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Family Guy: Brian Does Hollywood (2)

Conclusion. Following the events in "The Thin White Line," Brian decides to leave home and become a Hollywood writer. Meanwhile, Lois signs Stewie up to appear on "Kids Say the Darndest Things".

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x2
Production Number: 2ACX20
Airdate: Wednesday July 18th, 2001

Director: Gavin Dell
Writer: Gary Janetti

Guest Stars
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Jasper
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Gary ColeGary Cole
voiced Various
Kevin Michael RichardsonKevin Michael Richardson
voiced Various
Louise DuArtLouise DuArt
voiced Various
Olivia HackOlivia Hack
voiced Various
Jenna JamesonJenna Jameson
voiced Herself
Ray LiottaRay Liotta
voiced Zach
Ron JeremyRon Jeremy
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
Brian's Woody Award was digitally blurred out on TV and on the DVD Versions of this episode.

Walter Murphy is one of the nominee's at the Adult Movie Awards, he is also the composer for Family Guy.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Barry ManilowLooks Like We Made It 

Episode Quotes
Producer: It's kind of like 'Bang the Drum Slowly' except the drum's a chick.

Stewie: Easy! Massage the scalp. You're washing a baby's hair, not scrubbing vomit off your Christmas dress, you holiday drunk.

Director: How'd you like to be in a movie? You know, get a little girl on girl action?
Lois: Peter, say something!
Peter: Good luck pal, I been barkin' up that tree for 17 years.

Bill Cosby: Stewie, what do you think candy is made out of?
Stewie: Sunshine and farts! What the hell kind of question is that?!

Stewie: I was under the impression the name of the show was 'Kids Say the Darnest Things', not 'Old Black Comedians Never Shut the Hell Up'.

Brian: There's a woodpecker on your head.
Keanu Reeves: Yeah, he comes and goes.

Peter: Did you hear that, Lois? We're goin' to Hollywood, where the people are sexy and clever and they always say somethin' funny right before the commercial break.

Brian: Hey, you know what might be a thrill for you guys?
Chris: Ooh, ooh, eating a pebble!

Jasper: Do you like Sex and the City?
Brian: Yeah, it's an okay show.
Jasper: I wasn't talking about the show! OOOOOO! I'M NASTY!

Episode Goofs
When the camera passes over the people at the "Kids Say the Darndest Things" audition, Peter is in a blue suit & red tie ...

... but when Lois mentions Tom Tucker's son, he's suddenly in a grey suit & black tie ...

... and then switches to his usual attire when the rep comes out and says they are next.

When Lois kisses Stewie's fork boo-boo, his bath water is still in the sink, but a second later when the shot cuts to Stewie's close up reaction, the water is gone.

Brian is barefoot when waiting on the stars at the party but he's suddenly wearing shoes when seen in the kitchen.
Also, his tail isn't sticking out of his pants, but is in the kitchen & the small decorcative feature on his vest has vanished once in the kitchen.

Comedian Joan Rivers (1933-2014) breaks down and says she's on camera “in her mind”, when Brian comments but ...

... just seconds earlier she's clearly reporting with her daughter, Melissa Rivers (1968-), for E! Entertainment's Red Carpet.

When Peter & Lois surprise Brian at the bar, Peter's suit goes from being neat & tidy, to disheveled.
Also, Brian's bow tie changes from a white neck strap to a black strap.

Cultural References
Brian: “Bobby, loved you in Raging Bull. Hey Jodie how's the baby? All right.”

Brian is referring to American actor, Robert De Niro (1943-) and the movie he won an Oscar© for, 1980's “Raging Bull”.

He also congratulates Jodie on her baby, which is possible American actress Jodie Foster (1962-)

Brian walks by (people who might be) American actress & actor Kathy Bates (1948-) & Michael Douglas (1944-). As well as former basketball star Dennis Rodman (1961-), musical icon Madonna (1958-), actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg (1955-) & singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

and while in the kitchen, Brian mentions talk show queen Oprah (1954-)

Brian: “Keanu Reeves, wow! I don't usually gush so you'll have to forgive me, but when I was writing Coast Guard, that's what I do, I'm a writer, anyway, when I was writing Coast Guard, I couldn't think of anyone other than... uh... there's a woodpecker on your head.”

American actor Keanu Reeves (1964-) is featured in this episode as being quite literally, as many critics see him, a wooden actor.

TV Announcer: “Now back to Kids Say the Darndest Things”

The TV show “Kids Say the Darndest Things” (1996-2000) was first created by Art Linkletter (1912-) as part of his, “Art Linkletter's House Party” (1967-1970).

This incarnation was hosted by actor/comedian Bill Cosby (1937-)

Peter: “Gee, I haven't been to California since I lived with my other family”

Peter's other family is none other than the “Manson Family”, the cult group who was lead by convicted murderer, Charles Manson (1934-).

The reference to Peter being invited to a party at American actress' Sharon Tate's (1943-1969) house is alluding to the fact Manson was convicted of conspiracy to commit the Sharon Tate/Leno and Rosemary LaBianca murders. His followers who actually committed the crimes are also serving life sentences.

