Family Guy: Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey
That's getting ahead of the game though. Before we could get to the Peter and Bill hijinks, there was the loosely relevant opening at the Quahog Marine Center. While it was a long way to go to get to the main plot, there were a lot of funny bits in that opening. Herbert at the fondle tank, Stewie's stripper line, and Seamus saving Peter from the octopus were all good bits. I especially liked the Wacky Wall Walker finish to that.
That got us to the strange new friendship between Peter and Bill. I liked just about everything about that story. It was one of the better written episodes this season. From start to finish the jokes were pretty spot on. A lot of the Clinton jokes were plays on things we've all heard a lot of times before. Bill is a womanizing hillbilly, he likes fat chicks, the cigar, etc. But they worked well here.
There were so many good details that really made the episode work so well. Bill doesn't just have a pierced nipple, he got it from Madeline Albright. He does his DDR routine at Chuck E. Cheese to Aqua's "Barbie Girl." When he breaks out the saxophone he plays the theme song to Night Court. Even Bill is repulsed by Meg. They prank call Linda Tripp. It was just chock full of good stuff. For whatever reason, the line that really cracked me up was a stoned Bill to Peter, "Dude, come on. We could totally eat that pig."
Lois sleeping with Bill actually rang true. She's always been a little bit slutty. Her suggestion that Peter should sleep with another woman surprised me, and so did his choice of Barbara. Once she suggested it I was expecting Peter to rattle off a strange list of celebrities that included Oprah and Rosie O'Donnel, or some such. There really would be a lot of mileage to be had in a Peter/Rosie sex scene. I apologize if that brought thoughts of her Nip/Tuck turn to mind. I liked how it all played out though. Barbara immediately accepting and going on her rant about Carter was funny. And Peter's last minute change of heart actually led to a nice moment with Lois. As nice a moment as you find in Family Guy anyway.
I wasn't sold on the Stewie and Brian subplot at first. For one thing, I'm almost positive we've seen Brian flush the toilet, or be around the toilet while it flushed, something like that. So the crazy fear of things seemed a little off. We also had the family dealing with Brian peeing everywhere in "Brian In Love." Then again, this is Family Guy and not Babylon 5. The expectations for continuity are much different given the venue, so I went with it. Stewie asking the diaper wearing Brian if he had popped his butt cherry was pretty funny. And you have to give Roy Scheider credit for playing himself in such an odd cameo. It reminded me of a series of safety in the workplace videos I saw years ago that were hosted by William Shatner. In the end, it was worth it for the payoff with Mayor West. "You can't plant sausage seeds they said..."
There was a smaller collection of cutaways this week, and it was something of a mixed bag. My favorites of the bunch were the elephant man on match.com, Peter and Lois laughing at Stewie's artwork, Lorena Bobbit and The Thing, and Uma Thurman's eye wrangler. The racist sunflower and Brian giving dead animals as gifts kind of fell flat. The two Conway Twitty spots were just so odd and unexpected that I had to laugh at them. I thought the very Hee Haw lead in with the farmer telling the bad joke about his wife was a nice touch. There have been plenty of cutaway collections that were better than this one, but it didn't really matter. The rest of the episode was so good it more than made up for anything that was lacking there. Overall, this was a very good episode.