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Moral Orel: Turn the Other Cheek

by Adam Finley, posted May 21st 2007 12:43PM

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Clay: Orel, you know you shouldn't upset your mother by coming home with dirty clothes, because then your mother talks to your father, and no one wants that.

In my last review I said that Moral Orel would benefit tremendously by being a half-hour, rather than an eleven-minute, show. Creator Dino Stamatopoulos has said the same thing in interviews. There's simply too much subtext to cram into such a short amount of time.

However, I think the length of this episode was just fine. That's not to say it was weaker than other episodes, but I think it's point was easily made within that time frame. Basically, they should write the episode, and then consult me as to whether they should be long or short form. And then I should get more of whatever drug provides me with the delusion that my opinion matters.

I absolutely loved how this episode escalated, and how by the end Orel beat the crap out of both of his parents all in the name of doing God's will. The writing on this episode was credited to Scott Adsit (voice of Clay), and Adsit has a pretty good handle on how Orel's good deeds will always result in something bad.

I also loved the contraption Orel builds that punches him on either side of his face, and the running gag of Orel trying to tell his father that his "son" isn't really Shapey is pretty funny, too.

When Orel's misinterpretation of the "turn the other cheek" rule results in him pounding the crap out of his parents, Orel has no idea what he's doing is wrong. As far as he's concerned, he's doing God's work. On some other show, that moment would have come from the protagonist finally snapping and realizing how horrible his parents really are, but in Orel's mind, authority figures will always be right. As a viewer, though, it was nice to see Clay and Bloberta get what they deserve at least once.

I'll give this one 7 out of 7.

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