If Quagmire was in the navy how come he's not in uniform at the Naval Ball in "Quagmire's Dad?"
Why does Lois have the thicker accent? Her parents sound English, but her accent is thicker than mud, whereas Peter's barely given an accent at all.
Lois' parents sound English to you? I'm English and I really hope I don't sound like them.
The bigger question is, "Why are Lois and Peter the only characters with a Rhode Island accent, when that's where the entire cast lives?"
Lois' parents are not English. Lois' parents have a New England accent, specifically an upper-class Ivy League accent; this is because they are millionaires who live in Newport. The fact that Lois herself has a very thick lower-class Rhode Island (-ish, the lady doing her sounds like she keeps mixing Long Island in there, but whatever) accent can probably be fanwanked to her being a rebellious kid who broke away from her parents' crowd and learned to talk like/live with/sleep with common people. Not unlike a lot of teenagers in the UK who put on a fake Cockney to be cool, after all. The non-fanwank real reason is probably that the original character concept for Peter and Lois was that they'd be a heavily stereotyped lower-class Rhode Island couple, and Lois' blue-blood origins were a plot point introduced later on in the process.
Also, the range of accents across Peter's social group isn't that remarkable. Having actually lived in Rhode Island, I can tell you that the stereotypical blue-collar thick Rhode Island accent isn't something you hear all the time, it's something you tend to have to listen for. Just like everywhere else, there's a growing number of people of all classes and backgrounds whose regional accents have receded thanks to TV. (And while it's true Cleveland's accent isn't straight Rhode Island, it's a pretty good attempt at an exaggerated version of the mixture of Southern and Northeastern intonations you hear in African-American communities in New England.)
And we now know that Cleveland is a Virginia native, which explains why his accent isn't Rhode Island.
Though his voice actor, Mike Henry stated that the inspiration for Cleveland's voice was from a Marylander he knew. Speaking as a fellow native of Maryland (less than an hour from Baltimore) the accent exists, but in small doses (see John Waters's old movies like Hairspray for examples).
Probably at least partly because Peter's voice is based on a real person where Lois' isn't.
No, Lois' voice is based on one of the actresses' (Alex Borstein's) cousins.
How did Brian, a seven year old dog, have a thirteen year old child?
It would've probably been a funny episode if they'd made Brian's child 4-5 years old (suitable for Brian's age) and gone from there (I find I could overlook the genetics part of the equation fairly easily).
But the Handwave they had and Brian's comeback to Stewie was supposed to be the joke here. I for one thought it was pretty funny.
Come to think of it, didn't Carter Pewterschmidt's greyhound Seabreeze have a litter of human-headed puppies, fathered by Ted Turner? Seems dogs on Family Guy have rather amazing reproductive abilities.
In "He's Too Sexy For His Fat", Peter falls into a tank of lard and empties the whole tank to his stomach, yet, he is only his regular size in the end. How?
Also from "He's Too Sexy For His Fat", when Peter gets a liposuction, why does he still have a double chin?
It magically turned the unattractive fatty double chin into an attractive bony cleft chin, thanks to the magic of stylized simplistic art.
Remember, first came the liposuction (which didn't really affect his face much) - then came the extensive plastic surgery, butt implants, and stuff like that to turn him into a beautiful person.
And I'm pretty sure you can't get liposuction to your face.
Yes, you can.
Because those are his testicles, you see.
The episode where Peter returns from being stranded on a deserted island and comes back home to find Lois is married to Brian (Perfect Castaway). Even if you ignore the fact that somehow, Lois was allowed to marry a dog, there must be some strange law in Quahog that states that even when your dead husband proves not to be dead... Well, there may be a few things.
Lois' marriage to Brian is not annulled when Peter returns. Lois and Brian remained married and Peter was...
Well, what exactly? If he's not dead, he should still be married to Lois. If not, then how can Lois remain married to Brian without divorcing Peter? And, at the end of the show, it appeared as though Lois and Brian simply "broke up" rather than getting a divorce and Peter and Lois were back together without having to get remarried. And, yes, I know it's a cartoon, but that episode drives me nuts!
Think of it in terms of the paper work. Peter and Lois marry, say something until "death does them part". A marriage certificate is filed. Years later, Peter is presumed dead, a death certificate is filed, the marriage certificate has a stamp put on it that says "death did them part". Lois marries Brian. New marriage certificate. Peter comes back so he can go have a stamp put on his death certificate that says "whoops" but when it comes to the marriage certificates Peter just can't have a stamp that says "whoops" on those by himself. They need Lois (since she is in both certificates) to say "I want the old certificate re-issued and the new marriage annulled." Note - annulled, not divorced because I could imagine having your old husband come back from the dead may be ground for an annulment rather than a divorce. Of course, all these bits of paper don't determine what the people (and dog) involved actually do. Lois can start having freaky dressed-up-as-Grimace-and-The-Hamburglar-sex with Peter in the bedroom and send Brian to the kennel whenever she likes, since she owns the house.
Doesn't Peter technically own the house (if the ending of Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater was anything to go by)?
Since Peter wasn't dead, he and Lois are still married and Lois' marriage to Brian was invalid. Simple as that.
No, not "simple as that". In fact, you're completely wrong. Being declared legally dead is as good as being actually dead with regards to paperwork, otherwise there'd be absolutely no reason to ever declare someone legally dead in their absence, instead of just waiting to see if they turn up. Peter and Lois' marriage ended when Peter died. Lois remarried, as she was legally a widow. When Peter turned up again, it was up to Lois what she would do; she could either stay married to Brian without any complications, or she can have the marriage annulled or divorce Brian. Whether she then has to remarry Peter depends on whether she went for a divorce or annulment.
People remarrying after a spouse is presumed dead is stuff that can and does happen in real life, you know. We may need to Wiki Magic up a professor of legislative history to figure out the details, but there's no reason to treat this as a bizarro-world thing.
Annulment would have been simple. They never consecrated the marriage. Had it gone on one more day though...
Speaking of that episode, who was the third person in Lois and Brian's hotel room? It was too fat to be Quagmire. Cleveland?
Well, they do live in the same Universe as Transformers...
In the episode where Peter meets Jesus, Jesus tells him the true religion is a mixture of voodoo and Methodist. What would that even be?
No that was The Simpsons. Jesus said all religions were pretty much crap anyways, at least during Family Goy.
How would Jesus know the truth about non-abrahamic religions?
Because he's Jesus?
In the "Airport '07" episode, two things get me: 1) When Quahog News 5 airs the tape of Peter's call for help, it's accompanied by a picture of him. Unless Peter's been in trouble that often, how did they know it was Peter's voice? 2) Hugh Hefner knows who Glenn Quagmire is?? They weren't introduced but Hef says "...and Glenn Quagmire is the best pilot I've ever known."
For problem 1, look back to "Peter Griffin, Husband, Father... Brother?" For problem 2, Hugh Hefner is magic.
Sigh, you kids. Hugh Hefner's speech is a parody of the movie Airplane! Complete with the music.
Also, the whole scene was a tribute/parody of the many other movies (Ed Wood and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story come to mind) where a discouraged protagonist just happens to run into an idol, who gives them an inspiring pep-talk that leads them to go back and win the big game/the girl. Who better than the king of the Playboys to give an inspiring speech to a player sex maniac like Quagmire?
By the way, I know it was all Peter's fault for getting him fired, but are we really supposed to feel sorry for Quagmire? Especially since in the same episode he's shown to be dealing in human trafficking?
A Million is a Statistic. Quagmire is an established character, those were a bunch of random girls who were never seen before or since.
Another thing - why in the hell is Quagmire fired and blacklisted over Peter stealing fuel? If anything, wouldn't it be the people who were supposed to be filling the plane and those in charge of security who would be punished?
Because it is a pilot's responsibility to personally inspect their aircraft before take off to ensure that everything is in order. That means checking that it has fuel, all necessary maintenance has been performed, it is loaded properly, all the equipment in the cockpit works properly, etc. Quagmire taking off without checking that there was fuel in the plane is a sign of gross negligence on his part.
Its likely, though, that Quagmire had checked all that, and Peter just stole the fuel afterwards.
That isn't really as likely as you think. If you remember, Peter stole the fuel that was supposed to be going into the airplane while it was pumping. The two guys in charge left, he pulled the hose out and put it in his truck while the fuel that was meant for the plane was still running. If Quagmire checked before he took off he would have noticed that the plane wasn't all the way filled due to being interrupted during the fueling process and we see that Peter never stuck the hose back in so the fuel gauge probably would have read the tank as being nearly empty. So Quagmire didn't check before flying.
