Episode 9 - The Juice Is Loose
30 July 2009
Synopsis: Peter finds a winning raffle ticket from 1989 which he never cashed in. It entitles him to a free round of golf with OJ Simpson. They become friends and Peter wants everyone to get to know the real OJ so that they will like him as he does.
The Good: One joke worked.
Flashback ratio (good-medium-bad): 1-1-2
The Bad: I need to come up with a formula for what’s wrong with Family Guy, so I don’t waste your time each week. Ok how about this: Bad Plot + Time Wasting + Offensive Jokes + Incoherence = Family Guy?
First we had Jesus (702), then Hitler (703), now OJ Simpson. And yet there isn’t a hint of genuine funny satire with any of these “guest stars.” In fact it takes nine of the precious twenty two minutes to even bring OJ into the story. And what do we get? He seems like a normal guy and then he stabs some people. That’s it. No other OJ specific jokes come out of his behaviour. Brian even throws in a link to OJ being Peter’s childhood hero but that is not the focus of the story at all.
And the musical interludes are beyond the pale here. We get Conway Twitty once more (513, 607) for almost three unbearable minutes. I don’t care if it was Mozart, the Beatles or Nirvanah it has nothing to do with the show or the story. It isn’t a joke, it’s just time wasting. Then we get a practically jokeless operatic retelling of the OJ story and a pointless montage of Peter walking around to “Dust in the Wind.” It’s getting insulting to the audience to showcase the writers lack of interest in entertaining us.
Throw in another mean dig at Michael J Fox, some more pointless fighting and vomiting and a dumb beaver joke which makes no sense and no jokes.
Best Joke: Brian farting himself awake. When they make Brian behave like a normal dog it is usually pretty funny. They tap into universally observed canine behaviour and by putting a human voice to them they are instantly amusing.
The Bottom Line: What’s the point of this? OJ stabbing people at the end is about the laziest, dumbest, most obvious end to this. This show is insulting its viewer’s intelligence.
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