Family Guy

Season 4 Episode 26


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 07, 2006 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Peter wants to top Joe, who just built a new home theater system, so he starts to build a multiplex in his backyard. In doing so, he discovers an Indian burial ground. He finds an Indian chief's skull and the Griffin house becomes haunted. Stewie gets sucked into the television and strange events follow as they try to get Stewie back from the poltergeist.moreless

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  • Peter discovered an Indian chief's skull

    Peter wants to top Joe, who just built a new home theater system, so he starts to build a multiplex in his backyard. In doing so, he discovers an Indian burial ground. He finds an Indian chief's skull and the Griffin house becomes haunted. Stewie gets sucked into the television and strange events follow as they try to get Stewie back from the poltergeist. This is really not the greatest episode I had been. The episode seems very overrated and I don't get it. Sure, it does has its moments but half of it was boring. I laughed at few parts like Peter trying to make a better tradition, Peter messing with the skull, Mayor West's cameo when he wanted a one way, Stewie telling Brian he met Chinese Jesus, and the funniest part in the episode had the one where Peter ripped off his skin and Hank Hill (from KOTH) appeared. Overall, a decent episode, but it was mainly dragged. 7/10moreless
  • A great episode.

    Peter wants to top Joe, who just built a new home theater system, so he starts to build a multiplex in his backyard. In doing so, he discovers an Indian burial ground. He finds an Indian chief's skull and the Griffin house becomes haunted. Stewie gets sucked into the television and strange events follow as they try to get Stewie back from the poltergeist.

    the episode was funny until Carrot top came along

  • The Griffin home is haunted after Peter found an Indian chief's skull in the Indian burial ground of their backyard. Also, Stewie gets sucked in the television

    I thought that this was a funny, brilliant, and creative episode of "Family Guy". I loved every minute of this episode and the writers made the plot well executed which makes me very happy. It's always been a tradition for Peter and his friends to have movie night at the Griffin's home but Cleveland told Peter that they moved it to Joe's house because Joe installed a home theater system. Peter wanted to top Joe so Peter wants to get a home theater system as well until Peter went digging in the backyard and found an Indian chief's skull which was buried in their backyard of the Indian burial ground. Ever since Peter found the Indian chief's skull, the Griffin's house has been haunted. Peter's face peeling off and has Hank Hill's face from "King of the Hill" was very funny. Ronald McDonald's brief cameo appearance was funny. Stewie getting sucked into the television was also very funny. There were a few more funny parts as well. The Griffin family getting back their home after Peter buried the Indian chief's skull was good also. Overall, an excellent episode of "Family Guy". 10/10moreless
  • superb

    the griffin's house becomes haunted and stewie is sucked into the television. the family tries to get him out, and when they do, their house is destroyed. peter is the only one who can fix this. will the griffin's have their house back?

    great episode! the only thing stopping it from a perfect score is the last act, which i found to be kind of boring. but the rest of the episode was pretty funny and had an interesting plot which made me want to see what was happening next. So, overall, my grade for this episode is an A-moreless
  • An episode that had it all. Great comedy, a tiny bit of suspense and even tinier bit of Horror... What more could you ask for??

    After Joe builds a home theatre system, Peter tries to build a multiplex in his backyard just out of spite. While digging, Peter finds the skull of a dead Native American buried in the backyard. This resembles the haunted skeleton seen in "Ready, Willing, and Disabled". Brian urges him to put the skull back, but Peter decides to use it as a novelty (peeing in it, playing with it, etc).

    That night the Griffins start experiencing strange paranormal activity, such as Stewie talking to the TV static, the chairs and refrigerator being stacked upside down on the kitchen table, and Chris getting attacked by an evil tree before being saved by Herbert in the same fashion as Gandalf saves the rest of the Fellowship from the Balrog in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Lois is in denial (and Peter is oblivious) of the events that are happening, until Stewie gets sucked into his closet and disappears. "You shall not pass!"To find Stewie, the Griffins hire a spiritual medium to contact the other side, and learn that the entrance to spirit world is Stewie's closet, while the exit is Meg's ass. After they eventually rescue Stewie, the spirits ravage the Griffin house and suck it into their world. As the Griffins drive off, Peter dumps the native American skull in a garbage can.

