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Family Guy: Fifteen Minutes of Shame

Meg sets her family up on a talk show after they embarrass her during a slumber party. However, when their wacky antics are seen on live television, a network executive thinks the Griffin family would make a great subject for a reality TV show.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x12
Production Number: 2ACX08
Airdate: Tuesday April 25th, 2000

Director: Scott Wood
Writer: Steve Callaghan

Guest Stars
Adam WestAdam West
voiced Mayor Adam West
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Jay MohrJay Mohr
voiced Trevor
Jennifer TillyJennifer Tilly
voiced Bonnie Swanson
Kevin Michael RichardsonKevin Michael Richardson
voiced Various
Lisa WilhoitLisa Wilhoit
voiced Replacement Meg | Beth
Lori AlanLori Alan
voiced Diane Simmons
Patrick WarburtonPatrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
Tara StrongTara Strong
voiced Various
Will FerrellWill Ferrell
voiced Fisherman
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
The scene of Peter being drunk at church was originally in the first episode, but FOX had it removed. Seth McFarlane, somehow slipped the joke into this episode.

This episode introduces the character

Mayor Adam West

Episode Quotes
Brian: Huh. So that's what Peter's penis looks like.

Bob Ross: Alright. We're going to use a fan brush here, and, uh, I want you to take some hunter green and we're gonna put a happy little bush right down over here, in the corner there. And that'll be just our little secret....... And if you tell anyone, that that bush is there. I will come to your house and I will cut you!

Peter: You know, some people think that dandelions are weeds, but, you know, I always think, who the hell decided tulips were so great?

Peter: Woah! Is that really the blood of Christ?
Priest: Yes.
Peter: Man, that guy must have been wasted 24 hours a day, huh?

Stewie: It wasn't even about the egss, really. Frankly, I like the yolks. I have no problem. There's always been a lot of tension between Lois and me. And it's not so much that I want to kill her, it's just, I want her not to be alive anymore. I sometimes wonder if all women are this difficult. And then I think to myself, "My God wouldn't it be marvelous if i turned out to be a homosexual?"

Stewie: What the hell is this? I said egg whites only! Are you trying to give me a bloody heart attack? (Smashes breakfast into wall.) Now make it again!!!

Peter: If you want an autograph right now, you either got to give me a pen or some snow.

Episode Goofs
The bible is backwards when Peter opens it.

You can obviously see Chris is laughing when Peter puts on a mask after Meg tells them not to show their faces downstairs, but you cannot hear him.

Brian does not move AT ALL in the beginning chit chat after Chris hits the fisherman in the dunk tank.

Peter falls through the stairs but later in the episode when the camera pans down them while we hear Lois and Peter make love, they are once again intact.

The style of Meg's duffel bag changes and the door to Uncle Chet's changes color between shots.

The spoon in Miles Chatterbox's bowl disappears & reappears between scenes.

Miles Chatterbox's hair color changes three different times in this episode.

The glass next to the bowl of popcorn disappears when the shot changes

Cultural References
This episode's cold opening features a parody of Bob Ross (1942-1995) & his PBS show called “The Joy of Painting” (1983-1995)

Peter: “Aw geeze, mine doesn't look anything like his”

Peter's painting (as well as the music that plays) is the opening to the long running NBC sitcom “Family Ties” (1982-1989)

Miles: “But what kind of a name is Squanto?”

Tisquantum (aka “Squanto”) (1580s-1622) was a Native American Indian who assisted the Pilgrims after their first winter in the New World.
He was a member of the Patuxet tribe, a subtribe of the Wampanoag Confederacy.

Mayor West: “Clam-ho!”

Probable reference to the “ThunderCats” (1985-1986) cartoon.
In the same manner West calls “Clam-Ho!” the lead character “Lion-O” would call the other ThunderCats by screaming “ThunderCats-Ho!”

McDonald's clown mascot Ronald McDonald is featured in this episode.

At Meg's slumber party American actors Brad Pitt (1963-), Brendan Fraser (1968-) & Ben Affleck (1972-) are mentioned as a possible combination of the perfect guy.

Lois mentions American actor James Brolin (1940-), 8 time 1972 Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Mark Spitz & comedian Milton Berle (1908-2002) as her choices.

Peter: “I'll get you Davy Jones for your school dance”

This is a reference to the 1971 “The Brady Bunch” (1969-1974) episode called “Getting Davy Jones” where the character “Marcia” makes a promise that she will get Davy Jones to perform at the prom.
Davy Jones (1945-2012) is a British musician who is best known for his stint as the lead singer of “The Monkees”

Peter: “Then it's a good thing I have this”

Peter puts on a mask of the 40th United States President (1981-1989) Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) and says the line associated with the 37th President, Richard Nixon (1913-1994), “I am not a crook”

Lois: “Peter, wait I...”
Peter: “SHAZAM!”

