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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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Zane...dude, I accept your apology. Thank you. I appreciate it. Take care.

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Look Jaybird im sorry for calling you stupid.

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Zane, dude, let me tell you something...I am NOT stupid!!!!! Also, I'm gonna tell you the main reason or whatever as to why I think that Seth MacFarlane is a creative genius...remember, Seth has kept Family Guy going and going for A LOT of seasons. To me, that's BEYOND IMPRESSIVE!!!!! Furthermore, Seth himself does at least 3 voices on the show (Brian, Peter and Stewie). Remember that. Peace-Out.

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Jaybird369 I have to admit I did like the part where meg finally stood up to her family,that was good,but the ending was just SHIT.

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Jaybird369 you are so stupid.This episode was just SHIT.Why the hell does Meg say sorry to her family at the end of the episode,especially when she never even did anything wrong.That was just stupid.Seth Macfarlane is only half genius and half DUMBASS.If anybody should be saying sorry,I say it should be Lois because she's been a complete asshole in the new family guy for no reason and never even says sorry.It would have been a great episode if Peter,Lois and Chris finally realized that they were wrong and they went back to their old ways from seasons 1 and 2.But noooooooooo,they had to show Meg acting like such a useless dumbass and saying sorry for stuff that she did'nt even do and deserve.I give this episode zero/0 stars.

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The recent Family Guy episode "Seahorse Seashell Party" was (as Family Guy ALWAYS IS) HILARIOUS!!! My favorite part was when Meg FINALLY stood up for herself!!! F.Y.I....Mila Kunis ROCKS!!! HOLLA!!! After this episode, Meg NEEDS to stand up for herself A LOT MORE!!! Also, Brian (my all-time FAVORITE character on the show) doing those mushrooms or whatever was BEYOND HILARIOUS!!! It would have been EVEN FUNNIER if the whole and entire Griffin family would have joined Brian and did those mushrooms or whatever themselves. Another F.Y.I...Stewie is my other FAVORITE character!!! Seth MacFarlane...as always...you are such a CREATIVE GENIUS!!! Dude, in more ways than one, you DA' MAN!!! Again...HOLLA!!! Seth, as always, keep up the VERY EXCELLENT work!!! FAMILY GUY ROCKS!!!!!

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I honestly am done with Family Guy because of this episode. The reset to status quo was done in such a way as to rationalize the outright psychological abuse of a child for the "good of a family". It was more than I could stomach and I turned off my hulu subscription and will not be watching it on TV. I'm out. It once was fun, but now... nope, I'm out. Will not watch again.

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Let me say one thing about this show, it's messed up. But in a funny way, i do get the point of this episode though. yes it has it's points were it gets funny, just because it adds some serious points does not mean it 'sucks'. i must say, Meg is my third favorite character (Stewie first, then Brian). I think Seth Macfarlene symbolizes Meg as the teenage adolescent girl that most people feel like. Most people see the teenage girl as a complex individual,and Meg brings that to perspective. From her dysfunctional family, she is the abused outcast. Yes at times it seems very funny,but no person can really take that frontal abuse. Meg expresses herself as a mature, individual who can take any abuse that is throw to her & until now she hasn't really talked back. In all she tells the justified truth about other characters, she finally has a voice. she can be a deep person, but expresses in a beyond level. So thank you Seth Macfarlene, for an inlightning episode.

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Gads the last post was bad. Anyway. Agree wholeheartedly with review, save for the bit on it 'making nose sense' for Meg to blow up. Personally I think it did... sort of... based off the fact that with them all locked in a house together, someone was bound to start of fight. However, at the same time it did feel forced.

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I am a long time Family Guy fan. and it ranked up there with Southpark and Futerama. However, this was an extremely disappointing family guy for me, perhaps a bit worse then other episodes out there as it was so obvious that very little effort went into making the show funny or interesting at all. It was almost insulting with how bad this episode was. It looked like they just slapped the hurricane bit in there on the side for the sake of it when they could have had interaction with characters from American Dad and The Cleveland show, whom were a part of the hurricane theme, which could have added innovation and would have been extremely entertaining. The show focus for this was on Meg. Meg is actually a character I’ve grown to somewhat like the past season or so because they have started to actually DO something with the character. Meg has always been the beat on character for family guy and it’s actually started to turn me against the family as a whole because it is growing to be a little –too- standard and predictable. Its turning from funny to just disgusting with exactly how brutal they are to a growingly likeable character. That they try to force the character to stay in norms just so they can have a beat stick seems not only tacky and lazy, but makes the show as a whole harder to watch. I think the blowup really was based on ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’, where it was just one joke too many. Meg’s confrontation with the family was due to happen and they chose this show… though I also agree that they could have done it in a MUCH better setting with a far larger and more blatant disregard on Meg. Its not like there hasn’t been others. As for the ‘reset to norm’, it just did not work. This could have easily been a very good episode. The blowup with Meg and the family was due to happen, and was important character development for that character… then they strip it away with a lame excuse that truly did feel like a ‘reset to norm’ button with a contrived enlightenment. Brian calling it adult was just… a slapped on excuse. This could have very easily been a truly great episode with her development, and the family’s rejection and eventual acceptance. Another way I could have seen this going is after her blowup, and the family’s dysfunction, is that after Brian went to talk to her, she could have accepted her blowout and gone upstairs, and then faced the family a second time with maybe being gentler and calling him a good dad because he is trying but he is going to have to accept that he isn’t her punching bag. Then maybe hugging him and helping him ‘get out of the closet’ as it where. They could have used this as a shift in the family which would have opened doors for more development for the other characters as well. Their ‘back to norm’ shift was contrived, disappointing and a very sad turn as a whole for the episode that just left the viewer (Me as well as others from what I’ve read) feeling disjointed and disappointed as a whole, bringing the rest of the episode down with it. As for the side focus of Brian’s trip. Perhaps one of the better points of this episode was the drug trip. It was good animation which I think others may enjoy even though I found it difficult to watch. I could definitely see some of those images from the trip being stickers for book bags or something though I cant help but feel I’ve seen the whole trip or something similar from another show or movie before. Due to the huge disappointment from the main plot, this was cast into being the one thing that came close to being watchable. The ‘Stewie just said that’ went down the route of tacky like the ‘Woody Woodpecker’ thing they once tried to do with Quagmire, but with Quagmire they had a bit more success, and even that was bad. It jolted one out of the episode and in itself felt like a forced joke slapped in there, though it seems it was poking fun at itself with how people seem to like to quote Stewie constantly. So that bit could be forgiven if the rest of the episode was good… But it wasn’t. So it seems the ‘bad trip’ which wasn’t personally enjoyable was the only saving point of the entire episode due to the good animation. This is a pity because there are lots of ways that they could have made the episode work… but it felt like the effort just wasn’t done. Perhaps the producers were distracted and just felt like slapping something together. Family guy was good for it’s quirky story-lines, random slap-stick thrown in humor and pokes at pop culture and public figures. It has had character development for all characters through the seasons. I have some hope that proceeding episodes –will- get better due to the previews being shown… but if it turns out to be a disappointment with an obviously slapped together episode with little finesse or caring, then I’m going to have to bid Family Guy goodbye and go to shows where writers and producers put more care into their work.