    Now homeless, Peter and Lois try and find a way to get their house back, and learn the native American skull has to be put back in its resting place. After searching through the city dump, a garbage man tells them that the skull would be in the human remains bin, but it was cleaned out by Carrot Top for things to use as props. They go to Carrot Top's mansion and, after a chase through a hall of mirrors, they retrieve the skull and rebury it, thus getting back their house and life returning to normal.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)

Carrot Top

Carrot Top


Guest Star

Bob Costas

Bob Costas


Guest Star

Margaret Easley

Margaret Easley


Guest Star

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)


Recurring Role

Johnny Brennan

Johnny Brennan


Recurring Role

Lori Alan

Lori Alan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the episode, Lois and Stewie come out of the TV in goo, but in the real movie "Poltergiest" when Carol Ann and her Mom come out they are covered in blood.

    • When Lois and Stewie escape the spirit world, via Meg, they were covered in a pinkish kind of goo. However, when they ran out of the house and into the car, the goo was gone.

    • When Lois goes in looking for Stewie, Peter ties a rope around her so they don't lose her, but when she finds Stewie and they exit out of Meg's ass, Lois has no rope around her.

    • Several bits of Jerry Goldsmith's original score for "Poltergeist" are used in this episode and match up to where the piece was used in the original film, i.e., when Stewie gets out of his crib to go to the TV and the whispering scene between Lois and the medium. The music in the closing credits of this episode is an obvious parody of Goldsmith's "Carol Anne's Theme", a similar piece of music that runs over the closing credits of "Poltergeist".

    • The author of "A Guild to the Occult" is Beverly Cleary. Cleary is the same author of the Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse book series.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Lois: Stewie! Head for Meg's butt!
      Stewie: Have you lost your mind?!

    • Stewie: (Through the TV) Mommy?
      Lois: Stewie? Where are you?
      Stewie: Look behind you, you stupid cow!

    • Brian: You know, we wouldn't be messing around with ghosts if you hadn't desecrated an Indian's remains.
      Peter: Probably not a good time to mention I'm using the skull as an athletic cup.

    • Peter: I'll tell you what isn't safe: going hunting with Dick Cheney. (In flashback about hunting with Dick Cheney.) We all set to go hunting?
      Dick Cheney: (Shoot Peter several times with a shotgun) Sorry, I thought you were a deer.

    • Mayor Adam West: I just bought a Rottweiler, and I need a sign to warn people how dangerous it is.
      Home Supply clerk: (Pointing to BEWARE OF DOG sign)... Well, we have exactly what you--
      Mayor Adam West: Ah, yes, here it is...(Motions to One Way sign)... So people will know if they step into my yard, there's only one way out--in a body bag from dog injuries.

    • Peter: We're gonna get those terrorists. Now, watch this drive. (Swings and hits golf ball through portal)

    • Brian: So what was it like on the other side?
      Stewie: It was alright. I met Jesus.
      Brian: Oh, what's he like?
      Stewie: Believe it or not he's Chinese.
      Brian: Oh, really.
      Stewie: Yeah, and his last name is Hong, Jesus Hong. He said he doesn't know where everyone got Christ.

    • Lois: Oh, Peter, I'm so proud of you. Once again you've brought our family to the edge of the abyss and at the very last minute you saved us all. I love you, honey.

      Peter: And I've grown fond of you, Lois. Let's go home.

    • Stewie: (as he is being sucked into the spirit portal through his closet) Ahh, I haven't seen anything suck this bad since... I Heart Huckabee's!

    • Peter: Between you and me I hear Joe's got a little free time these days. I hear he hasn't touched Bonnie in months
      Joe: Peter, you just whispered that to me.

    • Tom: A local family is forced out of their home by ghosts. Who they're gonna call?
      Diane: (Sighs) Ghostbusters, Tom?
      Tom: No, Diane, their insurance company. That's just stupid what you said.

    • Peter: Lois, we both agreed, remember? If we could only save two, we would leave Meg.

