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Family Guy is an animated comedy about the dysfunctional Griffin family. Head of the house is lazy drunk Peter, married to Lois, with dim son Chris, unattractive daughter Meg, evil genius baby Stewie and talking dog Brian. FOX 1999-???


Episode 5 - Lois Kills Stewie (2)

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Lois tells the story of her return to Quahog after Stewie killed her. Stewie takes Brian hostage and takes control of the CIA power grid, making him leader of the world. Lois tracks him down and she and Peter kill him in the White House. It’s then revealed that it was just a simulation after all.

The Good: The plot is an enjoyable one, as we finally see what would happen if Stewie took over the world. Taking Brian hostage and then making laws from the White House are all pretty entertaining.

Rather than normal “flashback” jokes, most of the humour comes directly from the surreal story and is pretty good. There are several celebrity digs which are fun or original with William Defoe hiding under Stewie’s bed, Rob Sneider in the shower and Tom Cruise’s dubious behaviour.

Stewie forcing Brian at gunpoint to mock Joe is really funny. It’s classic Family Guy writing as Joe’s reactions are the opposite of what you would expect. With each offensive taunt Joe simply responds with calm, ignorant, kindness which is unexpected and hilarious.

Lois’ year away from Quahog has several fun moments. Starting with the reverse Merman who she pushes over leaving him flapping like a fish. Then she goes to a weight loss camp (Camp Putdowndaforka) before going to a White Supremecist meeting (“Fred is allergic to peanuts. Peanuts and Jews!”). Of the more traditional flashback jokes Stewie sets up an amusing parody when he points out how bad Disney sequels can be. “Look at this Aladdin 4: Jafar may need glasses.” Peter stealing film lines at the end is a nice touch too.

I have no problem with the whole two part story being a simulation. The Simpsons pioneered Halloween episodes and other ways to show the future without it having to effect the show’s formula. And I see this as no different.

Flashback ratio (good-medium-bad): 1-1-1

The Bad: The worst thing about this episode is the three minute fight scene which is only as entertaining as you think cartoon blood and guts with no consequences are. If it happened less often in the show I might have less of an issue with it. But it has become a crutch for the animators and has never been funny since the original fight scene between Peter and a man in a chicken suit. The key to that being funny was how unexpected it was. Since then these fight scenes have been terribly dull and predictable.

Best Joke: Joe is doing a house by house search for Stewie, asking everyone if they have seen him. He arrives at the Fortress of Solitude and Superman’s maid says he is not in. Joe keeps asking her to take the picture of Stewie and she keeps insisting in basic English that Superman isn’t here and she has no money before closing the door. It’s such a funny scene, both as a real-life parody and for the surreal picture it presents. The maid’s voice and look are spot on.

The Bottom Line: Being the hundredth episode (technically this is 101) and the culmination of a long developed internal story, you sense the extra effort put into this. The jokes seem sharper and funnier than usual. The main change from a normal episode though is that the plot is focussed and drives forward creating jokes naturally rather than forcing them in. A really entertaining episode.



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