Family Guy: Airport '07
Chalk a lot of that up to giving Quagmire a chance to shine. He's a great character, so it's nice to get to see him used a little more on occasion. If the experiment with Stewie and Brian's talk show, Up Late, goes well, I wouldn't mind seeing Quagmire get his own show. Maybe something along the lines of Midnight Q from "PTV." He did have the line of the night with his "...contents of your panties may have shifted..." bit after missing the flight.
Peter finding the identity he'd been searching for his whole life, that of a redneck, was a long way to go to get to him being the cause of Quagmire getting fired, but it was worth the trip. There were a lot of fun bits in the redneck segment. The guys from Blue Collar Comedy are a good target for parody and I liked how they did it here. Brian not telling Stewie about the spit in his apple juice because of the flashback to the beating bookie-Stewie gave him in "Patriot Games" was a nice touch. And Peter sitting on the lawn-couch, feet in the wading pool, while hitting on Meg was very funny. Quite creepy, but still very funny.
The action surrounding the plane crash was well done, with one small exception. All of the Asian women escaping Quagmire's place was funny, especially with his line, "They're tagged! They're tagged!" I also liked Peter jacking the fuel line because of his Top Gun truck dream. The bit with the camera was a nice detail. Tom's news report, with the recreations, was also good. But I did think that by the third recreation, with the survivor beating his wife, it had gone on too long. Bunnies on fire are funny though. Another Star Wars reference with Quagmire's co-pilot, though I have to say, not being a Star Wars person, I don't know who that little guy is. I saw him and immediately thought of his role as co-pilot to Dr. Orpheus on The Venture Bros., where, again, I only recognized him as that little guy from Star Wars that I have no idea about.
Peter's plan to get Quagmire's job back was doomed from the start, of course. It was Peter's plan after all. Where would the fun be if it didn't all go to hell? My favorite part of that failed caper was the SOS call. Peter not wanting to have people die while watching Queen Latifah in Last Holiday felt like a classic Family Guy line. Paid off again when they turn the movie on after the landing as well.
It was nice that they got Hugh Hefner to play himself, and I like that he had his Girls Next Door harem with him. If they are going to the trouble of getting a big guest star though, I would like to see them do a little more. That was an awfully quick scene.
As far as the cutaways this week, it was a nice collection. Cosmos for rednecks was my favorite of the bunch. Marlee Matlin was a little mean, but funny. And funny usually trumps mean. The Peter crotch shot was good, with bonus points for having him in the limo with Paris Hilton. The Michael Richards joke was funny, but could have been much better. I would have happily traded a verse of "Prom Night Dumpster Baby" for some animated Kramer. I appreciate the time and effort that goes in to crafting those numbers, but it did feel a little long. The only one of the cutaways I didn't really care for was the hot girl with a bad laugh. Overall, a really good episode.