Family Guy Review: "Baby, You Knock Me Out"

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In the immortal words of South Park, "Simpsons did it!"  Although very different story lines and sports, last night's episode of Family Guy reminded us of last season's Simpsons episode, "The Great Wife Hope."

Lois the Boxer

I'm sorry, but when you have the wives of my two favorite Sunday night families step in fighting rings, I'm going to be reminded and possibly even be forced to draw comparisons.  We'll try and make Stan and Kyle proud and keep the Cartoon Wars to a minimum.

On Family Guy's "Baby, You Knock Me Out," Lois started off with a friendly foxy boxing match, but soon found herself in a Rocky-inspired plot line, complete with a short-but-mandatory training montage.  Her drive?  The things Peter has done to piss her off over the years, including a hilarious flapjack bit this week.

Much like the general theme of this short season so far, the episode focused primarily on only a single story line and featured fewer cutaway gags.  We're very proud of the show for maturing as it approaches its double digit seasons.

Despite only a few cutaway gags, the episode had plenty of in episode laughs, as evidenced by our Family Guy quotes from the episode, and even had a pretty solid heart-filled storyline.  What can we say, we were suckers for Peter finally realizing what a jack ass he's been to Lois for nine seasons and apologizing.  Dude so does not deserve her.

Oh and on the mature front, the episode didn't even feature any gross out gags.  Unless you count Peter drinking his own milk.  And I don't.  That's just funny.

Was anyone else impressed with the boxing scenes?  Maybe it was more the sound effects than the choreography, but we definitely felt and cringed at some of those foxy punches, including the one that broke Lois' signature sandwich nose.

Overall, outside maybe the season premiere, we thought it was one of the strongest episodes of the season.  What did you guys think?

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Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Family Guy Season 9 Episode 5 Quotes

No matter what you do the rest of your life, you'll always be garbage.

Lois

Peter: Man would you look at that? Two smoking hot repeatedly striking each other.
Quagmire: Yeah, it reminds me of Thanksgiving.
Peter: Why does it remind you of Thanksgiving?
Quagmire: 'Cause this is where I come for Thanksgiving.