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Family Guy: From Method to Madness

Peter and Lois find it hard to understand a family of nudists they meet, and forbid Meg to see their son who actually likes her. Meanwhile, Stewie enrolls in an acting school, and must team up with his enemy Olivia in order to stay.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x18
Production Number: 3ACX11
Airdate: Thursday January 24th, 2002

Guest Stars
Chris CoxChris Cox
voiced Jeff Campbell
Denis MartellDenis Martell
voiced Santos
Fred WillardFred Willard
voiced Dave Campell
Jane LynchJane Lynch
voiced Dotty Campbell
Rachael MacFarlaneRachael MacFarlane
voiced Olivia Fuller
Ralph GarmanRalph Garman
voiced Bernie
Mark ParedesMark Paredes
voiced Pasqual
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 aired a warning about nudity before beginning the episode, on US TV.

Stewie tells Olivia that he has upcoming appearances as a guest star on "Gilmore Girls". This is coincidental, as Alex Borstein has guest starred in many episodes, AND Daniel Palladino is married to the creator of "Gilmore Girls" along with being an executive producer.

Episode Quotes
Olivia: You are the weakest link, goodbye.
Stewie: Ha ha ha! Oh gosh that's funny! That's really funny! Do you write your own material? Do you? Because that is so fresh. You are the weakest link goodbye. You know, I've, I've never heard anyone make that joke before. Hmm. You're the first. I've never heard anyone reference, reference that outside the program before. Because that's what she says on the show right? Isn't it? You are the weakest link goodbye. And, and yet you've taken that and used it out of context to insult me in this everyday situation. God what a clever, smart girl you must be, to come up with a joke like that all by yourself. That's so fresh too. Any, any Titanic jokes you want to throw at me too as long as we're hitting these phenomena at the height of their popularity. God you're so funny!

Lois: Good, I don't have to cook.
Peter: Oh, no, go ahead and cook anyway, Lois, and we'll throw it out. I don't want you to get rusty.

Stewie: Well, I'd love to stay and chat, but you're a total bitch.

Meg: I like him, he remembers my name!

Episode Goofs
Brian and Lois are not wearing anything on their wrists at the beginning of the episode, then after seeing some of the play there are each wearing a wrist watch.

Stewie slaps their teachers for wearing purple pants with blue socks, and after that Olivia is wearing a blue dress with red lipstick, while she was wearing a pink dress before he said that.

It is stated that the instrument Stewie is playing (the French Horn) is of the woodwind family, when it is actually of the brass family.

When Simon tells Stewie he can't do the show without Olivia, he disappears before he's out of the frame.

Cultural References
Peter: Do it

The device the family uses to erase Chris' memory is the same one used in the movie "The Men In Black".

Stewie: This calls a sexy party!

The Benny Hill Show, and old British Comedy, often featured sexy parties, like Stewie's.

Olivia: You are the Weakest Link... Goodbye...

A reference to the game show "The Weakest Link".
When someone loses the host says "You Are The Weakest Link, Goodbye".

Store Manager: Linda Evans, we have a spill in aisle nine, Linda Evans... spill in aisle nine.

Linda Evans was an actress who starred as Krystle Jennings Carrington for 206 episodes of Dynasty, however, she has not had any other starring roles since then.

Elroy Jetson: Do you know who I am? I'm Elroy Jetson!
Bar Manager: Come back when you have some money. Take him home, Bamm-Bamm.
Bamm-Bamm: Bamm-bamm!

Elroy Jetson was the son on the hit animated series The Jetsons.

Bamm-Bamm was the adopted son on the hit animated series The Flinstones.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Executive ProducerSeth MacFarlane  |  Daniel Palladino
Co-Executive ProducerDavid A. Goodman
Supervising ProducerMike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman
ProducerAllison Adler  |  Gene Laufenberg  |  Kara Vallow
Consulting ProducerGary Janetti
Associate ProducerMelissa Owen
EditorJohn Walts
CastingLinda Lamontagne  |  Karen Vice
Staff WriterKen Goin  |  Alex Barnow  |  Marc Firek  |  Dave Collard  |  Alex Borstein
MusicWalter Murphy
Story EditorSteve Callaghan
Post Production CoordinatorKim Fertman
Supervising DirectorPeter Shin  |  Pete Michels (1)
Executive Story EditorMichael Shipley  |  Jim Bernstein  |  Mark Hentemann  |  Mike Henry (1)
Animation DirectorMichael Polcino
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Series DirectorMichael Dante DiMartino
Assistant DirectorEric J. Fredrickson
Animation ProducerDebby Hindman
Writing AssistantLarry Solomon  |  Seth Podell
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantKim Fertman  |  Matt Fleckenstein
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