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Family Guy - Quagmire And Meg

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Over the years, I've seen some pretty disturbing shit on Family Guy. There's really no need to go into a list since anyone who watches the show is already well aware that half the fun of watching it is seeing just how far its willing to go, so when I first heard about this episode, I won't lie, I was a little nervous about what all could take place. Quagmire trying to get with Meg after she turns eighteen is a premise that's scary enough just hearing about, let alone actually seeing it take place. I wasn't sure what to think about it. All I knew was that it had the potential to be a real mindfuck either in a good or bad way. Anyway, after spending months pondering just how bad this could be, I went into this pretty much prepared for anything, so how bad was it? Well, it wasn't exactly pleasant watching the Meg and Quagmire interactions, but really, it could have been a lot worse. Overall, I liked this episode, and I'd say that the show is off to a pretty decent start in 2012. The opening sequence with the Griffins at the Teen Choice Awards was amazing. I was laughing through pretty much the entirety of that scene. It was long, but it was filled with great moments like the fake celeb names, the crazy crowd, Wilford Brimley as a presenter, and the band, making it nothing short of an excellent opening. The failed attempt at giving Meg a surprise party was amusing, and the slideshow of pictures Stewie took of him messing with her was incredibly funny. I liked the play on the phrase "a little birdie told me" with there actually being a real bird, and Quagmire telling Meg that his father is Mr. Quagmire only to remember that that's no longer the case was a great gag. Next, came the first of many scenes that involved Quagmire putting the moves on Meg. I guess I should just go ahead and mention how I felt about this part of the episode as a whole. Like I said, it could have been much worse. It was a little uncomfortable to watch, but it was a kind of humorous uncomfortable. It was just really weird, even by Family Guy standards I think, to watch those two characters interact in that fashion, especially with how good Quagmire is at what he does and how he's able to change his entire persona to manipulate Meg into a relationship. On the other hand though, I actually really liked how Peter reacted to this situation. His attempts to keep Quagmire from having sex with his daughter were both funny and nice to watch since he hardly ever shows any care for his oldest child. I was really rooting for him all through the episode. Now, back to the individual scenes. Some of the highlights for me were: the family arguing over the Bigfoot footage (I just got back from staying with some relatives, and one night, they were watching a marathon of some show about Bigfoot, which caused all of them to argue in a similar fashion), Stewie taking on the role of a protective brother when Quagmire came to pick up Meg, Peter calling Quagmire a "vagician", Peter going off on his tangent after Quagmire asks him to talk to Meg and him taking forever to realize what he's just been asked to do, the discussion that followed Lois's War Games reference, Chris suddenly turning to stone after seeing the picture of Joan Van Ark, the street not being drawn yet, and Lois's threat to Quagmire followed by her forcing him to give them the cabin for one weekend a month. Peter's final monologue was pretty funny and closed out the episode really well. As for the cutaways, they were a pretty mixed bag for me, but there were some really good ones like Jewish fight club, Quagmire in the fridge, the doctor describing the contents of Lois's stomach, and the one referencing The Princess Bride.

All in all, this was a pretty decent episode. It had a phenomenal opening and had plenty of funny moments all throughout. It was pretty odd seeing Quagmire and Meg together, but seeing how Peter dealt with it made it all worth it in my opinion.

3/5

Moment of WIN:


Wilford Brimley is fed up with your shit, and he's going to kill you.

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inspiredparadox
Jan. 10th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
I feel like Wilfred Brimley’s having a mini Betty White moment. Why do I hear so much about Wilfred Brimley lately, lol? In any case, his part in the opening was fantastic (Btw: your caption for that picture? Eminem reference! Nice!), and actually the rest of that whole bit at the Teen Choice Awards was pretty top drawer, too. I got a kick out of the list of names of fake celebrities, especially all the different guys with names that included “Zach” and/or “Chad”: I can’t think of anyone who’s a hot celeb right now who has one or both of those names (except Zac Efron, and they’d already mentioned him) but I got what they were going for, and thought it was pretty funny. What was funnier still was how all those guys looked the same.

I was amused by the Bigfoot bit (like your family, mine would do the same thing, too, lol), “vagician” WAS clever, and I laughed at the kicking-asses-and-taking-names-and then-kicking-more-asses-and-giving-them-those-names (or however it went) cutaway gag. I liked the concept of the Peterdactyl, just ‘cause I’d been missing an addition to the running gag of Peter having these bizarre modes of transportation- see: the Petercopter and the Hindenpeter. I enjoyed the cutaway referencing The Princess Bride joke, as well, and also the part up at the cabin where Peter waits to go inside because he’s enjoying the sounds (and then lack thereof ) of the wilderness, and how later Lois signs the guestbook with the comment “we heard a loon”.

But on to the plot of the ep.:

Okay, I thought that, despite having a pretty high creep factor, this episode was good. I don’t think I’ve ever been honest-to-goodness bored by a FG episode- the vibe of the show’s generally too manic for that- but this one was really able to hold my interest with the storytelling. A large part of this was obviously because I was riveted- partly waiting in fear, partly waiting to bust a gut- to see how outrageously they were going to handle this Quagmire/Meg storyline. I’m really glad they did this episode with just an A-plot so they could do justice to the storytelling with this premise that could have been a total disaster. It wasn’t a disaster: it was, as you said, “humorously uncomfortable”.

