Peter discovers that Jesus Christ is working at a used record store in Quahog, and sets out to let everyone know that he has come back.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Griffin (voice)
Meg Griffin (voice)
Cleveland Brown (voice)
Dane Cook (voice)
Woman (voice)
Kirker Butler ...
George W. Bush (voice)
Steve Callaghan ...
James Dean / Quahog Citizen #1 (voice)
Waiter / Passerby / Crowd (voice)
Manager / Scientist / Maitre d' / Guy (voice)
Mark Hentemann ...
Male Voices / Audience Member #1 (voice)
Russ Leatherman ...
Moviefone Guy (voice)
Star Jones (voice) (as Debra Skelton)


The Griffins visit a 50s-style diner, where the wait staff dress as celebrities from that decade. Peter hears his favorite song, "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen, on the jukebox and begins dancing and acting stupid. When one of the employees removes the record from the jukebox - the song came out in late 1963, nearly four years after the end of the 1950s decade - Peter buys the record, takes it home and plays it endlessly. He winds up driving everyone crazy with his obsessive fixation on the song; Chris is driven to the brink, while Lois is appalled when she gets a call from the bank stating that Peter had withdrawn most of their savings account (to produce an insipid public service announcement built around "Surfin' Bird"). Eventually, Brian and Stewie decide they need to take action and, in the middle of the night, team up to steal the record. The next morning, Peter realizes the record is missing and sets out to buy another copy, only to find that "a dog and a baby" have already ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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5 October 2008 (USA)  »

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The scene where Brian and Stewie smash the record, is a parody of the film Office Space where 3 co-workers destroy a printer that continuously malfunctions. See more »


Peter Griffin: [points to a bartender while singing Surfin' Bird] Hey, guy behind the counter. The bird is the word.
Peter Griffin: [to a young kid in a booth] Frightened little child, the bird is the word.
Peter Griffin: [opening the door to the ladies room] Lady on the toilet
[after she screams]
Peter Griffin: The bird is the word. Hey don't you know about the bird?
Lady On The Toilet: [joining Peter] Sure, everybody's heard that the bird is the word.
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References Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) See more »


Surfin' Bird
Written by Al Frazier, John Harris, Turner Wilson Jr.. and Carl White
Performed by The Trashmen
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Absolutely & ridiculously hysterical!
18 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

-I've been watching Family Guy for a few years now and have seen a good number of early and new episodes and I had previously thought that Tan Aquatic and Barely Legal were the funniest episodes and then I saw "I dreamed of Jesus" the other night on Cartoon Network at like 3am. Holy crap...Some may think it was completely stupid or annoying, but I will tell you this I have never laughed so hard at a Family Guy episode in my life. I actually had to turn it off for a minute because I was afraid of waking up my roommates from laughing loud. It is that ridiculous. I think it was the sheer genius stupidity of the concept of simple minded Peter becoming obsessed with and incredibly insipid song and the way he prefaces his rendition of it each time in the episode. I highly recommend this episode to anyone who loves Family Guy and wants to laugh uncontrollably at the hilariously ridiculous yet lovable idiocy that is Peter Griffin. And...Haven't you heard? Bird is the word.

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