In the Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story three-parter, Peter gets a job doing a complaint segment on the news. After that, Stewie has his near-death experience and decides to start being nice, which leads to him becoming drunk and crashing the car through the Drunken Clam, which results in Peter being fired. Then at the end, Stewie does some time-traveling and eventually prevents his aforementioned near-death experience from ever happening. So that now means he never got in his drunk driving accident, and therefore Peter should still be working for the news. Am I the only one who has realized that plot hole?
Perhaps Peter ended up losing his job in some equally bad way? That happening wouldn't surprise me.
Yeah, but the three-parter's meant to be a film made by the Griffin family in later years, according to the prologue and epilogue: ergo, nothing in it happened within the show's continuity with the possible exception of the events covered in the aforementioned intro-outro segments.
Don't forget, Status Quo is God. Peter would've still found some way to lose the job before the end of the episode.
Why is Brian an atheist when he's met both Death and Jesus?
Because the showï¿½s creator is an atheist and he wants the voice of reason to believe the same things he does.
Just because you met someone doesn't mean you have to believe in him. Plus, in the words of Peter "Uh, hi, he's a dog." Dogs (and all other animals) aren't promised anything in the Bible. He's atheist because he's getting the short end from religion anyway.
Also, Brian's existence is a sort of proof of Evolutionary theory, which means that most conservative religions would hate him for existing, whether he's an atheist or not. There are some people who identify as Atheists more out of a need to rebel after being wronged by organized religion than out of any careful consideration - this could be the case for Brian.
How is Brian proof of the existence of evolution? If anything he directly disproves it since the only dogs that are confirmed to talk are him, Jasmin, and New Brian (ignoring the dog universe). If he did prove evolution more dogs would probably not be one of three dogs that could talk, and his parents would be confirmed to be able to talk. Also, apparently all of his siblings cannot talk since he told the man who ran the puppy mill where he was born that he was "the one who could talk" when the old man couldn't remember him.
Dogs in general are proof of evolution, as they were bred from domesticated and somewhat tamed wolves. It's also evidenced from the many breeds of dogs you see today. Most people think that evolution is aa->bb->cc->dd, but it's more like aa->ab+ac+ad, and from there ab->bb, ac->cc, and ad->dd. It's branches you see, not just tree trunks. Brian and several other dogs having the ability to talk just means that no one has actually gone and tried to breed a talking breed in 'verse, so the genes to do so are kinda scattered around.
By that logic all animals including humans are proof of evolution
Also Peter and apparently the kids (judging from the baptism episode) were raised as Catholics, a denomination which doesn't have a problem with Evolutionary Theory. Now obviously Meg had deviations from her denomination, but barring any of those on his part, Brian was presumably be assumed to be Catholic like everyone in the family except Lois (it was only her singled out by Francis for being Protestant).
Point of Order: Atheists reject ALL religion, not just Christianity. And generally believe that there is no God, period. Not that God won't reward them or that God doesn't care, but that God doesn't exist. Earlier episodes did have him pegged as being a church-goer, he probably stopped when he found out how much of a crap deal he's getting from religion.
Atheists don't reject all religion, just theism. You can be an atheist Buddhist, atheist Taoist, atheist Hindu (which describes the Cervaka school of Hinduism wonderfully), etc. And if you follow Don Cupitt and John Shelby Spong, it's arguably possible to be an atheistic (or at least post-theistic) Christian, too.
Atheism and Buddhism don't really conflict that much, Buddhism is more a philosophy with spiritual elements than a religion much like Taoists there are many Buddhists who believe in a separate faith or who are what we would call atheists.
Whether Buddhism and Taoism are philosophies or religions depends on what branch you follow. Many, including the oldest root branches, are very much religions. It also can depend on your interpretation of what branch you follow.
Christian Atheism is when someone follows the moral teachings of Jesus, but does not believe in God or that Jesus is His son.
'[...] only by accepting Him as our Lord and savior can our souls be saved.' This is an (mainly) Baptist and Evangelical tenet based on Protestant predestination doctrine (partly following Augustine) and as such is particularly prevalent in 'born again' circles. It does not represent the whole of Christianity. Just wanted to point that out. Now back to Brian.
^No it isn't; read John 17:3.
So what are you if you believe in the teachings of Christ but do not believe he was the son of God?
Jews do not believe that Jesus was the Son of God, yet many claim He was a very good man with great ideals, and that He should be emulated to a degree. However, Jews are waiting for the Savior to come for the first time.
Religious Jews certainly do not believe this, and saying so would be considered pretty blasphemous. To the extent that some secular Jews may have said something like that, it's more or less parallel to Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch. And no Jew would ever use a term like "Savior" which is a very Christian concept.
"So what are you if you believe in the teachings of Christ but do not believe he was the son of God?" Same as if you believe in the teachings of Milton Friedman without believing she was the daughter of God; you are whatever religion you believe in (or atheist if you don't), and you also think Jesus was pretty cool.
Even though Brian in an earlier season had expressly told Peter why they were being hit by blood, frogs, and other biblical miracles was because GOD WAS PISSED. No evidence my ass.
He may have rationalized this after the fact. There's no atheists in foxholes, as they say. The same principle may apply to rains of frogs.
If anything he should be a Misotheist or Maltheist, since God burned down his bar.
Because the show has little to no continuity. Whenever the plot needs an atheist, that aspect of his character is emphasized, even though it makes no sense for him to be one given what he has witnessed and he behaves like a believer on several unimportant and unrelated occasions. Sort of like Stewie can be gay or straight depending on the episode's needs. He must have Schrödinger's faith.
But Stewie at least can be Handwaved as bisexual. There is no in between in Brian's case. Either you're an atheist or you're not.
He could be agnostic, yes I know it's stated that Brian's an atheist but hear me out. There was an above quote from Brian stating that he didn't see any evidence that there was a god. And this would explain his yelling at Peter about God being pissed, what with the blood in the bathtub and the other signs.
Also, to my knowledge, Jesus was a real person. It's just whether or not you believe he was the son of God.
Brian realizes that in his universe God only exists when it's funny for God to exist. When it's not, God doesn't exist.
Do the same people that think it's incredibly offensive for Brian to rant and make jokes about conservatives also criticize South Park just as heavily? I'd certainly hope so, being as South Park has demonized people who disagree with Parker and Stone's libertarian-ish ideals far more often than Seth has demonized his favorite targets.
Pelosi was depicted as a crackhead and there have been jokes about the Kennedys and Clintons too. And South Park isn't as equal as you think. The left is usually portrayed a lot worse than the right. This troper has no problem with either show doing that, because they have the right to express themselves as they please and there's no law that says that they have to offend both sides equally.
South Park "goes after everyone equally" because the creators are extreme libertarians, a faction far smaller than the general left or right wings. Just because South Park attacks both sides in favor of a smaller third side doesn't mean they're fair. In fact, you could make an argument that Family Guy shows Brian to be a Small Name, Big Ego far more than South Park has ever taken digs at itself or its own equally strawman-filled messages.
The Libertarian Party is actually the third largest political party in the USA.
A very, very distant third.
Let's all calm down people. The episode where Brian met Jesus ended with Him restoring Peter's recording "Surfin' Bird" as sort of a permanent floating soundtrack; earlier Brian and Stewie had destroyed Peter's copy (plus every known copy in town) because of his incessant playing and subsequent monomania over the song. To have their source of extreme annoyance restored, and in such an invulnerable state must have put Brian into a permanent rejection of anyone who would do such a thing.
To sum up: Flat Earth Atheist, Naytheist, Jesus has indirectly screwed Brian over, and animals don't get to go into heaven according to Christian doctrine and when we do see God he's usually acting pretty immature (enough to embarrass Jesus, at least). And of course, all of it is moot anyways because as we saw in the Stewie time-travel trilogy flash forward that Brian is let into Heaven anyways presumably because the standards of God and Jesus in the Family Guy universe aren't as high as they are in religious doctrine (or because All Dogs Go to Heaven was actually a gospel delivered by an unknowingly prophetic Don Bluth).
Stewie lampshaded it in a recent Christmas episode
A question to do with that Surfin' Bird remark. In I Dream of Jesus, Brian and Stewie destroy every single copy of Surfin' Bird in town. Yet in later episodes, Peter continues to play it. How did he obtain it?
There's more than one town?
Didn't Jesus give him another copy at the end of the episode?
What ever happened to Lois's job as a piano teacher? Considering that Peter spends large amounts of money on schemes and other things, it's kind of a conundrum. Also taking into account that Peter is shown to be extremely incompetent at his job (which most likely does not pay a lot), it makes me wonder how the Griffins are not poor yet.
