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Family Guy: Whistle While Your Wife Works

by Brett Love, posted Nov 13th 2006 10:31AM
Family Guy(S05E05) I'm beginning to think of this as the Brian & Stewie show. Again this week, their story was much better than the Peter story. With Peter's injured hand, the setup was good, but it kind of headed downhill from there. The opening with Quagmire smuggling the fireworks into the country ("Yeah, that's just as fun."), Chris playing David Koresh and the heavy handed FBI agent, and Stewie ignoring Peter's missing fingers while asking for more juice was great. Finally something for Meg to do too.

The after hours scene at the brewery was pretty good as well. I like striking down Debra Messing and French Stewart, but what really made it was Quagmire's aggravation that nobody remembers Tim Daly or Wings. "It made Tony Shaloub's career!" It is so frustrating when people don't remember those things. Where they started to lose me was when Peter was left alone. The You Me And Dupree and Along Came Polly bits weren't that good. Lois at the office doing Peter's work wasn't a lot better.

Meanwhile, Brian's new girlfriend Jillian (Drew Barrymore) is a moron. There's nothing very original there, and I know I've heard that Hitler joke before, although I can't place it, but it did serve as the basis for some great Stewie and Brian interaction. The story played out like a snowball rolling down a hill and getting bigger and bigger. Goading Brian into the alibi cheer was good. Brian trying to defend the relationship was funny too. He was just so frustrated with just how wrong he was. That scene was capped off nicely with the phone call. "You should be able to see the words Mr. 3000." Does anyone know what Brian's ringtone was? That tune is stuck in my head but I can't remember what it is.

Jillian over for dinner kept it going nicely. I loved Stewie pushing Brian's buttons by quizzing her, and Brian's reaction knowing that he has no ground to stand on. "It's like she's fucking five!" The breakup was another highlight. Not because of the actual breakup, or lack thereof, but because of the aftermath with Stewie. "What's that smell? Smells like sweat and anger and shame." And you have to like Stewie's rendition of "Cars" to close it out.

The cutaway bits this week were pretty hit and miss. The top secret porn bunker and Stewie at the rest home were good, but Boston book report, Buzz Killington, Our American Cousin, and Danny Devito/Rhea Perlman were just meh. I've come to expect a little more from the Family Guy crew in that regard. As a collection, this weeks batch were well below par.

Overall, it wasn't a bad episode, but I don't see it making many top ten episode lists. The Stewie/Brian stuff was enough to save it from being bad, but the lackluster Peter story combined with the weak cutaways really held it back. Oh well, as they say, they can't all be gems.

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shaun132

Drop Dead Gorgeous DVD hits stores November 14th (the same day as Family Guy: Volume 4). Drop Dead Gorgeous is the hysterical comedy DVD starring Alex Borstein (the voice Lois).

November 14 2006 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shaun132

Drop Dead Gorgeous DVD hits stores November 14th (the same day as Family Guy: Volume 4). Drop Dead Gorgeous is the hysterical comedy DVD starring Alex Borstein (the voice Lois).

November 14 2006 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave T.

i don't remember the crushing the dancer thing either.
but I usually ffwd through that part.
Last night was really good only with the Karesh line sorely out of date. i'm guessing a good amount of teenagers out there went "Huh?" and not just because they were stoned.
Stewie doing the improv on Cars was awesome i agree. As were all the stewie and brian scenes. Buzz Killington was stupid. Horrible i agree same with the Our American Cousin and Danny Devito. you were spot on with those three. Again teenagers and Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman "Huh?"

November 13 2006 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tucker

Absolutely never been done before. I would have noticed it - I was hysterical last night only half-watching the credits to be suddenly pulled into the show like "what the HELL??"

November 13 2006 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben Belden

The bit with the credits was ruined last week when they showed it in a promo during either The Simpsons or Family Guy. I had expected it last week and when it wasn't there, I knew it would happen this week.

November 13 2006 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Love

Thanks Aaren. I must have been thinking of the gay themed sequel that never got made where Ben Stiller falls in love with that whacky Pauly Shore. :D

elf, either they did that same bit with the opening credits last week, or I had a weird case of deja vu when I watched this episode. I'm reasonably sure we have seen it before, but if somebody could confirm that, it would be great.

November 13 2006 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aaren

It's Along Came Polly, not Along Came Pauly...haha sorry to be nitpicky...

November 13 2006 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Love

Ahhhhh, thank you Chris. Now I can go about my day. :D

November 13 2006 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lacey

This episode was good, and it wasn't.

There were a couple parts in the episode that made me laugh so hard

"But you hate MTV!"
"Pot helps"
and Stewie's version of Cars.

But for the most part, the episode was lacking.
I'm beginning to like American Dad more.
the cutaway bits are just getting to be too much, or too long

November 13 2006 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Wyant

The ringtone is Axel F, the theme to Beverly Hills cop.

November 13 2006 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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