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When You Wish Upon a Weinstein 

Peter wishes for a Jewish accountant to help his family with its ample economic problems and after meeting Max Weinstein, decides to convert Chris to Judaism.

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Meg Griffin (voice)
Mike Barker ...
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Andrea Hutchman ...
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Ricky Blitt ...
Mordecai (voice)
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Cleveland Brown (voice)
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Louis Farrakhan (voice)
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Max Weinstein (voice)
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Danny Smith ...
Jim Kaplan (voice)
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Rabbi Goldberg (voice)
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After hearing about the good jobs his friends' lawyers and accountants are doing, Peter becomes fixated on the idea of Jews as mathematical and legal geniuses. Hoping to give Chris a chance for a better future than he can provide as a Catholic, Peter decides to have his son convert to Judaism at a quickie Las Vegas Bar Mitzvah in order to turn him smart. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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9 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The scenes where Lois is pounding on the glass doors to break up the ceremony, and then all 3 escape in the back of a bus, is a nod to the ending of the film The Graduate. See more »

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Peter and Chris are already in Las Vegas, waiting in line at the Bar Mitzvah Chapel when Lois learns where they've gone. She makes the two-day drive to Nevada and runs three miles to Las Vegas while they're still waiting. See more »

Quotes

Chris Griffin: Mom, can Stewie and me be excused? He's gonna help me with my math.
Lois Griffin: Chris, he's just a baby.
Stewie Griffin: Oh, you're a regular Rhodes scholar. Where was it you graduated from again, hmm? The university of "DUHHHH?"
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Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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I Need A Jew
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Performed by Seth MacFarlane
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Not offensive, but just not that good
22 September 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Family Guy is known for having potentially offensive humour, and this one in particular took a while to actually be aired on television. The concern was that with its storyline and jokes about Jews, the episode would look anti-Semitic. However, Seth MacFarlane claims the script was endorsed by two rabbis as not offensive. Indeed, I agree the episode isn't anti-Semitic; it's not as funny as it should be, however.

The Griffins run into financial problems and Peter becomes convinced that since Jews are known for their skills with finances, he needs a Jewish accountant. He wishes for one with a song and eventually comes across a Jewish accountant named Weinstein, who indeed solves Peter's problems. Impressed with Weinstein's intelligence, Peter reaches the dubious conclusion that converting his son Chris to Judaism will also make him more intelligent.

I liked a few jokes about Jews here, like Weinstein getting upset when Peter sings he now has a Jew, and when Lois says Jews built the pyramids (a Biblical reference). The episode avoids racism, however, when at the end Peter realizes Jews are no better or worse than other people, though this message is expressed without any subtlety. Peter demonstrating to Weinstein how his son isn't too bright is also funny. But other parts of the episode aren't as funny. For example, Peter soiling himself twice is just puerile. As someone interested in Jews, this episode was slightly disappointing. But it shouldn't be censored.


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