Family Guy

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Question: In one of the first episodes, Brian sees a miniature horse-drawn wagon come around the couch and he chases it into the kitchen, where it disappears into the wall. What is this a joke about or reference to?

Answer: Chuck Wagon dog food commercials - the Chuck Wagon would ride through the house with the dog chasing it only to disappear into the kitchen cabinet where the box of dogfood was kept.

Myridon

Death Has a Shadow - S1-E1

Question: In the courtroom, after everyone goes "Oh no.", what looks like a teapot bursts through the wall going "Oh yeah.". I'm assuming it's a US advert, but I've got no idea for what - can someone let me know?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: It's the Kool Aid mascot (Kool Aid being a fruit flavoured powdered drink mix - FILLED with sugar). It has been bursting walls (while screaming "Oh, yeah!") for years, bringing what's needed to quench children's thirst.

Sereenie

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Question: I've noticed in the last two seasons that certain jokes and gags are ruined because the characters explain the whole point of them. Why do the writers feel that their humour needs to be explained?

Answer: It's a meta joke. The "explaining the joke" is itself a joke, usually about how the family guy writers themselves recognise their reliance on certain types of humour.

Gary O'Reilly

Chick Cancer - S5-E7

Question: In this episode where Peter starts shooting the movie he says: Okay, now give him some peanut butter so we can make it look like he's talkin'. How is peanut butter going to help?

HEK_98

Answer: Because the peanut butter would get stuck to the roof of his mouth. Then as he's trying to lick the peanut butter off, he'd be constantly opening and closing his mouth.

Bishop73

Answer: There's an old show called Mr Ed about a talking horse. They used peanut butter in the horse's mouth.

Answer: If you've ever seen a dog eat peanut butter, you'd see how it looks like they are talking since it's so sticky.

Cheyenne Williams

Life of Brian - S12-E6

Question: Can someone explain the joke where Stewie interrupts a magician's show and tells the audience that the magician drives a Saturn?

Answer: Before the cut away, Stewie says he ruined the magician's act. When we see him on stage, the viewer thinks Stewie is going to tell the audience how the magician isn't really cutting a woman in half and how it's done, ruining the act. But instead just insults him. The Saturn car company is now defunct and no new Saturns have been made since 2009, this episode aired in 2013, so the magician must not be very good or successful if that's all he can afford to drive. The joke is just that by pointing out someone drives a Saturn will ruin them.

Bishop73

Meg and Quagmire - S10-E10

Question: What does, "we heard a loon" mean?

Answer: Loons are aquatic birds that make a very unique sound. Early, when Peter and Louis are going up to the cabin, Peter stops and gets out of the car to listen to a loon. It's just showing how easily Peter gets distracted because he's suppose to be hurrying to prevent Quagmire and Meg having sex. "We heard a loon" is what he writes in the guest book, which indicates he had a pleasant trip up to the cabin when really he should still be mad a Quagmire. I haven't found any joke or movie reference to the line, but it fits Peter.

Answer: It's Lois who writes "we heard the loon" to the guest book.

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Question: Why does the show on occasion mention that it never won an Emmy when it's thus far received 10 nominations and 3 wins?

Cody Fairless-Lee

Answer: In the context, when talking about "Family Guy" winning an Emmy, it's about winning based on the merits of show itself, not just the work put into making the show. The Emmys "Family Guy" has won are for "outstanding voice over", "achievement in animation", or "sound mixing." Whereas, shows like "Modern Family" won Emmys for Outstanding..."comedy series", "lead actor", "supporting actor/actress", "writing", and "directing." There was a joke in the episode about what they were doing was so bad they owe back an Emmy, acknowledging they have won Emmys, just not the ones they're striving for.

Bishop73

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Question: The episode where Brian dies. Who was driving the car that ran over Brian and killed him?

Dan23

Answer: At this point within the series, it remains a mystery. It may, however, be revealed in a future episode.

zendaddy621

Lois Comes Out of Her Shell - S11-E6

Question: There was a scene where Sheldon held a lighter and put his hand over it, what was he trying to do exactly? Scare off Stewie?

HEK_98

Answer: It was mainly done to intimidate Stewie and show Stewie how crazy he is and how tough he is. There's a similar scene from "Lethal Weapon" where Mr. Joshua puts his arm over a guy's lighter to intimidate him and show how he's impervious to pain.

Bishop73

Brian's Got a Brand New Bag - S8-E4

Question: "That's the number, Brian. Just dial 0 and read it to Sarah." I don't understand what's going on here and who is Sarah?

HEK_98

Answer: It's a joke about how Rita's so old the number on her bracelet wasn't a 7-digit number. In the early 20th century to place a call you could call "Central" and tell the operator "Murray Hill 4185" and she would connect you. Rita is telling Brian to call the operator (dial "0") and read "Murray Hill 4185" to Sarah, the operator.

