Family Guy: Stewie B. Goode/Bango Was His Name-O/Stu and Stewie's Excellent Adventure (finale)
Diane: In other news, after several grueling days of frightening uncertainty, I finally get my period.
Tom: Well, Diane, I'm sure you and your brother must be devastated by the loss of the two-headed offspring that might have been.
Hey, Bob's cable is out so I told him I'd cover this week's Family Guy review. If you want to fantasize about Bob while reading this I won't be offended. Okay, let's get to it:
Damn, that's a whole lotta Family Guy. Three episodes back to back, which I'm told are the same episodes which comprise the Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story DVD movie. In the first episode, Stewie blows up the lifeguard chair at the pool but gets trapped underneath and has a near death experience in Hell where Steve Allen is present and there's nothing on TV but Who's the Boss? Meanwhile, Peter gets a job on the local news ranting about whatever is on his mind. That is, until Stewie gets drunk and crashes the car.
One thing I noticed is that the video store is called "Lackluster Video," which also happens to be the name of a video store in an episode of Mission Hill. I thought that was a funny coincidence. I also loved Peter as Richard Dawson, grabbing a contestant's boobs on Family Feud. I also liked Stewie's toast to the black man shortly before he crashes the car: "To the black man: Thanks for taking it all in stride." The aside with Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny was pretty clever, too, and I thought they did a pretty decent job of copying Chuck Jones' style.
Moving into the second episode, Stewie sees a man on TV who looks like an older version of himself. Convinced it's his real father, he and Brian join Quagmire on his cross country trip to nail a woman in every state. This episode had some great gags, as well. I liked the man in the electronics store controlling reality as if it were Tivo, and the "Wacky waving inflated arm flailing tube man" commercial cracked me the heck up. I also liked then Peter and Lois try to teach their children how to attract the opposite sex, with Lois going so far as to join Chris in his room to teach him about eating out ... at a fancy restaurant. And yes, Family Guy writers, I did get the Soap reference.
Finally, the third episode, and everything comes full circle. Stewie learns the man is not his father, but himself as an older, time-traveling virgin. Of course, when he finds out he's thirty-five and has never had sex, he sets out to get himself laid. Eventually he learns his older self has become to cautious because of his near-death experience with the lifeguard chair, so he rushes back in time to stop the explosion and kill himself, but not the real "himself." Yeah, time travel on movies and TV always confuses me, too.