From Method to Madness

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"From Method to Madness"
Family Guy episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 18
Directed by Bert Ring
Written by Mike Barker
Matt Weitzman
Production code 3ACX11
Original air date January 24, 2002
Guest actors
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"From Method to Madness" is the 18th episode of the third season of the American television show Family Guy.

It features the guest performances of Chris Cox, Ralph Garman, Mike Henry, Jane Lynch, Rachael MacFarlane, Denis Martell, Mark Peredes, and Fred Willard.


Brian and Lois attend a poorly acted one man show. Afterwards, Brian boasts that he could easily do a better job. Lois dares him to audition for the local theater. The judges are bored with Brian but are delighted with Stewie, who is immediately enrolled in a children’s performing arts school and throws a Benny Hill-style "sexy party" to celebrate. He quickly becomes cool, makes friends and an enemy named Olivia. When he overhears that both he and Olivia are in danger of being cut from the program, the pair hastily work together and end up becoming a massively popular duet. They share fame and success until their fighting involving Stewie thinking Olivia was the one that was flat breaks up the act; Olivia goes on to greater fame and finally she gets to go to Hollywood (kissing Stewie goodbye before she leaves), but Stewie, because of Olivia's quitting, starts to lose fame and drops back, which causes him to lose touch with reality. Brian visits Stewie at an insane asylum, where Stewie requests to hear a tuning fork. Upon hearing that he was the one that was flat, Stewie snaps out of his insanity, and returns home with Brian.

Meanwhile, Peter saves a drowning man named Dave Campbell on his fishing boat, and so the Griffins are invited over to share dinner with his family. Lois and Peter are shocked to discover that Dave and his family are all nude when the Griffins arrive at their house, as they are nudists. Dave had been nude when Peter rescued him but Peter simply assumed Dave's shorts were lost in the ocean. Dave has a beautiful wife named Dottie. Their teenaged son, Jeff, takes an interest in Meg. Jeff and Meg become fast friends, and her parents are shocked when they see him at the house, nude as he was before. After discouraging Meg with their refusal to accept the lifestyle, Peter and Lois have a change of heart and shed their clothes to make Jeff feel more welcome; this confuses Meg in different ways, as now she doesn't know what to make of the situation. As Jeff leaves, he tells Meg that he appreciates what her parents did, and Meg thanks her parents. When he leaves, Quagmire shows up and tells Peter that he is returning his lawn mower, and, after a second of incoherent babbling, asks for a towel, presumably in reaction to seeing Lois naked.

Cultural references[edit]

After Stewie and Olivia have their big fight, Stewie calls her a "Bebe No-Worth". This is a play on words to the actress and dancer, Bebe Neuwirth, who was in the cast of Cheers and appeared on Broadway in Chicago in which she sang the hit song "All That Jazz." When Stewie is playing the French horn, he claims that the name of the song is "Me Farting" by Chopin. In the car after meeting the nudists, Chris cannot stop saying "Boobies!", so Lois uses a Neuralyzer. The Neuralyzer is a memory-erasing device they use in the 1997 science fiction film Men in Black. To critique Stewie's solo acting exercise, Olivia quotes Anne Robinson's catchphrase on The Weakest Link, "You are the weakest link, goodbye!", prompting Stewie to launch a lengthy tirade in which he asks "Have you any Titanic jokes to throw at me as long as we're hitting these phenomena at the height of their popularity?" When Peter proves his concern about child acting, a cutaway shows an adult version of Elroy Jetson, a child character from The Jetsons, getting kicked out of a pub bruised and drunken. It goes on to show grown up Bamm-Bamm, the child from The Flintstones, has now became a taxi driver. When the crowd boos Stewie's one-man show after Olivia leaves, one audience shouts that this show was worse than Seussical. This was referencing to the negative reception from the Broadway musical about the works of Dr. Seuss. The song that plays in Stewie's Sexy Party is "Bond Street" by Burt Bacharach.


A man with a bald head and a brown sweater, and a man with spiked brown hair and glasses, speaking into a microphone.
Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman wrote the episode.

The episode was (the last to be) written by series regulars Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, and directed by series regular Bert Ring, before the conclusion of the third production season.


  • S. Callaghan, "From Method to Madness", Family Guy: The Official Episode Guide Seasons 1–3. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 152–155.

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Preceded by
Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows
Family Guy (season 3) Succeeded by
Stuck Together, Torn Apart