Lois's mom probably chips in when times start getting rough. Alternatively, she steals from her dad, but only a thousand bucks here or there - amounts of money that a billionaire like him wouldn't even realize he's missing.
And as we've seen in Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater, Lois has other rich family members who think well enough of her that borrowing money from them is a possibility.
Did Brian ever get neutered? If not, why not?
Of course not. As we saw in Dog Gone, the Griffins really care about Brian, and they see him as human. Would you get your son neutered?
They also confirmed in Screwed the Pooch that Brian hasn't been neutered, when it was feared that he impregnated a prize pedigree dog and Brian had to sue for custody of his children. Part of the settlement was that Brian could have custody if he agreed to be neutered... but it turned out that the puppies weren't his, so he wasn't.
However, in the episode, "Blind Ambition," when the guys and their wives take Quagmire out into the mall, Peter removes a "training cone" from Quagmire's crotch saying that he got the idea when "Brian had his operation." A cutaway shows Brian wearing a cone around his neck, and he has a stitched up crotch, but no one makes any kind of indication as to what "the operation" was. I've always wondered if he's actually been neutered or not.
In the Christmas Episode where Stewie and Him go to find Santa, it is more ore less stated he isn't, as the robot clone says something about getting neutered and Lois reacts rather surprised.
Is Stewie bisexual or gay? He seems Bisexual or possibly pansexual, but I've heard Word of God is he's not. Did they mean "gay" as in he's attracted to boys too? Or are they just pulling our leg? He can be heterosexual, asexual, bisexual or homosexual Depending on the Writer.
This may not be Wikipedia, but still you can't just say things like that & not provide a valid source. Stewie has been attracted to plenty of females before. He was even married. A large part of the Family Guy fandom seems to think that Family Guy has a No Bisexuals rule, when this hasn't been proven.
Yes, I'd like to see a link to wherever it is that Seth said that Stewie was 100% gay. Because there's a fair to middling chance he MIGHT have just been pulling our legs.
Seth confirmed it in an interview with playboy. He also said that his aggression towards Lois comes from his sexual confusion or something like that. Anyway this troper has a theory. Stewie is very very intelligent for his age, so he tried to pursue relationships. Due to how all theme romantic (and non-romantic) relationships turned out (badly), Stewie decided to give up on women as a whole.
Except not, as he just said before that Stewie's gay.
No, they explicitly said that they thought it better to keep it vague. Honestly, read more carefully.
"Stewie will be gay or a very unhappy repressed heterosexual."
Simply a guess as to why Stewie's pursuit of homosexual relationships and hints far outweighed his pursuit of heterosexual relationships aside from Flanderization. But yes, Stewie may well be a bisexual. Of course, he seems far more interested in Brian than any other women.
Brian is not a woman...
Err I meant that Stewie's interest in Brian is overarching into multiple episodes (or seasons) Stewie's interest in a girl will last maybe one episode. But who I am kidding, it's most likely a running gag.
It's an odd running gag, that's for sure. There are lots of episodes where Stewie comes onto Brian or Stewie happily dresses like a girl. In one episode, Brian asks him if he's gay and Stewie says, "Probably."
Is Stewie still 1? If I recall correctly the rest of the Griffin family is said to have aged (or at least Meg, Chris, and Brian) The last time I recalled Stewie's age being brought up specifically was in "Road To Rupert" where Stewie remarks "I'm 1" and Brian responds with "Still?".
I think itï¿½s more that the older characters have vague ages that can change by a few years when appropriate. Stewie on the other hand is a baby, and so there isn't a particularly large range of ages that he can be put in - even if they said he was two he should really look noticeably different.
They've shown Stewie with kids who are about 5 years old that are the same height. And in Real Life, this troper's little brother looked almost the same as a five-year-old as a one year old (same face, same haircut, same head, just bigger and taller with more five-year-old knowledge.)
In the multiverse episode, in the universe where Christianity never took over, why does the Sistine Chapel even exist? A Chapel is essentially a church, why would a huge church be built in a non-Christian world?
Christianity is not as original as many may think. Chapels are a very, very easy concept to come up with in a religion.
I think the question is why the SISTINE Chapel was built, and not the Sistine CHAPEL.
In Road To The Multiverse, the first world Stewie and Brian went to was a world where Christianity never existed. If that's the case, what was to keep any other religion from filling that void and "holding science back" for centuries?
The biggest religions right now are Christianity and Islam. No Christianity means no Islam, so maybe there just wasn't another huge religion which caught in the coming centuries. Maybe some secular ideology (like nationalism or humanism or something) became popular instead. Who knows?
It is very likely that without Christianity (and subsequently Islam), all the other religions may have gone the way they have gone, becoming something of a group of minorities instead of jumping up to grab the spotlight. As reason stands, the Library of Alexandria existed during what I believe was a Jewish rule, so if my premise is correct, it stands to reason that the beliefs at the time were already lighter on growing science than Christianity was.
Uh, no, it wasn't under Jewish rule at any point. First it was under the Ptolemaic Hellenes and after that under Roman rule, passing into Roman Christianity and Islam after that. When it comes to what would have happened without Christianity and Islam, let's not forget that several new faiths, such as Mithraism and Manichaeism competed with Christianity, so it is hard to imagine that no other religion would have taken their place. It is hard to imagine humanism or nationalism taking religions place too, without the printing press and in a slave economy. And besides, the Roman republic was quite nationalistic in itself.
A straight up Conflict thesis is hardly the common modern view of historians anyway, despite the hold it has on the popular culture (mostly because there is conflict today between certain religions and scientific tenets, most notably non-liberal Protestants and Muslims on one side, and the theory of evolution on the other). An atheist, with no formal history background, believing it is hardly unrealistic however. The whole universe serving as a visual confirmation of his beliefs on the other hand...
In Stewie Kills Lois, Peter is blamed for Lois' death and put on trial, and would have been found guilty if Lois hadn't walked in. How could it possibly get that far? A simple fingerprint analysis would have shown Peter never touched that gun, so there was no evidence that he killed Lois.
Considering that the whole thing was a story written by Stewie...
Actually, it was a computer simulation of exactly what would have happened.
Usually in these situations the main character has to be the main suspect no matter how implausible it is.
Fingerprints aren't anywhere near as ubiquitous as people think they are. Even if Peter didn't wipe the gun it would be entirely possible for him to hold it without leaving an identifiable print.
Even with no identifiable print of Peter on the gun or the other things that Stewie threw away, that'd still leave at least Stewie's prints on them and that might lead to a question of why a baby's fingerprints would be on a firearm and so would provide reasonable doubt (or just add child endangerment to the charges if they believed Peter let Stewie around weapons).
Again, there's no guarantee that Stewie would have left finger prints, either. Whether or not you leave finger prints depends on how much oil is on your hands at the time and the pressure with which you apply your grip. Finger prints also degrade with time when left to the elements. So even if Stewie didn't wipe the gun clean of prints(a simple task that he'd be smart enough to do), chances are his prints would have degraded after a year. Alternatively, we can chalk it up to the Quahog police department's general incompetence.
Actually, James Woods ate his arms and legs. He didn't mention what happened to his torso...
If you listen carefully he said, "I was pretty normal guy until we dropped acid one night and he thought I was a steak. He ate my arms, legs, it was a whole thing." implying that James Woods ate most of not all of his torso. The Pinocchio analogue was just rule of funny.
I always thought he was being sarcastic when he said "No, me father was a tree", because Quagmire asked if he had been in an accident, and realistically, it's obvious he was
It's always bugged me how in the Multi-verse episode, in some universes they take on the appearance of that universes Brian and Stewie, yet in others they look normal.
Well, Stewie explains that in the Multiverse theory, there is an infinite number of universes with infinite variations. Some are only slightly different from our world, some wildly different. So there are some where the way that the universe works means that the way things are depends on the universe. For example, you go to some sort of Rule 64 universe where EVERYONE is the opposite gender from what they are in our world. You run into this universe's version of yourself. His or her friends notice, "Hey, that person is the boy/girl version of you!" But since besides this switch, the universe still works the same, you still look the way you do here. Now, in a world where everything is 2-D, you are likely going to find yourself either being 2-D or somehow breaking the physics of this world. Plus, note that Stewie and Brian only change when we don't see that world's Stewie or Brian (if it has them). They stay normal when we see THAT world's Stewie or Brian. This is likely to keep people in that world from going "Why are there two of them now?" Or, depending on the world "WHYARETHERENOWTWOOFTHEM?MMMMEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!" ;) Plus, there is always something to be said about Rule of Funny.
