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"Family Guy" Brian's Got a Brand New Bag (2009)

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Original Air Date:
8 November 2009 (Season 8, Episode 4)
When Brian snags an older woman, he becomes the laughingstock of the family, but things go from bad to worse when she breaks her hip and Brian has to be her errand-boy. | Add synopsis »
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Wow, it's rare for a character to start out dynamic and end up one dimensional in a single episode. (contains spoilers) See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / White Runner (voice)

Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin (voice)

Seth Green ... Chris Griffin (voice)

Mila Kunis ... Meg Griffin (voice)

Mike Henry ... (voice)

Hart Bochner ... Harry Ellis (archive footage)

Alexandra Breckenridge ... (voice)
James Burkholder ... (voice)
Steve Callaghan ... (voice)

George Christy ... Dr. Hasseldorf (archive footage)

Aimee Garcia ... Nicole (voice)

Ralph Garman ... (voice)

Paul Gleason ... Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson (archive footage)
Jack Samson ... (voice)

Stacey Scowley ... (voice)

Debra Wilson ... Whitney Houston (voice) (as Debra Skelton)
Danny Smith ... (voice)

Alec Sulkin ... (voice)

Reginald VelJohnson ... Sgt. Al Powell (archive footage)

John Viener ... Video Store Clerk (voice)

Nana Visitor ... Rita (voice)

Patrick Warburton ... Joe Swanson (voice)

Tico Wells ... Bobby Brown (voice)

Adam West ... Mayor Adam West (voice)

Mae Whitman ... (voice)

Bruce Willis ... Officer John McClane (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nickie Bryar ... (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Pete Michels 
Peter Shin (supervising director)
Writing credits
Seth MacFarlane (created by)

Seth MacFarlane (developed by) &
David Zuckerman (developed by)

Tom Devanney (written by)

Andrew Goldberg (staff writer)

Alex Carter  staff writer

Produced by
Steve Callaghan .... executive producer
Cherry Chevapravatdumrong .... producer
Tom Devanney .... consulting producer
Kim Fertman .... co-producer
David A. Goodman .... executive producer
John Jacobs .... consulting producer
Gary Janetti .... consulting producer
Seth MacFarlane .... executive producer
Patrick Meighan .... producer
Karin Perrotta .... associate producer
Brian Scully .... co-executive producer
Chris Sheridan .... executive producer
Shannon Smith .... producer
Alec Sulkin .... co-executive producer
Kara Vallow .... producer
John Viener .... producer
Wellesley Wild .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Ron Jones 
Production Management
Anjel Shehigian .... retake production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bao Nguyen .... assistant director
Art Department
David Boudreau .... storyboard revisionist
Robin Brigstocke .... storyboard artist
Steve Fonti .... storyboard artist
Kevin Hanley .... color key
Michael Kinkade .... color key
Bike Kinzle .... color key
Ron Smith .... storyboard revisionist
Jeff Stewart .... storyboard artist
Yelena Tokman .... color key
Sound Department
Patrick S. Clark .... production sound mixer
Jim Fitzpatrick .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lanza .... sound editor
Jordan Lezama .... assistant sound editor
Bob Newlan .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Tania Francisco .... compositing supervisor
Animation Department
Ed Acosta .... character designer
Anthony Blasucci .... assistant retake coordinator
Mick Cassidy .... character designer
Fitzgerald Gonzalez .... retake production assistant
Sean Isroelit .... animatic editor
Andi Klein .... timing supervisor
Chris Loudon .... animation timer
Jeffrey A. Mertz .... background designer (as Jeff Mertz)
Mark Miraglia .... animation timer
Kip Noschese .... background designer
Lindsey Pollard .... retake director
Helen Roh .... animation timer
Sharon Ross .... character designer
Adela Schwab .... lip assignment
Laura Smalec .... animation production assistant
Jason Weitzner .... animation production assistant
Bradley Winters .... assistant animatics coordinator
Dave Woody .... animatic editor
Ken Yi .... background designer
Music Department
Bryan D. Arata .... orchestrator
Vicente Avella .... orchestrator
Don Barrett .... orchestrator
Brian S. Carr .... orchestrator
Roger Hunt .... orchestrator
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Joe Zimmerman .... music librarian
Other crew
Jennifer Beltrami .... assistant office manager
Nick Cofrancesco .... production coordinator (as Nicholas Cofrancesco)
Mike Desilets .... writers assistant
Kristy Grant .... assistant: Chris Sheridan
Lisa Hallbauer .... production assistant
David Ihlenfeld .... assistant: David A. Goodman
Artie Johann .... assistant: Seth MacFarlane
Michael T. Kennedy .... production assistant
Katie Krentz .... studio executive
Kristin Long .... writers assistant
Sean Perry .... assistant to supervising directors
Marci Proietto .... production executive
Alessandra Rizzotti .... production assistant
Jaydi Samuels .... production coordinator
Bradley Winters .... assistant to production executive
David Wright .... writers assistant
Patrick Swayze .... in memory of

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Seth MacFarlane  created by
David Zuckerman  developed by

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Additional Details

22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Preceded by a "For Patrick Swayze" screen. The actor, who died on September 14, 2009, starred in Roadhouse and Ghost, which were two of the movies referenced/spoofed in this episode.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Brian pushes Stewie's crib out into the hall, it bounces off the wall, down the stairs and out the front door which opens to the outside. Even if Brian had left the front door ajar, the door's hinges are on the inside so it could not pushed open that way.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Little Nicky (2000)See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Wow, it's rare for a character to start out dynamic and end up one dimensional in a single episode. (contains spoilers), 18 July 2011
Author: therealme2004 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The setup for the show had so much potential. Brian went against his usual nature and began dating an older, mature, down-to-earth woman named Rita, and he spends a lot of time hiding her from his family, for good reason. We are more than aware the Griffins can be very cruel to people who aren't perfect, but that's the humor. Brain eventually falls for her, of course. She was invited over for dinner, and of course every spoken line at it is either an age remark from Lois or Peter trying to get her to give her age. She breaks down, admits she's 50, and runs out crying, with Brian chasing her. And that's where it all falls apart.

Once Rita's age was revealed, she lost all her dimensions and become one constant age joke. She suddenly uses old terms, like street car and tooth polish, in place of the modern words like toothpaste. Her boobs get pinched in her armpit during sex then she somehow breaks her hip during. She starts referring to furniture by what their normal brand names were back in the 50's. In other words, she started out as a woman, and from after dinner scene on instantly became an old woman transported to the present from the mid 50's. Probably done so since the Griffin's subplot had ended long ago and Rita and Brian weren't around them anymore, so the only people who could make age jokes (the only jokes for the last 10 minutes of the show) were Rita and Brian. Brian's side were his reactions which were nothing short of obvious unease and annoyance at her suddenly acting old. I felt like Brain at the end of the episode, tired of all the sudden, tightly crammed age jokes that were completely absent from Rita when she was introduced and her personality shown.

Definitely not one of the best episodes, and among the ones I consider the worst.

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