Family Guy

Season 3 Episode 14

Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 2001 on FOX
8.4
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Chris gets a new job as the water boy for the basketball team. After being around the black players, Chris becomes a super-cool black dude in a white person's body. Peter takes Chris to learn about his own Irish heritage at a museum. Chris later visits a library to look up his genealogy and is elated to discover that a black man (Nate Griffin) was part of his family. Peter tries to embrace his black culture by visiting a black theatre and club, but he doesn't get it. When Lois' parents visit, it is revealed that the Pewterschmidts' ancestors owned Nate Griffin. The Pewterschmidts' give Peter money to alleviate their guilt. Soon Peter begins to suffer the discrimination of being black. While at a basketball game, Peter looks in the mirror and he sees Nate, who shows him that he has been selfish. Peter announces to everyone in the gym that he was a jerk for taking the money. He throws the cash in the air, and everyone scrambles to get their share, showing that all races are unified by greed. Meanwhile, Stewie plots to get rid of the head cheerleader so he can be on top of the pyramid.moreless

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  • Peter discovered he had a black anecestor

    10
    Chris gets a new job as the water boy for the basketball team. After being around the black players, Chris becomes a super-cool black dude in a white person's body. Peter takes Chris to learn about his own Irish heritage at a museum. Chris later visits a library to look up his genealogy and is elated to discover that a black man (Nate Griffin) was part of his family. Peter tries to embrace his black culture by visiting a black theatre and club, but he doesn't get it. When Lois' parents visit, it is revealed that the Pewterschmidts' ancestors owned Nate Griffin. The Pewterschmidts' give Peter money to alleviate their guilt. Soon Peter begins to suffer the discrimination of being black. While at a basketball game, Peter looks in the mirror and he sees Nate, who shows him that he has been selfish. Peter announces to everyone in the gym that he was a jerk for taking the money. He throws the cash in the air, and everyone scrambles to get their share, showing that all races are unified by greed. Meanwhile, Stewie plots to get rid of the head cheerleader so he can be on top of the pyramid. I thought that this episode was perfect. However, my nit-pick here was Peter taking all the money from the black people. Other than that, I enjoyed the episode and both of the plots were hilarious. There funny parts such as the cold opening, the cutaway with Brian and Stewie making out (by being hypothesized), Peter thinking of the girl, Chris talking funny, Peter narrating, Stewie approaching the cheerleaders, Peter and Chris playing operation, Peter, Brian, and Chris going to an Irish meeting, Peter at a black people meeting, then he found exit, Stewie at the girls' restroom, Peter turning the room into Pee Pee Herman's Playhouse, and Quagmire's cameo at the end. Carter showing the kids some of the ancestries was interesting. Nate talking to Peter was good as well. Overall, a perfect episode. 10/10moreless
  • Perfect.

    10
    Chris gets a new job as the water boy for the basketball team. After being around the black players, Chris becomes a super-cool black dude in a white person's body. Peter takes Chris to learn about his own Irish heritage at a museum. Chris later visits a library to look up his genealogy and is elated to discover that a black man (Nate Griffin) was part of his family. Peter tries to embrace his black culture by visiting a black theatre and club, but he doesn't get it. When Lois' parents visit, it is revealed that the Pewterschmidts' ancestors owned Nate Griffin. The Pewterschmidts' give Peter money to alleviate their guilt. Soon Peter begins to suffer the discrimination of being black. While at a basketball game, Peter looks in the mirror and he sees Nate, who shows him that he has been selfish. Peter announces to everyone in the gym that he was a jerk for taking the money. He throws the cash in the air, and everyone scrambles to get their share, showing that all races are unified by greed. Meanwhile, Stewie plots to get rid of the head cheerleader so he can be on top of the pyramid.



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  • How did the network let this one thru? Poor judgment.

    4.0
    Much of this episode was racist and could be very offensive. Ethnic humor is (unfortunately) a part of every day life, but for this much to appear on a network show is hard to believe. Of course, even taking that into account, as usual, the episode is funny, but certainly not one of the series' shining moments!
  • Hilariously Bizare

    10
    This episode is in my top 10 favorites of all time, and it certainly is a great showing of what Family Guy is all about: Absurdly funny humor and stories. In this episode, while trying to teach Chris about his Irish heritage, he learns he has a black ancestor, and begins to associate with them. This leads to Peter learning that the Pewterschmits (Lois' family) were Peter's ancestors owners. He then gets repriations money from them, and he spends it on a recreation of Pee Wee's playhouse, and then his black friends get pissed because he shared none of it with them, and eventually he shares it with everyone. Stewie also had a B storyline here, where he joins the Cheerleading squad to learn their appeal. While this story wasn't as good, it still was entertaining, especially the lead up to the ending with Quagmire. Overall, another perfect like episode from Family Guy, one of their best ever. 10/10 A+moreless
  • Quite an interesting episode, actually!

