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Family Guy Review: "Seahorse Seashell Party"

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Thanks to American Dad's triple cross-over with Family Guy and The Cleveland Show for its hurricane-themed episode this week, I was excited to see what the former would do with "Seahorse Seashell Party."

Although I knew that the episode was going to be a normal installment, I still harbored some hope that other characters from the of Seth MacFarlane would make an appearance.  Alas, it was not to be, and the half hour felt quite disjointed as a result.

High Brian

With Quahog besieged by the hurricane, Brian ate some shrooms while Meg decided to finally stand up for herself. Brian’s storyline would have been far more interesting if Stewie had digested some shrooms, too. Instead, Brian’s disgusting trip down the drug-induced rabbit hole ended up with Stewie stitching his dog’s ears back up and soothing him as he came down from his high.

The second plotline involved Meg laying into her family about her constant mistreatment. Was it a long time coming? Heck, yes. Was it eloquent? Yes. Was it contrived and uninteresting? Yes. 

While Meg has always been an undeveloped character and the Griffin family’s punching bag, it made no sense for her to confront her family so suddenly. Her speech almost made too much sense to make an impact at all. 

Although it was gratifying to see the family collapse under her attacks, Meg’s “epiphany” that she was the lightning rod for negativity also felt contrived. Why should Meg go back to being exactly as she was? It would be far more interesting to see Family Guy deal with the consequences of their actions towards Meg and move forward. Status quo can be boring.

There was one shining fourth wall moment that made the sitcom priceless tonight, however, saving the show. "Stewie Just Said That" was trending on Twitter just as Stewie announced that it was trending on Twitter! You are a true Internet star, Stewie Griffin. And, with that, enjoy these Family Guy quotes from the episode!

Review

Editor Rating: 3.2 / 5.0
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Huge Family Guy fan here. I have enjoyed literally every episode until Season 8. The show took a major wrong turn. It was evident in the Empires Strikes Back parody- better graphics than Star Wars, but nowhere near as funny. This is a predictable result of many seasons of success in the show, and now the writers are trying to outdo themselves via more vulgarity (the unfunny kind), elevated themes, and making the characters 3-dimensional. Sorry, but the show is far funnier with 2-dimensional characters. Listening to Meg erupt about her feelings of neglect and mistreatment was BORING and stupid. This show has lost its one-liners & juvenile jokes, cut-aways, and simple stories which are easy and fun to watch. Simply put- it takes patient effort by the writers and effective oversight/editing to make the show funny. They have substituted that for newer, sharper animation (NOT NEEDED) and special effects. BAD MOVE. I don't even recognize the personalities of the characters anymore. Clearly, it's a lack of interest by the writers and creators. The Simpsons have the same...and Southpark looked like it was headed that way, but it seemed to have corrected itself- thank god. In my opinion, FG is past the point of no return. RIP Family Guy. Thank you for the first 7 seasons- priceless hilarity.

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Wow , I feel the whole show had been written by one person , and they spent the budget on the new animation or more frames of it . It did not even have the feel of Family Guy , three stories in one ,and became to real or self conscious I guess. We saw a real and obvious moral stand on behalf of the character Meg , It actually turned me off the Family itself by stating the obvious the Family is messed up we know that ,the constant outside cut away scenes to show the house in a storm where total filler ,pretty obvious that the writers where drawing a blank with where to go with this , I would have taken the story a bit further maybe some background flash backs of each character to why they treat Meg like this if you where going to make it a show about how the Family treat Meg Like crap you had a great chance to show each members perspective to her.... there are your three story arcs right there!that's . The whole idea of the show is based on the Family being messed up, it something that the show has been getting away with until now ...right? Anyway's what done is done, will be still watching .

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Wow...all I have to say is wow. I have never been so insulted by anything on television as much as I have been by Seth McFarlane and the producers on what was once a cutting edge comedic show. And also once my favorite show I might add. I'm not insulted by the crude humor or subject manor. I'm insulted as a viewer that Seth McFarlane thinks this passes as...well as anything. Was this past episode anything? Was there really anything remotely funny about it? Have we all just fallen into a void where if it's family guy it's funny regardless and laugh even though we know damn well it's not!? I guess it's McFarlane whos laughing who gets paid well for this. That even insults me more. Ive watched this show since the beginning and have loved it in the past but I'm actually sad to say I'm done with it. It's become a train wreck. Actually It's not even worthy of calling it a train wreck. it's become nothing. Just waiting for the day an episode airs thats just 22 minutes of Peter sitting in a chair breathing. Wouldn't even have to animate it.

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And I bet the peter fans lois fans chris fans meg fans stewie fans and brian fans are pissed off about the character changes.Brian fans especially.And Im really hoping somebody gives Lois a massive beatdown.Shes such an asshole in the new family guy.ok and I know its a cartoon but I liked Lois better when she was caring.

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And I bet the peter fans lois fans chris fans meg fans stewie fans and brian fans are pissed off about the character changes.Brian fans especially.And Im really hoping somebody gives Lois a massive beatdown.Shes such an asshole in the new family guy.ok and I know its a cartoon but I liked Lis better when she was caring.

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That was just painful to watch. I find that the episodes that focus around drugs/booze just don't turn out very well, and this was certainly no exception. It seemed as if this episode went on forever, but never actually went anywhere. I can only give this episode a (very generous) 1 star.
I don't mind the characters changing, actually. Something tells me that if we watched the same Peter, Lois, Stewie, etc. as we did 10 years ago, we'd also be desperate for growth in the characters. Besides, the "new", gay Stewie has provided some of the funniest lines in this show the last few seasons, which overall have been very mediocre.

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Thats right! MEG Had a right to lash out at her family for treating her like dirt! THEY DESERVED IT FOR what they put her through! And Brian was very supportive of her as well! Meg is a very popular character and you shouldn't bash her-SHe is a beautiful, mature, independent, lovely, and intelligent young lady and if you guys arent down with that I got two words for ya; SUCK IT!

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People keep saying that the character changes are horrible.Peter went from a retard who had sense into a brain dead retard.Lois went from a caring mother into some mean careless bitch.And I know its just a cartoon.Chris went from teenage boy into a retard.Meg went from teenage girl into everyones bitch.Stewie went from an evil baby into a faggot.And Brian went from a smart-ass into a religion bashing atheist.Seth Macfarlane was a complete idiot for fucking up the characters and he needs to change them back.

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It would have been great if Meg kept her mouth shut and went back to being a plain old teenage girl and no longer became the punching bag anymore and Lois went back to her carimg ways and peter went back to the retard who actually had sense and chris went back to a plain old teenage boy and not some retard.

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Bad acid trips are always painful to watch, and this one was no exception. I found Brian's ordeal difficult to sit through.

Family Guy Season 10 Episode 2 Quotes

Lesbians and deaf women wear the same clothes.

Brian

Omg, everyone's already tweeting "Stewie Just Said That."

Stewie
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