Family Guy

Season 2 Episode 13

Road to Rhode Island

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 30, 2000 on FOX

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  • Cool show.

  • I hope Brian's mother comes back

    Biscuit is my favorite character on this show
  • Superb first Road to episode

    When Brian offers to pick up Stewie from his Grandma and Grandpa's house, they miss their plane back and go on a cross-country journey back home. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois attempt to rekindle their relationship with some marriage videos. First Brian and Stewie centered (and road to) episode of the show, and it was perfect. I always seem to miss this episode when it on. Wonder what up with that. The parts that made me laugh were all of Peter's subplot (especially when Lois appeared on the television), Stewie try to dial the phone number, other people at night while Stewie told them something and then one of them shoot at the wall, Brian speaking Spanish, and a few others. My favorite part of the episode was the musical number towards the end. It had to be one of the best song in the show IMO.
  • We're Rhode Island bound.

    My very first episode of Family Guy. This is the one I watched first and got me into the show. I just fuckin loved it. A classic adaption to the show.
  • Somewhat overrated, but awesome


    When Brian offers to pick up Stewie from his Grandma and Grandpa's house, they miss their plane back and go on a cross-country journey back home. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois attempt to rekindle their relationship with some marriage videos.

    A really funny episode

    What I liked- Peter and Lois' plot (that's what makes the score higher)

    The Mexican guy on that bus

    How the Flying Dutchman's voice actor is in it.


  • perfect


    what i liked- the opening with brian being taken away from his mother, the guy remembering Brian when he mentioned he was the dog who could talk, Brian and Stewie burying Brian's mother, the guy on the train who only spoke two sentences in english and then only speaking Spanish, the entirety of Peter/Lois' plot, the ending of the episode, amongst other things.

    The only thing I did not like was Chris saying "Guess what word I'm thinking of" and it being "kitty" after he said it was not going to be. I mean, what? What's the joke? That he's easily entertained? That he lies and finds it funny? I did not find that funny, and i thought it coming back at the end was kind of stupid. However that's a nitpick and the rest of the episode is fine. A+

  • First Road to episode

    Brian is seeing a therapist because he is having abadonment issues with his mother. He offers to get Stewie from his grandparent's house, so the trip can clear his mind. They end up losing their tickets, and must travel by foot, or whatever they can find. They end up in florida, austin and, finally, Rhode Island.

    This episode was pretty good. The main reason it was so good is becuase its mostly just Stewie being a jerk to Brian, which is wicked funny to see. I loved the mexican guy who could only say two sentences, and the opening.

    Overall Grade: 85%/B+
  • My favorite episode of Family Guy

    in this episode, Brian relizes he has abandonment issues with his mother after she put up for adoption when he was just a pup, and his drinking icreases. Then he decides to pick Stewie from his Grandma and Grandpa's house, but they miss they're plane, and have to go on a wild trip back home. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois buy relationship tapes, but they're not what they seem. Stewie and Brian's journey was by far the best storyline, ending up from palm springs, to austin, to rhode island. Stewie's at his best here, constantly being an ass to Brian by making him ride on him like horse, disrespecting is dead mom, etc. This is an episode that would make any hater a fan. overall, a perfect 10/10
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show family guy stouie is at his grandparents house and brian must go get him thing is they miss the plane so they have to make a long journey back to cohog and louis and peter are having problems with there marriage and so they go and watch these marriage tapes that can help and stouie and brians journey was very funny and it had alot of laughs and peter and louis problem had some laughs to it also and that is why i gave this ep of the show family guy a 8.5 instead of something lower
  • The first of many Road to-- episodes and the best!!!!!

    This is my seventh favourite episode in Family Guy's entire run. It has many classic moments, is well plotted, extremely well animated and above all just great! What other than Family Guy would have a baby, his drunkened dog on the run, stowed up in a crummy hotel, and the baby not knowing his mother's phone number so trying every possible one there was or a baby in bed trying to sleep but can't because in the room over two guys were asking another have they got the stuff, then the baby saying "For God's sake he''s wearing a wire!" Then a "what" then bullets blasting through the wall and the baby saying "That's better" and going to sleep? I ask you. These are the types of episodes I miss in the new range of FGs.
  • Great! One of many journeys with Brian and Stewie.

    Stewie and Brian's adventure episodes are always guaranteed to be great. Movies should really take note of how to create a memorable aventure. Just how Stewie and Brian always get themselves caught up in a multitude of situations and hilarious scenarios makes the episode feel very complete and wholesome, like when they were traveling with those Mexicans and got a gag out of it, the motel situation where they booked it without paying and stealing a car, and of course Brian's sad story involving his mother. Although the episode merely touches upon these situations, it feels very complete. And there is also the other story with Peter and his porn, but it wasn't nearly as entertaining as the whole Brian and Stewie trip.
  • One of the greats!

