Family Guy (season 4)
|Family Guy (season 4)|
Region 1 DVD cover art for Volumes 3 and 4
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||30|
|Original release||May 1, 2005– May 21, 2006|
The fourth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy aired on Fox from May 1 2005, to May 21, 2006, and consisted of thirty episodes, making it the longest season to date. The first half of the season is included within the Volume Three DVD box set, which was released on November 29, 2005, and the second half is included within the Volume Four DVD box set, which was released on November 14, 2006. Season 4 was split into seasons 4 and 5 in regions outside the United States, leading to confusion over season numbers between U.S., Australian, and UK fans. The last three episodes of season 4 were the basis for the movie known as Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, and are edited for content; Fox does not include these episodes in the official episode count.
Family Guy had been canceled in 2002 due to low ratings, but was revived by Fox after reruns on Adult Swim became the network's most-watched program, and more than 3 million DVDs of the show were sold. "North by North Quahog" was the first episode to air following the series' revival.
In 2002, Family Guy was canceled after three seasons due to low ratings. The show was first canceled after the 1999–2000 season, but following a last-minute reprieve, it returned for a third season in 2001. Fox tried to sell rights for reruns of the show, but it was hard to find networks that were interested; Cartoon Network eventually bought the rights, "[...] basically for free", according to the president of 20th Century Fox Television Production. When the reruns were shown on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in 2002, Family Guy became the channel's most-watched show with an average 1.9 million viewers per episode. Following this, the show's first season was released on DVD in April 2003. The DVD set sold 2.2 million copies, making it the best-selling television DVD of 2003 and the second highest-selling television DVD ever, behind the first season of Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show. The season 2 DVD release also sold more than 1 million copies. The show's popularity in both DVD sales and reruns rekindled Fox's interest. They ordered 35 new episodes in 2004, marking the first revival of a television show based on DVD sales. Gail Berman said canceling the show was one of her most difficult decisions, and she was therefore happy it would return. The network also began production of a film based on the show.
"North by North Quahog" was the first episode to be broadcast after the show's cancellation. It was written by MacFarlane and directed by Peter Shin. MacFarlane believed the show's three-year hiatus was beneficial because animated shows do not normally have hiatuses, and towards the end of their seasons "... you see a lot more sex jokes and (bodily function) jokes and signs of a fatigued staff that their brains are just fried". With "North by North Quahog", the writing staff tried to keep the show "... exactly as it was" before its cancellation, and did not "... have the desire to make it any slicker" than it already was. Walter Murphy, who had composed music for the show before its cancellation, returned to compose the music for "North by North Quahog". Murphy and the orchestra recorded an arrangement of Bernard Herrmann's score from North by Northwest, a film referenced multiple times in the episode.
Fox had ordered five episode scripts at the end of the third season; these episodes had been written but not produced. One of these scripts was adapted into "North by North Quahog". The original script featured Star Wars character Boba Fett, and later actor, writer and producer Aaron Spelling, but the release of the iconic film The Passion of the Christ inspired the writers to incorporate Mel Gibson into the episode. Multiple endings were written, including one in which Death comes for Gibson. During production, an episode of South Park was released entitled "The Passion of the Jew" that also featured Gibson as a prominent character. This gave the Family Guy writers pause, fearing accusations "[...] that we had ripped them off."
The season received high Nielsen ratings; "North by North Quahog", the premiere episode was broadcast as part of an animated television night on Fox, alongside two episodes of The Simpsons and the pilot episode of American Dad!. The episode was watched by 11.85 million viewers, the show's highest ratings since the airing of the first season episode "Brian: Portrait of a Dog". Its ratings also surpassed the ratings of both episodes of The Simpsons and American Dad!. Season four's three-part finale was watched by 8.2 million viewers, bringing the season average to 7.9 million viewers per episode.
In addition, the season was nominated for a number of awards. In 2005, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated "North by North Quahog" for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour). It nominated "PTV" in the same category one year later. Neither of the episodes won the award, as South Park received the award in 2005 and The Simpsons was the eventual recipient of the award in 2006. Peter Shin and Dan Povenmire were both nominated for an Annie Award in the Best Directing in an Animated Television Production category, for directing "North by North Quahog" and "PTV" respectively; Shin eventually won the award. MacFarlane won the Annie Award for Best Voice-over Performance for providing the voice of Stewie in "Brian the Bachelor". At the Annie Awards the following year, John Viener was nominated in the category Writing in an Animated Television Production, for writing "Untitled Griffin Family History", but lost the award to Ian Maxtone-Graham, who wrote the episode of The Simpsons titled "The Seemingly Neverending Story". The editors of the episode "Blind Ambition" won the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Animated.
