Family Guy

Season 4 Episode 24


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 23, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After reading an erotic novel, Peter gets the idea to write one himself. Carter gets sued for publishing Peter's book on tape and loses all his money, where he is forced to become a middle-class citizen. Meanwhile, Stewie tries to train for the Olympics.

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  • Peter write an erotic novel; Stewie train for the Olympics

    After reading an erotic novel, Peter gets the idea to write one himself. Carter gets sued for publishing Peter's book on tape and loses all his money, where he is forced to become a middle-class citizen. Meanwhile, Stewie tries to train for the Olympics. This is an improvement over the previous episode. I don't get why this episode is hated. I thought the plot here was great. My only problems were some of the stuffs that Peter and Carter did were not that interesting and there's another Meg abuse scene (at least Peter didn't attacked her). Parts that I laughed at were the beginning, the two cameos of the Kool Aid Guy (I LOL harder when Peter got punched by Carter and he ruined it again), Peter signing the woman's chest, most of the subplot, the man listening to Betty White's tape, cutaway with Ted Turner, a few of the routelines, and the last part. All in all, this episode was superb. 9/10moreless
  • It was okay

    After reading an erotic novel, Peter gets the idea to write one himself. Carter gets sued for publishing Peter's book on tape and loses all his money, where he is forced to become a middle-class citizen. Meanwhile, Stewie tries to train for the Olympics.

    It was kind of boring, but I liked how Betty White guest starred and I liked Peter and Carter's plot


    Peter, Joe, and Cleveland accompany Quagmire to the local erotica store, where they find themselves fascinated by the oddities. There, Peter buys an erotic book called Much Ado About Humping, a parody of the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing. He finds it disappointing. His friends suggest he write his own erotic book; this sells well from its beginning stages as a Xeroxed, stapled manuscript to its later incarnation as a professionally-produced audio-book read by Betty White and produced by Carter Pewterschmidt.

    A distracted, aroused driver listens to the audio-book and crashes into the Kool-Aid Man's house while trying to take his shirt off. The driver hires Scott Greenberg, Attorney of Law to sue Carter because the audio-book states that Carter was the publisher, whose entire assets are promptly seized. Peterotica is also pulled from the shelves of all book stores. An enraged Carter, feeling ruined, goes to Quahog to kill Peter with a rifle, but after Lois convinces him not to, he lives with the Griffins, while his wife divorces him and later marries Ted Turner.

    Meanwhile, Stewie practices to be a gymnast in the Olympics. He practices pole vaulting with the unconscious Chris as a cushion. His training climaxes with an in-the-house vault that winds up getting him a large shard of glass in his head.

    Peter tries to teach Carter how to be a regular person. Peter's attempt fails and Carter tells Peter what's wrong with his life. After Peter realizes his life sucks, he and Carter try to find ways to make money. Peter and Carter try several different ways of making money including stealing Lois's wallet, selling Meg pot (Carter knocks her out with a lamp and says "Now we have the pot and the money!"), making a teen drama TV show a la Dawson's Creek, and robbing a train, but each attempt fails. At the end, Barbara comes to Quahog to retrieve Carter, telling him that she divorced Turner and took half his assets. Despite the fact that he helped Carter turn his life and views of normal people around, Peter gets nothing. Lois tries to cheer Peter up by saying that they have true happiness since they have each other and that money doesn't matter; in doing so, she mentioned that she turned down $10 million from Carter a few years ago. After discovering this, Peter has a vivid fantasy of murdering Lois as she continues speaking.moreless
  • One of the funniest FG episoodes I've seen

    This episode is just hilarity from the word go, I mean, what other show could take Paula Cole's I Don't Want to Wait and turn it into this: Da da da da da da Da da da da da da I don't wanna wait For my lunch to get colder Da da da why can't I eat it now? I don't wanna wait Da da da the new Toyota I want a car that has a lot of gas...

    Plus, the scene on the train just kills me, that and the scene where Peter is tossing the thinking grenades out the window.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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Peter: Hey Meg, uh, we're trying to make some money and, um, would you like to buy some pot from your granddaddy and me?
      Meg: Uh. Wow. Sure.
      Peter: Aw. Fantastic.
      (Carter hits Meg with a lamp)
      Peter: What the hell was that for?
      Carter: Now we've got the pot and the money.

    • Betty White: (as Peter opens the door) Hi. I'm Betty White. I just got a subpoena regarding an erotic novel and I'm looking for the son of a bitch responsible.

    • Peter: You can stay with us if you want, you filthy hobo. You shouldn't be embarressed of mooching off your kids at age seventy.
      Carter: Go to hell, fathead! Wait, have I used that one? No I haven't. Go to hell, fathead!

    • Cleveland: What are you lookin' at, Joe?
      Joe: (about a box of blow-up dolls) These dolls all look really surprised. I wonder what they're so shocked about. What? you've never seen a guy in a wheelchair before?!
      Cleveland: They're polyurethane sex toys. They're not capable of judgment. And even if they were, who cares? They're whores!

    • Carter: I lost my home, my money, and perhaps just as serious, my wife left me!

    • Mort Goldman: I look forward to having a raging semi!

    • Cleveland: I'm no school administrator, but there's an extension program going on in my trousers.

    • Brian: Wow Peter that's a book isn't it? That's the first time I've seen you reading something that didn't later turn out to be a sandwich.

    • Quagmire: That's the exit. Of course in this place, every exit's also an entrance.

    • Quagmire: Guys, this is the best dirty book store in town; Family owned, great hours, and lots of parking in the rear!