How the heck did Stewie know what Bertram's name was? He wasn't named in "Emission Impossible", and there's no way he could have known what Bertram's lesbian parents named him.
Here's a non-petulant question for once. After the events of And Then There Were Fewer, Tom is wrongly charged with murder after falling victim to Diane's plans. But then a few episodes later, he's back on the air. The only person who heard Diane's confession was Lois, who also saw Diane get shot by Stewie and fall into the ocean. Of course, not only would her story be rather hard to believe, since no one else heard Diane, it might make people wonder if she killed Diane, or perhaps that she was the previous night's murderer. (Of course, they might have found Diane's body and been able to compare the bullet from Stewie's rifle with the bullet from her revolver, but it looked like there was a pretty strong current out there.) Okay, bottom line is, how did Lois spring Tom, and how did people believe her story?
This is the same town that was convinced a baby was possessed by Satan because it threw up, and elects people mayor just by saying "9/11" over and over. I'm pretty sure she didn't have to roll a 20 to bluff.
Remember the award Meg found? Most likely it didn't have Tomï¿½s fingerprints on it(and maybe Dianeï¿½s were on it if she didnï¿½t wear gloves) and it was confirmed to be the murder weapon for Jillianï¿½s husband. So most likely they dusted it and found only Megs, James Woods, Consuelaï¿½s and maybe Dianeï¿½s, but not Toms.
"And I'm Joyce Kinney" had a part that made me stop and think. Joyce reveals Lois's porn past as revenge for being embarrassed by her in high school. In order for this to have happened, Joyce would be only a few years younger than her. Lois is in her forties, so Joyce is at the least in her late thirties and at the most in her forties as well. The problem here is that Diane was fired for turning forty. So, why would the station fire Diane for getting old and hire someone so close to her age? Joyce was brought on because Tom wanted a younger co-anchor. Unless Lois graduated several years behind or Joyce skipped a lot of years, this is a pretty bad plot hole.
But she doesn't look forty. That's why Diane was gonna get fired, because no one wants to hear about terrorism from Phyllis Diller on screen.
"Tiegs For Two". So, does that mean Brian and Quagmire have ended their feud or not? It looked like they were about to, but then he drives off, leaving Brian outside the restaurant by himself, then hits him with the back of his car. According to Wikipedia, it does, but that site isn't completely reliable. What will this turn out to mean?
Arguable, since that instance actually took out the recycled gag of their recent bouts (ie. Brian accidentally offending Quagmire and getting his face chewed off) and upgraded the character's chemistry a little (Brian now hates Quagmire back, while Quagmire is becoming more calculating in dealing with him) suggesting even if the feud isn't going to end, they want to develop it into different scenarios making it less "Peter vs Ernie the Chicken" and more "Brian vs Stewie" from the early seasons. The following episode also used their feud in a different manner, with Peter exploiting Quagmire's hatred for Brian to get him to turn his plane around. It is a rather sadistic "Jerkass vs Jerkass" concept that displays both of their petty and unpleasant tendencies at full scale, but even without their rivalry they were heading in that direction fast anyway.
Okay, so when Stewie and Brian fails to save Leonardo Da Vinci, the universe doesn't break because Stewie goes on to be his own (Great great great...) grandfather. So why did the universe start falling apart when Bertram first went back in time?
In "Peter Griffin: Husband, Father... Brother?" it is established that Peter has a black ancestor (Nate Griffin) who slept with his (Peter's) white great-great-grandmother and "her fine sister." However, in "Untitled Griffin Family History," Nate started a family with Lois Laura Bush Lynn Cheney Pewterschmidt, which would imply either: a) Lois and Peter are related, or b) Nate is Lois's ancestor, not Peter's, and the family name and resemblance is a coincidence.
Considering Peter's real dad is a white drunk born and raised in Ireland, I'm pretty sure the writers have no idea how Nate Griffin factors in any more.
It's not impossible one of Nate's descendants spent time in Ireland, but still...
Allow me to remind you of a very disturbing fact. Everybody on the planet is related to everybody else on the planet. In fact, considering all life on earth has a common evolutionary ancestor (the first spark of life), every living thing on the planet is related to every other living thing on the planet. All of you have at least one common ancestor with your significant other (And realistically speaking you probably would have hundreds if not thousands) You would have to actually shag an alien to have sexual intercourse without technically committing incest.
It's rule of funny. The joke is she isn't as ugly as everyone else acts.
According to the Family Guy wiki she might be considered ugly due to being the plainest member of the main cast. They already have a "fat" brunette that wears glasses (Peter) and so this somehow translates to her being considered ugly. Just a theory though.
Was Brian born on a puppy mill or what?
Yes. He reveals that he was born in a puppy mill in "Road to Rhode Island".
It barely resembles a puppy mill though. Plus, doesn't Brian know anything about them? His mom didn't give him away, they took him away.
^ It was a farm that also sold dogs. Plus it wasn't about whether or not he was actually given or taken, the point was he had serious abandonment issues at the time stemming from a traumatic childhood memory of separation.
So if Adolf Hitler is Peter Hitler's brother, that would make Peter Griffin indirectly related to Hitler. If Adolf Hitler is derived from the same ancestors as Peter (Nate Griffin), than wouldn't that make Adolf Hitler part black?
In the Family Guy universe, yes. Then again, the show isn't exactly known for its strong continuity and Peter's bizarre family tree is pretty much just a running gag.
For the record, Adolf Hitler did have an older half-brother, Alois, who married an Irishwoman and had a son by her. Considering Peter's natural father is also Irish, it's not impossible for their fates to intermesh in the Griffin-verse, manatee balls permitting.
Why exactly was Quagmire pissed off when Brian said he was half-polish?
That works up until the show itself calls attention to this weirdness such as the episode where he gets arrested for not wearing a leash, or when him and Stewie go to another universe where the roles of Dogs and Humans are reversed and the other dogs are disgusted by him taking interest in a human woman
You're right. Up til you pointed that out, I thought Family Guy had brilliant world-building on par with Lord of the Rings, instead of being entirely nonsensical and based on 'whatever the writers thought was funny at the time'.
Come to think of it... are there any FEMALE anthropomorphic dogs or are they all male like Brian and Jasper?
The closest we get is the Pewderschmidt's greyhound Seabreeze, she did have a litter of human-headed puppies fathered by Ted Turner.
In Baby Not On Board, how did Peter get out of the car and into another car without a single injury to watch a movie?
In "Stew-Roids" where Peter says that he's so hungry that he "can eat a horse", why did it lead to a cutaway where he was implied to have had sex with one?
Are you up on your slang for oral sex? That's what they meant.
I always thought the joke was he ate the horse's mate/husband completely and then fell asleep in their bed or something like that. Pretty sure he apologized to the female horse.
No, no; first commenter was right.
Its an oral sex joke like the first commenter said. I'm starting to get the impression that some of the tropers here are to young to be watching Family Guy.
In "The Big Bang Theory", Bertram goes all the way back in time to kill Leonardo da Vinci in order to eliminate Stewie (a descendant of da Vinci). However, he is Stewie's half-brother, by Peter. So why didn't Bertram just go back in time to kill Lois before Stewie's birth instead? That way, it would ensure that Stewie wouldn't be born without risking a potentially huge Butterfly of Doom scenario that killing Leonardo da Vinci would entail.
Maybe he wanted to literally erase the Griffin family.
It wouldn't have prevented the universe from being destroyed if he killed Lois before giving birth to Stewie. The point wasn't that da Vinci's death would destroy the universe, it's that Stewie never being born would as he created the universe by accident. If the Stewie born from Lois didn't exist, neither would the universe. But that raises a further question of why Bertram continued even after finding that out. Due to circumstances that I'm not going to go into detail with he would have ceased to exist himself even if Stewie wasn't the creator of the universe. Why engineer his own demise as well? Does he hate Stewie that much, or does he just hate himself as well?
Is the show anti-drugs, pro-drugs, or do they just write whatever they feel? Lately it's been rather pro-legalizing drugs however an early episode (the folk singer one) seemed anti.
There's a big difference between marijuana and drugs that are actually dangerous.
The show's opinions on topics all depends on who the writer was that week. The show has been getting fairly sloppy in that sense.
Marijuana is definitely dangerous, just not to the same extent as cocaine, ecstasy etc.
The earlier episode (the folk singer one) was made due to pressure from the network to make an "anti-drug" episode.
On The Road to the North Pole feature people who don't believe in Santa but have apparently never heard of buying gifts for others themselves. It's all on Santa
That's actually a common thing in TV shows where Santa exists: no adult believes he's real but nobody seems to question all the presents showing up under the tree.
