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Family Guy: Three Kings

Peter hosts a special episode that features adaptations of 3 of Stephen King's greatest works: Stand By Me, Misery & The Shawshank Redemption.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x15
Production Number: 6ACX15
Airdate: Sunday May 10th, 2009

Director: Dominic Bianchi
Writer: Alec Sulkin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Jul 19, 2009

Guest Stars
Chris CoxChris Cox
voiced Higgins (Magnum B.M. cutaway)
Chris CoxChris Cox
voiced Higgins (Magnum B.M. cutaway)
Richard DreyfussRichard Dreyfuss
voiced Himself (Voiceover for “Stand By Me” segment)
Richard DreyfussRichard Dreyfuss
voiced Himself (Voiceover for “Stand By Me” segment)
Ralph GarmanRalph Garman
voiced Various
Ralph GarmanRalph Garman
voiced Various
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Stephen King
Alec SulkinAlec Sulkin
voiced Parole Board Officer
Roy ScheiderRoy Scheider
voiced Himself (Voiceover for “Stand By Me” segment)
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Various
Patrick WarburtonPatrick Warburton
voiced Joe Swanson (as Joey Duchamp, Buster & Boggs)
George WendtGeorge Wendt
voiced Norm Peterson
Adam WestAdam West
voiced Ace Merrill
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Peter Griffin | Stewie Griffin | Brian Griffin | Various Characters
Alex BorsteinAlex Borstein
voiced Lois Griffin | Various Characters
Mike Henry (1)Mike Henry (1)
voiced Cleveland Brown | Various Characters
Episode Notes
This episode drew 6,357,000 viewers & was FOX's #10 show for the week

Roy Scheider (who last appeared on "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey") appears in this episode (on the voiceover part with Richard Dreyfuss), even though Scheider died in February 2008. The part with Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss was recorded in 2007, even though the part wasn't used in a Family Guy episode until 2009.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Buddy Holly“Everyday”02min 37sec
Gwen Stefani“Hollaback Girl”16min 19sec

Episode Goofs
Peter's narration says “the year was 1955, however “Stand By Me” takes place in 1959 and King's story, “The Body” takes place in 1960.

Cultural References
The first segment, as Peter mentions, is a parody of the 1986 movie “Stand By Me”

Peter plays “Petey Lachance”, which was Wil Wheaton's character, “Gordie Lachance”.
Joe plays “Joey Duchamp”, which was Corey Feldman's character, “Teddy Duchamp”.
Glen plays “Quag Chambers”, which was River Phoenix's character, “Chris Chambers”.
Cleveland plays “Cleve Brown”, which was Jerry O'Connell's character, “Vern Tessio”.
Mayor Adam West plays Kiefer Sutherland's character, “Ace Merrill”

Petey/Joey/Quag/Cleve: (singing) “Have gun will travel reads the card of a man. A night without armor in a savage land”

The song the guys sing is the “Ballad of Paladin”, which was the closing theme for the CBS western series, “Have Gun, Will Travel” (1957-1963).
The same lyrics are sung by Gordie, Teddy, Chris & Vern in “Stand By Me”

Petey: “Okay I got another one. (starts singing) Show me that smile again, don't waste another minute on your crying”

Petey is singing the theme song for the 80's sitcom “Growing Pains” (1985-1992)

American musician Little Richard (1932-) is mentioned in this episode and his trademark “Whoooo” is heard in his fictitious song “Piano Riff Whoo”.

Richard Dreyfuss Voiceover: “It was the meanest guy in town, Ace & his whole gang. Beastman, Merman and for some reason Norm from Cheers”

“Beastman” & “Merman” are characters from the animated series “He-Man & the Masters of the Universe” (1983-1985)(2002-2004).

As said, “Norm” was a character played by George Wendt from the long running NBC sitcom “Cheers” (1982-1993)

Petey: “Kiss my grits you dime store hood”

“Kiss my grits” was the saying used by the character “Flo” (played by Polly Holliday) from the sitcom “Alice” (1976-1985)

Richard Dreyfuss Voiceover: “Cleve grew up and went on to marry Rebecca Romijn. Actually I'm not even joking about that, the fat kid from Stand By Me in now married to Rebecca Romijn can you believe that?”

Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn married on July 14th, 2007 and have twin girls.

Richard Dreyfuss Voiceover: “Quag grew up to become a famous Hollywood actor, unfortunately about a week ago he took an overdose of designer drugs at the Viper Room. He died on the curb out side. And now, we're left with a hare lipped reminder of what might have been”

Allusion to the circumstances surrounding the death of actor River Phoenix (1970-1993) & an unflattering comment about his brother Joaquin Phoenix (1974-)

The second segment, as Peter mentions, is a parody of the 1990 movie “Misery”.

Brian is “Paul Sheldon”, which was the character played by James Caan.
Lois is “Marcia Sindell”, which was the character played by Lauren Bacall.
Stewie plays “Stewie Wilkes” which was Kathy Bates's character, “Annie Wilkes”.
Although he is not named, Joe is “Buster”, which was the character played by Richard Farnsworth.

Paul: “OH MY GOD STEPHEN KING!” (Paul hits King w/ the car)

Allusion to a real life event where in 1999, King was hit by a car near his home and suffered multiple injuries.

King was hospitalized with a broken leg, broken hip, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

TV Announcer: “We now return to Magnum B.M.”

Parody of the CBS drama, “Magnum, P.I.” (1980-1988) starring Tom Selleck.
The characters of “Magnum” (Selleck) & “Higgins” (played by John Hillerman) make an appearance.
The music used in the theme song is even used.

Stewie: “Did you ever see the movie Contact”

The 1997 sci-fi movie “Contact” starring Jodie Foster (1962-), Matthew McConaughey (1969-) & Jake Busey (1971-) is mentioned in this episode.

Visual: “Marmaduke comic”

“Marmaduke” was created by Brad Anderson in 1954 and still continues today.
The strip revolves around the Winslow family and their Great Dane, Marmaduke.

Ellis: “Can you carve me a set of women's private parts out of stone”
Andy: “Sure, or you can just have sex with Helen Hunt”

American Oscar winning actress Helen Hunt (1963-) is mentioned again in this episode as someone you would not want to have sex with.

Warden Norton: “God I'm so angry I could just throw a rock at that poster of David Cassidy”

Former child star David Cassidy (1950-) of “The Partridge Family” is featured as he appeared in his days of being a teen idol.

Audio: “Friends” Theme Song

Andy escapes from prison with the assistance of the theme song from the long running NBC sitcom “Friends” (1994-2004)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperSeth MacFarlane  |  David Zuckerman
Executive ProducerDavid A. Goodman  |  Seth MacFarlane  |  Danny Smith (1)
Co-Executive ProducerSteve Callaghan  |  Richard Appel  |  Mark Hentemann
Supervising ProducerAlec Sulkin
ProducerCharlie Hanson  |  Kirker Butler  |  Shannon Smith
Co-ProducerPatrick Meighan  |  Kim Fertman
Consulting ProducerTom Devanney
EditorPaul Withers
CastingLinda Lamontagne
MusicWalter Murphy
Supervising DirectorPeter Shin  |  James Purdum
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Writing AssistantDavid Wright (1)
AssistantAndy Goldberg
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