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Sundays With Seth: Koala-ty Time With a Bully

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 26th 2010 9:11AM
Once again, 'American Dad' flew solo this week, representing the vast Seth MacFarlane Sunday night empire on FOX. 'Sons of Tucson' will be back to finish its run throughout the summer. The geniuses at FOX then decided that next week, 'Family Guy' and 'The Cleveland Show' will be all new, while 'Dad's' a rerun. This is the kind of brilliant planning that had 'Sons' premiering after a night of almost all repeats.

I don't know where I'm at with this ongoing courtship of Hayley by the koala Reginald. He's a strange little character, and I keep going back and forth on whether I like him or am just kind of annoyed by him. Their relationship moved both forward and backwards this episode, and I don't know if I cared either way.

Luckily, Steve started getting picked on by a bully, and I found myself loving an episode that barely featured Roger at all.

Stan bullying Steve was a stroke of genius by the creators of 'American Dad.' It fits in perfectly with his character, and it led to so many other funny moments in the episode. The fact that Stan himself was bullied in school by a kid named Stelios, with no real resolution to the conflict, goes a long way toward explaining the bluster he has in his every day life. Who knew a cartoon would bother to have internal character logic?

As I've admitted, I did not watch most of the middles seasons of 'Dad,' so I'm not sure if the werewolf was a recall to an earlier episode. Regardless, it was hilarious both times it showed up, as was the bizarre footage of the principal drinking an entire case of beer and peeing on the basketball hoop before heading off. We hardly ever spend time with Steve at school, and it's a shame as there's some pretty funny stuff going down there.

Francine was in rare, and somewhat frightening form tonight. I genuinely laughed out loud when she crashed the car into Stan's SUV (this was after he ran from the principal's office when the video footage revealed him to be Steve's bully). That is one dangerous woman, and yet she couldn't take how pathetic and weak Steve is. Am I the only one who really wanted to see how Steve forms a fist, when she was horrified that he wasn't capable of creating a real one.

In the end, Steve taught Stan that it's not how you face your bully, but just that you find a way to face them and take them down. In this case, it was to find and hire Stelios to come back and beat on Stan some more. I'm not sure why nobody in the show picked up on the fact that Stan had never faced down and beaten his own bully, and after this episode ... that remains the case.

I don't have much to say about Reginald and Hayley's date to the carnival, except that I knew Reginald was in trouble when Jeff showed up. The problem was that I didn't then, and even now I can't bring myself to really care about this relationship, or even Reginald at all. Maybe it's because I missed his introduction to the series.

Other highlights:
  • Stan using verbal bullying by telling Steve the various sexual things he'd done to Francine.
  • Stelios having his own theme song, and in fact that entire fight sequence.
  • The principal dismissing Steve after they all saw that Stan was the bully.
  • I suspected the old lady was Steve in disguise, but they went so far with the gag that I started to doubt myself.

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Reginald struck me as kind of a throwaway joke to begin with in the episode http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Affair_%28American_Dad!%29 (clip introducing him: http://www.hulu.com/watch/58009/american-dad-reginald-koala ) ...but apparently the Seth MacFarlane universe likes anthropomorphizing animals, and decided to explore the Reginald character more. I wouldn't care if Reginald stopped fooling around with Hayley but I could go for a plotline where he and Roger teamed up for some kind of hijinks.

April 29 2010 at 2:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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