In one episode (I forgot the title, sorry), Peter is declared mentally retarded, and therefore incapable of looking after Meg, Chris and Stewie. By the end of the episode, Lois gets them back because she's declared capable of caring for them. Fine... until Fridge Logic kicks in and you realize that Lois can be just as bad as Peter, except without the excuse of not knowing any better. For a start, her libido borders on nymphomania - she has various unhealthy fetishes (remember that time Peter accidentally shot her and she told him to twist the bullet?), and has raped Peter on a number of occasions. Out of the three children, she's worst towards Meg, in particular one instance where she all but tells Meg to commit suicide, but her treatment towards Chris and Stewie is far from loving as well - she's been shown to steal money from Chris while he's asleep (with the implication that she does this a lot), and Stewie just seems to wander about wherever he wants, and Lois doesn't care at all. Now, obviously the authorities wouldn't know all of this, but at the very least she makes her cruel treatment towards Meg extremely obvious, and also most people would probably notice something wrong with a two-year-old walking the streets alone. Yet apparently Lois is still considered a capable mother. Brian lives in the house and witnesses more of Lois' cruelty than most - why doesn't he blow the whistle on her?
Rule of Funny; neither Lois or Peter are great parents to their children, and have become increasingly worse over the years. And Brian wouldn't dump Lois in it because he's in love with her.
Not even Rule of Funny really cuts it - the fact that Lois has become increasingly sociopathic (plus Brian becoming egotistical and intolerant) means that the show doesn't really have a Straight Man anymore. From Brian's point of view, even if he does love her, wouldn't he become just a little bit irritated by her attitude towards him? She seems to belittle his political and religious views whenever the opportunity arises, and constantly pokes fun at his hobbies/girlfriend/whatever he's doing. You'd think that Brian would lose respect for her and report her...
However, Brian has been noted for his preference in women for looks rather than their personality, something that is still implied to be in Lois' favor.
What is Consuela's deal? Is she really that ignorant or is she just pretending to be so she can get out of doing work?
Sometimes people can be that bad at their jobs. My aunt once hurt her arm, so she wasn't able to take care of the house work, so she and my uncle hired a maid. Does said maid do what she's paid to do, which is to help and make things easier for my aunt well her arm gets better and make honest pay? Nope. She sat around not doing anything but eat their food and be lazy. To say that she was as useless as a house cat would be an offense to cats. My aunt even dropped something and to any normal person, it would be obvious to pick it up. But not HER, no. She just looks at my aunt as if to say "Why can't your lazy ass pick it up?" In the end, to get rid of her, my uncle, who is not the blunt sort of person, lied and told her "We can't afford a maid." Now, if it where me, I would have fired her out right, but not before giving her a good talking down to and maybe even reporting her laziness to her boss. The way this troper sees things, there are bad people in life as well as good people, so he choices to focus on the good people. I hope I answered your question.
In a recent episode, they had a joke about school shootings. How the hell did that get on television?
Are you new to this show or something?
No, I've watched the show for a long time, but seriously. SCHOOL SHOOTINGS?!?
I can think of worse things that the show has joked about. The "Terri Schiavo" musical featuring infants stands out in particular.
Why is it that Stewie joined the army just to get a gun in "Saving Private Brian"? It had been well-established that he could - and often did - get any gun he wanted, even keeping aside a munitions budget! I don't think the army keeps their standard-issue weapons *that* hard to get...
Maybe he really wanted that particular model but it was too rare for him to buy.
Why does "Prick Up Your Ears" imply teenagers know next to nothing about sex, even at Meg's age? The way the characters talk about sex ed imply the students are unaware of condoms, and haven't been through a sex ed class before. Most kids and teens have sex ed class during middle school, while kids are starting puberty, and not when they're almost adults.
It was heavily implied that there was never any sex ed in Quahog schools. That could explain why theyï¿½re so naive.
Pretty much this. You'd be surprised how ignorant some teenagers are about sex, and often it's the result of not getting any (comprehensive) sex education. In my high school, a lot of teens were pretty ignorant about sex and birth control, which could've been the reason the school had so many pregnant teenagers...
I know 10 year olds without a lick of sex ed that know more about sex then these teens did.
The Jewish joke in the Disney-universe. Yea.. There's really no proof to prove Walt hated Jews.
Where have you been? Rumors about Disney's anti-Semitism have flourished for decades.
Yes, but the same can be said about rumors of Mr Rogers secretly being a racist or covered in tattoos. They've been gossiped about for decades but there's never any actual evidence beyond word of mouth.
Of course. The show was just having fun with those rumors, that's all. That's what I meant to say.
The boy that was in love with Meg. What the HELL. They just meet and they instantly fall in love?? There's another thing that's confusing, too. First, he says that he ran away from home because he couldn't stand the thought of losing Meg. But at the end of the episode, he decides he wants to stay in the community? What caused that shift in logic?
Uhh, they're teenagers. Teenagers are generally melodramatic, irrational, and prone to wild mood swings. "Love at first sight" isn't such a ludicrous concept to the average teenager, and constantly changing their mind about "what's best" isn't anything new, either.
Not just that, they had to part to stop the feud between their parents that started because they were love and wanted to be together and its more like "a we love each other but cannot, due to our circumstances, be together" kind of thing.
Is there any consistency with DVD's/Itunes/Netflix being censored/uncensored? From what I can tell, some seasons are, others are not. Words are bleeped, scenes are changed and it almost seems to be random at that rather than just older/newer seasons being censored for release.
It's just like that when you buy South Park DVDs and watch them online. If some seasons were made past a later time, then they will come uncensored and, if others weren't, then then they'll come with original broadcast material
Here's what eats at me. Am I the only one who feels like in "Something Something Darkside" that it seems like the way Peter/Han treats Lois/Leia just sort feels like peters venting out all of his issues toward Lois and projecting how he'd like to deal with it onto Han/Peter?
Well, Peter is the one telling the story.
In that episode where Chris gets expelled from school for being the dumbest student and is then sent to a rich university, he tells his roommates that he is poor. How exactly are the Griffins poor? They rarely talk about anything money related and there's only been very few episodes that showed the Griffins have money troubles. Unlike The Simpsons, the house isn't falling apart, they got nice furniture and property, and they can afford more than one car it seems.
Probably they were poor in a sense that they couldn't afford the academy Chris was attending. Besides, you've probably saw in many teen movies about how the unpopular girl is poor yet she has a huge house and her own car. Man, there should be a trope named Hollywood Poor.
Well, he's poor in comparison to the other students there. In general, the Griffins' money problems/lack thereof seem to be based entirely on Rule of Funny (like everything else on the show).
In one episode, we're told Chris is very well-hung. Yet in the episode where he runs away to avoid the freshman punishment, he ends up wearing a tiny loincloth. Not that I want to see his danglage, but if he's big enough to impress Loose Lois, that loincloth won't get the job done.
"Oh my, Chris, we can see your genitals!" They can see his danglage, but it's conveniently blocked out for TV.
In The Cleveland Show's part of the "Night of the Hurricane" crossover, the hurricane is said to hit Stoolbend, then pass through Quahog, and then finally end up in Langley Falls. The episodes were aired that order, but from a geographical point of view... the hurricane went from Virginia, to Rhode Island, and then back to Virginia. It went 450 miles to Rhode Island, AND THEN BACK AGAIN! ...why?
Rule of Funny, in order to correspond with the shows' time slots.
It did happen in 1985 with Hurricane Elena, which first headed toward Louisiana, veered west to Florida, and then looped back around to Louisiana again. Weird, but true.
In the episode where Stewie's friend is sick and his Christian Scientist parents won't get him the healthcare he needs, Joe says there's no law against it. Uh. Yeah, there is. Doesn't withholding adequate healthcare from your child count as "neglect"? There have been several cases where parents were deemed guilty of manslaughter when their kid dies from a treatable condition.
The law varies by state. Some states have religion-based exemptions that effectively give parents the right to use faith-based healing instead of conventional medical treatment. It's an oversimplification to say "there's no law against it," but it is true that authorities are often powerless to act in such cases.
Why is it that despite all the punishment she received from the Griffins as a result of her bitchy behavior towards them, and especially towards Meg (which includes getting the crap beaten out of her twice), Why does Connie D'Amico still continues to act like a jerk? To think she should learn by now? Is this proving this trouper right that bullies have the privilege to be stupid?
Like a lot of teenagers, she probably doesn't learn lessons well.
How is it that Tom Tucker doesn't know that Heath Ledger has been dead for years? As a news reporter, you'd think he would've reported on it.
He's incompetent. Tom Tucker not knowing things a news reporter should know is practically a Running Gag.
