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Family Guy: Meet The Quagmires

by Brett Love, posted May 21st 2007 11:00AM
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(S05E18) And so ends a short, inconsistent, Family Guy season. I don't know if we should chalk it up to Seth MacFarlane being spread too thin with American Dad and The Winner to watch over, or just the show coming up on 100 episodes. Something just wasn't quite right at Family Guy HQ this season though.

That being said, they did go out with a solid episode. Peter is very much a 'grass is always greener' kind of guy, so his desire to live the single life again is right on target. Bringing back Death to transport Peter and Brian back to 1984 was a nice touch. That is one of the recurring characters that has been used very well. And the Family Guy version of 1984 was a very fun world.

There were so many dropped names and site gags that it would be hard to list them all. A few of my favorites: Cleveland decked out in full "Beat It" era Michael Jackson regalia, St. Elmo's Clam, deciding between Zapped and Krull (I think Zapped still holds up), Molly Ringwald trolling for random bar guys, and Brian's reaction to the eighteen year old Lois. "Could I Wham my Oingo Boingo into your Velvet Underground." We even got another reason for what could have started all of those fights with the chicken.

My favorite part of the '84 scenes though were the Back To The Future references. The time line, the fading picture, and especially the Rick Astley bit. Brian's performance of the song was one of my favorite musical numbers the show has done. Rick's cousin Marvin calling him up with that sound he was looking for was just right. Fun stuff.

The goings on in alternate Quahog were fun too, assuming you don't mind a few spoonfuls of political commentary with your Family Guy yuks. Death showed up because Dick Cheney had shot Antonin Scalia, and the bullet kept right on going, killing Karl Rove and Tucker Carlson as well. And President Gore killed Osama Bin Laden, who had been hiding out in the cast of Mad TV, the perfect hiding place. Of course President Gore also brought with him universal health care, working gun control, well funded education, and flying cars that run on vegetable oil. They take it a little far some times.

Quagmire and Lois as a couple were fun to watch. The gag with Meg, Chris, and Stewie and their giant chins was blown in all the promos, but I did like their synchronized gigidy. Having Roger, from American Dad, walk out at the end as the sign that not everything is back to normal was a nice touch.

The bigger story made for a smaller group of cut-aways than usual. They were hit and miss. I thought the new Jetson's opening was well done, even if a little grim in the end, with George tossing Jane out of the flying car. Death keeping watch over Mike Wallace was funny. The Joe Piscopo and Tom Cruise bits were ok. As a Hellraiser fan, I liked seeing Pinhead, but it wasn't that great of a joke. Peter on the mechanical bull felt like something we have seen before.

5 out of 7For whatever reason, it was an up and down season. The show has lost a little of the luster that it once had, but that's no reason to count them out. There were enough bright spots to give hope for a return to that old form when season six comes around in the fall. I'm giving the big finale a 5, out of 7.

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Ben Reich

Where was Herbert? The Family Guy can air an episode post-2004 without Herbert?

July 21 2007 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what was the name of the first of the two songs sung at the dance. the song right b4 the ricky astley one, were peter asked her to marry him.

July 18 2007 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The song where Lois jumps in the pool is Mr. Night by Kenny Loggins.

June 16 2007 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

HI, this episode was very good, anyone know the song when peter travel past first time, when lois made his appareance in the pool?

June 03 2007 at 5:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can somebody please tell me the song Brian was singing on the guitar at the end, the first of the two.

June 01 2007 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer, aka the Beverly Hills Cop song

May 29 2007 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hey guys i love this episode soo much but the peter dancing bit was awesome. Can anyone tell me what that song was?

May 21 2007 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode was one of the best "Family Guy" 30 minutes in a long, long time, and the last five minutes are absolutely perfect.

However, somebody should review the superior season finale of "American Dad." Why this show is constantly ignored by TV bloggers continues to amaze me. It's consistently uproarious and bold.

May 21 2007 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Family Guy isn't a show that typically goes for the heartstrings, but I found the emotional aspect of last night's episode very pleasing. Real sweet.

Gosh, Seth MacFarland is a fabulous singer.

May 21 2007 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved all the back to the future references, but didn't they already do a parody with Marvin calling his cousin in a previous episode? If someone remembers, can you tell me which ep it was? Thanks.

May 21 2007 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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