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Back to the Woods 

James Woods gets his revenge on Peter by stealing his identity and moving in with his family.


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Glenn Quagmire / The Ghost of Vern / Foghorn Leghorn (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin (voice)
Mila Kunis ... Meg Griffin (voice)
Mike Henry ... Cleveland Brown (voice)
Lori Alan ... Diane Simmons (voice)
Alexandra Breckenridge ... Rob's Ex / Spider-Man's Girlfriend (voice)
James Burkholder James Burkholder ... Various (voice)
Kirker Butler ... Various (voice)
Barry Manilow ... Barry Manilow (voice)
Danny Smith Danny Smith ... Barber / Customer / Spiderman (voice)
Stephen Stanton ... Various (voice)
Alec Sulkin ... Various (voice)
Evil Dave Evil Dave ... David Letterman (voice) (as David Van Dam)
John Viener ... Rob / TV Announcer / Police Officer (voice)


At a Barry Manilow concert, Peter loses his wallet. However, a mystery culprit has found it and uses Peter's credit cards to steal his identity. Eventually, Peter and Brian determine that the suspect is James Woods, with whom Peter had an earlier run-in (and defeated by locking him in a crate inside a government warehouse). An embittered James is able to obtain a fraudulent identification card and literally takes over Peter's role as head of the household. The Griffins are outraged and want James arrested, but he fools Lt. Swanson into thinking he is Peter and has the real Peter escorted from "his" home. While James tries to establish himself as "Peter" (even going so far as to wearing Peter's clothing), the real Peter and Brian go to a hotel and plot their revenge ... by stealing James' identity in return. After Stewie presents Peter with a phony identification card of his own, he convinces the public that he is James Woods, all the while making rude and inconsiderate remarks to ruin... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

17 February 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Second appearance of James Woods. See more »


David Letterman: Welcome back to the program, ladies and gentlemen. Now please welcome out next guest Mr.James Woods.
[Peter shows up in a suit]
David Letterman: Wait a minute, you're not James Woods.
Peter Griffin: [shows Dave his cards] Oh I believe I am. Driver's licence. Social Security. American Master Card.
James Woods: What the hell is he doing?
David Letterman: Wow, I guess you are James Woods. Now let me understand what are you here to promote James?
Peter Griffin: Well Dave I have a hilarious new comedy coming out on HBO next month. It's all about 9/11. The movie's called ...
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Alternate Versions

When this episode was rebroadcast by FOX on April 13th 2008, the scene following James Woods tying Brian to Meg's pole was altered. Both versions feature Brian asking Stewie to get a pair of scissors to cut the rope. In the original, Stewie agreed to do so, but warned Brian that, being a baby, he's very easily distracted. He runs off screen and we see him get distracted by a brightly colored dishrag. In the new version, Stewie refuses to get the scissors because Brian had previously tricked him into watching the infamous Internet video "2 Girls 1 Cup" (which is then showed in a flashback). See more »


Spoofs E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


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Words by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Music by George W. Meyer
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I like this. I really do!
29 May 2018 | by tbone1999See all my reviews

This was good. I love the James Woods trilogy in Family Guy, and this is my overall favorite! Not much to say since I'm not an in depth guy, but still, you should REALLY watch it!

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