Stewie tries to force a confession out of Muppets' character Kermit the Frog by attempting to seduce his long time swine companion, Miss Piggy

Former Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner (1942-) is featured in this episode, complete with giving Brian personalized Mouse Ears.

Brian: “...and a copy of my can't-miss coming-of-age teen comedy set in Wisconsin”

Even though Brian's pushing a movie script this description bears a striking resemblance to the TV sitcom, “That 70's Show” (1998-2006) which of course, starred the voice of Meg, Mila Kunis (1983-)

Oscar© winning American actor Jack Nicholson (1937-) is mentioned in this episode

“Movieline” magazine is shown in this episode with American actors Val Kilmer (1959-) & Kevin Costner (1955-) on the covers.

TV HBO show “Sex & the City” (1998-2004) is mentioned in this episode.

Meg: “It says here that this is the gutter where the policeman fell over laughing after Eddie Murphy told him he was just giving the transvestite a ride home”

This is an allusion to the incident in May of 1997 when Eddie Murphy (1961-) was stopped by police with a transvestite prostitute in his car shortly before the release of “Holy Man”.

Brian Mentions Oscar© winning American actress Halle Berry (1966-) as a potential stars for one of his movies

Brian: “Great writers like Hemingway & Faulkner drank there.”
Peter: “Hey Hey Where did that guy who wrote Porkey's drink?”

Brian mentions the great writers Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) & William Faulkner (1897-1962).

Peter mentions the 1982 teen sex comedy “Porky's” which incidentally was written by Bob Clark (1939-2007)

Zach: “It's kind of like Bang the Drum Slowly, except the drum's a chick”

“Bang The Drum Slowly” is a baseball movie starring Michael Moriarty (1941-) & Robert De Niro (1943-)

Visual: “Peter getting beaten by the LAPD while Lois tapes it”

Reference to Rodney King (1965-2012) and his infamous video taped LAPD beating which ultimately lead to the L.A. riots in 1992.

Brian: “Nice take Jenna”

Porn star extraordinaire Jenna Jameson (1974-) provides her own voice for this episode.

American actor Samuel L. Jackson (1948-) is mentioned in this episode as being in everything and indeed he does have a role in Brian's porn movie.

Lois: “It wouldn't be the first time you've disrupted a performance”

Peter once ran over one of the performers from the long running Broadway musical “CATS” (Broadway run 1982-2000).

American actor Rob Lowe (1964-) is mentioned in this episode

Stewie: “I'm gonna sit here and enjoy it. And I like pudding. And Ghost Dad was the best movie I've seen since Leonard Part 6”

Reference to Bill Cosby's (1937-) commercials he used to do for Jello Pudding.
Also, the 2 movies he did, 1990's “Ghost Dad” & 1987's “Leonard Part 6”.

American actresses Blythe Danner (1943-) & her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow (1972-) are mentioned in this episode.

Joan Rivers (1933-) and her daughter Melissa Rivers (1968-) are featured in this episode doing one of their “Red Carpet” shows they used to do for the E! Network.

Joan Rivers: “Add Momma to the Train, The Purple Head of Cairo... and what was the third one?”
Brian: “You've Got Male Genitalia”

These are of course porn mock titles to the real films, 1987's “Throw Momma From the Train” starring Billy Crystal (1947-) & Danny DeVito (1944-), 1985's “Purple Rose of Cairo” starring Mia Farrow (1945-) & Jeff Daniels (1955-) and 1998's “You've Got Mail” starring Meg Ryan (1961-) & Tom Hanks (1956-)

And during Brian's acceptance speech he mentions “Shaving Private Ryan”. The real title being of course, “Saving Private Ryan” again starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon (1970-)

Famous pron star Ron Jeremy (1953-), who provided his own voice for this episode, makes an appearance as a presenter at the Porn Awards announcing the nominees.

The nominees happen to be Ron Jones (1954-), Walter Murphy (1952-) & John Williams (1932-).

All three are well known composers with Walter and Ron being the prime composers for Family Guy.
Oscar© winning John Williams is known for composing all the music for all 6 Star Wars movies among many many other films.

It should be noted as well, the John Williams cartoon representation is the only one of the three that actually looks like the real composer.

Peter makes a play on words with the director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Executive ProducerDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerDaniel Palladino  |  Danny Smith (1)  |  Craig Hoffman
ProducerMike Barker (1)  |  Sherry Gunther  |  Matt Weitzman  |  Billiam Coronel
Co-ProducerRicky Blitt  |  Chris Sheridan
Consulting ProducerGary Janetti  |  Greg Garcia
Associate ProducerLouis J. Cuck
EditorJohn Walts
CastingLinda Lamontagne  |  Karen Vice
Line ProducerKen Dennis  |  Debby Hindman
Staff WriterBobby Bowman  |  Steve Callaghan
MusicRon Jones (1)
Story EditorMark Hentemann  |  Michael Shipley  |  Jim Bernstein
Supervising DirectorPete Michels (1)  |  Peter Shin
Executive Story EditorGarrett Donovan  |  Neil Goldman
ConsultantMike Henry (1)
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Assistant DirectorBrett Varon
Writing AssistantDave Collard  |  Ken Goin
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLane Schnaitter
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