There's Something About Paulie

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"There’s Something About Paulie"
Family Guy episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 16
Directed by Monte Young
Written by Ricky Blitt
Production code 1ACX10
Original air date June 27, 2000
Guest appearance(s)
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"There's Something About Paulie" is the 16th episode from the second season of the Fox animated series Family Guy. It is the 23rd episode of Family Guy. It was also the last episode of the first production season of Family Guy to air, but unlike the others, Mila Kunis had replaced Lacey Chabert for the voice of Meg Griffin. Michael Chiklis guest stars as Big Fat Paulie.


The Griffins need a new car. Lois decides to buy one out of the classified advertisements, but Peter refuses, having come to the ridiculous conclusion that buying a car out of the classifieds is what led to an acquaintance of his contracting herpes, ten years later.

Peter and Lois go to the local car dealership, where despite Lois's advice, a salesman (Jim Kaplan the conman) convinces Peter to buy a car he claims James Bond previously owned. The car breaks down almost immediately, but Peter is able to trade it in with insurance money when a mafia member offers to help. The favor he needs to repay is simple: to take the Don's nephew, Big Fat Paulie, to the movies. Peter and Paulie become friends, but Lois says that she does not think that Paulie is a good person, and orders Peter to get rid of him. When Peter says that they could hang out if Lois was not around, Paulie interprets it as a request to put a hit on Lois. When Peter finds out, he tries to get Paulie to call it off, but the gangster is killed in a drive-by shooting before he can do so. The next day, Lois finds out from the newspaper that Peter brought home a mobster and learns, during a play when an attempt on her life was made, that a hit was placed on her. Peter goes to the mafia "pet store"; Peter talks freely about what is going on despite the mobster telling Peter that the place is bugged. To get rid of him, he gives Peter an invitation to the Don's daughter's wedding. Because every guest gets a free favor, Lois tells Peter that he can ask the Don to call off the hit. However, he changes his wish by asking the Don for some of his tiramisu.

When they are outside, Peter sees the Don's daughter and her fiancé, Larry, arguing. He tells them that they should work together because he learned that the hard way. Just then, Larry recognizes Lois as the person he's supposed to whack. In order to save Lois' life, Peter asks the Don to kill him instead. The Don, overwhelmed by Peter's kindness to Lois, calls off the hit entirely.

They ask the valet to bring their car around and it explodes, killing him. Larry catches up with them and tries to warn them about the car, but he notices the car and leaves surreptitiously. Peter and Lois reflect on how nobody important got hurt in this incident, as the valet's vest falls from the sky.


In his 2009 review, Ahsan Haque of IGN, rating the episode a 7.5/10, said that the episode is not "the seminal classic one would think", and its themes have been "done time and time again, and done better in future episodes", but there are still "some great laughs".[1]


  1. ^ Haque, Ahsan. "Family Guy: "There's Something About Paulie" Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  • S. Callaghan, “There’s Something About Paulie.” Family Guy: The Official Episode Guide Seasons 1–3. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 103–107.

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