Season 4 received positive reviews from critics. Reviewing the season premiere, Mark McGuire of The Times Union wrote: "... the first minute or so of the resurrected Family Guy ranks among the funniest 60 seconds I've seen so far this season." The Pitt News reviewer John Nigro felt that the show had not lost its steam while it was on hiatus, and was surprised that the show had been canceled because of its "wildly extravagant shock factor". Nigro cited "Breaking Out Is Hard to Do", "Petarded" and "Perfect Castaway" as the season's best episodes. In 2007, BBC Three named the episode "PTV" "The Best Episode...So Far". The episode has also been praised by Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, who called it "Family Guy's most rebellious outing yet". The Boston Globe critic Matthew Gilbert felt Family Guy's fourth season was as "crankily irreverent as ever".
Fewer critics responded bitterly to the season; Seattle Post-Intelligencer critic Melanie McFarland reacted very bitterly, stating "Three years off the air has not made the 'Family Guy' team that much more creative". Critics of both Popmatters and IGN criticized the first few episodes but felt the show regained its humor after "Don't Make Me Over"; IGN's Mike Drucker commented "At that point, we get some amazingly creative humor. It's almost like MacFarlane and gang decided they had thanked their fans enough and could return to what made the show successful in the first place." Bill Brioux of the Toronto Star felt the show was too similar to The Simpsons. Media watchdog group the Parents Television Council, a frequent critic of the show, branded the episodes "North by North Quahog", "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", "Brian Sings and Swings", "Patriot Games", and "The Courtship of Stewie's Father" as "worst show of the week".
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|51||1||"North by North Quahog"||Peter Shin||Seth MacFarlane||May 1, 2005||4ACX01||11.85|
|Realizing their marriage has lost its spice because of Lois calling several male actors' names while having sex, Peter and Lois go on a second honeymoon, and leave Brian in charge of the kids. On their way over, Peter accidentally crashes the car, and he decides to pose as actor Mel Gibson so he and Lois can stay in his luxury hotel suite. They discover and attempt to destroy a copy of the unwanted sequel of The Passion of the Christ, and run afoul of the priests who come to retrieve it. As Peter buries the film in a cornfield, Lois is kidnapped by Gibson's associates, who want the film in return. Peter exchanges the film reel for Lois on the top of Mount Rushmore. As they are about to leave, Gibson discovers that Peter has replaced the film with dog feces, leading to a chase. Gibson eventually falls off the mountain, and Peter and Lois have intercourse on the face of the mountain and put the spice back in their marriage. Meanwhile, when Chris is caught and is accused of drinking alcohol by Jake Tucker, Brian and Stewie attempts to reveal his bad behavior to Tom Tucker, Jake's father, but Tom rejects this. Then, they both put drugs in Jake's locker, resulting in Jake's arrest.|
|52||2||"Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High"||Pete Michels||Ken Goin||May 8, 2005||4ACX02||9.71|
|Brian becomes a substitute English teacher at Chris' school, after the departure of the former English teacher. Brian is transferred to a class for troubled hoodlum teens and has a hard time reaching them. He eventually inspires them to aspire to low-level jobs. Meanwhile, Chris becomes attracted to Mrs. Lockhart, Brian's sexy replacement teacher. She promises to return his love if he helps her murder her husband, Chris does not agree, and Mrs. Lockhart gets a bear to commit the crime. Lois and the rest of the family assume Chris murdered Mr. Lockhart and cover up the crime, until the Channel 5 News reports that he was not involved.|
|53||3||"Blind Ambition"||Chuck Klein||Steve Callaghan||May 15, 2005||4ACX04||9.20|
|After he is discovered spying on Lois in the ladies room, Quagmire is soon arrested and is taught self-control through operant conditioning by Peter and his friends. He finds it hard to depart from his sexual behavior and, trying to adapt to normal life, he accidentally enters a CCTV camera operation room, where he notices a woman in a changing room is having a heart attack. He gives her CPR and is praised by the Quahog community for his heroic behavior, though he intended to molest the woman while she was unconscious. Jealous of his friend's achievement, Peter does whatever he can to achieve something he will be remembered for. His ambitions, however, ultimately cost him his eyesight. While he is blind, he unknowingly rescues the owner of the local bar from a fire and is awarded a medal by the mayor and receives an eye transplant from a homeless man after Peter's seeing-eye dog accidentally drags the man to death.|
