Family Guy

Season 2 Episode 20

Wasted Talent

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 25, 2000 on FOX
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When the local brewery has a contest offering tours of the plant, Peter and his friends go on a drinking binge trying to find the winning beer can. Through a stroke of dumb luck, Peter and Brian actually find one of the winning "scrolls". In a Willy Wonka homage, Peter and Brian start the tour, but are quickly kicked out after drinking the "Beer that wasn't supposed to be tasted." Meanwhile, Lois's students have a big piano recital/competition coming up - and Lois is praying one of her students wins. She thinks she's got a lock on it when she signs a new student, Ling, a piano prodigy. However, in her enthusiasm, Lois works Ling too hard and she drops out! In an odd twist, Peter - in a drunken stupor over being booted from the contest - sits down at the piano and plays brilliantly! Lois is thrilled and keeps Peter drunk long enough to win the piano recital.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A decent enough episode.

    7.0
    I didn't like how they were spoofing Willy Wonka & The Chocolate factory(replacing the chocolate with beer,and replacing the chocolate bar tickets with beer scrolls)but I had a good time watching.
  • excellent

    10
    When the local brewery has a contest offering tours of the plant, Peter and his friends go on a drinking binge trying to find the winning beer can. Through a stroke of dumb luck, Peter and Brian actually find one of the winning "scrolls". In a Willy Wonka homage, Peter and Brian start the tour, but are quickly kicked out after drinking the "Beer that wasn't supposed to be tasted." ''''Meanwhile, Lois's students have a big piano recital/competition coming up - and Lois is praying one of her students wins. She thinks she's got a lock on it when she signs a new student, Ling, a piano prodigy. However, in her enthusiasm, Lois works Ling too hard and she drops out! In an odd twist, Peter - in a drunken stupor over being booted from the contest - sits down at the piano and plays brilliantly! Lois is thrilled and keeps Peter drunk long enough to win the piano recital. This episode was execellent. The plot was interesting. Parts that I liked/laughed are pretty much from that tour, the gag when Peter hurt himself, Stewie beating up the boy playing the piano, Peter playing the piano when he's drunk, and a couple others. Overall a perfect episode. 10/10moreless
  • Kinda boring at times

    8.0
    When the local brewery has a contest offering tours of the plant, Peter and his friends go on a drinking binge trying to find the winning beer can. Through a stroke of dumb luck, Peter and Brian actually find one of the winning "scrolls". In a Willy Wonka homage, Peter and Brian start the tour, but are quickly kicked out after drinking the "Beer that wasn't supposed to be tasted." Meanwhile, Lois's students have a big piano recital/competition coming up - and Lois is praying one of her students wins. She thinks she's got a lock on it when she signs a new student, Ling, a piano prodigy. However, in her enthusiasm, Lois works Ling too hard and she drops out! In an odd twist, Peter - in a drunken stupor over being booted from the contest - sits down at the piano and plays brilliantly! Lois is thrilled and keeps Peter drunk long enough to win the piano recital.



    What I liked- The beginning half of the episode



    8/10moreless
  • Another great one

    9.5
    Pawtucket Pat is opening up his factory for a tour, and everyone is trying to find the scroll in the bottle so they can get a tour. Peter wins one, and he takes Brian with him. The drink the beer that isn't ready yet, and get kicked out.



    Lois discovers that Peter can play the paino when he's drunk, so she puts him in her competition, and he wins it.



    This was a fantastic episode. There were so many great parts, like the whole factory scene, and Stewie beating up the kid, and Stewie during The Sad walking away song.



    Overall Grade: 95%/A-moreless
  • One of they're best

    9.5
    In this episode, Peter goes on a manhunt for a chance to enter the Pawtucket Brewery, and eventually finds his "golden ticket". Meanwhile, Lois trains kids for the upcoming piano compettion, but none of them are good enough to win first place. Then she discovers Peter can play piano really well, if he's drunk enough. This episode is a blast to watch, whether it's the Willy Wonka factory pardoy or whether it's Lois attempting to keep Peter buzzed long enough to win the piano compettion, there's not a dull moment or when your not laughing. This is easily my second favorite episode of season 2 (Road to Rhode Island is my all-time favorite episode) and I can heartedly reccomend this episode. 9.5/10moreless
Seth Green

Seth Green

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)

Michael McKean

Michael McKean

Pawtucket Pat

Guest Star

Jonathan Osser

Jonathan Osser

Jonas/Jimmy

Guest Star

Julia Sweeney

Julia Sweeney

Woman in Bar

Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Diane

Recurring Role

Carlos Alazraqui

Carlos Alazraqui

Mr. Weed

Recurring Role

Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla

Death

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Peter has a drink and puts it on the piano, it disappears.

