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Family Guy: Tales of a Third Grade Nothing

Peter's boss Angela sends him back to the third grade so that he can qualify for a work promotion. Meanwhile, Brian, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Stewie open the coolest club in Quahog

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x6
Production Number: 6ACX10
Airdate: Sunday November 16th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (BBC three) May 17, 2009

Guest Stars
Alec SulkinAlec Sulkin
voiced Various
Alex BreckenridgeAlex Breckenridge
voiced Various
Andy DickAndy Dick
voiced Himself
Bob BarkerBob Barker
voiced Himself
Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher
voiced Angela
Chace CrawfordChace Crawford
voiced Various
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Frank Sinatra, Jr.Frank Sinatra, Jr.
voiced Himself
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Various
Lori AlanLori Alan
voiced Diane Simmons
Mae WhitmanMae Whitman
voiced Suzie (Malibu Barbie Show & Tell)
Max BurkholderMax Burkholder
voiced Kid
Patrick WarburtonPatrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Judge
Ralph GarmanRalph Garman
voiced Various
Steve CallaghanSteve Callaghan
voiced Various
Wellesley WildWellesley Wild
voiced Various
Billy UngerBilly Unger
voiced Kid
Caitlyn JennerCaitlyn Jenner
voiced Herself
Debbie ReynoldsDebbie Reynolds
voiced Mrs. Wilson
Elisha CuthbertElisha Cuthbert
voiced New Bedford
Kaylee DeferKaylee Defer
voiced Various
voiced Himself
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
This episode drew 8,571,000 viewers & was FOX's #4 show for the week

Episode Quotes
Yosemite Sam: "WOAH! These are the tightest penis compressionist, sperm killingist, testicle grippinist jeans I've ever tried on!"

Meg: "You're a smart fella dad"
Peter: "And you're a fart smella' Meg"

{Song over end credits}
Frank: On the western side of Quahog, if you care to come along.
There's a club that's so exclusive, that the line is 10 miles long.

Brian: Where the douche-bags come to party, and to spend their father's cash.
Just to take home slutty women, and to wake up with a rash.
Yeah they wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up with a rash.

Frank & Brian: Take me out to pLace tonight, where the wool knit caps are tight, and the guys in hooded sweatshirts have forgotten that their white.
Take me out to pLace tonight, where there ain't no cellulite, and we'll drink ourselves insane until we're feeling, dynamite!

Episode Goofs
Angela recommends Peter for a promotion after she witnesses him blow up a children's hospital but later denies him the same promotion for the same reason.

Cultural References
The title "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing" is a take off of the book titled "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" written by Judy Blume in 1972

Jurassic Park

Peter's journey to the executive bathroom is the same helicopter ride seen in 1993's Jurassic Park complete w/ John Hammond welcoming Peter and music used in the movie.

Barack Obama

Peter references Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign when he gives the homeless man 'Hope' when he asks for change.
Hope & Change being keys words used during the campaign.

Peter attempts to destroy an Anheuser Busch Beer billboard.

Stewie: "You're going to fail faster than John Madden's wedding video business"

John Madden, a famous NFL color commentator is known for using a telestrator to emphasis his description of his plays.

Emperor Palpatine from The Star Wars Movies requests the song 'On The Dark Side' by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

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

Malibu Barbie

Frank Sinatra Jr.: "Get a load of Maynard G. Krebs over here."

Maynard G. Krebs was a character played by Bob Denver from the 1959-1963 TV show 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis'

Stewie: "I got a job as a field reporter for channel 5 news"

Stewie's 'grape stomping' news report and fall from the stage is based off a real incident with a field reporter from Atlanta. Oddly enough it was also Channel 5 and a FOX affiliate.
Tom Tucker and Dianne Simmons replicate the nonchalant attitude of the studio hosts' reactions to the reporters injuries.

Peter: "Late 70's Bruce Jenner, take me home"

Bruce Jenner won the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Frank Sinatra Jr. tries to impress women by name dropping Peter Lawford, who was in the original 1960 'Ocean's Eleven'.

He also mentions Lou Costello, half of the famous comedy duo of the 40's and 50's Abbot & Costello

The musical icon Prince makes an appearance on The Price is Right when it was still hosted by Bob Barker

Peter: "Lois... I just had the weirdest dream that Lewis Black told jokes that were so funny he had to shout them so everyone could hear"

Lewis Black does in fact scream his jokes in his comedy acts.

Yosemite Sam, the famous Warner Brothers character is seen trying on jeans at Barney's, a famous clothing store in New York City

Andy Dick, best known for his stints on TVs 'NewsRadio' & 'Less Than Perfect' is famous (or infamous) for getting drunk and thrown out of parties.

Tom Tucker: "Our next spelling bee contestant is Omar Ma-ha-ja-ree-fa-something-September-11th-ee"
- "Omar North Tower"
- "Oh I'm sorry Omar, I bet you can spell box cutter"

(Obvious) references to 9/11

Peter: "Can you use it in a libelous sentence?"
Tom Tucker: "Gillian Anderson & Helen Hunt are lesbians"

Stating Gillian Anderson and Helen Hunt are lesbians would obviously be libelous since they are not in fact lesbians.

Sinatra's Tatoo

Wearing his new Barney's threads, Frank Sinatra, Jr. is also sporting a tattoo on his right arm. The tattoo is the Japanese character , hitsuji, which means sheep in English. Since he and Brian have now accepted the new club, the implication is that they are sheeple, or people that blindly go along with the flow without questioning it, and in the process lose their individuality.

The song over the end credits was an altered version of the original song “On The Road to Mandalay” sung by Frank Sinatra, Music by Billy May

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Executive ProducerDavid A. Goodman  |  Seth MacFarlane  |  Chris Sheridan  |  Danny Smith (1)
Co-Executive ProducerBrian Scully  |  Steve Callaghan  |  Mark Hentemann  |  Richard Appel
Supervising ProducerMike Henry (1)  |  Wellesley Wild  |  Alec Sulkin
ProducerKara Vallow  |  Kirker Butler  |  Shannon Smith
Co-ProducerKim Fertman  |  Patrick Meighan  |  Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Consulting ProducerTom Devanney
EditorMichael Elias
CastingLinda Lamontagne
MusicWalter Murphy
Storyboard ArtistAnnie McMillian
Supervising DirectorJames Purdum  |  Peter Shin
Executive Story EditorJohn Viener
Animation ProducerBrandi Young
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