Running Mates (Family Guy)
|Family Guy episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||John Holmquist|
|Written by||Neil Goldman
|Original air date||April 09, 2000|
|Family Guy (season 2)
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"Running Mates" is the tenth episode from the second season of the Fox animated series Family Guy. It is the 17th episode of Family Guy to be aired. The episode first aired on April 11, 2000. It was written by Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman, and directed by John Holmquist. Lee Majors guest stars as himself. This episode is rated TV-14 LS. It was also the last episode of the first production season of Family Guy to have Lacey Chabert voice Meg Griffin.
Lois' campaign for school board president is interrupted when Brian tells Lois that he got a call from the principal, saying that Chris has taken part in voyeurism. Peter tries to suppress Chris' behavior with pornography which he sells to his friends, while Lois finally holds a campaign for Head of the School Board of Education. Meanwhile, Peter runs into his favorite teacher from his schooldays, Mr. Fargus (voiced by Dwight Schultz), but is disappointed to discover that he has been reduced from his eccentric former self to a catatonic old man due to medication. Peter tells Fargus to stop taking his medication, which instantly makes his behavior reckless and gets him fired. Lois' rival for school board president quits, so Lois wins by default; however, when Peter finds that she will not re-hire Fargus, he himself runs for election to do so.
The two run tight campaigns against each other, but Peter humiliates himself at a debate. Desperate to turn this around, Peter airs a political advertisement with a sexually provocative photograph of Lois to humiliate her. Lois is shocked and upset when Peter actually wins the school board election in a landslide and does not seem to take his new position very seriously, making ridiculous changes to the school. A huge scandal erupts for Peter during a TV interview when it is revealed that the school's students are reading the pornography which he gave to Chris. Peter is advised to blame the situation on Lois, but during a press conference, he cannot bring himself to do that because every woman in the crowd turns into her. Due to this, he finds himself apologizing for his horrible behavior and resigning. Meanwhile, Mr. Fargus, back to taking his pills, is welcomed back by the middle school students before he is shot at by a robotic hall guard that Peter had installed while president.
- Mr. Fargus, Peter's old teacher, is a reference to Mr. Vargus from the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
- The magazines that Peter gives Chris are Playpen Magazines, which is a reference to both Playboy and Penthouse magazines.
- The beginning of the local TV coverage for the debate between Lois and Peter is a loose parody of the show opening for ABC Sports' coverage of Monday Night Football.
- Peter's opening statement at the debate consists of excerpts from the theme songs of Diff'rent Strokes, One Day at a Time, and The Facts of Life. He concludes with "Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog!" which is from the production credit for UBU Productions, Inc., the production company of executive producer Gary David Goldberg, who created Family Ties and Spin City, among others.
- During the debate, Peter claims that he once "joined some underprivileged youths in saving a community center from being converted into a shopping mall." Lois reminds him that he is referring not to himself but Adolfo "Shabba-doo" Quinones in the 1984 breakdancing film Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.
- When Peter shows Tricia Takanawa the school, Peter creates a new version of Schoolhouse Rock's "Conjunction Junction" for the sex ed class. He also shows her the "XL-K" hall pass enforcement robot, which is a reference to the "ED-209" police robot from the film RoboCop.
- When Stewie realizes he misses Lois, he sings "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (from the musical, My Fair Lady) and in the picture album there is a reference to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
- Fab Morvan from the pop duo Milli Vanilli appears singing part of Baby Don't Forget My Number.
- The scene where Peter resigns and then leaves with Lois in a helicopter lined with US Marines is a parody of Richard Nixon's resignation as a result of Watergate. Peter even does Nixon's trademark victory sign.
In his 2008 review, Ahsan Haque of IGN, rating the episode a 9/10, stated that "Running Mates" is "one of the stronger outings of the excellent second season" and said that it is "entertaining, cleverly written" and features "a very strong tightly woven storyline".
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