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Family Guy: Family Goy

After a medical scare, Lois is shocked to discover she is actually Jewish.

After embracing the Jewish lifestyle Peter receives a visit from the spirit of his father telling him to return to his Catholic roots.

When he tries to forbid Lois from practicing Judaism, she rebels and embraces her true heritage.


Episode Info


Episode number: 8x2
Production Number: 7ACX01
Airdate: Sunday October 04th, 2009

Director: James Purdum
Writer: Mark Hentemann


  • Currently 9.1/10
9.1/10 (15 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Ben SteinBen Stein
voiced Rabbi Goldberg
Recurring
Charles DurningCharles Durning
voiced Francis Griffin
Recurring
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Mark Wahlberg
Recurring
William WoodsonWilliam Woodson
voiced Super Friends Narrator (Archive audio from "SuperFriends" intro)
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlane
voiced Peter Griffin | Stewie Griffin | Brian Griffin | Various Characters
Alex Borstein
voiced Lois Griffin | Various Characters
Seth Green
voiced Chris Griffin | Various Characters
Mila Kunis
voiced Meg Griffin
Mike Henry (1)
voiced Cleveland Brown | Various Characters
Episode Notes
“Family Goy” was seen by 9,668,000 million viewers

This is the second episode that makes reference to the Family Guy spinoff show, “The Cleveland Show” (2009-).
The first was the very end of “Baby Not on Board”, when Cleveland tells Quagmire “You know I'm getting my own show”.

Glen also mentions the “Ernie the Chicken” appearances from “DaBoom”, “Blind Ambition”, “No Chris Left Behind” & “Meet the Quagmires” and Conway Twitty's (1933-1993) appearances from “Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey”, “Peter's Daughter” & “The Juice Is Loose!”

While driving to their new Jewish schools, Stewie makes the same “Forest Moon of Endor” joke and Chris calls him out on it thus furthering the debate on whether the family can hear and fully understand Stewie.



Episode Quotes
Peter: Jesus, which religion should our familiy BE?
Jesus: 6 or 1, they're all complete crap
Brian:Thank you!

Lois: Peter Stop that! We're not having sex, I just told you I have a lump!
Peter: I got a lump too and mine's easier to get rid of.

Dr. Hartman: Mrs. Griffin I've got good news. Your test results came back negative. It appears the lump in your breast is not black gross boob death.
Lois: Breast cancer?
Dr. Hartman: That's the layman's term.

Dr. Hartman: Huh, that's curious. I didn't know your mother was a Holocaust survivor.
Lois: My mother, that's impossible. She's not Jewish.
Dr. Hartman: According to her birth certificate, she is.
Lois: Oh my god!
Peter: Wow, breast cancer's starting to look pretty good.

Lois: Oh my god! So Grandma Hebrewberg is actually Jewish?
Barbara: Yes. When she moved to America her family changed their name. It was originally Hebrewbergmoneygrabber.

Peter: Leave it to a Jew to take all the fun out of being a Jew

Peter: Jews are gross Lois. It's the only religion with the word eww in it.



Episode Goofs
Peter tells the Kathy Ireland cutout “he's out” when they are at dinner but when he gets up to talk to Lois his pants are completely fastened.

However it was revealed (literally) on the DVD set, Peter is indeed fully exposed when he gets up to confront Lois about his time with cardboard Kathy.

(Granted this is most likely an inside joke for the writers but...)
Quagmire is shown believing he's getting the spinoff show but at the end of “Baby Not on Board”, Cleveland tells Glen directly that he's getting his own show.

Peter asks his dad to repeat Obi-Wan Kenobi's line from “Empire Strikes Back”, “You must go to the Dagobah system.”

However the line is actually you “will go” not “must go”

Lois states she doesn't really care about being Jewish or Christian but in the episode “Not All Dogs Go To Heaven” she was very adamant that her family believes in God.

After Peter shoots the mailbox Lois drops three letters. One of them lands in the yard.
When Mort walks up and he ducks Peter's shot, the letter from the yard is now in the driveway.



Cultural References
The cold opening for “Family Goy” was the intro for “SuperFriends” (1978) w/ Peter portraying “Superman”, Lois portraying “Wonder Woman”, Brian portraying “Batman”, Stewie portraying “Robin” & Chris portraying “Aquaman”.

The narrator is that of William Woodson. It is most likely archive audio from the show instead of Mr. Woodson re-recording the intro for the episode.

Joe: “Oh yeah you can even see Tonya Harding's honeymoon video on there. I mean, it's gross but it's like famous gross”

Tonya Harding (1970-) became notorious after her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly conspired with Shawn Eckhardt and Shane Stant to attack competitor Nancy Kerrigan (1969-) at a practice session during the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

She entered the world of the celebrity sex tape with the appearance of a pornographic "Wedding Video" that showed her having sex with her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly

Former super model Kathy Ireland (1963-), or rather the cardboard cutout of her, is featured in the first act of “Family Goy”.

As it says in the episode, Kathy became famous for being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for 13 straight years starting in 1984.

When Peter sees the cardboard cut out of Kathy Ireland, he begins to sing the 1984 song “Suddenly” by Billy Ocean (1950-)

The shower scene with Peter putting the Kathy Ireland cutout against the shower door is similar to a scene from John Landis' (1950-) 1977 comedy “The Kentucky Fried Movie”

Peter: “THAT WHORE! She's betrayed me worse than Lady Macbeth betrayed Duncan”

“Lady Macbeth” & “Duncan” are characters in William Shakespeare's “Macbeth”.

“Lady Macbeth” is the wife of Macbeth (obviously) & “Duncan” is King Duncan, the King of Scotland.

Whether it is intentional or not, Peter's version of Lady Macbeth bears (pun intended if you remember the cutaway), bears a striking resemblance to “Princess Fiona” (in human form) from the “Shrek” movie series

Stewie: “Look at all these short hairy men. I feel like I'm on the forest moon of Endor”

The “Forest Moon of Endor” was the location of the final battle between the Empire and the Rebellion in the 1983 movie “The Return of the Jedi”.

The “short hairy men” part of Stewie's line refers to the characters of the “Ewoks” whose home is Endor and assist the Rebellion in the battle.

Amercican actor Mark Wahlberg (1971-) appears in this episode.

Peter: “Oh wait Dad, before you go, could you say, you must go to the Dagobah system”
Francis: “Peter, you must go to the Dagobah system”
Peter: *disappointed sigh* “Thanks.”

This line Peter wants said is from the 1980 movie “The Empire Strikes Back”. It is said by the character “Obi-Wan Kenobi” right before the character “Luke Skywalker” passes out from the cold on the ice world of Hoth.

Lois: “Come on, you're acting crazier than when you were going through your Parker Lewis phase”

Peter apparently went through a phase were he became obsessed with the 90's show “Parker Lewis Can't Lose” (1990-1993) including dressing in the same clothes as Parker Lewis.

Visual: Peter using a sniper rifle

This scene is an allusion to a scene from the 1993 movie “Schindler's List” directed by Steven Spielberg (1946-)

Stewie: “And now I shall continue the prayer. KALI-MA!”

Stewie's “Kali-ma” and ripping out Meg's heart is a reference to the 1984 action movie “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”



Episode References
Max Weinstein & Rabbi Goldberg make second appearances in “Family Goy”. The first being “When You Wish Upon A Weinstein”

Rabbi Goldberg is once again voiced by Ben Stein



Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
 
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