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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 2 - I Dream of Jesus

29 March 2012

Synopsis: The Griffin’s go to a 50s diner and Peter picks up his favourite record Surfin’ Bird by the The Trashmen. He plays is so incessantly that Brian and Stewie destroy it. When trying to replace it he meets Jesus Christ who is working at a record store. Peter encourages Jesus to reveal himself to the world but once he does he forgets about Peter and ends up in jail.

The Good: For once at least Family Guy’s plot actually links the opening scene to the closing scene. So often it irritates me that two plots are featured which have no connection and so lack the time to become memorable. So I was pleased that Surfin’ Bird was the punchline. Whether or not you find Peter’s obsession funny is very subjective but it is very much what his character is all about so I wasn’t bothered.

One or two jokes seem to hit their mark. Peter is a funny character when he does certain surreal things. Here he goes on an old style detective rant which is amusing and then even sillier is his story to top the resurrection: “so me and Cleveland and Joe are wrecked on Southern Comfort right, we know we’re gonna puke but Joe says ‘let’s go see Chronicles of Riddick’ – sat through the whole thing without puking then I get home, wouldn’t you know I lost my glasses.” The idea of saying modern irrelevant things to Jesus is kind of funny here (see Best Joke). I also liked Lois’s comment that “there’s a lot of history here, these 50s diner’s were very popular in the 80s.”

Flashback ratio (good-medium-bad): 0-3-2

The Bad: But seriously if you had Jesus Christ as a guest star on your television show, wouldn’t you do more with him than this? It’s such an anticlimax to see the same old friend leaves Peter behind story that we’ve see before (315 for example). It’s pretty lame and dull stuff.

As for the flashback jokes, they hit a pretty bad low this week. For once they aren’t offensive or annoying just not worth doing. A guy unable to get an erection and Peter needing to go to the toilet are about as basic, childish and pointless as you can get.

Best Joke: There should have been plenty more of these. But for irony I do like Lois saying “Wow Jesus, can you believe you’re going to get to meet Jay Leno?”

The Bottom Line: If it weren’t Jesus this would have been a passable episode. But to have him in the show and do so little with it shows a shocking lack of ambition, forethought and talent.



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