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Wasted Talent 

Lois learns that Peter is a drunken savant when it comes to playing the piano, after he goes on a drinking binge to win one of Pawtucket Pat's silver scrolls.


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 8 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Glenn Quagmire / Tom Tucker / Additional Voices (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin / Loretta Brown / Tricia Takanawa / Barbara Pewterschmidt / Additional Voices (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin / Additional Voices (voice)
Mila Kunis ... Meg Griffin (voice)
Lori Alan ... Diane Simmons (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui ... Cheech Marin (voice)
Adam Carolla ... Death (voice)
Gary Cole ... Jerry Nelson / Various (voice)
Mike Henry ... Cleveland Brown (voice)
Michael McKean ... Pawtucket Pat (voice)
Jonathan Osser ... Jonas / Jimmy (voice)
Danny Smith Danny Smith ... (voice)
Nicole Sullivan ... Alexis Radcliffe (voice)
Julia Sweeney ... Woman in Bar (voice)
Patrick Warburton ... Joe Swanson (voice)


In an attempt to win a tour of the Pawtucket Brewery, Peter drinks an insane amount of beer. In the process, Lois discovers that as long as Peter is wasted, he can play the piano like a professional. This gives her an idea to enter him in the town piano contest to show up a rival piano teacher. Will Peter's brain survive long enough to savor victory? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

25 July 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Features a parody of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory but instead of having chocolate, beer is used instead See more »


When Peter is playing the piano in the bar the amount of beer in the glasses of his friends changes from full, to empty, then back to full within a few seconds. See more »


Joe Swanson: Hey, Pat, where's the wheelchair ramp?
Pawtucket Pat: Oh, we don't have one. I guess this is where you get off.
[Pawtucket Pat blows a whistle and the Chumba Wumbas come out]
Chumba Wumba Chorus: Chumba Wumba gobbledy goo / Life isn't fair it's sad but it's true / Chumba Wumba gobbledy gee / When your poor legs are stiff as a tree.
Chumba Wumba #1: What do you do when you're stuck in a chair?
Chumba Wumba #2: Finding it hard to go up and down stairs?
Chumba Wumba #3: What do you think of the one you call God?
Chumba Wumba Chorus: Isn't His absence slight-ly odd?
Chumba Wumba #4: Maybe He's forgotten you.
Chumba Wumba Chorus: Chumba wumba ...
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Crazy Credits

After the episode 'Wasted Talent', there is a scene parodying 'The Incredible Hulk' television show with Stewie hitch-hiking down a country road while the ending theme plays. See more »


References Shine (1996) See more »


The X-Files
Music by Mark Snow
Played by Peter on the piano.
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27 July 2008 | by micro_hendySee all my reviews

In the face of over a hundred episodes "Wasted Talent" shines through as, in my opinion, the greatest "Family Guy" episode ever. With a story-line that starts off with a brilliant spoof, the best of it's kind, and leads on to a climactic finish with plenty of action, laugh-out-loud funny jokes and amazing music, as always. What Seth & Co. have done is turn a show already brimming with excellence into a guideline for how adult cartoon comedy should be done.

This kind of episode makes it perfectly clear that "Family Guy" is not only the funniest show on television but the best too, of course, that's just my opinion.

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