    This episode of Family Guy will live to be one of the greats! I really enjoyed the concept to this one, with Brian and Stewie on a road trip back home to Rhode Island.

    One of my favorite scenes in the show's history comes from this episode, when Stewie attempts to call Lois by dialling all possible combinations in order. I absolutely adore that scene!

    I was quite taken aback when Brian's mom turned out to be a table. I found that odd!

    Overall, this episode will be remembered as one of the best. Probably one of my Top Five! Great job Family Guy, I hope we have more episodes like this one!
  • This is the first road adventure featuring Brian and Stewie as the main characters. The second is "Road to Europe"; the third is "Road to Rupert"; a fourth is expected in 2008, titled "Road to Germany."

    This is the first road adventure featuring Brian and Stewie as the main characters. The second is "Road to Europe"; the third is "Road to Rupert"; a fourth is expected in 2008, titled "Road to Germany."

    Defantly a series classic that started off a long line a classic Road to episodes.The episode begins with Brian visiting his psychiatrist, where he reveals that he was born in a puppy mill and the circumstances under which he was taken from his mother as a puppy. Afterwards, Brian volunteers to pick up Stewie from his vacation at his grandparents' summer home in Palm Springs, California, where Stewie frames a maid to amuse himself at dinner. At the airport bar, Brian gets very drunk and when Stewie comes to retrieve him their plane tickets are stolen. They stop at a rundown motel. Stewie tries calling home, but fails because he believes his phone number is 867-5309. The next day, they have to escape and hijack a car because their credit card was rejected. In order to get home Stewie and Brian masquerade as crop dusters in order to steal a plane, which they immediately wreck. As the pair continue hitchhiking back to Quahog, they pass by a puppy mill near Austin, Texas, Brian's birthplace. Upon arrival they discover that Brian's mother was stuffed and turned into a table by the puppy mill owners as a memorial. With Stewie's reluctant help, Brian gives his mother a proper burial. While eulogizing Brian's mother, Stewie gives an unusual retelling of the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac. The pair eventually complete their journey home by riding in an open boxcar where they perform a musical duet.

    Meanwhile, Lois urges Peter to watch relationship videos with her, but the videos turn out to be pornography hosted by Dr. Amanda Rebecca (who says that this part of the tape is only for the men) thus leading to the porno. She strips in her videos and says sexual phrases. Peter is initially reluctant but later becomes addicted to the videos, much to Lois' chagrin. She manages to get herself on the end of one of the tapes in black lingerie and manages to entice Peter. While kissing, Peter rewinds the tape, playing the part of Lois taking her robe off over and over.

    When Stewie and Brian return home, Brian is thankful to Stewie for all he's done, and asks Stewie if there's anything he can do to repay him. At first it appears that Stewie wishes to make him his servant by providing an example with an episode of The Brady Bunch, though it turns out that Stewie wants Brian to tape that episode for him.

    Defantly in my top 5 epsiodes.
  • One of the best.

    When Brian offers to pick up Stewie from his Grandma and Grandpa's house, they miss their plane back and go on a cross-country journey back home. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois attempt to rekindle their relationship with some marriage videos.

    This episode did not look promising from the strat, but as the episode progressed it was hilarious and it had an amazing plot. This is without a doubt a must see for all true Family Guy fans. This episode shows how great Family Guy can be, and just exactly what this show is all about. All and all and amazing episode.
  • One of the best

    This episode is on e of family guys best efforts and it clearly shows. This episode pairs stewie and brian togetherwhen brian offers to collect stewie from his grandparents. After losing the plane tickets they are forced to go on a cross-country journey to Rhode Island. The episode dealves into brians past when they discover the farm where he was born. The musical number is the climax of the episode and has become a running joke between stewie and brian (they have performed on numerous trips.) This is one of my favourite episodes and I love all of the episodes starroing brian and stewie.
  • My favorite episode. ;)

    This one's long, so be prepared, lol.