Where are the FEMALE talking dogs anyway? Most of the talking dogs in Family Guy are males like Brian and Jasper yet we never see a talking female dog... no wonder why Brian dates human women.
We've seen so few talking dogs in general, so far there's no indication that there's a disproportionate amount of male talking dogs to female ones. But it does still raise the question as to why there are so few talking dogs in the first place.
In 420, Mayor West passes a law making marijuana legal in Quahog. Now I admit I don't know much about the government, but can a municipality really make marijuana legal? Isn't it an issue for the state to decide, not just one random city or is there something I'm missing?
For the same reason they had an episode where the mayor has the ability to legalize gay marriage. It's simply easier for the writers to radically over simplify how the legal system works. Plus this way they could have Adam West, rather than the actual governor at the time.
I actually wouldn't be surprised if a town tried to do that. I would be surprised if the legalization lasted for any length of time, and I would fully expect that any town that did that would see a significant increase in state law enforcement patrolling the area, though.
The pot law may be a by-law.
Why is Lois willing to put up with so much of the crap Peter has pulled? Even if you can look past the whole rich, beautiful, responsible (for the most part) woman marrying the fat, ugly slob thing, why doesn't she put her foot down when Peter does something ridiculous, destructive, or money-wasting?
This is actually addressed in the season 10 episode "You Can't Do That On Television, Peter." Lois finally gets fed up with Peter not contributing anything and resigns to just leave him to kill himself with his antics.
Peter and Lois have a very satisfying sex life. That can make up for a lot.
When it comes down to it, Lois is as bad of a person, if not a worse person than Peter is- she may not cause as much wanton destruction as him, but she's more intelligent and more responsible for her actions. Really, in the most twisted way I can think of, these two are soul-mates.
Sort of like a gender-flipped version of Joker and Harley.
This troper realized after watching "Family Goy" tonight, why does Peter still listen to the ghost of Francis Griffin even though he isn't his real father, that and he wasn't quite nice to Peter when he was alive.
In the episode where Francis died, Peter does acknowledge that even though Francis wasn't his biological father, he still raised him and took care of him.
Is Brian attracted to human women or female dogs? He used to date women but once he has impregnated a bitch.
In which episode did he impregnate anyone? He has the one human son, but that's the only account of offspring from him that we have, I think. As far as your question goes, he seems to be more attracted to human women as the series has progressed. In earlier episodes, we do see him looking at "dog porn" and being attracted to Seabreeze, but I think it's safe to say he's attracted more to human women.
He did have a pregnancy scare with Seabreeze, but the puppies weren't his.
So in "And Then There Were Fewer" everybody who was invited to the dinner by James Woods were all supposed to have been wronged by him somehow, and we find out what most of those reasons are. But what did he do to wrong Carl, Derek and Jillian?
If Stewie placed a time bomb in Lois's uterus before coming out ("Happy 50th birthday, Lois"), then why does he feel the need to try and kill her all the time. Especially when her 50th birthday can't be too far away. Can't he just wait?
She's about 42 now, so that means it's another seven years plus however many months until her 50th birthday. Presumably Stewie hates her so much that he wants her to be destroyed earlier if at all possible. Alternatively, Stewie knows thatnone of them ever age.
In early seasons, Brian is essentially a dog with certain human-like traits (being able to talk, read etc.), and everyone else consequently treats him like a dog. Yet nowadays, he's essentially seen as a human in all but name. What caused such a massive change in the way people viewed him?
In Road to The Multiverse, when they're trapped in the ice age, Stewie keeps giving compliments to Brian (apparently this is the only way Brain's tail will wag) so Brian can press the button and get out. If Brian could press the button on his own accord, how come he needed Stewie to keep saying good things?
You answered your own question. Brian's tail will only wag when he's pleased.
Yeah, but his tail stopped (because he was through to the remote) and he asked Stewie, "What do I do?" Stewie told him to press the red button, so he moved his tail and pushed the button with it. He wasn't being pleased, he just did it.
From what I recall, most of Brian was stuck in ice, and he had to wag his tail to cut away some of the ice so he would have more mobility to tap the button.
In the episode "Dial Meg For Murder," why is Meg arrested for harboring a fugitive, Luke, when Luke escaped from jail himself and he didn't even stay a night in Meg's room?
Why does Brian get straight-up persecuted for dating a 50-year old woman (who's treated by the writers to be more like 90 years old), but gets congratulated by everyone for dating Cheryl Tiegs, who Quagmire is in love with. (Cheryl Tiegs is over 60)
Probably because Tiegs was a famous model.
Related question about "Brian's Got A Brand New Bag": why does Brian get persecuted for dating a 50-year old woman when several episodes have placed his own age around 45-50?
In "Screams of Silence," we find that Quagmire auto-erotically asphyxiates himself every morning. So how come THAT morning it didn't work (the whole coma bit)?
Maybe it's because that was his first time using a rope to choke himself and it went horribly wrong, and the fact that it was clown porn he was watching didn't help either.
In Da Boom, why do all the computers fail at midnight American Eastern time? Wouldn't some have failed in the several midnights the other time zones had previous to that? I suppose it could be explained as it was all what's her face's dream, and dreams are weird, but still.
How did Peter regain his sight at the end of Blind Ambition?
From That Other Wiki: "...from a homeless man dragged to death when Peter accidentally tied his guide dog around the man's neck thinking it was a parking meter."
Exactly. The headline said "donates eyes to local hero"
Does Stewie even know that normal babies don't do the things he normally does (i.e. talk, smoke, drink, have implied sex, etc.) I'm surprised Stewie doesn't see himself as a freak for this. In face this Troper thinks Stewie is a "british angry little person" because he doesn't act like a normal baby.
Stewie's shown holding himself above "normal" babies and holding them in contempt as idiots. So yes, he probably realizes he's different, and is likely proud of that fact.
In The Big Bang Theory, if Bertram killed Stewie's ancestor, wouldn't he then cease to exist himself?
It's explained that Bertram was killing a relative on Lois' side. Bertram is only Stewie's brother through Peter, so causing Lois to not exist wouldn't necessarily make him disappear.
If Peter was so eager to get Chris converted to Judaism so he'd get better grades, why would he freak out over discovering Lois is Jewish? And don't say Rule of Funny or Negative Continuity.
At first he embraced it, but when his Catholic father told him that he would go to hell if he didn't knock the Jewish stuff, he began to attack Lois.
In Lois Kills Stewie, why did Stewie leave his armory of weapons in the Griffon's house?
Rule of Funny, plus since the family discovered his true colors on that episode, it was no need for him to hide his weapons anywhere else anyway.
If it turns out this whole time that Stewie has very little teeth and even when he is "de-teething" in the new episode "Yug Ylimaf" then what the hell are those little white things that appear in his mouth when he talks?
Okay, so apparently Meg has to be Butt Monkey or her family will fall apart. Even the kindest, most selfless person in the world would see her family as pathetic jerks who deserve to fall apart, and because of that wouldn't take crap from them. Why can't Meg see that?
Better yet, we know why the family treats her horribly but why do other people besides the Griffins treat her horribly as well. I mean Meg mentions if people from the outside saw how Peter treats Meg, he would be in prison a long time ago, then that means Joe is ok with how Peter is treating Meg... and here I thought he was a competent cop!
I thought she meant in real life.
Let's Talk about James Woods. I'm really confused about him. This has to do with the second episode. No, it's not about the whole "how can someone who looks completely different from Peter take over his life" I know that's the idiot ball getting mailed to the Quahog police department, David Letterman, and the rest of America, (as much as it pisses me off). No, it's about how he gets there. Now, he's put into a box (which Woods and Peter both point out had NO AIRHOLES). Said box is sent to that warehouse from Indiana Jones, which the film "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." shows us is somewhere in the Nevada desert. Now, this means that James Woods: A) survived being in said crate; B) somehow got out of both said crate and the military warehouse it was in; C) managed to get back to Rode Island, where for all he knows, Peter could have moved, changed his name, got a restraining order against him, or even died; D)figure out that a singer who Peter likes would be in town and Peter would be there; E) that Peter would forget his wallet and that he would be able to find said wallet before anyone would take it for cash or put it in the lost and found; F) create a pattern that could be tracked; and G) Peter actually having the brain power to track him down. And not only does he do the same thing twice in his appearance after this (without the going back to Rode Island part) and neither Peter or Brian even ASK how he did it. I know there would be no time, but geez, writers. You can't expect THAT kind of Houdini trick without someone asking how he did it. So, could someone please answer this for me? It just really bugs me.
