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Family Guy: The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou

When a bully harasses Chris, Peter goes to his defense, but the kid is so annoying that Peter ends up beating him up. Meanwhile, Stewie goes out without sunscreen and becomes obsessed with getting a tan. After Brian accidentally leaves him in the tanning booth for six hours, Stewie gets sunburned and fears he has cancer. While waiting for the results of his cancer screening, Stewie begins to live his life as if he had only days to live and drives Brian crazy with his demands.

Source: FOX

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x11
Production Number: 5ACX06
Airdate: Sunday February 18th, 2007

Director: Julius Wu
Writer: Mark Hentemann

Guest Stars
Alec SulkinAlec Sulkin
voiced Various
Beth LittlefordBeth Littleford
voiced Various
Chris CoxChris Cox
voiced Various
Chris SheridanChris Sheridan
voiced Various
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Jeff BergmanJeff Bergman
voiced Various
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Various
Keir GilchristKeir Gilchrist
voiced Kyle
Kevin Michael RichardsonKevin Michael Richardson
voiced Fozzy
Mary Kay BergmanMary Kay Bergman
voiced Various
Mike Barker (1)Mike Barker (1)
voiced Various
Patrick WarburtonPatrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
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
On the DVD version of the episode there's an extra scene that didn't air on FOX.
When Peter and Chris are sitting in the car waiting for Randy Fulcher, Peter imitates an anus by putting a snickers bar in his mouth, covering his head with his sweatshirt & slowly pushing the Snickers bar out of the opening.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Dream AcademyPlease Please Please Let Me Get What I Want 

Episode Quotes
Peter: “I'm here to kick your ass Fulcher. I'm gonna beat ya and then my son Chris is gonna beat ya.
It's gonna be an ole' fashion father-son beat off”

Cultural References
The title “The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou” is a take off of the title of the 2004 movie “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” starring Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe & Jeff Goldblum

Cleveland wears a Richard Nixon mask to prevent people from knowing there's a black man at the country club. Nixon was the 37th President of the United States and the only President to ever resign from office.

Britney Spears' parenting is questioned. Ironically almost a year after this episode aired, Britney lost visitation rights & custody of her 2 children.

Herbert: “What's going on in my pants? Looks like we got 6 more weeks of winter”

Allusion to Groundhog Day, the holiday not the movie.
If the groundhog, named Punxsutawney Phil, emerges from his borrow and sees his shadow Winter will continue for 6 more weeks. If it doesn't see it, Spring will come early.

The joke (obviously) being Kyle is making Herbert's *ahem* “groundhog” emerge.

Lois: “Peter, this is more irresponsible than the time you fed your Mogwai after midnight”

Reference to the 1984 film “Gremlins” starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates & Corey Feldman.
The creature Peter is holding is named “Gizmo” and (as Lois said) one of the rules to owning a Mogwai was not feeding him after midnight.
The scene (clearly) differs from the movie because instead of “Gizmo” turning into the evil Mogwai named “Stripe”, he turns into Fran Drescher, the star of the CBS sitcom “The Nanny”.

The microwave inspired death of Fran Drescher is in fact the way one of the evil Mogwai's is killed in the movie.

Stewie: “Wow, look at me. I'm a young Eartha Kitt”

“Eartha Kitt” (1927-2008) is known for her unique voice & her possibly most famous role as the second “Catwoman” in the tv series “Batman” (1966-1968) which of course also starred the Mayor of Quahog, Adam West

Stewie {impersonating Eartha Kitt}: “President Johnson, bring our boys home from Southeast Asia it's an unwinnable war”

Stewie is speaking of President Lyndon B. Johnson & the war he mentions is the Vietnam War which Johnson inherited after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

TaB Cola

Stewie drinks TaB and parodies one of the products' commercials when he takes a sip and looks into the camera

Tylenol PM

Young Peter: “My book report is on The Giving Tree”

“The Giving Tree” was first published in 1964. It is a children's book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein

Terry The Tiger: “They're Food!”

Terry the Tiger is a take off on Kellogg's Frosted Flakes real mascot Tony the Tiger who's catch phrase is “They're Great!”

Martin Landau discusses director Roman Polanski and the fact he was convicted of the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl and fled to Europe to escape jail as well as the Planned Parenthood Organization

Devon: “ huh, stars a little actress named Joan Van Ark, maybe you've heard of her?”

Joan Van Ark may be best known for playing Valene Ewing on “Dallas” and later on “Knots Landing”

Devon: “It's essentially 'Brokeback Mountain' from the horses point of view”

2005's “Brokeback Mountain” starred Jake Gyllenhaal & Heath Ledger as cowboys who discover their love for each other while secluded in the mountains of Wyoming.

The scene Devon wrote from the horses point of view would have been the first time Ennis & Jack have sex, which lead to the horses strong reaction.

Peter: “You're making me sound like Michael Stipe”

Michael Stipe is the lead vocalist for the alternative rock band R.E.M.

Stewie: “Key Largo, Montego, baby why don't we go down to Kokomo, but not fast cause Stewie takes it slow”

While tanning, Stewie sings The Beach Boys song “Kokomo” w/ slightly altered lyrics

Mr. Furley: “Brian?”
Brian: “Oh uh... Hi Mr Furley”
Mr. Furley: “Never mind, I'll come back later”

Mr. Ralph Furley was played by Don Knotts on the sitcom “Three's Company” (1977-1984).
Often times on the show innocent things would be misconstrued as something sexual as in Brian squirting lotion on Stewie

Peter: “You got Legos, aw sweet. Lois only buys me Mega Blocks”

Lego, of course, is the iconic toy consisting of small interlocking plastic bricks.
Mega Blocks really are the same thing as Lego, however, Mega Blocks do come in different sizes.

Peter: “Lois, I've done it again”

The “THE END - A Peter Griffin Cartoon - Made In Hollywood, USA” end title card is an allusion to the ending of Warner Bros' “Merrie Melodies” cartoons where it would read “That's All Folks”. The scene even imitates the “Merrie Melodies” ending music.

Stewie: “Jim Henson had a wait-and-see attitude and look what happened to him. Now we have wrong sounding Muppets”

Jim Henson started feeling ill around May 4th, 1990. He went to the doctor on May 12th but no evidence of pneumonia was found so he was simply sent home w/ some aspirin.
Early morning May 15th he suffered from shortness of breath and coughing up blood but still didn't want to go to the hospital.
Finally at 4am May 15th he went to the hospital where he suffered organ failure and eventually died on May 16th.

The two Muppets characters in the scene are Kermit the Frog and Swedish Chef both voiced by Jim Henson.

Fozzie Bear makes an appearance at the very end of the episode with a very deep voice.
However, he wasn't voiced by Jim, but by Frank Oz

Brian: {reading} “Visit Chicago Museum of Art.”
“Okay we can do that”

Stewie goes to the art museum where he becomes engrossed in the same Seurat painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, as the character Cameron (Alan Ruck) did from the movie, “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” (1986).
The scene is identical, even the music.

Joe: “Peter, put me down!”
Peter: “I told you, not until you sing”

The song Peter forces Joe to sing is “The Lonely Goatherd” from Rodgers and Hammerstein's “The Sound of Music”

Randy Fulcher: “I have M.S.”
Peter: “You hear that Chris, this guy's got a monkey scrotum and he's bragging about it”

Randy actually has “Multiple Sclerosis”

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
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