Family Guy Viewer Mail No. 1
A three part episode inspired by letters from viewers.
Season: 3 Episode: 21
Total Episode Count: 49
Prod. no.: 3ACX12
First Aired: February 14, 2002
Guest Starring: Bill Goldberg, Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin, Michael Winslow
Featuring: Brian, Stewie Griffin, Lois Griffin, Peter Griffin, Meg Griffin, Chris Griffin
Also Appearing: Glenn Quagmire, Cleveland, Joe Swanson, Mort Goldman, Carter Pewterschmidt, Barbara Pewterschmidt, Dr. Hartman, Death, Mayor Adam West, Genie, Hector, Carol & Nick, The Count, Scooby-Doo, Gene Shalit, Bob Eubanks, Michael Winslow, Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Lisa Ling, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Michael Eisner, Kelly Ripa, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, *NSYNC
Director: Pete Michels, Scott Wood, Michael Dante DiMartino
Assistant Director: Brett Varon, Ron Brewer
Writers: Gene Laufenberg, Seth MacFarlane, Michael Shipley, Jim Bernstein
Storyboarders: Nora Johnson, Greg Lovell, Chris Robertson
Plot: Brian and Stewie introduce the show, consisting of three short stories in response to requests they have received from viewers.
No Bones About It
Peter finds a genie who offers him three wishes. His first wish is to see what Kelly Ripa is like off-camera, and his second wish is for his own theme music, which plays everywhere he goes. On a city bus, an angry bus passenger grows irritated with Peter’s music and threatens to break every bone in his body. Peter quickly wishes that he was boneless and collapses into a fleshy heap, which causes the man to miss hitting Peter and fall out the bus window, but leaves Peter with a grotesque appearance. When townspeople react with revulsion and horror towards him, and even his own family finds him odd, Peter feels rejected. His family is annoyed at Peter's twelve baths a day because his boneless self gets dirty easily, so Peter decides it is best that he leaves his family, so he allows himself to go down the drain and resurface in Los Angeles, where he gets a job as a human cushion for stuntmen. There Peter's bonelessness is considered an asset, and he is accepted by the Hollywood types. A Hollywood starlet is impressed with Peter's ability and offers to date him, but Peter misses his family, though. When a doctor offers him an experimental surgery to restore his skeleton, he takes the chance. The operation is successful, but he is horribly misshapen; he learns that his family donated bones to transplant into his body, which misshaped them as well and they all painfully amble away together, with Peter mentioning that the operation was covered by his HMO.
After being exposed to toxic waste, the Griffins find they now have superhuman powers. Stewie’s head grows even larger and he gains telekinetic abilities; Chris is able to start fires by thought; Peter can change himself into any person or object; Lois becomes super-strong; Brian can move at incredible speed, traveling around the world nearly instantaneously; and Meg gains the “super-amazing” ability to make her fingernails grow or shrink on command. Despite initial intentions to use their powers for good, they soon terrorize Quahog for personal gain. After Lois refuses to buy Stewie a candy bar, he steals it and attacks the cashier at a supermarket using his power. Later, Lois is caught in traffic, and decides to lift the car across traffic, crushing various cars as well as injuring the people in them. Meg begs Peter to get a piece of Justin Timberlake's hair when he comes to Quahog. He turns into Britney Spears, takes to much of his hair, and turns into Gene Shalit when they kiss in order to freak him out. Chris is angry at a boy who called him Chris Grissle, and sets him on fire because of it, which the fire then spreads to burn down the high school. Brian uses his speed to steal Martini's from an attractive woman at a bar, when he stops he is extremely intoxicated and collapses. Later, the people of Quahog are realizing the chaos the Supergriffins are causing, and the Griffins take over the town. Mayor Adam West douses himself in toxic waste, hoping for powers with which to combat the Griffins, but develops lymphoma instead. With Mayor West in the hospital the Griffins see the error of their ways and dedicate themselves to good and helping West recover.
After the boys all refuse to have anything to do with girls, five-year-old Peter, and Quagmire compete for the attentions of new girl Lois who mentions that she likes her men brave. The kids make a bet to stay in a rumored haunted house and proceed to attempt to scare each other out until they encounter an apparently “real” ghost and they all flee in terror. Lois says that she is no longer impressed by bravery, however, and introduces Mort Goldman, whose intelligence she likes. Peter and Quagmire swear off girls forever in disgust; thirty-five years later they are still woman less but, without the distraction of women, they have become incredibly wealthy.