I would say Rule of Funny, but let's try to explain it in-universe. I just think that James Woods didn't plan on Peter going to the concert and that finding his wallet was just a coincidence. He also didn't plan on Peter and Brian finding him at the restaurant, and James was just going to take Peter's identity without him knowing. Also James Woods was only put in a crate twice, once in his first appearance and once here.
That's what I meant. He escaped the crate in this episode and the episode in appears in after this. OK, that's a good explanation, but I don't get why they don't even use it as a throw-away gag. You know, Peter asks how he got out and Woods says something like "Those top men aren't good at security." or something like that.
Why can't Meg just run away and dump her family. It's obvious that they will never change the way they treat her.
Because it would mean having to change the show. Albeit, it wouldn't be like if Peter died for real, maybe even help the show, seeing as how they have done entire episodes without even giving Meg a line. But, I guess then they wouldn't be able to make buttmonkey jokes with her, but you have a point.
She moved to Cleveland's for a short time when a reality show was made about them, but soon she started to miss them and be missed.
Actually, that was a pre-cancellation episode, before Meg was turned into the most extreme Butt Monkey in existence.
What's with this show showing blind people as dumb? Granted, blind people don't get treated as badly as, say, the right wing, but still it's weird. In fact, I think this might even be a trope, because I've seen the pattern on some other shows where they do gags about how "blind people can't see, so they can barely function in such a visual world like ours." I thought the speaking braille gag was funny and I can explain the stuff Peter did to him not being adjusted to living without sight, but some are kind of weird. Like that blind guy who says "I don't know what red is." I have a friend who is blind (and yes, I know there are different levels of blindness) but he can still make out the color red better than other colors. Or take that blind girl that Brian dated. Now, keeping in mind that someone who's been blind for a long time often has improved senses of hearing, touch, and smell (something that even THIS show pointed out once), how does she not, say, SMELL a dog when Brian's around, or doesn't recognize Brian's smell or notice that the sound of his voice is coming from the same height level as Brian's did? And for that matter, why doesn't she like dogs? I mean, I know that not everyone's a dog person, but you think she would have at least an ounce of respect for the animal that has allowed people like her (and with other disabilities for that matter) live happier, fuller and sometimes even longer lives.
Brian, being a dog, probably has a better sense of smell than her, so he would know to hide the smell when he was with her. The higher sense of smell could also explain why he doesn't usually smell like a dog: he wants to be accepted as more "human" than regular dogs, so he may be hiding the smell all the time. Also, some people just naturally dislike dogs, due to their natural state of hyperness.
Brian is disguising himself as a human, so he's probably masking it.
How did Brian stop the 9/11 attacks in "Road to the Pilot"? He saved one plane, but there were four planes hijacked on 9/11!
Hey, you're RIGHT! I can't believe I didn't think of that before! Well, best I can guess is that maybe the pilots radioed to the info to the ground, and that got the air force's attention so when reports of the other highjacked planes came in, they were able to respond better, I guess.
After he saves the plane, he picks up the radio and says "tell them to ground every plane out of the east coast" or something like that.
How come in that one episode where Lois got married to Quagmire instead of Peter, EVERYTHING WAS DIFFERENT? I mean, how does a couple, who were completely unrelated to any major politics, getting married to other people effect the outcome of a NATION ELECTION that happens OVER A DECADE LATER?!?! It's not like that one time on American Dad, were they explained it (Stan got that director off drugs, which means he never make that movie "Taxi" which meant John Hinckely never obsessed over Julia Roberts, which meant he never tried to shoot Reagen, which meant the communist party won the election, making America part of the Soviet Union), they just change one element that had NOTHING to do with politics and it changed the outcome for an ENTIRE NATION!?!?! Explain, writers, EXPLAIN! *Large blast*
It's a play on "A Sound of Thunder" where a team of people go back to the past, accidentally step on a butterfly, and when they come back to the present, everything is different... because whatever would have eaten the butterfly, didn't get to (since it was killed), meaning it either had to eat something else or die of starvation, which means whatever was going to eat it wouldn't have been able to.. trickling all up to Russia taking over the United States.
The Griffin family has met a lot of celebrities and convinced Washington of a thing or two. Usually because of Peter's antics.
George Bush barely won the 2000 election, beating Al Gore with just a few hundred votes. Even something as minor as a single American living a much different life about 20-something years earlier could change this ala the butterfly effect. A better gripe is how the Quagmire kids only differ from their normal selves through a gag chin, despite 50% of their DNA being completely different.
For that matter, where the hell was past Peter during all this? While you can argue Mental Time Travel, Death made it so that Peter looked like his younger self to others, so it couldn't have been that.
How come, in the beginning of And Then There Were Fewer, when Peter comes in with the mail, he gives what's supposed to be Amazing Spider-Man to Chris but we can tell it's Amazing Fantasy #15, and with the word "Spider-Man" written on the cover? What comic book is it supposed to be?
Amazing Fantasy #15 was the Spider-man origin story. It was the first comic book to ever show Spider-man. Any comic collector would probably kill Peter if they saw that he wasn't taking exquisite care of it, but whatever.
I'm geeky enough to know that already, but I don't get why they use the wrong name for the comic book.
Either They Just Didn't Care or wherever Chris ordered it from was considering it close enough to be ASM (This trooper's local newspaper once did a similar thing when they included early Spidey comics)
I may have misunderstood Lois' argument against Meg bearing Naomi's child instead of herself sounding like it wasn't about carrying and borning but actually raising it herself, but everyone In-Universe assumes womb doesn't age, and the 42 years old Lois is planning on borning a new child for themselves and being a surrogate mother without any hesitation.
How come Meg gets a few episodes to herself when she's a Butt Monkey (not trying to complain)?
Ever since "Meg and Quagmire", Meg has been 18 years old i.e. old enough for Peter and Lois to kick her out without any laws holding them back. Considering their obvious hatred for her, how is it that they haven't evicted her (or, if not outright evicting, holding the threat over her head to get her to do what they want)? They've proven themselves cruel enough in the past...
They need her as a punchbag.
Plus, Peter and Meg are "Secret Best Friends". Besides, I get the feeling that it's really Lois that hates Meg (well, she doesn't "hate" her, she just uses Meg as a way of airing her own insecurities) and Peter just goes along with it because he wants Lois to laugh.
This question has been going on in my head, and I can't find a adequate answer, but how come Peter wasn't angry at Jerome (from Jerome Is The New Black) for mentioning about how he had sex with Meg, but in "Meg and Quagmire," he and Lois got angry at Quagmire for attempting to have sex with Meg?
Presumably because Quagmire is a well known sex-a-holic, a implied rapist and has every single STD known to man. Why they rarely report him to the police for his sexcapades is anyone's guess and a cop is their neighbor.
Ok, we know that Barbara Pewterschmit had a affair with Jackie Gleason which resulted in Patrick going insane and she once left Carter for Ted Turner, but the minute she finds out that Carter has a affair, she demands a divorce... HOW DOES THAT WORK?!? How does Carter and Barbara's relationship even work if they both had a affair?
It also doesn't help that Lois heavily implied that Carter had a affair with a black woman because the result is a "Mulatto baby that looks like Carter" And why Lois is even ok with this affair is also questionable!
According to Meg in "Seahorse Seashell Party", Meg mentions that "If people in the outside ever saw how Peter treats me, he would've been put in jail along time ago." Does that means that Joe (a police officer) is OKAY with how Peter treats his daughter? This is messed up, even for Family Guy!
It's very likely she's exaggerating, being a teenager who's complaining about her parents and all.
But it's implied that Joe KNOWS about how Meg is treated like the time Joe is about to fall and tells Lois to "imagine he's one of her kids" but she is about to let go and he shouts, "NOT MEG! NOT MEG!" I mean if he knows this whole time about how the family treats Meg why isn't he making any arrests?
Now that I think of it Joe never arrests Quagmire for his sexcapades and Peter when his antics actually kill someone like Loretta Brown, is he possibly the worst cop ever?
Considering all the medals for bravery Joe has been awarded, I'd say the good he's done majorly outweighs the bad.
In "Friends of Peter G," what movie are they watching in the theater.
What is up with Brian's College teacher? Seriously, people like that SHOULD NOT BE TEACHING!!!
People like what? He appeared to be a good, smart teacher - his only problems were that he was a quadriplegic (but you don't need arms and legs to teach, just a mouth and learning resources), and that he was suicidal (but I'm sure that came up long after he was hired, so it would have no effect on him getting the job).
Let's see, Meg is born with her heart placed in her head, she has a green arm on her head that pulls her hat down when it's taken off, she had a bronzed tail, JUST WHAT THE HELL IS SHE ANYWAY? I'm assuming she is mutated, is she mutated?
