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Family Guy: Stewie Loves Lois (season premiere)

by Brett Love, posted Sep 11th 2006 7:19AM
Family Guy - Robin(S06E01) Family Guy is back, and it's like they never left. That could just be because of my penchant for watching adult swim every night before bed though. Anyway... the episode kicks off with a newscast. We find out that Quahog is suffering from a flu epidemic. After cutting to Trisha, who is puking in the toilet, they send it back to Robin Hood, Boy Wonder. And that kicks off our theme for the night, a series of retro gags. Robin arrives on the scene where a group of girls in a car are teetering on the edge of a cliff. Upon seeing Robin come to their rescue, they're unimpressed. There is a no cell service joke about him being useless, but I thought it would have been funnier if he kicked them over the edge.

Family Guy - naked PeterPeter schemes to get a flu shot even though there is a room full of elderly people that need them. He also drops a reference to Frampton Comes Alive, which was indeed a monster. See, retro. After the shot, the Dr. Hartman notices that Peter hasn't yet had a prostate exam. Peter flashes back to a college exam and it ends with him running out of the building to Kenny Loggins' I'm Free from the Footloose soundtrack. Not knowing what a prostate exam is, Peter freaks out and runs home naked, crying all the way. Peter thinks he's been raped and goes off the deep end. So much so that he is sleeping with a pillow strapped over his butt.

In the other storyline for the episode, a dog runs off with Rupert while Stewie is playing in the sandbox, pondering ways to take Lois out. "You want some of this, Maury Po-Bitch?" Lois saves Rupert which prompts Stewie to flash to a very creepy scene with Stewart and Rupert, as a bear head on a chiseled mans body, frolicking on the beach. Back home, Lois has fixed Rupert, and that earns Stewie's undying love and devotion.

Down at the Clam, it turns out that Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe have also "felt the cold finger of injustice" on their "insidey parts." Peter vows to get revenge, using about six different references to ass. Back home Peter makes a reference to the folks you meet "in those Louisiana swamps", which isn't really funny, but does feature Kermit, so it fits with the retro gag theme.

Family Guy - Sabado Gigante Lois is reveling in the lovey Stewie attention. Stewie even compliments her sense of humor. "It is so hard to find funny women, and you are hilarious. You're like a female Bonny Hunt." Then while arguing with Brian he slips into speaking spanish. Apparently because he fell asleep watching Sabado Gigante. The new Stewie starts to wear a little thin with Lois. She goes to bed and on the TV we have Native American What's Happening.

At the courthouse Peter relates the story of Dr. Hartman violating him, complete with creepy black and white flashbacks. The judge thinks back to his exam and remembers it as taking place on a pirate ship where Dr. Hartman attacks him, so he sides with Peter and Hartman loses his license.

Lois begins to dream about putting Stewie in the washing machine and slamming his head to kill him. "I'm like that Texas woman who gave her son brain damage by holding him under water... I'm just like Barbara Bush!" Stewie comes in and tells Lois that he won them Eddie Money tickets, which prompts Brian to make a Sulu reference.

Unfortunately for Peter, his frequent urination suggests he might actually have a prostate problem. And no doctor will see him. Not even Star Trek's Dr. McCoy. And as he is bent over in front of McCoy, Sulu walks by "Hellooooo". Lois decides to put her foot down and just ignore Stewie, even when he complains that he is dying, "What is this, a Tommy Lee pool party?" When he falls down the stairs she scoops him up and promises to never ignore him again, but Stewie is having none of it. Evil Stewie is back.

Peter goes to see Dr. Hartman, to get him to look at his prostate. He gets the exam and decides that it's just an infection, and a blockage of some sort. "What the devil is that?" And then we hear Sulu again, "Helloooo." And we close up the night with the Family Guy version of the All In The Family closing credits, to tie up our retro theme. Not the best episode of Family Guy ever, but a solid start to the season.

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That is true that the whole show is based on gags, especially retro gags (with the most basic of stories used to tie to all together), but the last episode was a bit more than usual.

To be honest, I feel more satisfied watching American Dad. I had one good laugh during Family Guy, but it's starting to feel more like the Chinese takeaway of TV comedy.

September 11 2006 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't laugh once, not even a chuckle.

September 11 2006 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wait, wait, wait...The theme for this episode was RETRO GAGS? Surely you meant to write that the theme for the SERIES is retro gags. It's not like last nights episode was the RARE exception...

September 11 2006 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if George Takei is starting to regret "coming out" a few months ago...?

September 11 2006 at 7:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Okay episode, but the Sulu and Star Trek references were a bit tedious by the end. I would have preferred the end of the running gag to be something a bit more non-pop culture related. Hell, having the doctor after checking out the prostate go "I'm sorry Mr Griffin, but you have colon cancer", and then cutting to Peter doing some retro catch phrase.

At the very least, Family Guy is fun for the onslaught of pop-culture references and gags, and American Dad is good for a decent story, and a bit more intelligent humor. I loved the whole "sociable intellectuals" story-line.

Not amazing, but a decent start for both of them.

September 11 2006 at 7:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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