    10
    I thought this was one of the better episodes in some time, as it was very funny and the storyline was incredible!



    I couldn't believe Peter as an African American, at girst, but the episode was really interesting, and I absolutely loved the storyline after a while.



    It was also a very funny episode, in my opinion, and I found myself laughing at many points of this episode and I absolutely loved i!



    I would recommend this episode very highly, and it is one of my favorites of all time! Keep it up, Family Guy, because this show is looking great and very awesome!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)

Wayne Collins

Wayne Collins

Voice

Guest Star

Meredith Scott Lynn

Meredith Scott Lynn

Girl

Guest Star

Kim Parks

Kim Parks

Tonya

Guest Star

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Various

Recurring Role

Chris Cox

Chris Cox

George W. Bush

Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Peter: That's my son out there. I taught him how to wipe.
      Jake: Why won't you teach me how to wipe, dad?
      Tom Tucker: Because you don't have a bottom, son.
      Jake: Aw!

    • Brian: "The Diary of Nate Griffin." May 7th, 1836. I was brushing down Lucy, the new colt, when she let out a fart right near my face. So I took her head and stuck it by my butt and blew a huge fart right back at her.
      Peter: Hehehehehehe!
      Brian: Oh, uh, that laugh's in here, too, see? "Hehehehehehehe..."

    • Peter: Hey, Chris, what are you doing?
      Chris: Just layin' back in the cot, peepin' at this here homie. Yo, pops, let me have some cheddar. Some player hater be throwin' salt in my game and grillin' me over my gear and I needs to be mackin' style.
      Peter: Well, uh... the important thing is you tried, son.

    • Peter: It doesn't matter if you're black or white. (money is falling all around) The only color that really matters is green.

    • (Quagmire finds a cheerleader tied up in a bathroom stall)
      Quagmire: Dear Diary, Jackpot!

    • Chris: What's a library, dad?
      Peter: Oh, it's just a place where homeless people come to shave and go BM.

    • Peter: I got no idea how to be black ... y'know, except for not smiling when I get my picture taken.

    • (Peter is watcing "Dennis Miller Live")
      Dennis Miller: I don't wanna go on a rant here, but America's foreign policy makes about as much sense as Beowolf having sex with Robert Fulton at the first Battle of Antietam. I mean when a neo-conservative defenstrates it's like Raskolnikov filibuster deoxymonohydroxinate.
      Peter: What the hell does rant mean?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • The Exorcist

      Peter: Our son's posessed!
      Peter freaking out when he thought Chris was speaking in tongues was a reference to the horror movie "The Exorcist". Peter even throws holy water on Chris while chanting "The power of Christ compels you."

    • George McGovern

      Peter's entire "I was there" speech is coming out of a George McGovern speech from the 1972 presidential campaign. This speech was McGovern's attempt to grab the black vote, especially since one of the candidates he was going against was a black woman named Shirley Chisholm. McGovern, over the course of his speech, continually told the people "I was there."

    • OJ Simpson

      Stewie: I'm telling you juice she's screwing around behind your back...

      Stewie is talking to O.J. Simpson in a bar he then turns to get another drink and O.J. leaves making a reference to the night his wife was killed

    • The Facts of Life

      Peter: I was there when Tootie got those painful braces!
      Peter is talking about "The Facts of Life" and the fact that Tootie (who is black) got braces somewhere throughout the seasons.

    • Dennis Miller

      Dennis Miller: I don't wanna go on a RANT here...

      This is making fun of Dennis Miller's comedic style in which he often uses extremely obscure historical and literal references that often leave the audience confused (which is why he was kicked off of Monday Night Football). He often opens up with with "I don't wanna go on a rant here.."

    • American Beauty

      Peter and Cyndi: none
      When Peter imagines blonde cheerleader (Cyndi) dancing alone to the sexy music as she opens her shirt, it parodies the scene between Kevin Spacey and Mena Suvari in "American Beauty". However, rose petals rise out of the shirt in "American Beauty" whereas in Family Guy they're turkey legs.

    • Pee-Wee's Playhouse

      Lois: Oh my God, you turned our living room into Pee Wee's Playhouse?
      Pee Wee's Playhouse, centred around the antics of loveable man-child Pee-Wee Herman (Played by Paul Reubens), was a popular and fairly long-running children's show that descended from Pee Wee's Big Adventure. In fairness, the artists did a great job reconstructing Pee Wee's house.

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