- Holy Crap
Infobox Television episode
Title =Holy Crap
Series =Family Guy
Caption =The Pope and Francis.
September 30, 1999
Writer =Danny Smith
Charles Durning, Andrew Gormley, Olivia Hack, Dwight Schultz, Florence Stanley, Patrick Warburton, David Zuckerman
Episode list =
List of Family Guy episodes
Season list = Infobox Family Guy Season 2
Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater
"Holy Crap" is an episode from the FOX animated series "
Family Guy". This was the ninth episode of " Family Guy" to be aired. It was produced for season one and aired in season two. After this episode, FOX put the series on hiatus, and then new episodes were shown irregularly thereafter. Guest starring Charles Durningas Francis Griffin, Dwight Schultzas the Pope, Carlos Alazraquias Mr. Weed and Florence Stanleyas Thelma Griffin(the wife of Francis Griffin).
Peter's religiously devout father Francis is forced to retire from his job at the mill. Peter brings his dad to live with his family (much to Lois' chagrin, since Francis hates her because she's Protestant and Peter is
Catholic) and immediately problems start. He yells at Chris for masturbating in the bathroomwhen he is merely defecating, makes Meg feel guilty for holding hands with a neighbor boy, and tells Stewie bedtime stories of the punishments that await sinners in Hell. Chris becomes convinced that defecation is a sin, while Stewie becomes fascinated with God and his "evil powers." When Francis is hired at the Happy-Go-Lucky Toy Factory where Peter works, he displays excellent proficiency and, when he is made foreman, he fires Peter and the two have a big argument. Francis tells Peter he's a failure as a worker and a father. Peter, fed up with his father, says he may not be perfect but at least he loves his family enough to put them before work. Peter also says that he's a "damn good father" and that's more than anyone could ever say about Francis. Peter decides to "kidnap" the Pope. He accomplishes this by taking the place of the Pope's regular driver. The driver has a medical condition where he will pass out for some time if hit (or tapped) on the head. Peter brings the Pope back to his house and His Holiness attempts to mediate his problems.
Peter and Francis reconcile at the end, and Francis is hired for a job with the Pope's tour of the
United States. Francis becomes a security guardfor the Pope, pushing down random people who are in the way, including FOX personnel. At the end of the episode, Peter's mom shows up at the door and wishes to live with the family, prompting them to jump in a pod to escape.
* The character of Francis Griffin could be compared to the character of Joseph from
Wuthering Heights. Both characters are very old, with a strong accent and uses the Bibleto make people do what they want.
Patrick Warburton, who voices Joe Swansonon the show, appears in this episode voicing Superman(whom he also voiced on a commercial for American Expresswith Jerry Seinfeld).
* This episode marks the first appearance of Vern, the
VaudevilleGuy; his piano-playing partner, Johnny, does not appear until the episode "Blind Ambition".
* At the end of the episode:
**When the Pope is walking to the church, an
atheistsymbol is seen on on the building behind him.
**When Peter's mom knocks on the door and demands entry, it is nighttime. However, a few seconds later when the family jumps into the pod and is launched, it is daytime.
*In the scene where Peter's mom is shown gambling, she uses the
profanity" goddamn", which is uncensored.
* Francis Griffin next appears in the episode "
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz" (and has a cameo in " The Perfect Castaway" with Thelma for the mourning of Peter, Cleveland, Joe and Quagmire). He also makes another (and last) appearance in " Peter's Two Dads", where he is killed after Peter falls on him. It is also revealed in that episode that he is not Peter's biological father.
*During the scene in which the Pope enters the Griffin household, Lois greeted the Pope by calling him His Holiness, but she is a Protestant.
*Although the Pope at the time was
Pope John Paul II, the pope in this episode had a resemblance to Pope John XXIII.
* The Pope's entrance music (when he gets off the plane in Boston) is taken from the opening of
Otis Redding's "I Can't Turn You Loose". The Song is used again in North By North Quahogin a parody of the Mall Chase Scene from The Blues Brothers Movie.
* After Brian mentions the
Old Testamentstory in which " Godtold Abrahamto kill Isaac", a cutaway shows President Abraham Lincolnshooting bartender Isaac from " The Love Boat".
* Peter uses a "
Curious George" story for one from the Biblewhile trying to impress his dad.
* Peter imagines his father-son business with himself as Lamont Sanford and his father as
Fred G. Sanfordof " Sanford and Son".
* The back of the jacket of one of the Pope's road managers reads "Pope-a-Palooza", a reference to the
alternative rockfestival Lollapalooza.
* Peter drives the Pope past the death squad from the movie "
Cool Hand Luke".
* The Pope comments that he doesn't think that he is in Boston, and Peter supposedly points out
Harvard, but instead points to a barn. When the Pope says "That's just a barn", Peter replies "Ohh, "someone" went to Yale!", a reference to the fierce rivalry between Yale and Harvard.
* Mirroring the end of "The Wizard of Oz", Peter gives encouraging talks to the Scarecrow and
Tin Woodman, but instead of the Cowardly Lion, he compliments out-of-the-spotlight actress Kristy McNichol.
* The sequence in which Peter exclaims "To the
Popemobile!" parodies sequences in which Batmanand Robin rush to the Batmobilein the 1960s "Batman" television series (which starred "Family Guy" cast member Adam West). It can also be interpreted as a fairly obscure reference to a Monty Pythonsketch "The Bishop" (read transcript here [http://www.ibras.dk/montypython/episode17.htm#4] , watch here [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpX3XdU-V9o] ).
*Peter takes his family along with Francis to a
Pawtucket Red Soxgame. Although, when buying a Hot Dog, he refers to it as a Fenway Frank. Fenway Franks are only sold under that name at Fenway Parkin Boston, Massachusetts which is home to the Boston Red Sox.
*The two father-son teams that finish ahead of Peter and the stalk of corn in the three-legged race are named Hamill and Lawson. This may be a reference to
Mark Hamilland Denis Lawson, the actors who played Luke Skywalkerand Wedge Antillies, respectively, in the original Star Wars Trilogy.
* Callaghan, Steve. “Holy Crap.” "Family Guy: The Official Episode Guide Seasons 1–3". New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 47–49.
* Delarte, Alonso. “Nitpicking Family Guy: Season 2.” "Bob’s Poetry Magazine" May 2005: 7–8. [http://bobspoetry.com/Bobs02My.pdf http://bobspoetry.com/Bobs02My.pdf]
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