Family Guy

Season 7 Episode 6

Tales of a Third Grade Nothing

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 16, 2008 on FOX
7.0
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Peter is forced to go back to the third grade to try and qualify for a promotion at work. Meanwhile, Brian opens a bar with Frank Sinatra Jr, where they employ Stewie to make it a hotspot.

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  • Okay, this episode was just crossing the line.

    1.0
    Peter is forced to go back to the third grade to try and qualify for a promotion at work. Meanwhile, Brian opens a bar with Frank Sinatra Jr, where they employ Stewie to make it a hotspot.

    Brian singing was boring, but really, blowing up a children's hospital, and an abortion joke. What the hell? That is crossing the line, Family Guy.



    1/10
  • A little underrated episode...

    8.0
    This episode was great. I don't get the hate for this episode if there's like10 parts that made me laugh. I understand that some of the jokes in this episode was offensive, but that doesn't means it's bad. Peter's plot is good, but my favorite. The cutaway when Peter got the air balloon and crashes on Cleveland's house was funny. The robot beating Peter up was super funny. The clap contest cutaway was funny as well. Quagmire's part was very funny. As for Brian/Stewie/Frank Sinatra Jr. plot, it was ok, but boring in a few parts. Bruce's cameo was funny. Emperor Palpatine's part was funny as well. John Madden's wedding video business (since it was referenced in this plot) was pretty much the funniest cutaway for this episode. Stewie on the channel 5 news was funny as well. Gazelle's part was hilarious ("You're gonna hear from my lawyer." "I don't have a lawyer.") Andy Dick showing up was hilarious as well. Overall, this episode did has like 10 laughs for me, but it could have been better in some parts. 8/10moreless
  • It's time to stop kicking the corpse and cancel Family Guy.

    2.5
    This is not the Family Guy Seth MacFarlane created back in the 1990's. What we're seeing now is a lazily scripted show which relies completely on repetitive, predictable, randomly-placed cutaways to provide the comedy, and failing even at that.



    In trying too hard to emulate the qualities that made other animated comedies successful (the in-your-face violence and gross-out jokes of Drawn Together; the randomness of Sealab 2021 and ATHF, the f***-you-all social commentary and bad taste of South Park) the Family Guy writers have drained the show of its original good-natured goofy humour.



    Family Guy is simply not funny any more. Seth needs to either give it up completely, or make his team watch Life of Larry and seasons 1-3 over again until they understand what made Family Guy funny in the first place.moreless
  • It was funny for the most part

    8.5
    I thought that this was a mostly funny episode of "Family Guy". The thing that I didn't like in this episode though was that they made jokes about children's hospital and abortion. I also didn't like it when they were being racist about that kid Omar such as when Tom Tucker couldn't pronounce his last name and a few more. This is a cartoon so it was kind of funny when Peter accidentally the children's hospital but it was wrong for Seth MacFarlane to make jokes like that. Despite some things that this episode was making jokes about, I was laughing hard most of the time during this episode. Peter having to go back to the third grade just to get that promotion was a very funny idea. The cutaway that indoor hot air balloon and then Cleveland's bathtub was funny. To be honest, I don't think the joke with Cleveland falling down in the bathtub will ever get old for me and it always cracks me up. The cutaway with Peter and Cleveland doing that last clap contest was funny. The children looking like Quagmire was hilarious. It was very funny when the little girl was showing her barbie doll for show and tell and then Peter says "Oh my god, who cares". The Michael Jackson cutaway was absolutely hilarious. The Looney Tunes' character Yosemite Sam cutaway was very funny. The Abraham Lincoln cutaway was also funny. I also liked the subplot when Frank Sinatra Jr. and Brian's club was going out of business so Stewie turns it into some night club. Everyone leaving the night club after Andy Dick shows up was very funny. The ending was also great when Brian and Frank Sinatra Jr. were singing that song. Peter winning the third grade spelling bee by spelling the word "lesbians" was very funny. The ending was also funny when the judge said that Peter is released from prison next Sunday at 9pm for exploding the children's hospital and then Peter thumbs up (which is the time they show "Family Guy"). Overall, despite some of the jokes about abortion, children's hospital, and the jokes about that kid Omar, this was a great and mostly funny episode of "Family Guy". 8.5/10moreless
  • Not really funny at all

    5.0
    Peter is determined to get a higher job at the brewery, but before he gets it, he must repeat the third grade, because he failed it. Meanwhile, Brian and Frank Sinatra Jr. open up The cabana club again, and no one wants to hear Big Band music anymore, so Stewie helps them to make the club more hip, and calls it pLace.



