Boys Do Cry

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"Boys Do Cry"
Family Guy episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 15
Directed by Brian Iles
Written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Production code 5ACX10
Original air date April 29, 2007
Guest appearance(s)

"Boys Do Cry" is the 15th episode of the fifth season of the American animated sitcom Family Guy. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 29, 2007. The episode follows the Griffin family after Lois gets a job as an organist at the local church, and she insists that the rest of the family go to church with her. This eventually leads to Stewie drinking and throwing up the host during a sermon, which causes a mob to form around the Griffin household. In an attempt to prevent the town from supposedly exorcising the devil out of Stewie, the family escape and seek refuge in Texas.

It was written by series regular Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and directed by Brian Iles. The episode received generally mixed reviews from critics for its storyline and many cultural references. According to Nielsen ratings, it was viewed in 8.13 million homes in its original airing. The episode featured guest performances by Drew Barrymore, Bill Engvall, Gilbert Gottfried and Camilla Stull, along with several recurring guest voice actors for the series. "Boys Do Cry" was released on DVD along with four other episodes from the season on October 21, 2008.


Lois gets a job as the new organist at the local church, which causes her to force her family to start attending mass on Sundays. After Stewie mistakes Communion wine for punch, he drinks too much and throws it up, leading the citizens of Quahog to believe Stewie is possessed by Satan. When the priest wants to exorcise him, aided by everyone in town, the Griffin family escapes to Lois' sister Carol's house in Texas. Upon arriving at the home, Peter fits in well with the cowboys, but Brian is disgusted by the bigotry of the local residents. Stewie, disguised as a girl to protect his identity, begins using the name "Stephanie Griffin" and, after being convinced by Lois, enters a "Little Miss Texan" beauty pageant. Meanwhile, as part of an initiation into an after-school club, Meg and Chris sneak into George W. Bush's Crawford ranch to steal a pair of his underwear.

Lois soon hears that the search for Stewie has ended, but, since she was hoping to instill "new moral values" in her family she neglects to mention it is okay to go home. Later, before attending the beauty pageant that Stewie had entered, Brian finds out about the town calling off the search, from his girlfriend Jillian back in Quahog, and at the pageant tells Lois, who says she knows, which horrifies Brian. Meanwhile, after branding a cow, things turn worse when Peter reveals that he is mentally retarded. The men with him, who explain that Texas "executes the retarded," tie him to an electric chair, in an attempt to put him to death, but he is soon rescued by his trusty horse, revealed to be voiced by Gilbert Gottfried. Back at the pageant, Stewie manages to win, but when his wig falls off during the crowning ceremony, the audience labels him as a "queer-o-sexual" and tries to rush the stage. The family is able to escape on the back of Gottfried, and return home to Quahog. The episode ends with Lois telling Peter to embrace their lives, while Peter says that people should be careful what they watch, and not become religious with it, while breaking the fourth wall.


A woman looking up at the camera.
Drew Barrymore provided the voice of Jillian.

The episode was written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and was directed by Brian Iles, in each of their respective first episodes for the series.[1] Series regulars Peter Shin and James Purdum served as supervising directors. Chevapravatdumrong was also one of the executive story editors working in the episode, the other one being Patrick Meighan.[1]

"Boys Do Cry", along with the four other episodes from Family Guy's fifth season, were released on a three-disc DVD set in the United States on October 21, 2008. The sets included brief audio commentaries by Seth MacFarlane and various crew and cast members, a collection of deleted scenes, a special mini-feature which discussed the process behind animating "100th Episode Special", and a mini-feature entitled Family Guy Live.[2]

The episode featured a guest performance by a cancer patient, Camilla Stull, who had wanted to do a voice on the show.[3] She provided two lines for one of the competing pageant contestants. Stull has since died from the disease, but is still "immortalized" in the episode.[3] In addition to Stull and the regular cast, actress Drew Barrymore, actor Bill Engvall and comedian Gilbert Gottfried guest starred in the episode.[1] Recurring voices include Lori Alan, Alex Breckenridge, writer Kirker Butler, voice actor Chris Cox, actor Ralph Garman, writer Mark Hentemann, writer Danny Smith, writer Alec Sulkin, writer John Viener, and actor Adam West.[1]

Cultural references

Former President George W. Bush was heavily referenced in the episode.

As auditions for the church organist begin, several people begin playing songs; Seamus plays Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire", Herbert plays The Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like", and Jake Tucker plays "William Tell Overture".[4] On the highway, a girl in a red convertible flirts with Peter in the other lane, a reference to a similar scene in the 1983 film National Lampoon's Vacation. Once the family arrives in Texas, the Griffins are presented with a needle-point of actor Chuck Norris.[4][5] Peter goes on to tell a joke about Norris, who suddenly appears and punches Brian with a fist hidden beneath his beard.[4][5] The next day, as Chris and Meg attempt to join a club at school, they are required to retrieve a pair of then-current President George W. Bush's underwear from his ranch in Crawford, Texas.[5] Once inside, the two walk past several portraits of Bush with various leaders, including Ronald Reagan, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and the Super Devil.[4] The scene in which Chris presents Bush's underwear to the club mimics a similar scene from Sixteen Candles. When Stewie's wig falls off at the Little Miss Texas Pageant, one of the audience members shouts "It's Enrico Palazzo!", a reference to the film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. In the closing scene of the episode, Peter begins criticizing parents for letting their children watch shows like Family Guy, and ultimately breaks the fourth wall by looking at the viewer immediately afterward.[4]


In a slight decrease from the previous week, the episode was viewed in 8.13 million homes in its original airing, according to Nielsen ratings, in the United States. The episode also acquired a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, tying with The Simpsons, in addition to significantly winning over American Dad!, in both rating and total viewership.[6]

In a review of the episode, Brett Love of TV Squad noted that the episode "had its moments, but there were some pretty big breaks between them." Love also thought that Lois getting a job as an organist was "a nice way to go, because it does fit in well with what we already know about her."[4] Ahsan Haque of IGN said that the episode was "very stale and tired" with "very few funny moments," and that "Lois wanting a more wholesome ethical lifestyle could have worked, but the execution failed miserably." Overall, Haque noted that the episode was "a serious disappointment on many levels." The "lack of laughs, poor pacing, and lack of judgment really hurt," rating the episode as a 4 out of 10.[5]


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  3. 1 2 MacFarlane, Seth (October 21, 2008). Family Guy Volume Six Audio Commentary (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
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  5. 1 2 3 4 Haque, Ahsan. "Family Guy: "Boys Do Cry" Review". IGN. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  6. "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. Retrieved October 5, 2012.

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