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Bonnie Swanson is Joe's calm, soft-spoken wife, and mother of Kevin and Susie Swanson. She had been pregnant from her first appearance in "A Hero Sits Next Door" in season one until "Ocean's Three and a Half" in season seven, when she finally gave birth to a daughter, named Susie (voiced by Patrick Stewart).

Her prolonged pregnancy was pointed out by Peter in the season four episode "Blind Ambition".

Joe temporarily left her in "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking On Air" when he regained the ability to walk. He returned to her when she tried to shoot him to paralyze him. After missing several times, he did it himself.

She was arrested in "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair" after Meg planted a gun in her purse due to Meg's infatuation with Joe which she acquired when Bonnie asked her to look after Joe while she was out of town.

In "Foriegn Affairs", Bonnie goes to Paris with Lois in the hopes of having an affair after feeling neglected by Joe. She nearly leaves Joe for a French man, also in a wheelchair, named Francois. After intervention from Lois, Joe comes to Paris and apologizes for neglecting her before proving his love by walking (although it was actually Quagmire walking, tied to Joe's back). Bonnie reunites with Joe and they return to Quahog.

In "Internal Affairs", Joe cheated on Bonnie, having sex with a female cop named Nora, and they decide to divorce, but Peter and Lois create an atmosphere similar to that of when Joe and Bonnie first met and they make peace.

In "The Heartbreak Dog", Bonnie reveals she planned to do so much in her life but had to put it all down to look after Joe. She confides with Brian about this and they share a passionate kiss in which after they attempt to run off to achieve everything they have dreamed of.

She is voiced by Jennifer Tilly.


  • In "Love Thy Trophy", Lois calls Bonnie "Debbie" after Joe and Cleveland stall the foster parents. Alex Borstein reported she had slipped up when giving the reading and no one noticed. On the UK release date of Family Guy Season 1, the description for "A Hero Sits Next Door", coincidentally makes the same mistake in mentioning Bonnie's name as Debbie.
  • Also in "Love Thy Trophy", Bonnie is shown to become sexually excited while watching her husband lie to strangers.
  • In "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair", it is hinted that Bonnie smuggled cocaine for a man named Ricardo. In the same episode, Bonnie states she'll be back because she really needs to keep getting voiceover checks in order to support her gambling habit, referring to Jennifer Tilly's side career of professional poker.
  • In "And Then There Were Fewer", it was revealed that James Woods punched Bonnie in the throat because she sounds the way she does.
  • Bonnie appears in the special opening of "Valentine's Day in Quahog". She also has a very brief appearance in the uncensored version of "Turban Cowboy" as the guys line up at the airport to make their first skydiving jump.
  • Peter notes that he can see into Bonnie's window from Stewie's room in "Grimm Job", although Stewie picks Lois over Bonnie.
  • At Bonnie's 46th birthday party in "The Heartbreak Dog", she confuses Brian's approach for Joe. When he calls out her name, she reminds "Joe" that he can call her "Bonald" in private, leaving Brian to wonder if that is her real name.


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Griffin/Pewterschmidt Family
Peter Griffin | Lois Griffin | Meg Griffin | Stewie Griffin | Brian Griffin | Chris Griffin | Vinny Griffin | Carter Pewterschmidt | Barbara Pewterschmidt | Nate Griffin

Swanson Family
Joe Swanson | Bonnie Swanson | Kevin Swanson | Susie Swanson

Brown-Tubbs Family
Cleveland Brown | Cleveland Brown Jr. | Donna Tubbs-Brown | Rallo Tubbs | Roberta Tubbs | Robert Tubbs

Recurring Characters
Glenn Quagmire | Tom Tucker | Ollie Williams | Mayor Adam West | John Herbert | James Woods | Joyce Kinney | Tim the Bear | Lester Krinklesac | Carol West | Mort Goldman | Neil Goldman | Angela | Evil Monkey | Kool-Aid Man | Patty | Ruth | Esther

Guest Star Characters
Ida Davis | Darth Stewie | Patty Donner