    • The book Meg reads when Lois tells her about the competition is named Popularity for Dummies.

    • When Lois first discovers Peter's talent, the night goes by and he's sober. After losing his talent Brian gives him another drink and he immediately gets his talent back. How can Peter get drunk a few seconds after drinking?

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Peter: (sigh) My last beer. Here goes!
      (Peter swallows the beer and looks in the bottle)
      Peter: (sighs and drops the beer bottle) I bet the scroll makes the beer taste terrible. (coughs) O-Oh god.
      (Peter vomits and looks at the ground)
      Peter: What the hell? (picks up and examines what appears to be the scroll) I found it! I found the last scroll!
      Guy #1: He found it!
      Guy #2: Oh my god!
      Guy #3: Run home, Peter! Run as fast as you can!
      (Peter runs home, but he trips when he gets there)
      Peter: Ahh!! (sszzzes, does it about 10 times)

    • Mayor Adam West: All right, listen to me you long-neck bastard. You give me the scroll, and I'll make you the head of sanitation services for the entire city. It's a do-nothing job, sweetcake.

    • Tom Tucker: That's right. I made it up. I thought that if everyone thought the last scroll was found, they would stop looking giving me the edge to find it myself. But what I did was wrong. So as an act of contrition I will now insert this carnivorous earwig into my brain. (Puts the earwig in his ear) Huh, kind of tickles. (He takes a deep breath and then falls to the ground screaming) Oh god! It's eating out the back of my eye!

    • Brain Cell: Hello? Hello? Well, I'm the only brain cell left. Well, at least I have my books. (The brain cell's glasses falls off and breaks) No, that's not fair! There was time, now! It's not fair!

    • The Don: You come to me and ask me to kill a man I do not know. Now I ask you...why should I kill this Count Chocula?
      Cap'n Crunch: Because that son of a bitch has been spreading lies. My cereal does not cut the roof of your mouth...with all respect.

    • Tom Tucker: It's true. The final scroll has been recovered. The lucky recipient has declined to be interviewed for safety reasons, but I'm sure you're all with me when I say, "Congratulations, you son of a bitch."

    • Quagmire: Hey gorgeous! You want to come home with me?
      Lady at the bar: I'm with my husband.
      Quagmire: Lose the zero, get with the hero.
      (Quagmire gets punched in face by husband)
      Quagmire: Little violent for you, don't you think?
      (Quagmire gets punched in face again)
      Quagmire: Huh, I'll be right over there.

    • Game Show Host: This one is for Peter Griffin and Tony Randall.
      Game Show Announcer: The password is..."flaming."
      Peter: You...
      Tony Randall: Actor.
      Peter: You...
      Tony Randall: Tony?
      Peter: You...

    • Pawtucket Pat (seeing Peter and Brian landing upon confronting them): What the hell is this! Didn't you see that sign (points to the Keep Out sign)! You sullied my factory and disobeyed my rules. I want you to leave immediately!
      Peter: Aw come on! D-Don't I at least get a Chumba-Wumba song?
      Pawtucket Pat: (sighs) Fine. (plays flute to summon Chumba-Wumbas)
      Chumba-Wumbas: Chumba Wumba Gobb- (They stop singing as one of them kicks Peter in the knee)
      Peter: Ahhh! (hisses, repeats two or three times)

    • Cleveland: He's tasting victory. I bet it tastes good, like salt-water taffy or a Chunky.

    • Peter: Lois, everyone has their sanctuary. The Catholics have churches, fat people have Wisconsin, and I have the Pawtucket Brewery.

