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Family Guy: Saving Private Brian

When Chris is asked to join the military, Brian is outraged, and heads down to the recruiting office to speak his mind. Once there, Stewie is swindled into signing him and Brian into the military. They are shipped to Iraq, where they desperately try to get honorably discharged in any way possible. Meanwhile, back in Quahog, Chris joins a Goth band.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x4
Production Number: 4ACX34
Airdate: Sunday November 05th, 2006

Guest Stars
Gary ColeGary Cole
voiced Principal Shepherd
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Various
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Various
Louis Gossett, Jr.Louis Gossett, Jr.
voiced Sergeant Angryman
Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
voiced Joey
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
Mike Henry (1)Mike Henry (1)
voiced Cleveland Brown | Various Characters
Episode Notes
Army Recruiting Sign: BE ALL YOU CAN BE. Unless you're gay. Although if you're gay and not to fancy about it, that might be all right.

The text on the sign Radio City Music Hall reads: "Radio City, Welcome to the Grammys (Not you, Fred Durst)."

Verne and Johnny (The Vaudeville Guys) die in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Elmer BernsteinThe Theme Song From "Stripes" 

Episode Quotes
Drill Sargent: They only got two things in Quahog: Steers and Queers. I don't see no horns on ya. What does that make you boy?
Stewie: Queer?
Drill Sargent: Right.
Stewie: Oh, I got it?
Drill Sargent: Yeah!

Stewie: Wow, look at how gay we are, I am so gay with my gayness.
Brian: Me too, I'm...I'm a...homo.

Stewie: They'll come after you like Peter went after that Hockey Coach. (Pause) Oh... no clip, oh, thought we had a clip, oh, ok.

Recruiter: Peggy, would you send in the next- oh, you're already here. Say, aren't you a little young to join the Army?
Stewie: No, I have disease.

Stewie: Let me ask you this. When was the last time you saw something through to the end?
Brian: Well, I, uh...
Stewie: NEVER, thats when! You need this Brian. You dropped out of college, you still haven't finished your novel, do you know what you lack? Discipline! You know where you'll get it? Right here in the Army!

Stewie: (after killing Verne and Johnny (The Vaudeville Guys)) Okay they're dead, alright? We're not going to be seeing them again.

Son #1: Are we there yet?
Son #2: It's crowded back here!
Son #3: Stop touching me!
Son #2: Your leg is rubbing up against mine!
Gregory Peck: Hey! Quiet down or I'm pulling over.
Son #1: Stop breathing on the window!
Son #2: You idiot! That's condensation, it's on the outside.
Gregory Peck: That's it! I will come back there and so help me god, I will hit you with my ring-hand.

Episode Goofs
Brian is seen sweating again, although dogs do not sweat, they pant. This mistake was made before in "Hell Comes to Quahog".

Cultural References
Dr Katz

Peter's therapist is none other than Dr Katz. Dr Katz was an animated program that featured numerous standup comedians as patients of Dr Katz. The animation all featured the distinctive jumpy effect.

Muddy Waters

Born April 4, 1915 and died April 30, 1983. Waters' was an iconic Rhythm and Blues musician.


A 1981 film starring Harold Ramis and Bill Murray in where a pair of slackers join the US Army.

Choose Your Own Adventure Books

A popular children's book series that was published between 1979 and 1998. The series is written from the second persons perspective allowing the reader to be the focus of the story. At pivotal points in the story the reader is given choices and must turn to the corresponding page. The series sold over 250 million copies making it one of the most successful series in history.

Gregory Peck: That's it! I will come back there and so help me god, I will hit you with my ring-hand.

April 5, 1916 - June 12, 2003 - An Oscar winning stage and screen actor, Peck is known for many films including To Kill A Mockingbird. Peck had four sons, one of whom was a reporter. That son killed himself in 1975.

Saving Private Brian

The episode title is quite obviously a reference to the famous war movie Saving Private Ryan.

Dog's Playing Poker

Mayor West is seen playing poker with a group of dogs, this group of dogs is from Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's famous painting "Dog's Playing Poker painting".

Music icon Michael Jackson (1958-2009) is featured in this episode

Episode References
Stewie: clip? Oh, thought we had a clip, oh, ok.

This episode pokes fun at earlier episodes when Stewie makes his "No Clip" joke referring to the shows heavy use of nonsequeters.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
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