"North by North Quahog" is the first episode of season four of Family
Guy, following the revival of the series three years after its
cancellation in 2002. Directed by Peter Shin and written by series
creator Seth MacFarlane, the episode was first broadcast on May 1,
2005, on FOX. In "North by North Quahog", the show's main characters
Peter and Lois Griffin go on a second honeymoon to spice up their
marriage, but are eventually chased by Mel Gibson after Peter steals
the sequel to The Passion of the Christ from Gibson's private hotel
room. Meanwhile, their anthropomorphic dog Brian and their infant son
Stewie take care of their teenage kids Chris and Meg. Family Guy had
been canceled in 2002 due to low ratings, but was revived by FOX after
reruns on Adult Swim became the network's most watched program, and
more than three million DVDs of the show were sold. Much of the plot
and many of the technical aspects of the episode, as well as the title,
are direct parodies of the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock movie North by
Northwest. The episode was watched by 12 million viewers and received a
Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Program (for
Programming Less Than One Hour).
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Roman Emperor Valentinian III killed Aetius in Ravenna.
French Revolution: The National Convention voted to abolish the
monarchy, and proclaimed the First Republic.
The Hundred Days' Reform in China was abruptly terminated when Empress
Dowager Cixi forced the reform-minded Guangxu Emperor into seclusion
and took over the government as regent.
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, a predecessor to The Lord of the Rings,
was first published.
Romanian Prime Minister Armand Călinescu was assassinated in Bucharest
by pro-Nazi members of the Iron Guard.
A 7.6 Mw earthquake struck Jiji, Nantou County, Taiwan, killing 2,416
people, injuring over 11,000 others and causing about NT$300 billion in
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A representation of the sacred asp, symbolising supreme power in
Wikiquote quote of the day:
''I'm guided by a signal in the heavens,
I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
I'm guided by the beauty of
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.
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