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Family Guy Review: "April in Quahog"

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This week's episode of Family Guy, "April in Quahog" was supposed to feature the much-hyped American Dad crossover.  Instead, we got an April Fool's Day joke ten days late and a pretty mediocre episode.

Stewie's Tea Party

We're almost getting sick of having to defend Family Guy's right to have crappy plots week after week.  This time around?  The episode opened with an irrelevant Peter having jury duty story line.  While we appreciate any excuse to sneak in Peter's rendition of "The Bird's the Word," did we really need to waste the first third of the episode?

From there, the episode became a doomsday scenario as a blackhole was set to swallow up Earth.  The best joke was probably a rehashed one: Peter riding in on a lion he stole from the zoo.  "Of course it bites, it's a lion!"

The whole intro two-thirds of the episode were set up just as an excuse for Peter to blurt out he doesn't like his kids.  With only a third of the episode left and a heck of a story line to deal with, where did Family Guy go?

After Peter's hilarious attempts to bond with his kids over some crystal meth, PMS talk, and playing dolls, Peter, much like the episode, copped out and bought the kids an XBOX.  Great running Microsoft endorsement, but terrible end to a potentially great storyline.

Our favorite Family Guy quotes from the ridiculousness that was "April in Quahog" after the jump.

Tricia Takanawa: I'm standing here with Mr. Hawking, the first white man I've ever met who knows math better than me. | permalink
Tommy Lee: Everyone's special.
Peter: Rock drummer Tommy Lee!
Tommy Lee: And if you're wife ever tells you you're not special, punch her right in her hepatitis.
Peter: Thanks rock drummer Tommy Lee!
Tommy Lee: Hey, you know what else is really cool? Having sex with sun glasses on.
Peter: I have a lot of things to try now. | permalink
Stewie: Yeah that's right. You buy your kid ridiculously homoerotic dolls and then ask what happened. Yep, your gay son is on you, buddy. Explain that one to your god. | permalink
Peter: Chris, how are all your friends at school?
Chris: What do you care, you don't even know who my friends are.
Peter: Sure I do... Chandler... Fonzy... and Remington Steele?
Chris: You got lucky, dad. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (26 Votes)

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    this eoisode was really good! keep up the great work:)

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    oh comon i dont remember laughing that hard at family guy in a long time. That meth part is EPIC. The hair lmao, then the next scene where he hulk jumps through stewies cieling, then BRIAN haha. Almost as good as that time peter pulled a failed Mary Poppins. I laughed so hard i almost died.

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    I think this review is being way too harsh. The episode wasn't THAT bad. And as for "rehashed" plots, what ISN'T rehashed these days? And the XBOX thing at the end was hilarious. It wasn't a Microsoft endorsement at all.