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When You Wish Upon a Weinstein
Peter attempts to convert Chris to Judaism so he will become better at math.

Season: 3 Episode: 22
Total Episode Count: 50
Prod. no.: 2ACX05
First Aired: November 9, 2003 on Adult Swim
December 10, 2004 on FOX

Guest Starring: Peter Riegert, Mark Hamill, Ben Stein
Featuring: Peter Griffin, Chris Griffin, Max Weinstein
Also Appearing: Lois, Meg, Stewie, Brian, Glenn Quagmire, Cleveland Brown, Jim Kaplan, Optimus Prime, Brides of Christ, Herschel & Mordecai, Mrs. Wilson, Midge, Indiana Jones, Penguin, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lenny Kravitz, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Woody Allen, Louis Farrakhan, Sinbad, Ed McMahon, Tony Robbins
Musical Numbers: I Need a Jew

Director: Dan Povenmire

Assistant Director: Sarah Frost
Writers: Ricky Blitt
Storyboarders: Aldin Baroza, Jeff Stewart, Patrick Gleeson


Peter gives Lois’ “rainy day fund” to a scam artist selling volcano insurance. On that same night Stewie breaks Meg’s glasses, because he hates being watched while he sleeps, and so Lois tells Peter that he needs to recover the money to buy their daughter a new pair of glasses. Depressed by his financial woes, Peter is interested when Quagmire and Cleveland describe great financial successes attained after hiring men with Jewish-sounding names and decides that he needs a Jew to handle his money.


When a Jewish man named Max Weinstein has car trouble outside the Griffin house, Peter takes it as a sign and after a foot chase, Peter pressures Max into helping him get the emergency money back. Max later recovers the money from the scammer. After accompanying Max to synagogue and inviting him over for dinner, Peter comes to the conclusion that Chris would get better grades and be more successful if he converted to Judaism.

He secretly drives Chris to Las Vegas, Nevada for a quick Bar Mitzvah after Lois displays objection to his idea. She finds out from Brian where Chris and Peter have gone by torturing him with a dog whistle. She arrives just in time to stop the ceremony. A crowd, angry that Lois is apparently insulting their religion, chases the Griffins until they escape onto a bus which is full of nuns who are not happy about Peter’s straying from Catholicism.

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