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Family Guy: Extra Large Medium

Peter mistakenly believes he has psychic powers.

Meanwhile, Chris develops a crush on a girl w/ Down Syndrome at school.


Episode Info


Episode number: 8x12
Production Number: 7ACX14
Airdate: Sunday February 14th, 2010


Alternate Airdates:

UK (BBC three) Jun 13, 2010

  • Currently 6.7/10
6.7/10 (21 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Mike Henry (1)
voiced Bruce
Recurring
Adam West
voiced Mayor Adam West
Recurring
Alec Sulkin
voiced Various
Recurring
Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Recurring
Jackson Douglas
voiced Various
Recurring
Jennifer Birmingham
voiced Unknown
Recurring
John Viener
voiced Various
Recurring
Lori Alan
voiced Diane Simmons
Recurring
Nana Visitor
voiced Lottery Announcer
Recurring
Patrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
Recurring
Phil LaMarr
voiced Black Guy
Recurring
Michele Lee
voiced Estelle Lewis
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
Episode Notes
“Extra Large Medium” was seen by 6.42 million viewers



Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

Sir Chadwell Heath shows Chris & Stewie his rear end and calls it his fanny, however the British slang for the rear is “Bum”. “Fanny” is actually slang for the female genitals.

Writer's Error:

Stewie's quote from “Walden” isn't exactly correct. He leaves out the line “to front only the essential facts of life”. The full quote is...

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I have not lived.”

Animation Error:

When Ellen says the line, “I got bad news for you buddy, you just blew it. Get out of my house now!” she is sitting on the end cushion of her couch but when Chris starts to leave, she is sitting on the middle cushion.

Factual Error:

Lois tells her father that “Medium” is a character and not a real person.

Actually, the main character played by Patricia Arquette (1968-) is based on “real life psychic”, Allison DuBois (1972-)



Cultural References
Lois: “See Peter this is a much better way to spend a Sunday than what you dragged us to last week.”

Peter apparently starred in a production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-) rock musical, “Starlight Express”.

Peter's interpretation of Starlight Express is of course nothing like the actual show aside from the roller skating.

Stewie: “I came to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

As Stewie mentions, this is a quote from American author and poet Henry David Thoreau's (1817–1862) “Walden”.

The other two options in his on screen multiple choices were another American poet, Robert Frost (1874–1963) and as Stewie also mentions the character “Thornton Melon” from the 1986 Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004) comedy “Back to School”


Stewie: “I'm gonna finally run for public office again. I think people have forgotten my last embarrassment”

The "Stewie Defeats Truman" is a spoof on the real photo where the headline reads "Dewey Defeats Truman" is seen in this episode.

This was a famously incorrect banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Tribune on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent United States President Harry S. Truman beat Republican challenger and Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election in an upset victory

Carter: “I'll tell you who could help. Medium”

The CBS (originally NBC) show “Medium” (2005-2011) is mentioned in this episode.

Stewie: “It's been a pleasure serving with you Chris”
Chris: “And with you Stewie”


This may be an allusion to the 2006 action movie “300”.
A similar interaction occured between the characters King Leonidas played by Gerard Butler (1969-) and Stelios played by Michael Fassbender (1978-).

Brian: “I just think you're being taken for ride Lois. Like a snail on the back of a turtle.”

The scene following Brian's line is of a snail on a turtle's back saying “Slow down! I want to get there but I want to get there alive!”

This is Family Guy's take on an Internet Photo from the icanhascheezburger website.

During the line, “Her kiss is so inviting and her hugs are so delighting” of Stewie's “Down Syndrome Girl” song, the camera swoops in and spins around Chris and Stewie dancing.

This may be an allusion to the 1991 Disney movie, “Beauty and the Beast”.
In the film, during the musical number “Beauty and the Beast”, “Belle” and the “Beast” are shown dancing in a similar fashion with the camera sweeping in and rotating around them.

Ellen: “My dad's an account and my mom is the former governor of Alaska”

Obvious reference to politician Sarah Palin (1964-) and her husband Todd Palin (1964-) as well as a roundabout reference to their son Trig Palin (2008-) who has Down Syndrome

“Star Trek” is once again referenced in this episode with the main emphasis in this sketch on the character “Mr. Spock”, the other characters from the show are seen, “Captain Kirk” and “Hikaro Sulu” have lines, and “Pavel Chekov”, “Doctor Leonard McCoy” & “Uhura” are seen but have no lines.

When Peter "channels" Lou Costello's spirit he and Joe get into an old bit that the Real Lou Costello and Bud Abbott used to do called 'Who's on First', (getting in the bit with the bomb victims name Hu)



Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Executive ProducerSteve Callaghan  |  Mark Hentemann  |  David A. Goodman  |  Danny Smith (1)  |  Seth MacFarlane  |  Chris Sheridan
Co-Executive ProducerWellesley Wild  |  Alec Sulkin  |  Brian Scully
ProducerShannon Smith  |  John Viener  |  Patrick Meighan  |  Kara Vallow  |  Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Co-ProducerKim Fertman
Consulting ProducerGary Janetti  |  Jonathan Jacobs  |  Tom Devanney
Associate ProducerKarin Perrotta
EditorMichael Elias
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterAlex Carter (3)  |  Andy Goldberg
MusicWalter Murphy
Production AssistantMichael Kennedy (2)  |  Kat Purgal
Production CoordinatorAnne Michaud  |  Nick Cofrancesco
Assistant EditorEric Brown (2)
Post Production SupervisorCharles Song
Storyboard ArtistDominic Bianchi  |  Joe Vaux
Character DesignerMickey Cassidy
Supervising DirectorPeter Shin  |  James Purdum
Production ManagerBrent Crowe
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantMelissa Aives
Casting AssociatePam Hyatt
Assistant DirectorRick Del Carmen
Storyboard RevisionistRon Smith
Writing AssistantKristin Long  |  David Wright (1)
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantDavid Ihlenfeld  |  Artie Johann  |  A. Spencer Porter
 
Warning: Family Guy season 8 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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