Peter shouts “SHAZAM!” which is the magic word the DC Comic character “Billy Batson” says to transform into “Captain Marvel”

Peter: “Maybe now I won't give you the antidote.”
Meg: “To what?”
Peter: “To the poison you just drank.”

This exchange between Peter and Meg is a reference to the 1984 action movie “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.
The conversation between the character Kao Kan & Indiana Jones was...
Indiana Jones: “What is that?”
Kao Kan: “Antidote.”
Indiana Jones: “Antidote to what?”
Kao Kan: “To the poison you just drank”

Trevor: “Kinda like the Real World”

“The Real World” (1992-Present) is a show on Mtv which follows the lives of eight strangers living together.

Stewie: “Make sure you use that Cybill Shepherd filter! If it could make her look human it should take six months off my face”

This is reference to the American TV show “Moonlighting” (1985-1989). Actress Cybill Shepherd (1950-) would be shot in a way as to make her look younger.

Bonnie: “Joe, this sort of makes you like Larry from Three's Company”

The character “Larry” from “Three's Company” (1977-1984) was played by Richard Kline (1944-)

Peter: Hey it could have been worse they could have gone with Plan B

Plan B is none other than a scene from the long running CBS drama, “M*A*S*H” when the character “Henry Blake” (played by McLean Stevenson (1927-1996)) left the show at the end of the third season.

The character “Radar” (played by Gary Burghoff (1943-) & portrayed by Brian) reported that Blake’s plane had been shot down over the Sea of Japan and that he had been killed.

However what was not in the original scene was the character of “Klinger” (played by Jamie Farr (1934-) & portrayed by Stewie) asking for a section 8.

Chris: “Why won't you talk to me!”

Chris doesn't know that instead of his parents driving him to soccer practice, the dolls Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy are in the front seats.

Peter: “Hey, hey camera guy, check this out. Peter Griffin & Madam”

“Madam” was a puppet created by Wayland Flowers (1939-1988) in the 60's.
Madam had many tv appearances over her 20+ year career including a short lived show, “Madame's Place” (1982).
She returned to the stage in 2008 (w/ puppeteer Joe Kovacs).
After appearances on several television shows, performances of "Madame's Cabaret" began November 15, 2008 at Resorts Atlantic City.
During 2009, the show "Madame with an E", co-starring Rick Skye ("Slice O'Minelli") is touring the US

Peter: “Hey! come back here, she's gonna sing Rainbow Connection”

“Rainbow Connection” is the song sung by Kermit the Frog during the opening scene of 1979's “The Muppet Movie”

The acting family of the Baldwins, Alec, Stephen, Daniel & William are mentioned in this episode.

Meg: “No your not, you're Tom Arnold. And you're Fran Drescher. And you're that fat guy from Boogie Nights. And you're the Olsen Twins”

Former husband of Rosanne (1952-), Tom Arnold(1959-) replaces Peter, the star of the sitcom “The Nanny” (1993-1999), Fran Drescher (1957-) replaces Lois, the “fat guy” from the 1997 movie “Boogie Nights” who replaces Chris is Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) and Brian and Stewie have been replaced by Mary Kate Olsen (1982-) & Ashley Olsen (1982-)

Visual: “Meg's Dear Diary letter”

This as well as the music that plays is an allusion to the ABC medical show, “Doogie Howser, M.D.” (1989-1993) starring Neil Patrick Harris.
At the end of each episode Doogie would type something into his computer to wrap up his day.

Episode References
At the motel, the Griffin's are watching a scene from "The Real Live Griffin's" with the new actors acting out a scene from a previous FG episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Executive ProducerDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerCraig Hoffman  |  Danny Smith (1)
ProducerMike Barker (1)  |  Sherry Gunther  |  Matt Weitzman  |  Billiam Coronel
Co-ProducerChris Sheridan  |  Ricky Blitt
Consulting ProducerGary Janetti
Associate ProducerLouis J. Cuck
EditorRick McKenzie
CastingLinda Lamontagne  |  Karen Vice
Line ProducerDebby Hindman  |  Ken Dennis
Staff WriterSteve Callaghan  |  Alex Borstein  |  Bobby Bowman
MusicWalter Murphy
Story EditorMike Henry (1)  |  Mark Hentemann  |  Michael Shipley  |  Jim Bernstein
Supervising DirectorPeter Shin  |  Pete Michels (1)
Executive Story EditorGarrett Donovan  |  Neil Goldman
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Assistant DirectorKurt Dumas
Writing AssistantDave Collard  |  Ken Goin
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLane Schnaitter
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