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"Meet the Quagmires"
Family Guy episode
Glenn and Lois Quagmire, and their children.
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 18
Written by Mark Hentemann
Directed by Dan Povenmire

Chris Robertson

Production no. 5ACX13
Original airdate May 20, 2007
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"Meet the Quagmires" is the eighteenth and final episode of the fifth season of the FOX animated series Family Guy. It aired on May 20, 2007. 9.1 million watched on its first run. The episode is a take-off of the Back to the Future series of movies and includes several references to the films.



After hearing Quagmire brag about his sexual exploits, Peter feels that he has missed out on enjoying the single lifestyle. Death is summoned to The Drunken Clam on a false alarm, and he grants Peter's wish by sending him (along with Brian) back to 1984 for one night.[1] Appearing to others as his 18-year-old self, Peter cancels his scheduled movie date to see Zapped! (which actually came out in 1982, not 1984) with Lois Pewterschmidt, instead accepting an invitation from Cleveland to go and party at a bar. Peter enjoys the evening, and is making out with actress Molly Ringwald when Death appears to return him to the present. Back in the present day, Peter discovers that his past actions have had drastic effects on the world: he and Molly have been married for 20 years; Lois is married to Quagmire; Al Gore is president instead of George W. Bush; Chris, Meg, and Stewie have Quagmire's chin, nose, and mannerisms; Dick Cheney, who is just known as the chairman of Halliburton, has just shot dead Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove, and Tucker Carlson, and Chevy Chase is the host of The Tonight Show.[2] Brian explains to Peter that by missing out on his date with Lois and making out with Molly, he altered the time line.

Over Brian's objections about leaving the "perfect" world, Peter begs Death to return him to the past so he can undo his mistake. Back in the past, Peter is determined to accept Lois' invitation, but repeatedly blows his opportunity several times, and ends up repeatedly asking Death for a do-over. When Peter finally gets it right, he forgets a few hours later and parties with Cleveland instead of keeping the date. He asks Death for another chance but Death, fed up with Peter's continued blunders, tells him that he will have to fix the problem on his own.

When Peter tries to apologize the next day, Lois is still upset with Peter for missing their date, revealing that the ticket to a country club dance she intended to give to him at the movie has been given to Quagmire at some point. Peter and Brian sneak into the country club dance to prevent the kiss that caused Lois to fall in love with Quagmire. They sneak in through the vent and talk about making the movie Die Hard before it is released. After Lois stubbornly informs Peter that he'd had his chance and blown it, Peter almost gives up, and Brian notices Chris, Stewie, and Meg disappearing from a family picture, indicating that they have fallen off the plane of existence. Peter then demonstrates his passion by punching out Quagmire and kissing Lois, showing that he cares deeply for her and thus wins back her heart. He asks her to marry him, and she accepts. Afterward, Peter and Brian return to present day where they find that life is seemingly back to normal — until Roger from American Dad! appears, asking the Griffins "Who ate all the Pecan Sandies?".

Pop culture references

Roger Smith's line at the end of this episode is a reference to a line he said early in the American Dad! pilot episode, asking Francine Smith if she bought Pecan Sandies while she was out shopping.

The song Brian is singing at the country club is "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley, released in 1987. The song became an Internet hit by way of the Rickrolling meme.

During the initial airing and subsequent reruns of this episode, some local channels affiliated with Fox and The CW broadcast the episode with Quagmire's line, "It's okay... it's just my penis," being changed to, "it's just my wang."

The song that was played in the club was Axel F, from the movie Beverly Hills Cop, which was released at the same year.

The suit Cleveland wore in the club was the exact same suit Michael Jackson used in the music video for Thriller.

The song that played as young Lois walked around the pool was Kenny Loggins' Mr. Night[3], notable for its being a reference to the pool scene in the 1980 movie Caddyshack.


Ahsan Haque of IGN gave the episode a positive review, writing that it had "a great storyline and the right combination of irrelevant and relevant jokes", and grading it 8.4 out of 10.[4] Brett Love of TV Squad called the episode "solid", and praised the scenes set in 1984 and the alternate world. He graded "Meet the Quagmires" 5 out of 7.[5]


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Preceded by
It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One
Family Guy Episodes Followed by
Blue Harvest


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