|54||4||"Don't Make Me Over"||Sarah Frost||Gene Laufenberg||June 5, 2005||4ACX03||7.23|
|After she gets a makeover to boost her confidence Meg becomes extremely attractive. Meanwhile, Peter aspires to start a rock band which, along with Meg's new attractiveness and talented singing voice, causes the entire family to become a traveling band and earns them a spot on Saturday Night Live as Meg develops an extremely arrogant and rude attitude. Meg is seduced by Jimmy Fallon, and has sexual intercourse with him, but discovers that the entire encounter is being aired on live television as part of the show. Peter attacks and beats up Fallon in revenge. Afterward, Meg returns to her old look as she feels "being beautiful is too much work". It is then revealed that the entire show is on a set, and the Griffins leave the living room and walk to the main stage where the rest of the episode's cast has gathered, Peter thanks everyone in the style of Saturday Night Live.|
|55||5||"The Cleveland–Loretta Quagmire"||James Purdum||Mike Henry & Patrick Henry||June 12, 2005||4ACX08||8.35|
|Cleveland's wife Loretta starts an affair with Quagmire and is secretly caught red-handed by Peter and Brian. Brian and Peter eventually inform Cleveland, who encounters Loretta. Loretta leaves Cleveland because she feels he is too soft. Because Cleveland responds in his usual mild-mannered way, Peter decides to teach Cleveland to express his true emotions. When one of his methods finally works, Cleveland becomes mad and intends to kill Quagmire. However, when Cleveland locates Quagmire, he realizes he can not kill another human being, even though he hurt him badly. Cleveland and Quagmire apologize to each other and Cleveland divorces Loretta for her behavior and sexual intercourse with Quagmire. At Quagmire's insistence, take out their remaining aggressions on each other in a boxing ring, which is a parody and complete reference to the ending of Rocky III.|
|56||6||"Petarded"||Seth Kearsley||Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild||June 19, 2005||4ACX09||7.23|
|Peter becomes so convinced that he's a genius that Brian challenges him to prove it. Peter takes the MacArthur Fellows Program, which reveals that Peter is mentally retarded. Peter gets depressed at first, but realizes that, now he is retarded, he can get away with a lot of things. While exploiting the perks that come with his handicap he accidentally throws boiling oil on Lois. While she is recovering, Child Protection Services takes away Peter's custody of Meg, Chris, and Stewie, due to their contention that Peter is mentally unfit to look after them. However, when he is unable to regain custody of his kids and accepts that his family may never reunite, Lois, who fully recovered, enters the house and explains she regained custody of the kids. Thus returning life back to normal.|
|57||7||"Brian the Bachelor"||Dan Povenmire||Mark Hentemann||June 26, 2005||4ACX10||7.29|
|Peter, Quagmire and Joe try to help Cleveland find a new girlfriend, after his break-up with Loretta. Peter takes him to auditions for ABC reality show The Bachelorette, but Brian eventually ends up being cast, after Peter and Cleveland are caught on a ridiculous manner. Brian does not like the show and only joins for a vacation. However, he discovers he has a lot in common with Brooke, the extremely attractive bachelorette. Brooke eventually picks Brian, but all the romance is gone once the cameras are turned off. Meanwhile, Chris befriends with a talking pimple on his face, who orders him to make mischief. The pimple gets Chris into breaking property of Mort's Goldman's Pharmacy. When Joe discovers that Chris is the person behind the crimes, Peter chases Chris with a belt as Joe joins the chase and Lois shattering in tears. However, Chris decides to go to a dermatology clinic, the pimple threatens him with a gun, but Chris is eventually able to "kill" it.|
|58||8||"8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter"||Greg Colton||Patrick Meighan||July 10, 2005||4ACX11||6.1|
