Family Guy

Season 4 Episode 18

The Father, The Son, and The Holy Fonz

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 18, 2005 on FOX
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When Peter’s dad visits the family, he tries to impose his religious beliefs on the family. But after a mixup with holy-water leaves Stewie in a bubble, Peter decides to form a church around his hero, The Fonz.

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  • Religious episode, but it was great

    When Peter's dad visits the family, he tries to impose his religious beliefs on the family. But after a mixup with holy-water leaves Stewie in a bubble, Peter decides to form a church around his hero, The Fonz. Although this episode is a religious one i kinda enjoyed it more than Holy crap. Francis was a tad better than he first appeared in that episode but still has his mean attuide. There isn't that much funny parts, but I kinda laughed most the parts with Stewie being in the bubble. There's at least 7-9 parts that were funny but I can not think of the rest. Overall, a great episodemoreless
  • Reeaaaaaaaaalyyyy boring.

    When Peter's dad visits the family, he tries to impose his religious beliefs on the family. But after a mixup with holy-water leaves Stewie in a bubble, Peter decides to form a church around his hero, The Fonz.

    I didn't like a single thing about this episode that much.

  • Wasn't that funny in my opinion but this episode was overall good

    I thought that this was just a good episode of "Family Guy". This episode did involve religion but it didn't offend me since it wasn't too far and actually tolerable unlike the later "Family Guy" episodes. Anyways, this episode wasn't that funny to me in my opinion. I didn't laugh that much in this episode. This episode definitely isn't bad and is also definitely not the best episode I've seen. I give this episode a good score because it is actually a good episode. Francis demanding that Stewie gets baptized was pretty funny. Stewie in that ball and that scene where Stewie is in the pinball game was very funny. The cutaway with Peter dancing as a cat was funny. I also thought the scene with Peter, Brian, and Francis talking about how stupid Madonna is was very funny. I don't think I laughed at anything else after that. this episode could have been better and it was getting a little boring in some parts. The end credits of this episode where they just play a record was good as well and it was enjoyable. So yes, this episode was pretty good for the most part but it could have improved so much more and could have added a little more humor. I did thoroughly enjoy this episode though. Overall, a good episode of "Family Guy" but it's not the best episode I've seen... I do think it's an enjoyable episode though. 7.5/10moreless
  • great

    francis griffin demands baby stewie be baptized. but, the water is tainted, and stewie needs to be isolated in a plastic bubble. peter is tired of his dad and his religious beliefs, so he makes his own religion; one based on the teachings of the Fonz. Can the rest of the Griffin put end to this nonsense?

    good episode. my grade is higher up than it should be probably, but i found this episode to be really hilarious. nearly every gag worked for me. so, because of all this, my overall grade for this episode would be somewhere in the "B" rangemoreless
  • THE funniest Family Guy episode EVER!

    My GOD, this episode is HILARIOUS!! I've never laughed so hard in my LIFE! The funniest part was Stewie telling the audience that old people were gross no matter how cute they try to make them look on Desperate Housewives. & then asking them to switch over to ABC & take a look to prove his point! CLASSIC F.G.!!

    My favorite moments in this episode are countless: The crack about Coby, the gay Jaws, Why the Holy Water was tainted, Jesus/Quantum Leap ("Jesus was a miracle worker, of sorts, he'd travel from place to place putting things right that once went wrong, & hoping each time that his next leap would be the LEAP home!!!!, Hindu red spot/vagina reference, Peter lost his virginity in a football game.

    Now THIS is what I call funny tv!!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)

Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley


Guest Star

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul


Guest Star

Amir Talai

Amir Talai

Hindu Man, Hippie, and Wedding Priest

Guest Star

Chris Cox

Chris Cox


Recurring Role

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)


Recurring Role

Gary Cole

Gary Cole


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Francis is nailing the crucifix to the wall in the kitchen, he uses the words cross and crucifix interchangeably. Being the devout man he is, he should know that they are different and he is in fact nailing a crucifix, not a cross because it has Jesus on it and is not a plain cross.

    • When Peter's church is finally open, in the back of the church during the first shot, you can see Quagmire, Cleveland, Joe and Bonnie, but when the shot zooms out and shows everybody, they are not there anymore.

    • When Peter puts up the sign on the barn, it's a rectangle, but in the next few shots of it, it's a square.

    • Gary Cole reprises his role as Bill Lumbergh from the movie Office Space.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Francis: (hanging up crucifix) There's no cross in here. Every kitchen needs a crucifix.
      Stewie: Oh yes, nothing says eat up like a bleeding, half-naked Jew nailed to a piece of wood.

    • Lois: (Holds up a "Church of the Fonz" poster) Peter, you've been posting these all over town. People are gonna think you're crazy.
      Peter: Hey, how'd you like to lose a bunch of teeth? Oh, I'm sorry, Lois, that was uncalled for. But that's what you get when you challenge someone's beliefs.

    • Brian: Do you really think that splashing "magic water" on Stewie is gonna keep him out of hell?
      Francis: Shut your heathen trap, or else you'll be gettin' a taste of me fist!
      Brian: That's very christian. "Believe what I say, or I'll hurt you".
      Francis: Now you're getting it! (Punches Brian)

    • Francis: (To Peter after the Church of the Fonz scene) Peter, your religion is an abomination! I never thought you could humiliate me more in a church than you did at your cousin Mary's wedding!
      (Cuts to a wedding scene)
      Priest: And if anyone has a reason why these two should not be wed, let them speak now. (Silence for a few seconds)
      Peter: Really? No one here's gonna say it? It has to be me? (Sighs) All right. (Shouts) GENITAL WARTS!

