Family Guy

Season 2 Episode 19

The Story on Page One

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 18, 2000 on FOX
8.0
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After an interview at Brown University, Meg realizes she needs more extra-curricular activities. She joins every club and even tries cheerleading, but fails miserably at them all. Finally, she decides to join the school newspaper. After many failed stories, Peter fabricates a story regarding actor Luke Perry and uses Meg's byline. Meg and Peter soon become embroiled in a headline-grabbing lawsuit when Luke sues them for defamation of character.moreless

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  • underrated

    9.0
    After an interview at Brown University, Meg realizes she needs more extra-curricular activities. She joins every club and even tries cheerleading, but fails miserably at them all. Finally, she decides to join the school newspaper.''After many failed stories, Peter fabricates a story regarding actor Luke Perry and uses Meg's byline. Meg and Peter soon become embroiled in a headline-grabbing lawsuit when Luke sues them for defamation of character. This episode is very underrated and I wonder why everyone doesn't like this episode very much. It wasn't perfect though but it was enjoyable though. Meg's plot was a tad boring but I did like Neil's part, Peter trying to race, Peter trying to think Luke's gay, and the ending. I thought the beginning was very funny (all the parts). Stewie's plot was super funny throughout and that's simpliy another reason why he was 10 times funnier than in the new episodes. Overall, a superb episode. 9/10moreless
  • Not one of the best, but still great for the most part.

    8.0
    I thought this was a pretty good episode. The humor was pretty great for the most part, but I think I liked Stewie's plot a lot more than the main one. I thought it was hilarious how Stewie was using the device to control Chris throughout the episode, and Chris chasing Stewie with the ax in the background while Meg and Lois were talking made me laugh pretty hard. Meg's plot just wasn't as interesting to me, though, and the only parts that really made me laugh in her plot were Peter trying to seduce Luke Perry and the ending. Still, for the most part this was a pretty decent episode, but it wasn't one of the best of season 2 in my opinion. Final grade: B. Marebear2009, out!moreless
  • A few laughs, but not much

    5.5
    After an interview at Brown University, Meg realizes she needs more extra-curricular activities. She joins every club and even tries cheerleading, but fails miserably at them all. Finally, she decides to join the school newspaper. After many failed stories, Peter fabricates a story regarding actor Luke Perry and uses Meg's byline. Meg and Peter soon become embroiled in a headline-grabbing lawsuit when Luke sues them for defamation of character.



    What I liked:

    - Peter going DAN DAN DAN

    -Peter humming mission impossible

    -Peter trying to seduce Luke Perrymoreless
  • Meg realizes that she needs more extra-curricular activities after an interview with Brown University

    10
    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "Family Guy" and I thought that it was very funny. The beginning of the episode was very funny. It was very funny when Meg gets an interview with Brown University and realizes that she needs more extra-curricular activities in order to get accepted to Brown University. It was very funny when Stewie puts a remote behind Chris so he can control Chris. It was hilarious when Chris went into the store and Stewie was controlling Chris which freaks out the cash register guy. Mayor West asking Meg "Are you Sarah Connor?" was gold. It was very funny when Peter switched Meg's story and wrote a story about Luke Perry being gay Luke Perry is sueing Meg after reading the article about him being gay Peter trying to act gay was very funny. It was hilarious when Meg and Lois were talking and you can Chris chasing Stewie with an axe in the background. It was great that Luke Perry dropped the lawsuit so Meg is no longer being sued after Peter explained everything. The ending was very funny when Luke Perry was gay after all and he is having sex with Mayor West. Overall, an excellent episode of "Family Guy". 10/10moreless
  • This was a very funny episode about the gay life

    8.1
    This was a very funny episode about the gay life.



    In a very hilarious week, Meg Griffin tries to make it into college at first but doesn't manage to get in, so Peter (her father) does everything he can to make his daughter happy, by getting her to college.

    All about that crazy Luke Perry and how he was gay -- hell as funny. Then we had a nutty Stewie controlling Chris through all his moves, heh heh. Overall, the storylines and the laughter were pretty good, so it was a good episode. Peter Griffin rules the day basically lol. .moreless
Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (and various)

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (season 2+)

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Mary Kay Bergman

Mary Kay Bergman

Voice

Guest Star

Luke Perry

Luke Perry

Himself

Guest Star

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Various

Recurring Role

Rachael MacFarlane

Rachael MacFarlane

Various

Recurring Role

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Chris, Stewie, and Brian visit the Physics department, they go into a chemistry lab. The doorknob to the lab is on the left side of the door to start. When Stewie is inside the classroom, the doorknob as viewed on the inside of the room, is on the right side of the door. This is where the doorknob should be. But, when Stewie is pushed out of the lab by the scientist, it appears that the doorknob on the outside is now on the right side instead of the left.

    • In the flashback scene with Thomas Jefferson there are 25 black children.

    • In the "Sherry and the Anus" credits, the names are different combinations of the first and last names of Family Guy writers.

    • When Peter looks at a magazine with Perry's picture on it you can see "If you can read this Family Guy is on the air" in the bottom left corner.

    • This isn't much of a goof, but when Stewie is eating his Newtons you can see one is missing and when Chris gives them to him he eats another one and it has the same amount.

    • When Peter invites Luke Perry for dinner and they're on the couch you can clearly see the front door is open, but before Meg & Lois walk in you can clearly see the door is closed until Meg & Lois walk in.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Adam West: Someone is stealing my water!

