Family Guy

Season 4 Episode 16

The Courtship of Stewie's Father

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lois thinks Stewie is trying to kill her due to his lack of quality time with his father, so she orders Peter to spend more time with Stewie. Meanwhile Chris starts a friendship with Herbert.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Great episode

    For once, Stewie is paired with his dad instead of Brian (who is rather absent here) as the two bond together. And we have a Chris plot when he has to work for Herbert, the old neighbor.

    What's good here ? Seeing Stewie interract with another family member than Brian, the pranks Peter plays on Lois, the musical number sung by Herbert, the final chase scene.

    Nothing really bad here.moreless
  • A few flaws but I can handle it.

    Not in anyway a classic but its a good episode and fans of the show such as myself will enjoy it.
  • Peter and Stewie spend more with each other; Chris has to do chore after he hit a baseball at Herbert's window

    Lois thinks Stewie is trying to kill her due to his lack of quality time with his father, so she orders Peter to spend more time with Stewie. Meanwhile Chris starts a friendship with Herbert. Another nitpicked episode. I didn't enjoyed the subplot with Chris/Herbert but I laughed at Chris hitting the baseball at Herbert's window and he has to do chores. As the main plot, everything (including the cutaways) were hilarious especially the Peanut Butter Jelly Time part. Other funny parts were Stewie trying to kill Lois, Peter and Stewie hitting Lois, most of the parts during the Disney World,etc. Overall a funny episode. 10/10moreless
  • A great episode.

    Lois thinks Stewie is trying to kill her due to his lack of quality time with his father, so she orders Peter to spend more time with Stewie. Meanwhile Chris starts a friendship with Herbert.

    I liked the whole episode, except Herbert's unnecessary song near the end.

  • Everything in this episode made me laugh so hard except for the Chris/Herbert plot

    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "Family Guy" and it made me laugh so hard. The only thing that I did not find funny at all and actually found to be creepy and wrong was the Chris/Herbert subplot. I just didn't find that plot to be entertaining and Herbert sure is a gay and creepy old man. I am going to let the Chris/Herbert plot slide and not take away any points since everything in this episode made me laugh very hard. Stewie attempting to kill Lois and fails at the beginning of the episode was hilarious. Peter and Stewie spending quality time with each other by hurting Lois was hilarious. Brian's "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" was absolutely hilarious. Peter ans Stewie going to Disney World so Stewie won't be mad at Peter anymore was also very funny. Peter talking to the crows from "Dumbo" was funny. The line "Look, it's like Michael Jackson is after me" and then Michael Jackson jumped off the screen and grabs the kid in the 3-D glasses was hilarious. It was hilarious that Stewie had to sing "It's a Tiny World" (reference to "It's a Small World") or else he is forced to do a Christmas movie with Tim Allen. Everything else in this episode except for the Chris/Herbert plot just made me laugh non-stop. Overall, a hilarious episode of "Family Guy". 10/10moreless
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)

Mo Collins

Mo Collins

Ms. Hobson

Guest Star

JJ Snyder

JJ Snyder

Penelope Cruz

Guest Star

Hunter Gomez

Hunter Gomez


Guest Star

Adam West

Adam West

Mayor Adam West

Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr


Recurring Role

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Peter: Stewie, I know you're a little mad at me right now, but when you see where I'm taking you you're gonna change your mind.
      Stewie: Oh, yeah right, I'm gonna change my mind. We just sat on a plane for three hours to come to Florida, God's waiting room, for who knows what...
      (a sign appears saying "Disney World: 5 Miles")
      Stewie: (begins bouncing off the walls, literally) OH, DISNEY WORLD! DISNEY WORLD! OH, OH, I WANNA GO TO DISNEY WORLD! DISNEY WORLD! DISNEY WORLD! OH! OH! OH! (stops bouncing around when he notices he's holding Peter's head, then gets back to pouting in his seat) I'm still mad at you.

    • Peter: Have you my son?
      Dumbo Crow: Well, I done seen just about everything, but I ain't never seen your boy, no way, no how!
      Peter: That's good, old-fashioned family racism.

    • Lois: Peter, we need to talk about your son.
      Peter: Which one? The fat one, or the funny lookin' one?
      Chris: (laughs at Stewie) Dad called you fat! Wait...

    • Lois: All I'm saying is that you just need to find an activity that you and Stewie can share. Oh, Peter can you reach that box of rice? (Peter accidentally knocks the box of rice on Lois' head.)
      Peter: Oh, sorry Lois. (Stewie starts to laugh).
      Stewie: Oh, oh, that rice got you bitch.
      Peter: Hey, Stewie's laughing. Hey, you think that's funny? You like that? Hey, hey Lois you want some beans with that rice? (Peter throws a tin of beans at Lois, Peter and Stewie laughs).
      Stewie: Oh, oh, I missed judged you fat man.
      Lois: Dammit Peter, what's wrong with you?!
      Peter: Wait, wait, wait, Lois don't move, Stewie's loving this. (Peter throws a jar of pickles at Lois, Stewie laughs).
      Stewie: Oh, see if she's got any cash on her.