Bishop73

Saving Private Brian - S5-E4

Question: This episode involves a couple of scenes with Marilyn Manson, who is actually being voiced by one of the show's writers. How are they legally allowed to portray a celebrity for this long - more than a quick joke/cutaway?

Answer: Parodies are protected speech. See Hustler Magazine v. Falwell.

MasterOfAll

Dr. C and the Women - S13-E13

Question: Where's the joke in prescribing a "lesbian shoe" (Doc Martin) to sick people? Not angered by it or anything. It's just that I understand most every joke and am wondering if this one even has a point or if it's just one of the absurd jokes?

jlubera3773

Chosen answer: The doctor's name is Doc Martens, and it's playing on a stereotype that lesbians wear Doc Martens boots.

Sierra1 Premium member

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Question: What is it with the Jug that breaks down walls? It's red with a face on. I don't get this joke.

Ssiscool Premium member

Chosen answer: It's the Kool-Aid Man from Kool-Aid's commercials from the 70s and 80s. Kids would be hot and thirsty and call "Hey, Kool-Aid!" and he'd burst through a wall and say "Oh, yeah!"

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Question: How was the scene where Stewie dances with Gene Kelly achieved?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: According to the episode commentary, it is literally just frame by frame editting of a sequence from the film "Anchors Aweigh", in which Gene Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse (from Tom and Jerry). They drew Stewie over Jerry in each frame, which is why he seems to stretch oddly in some parts (they had to match Jerry's movements exactly).

Gary O'Reilly

Bango Was His Name, Oh! - S4-E29

Question: The scene where Brian was paying the bills then Brian says: It's at this, uh...It's at this girl's house. What does he mean by that?

HEK_98

Answer: He was saying he's paying the cable bill but Stewie said Peter pays the cable bill. Brian's reply is that the cable he's paying for is for a girl. It seems he's kind of embarrassed to say it and so it seems the bills he's paying aren't his but a girl he's dating (although somewhat implied that she's using him).

Bishop73

An App a Day - S14-E13

Question: Stewie asking "How'd you get all those cuts on your butt?" Is this a joke/reference that went over my head?

Answer: Old people usually have poorly maintained butts for some reason. I work at a hospital, and it's the first place they check for sores.

Brian Sings & Swings - S4-E19

Question: Why did Meg wait until near the end of the episode to tell Sarah she was not a lesbian, and not after finding about the lesbian alliance club?

Darth Crucible

Chosen answer: Meg is typically depicted as unpopular at school, so she chose to conceal the fact that she was straight because of the acceptance she felt from the members of the club. It was only when her alleged lesbianism was put to the test at the end that she was compelled to tell the truth about her sexual orientation.

zendaddy621

Road to the North Pole - S9-E7

Question: During the "All I Really Want For Christmas" song, Meg says "softer voices in my head." There is an image of Bin Laden and a woman. Who is the woman? I thought it was Barbara Streisand, but I am not sure.

Answer: The woman is Bette Midler.

Greg Dwyer

Back to the Woods - S6-E10

Question: Joe says that James Woods that Peter has all of the proof that he is Peter Griffin. But wouldn't Joe see Peter's face from his passport and driver's license to show that Woods obviously stole it?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: The whole point was James was in possession of Peter's identity and it didn't matter how he has it. Joe also ignored the fact he's personally known Peter since moving in next door, so the picture didn't really matter. To Joe, James is Peter now, no matter what.

Bishop73

Model Misbehavior - S4-E10

Question: When Lois brings in the newspaper and says "look at this" Peter grabs it from her and says "movable printed type. We must hide this from the serfs lest they gain literacy and threaten the landed gentry." "What have you got there my lord?" "Nothing, go back to your turnips." What's the meaning behind this joke?

Christopher Burke

Chosen answer: Peter is acting as if he were a feudal lord in the middle ages, and that newsprint and the printed word were recent innovations, threatening to educate the peasantry and jeopardizing their hereditary rights as the ruling class. Just another one of the show's bizarre asides.

Brian Katcher

Underage Peter - S14-E14

Plot hole: They're in the Clam complaining that they can't drink when they make the revelation that Brian can because he's technically 56. But Quagmire should be able to drink, as in a much earlier episode, he's revealed to be over 60.

More mistakes in Family Guy

Lois: Hello?
Peter: I can't take the trash out today, I'm working late at the office.
Lois: The caller ID says you're calling from the kitchen. In fact I can see you.
Peter: [Edging sideways.] OK, can you see me now?
Lois: No.
Peter: Now I am at the office.

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Trivia: The voices of Brian, Stewie and Peter (as well as other minor characters) are all voiced by the creator, Seth Macfarlane.

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