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Family Guy Review: "Extra Large Medium"

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We're sure after our last review of Family Guy, you guys are expecting us to scream offensive at the down syndrome jokes of this week's "Extra Large Medium."  Well, be shocked because we actually think Family Guy handled a potentially ridiculous offensive episode surprisingly delicately.

Chris and his Crush

Save for a few horrible, but funny jokes by Stewie, Chris' date with down syndrome was treated like an actual person, and not just there for jokes.  Chris played the straight man in this plot, while Stewie brought the laughs whether they were his his cross-dressing musical number or at the girl's expense.

The story was original and well done, but a little light on the jokes.  Family Guy mostly relied on the second story, of Peter believing himself to be a psychic for the laughs of the episode.  While plenty of other shows such as South Park have already gone the route of its characters pretending to be psychic, few featured a character as dumb as Peter who might have actually believed he was psychic.

Peter had some funny moments during his show at the Marriot, but the joke that killed us was actually the very end of the episode when the bomb went off and simply ended with Peter admitting he wasn't psychic. 

Overall it was a decent episode, but far from one of the funniest episodes.  Our favorite Family Guy quotes are after the jump.

Stewie: That's the girl?
Chris: Yeah, isn't she special?
Stewie: That's the way the state of Rhode Island would put it. There's something up with her, isn't there?
Chris: Yeah, she has down syndrome.
Stewie: Okay, well there we go.
Chris: She's so sweet and doesn't she have the beautiful eyes?
Stewie: Well, the spacing seems a tad off, but individually they're not awful. | permalink
Brian: I'm going to prove to you that there is no such thing as someone that is psychic and that with the most minimal training and the right set of buzz words, anyone can appear to be psychic, even a complete boob like Peter. Watch this.
Peter: Excuse me, ma'am. I'm psychic and I'm getting a strong feeling from you. Do you have a watch or clock that no longer works?
Woman: Wow. I used to have a watch that broke!
Brian: You see just by asking very general questions that would apply to most people, a person can appear to have inside knowledge about you.
Peter: I'm also sensing that you have a dead relative.
Woman: My husband died of cancer last year.
Peter: Oh my god, awesome. I'm sensing some other bad stuff.
Woman: My daughter was just in an accident.
Peter: Sweet! High five!
Woman: You're awful.
Peter: You don't want to hear the truth, don't come to the park. | permalink
Stewie: Hey, Chris, did you know your bacne spells Citibank in Braille? | permalink

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Cant believe you didnt mention the Thornton melon reference... that was one of the funniest things ever. or maybe you didnt get the reference and it just proves stewie's point (making the joke even funnier) the rest of the episode was a bit lack luster though. shame because it could have been really good after a strong start.

Family Guy Season 8 Episode 11 Quotes

Adam West: Would you answer one question for me?
Psychic: Yes.
Adam West: Thank you so much.

Search Party Leader: We're still very optimistic we're going to find these kids and we just want to urge everyone not to give up hope.
Joe: Alright, everyone. We are officially looking for corpses. Repeat, this is now a recovery effort. We are officially looking for corpses so let's get back out there bring back those dead bodies.

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