Episode 15 - Burning Down the Bayit
7 March 2012
Synopsis: Mort's pharmacy is in financial trouble and so Peter and Quagmire offer to help. When conventional methods fail they burn down the pharmacy for the insurance money. Joe returns from vacation and offers to look into the incident to make sure Mort isn't being targeted.
The Good: Joe laughing at his own jokes always makes me smile.
Flashback ratio (good-medium-bad): 0-2-5
The Bad: This was a fairly straightforward insurance fraud story. In that sense it wasn't as annoying as some episodes can be but it was just as pointless. Peter and Quagmire have no reason to risk their freedom to help Mort and so the whole idea was basically nonsense. Then Joe discovers the truth and we get a stitched together story blaming insurance companies for everything so that our characters can go back to normal. Great.
The majority of the jokes were poor. As usual we sat through a bunch of jokes without punch lines such as Robocop on his day off or Scott Bakula looking at Quagmire through a mirror. Then we got treated to some very basic Jewish guys like money and aren't athletic gags. A bus crash killed a bunch of children, Quagmire gushed blood from a head wound and throw in an abortion joke and the writers hit their quota of distasteful moments too.
Best Joke: I'm not familiar with East Coast pharmacies but I got the gist of the long list of items being sold there that have little to do with medicine. I am however very familiar with the text conversation about dinner plans which was a very funny sequence. Not only was it a well written recognition of the irritating back and forth but it fit the plot perfectly as a juvenile distraction method.
The Bottom Line: Lazy, dull and pointless.
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