|Peter opens a tab at Mort Goldman's pharmacy, unaware of how the tab system works; Peter simply believes he can buy a lot of things without having to pay for them. When Goldman calls in Peter's debt of $34,000, Peter sells him Meg to cover the expenses. The Goldman's start using Meg as a slave. Brian finds a clause in the contract stating that it is invalid if Neil cheats on Meg. Lois dresses up as Mystique and seduces Neil at a fake X-Men convention. Neil tells Meg that he only wants her to be with him if she wants to be with him and tears up the contract. Meanwhile, Stewie falls for Liddane, his new, beautiful babysitter who already has a boyfriend. Stewie ties him up and puts him in the trunk of Brian's car. After Liddane punishes Stewie for touching her breast, Stewie drugs her and frames her, telling Lois she invited friends over to the house to do drugs. However, once Lois fires Liddane, Stewie realizes he has made a mistake, but is unable to find her.|
|59||9||"Breaking Out Is Hard to Do"||Kurt Dumas||Tom Devanney||July 17, 2005||4ACX12||5.75|
|Lois becomes kleptomaniacal and is sent to prison after she goes on a shoplifting spree, which leaves the rest of the family in a terrible state of disarray. To bring their lives back to normal, Peter breaks Lois out of jail and, as fugitives from the law, he intends to start a new life with his family in "Asiantown". However, they are eventually tracked down by Joe, who pursues them through the city sewers. On the run from Joe, Lois decides to surrender and face the consequences. As he tries to catch them, Joe slips and nearly falls into a ledge. Lois pulls him to safety and, to show his gratitude, Joe manages to get her sentence remanded.|
|60||10||"Model Misbehavior"||Sarah Frost||Steve Callaghan||July 24, 2005||4ACX13||6.73|
|Lois fulfills her lifelong dream of being a fashion model after appearing in her underwear in the newspaper. Peter, however, grows increasingly concerned that she may be losing touch with reality. After he limits her options as a model, Lois becomes more and more rebellious and Peter decides to ask Lois' father Carter for help. However, once they kidnap Lois at a Vogue party, Peter realizes that Carter's methods are too harsh and tells Lois she has the right to be a model if it makes her happy. Realizing that she has had the freedom to fulfill her wishes, Lois decides to quit modeling after all. In a subplot Brian works on a pyramid scheme with Stewie to pay off a debt to him. However, Brian eventually gets fed up with Stewie's pretending Ca$hscam is a real company. He gets mad and is fired by Stewie.|
|61||11||"Peter's Got Woods"||Chuck Klein & Zac Moncrief||Danny Smith||September 11, 2005||4ACX14||9.22|
|Brian falls for Shauna, an African-American teacher at Meg's school, and petitions to have the name of the "James Woods High School" changed just to please her. Peter objects and has James Woods come to the school to protect its name, even though Woods was in delight to have the school's name changed. Peter and James become friends and start to hang out together, with Woods eventually taking over Brian's place. Shauna is upset that Brian and Peter are still friends after Peter's actions, and makes Brian choose between her and Peter. Brian breaks up with Shauna and eventually patches his differences with Peter at the local bar. Woods, unhappy with Brian and Peter becoming friends again, becomes extremely obsessive and obnoxious. Peter and Brian get rid of him by laying out a long line of Reese's Pieces as a promatic bait, trapping him in a crate and sending him to be stored away in a Secret Government Warehouse with hundreds of similar crates.|
|62||12||"Perfect Castaway"||James Purdum||John Viener||September 18, 2005||4ACX15||8.68|
|Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe go on a fishing trip, but their boat sinks when a storm breaks loose. They survive on a raft built out of Quagmire's sex dolls and set ashore on a desert island. Several months later, they are rescued by a passing cruise ship. Upon returning home, Peter finds that Lois has married Brian, thinking her husband was dead. She is, of course, overjoyed to see Peter safe when they are saved by a cruise ship, but is torn between her love for Peter and her commitment to Brian. Peter then puts Lois into having sex, restoring their love for each other. Brian eventually decides that it would be better for Lois to return to Peter as he understands her internal battle, thus putting the show back in its original setting.|
|63||13||"Jungle Love"||Seth Kearsley||Mark Hentemann||September 25, 2005||4ACX16||8.56|
