Family Guy

Season 3 Episode 22

When You Wish Upon a Weinstein

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The day that Peter buys volcano insurance is the day that Lois becomes fed up with their constant money problems. When Peter wishes for a Jewish "money guy" to help them, Max Weinstein comes to the rescue. After meeting Max, Peter decides Chris could be successful if he converted to Judaism as soon as possible, but the plans for a "quickie" bar mitzvah in Las Vegas are quickly foiled by Lois.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • I wish this show end with that episode

    As much as I have a love/hate relationship with this show, to me it seems like a good end to the series.
  • Mediocre but funny at the same time.

    Its funny but very chessy and dissappointing.
  • Last original episode of Family Guy

    The day that Peter buys volcano insurance is the day that Lois becomes fed up with their constant money problems. When Peter wishes for a Jewish "money guy" to help them, Max Weinstein comes to the rescue. After meeting Max, Peter decides Chris could be successful if he converted to Judaism as soon as possible, but the plans for a "quickie" bar mitzvah in Las Vegas are quickly foiled by Lois. As I stated in the tile, this is the last of the 50 original episodes for Family Guy. I have to admit, the original episodes were a little better than the revived series. However, there's a bit of different. The animation in the newer episodes are slightly better. American Dad is actually the other way around (NOT the animation, just the episodes styles). Anyways, this episode was a little dragged in some parts. I did laughed at some parts such as the show on Lifetime, Indiana Jones cutaway, Quagmire getting his keys (a little bit long), and more. I only included those because I hasn't watched this episode in a long time. I only saw this episode twice (in 2009). Overall, superb episode. 9/10moreless
  • The last of classic Family Guy

    The day that Peter buys volcano insurance is the day that Lois becomes fed up with their constant money problems. When Peter wishes for a Jewish "money guy" to help them, Max Weinstein comes to the rescue. After meeting Max, Peter decides Chris could be successful if he converted to Judaism as soon as possible, but the plans for a "quickie" bar mitzvah in Las Vegas are quickly foiled by Lois.

    A really funny episode. The dog whistle part was funny.

  • The jewish episode of Family Guy

    This episode is the only episode of Family Guy to be banned for a while (It was released on DVD eventually, and was edited a little.)And I can see why, as this one of the most hard-hitting episodes of Family Guy I've ever seen. But it's also probablly one of their best. In the ep, Peter spends money on Volcano Insurance (Yeah, I know) and Lois gets pissed at Peter, prompting him to find a jewish person, beliving the misconception that all jewish people are good with money. He then meets Max Weinstein, who gets his money back, and they go to Temple with him. Then, Peter decides to get Chris a quickie Brahmitzvah i order for him to be smart. The gags here are all pretty much home-run, my favorite being the brides of christ attacking Peter for going into Temple. This episode is also has a great (if slightly offensive) musical number entitled "I need a jew" sung to the tune of When I wish upon a star (The lyrics of this song were the main contraversy for the writers.) Overall, if you can stomach some of the material, then you'll find some of the best Family Guy moments in this episode. 9.5/10 A+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)

Ricky Blitt

Ricky Blitt


Guest Star

Andrea Beutner

Andrea Beutner


Guest Star

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Luke Skywalker

Guest Star

Mike Barker

Mike Barker


Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr


Recurring Role

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • On the final bus scene, there is what is obviously part of a guitar on the left side of the screen. However, after zooming out, there is no sign of a guitar, merely nuns with rulers.

    • When Peter is singing "I Need A Jew", and the effects show him flying through the air into a group of stars in the shape of a menorah, it is not a nine candled menorah which signifies the eight days of Hanukkah, but rather a seven candled golden candelabra of the Tabernacle which signifies the seven days of creation.

    • When Optimus Prime drives into the temple he is Orange and Blue, however in the Transformers Cartoon and Comic book he is Red and Blue.

    • When Peter shakes Max's hand goodbye, the animation for Max jerks in to the correct positon.

    • Brian's eyelids are blue when Lois asks Peter, "You balanced the checkbook?"

    • The salesman who sold Peter the volcano insurance previously sold Peter the used car with no engine in "There's Something About Paulie."

    • When "William Shatner" was yelling "KHAN!", the closed caption on the Cartoon Network airing of this episode read "CARD!", though the episode on DVD has the correct caption.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Cleveland: Peter, not all Jewish people are good with money.
      Peter: Well, I guess not the retarded ones, but why would you even say that? For shock value? Jeez, Cleveland, there's "edgey", and then there's "offensive".

    • Lois: I swear, sometimes, I feel like I'm married to a child.
      (Lois and Peter's wedding)
      Peter: What can I say about my beautiful bride except; milk, milk, lemonade, around the corner, fudge is made! (laughs)

    • Announcer: We now return to Girlfriends, on Lifetime.
      Woman 1: Barry was over last night and he--
      Woman 2: Don't tell me.
      Both: He left the toilet seat up!
      Woman 2: Oh, I ran into Frank. It's funny, he fought in Vietnam, he's an exorcist, but there is one thing that terrifies him.
      Both: Commitment!
      Woman 1: Oh, Midge. You're my 3rd best friend in the whole world.
      Woman 2: 3rd? Who're the first 2?
      Woman 1: Ben and Jerry!
      Announcer: Lifetime. Television for idiots.

    • (Luke Skywalker is performing lasic surgery on a woman)
      Luke Skywalker: Okay. I just need to make a quick incision here and we'll be all done Mrs. Wilson.
      Obi-Wan Kenobi: Luke, use the force.
      Luke: Really? Because I was just gonna--
      Obi-Wan Kenobi: Use the force.
      Luke: Okay.
      (Luke lets go of the light saber and it impales the womans head)
      Luke: Are ya happy?
      Obi-Wan Kenobi: I've never been happy.