I’ve often wondered just how Quagmire manages to get so much tail, anyway. He’s not the best looking guy (even by cartoon standards, lol), Lord knows he’s not kind, he’s not rich, and while his dirty lil’ come ons can be clever, in reality (yes, I know it’s NOT reality, but there is a fair deal of “holding the mirror up to society” that goes on in this show) they would be an epic failure at charming most girls out of their pants. But in this episode I finally saw how (scary) good he can be at playing the game. Not that it would take much with Meg, a character who, while having a smart side that we’ve seen on multiple occasions, also is so vulnerable and lacking in self esteem that of course she’s going to be flattered out of her mind whenever a guy (except Mort, back in the day) expresses interest in her, even if it is her dad’s skeezy friend. The way that he’s able to become just what he discerns that she wants in a guy, and how he can go all faux-sensitive… his sliminess put me under a spell, too- he didn’t fool me, lol, but it was hypnotic how creepy he was :P

inspiredparadox
Jan. 10th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I don’t quite get why Quagmire was so determined to have sex with Meg. I guess it’s probably just as simple as he has a goal or an uncontrollable compulsion- whichever- to tap every living thing with a vagina every time he encounters one. It’s what he does.

That brings me to another point, which is that with the apparent place of wanting to humanize Quagmire that the show’s been operating from recently (although actually, whenever his gross sexual practices are discussed, the outrageousness of them has only been upped in recent years), it was interesting to see no hint of a pure motive coming from him in what he’s trying to do with Meg. We never get the impression that he cares for her- only that he wants to plow her. It may sound strange, but I’m glad they didn’t try to “clean him up” in this. That just wouldn’t be realistic, for one, and secondly, I like to laugh at Quagmire, but I don’t exactly like being asked to feel for him. Conversely, I don’t enjoy being mad at cartoon characters either (which can happen, lol), and interestingly, this episode doesn’t really try to demonize Quagmire, either. It was perversely funny to me that he walks away from all this without a comeuppance. The only punishment he must face is that he doesn’t get to have sex with Meg. Oh, and he has to let the Griffins use his cabin one weekend a month. It felt like vintage Quagmire, which I thought was refreshing .

On the other hand, somebody’s attitude that I liked on no level was Lois’s. Through almost this whole episode, it was just nutso. True, that whole idea of if you try to make a girl stop seeing a guy, she’ll just rebel more usually holds up, but Meg wasn’t seeing just any guy, it was Quagmire! Peter was by far the better parent in this episode. I enjoy him being a caring, well-intentioned dad every now and then. Stewie’s attempt to be a protective brother was cute and humorous, though it was already shown amongst the preview footage at the last Comic Con. I missed Brian having anything worthwhile to contribute this week, but having said that, I’m going to bite my tongue now, since I have the feeling I’ll be dissing on him quite a bit come next week :P.

This was a good episode, though, and considering I can say that when it had absolutely no Brewie, I guess from an objective standpoint, it might be a really good episode :P
namelesslunitic
Jan. 10th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! Somebody caught my reference! lol :) I've got mad love for Mr. Slim Shady, but that's a discussion for another time. :p

Oh, I forgot to mention the Peterdactyl. I liked that gag too for the same reason as you. That's just a really fun running joke.

It was a really good call having this episode only have an A-plot. I actually hardly noticed the absence of the usual B-plot and consider that a testament to just how great and engaging the storytelling was in this particular episode. Poor Meg, it was kind of sad to see how quickly she took to Quagmire's advances, knowing it was because of how rarely she's ever given that kind of attention. :(

I agree with you about the "vintage Quagmire" comment. While, I can appreciate what the writers are trying to do with him. I really just prefer it when he's the sleazy sex addict who makes me laugh with his sordid antics.

Peter was by far the better parent in this episode.

How often do you get to say that?! lol I just didn't understand Lois in this episode. I understood the argument, and yeah, under different circumstances it could have made sense, but it's like you said, it was fucking Quagmire! What was she thinking?

Oh boy, I'm looking forward to ragging on Brian next week. There should be plenty to comment on. lol
penelles
Jan. 11th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
This episode was pretty decent; not my fave, but it had some pretty funny parts. I was excited for this episode when I first heard about it, and luckily it kind of lived up to my expectations. I think my favourite moment was at the end when Lois is threatening Quagmire and tells Peter she scored the cottage, lol. Inexplicably funny.

I liked the basic plot of this episode...I did really like how Peter was trying to stop Quagmire - he actually acted fatherly! - but I had been expecting the episode more to deal with Quagmire and Meg actually doin' it rather than dating. On the one hand I think it would have been more interesting to deal with the aftermath of Meg having sex with Quagmire, but on the other hand, I loved watching Quagmire work his manipulative magic on her in a relationship XD

What I'm really looking forward to is next week's episode. I hope it's a little bit funnier and a little bit Brewie-r XD
namelesslunitic
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:15 am (UTC)
While, the idea of Quagmire and Meg actually having sex and having to deal with the aftermath could have been pretty interesting. I'm pretty glad they didn't take it that far. Those two gettin' it on is not a visual I want embedded in my head after watching an episode. lol

Out of curiosity, did you happen to see the new episode description and promos that were released today (Or I guess yesterday now, but you know what I mean.)? I'm pretty excited to see what they do with that premise, but I'm a little worried it might focus on Lois a bit too much. If Stewie actually is a primary focus though, we'll be getting a Brian-centric episode followed right by a Stewie-centric episode, both of them with the potential for some great Brewie moments. :D
penelles
Jan. 15th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
I didn't get a chance to see the new description until today. You're right, I think it's kind of sounding more Lois-centric, but oh well. It sounds like it could be an interesting episode, and there aren't very many Lois-y episodes (she's not my favourite character, but I usually end up enjoying most of her storylines).

The clips from The Blind Side are making tomorrow night look pretty good :)
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