    • (Stewie has taken control over Chris. He has brought Chris to a tool shop)
      Stewie: (Into his microphone) Walk up to the counter.
      (Chris does so)
      Stewie: (Into his microphone) Good day shopkeep.
      Chris: (Under Stewie's control) Good day shopkeep. I require a hand-operated buzz saw, capable of cutting through a human sternum. It's for a school project. I'm some sort of student sent here from... oh blast what the devil do they study, Uh... Latin Class.
      Shop Keeper: Sorry kid, I can't sell power tools to minors.
      Chris: (Under Stewie's control) Now look here you gord-bellied cod piece. Allow me to purchase the provisions I demand or I shall transform your blue collar into a red one and... who the deuce are you? No, I don't have any spare change. Where the hell would I keep it, in my diaper? Get out of here you hobo. Oh, bloody hell, is this thing still on?

    • College Girl: Are you in a fraternity little boy?
      Stewie: Not yet but I'm thinking about joining I Felta Thi.

    • Brian: If I remember correctly, this is the physics department.
      Chris: That explains all the gravity.

    • Lois: My days in college were so exciting. This one time, the national guard came and shot some of my friends.

    • Brian: Ah, the old alma mater. I tell you, there's something magical about Brown.
      Chris: Brown is the color of poo. Ha ha ha!
      Brian: Yes. Yes it is.

    • Lois: Oh, I haven't been on a college campus in years. Everything seems so different.
      Stewie: Really? Perhaps if you laid on your back with your ankles behind your ears that would ring a few bells.

    • Peter: See, Meg, things always work out if you just do whatever you want without thinking about the consequences.

    • Stewie: Oh my GOD there's an orgy in my mouth!

    • Meg: Excuse me, Mayor West?
      Adam West: How do you know my language?

    • Peter: You know that whole Vietnam thing? Never happened.
      Brian: Oh yeah, but don't mention it around the Veterans Hospital. Those guys are really committed to the lie.

    • Peter: We're here to see the Dean.
      (Door slides open and the doorman from the Wizard of Oz comes into view)
      Doorman: Not nobody gets to see the Dean! Not nobody and not no how!

    • Peter: Gays don't vomit. They're a very clean people. And they have been ever since they came to this country from France.

    • Peter: Yes, umm, this is Meg Griffin, she's here to see the Dean of Admissions, and we'd uhh... (slides her a five dollar bill)...like it if she got into the University. (pause) Go on... take it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Wally Wingert, one of the guest stars for this episode, recorded the hit song Adam West, which is about Adam West, another one of the recurring stars for the show.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
      Peter
      : (To the Dean about Meg's name) ...I wanted to call her Twiki, but Lois said kids these days wouldn't get the reference.
      Twiki is the little robot sidekick voiced by Mel Blanc in the TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, starring Gil Gerard.


    • Thomas Jefferson Flashback

      The flashback of Thomas Jefferson taking a family portrait and the 27 black children is a reference to the claim made by Political Journalist James T. Callender in 1802 where he claimed Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings, a slave at Monticello.

    • This episode parodies both "Ghostbusters" and the movie "Ghost". Peter's part-time job was that of being a ghostbuster, meanwhile, Sam Wheat, the guy murdered from "Ghost" so his so-called buddy could launder bank money was shown with his fiance, Molly.

    • Luke Perry: Yeah, Shannen Doherty told me that once, but I thought she was just being a bitch.
      Shannen Doherty played 'Brenda' on Beverly Hills 90210. Rumor has it she was... difficult to work with. These rumours were repeated when she starred in Charmed with Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs.

    • Meg: Of course you realize, this means war!

      The part where the mayor's advisor gives Meg a bomb (and Meg has a beak which is turned around) is from Looney Tunes. The turned beak is from the series of Chuck Jones cartoons where Daffy and Bugs argue over which hunting season it is, and each argument ends with Daffy getting shot in the face, with his beak in different places on his face.

    • Chris: Puttin' on the Ritz
      When Stewie's controlling device is being tested on Chris he and Chris quickly perform Puttin' On The Ritz, similar to Gene Wilder in Mel Brooks' Young Franeknstein.

    • Lois: My days in college were so exciting. This one time the national guard came and shot some of my friends.
      This is a reference to the "Kent State Massacre." On May 4, 1970, there was a student demonstration against the Vietnam War held at Kent State University. The National Guard was called in to keep the peace, but they ended up firing on the protesters, killing two protesters and two innocent victims walking between classes.

    • School Ties: Go Home Dog

      When Brian was in college the sign that said "go home dog", and when he is in the rain and shouts "COWARDS!", is reffering to the movie School Ties. In the movie the sign says "Go Home Jew".

    • Mayor West: I got ya, diagonally. Pretty Sneaky Sis
      This is a quote from a commercial for the game 'Connect 4'.

    • Mayor West: Are you Sarah Conner?
      Sarah Conner was the character in James Camereon's Terminator who was to give birth to John Conner, the future leader of Man. A Terminator was sent back through time to kill her and prevent his birth. In the sequel, it was sent to kill her son.

    • Stewie: I wish I was big.
      In the movie Big starring Tom Hanks, and directed by Penny Marshall, a young boy makes a wish at a carnival amusement device, (Zoltar) and when he wakes up the next morning he is a fully grown man.

    • Emerald City Guardian: Nobody sees the Dean, not nobody, not no how.
      A line and character from the classic tale of the Wizard of Oz.

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