Family Guy: Movin' Out (Brian's Song)
(S06E02) This is the 100th episode of Family Guy (if the three edited-for-TV episodes of Stewie Griffin: the Untold Story are counted). Not bad for a show that was canceled for a few years.
The plot involves Brian moving in with his vapid sometimes-girlfriend Jillian (voiced by Drew Barrymore). Stewie then joins them to help with the rent. Meanwhile, Meg gets a job at a convenience store and helps Chris get a job there which leads to bad repercussions.
I really enjoyed the season premiere Star Wars parody and was curious about what could be done as a follow-up. It was a fairly pedestrian episode with a few cute gags. Sadly, my VCR didn't record this show properly so I have to write this based on what I remember of my initial viewing.
I guess Seth McFarlene took the South Park commentary to heart as much of the content of the first part of the episode seemed more plot-related with fewer cut-away gags. However this seems to have been replaced by pop culture conversations between the characters, such as the discussion between the manager of the store and Chris involving the work of Jennifer Connelly and Elisabeth Shue and the conversation between Lois and Brian about the plot of Iron Eagle.
Meg actually gets a shot of self-confidence this episode, but it is short-lived when Chris ends up getting closer to the convenience store manager than Meg. However, at the end and in a rare display of affection for Meg, Chris threatens to not talk about obscure movies with the manager unless Meg is rehired. I think Meg's mistreatment by the other family members is going to be more in the spotlight in forthcoming episodes.
The gay angle was once again played up for Stewie, but surprisingly at one point his amorous attention was directed towards Brian. Even my hackles are raised at the thought of a gay baby hitting on a dog (albeit an anthropomorphic one). I admit I haven't watched every episode, but has this been done before? I wonder if it's going to be some sort of continued plotline or if it was a one-off joke.
Highlights of the episode for me included Peter's Donald Duck costume and their description of the Lifetime Channel.
|Loved it.||196 (37.0%)|
|Liked it.||189 (35.7%)|
|Hated it.||51 (9.6%)|
|Liked some parts. Hated others.||94 (17.7%)|