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"Mind Over Murder"
Family Guy episode
Peter running his bar in the basement.
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 4
Written by Neil Goldman
Garrett Donovan
Directed by Roy Allen Smith
Production no. 1ACX03
Original airdate April 25, 1999
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"Mind Over Murder" is an episode of Family Guy from season one. It guest-stars Alex Rocco as the masculine woman and Leslie Uggams as herself. The episode title is a take on the saying "mind over matter."



Stewie is in terrible pain from teething and cannot find comfort anywhere. When Lois tells him that his pain will ultimately pass, it gives him the idea to build a machine that will move time forward to the point where his teething will have already stopped; he plans to call it a "Time Machine". Meanwhile, Lois tells Peter to drive Chris to his soccer game and he does. He finds Quagmire at the game, who has bought beer, so Peter decides to ignore Lois and stay at the game. While there, a man insults Chris for his playing ability. When Peter tries to make him apoligize, he still insults him and spills Peter's beer, so Peter angrily punches him in the face, only to find out that he is a pregnant woman who looks and sounds like a man.

Peter is put under house arrest for assault and soon finds that he misses his friends. Peter has a vision of the Pawtucket Patriot from his beer bottle label and opens a bar in his basement so that his friends can come to visit and hang out with him (this may be a reference to the 1989 drama Field of Dreams). It isn't long before the basement bar becomes a local hotspot. When Lois discovers this, she’s upset, but then she gets a chance to sing on stage before an adoring crowd. One of the songs first heard at Ye Old(e) Pube is "You'll Never Know." As she savors the spotlight over the next few days, Peter becomes increasingly uncomfortable with all the attention she's getting, especially from the male patrons.

After being told his wife is 'hot', Peter demands she quit singing, but she refuses. Peter is also cornered by the neglected wives of his bar's patrons, and invites them to drag their husbands out. Later, Stewie’s time machine plans are discovered, causing him to panic about the breach of security. Soon after, the wives storm the bar and Lois tells them how she only wants to feel appreciated and special, something all the other women relate to. Meanwhile Quagmire accidentally starts a blaze.

Upstairs, Stewie takes drastic measures to protect the plans, programming machine to go back in time before his plans were actually drawn. In the bar, Peter and Lois have a heart to heart, not noticing the bar is burning. As they try to escape the stairs become blocked and they are trapped. Meanwhile, Stewie reverses time just as Peter is having an epiphany about how poorly he treats Lois and seconds before the basement bar goes up in flames. All travel back in time, up to when Lois asks Peter to take Chris to the game, when he's getting ready to, Peter trips on and destroys the time machine. Now he is unable to take Chris to soccer, thus he will not knock out the soccer mom, be confined to house arrest and build the ill fated bar. This also means he still doesn't realize how neglected Lois feels.

Without his Time Machine, Stewie is left to suffer with teething pain, with his two talking teeth waging a war against each other - but shortly after discovering they can't move decide to bite his tongue instead.


In his 2008 review, Ahsan Haque of IGN praised the episode, emphasizing the "integration between the random jokes and the storyline", as opposed to later episodes. However, he pointed out, that the "one-dimensional" nature of Stewie's character is "starting to show".[1]


  • Callaghan, Steve. “Mind Over Murder.” Family Guy: The Official Episode Guide Seasons 1–3. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 26–29.

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Preceded by
Chitty Chitty Death Bang
Family Guy (season 1) Succeeded by
A Hero Sits Next Door

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