNG cast as a result despite so many promotions about them appearing

    1.0
    Seeing promos for this episode, it looked rather promising. This episode of Family Guy was going to have the whole cast of Star Trek TNG. From Patrick Stewart to Brent Spiner the whole cast would be there. It sounded so promising considering that I love Star Trek TNG, and was ready for a good laugh from them, but only to be really disappointed. The main plot for this episode is that Meg becomes a Christian and spread the name of Jesus and God to the whole family. However Meg discovers Brian is an Atheist and tries to convert him. When that fails, Meg turns the whole town against Brian and he is forced to hide. Brian then pretends to convert to have his normal life back and then at a book burning, Brian tells Meg to stop being Christian and convince her that there is no God and to follow her own path. Now I am all for making my own path, and we all do, but where does Brian and Meg get off for the religious pressure they put on one on other? Have these two ever heard of Freedom of Religion at all? I am not that religious, but Brian and Meg should have been able to respect each others beliefs and not get after each other and convert them. Now you are probably wondering why I haven't mentioned the Star Trek cast, well it's because they are never there. Most of the time the episode focuses on Meg, Brian, or the whole religious stuff. The times we do see the Star Trek cast are not enough time and are not given enough screen time at all. They are also shockingly unfunny and for an episode about a parody of them this was just inexcusable and they never made me laugh. The rest of the humor in this episode is also just stupid and the cut away gags were really boring. This episode was such a letdown, there is too much religion involved, the humor is bad, and the Star trek cast in really underused. I will give Seth credit for having a famous cast do a parody, and make them really unentertaining. Words of advice for you Seth. One, next time you have a famous cast on your show make them funny, and two split the main plot and sub plot evenly so they are each given enough screen time.moreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (Production Season 2+)

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

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

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Himself

Guest Star

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Himself

Guest Star

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Himself

Guest Star

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Himself

Recurring Role

David A. Goodman

David A. Goodman

Trekkie #1

Recurring Role

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Stewie: You know, I think you should all be nicer to Hwil Hwheaton.
      Patrick Stewart: The way I treat my collegue... wait, what?
      Stewie: I said, you should be nicer to Hwil Hwheaton. Hwil Hwheaton seems like a nice guy.
      Patrick Stewart: Say "Wheat".
      Stewie: Wheat.
      Patrick Stewart: Now say "Wil Wheaton".
      Stewie: Hwil Hwheaton.
      Patrick Stewart: Wil Wheaton.
      Stewie: Hwil Hwheaton.
      Patrick Stewart: Wil Wheaton.
      Stewie: Hwil Hwheaton.
      Patrick Stewart: Wil Wheaton.
      Stewie: Hey, did you hook up with Hwhoopi Goldberg on the show?
      Patrick Stewart: All the time.

    • Dr. Hartman: Yep, Meg's got the mumps, all right. How is it she was never immunized?
      Peter: Ah, it was 1992, and I couldn't be bothered with anything that didn't involve Dan Cortez.

    • Brian: (sighs) The annual Quahog Star Trek convention, where once a year, sci-fi buffs take their lips off of loaded guns, and spend half a day getting their eyes to adjust to the sunlight.

    • Brian: I am an atheist.
      (whole family gaps)
      Peter: Whats that?

    • Tom Tucker: Good evening, I'm Tom Tucker. Our top story tonight, just when you thought the world couldn't be any more dangerous, Channel 5 News has discovered that there is an Atheist among us.
      Diane Simmons: Local church goer, and junior Christian soldier Meg Griffin, has identified the Atheist as Brian Griffin of Spooner Street. Here is the reaction from city hall.
      Mayor West: Ahh, shocking to say the least. I'd rather have a terrorist living in our midst. At least they believe in a God, even if it's a smelly brown God.

    • Peter: Dear Lord, please give me the cheat codes for Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, I have been stuck on Bald Bull for four years. I've tried left, left, up, b, dodge, uppercut, but he still knocks me out. And ya know, they say you're supposed to go right, b, up, dodge, left, uppercu-- heh, listen to me, telling you how to play the game.

    • Wil Wheaton: I want a hamburger, no a cheeseburger. I want a hotdog, I want a milkshake...
      Patrick Stewart: You'll get nothing and like it!

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  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Sanford and Son
      When Meg is trying to get the crucifix back from Brian, his short, threatening growls gradually evolve into the theme from the 1972 series, Sanford and Son.


    • Men In Black

      The idea that the entire universe is contained in the tiny part of a lamp shade is similar to an idea put forth in the ending of the movie Men In Black, in which the entire universe was revealed to be contained in a marble.

    • Flash Gordon

      As Peter talks about God being in the clouds, the scene cuts to God, riding a flying scooter, while dressed in a red tank top with lightning bolt on the chest. This is a direct allusion to the 1980 movie Flash Gordon, whose title character wore the same shirt throughout the movie, as well as riding the flying scooter during his assault on the castle of Ming the Merciless.

    • Kodak Disc 1983 Commercial

      Peter sings the commercial jingle ("I'm gonna get ya with the Kodak Disc") for this camera which arranged 15 negatives in a disc form. The camera was produced until 1989, while the film was last made in 1998.

    • Predator

      The bottle of Jägermeister says "get to da choppa!" This is a reference to a line from the character Dutch (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the movie Predator.

    • Calvin and Hobbes

      Stewie sends a cellphone picture of Meg to Calvin, the main character from the Bill Watterson comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

    • Thinner

      The Stephen King (penned as pseudonym Richard Bachman) novel Thinner is referenced. In this reference, the old gypsy man curses Britney Spears "Thicker."

    • When Stewie and Marina Sirtis are arguing in the car about fast food, Stewie's comeback about mind-reading is an obvious reference to her character's (Deanna Troi) empathic abilities on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    • Denise Crosby

      Stewie shooting Denise Crosby is a possible reference to the senseless death of her character, Tasha Yar, on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    • Caddyshack

      Wil Wheaton and Patrick Stewart's exchange at the McDonald's drive-thru is a direct quote from the movie Caddyshack.

    • Not All Dogs Go To Heaven

      The title for this episode is a spoof on the Don Bluth/MGM/United Artists animated movie All Dogs Go To Heaven.

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