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Episode 420
Season 6, Episode 25
420
Air date March 23, 2008
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420 is the twenty-fifth episode of season six of Family Guy. It is the one hundred and thirty-seventh episode, overall.

Synopsis[]

After Brian gets thrown in the slammer for drug possession, he launches a campaign to legalize marijuana. Mayor West passes the law, and the whole town goes to pot.

Plot[]

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.

Characters[]

Major Roles[]

Minor Roles[]

Quotes[]

Peter: Have a Mice-Day! Best fishes!

Brian: Stewie! I need your urine.
Stewie: [Excitedly] Really?

[Peter, while shaving James splatters blood all over the house upon shaving; James meows in pain]
Cleveland: Oh my God!!
Brian: Peter you killed it!
Peter: Relax guys...it still has 8 lives. [Shaves again, splattering more blood] Okay now seven more lives...[Splatters blood again shaving] Six...[Splatters blood again] Five...[Splatters blood again] Four...three...
Joe: [annoyed] Peter stop doing what you're doing.

Peter: C'mon guys were going to Quagmire's.
Joe: Hang on I got to go to the bathroom first. [pauses] OK lets go.

Quagmire: [in a high pitched voice] Who is it?
Cleveland: It's me. Quagmire, I need to borrow your lawnmower.
Quagmire: [in a high pitched voice] Oh Quagmire's not here. It's just me, James. I'm supposed to watch the house.
Cleveland: C'mon, Quagmire. It's 97 degrees out here, we're two grown men.
Quagmire: [in a high pitched voice] Are you selling yarn? 'Cause I love yarn.
Cleveland: No. I need to borrow your lawnmower.
Quagmire: [in a high pitched voice] Oh I don't think Quagmire wants me to do that.
Cleveland: Oh c'mon.
Quagmire: [in a high pitched voice] I don't think Quagmire liked the condition you returned it in last time.
Cleveland: Glen can I just...
Quagmire: [in normal voice] No! You can't have it!

Diane Simmons: Here's Ollie Williams with the blaccu-weather forecast.
Tom Tucker: Hows the weather look, Ollie?
Ollie Williams: Not too bad.
Tom Tucker: Right on.

[Brian and Peter are pulled over by policemen, the body of Quagmire's cat in the backseat. Peter is drunk and covered in blood stains. Two policemen exit the car and situate themselves on either side of Peter's car]
Policeman #1: What do we got, partner?
Policeman #2: Empty alcohol containers, the driver's inebriated and covered in blood, he's got scratches on his face and arms, there's a blood-soaked corpse in the backseat, got shovels in there, and a hand-drawn map titled "This is where we'll hide the body."
Policeman #1: Well, that all seems fine. Sorry to bother you sir.
[A small bag of weed falls from Brian's collar onto his lap]
Policeman #2: Pot! [Withdrawing gun and aiming it at Brian] Small amount of pot!

[Brian is sitting in a jail cell when Joe comes and releases him]
Joe: All right Brian, your family's here to bail you out.
[He opens the door and he walks out as the family enter to talk to him]
Peter: Brian, if you don't mind we'll start thinking about prison rape jokes immediately. I'll break the ice. Hey Brian, did you do hard time, or hardly workin'? [Frowns, and pauses]...penis...alright well all the pieces are there...somebody make somethin' outta that.

Peter: That's a great idea, let's do it! Let's shave the cat! Oh boy I usually only get this excited when they say the title of a movie in the movie.
[Cut to a movie theater]
Voice in the movie: I'm telling you, these drug dealers represent a Clear and Present Danger to the United States!
Peter: [Excitedly] Ah! Ah! He said it! He said it!
[Cut to another instance of Peter watching a film]
Voice in the movie: All I'm saying is, what if this is As Good as it Gets?
Peter: [Excitedly] Ah! Ah! There it is! There it is!
[Cut to another instance of Peter watching a film]
Voice in the movie: The only way for me to solve this crisis is to be Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
Peter: Oh that's why they call it that.

