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Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment

While at her 20th college reunion, Lois meets up with her friend Naomi who asks Lois and Peter for a big favor.
Naomi and her husband Dale ask Lois is she will be a surrogate mother to their child.

Lois agrees to carry their child but after she becomes pregnant, Dale and Naomi are killed in a car crash so she must make the difficult decision whether to terminate the pregnancy or carry to term.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 8x21
Production Number: 7ACX10

Director: Joseph Lee
Writer: Danny Smith (1)

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Jun 20, 2010

Guest Stars
Alec SulkinAlec Sulkin
voiced Various
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Gary BeachGary Beach
voiced Dale Robinson
Jackson DouglasJackson Douglas
voiced Various
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Abortion Video Spokesman
Julia SweeneyJulia Sweeney
voiced Naomi Robinson
Michael YorkMichael York
voiced Nature Show Narrator
Patrick WarburtonPatrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Various
Ralph GarmanRalph Garman
voiced Various
Wil WheatonWil Wheaton
voiced Anti-Abortion Protester
Will SassoWill Sasso
voiced Various
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Peter Griffin | Stewie Griffin | Brian Griffin | Various Characters
Alex BorsteinAlex Borstein
voiced Lois Griffin | Various Characters
Seth GreenSeth Green
voiced Chris Griffin | Various Characters
Mila KunisMila Kunis
voiced Meg Griffin
Episode Notes
Information Regarding the Original Air Date:

This site's original episode air dates reflect the country the show originates from.
So despite the fact the premiere happened on BBC Three, Family Guy is an American show, the episode's air date is still “Unknown/Unaired” and June 20th is still the “Other Release Date”.

It's the same reason the Simpsons' episode, “In the Name of the Grandfather” made it's premiere on Sky One on March 17th, 2009 but the original air date was still 5 days later.

July 27, 2009
Fox has decided not to broadcast a "Family Guy" episode next season that deals with abortion.

The episode, which is titled "Partial Terms of Endearment," was produced by sister company 20th TV.

Fox released this statement moments ago:

"Fox will not air the 'Partial Terms of Endearment' episode of 'Family Guy,' but we fully support the producers' right to make the episode and distribute it in whatever way they want."

The episode came to light when producers talked about the plans on the show's Comic-Con panel, reported this weekend on Live Feed

Much like “When You Wish Upon a Weinstein” from season 3, this episode has been banned by FOX due to its controversial subject matter (this time, centered on abortion).

Originally it was said it would be released on DVD first, however, it made its world debut on BBC Three on June 20th, 2010.

In Volume 8 released June 15th, an insert indicated a release titled “Barely Legal” would be released in September.

As it turned out, “Endearment” along with the “Seth and Alex's Almost Live Special” was released as a separate DVD release titled simply “Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment” on September 28, 2010

Episode Goofs
Continuity Error:

When Lois announces to the family she's going to carry Dale and Naomi's child, Peter has one egg on his plate but when they return from Lois' “crazy pregnancy” flashback, he has has two eggs and when he says “No you're not Lois”, he's back to one egg.


Peter's fork switches places along with the changing eggs.

Cultural References
This episode's title “Partial Terms of Endearment”, is a take off of the title of the Shirley MacLaine (1934-), Debra Winger (1954-) & Jack Nicholson (1937-) 1983 romantic comedy/drama “Terms of Endearment”.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Executive ProducerMark Hentemann  |  Steve Callaghan  |  Danny Smith (1)  |  David A. Goodman  |  Chris Sheridan  |  David Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerWellesley Wild  |  Brian Scully  |  Alec Sulkin
ProducerPatrick Meighan  |  Shannon Smith  |  John Viener  |  Cherry Chevapravatdumrong  |  Kara Vallow
Co-ProducerKim Fertman
Consulting ProducerTom Devanney  |  Gary Janetti  |  Jonathan Jacobs
Associate ProducerKarin Perrotta
EditorMichael Elias
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterAlex Carter (3)  |  Andy Goldberg
MusicWalter Murphy
Music EditorStan Jones
Production AssistantKat Purgal  |  Michael Kennedy (2)
Production CoordinatorAnne Michaud  |  Nick Cofrancesco
Assistant EditorEric Brown (2)
Post Production SupervisorCharles Song
Storyboard ArtistDave Sherburne  |  Won Ki Cho
Supervising DirectorPeter Shin  |  James Purdum
Production ManagerBrent Crowe
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantMelissa Aives
Sound SupervisorBob Newlan
Casting AssociatePam Hyatt
Assistant DirectorFrancis Dinglasan
Storyboard RevisionistErik Moxcey  |  Debbie Shin  |  Ron Smith  |  Dante Leandado
Writing AssistantDavid Wright (1)  |  Kristin Long  |  Mike Desilets
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantKristy Grant  |  David Ihlenfeld  |  Lindsay Flinn  |  Michael Gainey  |  A. Spencer Porter  |  Artie Johann  |  Sam Littenberg-Weisberg
Sound Re-recording MixerJim Fitzpatrick (3)
Retake DirectorSarah Frost
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