    Pretty cool that this is also Seth's favorite. Anyway, there are so many things I love about this episode. First, it's a Brian plot (my favorite character). Second, the plot is one of the most well-written stories of this series-Brian recalls being abandoned by his mother as a puppy, and so to clear his head, he goes to Palm Springs to pick up Stewie from his grandparents' house in California (I can only imagine it's a summer home or something; they live in Newport). Anyway, the unlikely duo ends up stranded at the airport when they leave their bags unattended. Forced to spend the night at a crummy motel, they are chased out the next morning because of a bad credit card. With nowhere to stay, Brian and Stewie are forced to go on a road trip to get back home. Along the way, a bunch of crazy stuff happens, and eventually they make their way to Austin, where Brian was born. Feeling that fate brought him back here for a reason, Brian convinces Stewie to go to the old puppy mill with him where he reunites with his past and his old owners. Brian is shocked to learn that his mother has been dead for a year and is now stuffed and used as an end table. Determined to give his mother a proper burial, Brian (and Stewie) take Biscuit to a local park and bury her stuffed body. They catch a train back home, and along the way, they break into song. Meanwhile, back at home, Lois urges Peter to watch communication tapes with her to help improve their marriage. However, when the wife is asked to leave the room, the doctor (Dr. Rebecca) reveals herself (as much as permittable by primetime television) to her male audience, and forces them to buy more tapes if they want to see more skin. Eventually Lois finds out and records over the tape with a video of her own, much to Peter's surprise one night. But she undresses herself as well, telling Peter if he "wanted to see a woman acting nasty, you shoulda told me....", which Peter gladly replays over and over while making love to his wife.

    Both the plot and subplot were excellent and hilarious. This episode proves that Family Guy can have a solid, meaningful plot and still deliver numerous laughs. Of course I loved how Brian's past was expanded upon and how he has been harboring feelings of abandonment for a long time. This episode (as did Brian: Portrait of a Dog and Brian in Love) showed that Brian is in fact a very complex character behind all of the sarcasm and martinis (although there was plenty of the latter in this episode, lol), and maybe now we know why he has been drinking so much throughout the show. And it was nice how he eventually ended up back at his birthplace and made peace with his mother.

    But this episode certainly would not have been what it was had Stewie not been in it. Up until now, Brian and Stewie's relationship had not been shown other than as one of loathing and rivalry. But in Road to Rhode Island, it is shown that, although they still argue and make jabs at each other, they are in fact friends who care about each other more than they would like to admit, and this episode really laid the groundwork for the banter and adventures that the two characters would have in seasons to come. They had many memorable scenes together in this episode: when Stewie finds Brian drunk in the airport bar, the scenes in the motel, the car ride where they were playing Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon, when they arrive in Austin, Biscuit's funeral, and of course, their ending song. Clever and funny, "Road to Rhode Island" (the song) was a nice treat that showed (again, lol) how much fun Brian and Stewie have together and how much fun they can generate for the audience as a comedy duo. They certainly gained a lot more respect for each other after this episode, if not having developed a sort of friendship.

    But don't think this episode was all plot and character development. Some of the series' funniest moments were in this one, such as those mentioned above and Peter watching Dr. Rebecca strip on screen. The scene with the pilot who was being fired by his brother/father for "planting [his] seed in [his] daughter's belly" was funny. I loved the scene with the illegal Mexican immigrants, lol. And Stewie reciting a eulogy for Biscuit that at first had nothing to do with her, then went on about how she was a sturdy table (at which point Brian told him to just stop). Again, the song was great. Another thing, I have always wanted to go on a road trip (like cross-country), so seeing something like that on Family Guy really made me smile. I honestly can't think of anything wrong with this episode, so it gets a 10 in my book. If you like a little character development mixed in with your typical Season 1-3 laugh-out-loud moments, look no further than this classic.
  • In this episode we find out more about Brian's past.

    In this episode we find out more about Brian's past. Apparently, he could talk even as a new born!! He was raised in Austin but was suddenly taken away from his mother. Seven years later, after picking up Stewie from Lois' parents' house...err mansion, Brian and Stewie's flight tickets get stolen so they had to pass through Austin, Brian's birthplace. He finds out that Biscuit (Brian's real mother) died and got stuffed because the dog raisers wanted to keep her with them. So Brian and Stewie sneak out, taking Biscuit with them and give her a proper burial. This episode is very excting and the song at the end is hilarious!!

    Aren't you too young to be travelling? Aren't you a bit too old to be wearing braces!?
  • Can't get any better than this!

    I don't usually watch 'Family Guy' but I'm telling you this episode was darn hilarious!
    Let's begin at the beginning. The dog whatever his name is has been abandoned by his mum and is told to seek revenge!
    Look I don't know all their names but I'll just call him little kid. The little kid decided to steal a necklace off someone whom he was close to funny! The dog got drunk at the airport, the little kid performed a dance while his bag full of GUNS went through security, the people watched! Love every minute of it.
    Then an indian comes through doing the same thing but even funnier.

