Family Guy: Play it Again, Brian - VIDEO
Seth McFarlane shows his Massachusetts background in this episode (his parents are from there). I saw references to Boston Harbor (the John Hancock building was in the background) and Six Flags New England (which is very close to Connecticut, the state where he was raised).
The show continues to explore Brian's artistic tendencies as he wins a writing award (we later learn the piece he wrote was mostly plagiarized). It's debatable if this is better or worse than the time he was a porn director.
There were two (Count 'em. Two.) references to the destruction of Lois' vagina. First, there was the flashback to Peter and Lois' wedding in which Peter responds to the request to kiss her, "Kiss her? I'm gonna destroy her." Later in the episode, Stewie admits that Lois' vagina was so destroyed that he saw graffiti and practically walked out of the birth canal. That's a little more about Lois than I actually wanted to know.
It's been said that Peter's character is a clone of Homer Simpson and I saw that a lot in this episode, between the drunken rants (including the marriage to Nathan Lane) and the forgetfulness towards his wife. I guess that's why I have such problems with his character because Homer Simpson does the style better. I suppose one could argue that it's more an exploration of an ethnic stereotype since Peter is of Irish descent.
Most of the supporting characters in the show weren't seen that much in this episode. It was more of a concentration on the Griffin family. All I saw with anyone else was the quick segment with Cleveland as a Black Box dancer (I wonder if that is the premise of the spin-off series that is being planned?).
Seth McFarlane once again went into his love of musical theater by doing two songs this episode (one as Brian singing "As Time Goes By" and one as Peter singing "The Spirit of Massachusetts.") I think the Nathan Lane "appearance" could be taken as a nod to that as well.
I honestly thought that the whole Brian-infatuation-with-Lois subplot had run its course, but obviously it hasn't. I did like the Peter/Brian fight because I think mindless cartoon violence is funny.
FINALLY, someone in the show has figured out that Herbert the Pervert is a pedophile. I do wonder if the creators will go any further with that discovery, or will it be forgotten in future episodes. Even better, it's the dumbest person on the show, Chris (Peter is a close second). Yet for all his attempts to sleep with Chris throughout the episode, they still manage to dis Meg.
Overall, a good episode. I particularly liked the Disney-style ending. The show itself reopened and furthered some of the slowly-developing subplots in the Family Guy universe and proves that it is willing to go places that The Simpsons considers beneath itself.
|Yes, Peter is an unappreciative bastard||487 (37.4%)|
|No, Brian is a dog||814 (62.6%)|