Family Guy

Season 2 Episode 10

Running Mates

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 2000 on FOX
8.2
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When Lois decides to run for the local school board, Peter runs against her in effort to get his favorite teacher reinstated. Peter and his supporters start a negative campaign against Lois, including a bunch of lies and even sexy pictures of her. Peter's mudslinging works and he is elected. Peter starts some strange policies, including armed robots taking over for hall monitors. The new policies backfire after Chris is caught bringing inappropriate magazines to school. Peter must then think of a way to get Lois back and regain his reputation with the town of Quahog.moreless

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  • Peter runs against Lois for a local school

    8.0
    When Lois decides to run for the local school board, Peter runs against her in effort to get his favorite teacher reinstated. Peter and his supporters start a negative campaign against Lois, including a bunch of lies and even sexy pictures of her. Peter's mudslinging works and he is elected. Peter starts some strange policies, including armed robots taking over for hall monitors. The new policies backfire after Chris is caught bringing inappropriate magazines to school. Peter must then think of a way to get Lois back and regain his reputation with the town of Quahog. This episode was great. My only problems is the dragged parts, but other than that, it was a great episode ton watch. I laughed at Stewie's role throughout the episode, Chris getting caught, and some other parts that I didn't remember. Overall, a great episode, but it was just boring for most of the part. 8/10moreless
  • Good.

    7.5
    When Lois decides to run for the local school board, Peter runs against her in effort to get his favorite teacher reinstated. Peter and his supporters start a negative campaign against Lois, including a bunch of lies and even sexy pictures of her. Peter's mudslinging works and he is elected. Peter starts some strange policies, including armed robots taking over for hall monitors. The new policies backfire after Chris is caught bringing inappropriate magazines to school. Peter must then think of a way to get Lois back and regain his reputation with the town of Quahog.



    What I liked "I'm going to eat your nose", the candy filled lung of the clown, "Lois Griffin, is a slut!"



    An okay episode



    7.5/10moreless
  • Not the best Season 2 episode but it was overall great

    8.5
    I thought that this was a great Season 2 episode of "Family Guy". It wasn't my favorite episode but it was overall great and I really enjoyed it. It was hilarious when there was a studio audience in the beginning of the episode. Chris being suspended for peeking at the girls' locker room was pretty funny. It was also very funny when Peter gave Chris his playboy magazines. Stewie showing that he misses Lois was very funny and it was funny when Brian said to Stewie "Mama's boy". The cutaways with Peter and his favorite science teacher were very funny. Peter's presidential video for the school was hilarious especially when he showed the sexual photo of Lois and it spreads all over the news. I laughed at some other parts as well but I don't remember. The rest of the episode was pretty good but it could have been better. Peter confessing to everyone that he gave the playboy magazines to the whole school was good to see and that Lois forgives Peter for embarrassing her. The ending was funny as well. My score was just a little low because some parts were boring and could have been better. Overall, this was a great episode of "Family Guy". 8.5/10moreless
  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the show family guy louis wants to run for the school board position and peter does also to reinstate his old teacher. and he does win by using dirty politics that cause louis to be seen is sexy photos and lies about her. and then he gets in and he starts using some weird polices like having robots take over for hall monitors and then chris gets cautght bringing dirty magaizens into school and peter must figure out away to get louis back in and get his rep back this was a good ep that had some funny momentsmoreless
  • A really good episode!

    9.5
    In this Family Guy episode, Lois becomes the lone candidate in the race for school board president; that is, until Peter joins the campaign as a contestant.



    I loved the dirty moves that Peter used to get himself elected. I also really loved Mr. Fargess, or whatever the teacher's name was. What a great teacher!



    This episode was packed with great laughs and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it again and again. The episode certainly deserves to be credited as one of the best.



    I also loved the plot to the story in this one. It was set out clearly, and it was very interesting to follow.



    Keep it up, Family Guy!moreless
Seth Green

Seth Green

Chris (and various)

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert

Meg (Production Season 1) [uncredited]

Patrick Bristow

Patrick Bristow

Hector

Guest Star

Lee Majors

Lee Majors

Himself

Guest Star

Dwight Schultz

Dwight Schultz

Randall Fargus

Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Diane

Recurring Role

Wally Wingert

Wally Wingert

Various

Recurring Role

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Stewie: Oh dear, look where my hand is. I said look where my hand is. It's in a very naughty place. (Brian sees that Stewie has his finger up his nose) Does this not disgust you?
      Brian: Kid you're talking to a guy who uses his tongue for toilet paper.

    • Brian: What's the matter? Miss your mommy?
      Stewie: (laughing) Oh, yes. Yes. That's it. That's quite good. I miss my mommy. I also miss colick and rectal thermometry.
      Brian: Whatever you say... Mama's boy.
      Stewie: Blast!

    • Peter: (reading speech papers) A parent giving porno to their kid is a terrible thing, but I'm here to tell you I'm innocent. (The people in the audience begin to disbelieve him.) I didn't give those magazines to my son. My wife... my wife… Lois (His perspective--The people in audience morph into Lois, then see's Lois in the audience.) Lois! (He then sees James Carville.) Ahhh! (ditching speech papers) Aw, crap. My wife Lois is the most important person in the world to me. I gave my son those magazines. Even worse, I turned a beautiful gift from Lois into something cheap and tawdry. I just wanted to win so bad. But now I know there are some things more important than winning. Lois I only hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me.
      Lois: (with a respectful look) Oh, Peter.
      (She runs to the podium to kiss Peter and give him a hug.)

