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The Old Man and the Big 'C' (Family Guy)

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The Old Man and the Big 'C' (Family Guy)
The episode where Carter's actions made Mr. Burns and Mr. Krabs look generous.
Series: Family Guy
Part of Season: 11
Episode Number: 3
Air Date: November 4, 2012
Writer: Mike Desilets
Anthony Blasucci
Director: Brian Iles
Previous episode: Ratings Guy
Next episode: Yug Ylimaf

The Old Man and the Big 'C'" is the third episode of the eleventh season of Family Guy.


Brian learns that Carter Pewterschmidt's company is keeping the cure for cancer from the public in order to drive up profits; Quagmire reveals a secret.

Why This Episode is Cancer

  1. Carter is at his absolute worst in this episode for when Brian saw him at the hospital diagnosed with cancer and he later acted like he never had cancer, making everyone mad at Brian for thinking he was lying.
    • While it's true that Carter has acted greedy in other episodes before this one, he's never been this cruel.
  2. Later on, when Stewie and Brian investigate, they find out Carter has had a cure for cancer since the year 1999 and has never let it out to the public because it’s "not profitable".
  3. There is a pointless product placement for Starbucks halfway through the episode.
  4. The first act of the episode about how Quagmire is exposed to be bald is rather boring.
  5. The jokes are either unfunny, disturbing, or make no sense at all:
    • Peter takes a dump and reports it to a newspaper.
    • The cutaway with women ordering dessert is really disturbing.
  6. Downright terrible ending: Carter makes a promise to Lois to reveal his cancer antidote to the public but he really made an edible brand of deodorant for the developmentally disabled called 'Slow Stick' instead. And the whole family "praises" him for doing something malicious. This has shown to be Carter's most selfish, monstrous, and devilish act, almost making him Pure Evil, since he is now responsible for millions of deaths via cancer and millions to come in the Family Guy Universe, only thinking about and caring for profit and himself and only giving himself access to the cure. He also causes millions of other people to continue suffering from Cancer while alive, including Jess, the woman Brain would marry in “Married… With Cancer” And to add insult to injury, Carter doesn't get any punishment for his actions, despite committing a serious felony that would wound him up in prison for life.
  7. The episode feels like that the writers of the show were trying too hard to make Carter Pewterschmidt be like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons; Carter can be enjoyable in some episodes he is presented in, albeit being greedy at the same time, but this episode takes it way too far by portraying him as a greedy, mean-spirited and selfish jerk who doesn't care about anyone but himself.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Stewie and Brian are the only likable characters in this episode. It's quite surprising that Brian isn’t written as his usual flanderized persona like he usually is in some of the episodes of the later Family Guy episodes he appears in. So it's nice to have a breath of fresh air to see Brian in the newer seasons of Family Guy not be portrayed as an overly unlikable and scummy narcissistic jerk for once.
  2. The cutaway of Stewie waiting for Lois to get off the phone is relatable.


The episode has a rating of 6.7/10 on IMDb.[1]