    My favorite part was just after that when some tourist came to the kid and said "Aren't you a little young to be travelling?". The kid replies:"Aren't you a little old for braces?" HA HA Ha Ha! Then the dog and the boy discover the bags gone, so oviously the security knew about his little trick back at security. Entering the gate to the aircraft was exciting.
    The boy threw the baby out of the pram and put himself in there. The mother noticed "Hey!" and out goes the kid back goes the baby.

    "That was my plan what is yours?" The end. That's all I saw unfortunetly because I was taping 'The Amazing Race-All Stars' and this was after it. I only caught a small part of it. But I'll be sure to tape the next episode because we're I'm living (find out in my profile) the show starts at 11.30pm too late! But I love Family Guy anyway, I'll buy all the seasons when I can because I just love it!
  • I just love this episode...

    This episode was so funny. It centers on Stewie and Brian as they try to make their way home from Stewie's grandparents house.

    Having lost their plane tickets back home Brian and Stewie are forced to find an alternate route home. They end up staying at a hotel, which ends up being really funny. And the hotel manager ends up chasing the duo with a "blunt object" forcing them to steal a car to try to make their way back to Rhode Island.

    The episode climaxes when Stewie and Brian stow away on a train. A hilarious song follows and the two grow closer together and have a great time.

    Over all it is a great episode and really really funny.
  • Funny,very funny: )

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    I can't take my self to do that. He's really very sweet. Their (stewie and brain's) road stories are always funny. Especially their musical show. Their clothes are wonderful. My favorite is Stewie's cheerleader uniform: )
  • MAIN PLOT:The episode begins with Brian in therapy. He recalls his early life at a puppy mill, and being taken away from his mother. His therapist tells him that he has abandonment issues. Back at home, Bri

    Best Episode Ever...

    The episode begins with Brian in therapy. He recalls his early life at a puppy mill, and being taken away from his mother. His therapist tells him that he has abandonment issues.
    Back at home, Brian volunteers to go pick Stewie up from Palm Springs, where he is visiting his grandparents. Stewie is less than impressed to see him, but they both go to the airport, where Brian eventually gets drunk at the airport lounge. When Stewie goes to get him to the flight, he leaves the bags unattended and they get stolen, and so did the plane tickets. Brian and Stewie are stranded in Palm Springs.
    Lois buys a video designed to help her and Peter's marriage. Peter is less than enthusiastic, until he actually watches one (with Lois having been told to leave the room) only to find it's a porno video, and the host sucks Peter into buying more videos to see more skin.
    MAIN PLOT: Stewie and Brian wake up to find their credit card has been declined and they get kicked out of the hotel. After stealing a car, they escape to a truck stop, where their car gets impounded. They manage to escape, but they have no transport. Brian (over Stewie's protests) calls Lois and tells her he exchanged their plane tickets for train tickets and they'll come in ten days.
    They jump on a truck filled with Mexican immigrants, and arrive in Austin, Brian's birthplace. Brian claims that "fate brought me here for reasons unknown."
    Brian travels to his childhood home, where he learns that his mother's dead. To add insult to injury, she is now eing used as a table. Brian decides his mother deserves a proper funeral. He and Stewie take her to a park, where they dig a hole and bury her.
    SUBPLOT: Peter has bought several of the relationship videos. When Lois realises what he is doing, she records over the video a sexy clip of herself. Peter sees this, and is imediately attracted. He and Lois start making out.
    Brian and Stewie are on a rail car, where they muse over the journey before eventually bursting into song.
  • The Brian and Stewie interactions on Family Guy is one of the best on all comedy shows. They interact so well and play off eachother's characters in the show perfectly.

    This is one of the older episodes of Family Guy, but it's still one of my favorites through five seasons. Brian and Stewie are amazing together, their characters play so well off eachother and make it so fun and funny to watch. Fox ended up cutting a scene out of this episode during the Airport scene. It wasn't a huge part of the show, or even the plot being discussed at the current time in the show. But they did allow another airplane related story stay on the air when they allowed the part in another episode with Peter taking over Death's duties and having to kill the crew of Dawson's Creek onboard an airplane that goes down (but doesn't really crash). Stewie meeting Brian's mother had funny moments involved in it as well, as well as the burial when Brian asked him to say the words for him.
  • I haven't even seen this episode. I have seen the song and dance number, though.

