Family guy marijuana episode
Stewie and Brian attempt to legalize marijuana.
Season: 7 Episode: 12
Total Episode Count: 122
Prod. no.: 6ACX16
First Aired: April 19, 2009
Peter, Brian, Cleveland and Joe become annoyed when Quagmire starts spending more time with his new cat James than with them. While Quagmire is out, the guys plan to shave James as a prank, but it backfires when Peter accidentally kills the cat with a razor. Peter and Brian go to hide its body with the intent of telling Quagmire it ran away. They are pulled over by the police, who completely ignore the fact Peter murdered a cat, but when they see Brian in possession of pot, they arrest him without question. Brian is bailed out by the family and put on probation for drug use.
Joe arrives for a urine sample just after Brian starts smoking marijuana. Brian attempts to use Stewie’s urine, only to be caught by Lois, who tells him that if he’s going to sink that low as an excuse for smoking pot then it’s time to change. Instead of quitting pot though, Brian decides to start a campaign to legalize marijuana in Quahog. He and Stewie perform an enthusiastic musical number in public about the joys of smoking pot and soon after the entire town rallies behind them in their cause.
Mayor West passes a law to legalize marijuana, and everyone starts smoking it. Brian points out that the town has improved as a result, with a decrease in crime, an increase in productivity and Doctor Who ratings shooting up. Even Peter is too wasted to make up a cutaway gag. However, Lois’ father is losing money in the timber industry now that marijuana is being used to manufacture everything, and he bribes Peter into helping him produce videos as part of an anti-marijuana campaign. Lois, however, points out that their methods are uninspired, explaining that Brian only succeeded because he was passionate about legalizing pot. Carter decides to bribe Brian to join his cause by publishing and shipping his novel, Faster Than the Speed of Love, and putting an Oprah sticker on it. Brian resists, but Stewie, knowing how bad the novel will turn out, suggests he at least sing a song about the evils of pot. Brian reluctantly complies and pot is illegal once more. Brian’s novel is shipped but does not sell a single copy after being panned by critics. Brian laments that he sacrificed everything he believed in for nothing, but Lois says that by getting pot banned, he at least did something.
The episode ends with Quagmire at the Griffins’ doorstep saying he has raised the reward for finding his cat, which he still believes to be missing, no questions asked. Peter nonchalantly takes the reward, admits he killed his cat, and slams the door on him before Quagmire gets a chance to react.
"Everything is better with A Bag of Weed!" 420 Stewie and Brian attempt to legalize marijuana. Season: 7 Episode: 12 Total Episode Count: 122 Prod. no.: 6ACX16 First Aired: April 19, 2009 Featuring: Stewie, Brian, Peter Also Appearing: Lois, Chris, Meg, Quagmire, Joe, Cleveland, James, Opie…
Family Guy: “420” Review
Everything’s better with a bag of weed.
Just in time for April 20th, we’re treated to a “make marijuana legal” themed episode. While it comes across as slightly preachy – Brian’s used as a political voice by the writers once again – there’s more than enough great humor to make up for the political slant. The musical number, “Everything’s better with a bag of weed”, with Stewie and Brian, was absolutely fantastic. It’s been a while since we’ve had a great original musical scene, and this stands up right there with the best of them. The choreography was creative, -especially the use of the bongs and the physics-defying human marijuana symbol. There were all kinds of groan-worthy politically incorrect references and it all gelled together really nicely. Take away the musical number, and this episode would have been yet another mediocre outing. A great song with ridiculously catchy lyrics can go a long way in covering the faults of an episode. In this case everything really was better because of the bag of weed song.
Brian and Stewie’s musical antics pave the way for Mayor West to legalize marijuana in Quahog, and we get to see what a post-legalization world would possibly look like. The bit with the high newscasters was pretty funny, but it would have been nice to see more of the vision of a what a perennially high Quahog could be like. Perhaps an additional cutaway to Meg and Chris at school might have helped here. Mind you, the joke about nobody being able to come up with a cutaway sequence worked pretty well too, especially watching Peter being unable to set up any kind of cutaway or manatee joke with his usual “this is better/worse than the time. “. Nevertheless, it’s all short-lived as Brian gets bribed into campaigning against marijuana after a business-hurt Mr. Pewterschmidt decides to take matters in his own hands and publish Brian’s book titled “Faster Than the Speed of Love”. The Oprah Book Club reference that followed was somewhat amusing, especially with Mr Pewterschmidt agreeing that the sticker was enough and a night with Oprah in bed wasn’t necessary.
Animal lovers beware (and pretty much everyone with any semblance of good taste) – there’s a brutal cat murder scene in this episode where Peter kills Quagmire’s cat, thinking it’s got more lives left. It’s way over-the-top and the amount of blood was pretty disturbing. Sure, it was meant to set up the following scene with the police choosing to arrest Brian instead of Peter, but the brutality of the murder probably won’t sit well with most people. Quagmire was pretty funny in his cat obsession though, and you could totally see why his friends got annoyed really fast.
The family joking about Brian and prison rape was not really in good taste either, but expected. Lois’ doughnut joke was timed perfectly though, and it’s her line that made the scene memorable.
Overall, this episode worked out quite well mainly due to the superb musical number. The storyline was also pretty cohesive and there were very few truly random jokes thrown in here, which is always appreciated.
Quagmire gets a cat and becomes one of those obsessive cat-people, much to the chagrin of his buddies. Meanwhile, Brian gets caught with some marijuana and goes on a campaign to legalize pot.