A bag of weed episode
Stewie and Brian attempt to legalize marijuana.
Season: 7 Episode: 12
Total Episode Count: 122
Prod. no.: 6ACX16
First Aired: April 19, 2009
Peter, Brian, Cleveland and Joe become annoyed when Quagmire starts spending more time with his new cat James than with them. While Quagmire is out, the guys plan to shave James as a prank, but it backfires when Peter accidentally kills the cat with a razor. Peter and Brian go to hide its body with the intent of telling Quagmire it ran away. They are pulled over by the police, who completely ignore the fact Peter murdered a cat, but when they see Brian in possession of pot, they arrest him without question. Brian is bailed out by the family and put on probation for drug use.
Joe arrives for a urine sample just after Brian starts smoking marijuana. Brian attempts to use Stewie’s urine, only to be caught by Lois, who tells him that if he’s going to sink that low as an excuse for smoking pot then it’s time to change. Instead of quitting pot though, Brian decides to start a campaign to legalize marijuana in Quahog. He and Stewie perform an enthusiastic musical number in public about the joys of smoking pot and soon after the entire town rallies behind them in their cause.
Mayor West passes a law to legalize marijuana, and everyone starts smoking it. Brian points out that the town has improved as a result, with a decrease in crime, an increase in productivity and Doctor Who ratings shooting up. Even Peter is too wasted to make up a cutaway gag. However, Lois’ father is losing money in the timber industry now that marijuana is being used to manufacture everything, and he bribes Peter into helping him produce videos as part of an anti-marijuana campaign. Lois, however, points out that their methods are uninspired, explaining that Brian only succeeded because he was passionate about legalizing pot. Carter decides to bribe Brian to join his cause by publishing and shipping his novel, Faster Than the Speed of Love, and putting an Oprah sticker on it. Brian resists, but Stewie, knowing how bad the novel will turn out, suggests he at least sing a song about the evils of pot. Brian reluctantly complies and pot is illegal once more. Brian’s novel is shipped but does not sell a single copy after being panned by critics. Brian laments that he sacrificed everything he believed in for nothing, but Lois says that by getting pot banned, he at least did something.
The episode ends with Quagmire at the Griffins’ doorstep saying he has raised the reward for finding his cat, which he still believes to be missing, no questions asked. Peter nonchalantly takes the reward, admits he killed his cat, and slams the door on him before Quagmire gets a chance to react.
"Everything is better with A Bag of Weed!" 420 Stewie and Brian attempt to legalize marijuana. Season: 7 Episode: 12 Total Episode Count: 122 Prod. no.: 6ACX16 First Aired: April 19, 2009 Featuring: Stewie, Brian, Peter Also Appearing: Lois, Chris, Meg, Quagmire, Joe, Cleveland, James, Opie…
420 (19 Apr. 2009)
TV Episode | TV-14 | 22 min | Animation , Comedy
Brian becomes the leading proponent for legalization of marijuana in Quahog.
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When you have writers, they are obviously going to be people with opinions. Most shows, especially those that serve as social commentary (Family Guy, South Park, The Simpsons) are going to express those opinions loud and clear, but, rarely are they as preachy as this, Seth MacFarlane’s rationale of why marijuana should be legalized. It’s as preachy as one of those old after school specials, but with the morals reversed.
Quagmire gets a new cat, and it changes him. Peter, Cleaveland, Joe and Brian go in to pull a prank on Quagmire’s cat, but Peter ends up killing it. On the way back from disposing the cat, Peter is pulled over and Brian is caught with weed. Brian preaches to the man, and with Stewie’s help gets pot legalized. Peter and Lois’s dad Carter try to make an anti-pot campaign meanwhile. Mediocrity ensues.
Brian in recent years seems to have become, more than any other character, the mouthpiece for the writers. Brian makes some valid points, but every episode where Brian fights for or against something just seems like the writers hiding behind this character. Unlike in South Park, there is no cleverness involved in proving a point. Instead, it’s as though someone is just telling us why something should be, and never is the opposite viewpoint given. This show, especially this episode, are becoming like Michael Moore documentaries. They have the passion behind them, but never any opposite views, and this episode just isn’t very funny anyway.
“Family Guy” is a one sided show, and this episode shows how one sided it really is. Whether or not you’re for the legalization of marijuana, you can still see how preachy this episode is. Maybe Mr. MacFarlane should release a documentary on why this issue is important to him instead of putting fans of his series through episodes like this.
My rating: * 1/2 out of ****. 30 mins. TV14
Directed by Julius Wu, James Purdum, Peter Shin. With Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis. Brian becomes the leading proponent for legalization of marijuana in Quahog.