Family Guy: Season 10, Episode 5

Back to the Pilot (13 Nov. 2011)

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Brian and Stewie travel back in time to January 31, 1999 and witness the events that took place in the very first episode of Family Guy, "Death Has a Shadow".


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Episode cast overview:
Lois Griffin (voice)
Chris Griffin (voice) (archive sound)
Meg Griffin (voice) (credit only)
Cleveland Brown (voice)
1999 Meg Griffin (voice) (archive sound)
Chris Cox ...
George W. Bush (voice)
Dog in the Window (voice)
Joyce Kinney (voice)
Judge (voice) (archive sound)
John Madden (voice) (archive sound)
Terrorist / Tech Guy (voice)
Joe Swanson (voice)


Brian and Stewie travel back in time to January 31, 1999 and witness the events that took place in the very first episode of Family Guy, "Death Has a Shadow".

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Animation | Comedy



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During their first trip back to 1999, Stewie makes note of two production errors that occurred in the pilot. The first was when Peter's eye goes over his nose when Lois reminds him about the time when he got drunk at church. The second was that, when Peter and his friends are drinking at the stag party and watching TV, the TV isn't plugged in. See more »


One Brian wonders how the 9/11 vote can have an odd number of votes since all of the Brians and Stewies are traveling in pairs. One pair brings Peter along and we see Peter voting, thus the vote tally would normally be an odd number. But Peter actually votes twice, so the total should still be even. It turns out though that one of the Brians is dead and couldn't vote, so an odd tally is correct. See more »


Stewie Griffin: [a Duplicate Brian and Stewie have shown up, and they are floating around inside Barbershop Signs for some reason] My God! What happened to you?
Duplicate Brian Griffin: We don't know. But this is Life now!
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Family Guy scores a big win with their next in a long series of time-traveling episodes
6 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has been the gem of the 10th season so far. In the episode, Stewie and Brian go back in time to find an old tennis ball of Brian's. Things become more complicated when Brian has the urge to tell the past Brian about 9/11 in an attempt to prevent it.

There are tons of jokes at the expense of the old animation and even one hilarious poke at the actress who used to voice Meg. We have the perfect opportunity in this episode to see how much these characters have evolved, as Stewie and Brian come face to face with their old selves from the pilot.

The 9/11 piece of this episode, which I won't give away, was heavily criticized, despite this episode garnering positive reviews from critics. I didn't lose anyone on that day, but I spent a good chunk of my life afterward in the foreign wars that followed, and look, this is an animated show for adults. They're not looking for anyone's approval.

Give this episode a watch. The jokes are here. A glimpse of the past and the Family Guy we loved so much is here.

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