    • Chris: Wow, Stewie's more wound-up then when dad was on steroids
      (Flashback of the family sitting at the table, Peter is bulked up)
      Lois: Peter, can you please pass the potatoes?
      Peter: (Peter spills the potatoes) Aaaargh! dammit Meg! (Punches Meg)

    • (Lois is changing Stewie in the bubble but has left him to answer the phone)
      Stewie: Hey! Finish the job, idiot! For God's sake there's no ventilation, it smells like Brian Dennehey in here.
      Brian: I see London, I see France, I see Stewie's unsightly chapped ass.
      Stewie: Hey Gaybo, (points to his eyes) I'm up here, up here.

    • Diane: Also in the news some trouble at Saint Phillips church.
      Tom: That's right Diane, a shipment of tainted holy water could put some local babies in jeopardy.
      Diane: Sounds dangerous Tom, Be careful next time you're at confession telling the priest about cheating on your wife with that Filipino drag queen.
      Tom: Well at least you're in no danger Diane since you only visit church to leave your self delivered, unwashed, half dead newborns on the back step. Coming up how to turn your unwanted change into foldin' money.

    • Peter: If we get Stewie baptised, you and all other old people have to acknowledge and be aware that there's crap in the corners of your mouth.
      Francis: I'll think about it.

    • Chris: All right, Dad! This used to be an old barn, but thanks to you, now it's an old barn with a sign on it.

    • Chris: I like you Grandpa. Your toe-nails are the same color as my school-bus.

    • Peter: Let us aaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy.
      Congregation: Ayyyyyyyy.

    • Peter: It's just like having sex with Kobe Bryant. You can kick and scream all you want...but it's still gonna happen.

    • Francis: Stewie Griffin, I baptise you, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
      Peter: And Space Ghost.

    • (To the congregation)
      Peter: Yea, let us rise! (congregation stands) Now sit on it. (they sit)

    • Lindsay Lohan: (naked, walking like a crab) Hi, I'm Lindsay Lohan. This is how a crab walks!
      Peter: It sure is! Fonzie be praised.

    • Peter: Could there be anyone stupider than me?
      (Long pause)
      Brian: Madonna.
      Peter: Oh yeah, she's pretty stupid. That's something we can all agree on. Right?
      Brian: Absolutely. Francis?
      Francis: Oh major idiot. Major idiot.

    • Peter: (to Francis) Tell us about World War One and how America defeated Kaiser Permanente.

    • Stewie: I'm just saying 70's boobs were different...

    • Quagmire: Reverend Peter, I gotta talk to you... last night I had sex with a teenage blonde, and her mother.
      Peter: Well that's quite a story, Quagmire, but my church doesn't have confession. So why are you telling me?
      Quagmire: Are you kidding? I'm telling everybody! Giggity-goo-ga.

    • Peter: But Dad, you told me to look into my heart to find my religion.
      Francis: Yes, real religion! What I saw today wasn't religion, it was just a bunch of sheep, singing songs and listening to ridiculous tall tales.
      Brian: Actually, that is religion.

    • Peter: Oh that Fonzie is a work of magic. I love how he hits that jukebox to make it work.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Seth Macfarlane originally planned to feature the Happy Days opening song as a hymn in Peter's church.

    • This episode was rated TV-MA when it aired on Adult Swim.

    • This episode was shown 20 minutes after its scheduled time due to the presidential address on all American stations. Global Canada showed this episode right at 9:00.

    • When Stewie insults "Desperate Housewives" and one of its cast members, he tells the audience to turn to ABC to watch for 5 seconds. Desperate Housewives actually was on the first time this episode aired on Fox and was showing the actress he was referring to.


    • About Schmidt

      The scene in which Stewie is in a hot tub and a nude Kathy Bates joins him is taken from the 2002 movie About Schmidt in which Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) finds himself in the same situation.

    • Peter: May the Fonz be with you.

      Reference to Catholic Mass, where the priest says "May the Lord be with you," and the congregation echoes "And also with you."

    • Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract

      After Brian comments how Peter taught him that opposites attract, it cuts to a parody scene of the video for former pop singer Paula Abdul's 1990 hit single, Opposites Attract, which featured the live-action singer performing a duet with an animated cat named MC Skat Kat. In the parody, MC Skat Kat is replaced by Peter in a cat costume and instead of echoing back the chorus "cuz opposites attract", he sings "cuz I'm dressed like a cat".

    • Quantum Leap

      "Jesus was a miracle worker, who went from place to place, trying to set right what once went wrong, and hoping each time, that his next leap, would be the leap home."

      This is a reference to the popular Sci-Fi show Quantum Leap about a time traveler who "leaped" into peoples bodies to change events in their lives for the better.

    • Sesame Street

      Stewie: You would not believe the morning I've had

      When Stewie gets shot around the pinball machine, this is a direct copy of an old counting lesson on Sesame Street.

    • Office Space

      Peter has Bill Lumbergh, a character from the movie Office Space, ask Lois to sit at the kids' table. Lumbergh is well known to fans of the film for his laconic delivery of bad news, including requests to come in on weekends and to do other unpleasant tasks.

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