Family Guy/Family Goy
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Family Goy is the second episode of the eighth season of Family Guy, and the one hundred twenty-ninth episode overall.
This episode focuses on Peter's attempts to convert the family to the Jewish faith after learning that Lois - who has a health scare when she finds a lump on her breast that turns out to be benign - might have a Jewish ancestry. Much of the plotline pokes fun at Judaism and, in the plot to set up the main story, Peter's recurring paraphilic behavior.
At the Drunken Clam, Peter, Joe and Brian are reading a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and engaged in a conversation about the joys of Internet pornography. They make fun of Quagmire when he reveals he does not have an online account and is unfamiliar with the concept of the World Wide Web (since he doesn't like dial-up service). Hoarce, the Drunken Clam's proprietor, is throwing out old life-sized cardboard cutouts of models (from various former promotions) when Peter sees a 1990s-circa cutout of former Swimsuit Issue model Kathy Ireland. Instantly smitten, Peter - not realizing that the Ireland cutout is a non-living object - "serenades" her with Billy Ocean's "Suddenly Last Summer." Hoarce allows Peter to take the cutout home.
Peter treats the Kathy Ireland cutout as his "girlfriend," taking it for rides and simulating sex with her. Lois - realizing her husband is likely past counseling - shakes her head in disgust and, after telling Peter it's the dumbest thing he's done since getting into a turf war with, of all things, a cat(!), chalks it up to a "phase" and that it will pass. Meanwhile, Chris takes the cutout into his room; when Peter finds out, he gets very angry and begins yelling at the cutout. In his burst of anger, he causes the head to become detached from its crease and become severed from the rest of the cutout. Peter, claiming he "killed" "Kathy Ireland," buries the cutout in his yard. Later, he decides to try to make things up with a reluctant Lois by having sex; after they begin intercourse, he realizes Lois might have a lump on her breast.
The test results indicate that the lump was benign, but Dr. Hartman - having taken a look at her family history - reveals to Lois that she has a Jewish heritage and is in fact Jewish.
Lois shrugs this off and decides to retain her Protestant faith, but Peter (heretofore a Catholic) decides that the only thing to do is convert the entire family to Judiasm. He drags the family to a synagogue and drives everyone crazy with his overeager behavior. One night, Peter has a dream where he is visited by Francis' ghost, reminding him that he is Catholic and must stay that way. Peter then tries to undo his family's conversion to Judaism, although Lois now decides she wants to be Jewish and resolves to embrace her heritage by celebrating with a Passover dinner. Meanwhile, Peter engages in anti-Semetic - and anywhere else, criminal - behavior by shooting a rifle at his neighbors, who happen to be Jewish.
At the Passover dinner, Peter tries to interfere and ends up ruining the dinner. Jesus shows up and tells everyone that Catholicism and Judaism have many similarities. Peter and Lois apologize to each other, and Jesus tells Peter that it doesn't really matter which religion they are.
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- Schindler's List - One of the infamous scenes from the 1993 Academy Award-winning film - depicting SS Hauptsturmführer (equivalent to Captain) Amon Göth using a rifle to randomly shoot Jewish prisoners housed at the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp in occupied Poland - is recreated. Here, Peter uses his rifle to shoot at his Jewish neighbor, Mort Goldman, an action that anywhere else would land Peter in jail almost immediately, charged with attempted murder and a hate crime in the very least. A disgusted Lois scolds Peter, but Mort - as another shot narrowly misses him - tells him that it's OK, since everyone greets him this way; another shot then misses, and he and Joe exchange friendly greetings.
- Super Friends - The opening of the episode is a parody of The All-New Superfriends Hour, with the most of the Griffin family - save for Meg - taking the personas of the various Super Friends. Each one is introduced by his/her Super Friends persona (using archived voice-over by William Woodson): Peter is Superman, Brian and Stewie are Batman and Robin, Lois is Wonder Woman and Chris is Aquaman. Meg is the lone Griffin not given a character; she is introduced simply as "and Meg," with an uncredited voice actor delivering the line in a flat monotone.