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Family Guy: Wasted Talent

Peter drinks himself stupid in order to find a golden ticket to the Pawtucket Patriot Brewery.
Meanwhile, Lois desperately searches for a excellent piano player for an upcoming competition...and finds one in Peter, who can only play like a pro when he's drunk.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x20
Production Number: 2ACX15
Airdate: Tuesday July 25th, 2000

Guest Stars
Alex BorsteinAlex Borstein
voiced Tricia Takanawa
Adam CarollaAdam Carolla
voiced Death
Adam WestAdam West
voiced Mayor Adam West
Carlos AlazraquiCarlos Alazraqui
voiced Mr. Jonathan Weed
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Gary ColeGary Cole
voiced Various
Julia SweeneyJulia Sweeney
voiced Woman in Restaurant (Woman who says "I'm with my husband")
Lori AlanLori Alan
voiced Diane Simmons
Michael McKeanMichael McKean
voiced Pawtucket Pat
Nicole SullivanNicole Sullivan
voiced Various
Patrick WarburtonPatrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson
Jonathan OsserJonathan Osser
voiced Various
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
Adam Carola replaces Norm MacDonald as Death in this and all episodes featuring Death, so far.

The 2003 Showtime series Dead Like Me (most likely coincidentally) mirrored a scene from Wasted Talent for their advertising.

Episode Quotes
Pawtucket Pat: Take a drink,
and you'll sink,
to a state of pure inebriation.
You'll be tanked,
like the whole Irish nation.
When you drink enough of my beer,
you will find this magic brew'll,
Make your every joke a jewel.
You'll drive drunker than Oksana Bayul.
Go on buds drink my suds,
'till you've reached that pure inebriation.
though the beer may be free,
you're just renting it from me.

Cleveland: He's tasting victory. I bet it tastes good, like salt-water taffy or a Chunky.

Peter: It's like I died and went to heaven...but then they realized that it wasn't my time and sent me back to a brewery."

Peter: Beer that never goes flat. Do you know what that means, Brian? This beer will still be carbonated long after you die of old age and we buy another dog to help the kids ... y'know, forget about you.

Peter: Lois, everyone has their sanctuary. The Catholics have churches, fat people have Wisconsin, and I have the Pawtucket Brewery.

Lois: You're drunk again.
Peter: No, I'm just exhausted 'cause I've been up all night drinking.

Lois: Oh, my God! You can only play the piano when you're drunk!
Peter: Now that's not true! I can also vomit, fall down and make dirty calls to your sister when I'm drunk!

Peter: (when he's hungover) This sucks worse than that time I went to that museum. (Flashback to childhood, standing in museum looking at dinosaur

Peter: (as a child) Why did all the dinosaurs die out?
Man at Museum: Because you touch yourself at night.

Mafia guy: You come to me and ask me to kill a man I do not know. Now I ask you, why should I kill this "Count Chocula"?
Captain Crunch: Because that son of a bitch has been spreading lies! My cereal does not cut the roof of your mouth! With all respect.

Host: This one for Peter Griffin and Tony Randall.
Announcer: The password is 'flaming'.
Peter: You...
Tony: Actor.
Peter: You...
Tony: Tony?
Peter: You...

Peter: Hey, guys! Check it out. Quagmire's trying to get lucky.
Quagmire: Hey, gorgeous! You want to come home with me?
Lady: I'm with my husband.
Quagmire: Lose the zero, get with the hero!
(Husband punches Quagmire.)
Quagmire: Little violent for you, don't you think?
(Husband punches Quagmire again.)
Quagmire: I'll be right over there.

Lois: Have you been drinking?
Peter: Why, yes, I have. Thank you.

Peter: The lesson here is that abusing alcohol has absolutely no negative consequences. You have your trophy and my brain cells are just fine.

Episode Goofs
The book that was on the couch when Meg & Lois were talking has vanished before Peter comes home.

Unless we're supposed to assume Peter simply swallowed it, the quarter Lois flips in Peter's glass has disappeared.

Aside from that, Peter's empty glass is suddenly full moments later.

As first seen in 'Let's Go to the Hop', Captain Crunch is once again wearing red instead of the character's normal blue attire.
(However, perhaps to avoid copyright issues, this may have been done intentionally)

The morning after Peter impresses Lois with his drunken piano playing, he attempts to play again but can't.
Brian walks in and gives him the rest of his Bloody Mary. Peter drinks it and puts the empty glass on the piano but the glass has vanished in the very next shot and reappears in the next.

The three bottles on the table are suddenly gone when the cops are heard outside.

There are three beer bottles upright on the table but when the kids hear the cops and run, suddenly one of the bottles is on its side.

The three beer bottles Peter grabs from the table don't have caps but when we see him trying to climb the back fence they clearly have caps and when he turns around to face the cops, the bottles are once again without caps.

Cultural References
The first and second acts of “Wasted Talent” are based on 1971's “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” including among others, Pawtucket Pat's appearance being similar to the star Gene Wilder.

