Season four of Family Guy aired mostly in 2005. "North by North Quahog" was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour). Following are titles, original air dates and recaps for Family Guy season four episodes.
"When You Wish Upon a Weinstein"
Original Air Date: December 10, 2004
When Peter, who's always been bad with money, squanders family funds on volcano insurance, he seeks out a financial guru. Bob Denver and Tina Louise have voice cameos as their Gilligan's Island characters, Gilligan and Ginger.
"North by North Quahog"
Original Air Date: May 1, 2005
Peter and Lois battle Mel Gibson (not voiced by Gibson himself) over their idea for an action-thriller sequel to The Passion of the Christ. They end up in a parody of "North by Northwest" that takes them to Cape Cod, a Manhattan luxury hotel and, of course, Mount Rushmore. Back in Quahog, Brian and Stewie chaperone Chris's prom.
"Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High"
Original Air Date: May 8, 2005
Chris has a crush on his sultry new English teacher (guest voice Drew Barrymore) and she has an indecent proposal for him. Brian's on the faculty as well, and is encouraging his troubled students to strive for the bottom.
Original Air Date: May 15, 2005
After Quagmire is credited with saving a woman's life, Peter vows to do something memorable as well. Guest voices include Judd Hirsch (as himself), Gina Gershon (a police officer) and Gary Cole (a security guard).
"Don't Make Me Over"
Original Air Date: June 5, 2005
Peter, Joe, Quagmire and Cleveland form a rock band, but it's Meg who looks like the one who'll make it in the music business. All it took was a makeover at the mall. Gene Simmons has a voice cameo as himself.
"The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire"
Original Air Date: June 12, 2005
Peter and Brian set out to help Cleveland get his manhood back after they catch his wife in bed with Quagmire. Guest voices include Macho Man Randy Savage as himself.
Original Air Date: June 19, 2005
Peter takes a test for a genius grant and flunks it, to say the least. As his doctor tells him, "You are just over the line of mental retardation." Guest voices include Gary Cole, Michael York and Cloris Leachman.
"Brian the Bachelor"
Original Air Date: June 26, 2005
The Bachelorette comes to Quahog looking for contestants, and Brian and Quagmire are selected. Meanwhile, Chris makes friends with a pimple of his (which can talk) and he names it Doug. Jessica Biel plays the Bachelorette. Dr. Drew (Celebrity Rehab) also guests.
"8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter"
Original Air Date: July 10, 2005
Peter runs up a huge tab at Mort Goldman's pharmacy, and settles it by selling Meg to Mort, whose nerdy son Neil has a crush on her. Of course, Meg can't stand Neil. Meanwhile, the Griffins search for a babysitter for Stewie.
"Breaking Out Is Hard to Do"
Original Air Date: July 17, 2005
Lois turns into a kleptomaniac and soon finds herself in jail, which leaves the Griffin household in more disarray than usual. The family plans a prison break. And as the plot unfolds, Peter takes up sumo wrestling.
Original Air Date: July 24, 2005
One-time Miss Teen Rhode Island Lois fulfills her dream of becoming a model. It's a thrill (and diet pill) ride for her. But not for Peter. Meanwhile, Brian's suffering from worms but can't afford the medication to cure it, so he turns to Stewie, who hires him to work on his pyramid scheme.
"Peter's Got Woods"
Original Air Date: September 11, 2005
Peter and guest star James Woods become fast friends when Woods shows up in Quahog. He's in town because of a suggestion to re-name James Woods High School after Martin Luther King Jr., a request from Meg's black history teacher, who's dating Brian. Adam West guest stars.
Original Air Date: September 18, 2005
Peter, Joe, Cleveland and Quagmire are lost at sea for months. Happily they're rescued, but Peter's return home has a very unhappy surprise. Adam Carolla provides the voice of Death.
Original Air Date: September 25, 2005
Chris, a victim of freshman hazing in high school, runs away to South America. Meanwhile, Peter gets a job in a brewery. One of the perks is free beer, and Peter reacts to it predictably. Carrie Fisher provides the voice of his supervisor, Angela. Other voices include Jay Mohr and Adam West.
Original Air Date: November 6, 2005
When a "trouser malfunction" at the Emmy Awards leads to an FCC crackdown on TV, Peter fights back by starting his own unexpurgated station, PTV. But then Lois fights back against Peter's "inappropriate shows," and the FCC joins the fray. Meanwhile, Stewie finds Osama bin Laden.
"Brian Goes Back to College"
Original Air Date: November 13, 2005
After getting fired from his writing job at the "New Yorker" because he lacks a college degree, Brian re-enrolls at Brown. Stewie comes along to keep him company. Meanwhile, Peter, Cleveland, Joe and Quagmire enter a costume competition at an '80s-TV convention as "The A-Team," then decide to become their own A-Team to "rid the world of injustice and evil."