|Chris runs away from his home after getting hazed on his first day of high school as a freshman and joins the Peace Corps, after which he is dropped off in South America. Peter gets a job at the Pawtucket Brewery, where the beer is free as long as employees do not drink during their shift. Peter is unable to control his drinking and is demoted; ending up as a subordinate to a mentally handicapped man named Opie and working for an socially berrant, unattractive manager named Angela. In South America Chris becomes popular with the natives, but unwittingly marries the daughter of the chief. Chris' family travels to South America as soon as they hear of the marriage. Upon their arrival Peter is seen as the richest man in the country with just US$37; he takes advantage of this by paying the natives small sums of money to act according to his whimsy. Chris accuses Peter of using the tribe to get away from his trouble, but realizes he did the same. Before he has time to think, the natives discover that he is a freshman and chase them away from their land, which the family manages to escape, except for Meg.|
|64||14||"PTV"||Dan Povenmire||Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild||November 6, 2005||4ACX17||7.98|
|A "trouser malfunction" on live-broadcast TV at the Emmys prompts the FCC to censor even mildly objectionable content on TV. Outraged, Peter and Brian create their own TV station "PTV", filled with all-around obscene programming. When the FCC picks up on this due to Lois' call, they shut down the channel. When Peter argues that they can not stop people from being who they are or how they live, the FCC go to drastic measures by censoring all of real life. Extremely annoyed by their actions, Peter and Lois lobby Congress to have the FCC's rulings reversed. Though they disagree at first, Peter convinces them when he points out the resemblance of many Washington buildings to various crude body parts, leading the Congress into firing the FCC employees and putting the censoring of Quahog off.|
|65||15||"Brian Goes Back to College"||Greg Colton||Matt Fleckenstein||November 13, 2005||4ACX18||9.2|
|Brian is hired by a reporter at The New Yorker for his well-promoted review on Teen Magazines. When it's revealed that Brian never finished college, he is fired and he decides to return to complete his last credit. However, he must deal with his temptations to cheat in order to pass the class. Meanwhile, Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe become the new "A-Team" after winning a costume contest.|
|66||16||"The Courtship of Stewie's Father"||Kurt Dumas||Kirker Butler||November 20, 2005||4ACX19||9.08|
|Lois thinks Stewie's matricidal behavior is just a cry for fatherly attention, so she makes Peter bond with Stewie, although Peter and Stewie play tricks on her instead. Meanwhile, Chris does chores for Herbert after breaking his window, which makes Herbert feel closer to him than ever before.|
|67||17||"The Fat Guy Strangler"||Sarah Frost||Chris Sheridan||November 27, 2005||4ACX20||9.85|
|Lois discovers that she has a brother she never knew about who, after a traumatic experience involving Jackie Gleason, is locked in a mental hospital and holds a grudge against the obese. After he is released, his traumatic experience occurs towards Peter, since Peter is overweight. Meanwhile, Peter starts an advocacy group for overweight men after the doctor tells him he is fat.|
|68||18||"The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz"||James Purdum||Danny Smith||December 18, 2005||4ACX22||8.26|
|Peter's father Francis tries to impose his religious beliefs onto the Griffins during a visit. Stewie ends up in a plastic bubble after getting baptized with contaminated holy water, so Peter starts his own religion based on his faith in Fonzie from Happy Days.|
|69||19||"Brian Sings and Swings"||Chuck Klein & Zac Moncrief||Michael Rowe||January 8, 2006||4ACX21||N/A|
|Brian sinks into a depression after a near-death experience, but finds a new lease on life as a back-up singer for Frank Sinatra, Jr.; this, however, does not last very long because of Brian's alcoholic issues during performances and leads him into anger from Peter and Lois. Meanwhile, Meg pretends to be a lesbian in order to make friends with a group of real teenage lesbians.|
|70||20||"Patriot Games"||Cyndi Tang||Mike Henry||January 29, 2006||4ACX25||9.08|
|Peter becomes a player for the New England Patriots football team after Tom Brady picks up on his display of impressive charging skills at a high school reunion. But, Peter's attitude forces Tom into removing Peter into England into playing for a sissy, wimpish English football team. Meanwhile, Brian loses a bet with Stewie and he must pay him his money. When Brian fails once, Stewie brutally beats him and another time, he beats Brian with a golf club, shooting him in the leg, and torches him with a flamethrower. Brian finally pays him, and Stewie lets Brian have his revenge but Brian will not tell him when the revenge is coming, which makes Stewie paranoid and frightened. At the finale, Brian has his revenge by pushing Stewie in the road and being hit by a bus while in London.|