    • Peter: (singing in Dawson's Creek tune)
      Da da da da da da
      Da da da da da da
      I don't wanna wait
      For my lunch to get colder
      Da da da why can't I eat it now?
      I don't wanna wait
      Da da da the new Toyota
      I want a car that has a lot of gas...

    • Peter: Carter, hand me my thinking grenades!
      Carter: (Hands Peter grenades) Peter where did you get these?
      Peter: Shhh! Carter, I'm thinking!
      (Throws grenade out window and it explodes.)
      Peter: Uh huh.
      (Throws a second grenade and it explodes.)
      Man: (outside) Oh my God! He's dead!
      Peter: (oblivious to his actions) That might work.
      (Throws another grenade and it explodes.)
      Man: (outside) What's happening?
      Peter: I've got it!

    • Peter: Hi Mr. Pewterschmidt!
      Carter Pewterschmidt: Hello, Peter.
      Peter: What's up?
      Carter Pewterschmidt: Good...oh dammit...I mean...not much.
      Peter: Whatcha got there?
      Carter Pewterschmidt: Oh this? It's a gun.
      Peter: Oh yeah?
      Carter Pewterschmidt: Yeah, I'm going to kill you.

    • Carter Pewterschmidt: Huh! Didn't realize Greenberg was a Jedi name.

    • (A car has just crashed through the wall of Kool-Aid Man's house)
      Kool-Aid Man: Wow. You know, from the other side, that's kind of annoying.

    • (at Peter's book signing)
      Girl: Hi! Would you be offended if I told you that your prose suggests a male, working class version of Emily Berate?
      Peter: No. Would you be offended if I said I'd like to use your ass as a bongo drum?
      Girl: Yes
      Peter: Well then we....are on two....different....wavelengths.

    • (from an audio tape of Peter's book)
      Betty White: Welcome to Peterotica on tape. I'm Betty White reading "The Hot Chick Who Was Italian or Maybe Some Kind of Spanish" by Peter Griffin. Chapter one, Oh god, you should have seen this one hot chick. She was totally Italian...or maybe some kind of Spanish.

  • NOTES (5)

    • When Peter talks about being on the Tracey Ullman Show people on the internet took this as a shot at the Simpsons, but Seth has said it was not a shot. He was just trying to show people what the family would look like if they were on the Tracey Ullman Show because of the change in appearance and how different the voices would sound.

    • Carol Burnett filed a $2 million copyright infringement lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, claiming her cleaning woman character was portrayed on Family Guy. Which occurred in this episode.

    • The B story in this episode was originally much longer, and included Stewie building a device that made Chris smarter. But according to David A. Goodman, "It was like communism. It looked good on paper but just didn't work at all."

    • Two working titles for this episode were A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Butt, and The Red Vag Of Courage.

    • An extra erotic novel of Peter's is shown in the DVD version. Catcher In The Eye, which is a parody of Catcher In The Rye.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Dawson's Creek

      The teen drama 'Quahog's Creek' seen in this episode, is an allusion to the popular show Dawson's Creek on from 1998 to 2003. Joey and Dawson were also characters on Dawson's Creek, played by Katie Holmes and James Van Der Beek.

    • Kool Aid Pitcher: (commenting on the fact that a car has just crashed through a wall of his house)You know, from the other side that is really annoying.

      This refers to the fact that Kool Aid commercials usually feature the pitcher crashing through walls. It's funny because for once he gets to see what it feels like.

    • Olympic Commentators

      While Stewie is doing gymnastics in the living room, he pretends that "Cathy" and "Mitch" are doing the commentary on his performance. "Cathy" Johnson and "Mitch" Gaylord are two US Olympic gymnasts from the 1980s that have done commentary for gymnastics competitions in the past.

    • Make 'em Laugh
      Quagmire's dance is a play on a scene from Singin' In The Rain. The original actor was Donald O'Connor.

    • 20s Flapper Girls

      When Peter is in the sex store, he inserts a penny into a flapper girl viewfinder.
      The flappers were rebellious women during the 1920's.

    • Classic Novels

      Titles alluded to in Peter's erotic novels are: Angela's Ashes, Catcher In The Rye, Brave New World, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

    • The Simpsons

      The Tracey Ullman joke and subsequent flashback are references to the original Simpsons shorts that aired during The Tracey Ullman show.

      Stewie's one line of dialouge and incredibly awkward sounding voice are pokes at how different the original voices were in early seasons of the show.

    • Mama Mia!: "Mama Mia!" is a theatrical musical with a storyline based on happenings and people occuring in songs from the 70s pop group ABBA. Its surprising success a few years ago on Broadway lead to a number of other musicals with stories based on songs made famous by singers and groups including Billy Joel, the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and a very brief revival of the play version of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - which was a theatrical musical in the mid 70s before being turned into one of the most universally panned movies in 1978.

    • Kerri Strug

      Stewie talking about getting on a Wheaties box for getting hurt is a reference to Kerri Strug who helped the US Woman's Gymnastic Olympic team win gold medal in 1996. She injured her ankle on her first vault and then landed her second vault before collapsing in pain. This performance put the 1996 US women's gymnastics team on the Wheaties box.

    • The Great Train Robbery

      When Carter and Peter attempt the robbery on the train it is a reference to the first moving picture, The Great Train Robbery.

    • Carter: Let's see how you do against the rancor!

      After Carter says this line, his attorney is forced into a conflict with the rancor, an exact situation Luke Skywalker was caught in in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He also kills the rancor in the same way Luke did; forcing the rancor's cage door to drop on it by hitting the switch with a skull.

    • Peterotica

      The title comes from the book, Erotica.