    • Max: I'd love to stay but I've got to go to Temple
      Peter: Temple? Oh, like in Indiana Jones
      (Scene changes to Indiana Jones taking ages to pick up the monkey statue, camera pans to reveal Jackie Gleason)
      Jackie Gleason: Will you just pick it up already?!

    • Peter: Could you sign this for me?
      Tony Robbins: Tony Robbins hungry!! (eats Peter)

    • Peter: Chris isn't as smart as you think he is..
      (Peter slaps Chris in the back of the head)
      Chris: Hey!
      Peter: (Points to the lamp) He did it.
      (Chris jumps on the lamp)

    • Max: (To the Salesman) Look sir, I have reviewed this contract, and it offers no coverage at all. It just says "Valcano Insurance" over and over again... and down here in small print it says "He's signing it, He's signing it. I can't believe it."

    • Peter: Math, my dear boy, is nothing more than the lesbian sister of biology.

    • Chris: Dad, can you help me with my math? Mr. Shackleford says if I don't learn it I won't be able to function in the real world.
      (Cut to Chris with a map in his hand talking to a man at a Gas Sation)
      Man: OK, now what you gotta do is go down the road past the old Johnson place. You're gonna find two roads, one parallel and one perpendicular. Now keep going until you come to a highway that bisects it at a 45-degree angle. Solve for x.
      (Camera pans to show Chris lying on the ground in the fetal position, sucking his thumb)

    • Peter: That's what you said about that cloud insurance. Look at them up there...plotting.
      (cut to a scene of two clouds with mouths)
      Cloud 1: So Bill, we attack tomorrow.
      Cloud 2: Yes...tomorrow
      Cloud 1: I mean it this time.
      Cloud 2: I do too.

    • Cleveland: You're the white version of a black guy that's not good with his money.

    • Peter: You better watch who you're calling a child Lois. Because if I'm a child, do you know what that makes you? A pedophile. And I'll be damned if I'm gonna stand here and be lectured by a pervert.

    • Rabbi: Mr. Griffin, why does your son want to become Jewish?
      Peter: I dunno...he's bi-curious

    • Peter: Lois, this is my new friend Max Weinstein! He's Jewish!
      Lois: Ooooooooh, how exotic!

    • Max: What do you want!?
      Peter: Financial advice.
      Max:'d you know I was an accountant?
      Peter: Helllllooooooooooo, Max WEINSTEIN!!!

  • NOTES (8)

    • The FOX network was very hesitant to air this show, even though a Jewish Rabbi claimed it was fine. The reason FOX was so nervous to air this episode was because of it's content of Peter trying to convert Chris into Judaism.

    • Even though this aired as a season three episode, it was produced in season two, and is on the Season 2 DVD set in the UK.

    • The woman that Lois sits next to in the Synagogue is modelled on Alex Borstein, the voice of Lois and most other female characters in Family Guy

    • When this episode first aired on [Adult Swim], they introduced the episode as Family Guy-- but then started airing an episode of "The Big O." After about a minute or so, they stopped airing the episode, told the audience they were kidding, and then aired the correct episode of Family Guy.

    • When FOX showed this episode on December 10th 2004, the scene where Lois asks Quagmire for his keys was edited so it doesn't imply Quagmire is pleasuring himself.

    • In the TBS version, the alternate lyric is sung while the closed-captioning displays the original.

    • This episode has aired on Cartoon Network with one edit: During Peter's "I Need A Jew" song, the line "Even though they killed our Lord" was changed to "I don't think they killed our Lord". The Family Guy DVD has both the original line and the alternate line, but CN was asked to use the alternate.

    • Originally unaired, this episode first aired in the U.S. on November 6th, 2003 on the Cartoon Network's [adult swim]. It was subsequently shown on its parent network FOX on December 10th, 2004.


    • The episode title, "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein", is an obvious reference to the song "When You Wish Upon a Star".

    • Seinfeld

      The show Brian and Lois are watching (before Brian searches frantically for the remote) is the sitcom Seinfeld.

    • Star Wars Episode IV--A New Hope

      In response to Lois' belief that laser surgery is dangerous, the show cuts to a scene where Luke Skywalker is shown trying to give a woman laser surgery with a lightsaber under Obi-Wan Kenobi's guidance.

    • Raiders Of The Lost Ark

      Max: Sorry, but I have to go to Temple
      Peter: Temple? Like Indiana Jones?

      The cutaway references the film Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and the fact that Indiana Jones takes so long to grab the idol.

    • Star Search

      Ed McMahon: And the Winner.... Sinbad
      The scene where Sinbad is voted funnier than Stewie is a reference to Star Search, where Ellen DeGeneres lost to Sinbad.

    • The Picture Of Dorian Gray

      Stewie: In an attic somewhere, there's a portrait of you getting prettier.

      This is a reference to The Picture of Dorian Gray, a novel by Oscar Wilde, where the title character wishes that a painting of him would age rather than him... and his wish comes true.

    • Transformers

      Peter: Optimus Prime is jewish?

      Optimus Prime is the Leader of the Autobots, a race in the 80s cartoon Transformers.

    • The Graduate

      Almost the entire end of this episode is taken straight from the 1967 movie "The Graduate," which was also parodied in "Wayne's World 2," starting when Lois runs out of gas while driving Quagmire's car up to the point where Lois, Peter, and Chris board the bus. Lois also fends off the angry Jews chasing them with a Star of David, and bars the door with it, while in "The Graduate," Dustin Hoffman used a cross for the same thing.

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