    Ah well. Here's the lyrics again:
    We're off on the road to Rhode Island We're having the time of our lives. Stewie: Take it dog... Brian: We're quite a pair of partners, Just Like Thelma and Louise. 'cept you're not six feet tall Stewie: Yes and your breasts don't reach your knees. Brian: Give it time. We're off on the road to Rhode Island, We're certainly going in style. Brian: I'm with an intellectual, who craps inside his pants. Stewie: How dare you. At least I don't leave urine stains on all the household plants. Brian: Oh, pee jokes We've travelled a bit and we've found, Like a masochist in Newport we're Rhode Island bound. Brian: Crazy travel conditions, huh? Stewie: First class or no class Brian: Woa, careful with that joke, it's an antique We're off on the road to Rhode Island We're not going to stop until we're there (Brian: Maybe for a beer). Brian: Whatever dangers we may face, we'll never fear or cry Stewie: That's right, until we're syndicated Fox will never let us die (Please!) We're off on the road to Rhode Island, The home of that old campus swing. Brian: We may pick up some college girls, and picnic on the grass. Stewie: We'd tell you more, but we'd have the censors on our ass. (Yikes!) We're off on the road to Rhode Island We certainly do get around. Like a bunch of renegade pilgrims Who are thrown out of Plymouth colony. We're Rhode Island bound. Or like a group of College Freshmen who were rejected by Harvard and forced to go to Brown.
  • An excellent episode with an awesome musical number

    I really love this episode, simply because it stars my two favourite characters, Brian and Stewie. They make a great team and the best dynamic in the whole show. I was very impressed with the song they made, because I was laughing all the way through it! The plot was good, and the humour is great as usual. I think they should more Brian/Stewie duo episodes because they are the best!

    DEFINITELY recommended to anyone who has a sense of humour!

    This episode is really cool, Brian goes to pick up Stewie as he believes that he needs to do something to entertain himself so he goes up to pick up Stewie, on their way to the plane, Stewie accidentally abandons the bag so they are forced to go on train toward Quahog which makes things a lot much more funnier, and finally Brian learns the truth about why did his mother abandoned him, and it turns out to be better than what he thought of...
  • Certainly one of the best episodes of Family Guy.

    The Road to Rhode Island is one of the best episodes of Family Guy ever. It's just one of those episodes that make you feel good inside. Brian finally reunited with his mother, whos stuffed, it's a sad moment. Brian and Stewie sing on the train ride back... a very catchy song. Meanwhile, Peter is watching awesome tapes of a stripping doctor or something. It's hilarious.
  • I never knew Biscuit as a dog but I did know her as a table. She was sturdy, all four legs the same length...

    There are so many great lines from Stewie ("Oh, there's only one way to end this... HE'S WEARING A WIRE!"), Brian ("He's too young to put a seed in your daughter's belly and I'm of a different species"), Peter ("This is the part for men only!), Chris ("Get out of my head!") and Meg ("is it kitty?") though not all of them were on the Road to Rhode Island.

    Stewie is probably the funniest character in this episode because he manages to make Brian's life a complete hell by pointing out the obvious, riding Brian like a horse and insulting his dead mother.

    Overall, this episode was pulled off very well and is a definite classic.
  • Brian goes to pick up Stewie from the Grandparents' home. Rupert, yes...Rupert was supposed to watch the bags at the airport which sends Brian and Stewie on an adventure. An adventure on the Road to Rhode Island!

    This is undoubtably everyone's episode of Family Guy when they think of Family Guy. Maybe its because it was one of the episode's on Adult Swim that was played the most. Almost too much if you ask me...if it weren't Family Guy, I'd probably be sick of the episode. Since it is Family Guy, the value lasts much longer than your average comedy. The most famous pop culture allusion to this is Tommy Tutone. When Stewie doesn't remember any other number because all he can think of is 867-5309. The whole episode is centered around a Bing Crosby and Bobe Hope of a similar name; Road to Morroco. Of course as Seth McFarlene would say, that only 1% would actually catch that.
  • Brian and Stewie takes a trip to hilarity.

    One of my favorite episodes with two of my favorite characters: Brian and Stewie. My favorite part is where they sing their song on their way back home. The runner-up is the scene where Stewie tries to call home by dialing 1-1-1-1-1-1-1. Worth watching if you love Brian and Stewie and Peter and Lois becuase they have a subplot about a very intriguing marriage relationship tape.
  • Brian and Stewie takes a trip to hilarity.

    One of my favorite episodes with two of my favorite characters: Brian and Stewie. My favorite part is where they sing their song on their way back home. The runner-up is the scene where Stewie tries to call home by dialing 1-1-1-1-1-1-1. Worth watching if you love Brian and Stewie and Peter and Lois becuase they have a subplot about a very intriguing marriage relationship tape.
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