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Family Guy: Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington

When a cigarette company takes over Happy-Go-Lucky-Toy Factory, Peter is made company president and gets sent to Washington, D.C. to convince Congress that the tobacco companies are not bent on selling cigarettes to children.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x3
Production Number: 2ACX11
Airdate: Wednesday July 25th, 2001

Director: Brian Hogan
Writer: Ricky Blitt

Guest Stars
Brian Doyle-MurrayBrian Doyle-Murray
voiced Various
Carlos AlazraquiCarlos Alazraqui
voiced Mr. Jonathan Weed
Gary ColeGary Cole
voiced Chairman
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Harrison
Wally WingertWally Wingert
voiced Various
Ricky BlittRicky Blitt
voiced Bob Doyle (Live Action Joel, Alyssa Milano's Lawyer)
Louise DuArtLouise DuArt
voiced Melissa & Joan Rivers
Olivia HackOlivia Hack
voiced Various
Lane SchnaitterLane Schnaitter
voiced Barbara Mandrell | Natalie Wood
Meredith Scott LynnMeredith Scott Lynn
voiced Various
Jack SheldonJack Sheldon
voiced The Bill
Alyssa MilanoAlyssa Milano
As Herself
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
Ricky Blitt played Joel, Alyssa Milano's agent, and also wrote this episode.

Alyssa Milano and her agent appear "live" in this episode, they were not animated.

The 'skin bar' Peter takes Al & the other politicians to is called The Oval Orifice.

Episode Quotes
Peter: You may have killed her when you shoved all those dollar bills down her throat, you may have killed her when you hit her with the stool... I don't know, I'm not a doctor. But I'll tell you what didn't kill her.... smoking!

Frank: Gentlemen, I propose we send a message to tobacco companies everywhere by finding the El Dorado cigarette company infinity billion dollars!
Congressman: That's the spirit Frank! But I think a real number might be more effective.

Peter: Oh, yeah, yeah, that plane crash I told you about... it turned out to be gas.

Peter: What's your name?
Congressman: Dick Armey.
Peter: Hahahahahahaha.... What's your wife's name? Vagina coastguard?

Congressman: Cigarettes killed my father, and raped my mother.

Peter: ...but I'll tell you what's not cool--killing strippers. Strippers are people too; naked people who may be willing to pleasure you for a price you negotiate later behind the curtain of a VIP room. Besides, there's no reason to kill them, 'cause most of them are already dead inside...Good night, folks!

Peter: Mr. Weed? This Peter Griffin. I will not be coming to work today, I was in a terrible plane crash. My entire family was killed and I am a vegetable. I'll see ya tomorrow.

Brian: Oh, please, Peter, your excuses are more fake than FDR's legs.
Meg & Peter: (gasp)
Brian: Too soon?

Chris: I'm so hungry I could ride a horse......I don't get it. Well, I could ride it to the store, I guess.

Episode Goofs
The flag behind Peter while he is speaking in front of Congress only has 11 stripes.
However, this goof is normal for American flags seen from a distance. It is easier to draw & in some cases animate a flag with fewer stripes.

At the stadium Peter has an extra seat next to him but when he returns from seeing Mr. Weed the extra seat is gone.

When the kitchen scene opens when the family is waiting for Peter, Brian has a simple bone on his plate but when he talks to Peter, Brian suddenly has a full plate of food.

Ignoring the leprechaun joke, there are 4 men on the right side of the table but when the "Chairman of the Broad" points to Peter ...

... there are only 2 men on that side of the table.

Cultural References
After the Chairman says "that guy", the montage is a direct reference to the opening of Marlo Thomas' hit show That Girl (1966-1971), with the exception of "Marlo" beating up the purse snatcher.

Peter: This girl didn't have a family... it'll be like she never existed.

A scene similar to this one occured in "The Godfather II".

Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington

The title of this episode is a take off from the classic movie "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington".

Bill: I'm just a bill. I'm only a bill, and I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.

Another reference to "School House Rock".

Brian's "too soon" question after Peter, Chris & Meg gasp at his "lamer than FDR's legs" joke is an allusion to The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson (1962-1992). Carson would occasionally tell Abraham Lincoln jokes and if the audience responded with a less than enthusiastic response, he would ask, too soon?

The comic strip character Dilbert (left)(1989-Present) makes an appearance in this episode, along with the character Wally.

The character Aunt Bee played by Frances Bavier from The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) makes an appearance in this episode.

Brian mentions the subliminal messages that used to appear on TV. Apparently they were used in the classic TV show Lassie (1954-1973)

American businesswoman, writer, television personality Martha Stewart (1941-) is seen in this episode helping Lois with housework & cooking.

Peter testifying in front of congress is an allusion to the Clarence Thomas (1948-) hearings, when Anita Hill (1956-) accused Thomas of sexual harassment.

After it's revealed Peter's never been harassed by Thomas, his response of Baba-Booey-Howard-Stern's-Penis is a reference to Gary Dell'Abate (1961-) & radio DJ Howard Stern (1954-).

The three cigarette promos Peter appears in are based on real life advertisements.

The first one is based on Joe Camel

The second is based on "Welcome to Marlboro Country"

The thrid is based on ads geared to women with the slogan,
"You've Come A Long Way Baby"

Former Vice President Al Gore (1948-), former House Majority Leader Dick Army (1940-) & former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (1923-) are featured in this episode.

Peter's closing line to Congress "That's my mama", is most likely a reference to the 1974-1975 sitcom, That's My Mama

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Executive ProducerDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerCraig Hoffman  |  Daniel Palladino  |  Danny Smith (1)
ProducerBilliam Coronel  |  Matt Weitzman  |  Sherry Gunther  |  Mike Barker (1)
Co-ProducerChris Sheridan  |  Ricky Blitt
Consulting ProducerGreg Garcia  |  Gary Janetti
Associate ProducerLouis J. Cuck
EditorJohn Walts
CastingKaren Vice  |  Linda Lamontagne
Line ProducerKen Dennis  |  Debby Hindman
Staff WriterSteve Callaghan  |  Bobby Bowman  |  Alex Borstein
MusicRon Jones (1)
Story EditorMichael Shipley  |  Jim Bernstein
Supervising DirectorPeter Shin  |  Pete Michels (1)
Executive Story EditorGarrett Donovan  |  Neil Goldman
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Writing AssistantKen Goin  |  Dave Collard
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLane Schnaitter
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