Instead of silver scrolls hidden in beer bottles Willy Wonka placed 5 golden tickets inside his chocolate bars for kids to find and win admittance to his chocolate factory.

Cleveland: “Yeah, you never win anything. Remember when you went on Password”

Peter appeared on the game show “Password” (1961-1975) aka “Password Plus” (1979-1982) aka “Super Password” (1984-1989) aka “Million Dollar Password” (2008-) with TV and film actor Tony Randall.

The clue being FLAMING and Peter insinuating Tony is a flaming homosexual, despite the fact he wasn't.

Gazoo: “Hello dumb dumb”
Peter: “Not now Gazoo, I want to be alone”

“Gazoo” aka “The Great Gazoo” is a reference to “The Flintstones” (1960-1966).
The same little green alien would appear to Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble during the final season of the series and primarily cause trouble.

Tom Tucker: “...and as an act of contrition, I'll insert this carnivorous earwig into my brain”

Possibly an allusion to 1982's “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”.
Khan placed similar carnivorous worms into the ears of Commander Chekov and Captain Terrell in order to gain control over their minds.

Man: “Run home Peter, run as fast as you can”

This line is used in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” when the character of Charlie Bucket finds the final golden ticket. Peter also runs home to the instrumental version of “(I've Got a) Golden Ticket” that was sung in the movie by Charlie and Grandpa Joe.

Singer/Actress Barbra Streisand & American Actor James Brolin are featured in this episode.

Pawtucket Pat: “A big hand for Cheech Marin everybody”

Los Angeles born actor Cheech Marin, best known for his stoner movies from the 70's with his comedy partner Tommy Chong. The 2 of them better known as “Cheech and Chong”.

Pawtucket Pat: “Oh those are the Chumba Wumbas”

Reference to the Oopma Loompas from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and their songs they would sing for each child.

Joe: “I'm a Coors man! Silver bullet!”

(Obvious) Reference to “Coors Beer” and their long running slogan that describes their cans, “Silver Bullet”

Pawtucket Pat {singing}: “Take a drink and you'll sink to a state of pure inebriation”

Pawtucket Pat's song in a parody of the song written for the movie by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley & sung by Gene Wilder titled “Pure Imagination”

Pawtucket Pat {singing}: “...you'll drive drunker than Oksana Baiul”

Oksana Baiul was a Ukrainian 1994 Olympic Champion figure skater.
The song lyric pertains to her January 1997 arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol after crashing her car into a tree in Connecticut. The charges were eventually dropped.

The “Perma Suds” scene is a take off of the “Fizzy Lifting Drink” scene from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”.
Instead of farting like Peter and Brian do, Charlie and Grandpa Joe have to burp to save their lives.

Lois: “You're like that idiot from Shine”

Lois refers to the 1996 movie “Shine” starring Geoffrey Rush as an abused former child piano playing prodigy

Peter plays the theme to “Dallas” (1978-1991), Dolly Parton's “9 to 5”, “The Lonely Man” (or as Stewie says “The Sad Walking Away Song from The Incredible Hulk”), the theme from the “X-Files” (1993-2002) & the theme from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970-1977)

General Mills Cereal mascot “Captain Crunch” asks Don Vito Corleone, the character Marlon Brando plays in 1972's “Godfather”, to kill another General Mills mascot “Count Chocula”.

(As it says above) During the recital Peter plays the theme to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970-1977), complete with the character played by Moore, Mary Richards, doing her trademark hat toss and freeze frame she does at the end of the intro causing the people around her to stare.

Peter: “...and my brain cells are just fine”

The lone brain cell who breaks his glasses and cries “That's not fair, there was time now” is an homage to “The Twilight Zone” (1959-1964) episode titled “Time Enough at Last” starring Burgess Meredith where he plays a man who survives a nuclear blast and finds solace in the fact he has the time to read all the books he ever wanted but breaks his prescription glasses.

As Stewie mentions earlier in the episode, the ending credits roll over Stewie imitating the ending of The Incredible Hulk which featured Bill Bixby's character hitchhiking to the tune of “The Lonely Man”

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Executive ProducerSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Co-Executive ProducerDanny Smith (1)  |  Craig Hoffman  |  Daniel Palladino
ProducerMatt Weitzman  |  Sherry Gunther  |  Billiam Coronel  |  Mike Barker (1)
Co-ProducerChris Sheridan  |  Ricky Blitt
Consulting ProducerGary Janetti  |  Greg Garcia
Associate ProducerLouis J. Cuck
EditorJohn Walts
CastingKaren Vice  |  Linda Lamontagne
Line ProducerDebby Hindman  |  Ken Dennis
Staff WriterBobby Bowman  |  Steve Callaghan
MusicWalter Murphy
Story EditorMichael Shipley  |  Jim Bernstein  |  Mark Hentemann
Supervising DirectorPete Michels (1)  |  Peter Shin
Executive Story EditorGarrett Donovan  |  Neil Goldman
ConsultantMike Henry (1)
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Writing AssistantDave Collard  |  Ken Goin
StoryDave Collard  |  Ken Goin
TeleplayMike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLane Schnaitter
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