    • Herbert: Well Jessie I guess we gotta find some other way to spend our evenings.
      TV announcer: And now back to ESPN's exclusive coverage of the little league world series.
      Herbert: Ohhh JACKPOT!

    • Lois: Peter did you take Stewie to a strip club? he smells like Sweat and fear.
      Stewie: Ughh let me tell you Tuesday afternoon is not exactly their "A" squad, I actually saw bullet wounds.

    • Brian: Great idea bringing Stewie to Fenway park Peter.
      Peter: Yeah there's no better place for a father and son to really get to know each other then a ball game.
      Brian: Ah where is Stewie?
      (Cut to Stewie sweating and stuck in the car in the parking lot with all the windows up)
      Woman: Is that a baby in there?!
      Man: Oh My God... He's gonna miss the game.

    • Stewie: Well I suppose it's not the first time someones made a miscalculation.
      (Cut away to Back to the future)
      Marty: What happens to us in the future Doc?
      Doc: It's your kids Marty somethings gotta be done about your kids!
      Marty: What do you mean?
      Doc: Your daughter marries a black man!!
      Marty: That's actually not a big deal for me
      Jennifer: Yeah me neither
      Doc: Wha-it-wha-it-you...Really?
      Marty:Yeah I mean what's wrong with that?
      Doc: oh oh ah Nothing! nothing it's nothing I guess.. I think it's great! congratulations.
      Marty: I don't think I'm comfortable around you anymore.
      Doc: Did you know Peanut Butter was invented by a black man?
      Marty: Too late Doc.

    • Lois: Miss Hobson Stewie's really been acting out a lot at home and I was just wondering how's he been behaving at school?
      Miss Hobson: Mrs Griffin let me show you some pictures he drew in class.
      (Flicks threw various pictures of Stewie killing Lois.)
      Miss Hobson: Notice anything unusual?
      Lois: I sure do, his father's not in any of them.
      Miss Hobson: Exactly.

    • Peter: That jerk Opie got employee of the month again, all because my boss hates me.
      Joe: Maybe you need to brown nose her a little bit Peter.
      Quagmire: Really? I thought you said she was ugly...Oh-oh-oh you-you-you mean kiss up to her.

    • Peter: Aww things were going so good for me and Stewie, but now he hates me again. Brian what should I do to win him back?
      Brian: That depends. Do you want my advice or are you just asking random questions again?
      Peter: What's a hypotenuse?

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • I Love Lucy

      During Herbert's musical sequence, the family is watching an episode of I Love Lucy called "Job Switching"

    • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

      The chase scene is similar to the one in the movie "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," with Peter as Indy and Stewie as Short Round. Also, the exterior of the building from which they exit bears a resemblance to the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

    • Peter: ...why are you dressed like Rerun?

      This is a reference to the character Rerun from the late 70's show What's Happening!!

    • The Jungle Cruise

      The Jungle Cruise is a popular ride at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It consists of a boat ride with "wild" animals throughout the tour.

    • Dumbo

      When Peter asks the crows where Stewie went, the crows are from the 1941 Disney movie, Dumbo.

    • It's a Tiny World

      This is an allusion to the popular children's ride It's a Small World at The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

    • When Stewie mentions about another great error, the scene cuts into the opening scene of Back to the Future Part II, this is a reference to how the first Back to the Future ended. Zemeckis didn’t intend on having a sequel to the original and wrote the ending, about going to the future, as a joke. It was due to popular demand that Zemeckis decided to write a 2 part sequel to the original. But a great error he encountered was having the girlfriend along for the journey to the year 2015, when the adventures were mainly suppose to be about Marty and Doc. It was later corrected when Jennifer, Marty’s girlfriend, was left sleeping on a balcony in the alternate 1985, since after the time line gets corrected, everything will instantaneously change around Jennifer, which leaves Marty and Doc to time travel alone.

    • Captain EO
      Captain EO was a 3-D film shown at Disney's EPCOT Center in the Journey To Imagination pavilion until 1999, when it was replaced with Honey, I Shrunk The Audience the star of Captain EO is Michael Jackson he comes out of the screen and kidnaps a boy, a reference to the infamous trial about him.

    • Michael Eisner, the man who tries to rip out Peter's heart via an "Indiana Jones Chant","was chairman and CEO of the Disney Corporation until September of 2005.

    • Peanut Butter Jelly Time

      Brian: It's peanut butter jelly time!
      This is a reference to a very popular flash animation. Wherein a dancing banana does essentially the same thing. Even the text appears at the bottom of the screen just as in the original.

    • Herbert's song and dream sequence is nearly similar to the sequence "Somewhere that's Green" from Little Shop of Horrors (1986).

    • "Courtship of Eddies Father"

      The Title of this episode is a parody of the title of the movie and tv show "Courtship of Eddie's Father."