Peter and Lois were only trying to make Chris feel better when they created Arthur Valentine. But Chris is a teenager now and believing in Arthur Valentine is just as bad as if he believed in Santa Claus.
On Family Guy Season 16 Episode 10, Peter and Lois have to break the bad news about Arthur Valentine, but it's not as easy as they thought it would be.
The sad thing about growing up is that you grow up. Childhood is full of innocence and magic, and then, when you reach a certain age, it's destroyed.
Had Quagmire and the rest of the guys not been there when Chris became excited about Arthur Valentine, Lois and Peter probably would have continued letting him believe in the Valentine's Day guy that brought gifts to special boys and girls.
Think about when you found out the truth about Santa Claus. If you were like me, it was one of the most disappointing things ever. Why is there a time when you're too old to believe in things like Santa?
Maybe if we still had the innocence of childhood, adulthood wouldn't be grim.
Of course, if Chris' classmates weren't so mean, Lois and Peter wouldn't have had this problem in the first place. Or we could break it down even further and blame the retailers, a la Hallmark, for creating a meaningless holiday that does nothing but causes people pain.
There's no point in children giving other children Valentine's. Retailers are just trying to train us young.
And certainly there is no point to doing it nowadays when you have to give one to everyone so there are no hurt feelings (like Chris), but that goes into a whole new discussion about coddling that we don't have time for here.
Peter and Lois were trying to do what was best for their kid, but Arthur Valentine's death was as ridiculous as his creation. I had to laugh at Lois gunning it to kill Valentine. It was such a Lois thing to do, but she didn't expect Chris to have such a horrible reaction to watching Valentine die so violently.
And that's what made it so funny. Parents create these myths and then break them down and expect children not to be traumatized. Silly parents.
Chris wasn't the only one to be traumatized in the Griffin household.
Brian ate a box of chocolates and almost died, but Peter got him to the vet in time to have his stomach pumped thus saving his life.
The best moment came at the vet's office when "Billy Joel" showed up and did a number about what was found in Peter's stomach. I couldn't stop laughing. "I couldn't poop those items...."
It didn't take long for Brian to find someone to fall in love with at the vet's office. This time it was a cute little vixen named Ellie, who also happened to be a dog. Gasp.
How many times has Brian actually fallen for one of his own kind?
But like every other time, he's "never felt this way before." Doesn't he ever get tired of that feeling that never becomes anything?
Ellie might have been the best match for Brian even if it didn't work out in the end. I liked that she called him out on not knowing anything about Jackson Pollock. Brian's fakery can be too much sometimes.
But everyone wants to be loved and that's all Brian is looking for, too. And sex. Let's not forget about sex.
Remember when Peter wanted Brian to be in a dog show and how upset Brian was about the whole thing? Too bad there was an Ellie to inspire him because he had no problem performing in a dog show for the opportunity to "breed" with Ellie.
Too bad he couldn't perform in the end when it really counted, but who could blame him when there an audience that included Quagmire and his "all-access" pass? That was weird.
There were a couple of other standouts with Brian's storyline. I enjoyed the beagle scout joke Brian told Ellie which was a throwback to when Brian stole all of Stewie's jokes for his stand-up routine, as well as the 9/11 reference, which was very clever.
Over to you. What did you think of "Boy (Dog) Meets Girl (Dog)"? What was your favorite part?
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