Family Guy/Tales of a Third Grade Nothing

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Tales of a Third Grade Nothing
Season 7, Episode 6
Airdate November 16, 2008
Written by Mark Hentemann
Directed by Julius Wu
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Tales of a Third Grade Nothing is the sixth episode of the seventh season of Family Guy, and the one hundred seventeenth episode overall.

The episode centers on Peter applying for a promotion at the Pawtucket Patriot Brewery, only to learn he needs to complete the third grade; and the situations that arise as Peter goes back to school.

Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis


Plot Overview

One day at work, Peter uses the executive restroom and sees its lavish furnishings. He becomes motivated to do well at work so he can become an executive. While trying to impress Angela, he accidentally blows up a children's hospital, which results in many deaths. Nonetheless, Angela is impressed enough to recommend Peter for an opening ... until she is informed by the Pawtucket Patriot Brewery's human resources department that Peter had not finished the third grade. Peter is literally sent back to elementary school.

At school, Peter acts like a child, insulting other students and his teacher, and acting like a know-it-all. However, when he enters the spelling bee, he somehow wins by spelling the word "lesbians" correctly. Peter is allowed to graduate from the third grade

Back at the brewery, Peter goes to apply for the executive's position, but Angela tells him he is being arrested in connection with the hospital explosion. A judge sentences him to prison ... for just one week (with his release set for 9 p.m. next Sunday).


Brian and Frank Sinatra Jr. perform at the Quahog Cabana Club, but their big band act is clearly a throwback of the past and few people are interested. Hoping to rejuvenate the nightclub, they buy the building and — on Stewie's recommendation — transform the club into a modern nightclub called the pLace. Brian and Frank initially feel out of place with the establishment's younger clientile, but they get into the club life and have a great time. Then, Andy Dick shows up to perform, scaring everyone away.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Scheduling of Family Guy — The judge's statement that Peter's prison sentence will end at 9 p.m. the following Sunday is an allusion to Family Guy's regularly scheduled time on FOX.
  • "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" — The episode title is a play on the children's novel written by Judy Blune.

Memorable Moments