Family Guy: Season 1, Episode 4

Mind Over Murder (25 Apr. 1999)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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Confined to house arrest, Peter opens a bar in the basement.


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Episode cast overview:
Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Glenn Quagmire / Announcer / Bicuspid / Boy / Charlie / Elderly Naked Priest / Ernie / Faun / Guy #2 / Incisor / Man / Parent #2 / Quagmire / Spy (voice)
Chris Griffin / Neil Goldman / Additional Voices (voice)
Diane Simmons (voice)
Mr. Weed (voice)
Butch Hartman ...
Cleveland Brown (voice)
Various (voice)
Soccer Mom (voice)
Herself (voice)


After inadvertently punching out a pregnant woman, Peter is sentenced to house arrest. Bored out of his mind, he gets an inspiration to build a bar down in the basement so that his friends will want to hang out there. Meanwhile, Stewie is going through his first teething pains, and so tries to invent a time machine to bypass the painful experience. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks Cleveland Brown's first speaking part. He is visible in the courtroom scene in the pilot, but has no dialogue. See more »


When Peter first goes down into the basement, there is no railing on the stairs. One suddenly appears later in the same scene. See more »


Boy: Hey, you hit my mom!
Peter Griffin: No, I hit your dad.
Bystander: Whoa, stand back, give her some air.
Peter Griffin: You mean... give him some air.
Woman: Call an ambulance! She's going into labor!
Peter Griffin: Y-you mean he's going into labor.
[a baby starts crying offscreen]
Peter Griffin: Whoops.
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References Pong (1972) See more »


You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Sung by Lois
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Really Funny!
16 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fourth episode in Season One of Family Guy is a really funny episode that has some memorable jokes, witty pop culture references, and a pretty good overall story. The characters are getting better with each episode and I particularly liked the dramatic/comedic interplay between Peter Griffin and his wife. For popular culture references, I really liked the Narnia/Tumnus reference.

This episode, "Mind Over Murder" is about how Peter gets placed under house arrest for mistakenly punching a pregnant woman so he opens a bar in his basement. Things get real when all his guests are entertained by his wife.

Overall, this is a really funny episode that has plenty of jokes to keep the usual fan entertained. I really like the stupidity of Peter Griffin, especially in this episode. I rate this episode 9/10.

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