    • Brian: Uh, you guys, Chris's principal just called. Chris is in trouble.
      Studio Audience: Oooooh.
      Peter: Oh, that's it, I'm calling the cops.

    • Cleveland: There's quite a crowd outside. I haven't seen pandemonium like this since Ridiculous Day down at the deli, where prices were so low, they were ridiculous.

    • Peter: (About the School) When I'm done, our students will be so smart, they'll be able to program their VCRs without spilling piping hot gravy all over myself.

    • Peter: Ooh. (Grabs half of sandwich and holds it to his nose) I'm Lois. Look at me with my bright ideas and my pointy nose. Na-na-na-na-na-na-na.

    • Stewie: (thinking to himself) Splendid. How delightful it would be to have mother back.
      Brian: (thinking) I heard that.
      Stewie: (thinking) Damn!

    • Stewie: You should be out there giving speeches, shaking hands, kissing babies!
      (Lois kisses Stewie)
      Stewie: Not THIS baby!

    • Man: My Lord! All these kids are looking at pornography!
      Tricia Takanawa: What kind of pervert gave you kids this filth?
      Boy: Chris Griffin. He got it from his dad.
      (crowd stares at Peter)

    • (Chris and Meg are watching the campaign on television)
      Chris: Go, Dad!
      Meg: (turning to Chris) He can't hear you.
      Chris: (yelling at the television) Go, Dad!!!

    • Peter: (during the debate) Well, I-I have always cared deeply about young people. As a rich college bound student I once joined some underprivileged youths in saving a community center from being converted into a shopping mall. (crowd cheers)
      Lois: Peter, that wasn't you. That was Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo! You watched that last night... (crowd boos)

    • Peter: Hey, Lois, what's with the sign?
      Lois: Peter we discussed this, I'm running for school board. You never listen to me.
      Peter: Oh yeah, I remember. Hey Cleveland, hey Quagmire. (pauses) Hey, Lois, what's with the sign?

    • Peter: Well, a lot of nasty things have been said during this campaign. But pictures are better than words because some words are big and hard to understand.

    • Peter: Lois, you've left me no choice but to beat you the only way I know how. By killing you!...in the race for schoolboard president.

    • Peter: I know, you're a feminist, and I think that's adorable, but this is grown-up time now and I'm the man.

    • Lois: A woman is not an object.
      Peter: Your mother is right, son. Listen to what it says.
      Lois: Peter!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The sign outside the debate says on the top Tonight: Griffin Debate, and on the bottom, covered with a postponed label, Tomorrow: Procrastinators Convention.

    • Here is the definition of huguenot, that Peter described himself as. Webster's Dictionary defines huguenot as: a member of the French Reformed communion especially of the 16th and 17th centuries

    • During the end credits we see Peter's old teacher walking the hallway and being shot by the hall monitor robot.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Diff'rent Strokes

      Peter: ... the world don't move to the beat of just on drum. What might be right for you may not be right for some...

      Peter's opening statement for the debate contains the lyrics to the theme song from "Diff'rent Strokes."

    • One Day at a Time

      Peter: Ah. No, this is it. This is life, the one you get so go and have a ball.

      Peter's opening statement for the debate begins with the lyrics to the theme song from "One Day at a Time".

    • Richard Nixon

      After Peter resigns as school board president, he boards a helicopter with Lois and turns around to give a salute, the same way Richard Nixon did after his resignation.

    • Peter, during his debate against Lois, closes his speech with the phrase, "Sit Ubu, Sit. Good dog." This is a reference to UBU Productions' closing line, featuring a photo of Ubu Roi the Dog holding a Frisbee in his mouth.

    • Tricia: Mr. President, you've accomplished so much in just a few short weeks.
      Peter: Thanks, Connie.

      Peter mistakes Tricia Takanawa for Asian broadcast journalist Connie Chung.

    • Peter: She freed Willie Horton...

      This is a jab at Michael Dukakis, who was once a supporter of the furlough program for prisoners. This resulted in convicted murderer Willie Horton receiving a weekend furlough, who used this opportunity to rape a local woman after nearly killing her fiancé.

    • My Fair Lady

      Stewie sings "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" when talking about Lois.
      Rex Harrison sings the same song in the movie "My Fair Lady."

    • The Monday Night Debate sign on TV is a spoof of Monday Night Football on ABC.

    • Singers: Vagina junction, what's your function? Taking in sperm and spitting out babies.
      This is a parody of Schoolhouse Rock's famous "conjunction junction" song.

    • The Facts of Life Peter: You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have...my opening statement.
      Peter's opening statement for the debate ends with the lyrics to the "Facts of Life" theme song.

    • ED-209

      ED-209: You have five seconds to show me a hall pass.
      This is a reference to the movie RoboCop. The ED-209 was an automated enforcement unit that would say "You have 10 Seconds to Comply" before pumping the perp full of bullets.

    • Lois: Winning without honor isn't really winning at all. Isn't that right, Milli?
      Refers to the Best New Artist Grammy scandal. Milli Vanilli won the grammy in 1990, but then it was revealed that they actually did NOT sing on their album.

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