|71||21||"I Take Thee Quagmire"||Seth Kearsley||Tom Maxwell & Don Woodard and Steve Callaghan||March 12, 2006||4ACX23||8.06|
|Quagmire actually falls in love with a maid whose service Peter won on a game show, and even marries her, changing Quagmire's personality. But when the old Quagmire returns behind her back after the ceremony, Quagmire tries to get out of the relationship. Meanwhile, Stewie has a withdrawal when Lois weans him from her breast milk. Lois' breasts becomes swollen until Stewie is restored of breastfeed.|
|72||22||"Sibling Rivalry"||Dan Povenmire||Cherry Chevapravatdumrong||March 26, 2006||4ACX24||7.95|
|Peter gets a vasectomy after a pregnancy scare from Lois, which puts a kibosh on their sex life. Lois begins overeating and gets fat, which spices things up between them. Lois suffers a heart attack and her fat is reduced from her body, returning her back to normal. Meanwhile, Stewie's equally-malicious sperm brother from "Emission Impossible" is born and battles Stewie for control over the playground. Stewie eventually wins the battle at the episode's climax.|
|73||23||"Deep Throats"||Greg Colton||Alex Borstein||April 9, 2006||4ACX26||7.88|
|Brian tries to expose Mayor West as the corrupt politician he is, and becomes even more determined after discovering that he is dating Meg, who has become his new intern. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois start smoking pot in the hopes of finding musical inspiration for a talent show, which they becomes obsessively high on ridiculous moments.|
|74||24||"Peterotica"||Kurt Dumas||Patrick Meighan||April 23, 2006||4ACX27||7.82|
|After reading an erotica book that he thought was bad, Peter writes a collection of his own, but a lawsuit partially relating to his series leads to Lois's father, Carter, losing his money. Unable to cope with their middle-class lives, Peter and Carter set all differences aside and team up to get rich quick.|
|75||25||"You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives"||Dominic Polcino||David A. Goodman||April 30, 2006||4ACX28||7.82|
|Mayor West tries to ban gay marriage to divert attention from a bad investment he made with the taxpayers' money, prompting Brian to fight for the right of his gay cousin, Jasper, to get married. Meanwhile, Lois deals with her views on gay marriage, and Chris becomes a conservative to feel up a girl.|
|76||26||"Petergeist"||Sarah Frost||Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild||May 7, 2006||4ACX29||7.85|
|In a parody of the film Poltergeist, Peter decides to build a multiplex to top Joe's new theater, but comes across an Indian skull in his backyard. As a result, a poltergeist haunts the Griffins' house and spirits drag Stewie away to the other side, followed by even stranger events. At the end, things goes back to normal when the skull goes back to its hidden spot.|
|77||27||"The Griffin Family History"||Zac Moncrief||John Viener||May 14, 2006||4ACX30||7.87|
|Robbers break in to the Griffins' house, so the family flees to safety in their panic room. Trapped with no way out, Peter decides to pass the time by telling his family the story of the Griffin family history, narrating a chain of events that describe their equally exotic and dysfunctional ancestry.|
|78||28||"Stewie B. Goode" (Part 1)||Pete Michels||Gary Janetti and Chris Sheridan||May 21, 2006||4ACX05||7.88|
|Stewie's attempt to kill a boy he does not like backfires and lands him in a near-death experience where he gets a brief taste of life in Hell. This is enough to make Stewie resolve to act nicer to everyone. Meanwhile, Peter gets a new job as an editorial reporter on the local news.|
|79||29||"Bango Was His Name, Oh!" (Part 2)||Pete Michels||Alex Borstein||May 21, 2006||4ACX06||7.88|
|Stewie sees a man on TV who looks just like him. Convinced this man must be his real father, Stewie takes Brian to go on a cross-country road trip with Quagmire to find him and discover the truth. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois try to help Chris and Meg get dates so that they can have some "alone time".|
|80||30||"Stu and Stewie's Excellent Adventure" (Part 3)||Pete Michels||Steve Callaghan||May 21, 2006||4ACX07||7.88|
|It turns out that the man Stewie saw is his 35-year-old self, so Stewie joins him in the future to discover how his life will turn out, which he finds appalling. After discovering that the source of it all is his near-death experience, Stewie resolves to go back in time and prevent it from ever happening.|
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