    • Lois: Peter, are you peeing in that skull?
      Peter: No Lois! I'm getting up and walking all the way to the bathroom and doing it there...Pain in the ass.

    • Gay Mailbox: Hello, Hello! Right here! Yeah, just right here, just go ahead and put that right in here.
      (Mailman puts mail in mailbox)
      Gay Mailbox: Num-Num-Num-Num-Num...Gulp! Heheh, just kidding!

    • Quagmire: As you can see, my family is here and it's game night. We're playing ... sex.

    • Herbert: (to the tree about Chris) Hey there, skinny britches. That's my man!

    • Stewie: Yeah, yeah, Oh they're doing a spin-off. He still plays Joey,'s not doing that well.

    • (Stewie is talking to a TV full of static)
      Stewie: Yeah, Yeah, Oh you didn't see it? Ross and Rachel got back together, it wasn't that great.

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (17)

    • Peter: We're gonna get those terrorists. Now, watch this drive.

      President George W. Bush had a run in with the press in August 2002 while he was golfing. He issued this statement:
      "I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive."

    • I <3 Huckabees

      Stewie: I haven't seen anything suck this much since (yelling) I <3 Huckabees

      I <3 Huckabees is a movie with Dustin Hoffman and Jude Law. Determined to solve the coincidence of seeing the same conspicuous stranger three times in a day, Albert hires a pair of existentialist detectives, who insist on spying on his everyday life while sharing their views on life and the nature of the universe.

    • Chief Diamond Phillips

      Peter names the discovered indian skull "Chief Diamond Phillips", which is a reference to native American actor Lou Diamond Phillips.

    • The Flintstones

      The end scene alludes to the closing scene from The Flintstones with Peter taking the television back inside and replacing it with Meg, as Fred did with Dino.

    • Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight

      When Stewie is speaking through the television set on "the other side", he starts to sing the hit song, In the Air Tonight by solo artist and former member of Genesis, Phil Collins. He makes use of the unique vocal effects which sound exactly like the song's beginning and even attempts to emulate the drumming sounds from the song.

    • The Man with the Golden Gun

      The scene where Peter and Carrot Top are in the hall of mirrors is a parody of the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, when Bond was in a similar situation when he faced Scaramanga.

    • The scene where Chris is in bed and says, "I wish that scary clown at the end of my bed would go away." is poking fun at Ronald McDonald.
      It is also a reference to the movie It, based on a book by Stephen King, in which the 'monster' appears as a clown.

    • The scene where Herbert is fighting the tree, aludes to the opening sequence in "The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers", and in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" where Gandalf fights the Balrog (the fire Demon in the Mines Of Moria).

    • King of the Hill

      After the poltergeist invades Peter's house and Peter is shown ripping his face off, the head underneath all of his skin is none other than that of the character Hank Hill, the main character of King of the Hill. Peter also does his trademark laugh and says, "Propane."

    • Lost

      Peter mentions the successful ABC mystery TV series Lost. The series' innovating plot makes it more complex than other series and viewers can get "lost" with everything that is happening in the story.

    • The old guys in the balcony are a reference to the Muppet Show and are named "Stadler" and "Waldorf". The two old guys would make comments of the various sketches and generally be negative.

    • Joe's theater logo/opening is a reference to the Tri-Star opening. In the Tri-Star logo a white horse runs from the left background and runs towards the camera. It then sprouts wings and turns into Pegasus and flies over the Tri-Star triangle logo. In Joe's version it is him in his wheelchair replacing the horse.

    • When Peter says: "must have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque." It's a reference to The Looney Tunes Cartoons where Bugs Bunny would always land miles from his planned destination usually by misdirecting himself at Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    • When Stewie beats the hell out of Peter it is almost a direct scene out of the MTV program, Jackass, when Bam Margera beats up his overweight father, Phil. In addition, the name shown in the corner of the screen says, "Stew-O" which is a parody of the name of another cast member, Steve-O.

    • When Stewie says Ross and Rachel got back together he is referring to the show Friends.

    • Home Supply is an obvious jab at Home Depot

    • The title, and most of the scenes in the episode are all references to the film Poltergeist.