    This episode was terrible. There was only one scene that was funny, and that was The executive bathroom scene, with Jurassic Park music. I also liked the cutaway with John Wilkes Booth, and Abraham Lincoln.



    Overall Grade: 50%/D-



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Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (Production Season 2+)

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Cleveland/Herbert/Performance Artist/Greased-Up Deaf Guy (and various)

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Himself

Guest Star

Bob Barker

Bob Barker

Himself

Guest Star

Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford

Voice

Guest Star

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Angela

Recurring Role

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Diane

Recurring Role

Alex Breckenridge

Alex Breckenridge

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Peter uses a hot air balloon to move his house, it crashes Cleveland's house, which results in Cleveland's bathtub gag again. But before the gag, his garage has a yellow exterior wall instead of the normal pink.

    • In this episode, Peter is required to pass the third grade, but in "And the Wiener is..." Peter passes fourth grade just before he goes hunting with Chris, meaning he must have passed the third grade prior to that.

    • We learn that Quagmire possibly has three illegitimate children.

    • The Quahog Elementary School is named Martin Mull Elementary.

    • Despite Peter's court sentence, the next episode won't be airing "Next Sunday at 9" as 24: Redemption took it's place on a two-hour timeslot at 8pm, a week after this episode's FOX airdate.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (when Peter's hot air balloon house crashes Cleveland's house)
      Cleveland: No, no, no, no, no, no, noooo! (Lands on the ground) I can't feel my legs!
      Joe: Welcome to the party, pal!
      Cleveland: No wait, there they are.
      Joe: Oooh.

    • Peter: (upon winning the spelling bee) I did it, Lois! Oh my god, I did it!
      Lois: You sure did, Peter. I'm so proud of you.
      Chris: Way to go, dad!
      Meg: Yeah. You're a smart fella, dad.
      Peter: And you're a fart smeller, Meg! (puts her head next to his butt and farts)

    • Peter: Angela, I did it. I finished the third grade. I'm ready for my promotion.
      Angela: Griffin! You blew up a childrens hospital. You're going to jail!
      Peter: What?!
      Angela: What, you think everybody just forgot about that? There was an investigation, fingerprints, forensic reports. 19 children died Peter and the FBI knows it was you.
      Later that day at the courthouse
      Judge: Mister Griffin this court finds you guilty and sentences you to 7 days in prison. You will be out next sunday at nine.
      (Peter turns around and gives a thumbs up)

    • Tom Tucker: Our next contestant is Peter Griffin. Peter your word is tree.
      Peter: Can you use it in a sentence please.
      Tom Tucker: There is a tree by the lake.
      Peter: Huh.. can you use it in a dirty sentence?
      Tom Tucker: I like to bring transient hookers to the old oak tree where I asphyxiate myself at the same time I watch them have sex with each other.
      Peter: T-R-E-E tree.

    • Tom Tucker: Our next spelling bee contestant is Omar mahajareefa.. something..septembereleventhy.

    • (Peter Is On The Exective Bathroom Toilet)
      Peter: Well, This Is Peaceful.

  • NOTES (1)

    • For the first 6 episodes of this season, the show was nominated for the 2009 People's Choice Award for Favorite Animated Comedy.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Stewie falling while stomping on grapes and the news crew deadpan reactions as a reference to an incident when Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Melissa Sander suffered the same disaster.

    • Frank Sinatra Jr. calls the DJ at the club Maynard G. Krebs. This was a character on the sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

    • Jurassic Park

      Peter's helicopter ride to Executive Bathroom Island was a play on the 1993 film Jurassic Park.

    • Tales of a Third Grade Nothing

      The title of this episode is a parody of the Judy Blume book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

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