    • Peter: Beer that never goes flat. Do you know what that means, Brian? This beer will still be carbonated long after you die of old age and we buy another dog to help the kids ... y'know, forget about you.

    • Lyrics to "Pure inebriation"

      Take a drink,
      and you'll sink,
      to a state of pure inebriation.
      You'll be tanked,
      like the whole Irish nation.

      When you drink enough of my beer,
      you will find this magic brew'll,
      Make your every joke a jewel.
      You'll drive drunker than Oksana Bayul.

      Go on buds drink my suds,
      'till you've reached that pure inebriation.
      though the beer may be free,
      you're just renting it from me.

    • Peter: It's like I died and went to heaven, but then it turned out it wasn't my time, and they sent me to a brewery.

    • The Chumbawumbas singing to Joe: (sung to the Oompa Lumpa tune from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

      Chumba wumba gobbledy goo
      life isn't fair, it's sad but it's true
      Chumba wumba gobbledy gee
      When your poor legs are stiff as a tree
      What do you do when your stuck in a chair?
      Finding it hard to go up and down stairs
      What do you think of the one you call God?
      Isn't his absence slight-ly odd? (maybe he's forgotten you)
      Chumba wumba gobbledy gorse
      Count yourself lucky you're not a horse
      They would turn you into dog food
      or to chumba wumba gobbledy glue.

      Joe Swanson (after the Chumba Wumbas push Joe's wheelchair out on the street): I'm glad I'm not taking your stupid tour. I'm a Coors man anyway. Silver bullet!
      Chumba Wumba: Gobbledy goo (shuts the gate).

    • Lois: Oh, my God! You can only play the piano when you're drunk!
      Peter: Now that's not true! I can also vomit, fall down and make dirty calls to your sister when I'm drunk!

    • Peter: Lois, you don't get it. The lesson here is that abusing alcohol has absolutely no negative consequences.

    • Young Peter: Why did all the dinosaurs die out?
      Tour Guide: Because you touch yourself at night.

    • Lois: Peter, its seven in the morning!
      Brian: Thanks for the update Big Ben.
      (Brian and Peter Laugh)
      Lois: You're drunk again!
      Peter: No, I'm just exhausted from bein' up all night drinkin'.
      Lois: Listen, Peter, if you keep this up something terrible's gonna happen.
      Peter: Somethin' terrible... all the way to the bank!
      Brian: Nice.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • The X-Files

      The song Peter is playing in the bar is the theme from a popular TV series and film - X-files.

    • The Mary Tyler Moore Show

      At the piano recital, Peter playes the theme song from The Mary Tyler Moore Show which also includes a parody of the scene from the opening of her show, with Mary in the audience, tossing her hat in the air.

    • The Flintstones

      After Peter mourns the apparent loss of his chance to get the last scroll, The Great Gazoo appears, calling Peter a "dum-dum" much like he used to call Fred and Barney on the animated show The Flintstones.

    • Chumbawambas

      The Chumbawambas in this episode are a parody of the popular Oompa Loompa's in the movie "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory." It is also a spoof of the band Chumbawamba.

    • When Lois first discovers that Peter can play the piano when he is drunk, she exclaims, "You're like that idiot from Shine!" This is in reference to the 1996 film, Shine. Shine is a true story about a man named David Helfgott who has a major mental breakdown while learning to play the piano. Years later, while mentally disabled, he makes a great comback, and continues to play, quite extraordinarily.

    • Peter and Brian: Farting
      The scene where Peter and Brian sneak into to secret room to drink the Perma-Suds beer that never goes flat and then they get lifted into the air is still a take-off of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Charlie and his grandfather sneak into another room and drink Fizzy-Lifting Drink that makes them float into the air. And the only way they can get back down is by burping. The only way Peter and Brian can get back down from drinking beer is by farting.

    • The Pawtucket Brewery
      The entire tour in the brewery is a parody of the famous book, and later renamed film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

    • Peter's Last Brain Cell: The scene where Peter's last brain cell breaks his glasses is in reference to the Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough At Last" where the last man on Earth breaks his glasses and is no longer able to read, his favorite hobby. The episode Stars Burgess Meredith as Henry Bemis.

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