Padre de Familia

Synopsis: Peter becomes intensely patriotic and turns his attention to illegal immigrants. When he discovers he was born in Mexico he has to work as an illegal immigrant. He ends up working for Mr Pewterschmidt who treats his workers very badly.

The Good: This feels more like a season one story, where the characters get immersed in an issue before going back to normal. This is a good thing as the plot moves swiftly and logically and ends in a satisfying way.

At each stage of the story we get passable jokes too. Peter’s patriotism develops at a parade with some fun jokes about John McCain and veterans (including partying, obnoxious veterans who didn’t get injured and a float with black children labelled “Veterans of Future Wars”). Then once he turns his anger on immigrants we get a fun cameo from Michael McDonald (singing everything they say) and a clip from “Fast Dave” (replacing Speedy Gonzalez). As Peter looks to get immigrant work we get an amusing scene of him impersonating a Hispanic motel cleaner (“Housekeeping? Housekeeping?”

Finally Peter goes to work for Lois’ father (see Comic Highlight) and suffers with the other Mexicans before he learns to sympathise with them. It’s a pleasant end to the story and we can see that Peter hasn’t really changed (as he says “Eh, Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees, look at these”). It makes sense that he hasn’t really changed because we know his life is going back to normal and next week he will have to be bigoted once more for the show’s formula to function.

The flashback jokes are more miss than hit, though the “original” ending to Dirty Dancing is pretty funny.

Flashback ratio (good-medium-bad): 1-3-2

The Bad: The worst of the flashback jokes is Peter killing some children in a joke about Mary Poppins. He follows the accident by vomiting on them and crying which is gratuitous and not funny.

Best Joke: A Mexican guy starts flirting with Meg “I would love to feel your moustache on my moustache.” She says “Well there’s a lot more body hair where that came from.” He swiftly replies. “Oh well then no thank you”

The Bottom Line: A fun story with plenty of good jokes flowing from it. Fun to watch.

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