Maybe Stan Thompson wasn't human.
If Peter is extremely defensive about any man so much as flirting with Lois, why did Peter allow Stan Thompson to have intercourse with Lois and it resulted in Meg?
Wow. Just wow. The number of people who took seriously a JOKE from an episode more than a decade old that hasn't been mentioned nor referenced again during the show's long run is simply amazing.
In a joke that was NOT used in a cutaway, and thus has a possibility of being canon.
He probably either didn't know about the affair until after or has gotten over it since.
The bigger question is, why didn't Peter snap at Quagmire after he watched Lois go into the bathroom?
Because Quagmire A) i a closed friend of Peter's and B) has very little self-control, which Peter seems to be aware of.
No seriously it was a JOKE PEOPLE. Meg looks like Peter, even Brian commented on that. The Stan Thompson thing was a non-canonical gag. Family Guy does it ALL THE FREAKIN TIME. And no ,non-canon jokes aren't just limited to cutaway gags.
Brian said Meg looked like Peter TO Meg. Meaning he might be trying to keep a secret.
Well why did they make that joke in the first place? It's just going to confuse viewers just like characters in Drawn Together being killed and brought back to life... and that was lampshaded word by word!
Joke explanation: Peter legally changed his name to Stan Thompson back then. He's done sillier things before and since, like naming his daughter Megatron.
In Tales of a Third Grade Nothing, Mrs. Wilson says that Peter can enter the spelling bee because he can spell three-syllable words, which even her smartest student, Omar, can't do. How does that make any sense? The amount of syllables it takes to say a word has no bearing on how hard it is to spell the word. If Omar is in the third grade, shouldn't he be able to spell words like "finally" or "America"?
I can't believe I'm the first to ask this: If "Da Boom" was just the dream of Pam Ewing, why does the giant chicken keep appearing even in canon episodes?
It's possible that the chicken fight really did happen, but everything where Y2K hits and on was a dream.
Keep in mind that the Chicken fight was a flashback.
God is Family Guy is confusing for two reasons. The first reason is that if Seth Mc Farlane intended American Dad! to be in the same universe and Family Guy, God's character is kind of inconsistent-Family Guy has Him as a wannabe ladies man, and American Dad! has Her(or Him in the Christmas episode) as a rather sensible figure that you'd expect God to be. Secondly, "The Big Bang Theory" reveals that Stewie created the universe as a result of the ultimate Stable Time Loop. If that's the case, then doesn't that screw God out of the whole "God" title?
Does anyone find it a coincidence that the whole Meg abuse thing started right after Mila Kunis started voicing her after Lacey Chambert left the series? When Lacey Chambert voiced Meg not many bad things happened to her but when Mila Kunis took over oh dear lord where do I begin? Plus the family was nice and tolerant of Meg but when Mila took over that's when Peter started repeatedly puts Meg's face on his butt when he farts.
No, actually. Mila Kunis started voicing around season 2. Meg's abuse started on season 3 or 4.
"Blind Ambition". How does Quagmire not know what CPR is if he was in the navy?
Does Jasper have an owner? Brian and New Brian may be able to drink, have sex, write books, and do human things but they still seem to need owners. Does Jasper's fiancee count as his owner?
Two things. First Stewie might not have let him. Second while them all stopping by the pilot doesn't make sense we have no idea what the other's tried. It's usually summed up as "what they did eventually works, but what you do screws up everything!" I'm assuming that by the time they ended up as barber poles they had tried some seriously interesting solutions to their problems.
How come in one episode Brian is in the afterlife and says he died from eating chocolate, but in "Life of Brian" he is killed by a car?
Because the one where he says he died from eating chocolate was from a timeline which has since been altered. In that timeline, Francis Griffin and Diane Simmons are also alive.
Also, Brian is killed off and replaced in "Life of Brian", and can't be saved because the time machine is destroyed (and it can't be rebuilt). But he appears in clips from episodes which haven't aired yet and his name is in the title of an upcoming episode (and is even mentioned in the plot analysis). It's confusing...
In one episode, it is revealed that Stewie's head is football-shaped as a result of him banging it against the ceiling. Then how come he doesn't have a normal-shaped head when he is seen in Lois's womb?
Actually, he may have been born that way and then having his head shape corrected by surgery or some kind of brace (as would occasionally happen with babies born with what can be considered misshapened heads) and then it got back to it's current shape through that. Also, if memory serves the episode in which shown was pre-cancellation.
Am I the only one who blames Brian for his own death? I mean, think about it:
He was in the MIDDLE OF THE FREAKIN' STREET. This troper has very often played in the street with friends, and we ALWAYS look out for cars.
What was Brian doing in the middle of the street? ASSEMBLING A HOCKEY NET. Are you kidding me? Why the hell didn't he just do it on the sidewalk?
LOTS of people play street hockey. I've seen 8-year-olds do it and they were fine.
If you pause it at the scene where Brian is setting up the net, you can see how far away the corner is. Brian would had to have heard the car. Why didn't he check earlier? He had PLENTY of time to get out of the way. Also, WHY DID STEWIE WAIT UNTIL THE LAST SECOND TO WARN BRIAN??? He must have heard the car too! Why didn't he look down the street, see the car, and say "Hey Brian, there's a car coming and you're in the middle of the street. You should get out of the way." Dumbass deserved to get run over.
Looking at this from the opposite angle... who the hell was behind the wheel of that car? It shot around a corner at high speed, completely disregarding safety, and the driver should have at least SEEN Brian, even if there wasn't time to react. And what does the car do when it runs Brian over? IT KEEPS GOING. Any sane human being would have hit the brakes immediately after an accidental collision. Something just doesn't seem to add up here...
This might be revealed in a future episode, I mean Stewie might somehow recreate the time machine and maybe then we can get a good look at the driver... kinda like how "Yug Ylimaf" used time travel to reveal how "The Greased Up Deaf Guy" came to be. Until then we can assume the driver who ran over Brian must be drunk out of his ass if he drove recklessly, disregarded safety, AND continued to drive despite hitting Brian.
Or the driver was deliberately trying to kill Brian. Eventually, the driver's true form will be revealed and he/she will be brutally murdered by Stewie.
You may also be wondering why Quagmire even came to Brian's funeral if he was just playing on his phone while everyone else was mourning the Griffin family's loss.
He obviously came to cheer Peter up. Offscreen, Peter or Lois probably said something like "I know you weren't fond of him, but it just means so much that you came".
Also, there are some people who can hate a person so much that they'll actually go to their funeral for the sheer satisfaction of seeing them buried. Those people are what we in the scientific community refer to as assholes.
You know the joke in the episode where the Griffins go to Italy, and the phone number that's recited is 19 565 55018 81 453 98990 016 8945 2... Is that some kind of code or something?
The ending of "Quagmire's Dad". The family probably saw Brian's bruises and the damage Quagmire did to their house while beating him up. Did they just let him get away with it? And even Peter is still friends with him.
In the "Christmas Guy" episode, why did Stewie need to be so secretive about getting the time pad from his past self? If that Stewie traveled forward to get the toy he wanted, wouldn't he have expected to see another Stewie, who could explain everything to him?
No. He didn't expect to see his future self (and in fact did not see his future self) due to the paradoxes explained in yuG ylimaF Stewie actually goes out of his way to avoid running into his alts. Even here it was apparently just dumb luck that he was in the exact right place to notice his past self. Remember any minor change can have huge reprocussions. Stewie in this case just didn't care (and it unlikely to be punished for it. But MAN would that be a slap in the face.)
Okay, is his name spelled Vinnie or Vinny? Which one's official?
What happened after "Yug Ylimaf"?? They went back 10 and a half seasons—-do they have to relive them all over again? Seeing as Brian and Stewie are completely different now from back then, it would probably change the outcome of things DRASTICALLY.
Why is Stewie's birth so different in that episode than in the flashback originally shown in season 1? 1) Peter helped out at Stewie's birth originally, but didn't here; 2) Meg and Chris weren't present; 3) It took place in a different room; 4) Lois wore a purple slip, not a green scrub; 5) She was assisted by two people in white (hence Stewie's killing of the man in white later on in the original episode), not Dr. Hartman; 6) it took place in a white room, not a green room.
Also, who originally named Stewie? Was it Brian, or not?
If Stewie is a baby despite NOT behaving like how a normal baby should, then how the hell does he get cigarettes and alcohol? And I refuse to believe there is a clerk at a liquor store that just sells these things to minors.
Because he doesn't behave like a baby. It's quite possible they just assume Stewie is a 30-something midget.