"The Courtship of Stewie's Father"
Original Air Date: November 20, 2005
Stewie has been taking out his aggressions on Lois, and she decides that the reason is because he isn't close enough to his father, so she orders them to bond. They finally succeed at Disney World. Carrie Fisher provides the voice of Angela, Peter's boss at the Pawtucket Brewery.
Original Air Date: November 27, 2005
Lois discovers that she has a brother. He's a patient in a mental institution, but he doesn't seem unusual--at first. Meanwhile, Peter's doctor tells him he's overweight, and Peter decides to do something about it: He forms the National Association for the Advancement of Fat People. Guest star Robert Downey, Jr.
"The Father, Son and the Holy Fonz"
Original Air Date: December 18, 2005
Peter's very devout father browbeats his son about his lack of religion, so Peter starts his own church: The First United Church of the Fonz. Meanwhile, Stewie is baptized with tainted holy water and gets poisoned, so he must be quarantined in a germ-free environment. Charles Durning guest stars.
"Brian Sings and Swings"
Original Air Date: January 8, 2006
After being hit by a car driven by Peter, a depressed Brian teams up on stage with Frank Sinatra Jr. (who provides his own voice) in a Quahog bar. Soon, Stewie joins in and a new Rat Pack is born. Meanwhile, Meg decides that she's a lesbian.
Original Air Date: January 29, 2006
Peter's broken-field run to the bathroom at his high-school reunion so impresses New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (who provides his own voice) that the next thing Peter knows, he's a Patriot, too. Meanwhile, it's Carol Channing vs. Mike Tyson on Fox's "Celebrity Boxing," and Brian places a losing bet on the bout with bookie Stewie, who demands quick payment. Or else.
"I Take Thee, Quagmire"
March 13, 2006
Peter wins the services of a maid for a week on a game show, but Quagmire wins her heart. Seriously. This isn't his usual lechery; he's in love. Meanwhile, Lois decides that it's time to wean Stewie. Pat Sajak, Alex Trebek and Bryan Cranston have voice cameos as themselves.
"Sibling Rivalry "
March 27, 2006
Before having a vasectomy, Peter has one last fling at the sperm bank. The result: Stewie's equally diabolical half brother Bertram (voice of Wallace Shawn). Soon, their epic battle for playground dominance begins. Meanwhile, Peter has given up sex, and Lois uses food to compensate.
April 10, 2006
When cabbie Brian gets a $400 parking ticket, he decides that Mayor West (voice of Adam West) is corrupt and sets out to expose him. This doesn't sit well with Meg, who is the mayor's new intern. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois decide to write songs for a talent show, so they smoke some marijuana for "inspiration."
April 24, 2006
Peter writes dirty novels and his father-in-law, Carter Pewterschmidt, decides to publish them---sort of. But then Carter's sued and loses everything, so he moves in with Peter and Lois, whereupon Peter tries to teach him to be a regular guy. When that doesn't work, they decide to go for the riches by any means necessary. Betty White has a voice cameo as herself.
"You May Now Kiss the...Uh...Guy Who Receives"
May 1, 2006
Brian's gay cousin Jasper arrives for a visit and announces that he's marrying his boyfriend, and Brian offers them the use of the Griffin house for the wedding. But Mayor West (voice of Adam West), who's facing an impeachment campaign and looking for a diversion, decides to ban gay marriage in Quahog. Meanwhile, a girl Chris likes takes him to an after-school Republican club; and Stewie kidnaps Matthew McConaughey. Voice of Bernice by Wanda Sykes.
May 8, 2006
While building a multiplex theater in his backyard (don't ask why), Peter digs up a Native American skull. Soon the house is haunted and Stewie's on "the other side." But the ghosts don't go away after Lois goes over to the other side, too, and brings Stewie back. Carrot Top and Jim J. Bullock have voice cameos as themselves. Voice of Death by Adam Carolla.
"Untitled Griffin Family History"
May 15, 2006
While holed up in the attic during a burglary, Peter gives his account of Griffin family history ("Everything started with the big bang..."). Fast-forward to caveman days, when Peter invented the wheel. And in biblical times, Moses Griffin led the Israelites to freedom. But it's Meg who finds a way to get rid of the burglars.
"Stewie B. Goode/Bango Was His Name-O/Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure"
May 22, 2006
Three Stewie-centric episodes. First, a near-death experience drives him to become nice. Next, he and Brian head for California to search for the man Stewie's convinced is his real father. And finally, he travels 35 years into the future, and doesn't like what he finds: his adult self. Voice cameos include Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley and Tori Spelling in their Beverly Hills, 90210 roles, and Noel Blanc, the son of longtime cartoon voice Mel Blanc, as Elmer Fudd.