Family Guy: Season 3, Episode 13

Screwed the Pooch (29 Nov. 2001)

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Peter finally connects with his father-in-law, while Brian can't control his libido.

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In an effort to finally be accepted by Lois' parents, Peter tries to become more cultured. His efforts fail, however, until he's invited to play poker with his father-in-law's friends, Bill Gates, Michael Eisner and Ted Turner. He wins them over, and soon starts feeling like one of the family. Brian, meanwhile, feels his sex drive starting to run wild, until he finally loses control with one of Mr. Pewterschmidt's prize racing dogs. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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When Brian and Seabreeze are caught by the police in the sleazy motel, the news photo freeze resembles the famous photo of Elian Gonzales being removed from his relatives' home in Florida. See more »

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When Brian walks out to meet Seabreeze he has no tag on his collar. But then as he walks by and begins talking to Mr. Pewderschmidt his tag reappears. See more »

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Brian Griffin: I rented those for Peter. He got banned from the video store for taping over their movies.
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Peter Griffin: [Video cuts to Peter] It's his sled. It was his sled from when he was a kid. There I just saved you two long boobless hours
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Good episode spoiled by the unoriginal ending...
21 February 2006 | by (3rd rock from the sun) – See all my reviews

By Season 3, Family Guy was facing permanent cancellation. Many of the original writers that made the (superior) second season Family Guy at its best had left after a long hiatus from 2000-2001. Of course, I'd much rather watch Season 3 than the new crap they're shoveling out and calling Season 4...

Anyway, this episode. It had its moments, especially the interaction between Peter and Lois's dad. A prime example is when Peter tries learning French to be act more sophisticated around him:

Peter: Bonjour, Mr. Pewterschmidt.

Lois's Dad: Did Peter have a stroke?

But this episode as a whole is nothing special. The basic premise, Brian and his puppies, mirrors the Simpsons episode "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds" which first aired about six years before this one. Some scenes, like the one at the racetrack, are very similar to the ones in that particular Simpsons episode. However, the biggest downer was the ending: the female was carrying puppies that looked like Ted Turner, clearly implying that Turner had sex with the dog. This ending was pretty much identical to a very early South Park episode entitled "Elephant Makes Love to a Pig," which originally aired in 1997. Now, I don't know if the writers of this episode saw that particular South Park episode (I doubt it), but the similarities between the resolutions knocks this episode down a few points for me.

Around this point in Family Guy's original run, the show was already experiencing a slow, downward slide, which had intensified by the end of the third season, and led to its eventual cancellation in early 2002 (along with pitifully low ratings). The resurrection of the show didn't help this slide at all. But, like I previously mentioned, I'd still rather watch this episode than any of Season 4, especially with crap-fests like "The Courtship of Stewie's Father", "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", "Petarded" or "Brian the Bachelor" being produced. It's too bad popularity ruined a once-great show that at least ended while it was ahead (albeit unintentionally).

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