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Family Guy: Road to Rupert

When Brian accidentally sells Rupert at a garage sale him and Stewie go on a quest to find him. Meanwhile, Peter loses his drivers license and Meg has to drive him around. Surprisingly, they bond.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x9
Production Number: 5ACX04
Airdate: Sunday January 28th, 2007

Guest Stars
Adam WestAdam West
voiced Mayor Adam West
George WendtGeorge Wendt
voiced Norm Peterson
Patrick WarburtonPatrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
Rob LoweRob Lowe
voiced Stanford
Ted McGinleyTed McGinley
voiced Helicopter Rental Agent
Bill FagerbakkeBill Fagerbakke
voiced Patrick Star
Tom KennyTom Kenny
voiced Spongebob Squarepants
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
"Road to Rupert" is the third installation of the "Road to..." episodes. The two previous being "Road to Rhode Island" of Season 2, and "Road to Europe" of Season 3.

Text on the Colorado Welcome Sign:
"Welcome to Colorado
More Than Just Kobe and Colombine

A copy of "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story" can be seen next to Brian while he is at the garage sale.

Stewie slips in an advertisement for Jack's Joke Shop once again, just as he did in Season 3 episode "Lethal Weapons".

Censorship: The DVD version of this episode has two extra scenes that were cut for time when aired on television (both broadcast and cable):

1) A scene where Lois picks up a DVD called "Stymie Gruffin: The Untold Story" and comments on how it's just "three episodes put back-to-back" and "a middle finger to the fans". Before she can trash the movie any further, Brian signals two men in suits to drag Lois away.

2) A scene where, after Stewie loses his teddy bear, Rupert, Stewie drinks an entire bottle of NyQuil and becomes so delusional that he thinks a throw pillow is a cat.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Herman's HermitsI'm Into Something Good 

Episode Quotes
Herbert: Hey there, Chris.
Chris: Hi Mr. Herbert!
Herbert: Sellin' yer old hand-me-downs?
Chris: Yep.
Herbert: Ya got anything that ya used to wear in the summer time?
Chris: Just these old shorts.
Herbert: Sweet Jesus.

(Peter sets Meg's hair on fire)
Joe: Hey, Meg don't be such a "hothead". (snickers)
Cleveland: Meg, you look "hot". (snickers)
Peter: Meg, I just lit your scalp on fire.

Peter: Now if you'll excuse me, I have some death to defy.

Man: Interesting. What do I get if I win?
Stewie: My dog.
Man: Hmm. What can he do?
Stewie: Um, if you put peanut butter on your body, he'll lick it off. (Whispers) Anywhere.

Stewie: Why have you brought me to the toy store Brian?
Brian: I'm buying you another Rupert. (Picks up a Gorilla doll) Hey, this one's cute, huh? (Reads label) And if we buy it, they save a real gorilla in the wild. And if we don't, they kill, these guys are really playing hardball.

Brian: I mean, you are getting a little old to have a teddy bear.
Stewie: Brian, I'm 1!
Brian: Still?
Stewie: What?

Joe: I'm here to revoke your driver's license.
Peter: What? Why?
Joe: We got reckless driving, disturbing the peace, plus the driver of one of those other cars was a virgin whose hymen was busted by the, rape.

Mayor Adam West: If I enter Connecticut, I'm entering every state that Connecticut's ever been with. Good luck, brave travelers.

Mayor Adam West: Can I help you, gentlemen?
Brian: Follow that truck. (Pause) Didn't you hear me? I said, "Follow that truck."
Mayor Adam West: Oh, I heard you. What I didn't hear was "please."
Brian and Stewie: Please follow that truck!

Theme Lyrics to My Black Son:

This time around,
I'm stayin' at home,
And things are gonna get better.
Settlin' in,
Lovin' My Wife,
But then I got that letter.
My black son, My black son,
Now each day my heart is gettin' bigger!
Don't even remember sleepin' with that lady but I did.
My black son, He's comin' to stay.
My black son, He's makin' each day
The best that he can!
(In Peter's Voice) Also, he's a ninja.

Stewie: If only I had rockets in my skii's...oh wait, I totally have rockets in my skii's!

Cultural References
During the "My Black Son" intro, Peter and his black son are biking along a beach and get distracted by a black-hair thin woman, causing them to fall onto the sand. This is a parody of the "John Ritter as Jack Tripper" scene during the first season of "Three's Company."

Also during the "My Black Son" intro there are nods to Punky Brewster (Peter picks up the frozen dinner), "Family Ties" (Peter in the Ohio shirt), "Perfect Strangers" (the revolving door), "Who's the Boss?" (the curtain vacuuming), "Laverne & Shirley" (the glove on the conveyor belt, the doors hitting each other, and the dough landing on Peter and Lois while they kiss), and "Bosom Buddies" (catching fruit with the bag).

Peter: Lois, I don't come down to Burger King and tell you how to do your job.

Burger King is a popular fast food restaurant.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn

The space funeral scene is a parody of Spock's funeral in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn.

Woody: How's life treating you Mr. Peterson?

One of the shows Peter puts himself into is the classic sitcom Cheers. The animation of the show looks almost exactly like the real one, and the lines exchanged were even often exchanged in the real show. George Wendt (who played Norm on the show) even voiced the animated Norm for this episode.

Smokey and the Bandit

Brian and Stewie get a ride from Smokey and the Bandit from the movie Smokey and the Bandit on their way to Colorado.

Peter: There is no Peter, only Zuul.

Peter's line is the exact line spoken by the character "Dana" in the hit movie Ghostbusters (Replacing Dana with Zuul, obviously).

Mayor Adam West: Bo Bice.

Bo Bice is a rock singer who before placing second in American Idol Season 4.

The Flintstones

The scene where Meg puts BamBam and Pebbles onto Peter's head is much like what Fred Flinstone did to Dino during the end credits of every Flintstones episode.

Stewie: (Dressed as Satan, laughing)

The scene where Brian looks over and Stewie is dressed up like Satan, laughing, is a parody of a scene from the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Peter: Holy Crap! Evil Knievil gloves!

Evil Knievil is a famous daredevil known for his highly dangerous stunts.

SpongeBob SquarePants

The show Peter watches in the car is Spongebob Squarepants. Even more specifically, The Camping Episode. The animation and voices are from the actual episode.

Anchors Aweigh

The long scene with Stewie dancing with Gene Kelly was taken directly from the movie Anchors Aweigh, except Stewie replaces Jerry the Mouse.

Text on the Colorado Welcome Sign:
"Welcome to Colorado
More Than Just Kobe and Columbine

The text on the Colorado welcome sign is a nudge at the fact that Colorado is well known, but not for good reasons. First for the fact that a young woman from Colorado, Katelyn Faber, accused NBA star Kobe Bryant of sexual assualt, leading to the star's public status downfall. Second, the Columbine shootings, in which two students from Columbine Highschool in Columbine, Colorado brought guns into school and killed several other students.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
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