Family Guy (season 12)

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Family Guy (season 12)
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Starring
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 21
Release
Original network Fox
Original release September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) – May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)
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Family Guy's twelfth season began airing on Fox on September 29, 2013, and ended on May 18, 2014.[1][2][3]

The series follows the Griffin family, a dysfunctional family consisting of father Peter, mother Lois, daughter Meg, son Chris, baby Stewie, and the family dog Brian, who reside in their hometown of Quahog.

During this season, Peter gets a vestigial twin ("Vestigial Peter"); the Griffins travel to Italy ("Boopa-dee Bappa-dee"); Quagmire and Peter form a folk band ("Into Harmony's Way"); and, as confirmed by series creator Seth MacFarlane, Cleveland moves back to Quahog along with his family, since The Cleveland Show was cancelled ("He's Bla-ack!").[4] Also, as mentioned by Steve Callaghan in the 2013 Comic-con Panel, a member of the Griffin family was killed off in a special episode.[5] After much speculation, that member was Brian, after being hit by a car in the episode "Life of Brian". This elicited strongly negative reactions from fans of the show, and a petition demanding Brian to be resurrected garnered over 100,000 signatures. His death turned out to be only temporary as, two episodes later, Stewie goes back in time and saves him, effectively changing the future so that he never dies.

Guest stars for the season include Conan O'Brien, Lea Thompson, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, Tony Sirico, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gary Cole, Lauren Bacall, Liam Neeson, Bryan Cranston, Peter Dinklage, Adam Levine, and Ariana Grande.[6][7][8][9]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
211 1 "Finders Keepers" John Holmquist Mike Desilets & Anthony Blasucci September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) BACX01 5.23[10]
Peter is convinced that a placemat at a restaurant is a treasure map. The rumor of supposed treasure sparks a city-wide search, turning the residents of Quahog against each other.
212 2 "Vestigial Peter" Julius Wu Brian Scully October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06) BACX02 5.20[11]
Peter finds a strange lump on his neck that turns out to be a vestigial twin, who ends up winning over Peter's family and friends with his optimism and sense of wonder.
213 3 "Quagmire's Quagmire" Pete Michels Cherry Chevapravatdumrong November 3, 2013 (2013-11-03) BACX03 4.87[12]
Quagmire dates a woman named Sonja, who is just as sexually active as he is, but things take a turn for the worse when she kidnaps him to be her sex slave, so Peter, Joe and Ida (Quagmire's transgender father) must search the seedy back alleys of Quahog to rescue him. In the meantime, Brian, Stewie and Rupert get involved in a most unusual love triangle.
214 4 "A Fistful of Meg" Joe Vaux Dominic Bianchi & Joe Vaux November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10) AACX22 4.18[13]
Meg angers a psychopathic bully who threatens to kill her in a fight at the school's backyard. Meanwhile, Brian is disturbed by Peter exposing his nudity to him.
215 5 "Boopa-dee Bappa-dee" Mike Kim Wellesley Wild November 17, 2013 (2013-11-17) BACX04 4.46[14]
The Griffins go to Italy on vacation, but Peter wants to stay there permanently, as he feels life in America has gotten boring, so he disintegrates their passports.
216 6 "Life of Brian" Joseph Lee Alex Carter November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24) BACX05 4.58[15]
When Brian tragically dies in a car accident, the family buys another anthropomorphic dog, Vinny.
217 7 "Into Harmony's Way" Brian Iles Julius Sharpe December 8, 2013 (2013-12-08) BACX06 5.36[16]
Peter and Quagmire find out that their voices create beautiful harmony when they get frightened by a bee and become a Simon & Garfunkel-style singer/songwriter duo — and, like the real Simon & Garfunkel, Peter lets fame go to his head and the duo begin feuding.
218 8 "Christmas Guy" Greg Colton Patrick Meighan December 15, 2013 (2013-12-15) BACX07 6.37[17]
Peter tries to get his father-in-law Carter to repent his Christmas-hating ways. Meanwhile, Stewie must find a way to bring Brian back and oust Vinny.
219 9 "Peter Problems" Bob Bowen Teresa Hsiao January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05) BACX08 5.76[18]
When Peter gets fired for crashing a forklift into a business meeting, Lois takes a job at the grocery store while Peter becomes a stay-at-home dad — which leads to poor bedroom performance.
220 10 "Grimm Job" Joe Vaux Alec Sulkin January 12, 2014 (2014-01-12) BACX09 5.22[19]
The Griffins put a new Quahog spin on three Grimm fairy tales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.
221 11 "Brian's a Bad Father" Jerry Langford Chris Sheridan January 26, 2014 (2014-01-26) BACX10 4.11[20]
Brian's human son, Dylan, returns, now a teen TV star. Rather than be a good father to his estranged son, Brian uses his son's television connections to further his own writing career. Meanwhile, after Peter "accidentally" shoots Quagmire on a hunting trip, the two friends clash and Joe must choose a side.
222 12 "Mom's the Word" John Holmquist Ted Jessup March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) BACX11 4.56[21]
When Peter's mother dies, he befriends her longtime friend, Evelyn, who then tries to seduce him. Meanwhile, Brian tries to help Stewie overcome his fear of death.
223 13 "3 Acts of God" Bob Bowen Alec Sulkin March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) AACX17 4.62[22]
Peter is sick of opposing football teams thanking God for beating the Patriots, so he and the guys go on a quest to find the Lord and ask Him to stop determining the outcomes of football games. Cleveland Brown drops by to assist Peter.
224 14 "Fresh Heir" Mike Kim Steve Callaghan March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23) BACX13 4.38[23]
Lois's father Carter names Chris as his heir, but Chris says he doesn't want the money.
225 15 "Secondhand Spoke" Julius Wu Dave Ihlenfeld & David Wright March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30) BACX12 4.17[24]
Peter is asked to be the face of an anti-smoking campaign just as he has taken up the habit of smoking cigarettes, while Stewie helps Chris face bullies at school.
226 16 "Herpe the Love Sore" Greg Colton Andrew Goldberg April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) BACX16 4.77[25]
Stewie and Brian become blood brothers, which leads to Stewie contracting herpes from Brian. Meanwhile, a gang occupies Peter, Joe and Quagmire's booth at The Clam and they have to fight to take it back.
227 17 "The Most Interesting Man in the World" Joseph Lee Tom Devanney April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13) BACX14 4.39[26]
Peter decides to make some changes to his behavior after he returns from the park with the wrong baby.
228 18 "Baby Got Black" Brian Iles Kevin Biggins & Travis Bowe April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27) BACX15 4.02[27]
Chris is forbidden to see Jerome's daughter Pam, so when the kids run away together, Jerome and Peter must work together to find them.
229 19 "Meg Stinks!" Bob Bowen Danny Smith May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04) BACX17 4.40[28]
Meg parties with Peter at a college where he takes her for an interview, while Brian is forced to live in the wild after he is sprayed by a skunk and prevented from coming into the house.
230 20 "He's Bla-ack!" Steve Robertson Julius Sharpe May 11, 2014 (2014-05-11) BACX19 4.16[29]
With his spin-off show cancelled due to low ratings, Cleveland returns to Quahog, with his new family accompanying him. When a conflict arises between Lois and Donna, it is up to Peter and Cleveland to reconcile their wives in order to save their friendship.
231 21 "Chap Stewie" Joe Vaux Artie Johann & Shawn Ries May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18) BACX18 3.88[30]
Stewie gets upset over having his TV time interrupted, so he heads back in time to see that Lois and Peter break up before he is conceived, thus he would never be born into the Griffin family. However, when he finally is born, it is into a Downton Abbey-esque household in Great Britain.