[Brian is busted by the police for having pot]
Policeman: I don't appreciate drug addicts in my town! I'm a Family Guy!
Peter: Ah-ah! Ah! He said it!

Carter: You're asking for a spanking, young lady.
Peter: Yeah!
Quagmire: [offscreen] Alright!

Peter: Brian, if you don't mind, we'll be thinking about prison rape jokes immediately. I'll break the ice. Hey, Brian, did you do "hard times" or "hardly workin'"?

Songs[]

Trivia[]

  • This episode was originally registered under the title "Episode 420", although the final record shortens it to simply "420".[1] The DVDs and most media use the original title.
  • 420 is a very recognized number in pot culture, and some pot smokers actually take it so seriously as to specifically smoke at the time of 4:20, as well as celebrate a holiday on April 20th (04/20). This episode originally aired one day before that holiday.
  • The end theme to The Mary Tyler Moore Show plays, along with her logo for MTM Enterprises.
  • Peter's siren song is the theme from The Rockford Files.
  • Peter produces a clip against smoking marijuana in which he mentions Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, a 2004 stoner comedy film, and Neil Patrick Harris's role in the film. He then talks about How I Met Your Mother, a sitcom in which Neil Patrick Harris stars. He then trails off into comments regarding Josh Radnor and Bob Saget and claims he can't understand how Ted Mosby, played by Josh Radnor, grows up to become Saget, when Ted is already an adult.
  • Brian's novel, which he's been working on since Season 3's "A Cheater Runs Through It", is finally published in this episode and ends up bombing.
  • The song "A Bag of Weed" is set to the tune of "Me Ol' Bam-boo" from the 1968 musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
  • This is the first episode where Diane did not wear her shirt and coat again for the second time. It is revealing she is wearing a singlet or a one-piece swimsuit for her underwear. She did have her coat off in "Brian Griffin: Portrait of a Dog".
  • Brian said that the legalization of cannabis had led to an increase in ratings for Doctor Who. This is in regards to the video effects used in the title sequence of episodes from the early years of the series, which used various video feedback techniques, such as "howlaround" from 1963 to 1973 and "Slit-scan" from 1973 to 1980 [2] to achieve what some describe as a psychedelic effect.
  • This is the first episode where Ollie Williams is not screaming.
  • List of celebrities that Peter doesn't like:
    • Stephen Dorff
    • Justin Timberlake
    • Dane Cook
    • Chris O'Donnell
    • Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Kathy Griffin
    • Andy Samberg
    • Elisabeth Hasselbeck
    • Andrew McCarthy
    • Rita Coolidge
    • David Arquette
    • Carlos Mencia
    • Amy Winehouse
    • every rapper
    • Ethan Hawke
    • Dax Shepard
    • Toby Keith
    • Joe Francis
    • Princess Diana
    • Chris Martin
    • Chris Martin again
    • Chris Martin's parents
    • Eve Plumb
    • Bonnie Franklin
    • Kate Beckinsale
    • Freddie Prinze Jr.
    • Suri Cruise (Tom Cruise's daughter)
    • that forehead guy from The Office (Rainn Wilson)
    • Garry Marshall
    • Paul Tsongas
    • Chris Martin's ancestors
  • In this episode, Lois is dead-set against Brian's pot usage. But in "Barely Legal", she gave him a bag to help him cope with taking Meg to the dance.

Cultural References[]

  • There's a segment during "A Bag of Weed" where the lyrics are displayed on the screen and a white dot bounces on the lyrics. This is a callback to the old 1930's Fleischer Brothers Screen Songs cartoons which invited viewers to sing along with a popular song of the time by "following the bouncing ball."[3]
  • When Meg reminds Brian about the anti-drug commercials, it is referring a series of modern anti-drug commercials and the common theme of the drug user neglecting or not being able to do something with depressing music in the background.[4]
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