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Episode 9 - Business Guy

22 March 2012

Synopsis: When Peter finds out that Carter didn’t have a bachelor party he takes him to a strip club. Carter has a heart attack and slips into a coma. Peter assumes control of Pewterschmidt Industries and when Carter awakes he won’t give it back.

The Good: The concept of Peter taking over the family business and running amok is an easy one to enjoy; particularly Peter’s suggestions for new products (see Best Joke). It gives the episode the excuse to be zany and the jokes come at a good clip. Probably the funniest, though obvious, scene was seeing Carter’s video wills which cover every imaginable way he could have died or gone missing.

Dr House’s cameo was also kind of enjoyable. At least they used him in several scenes rather than just a one-off joke. And it allowed Peter to unexpectedly say “Roadhouse” again (a fun call back to 804). Quagmire’s argument with his young hippie self in the mirror was pretty fun too as it fit his character well. Peter referencing Lacey Chabert is quite the in-joke. She was the original Meg and I suppose in the crazy mixed up self referential world of Family Guy, that isn’t a bad line.

Flashback ratio (good-medium-bad): 0-2-1

The Bad:  As you would expect lots of jokes are hurled at the wall and plenty don’t stick. The biggest waste was the parody of The Big Bang Theory. The joke they showcased wasn’t particularly apt or cutting or funny. Which is a shame because previous parodies of Frasier, Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother have all been pretty funny.

The logic hole in the story is quite why Peter is allowed to keep control of the company and push Carter around. If some explanation could have been given for that then it would have made Carter’s humiliation a little more enjoyable. The fact that the plot ended with a Scooby Doo parody made it clear that the writers had knew it was nonsense anyway.

Best Joke: Peter’s new products include “The African American heart monitor” which instead of beeping has a black man’s voice saying “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh he dead.” A nice predictable gag but it is quickly followed by “Jeremy Irons Cereal” which features a dead pan Irons impersonation saying “If you’re looking for marsh mellows, there are none. It’s quite bland I assure you.”

The Bottom Line: A fun episode in many ways, a little effort with the plot and it could have been much better.

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