Reception[edit]

The season received mixed to negative reviews.

Review grades
# Title Air date The
A.V. Club

(A-F)
TV
Fanatic

(5)
1 "Finders Keepers" 2013-09-29September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) 7C N/A
2 "Vestigial Peter" 2013-10-06October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06) 9-1C+ N/A
3 "Quagmire's Quagmire" 2013-11-03November 3, 2013 (2013-11-03) 6B+ N/A
4 "A Fistful of Meg" 2013-11-10November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10) 8D N/A
5 "Boopa-dee Bappa-dee" 2013-11-17November 17, 2013 (2013-11-17) 2C- N/A
6 "Life of Brian" 2013-11-24November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24) 7A- N/A
7 "Into Harmony's Way" 2013-12-08December 8, 2013 (2013-12-08) 5B- N/A
8 "Christmas Guy" 2012-13-15December 15, 2013 (2013-12-15) 7B+ N/A
9 "Peter Problems" 2014-01-05January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05) 6D N/A
10 "Grimm Job" 2014-01-12January 12, 2014 (2014-01-12) 9-2C- N/A
11 "Brian's a Bad Father" 2014-01-26January 26, 2014 (2014-01-26) 3C- N/A
12 "Mom's the Word" 2014-03-09March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) 5C+ N/A
13 "3 Acts of God" 2014-03-16March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) 4B N/A
14 "Fresh Heir" 2014-03-23March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23) 8D N/A
15 "Secondhand Spoke" 2014-03-30March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30) 7B N/A
16 "Herpe the Love Sore" 2014-04-06April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) 4C- 4.6
17 "The Most Interesting Man in the World" 2014-04-13April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13) 6B+ 4.6
18 "Baby Got Black" 2014-04-27April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27) 9-2D+ 3.8
19 "Meg Stinks!" 2014-05-04May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04) 3B 4.6
20 "He's Bla-ack!" 2014-05-11May 11, 2014 (2014-05-11) 5B- 3.8
21 "Chap Stewie" 2014-05-18May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18) 6B- 4.8

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