Family Guy, Volume Nine
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There’s a killer amongst us as the citizens of Quahog gather at James Woods’ mansion for a night of intrigue and murder! Will Peter solve the mystery…or will he just make it worse, as usual? Join all your Family Guy favorites for this classic whodunit, plus 13 other hilarious episodes, including the show’s milestone 150th episode, the controversial “Extra Large Medium,” and more!
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Business Guy 2/5 (Last episode of 2009)
Big Man on Hippocampus 4.5/5 (First episode of 2010)
Dial Meg for Murder 3.5/5
Extra Large Medium 4.5/5
Go Stewie Go 3/5
Brian Griffin's House of Payne 4.5/5 (Good episode except for the scenes with unconscious Stewie)
April in Quahog 3/5
Brian and Stewie 1.5/5
Quagmire's Dad 2/5
The Splendid Source 4/5 (Cleveland appears in this episode!!)
And Then There Were Fewer 3/5 (Season 9 premeire)
Excellence in Broadcasting 3/5
Welcome Back Carter 3.5/5
The episodes that I would reccomend are "Big Man on Hippocampus", "Extra Large Medium", "Brian Griffin's House of Payne", and "The Splendid Source" .The rest of the episodes are OK with the exception of "Brian and Stewie" which was absolutely horrible. Didn't care much for "Quagmire's Dad" either. This obviously isn't the best Volume of Family Guy and the next one probably won't be any better. For some reason in a few of these episodes Quagmire has lost his humor and is hardly funny at all. At this point the series is well past its prime with decent episodes few and far between. The only reason I'll buy this set is to complete my collection and for the handful of decent episodes.
"Business Guy"--Peter throws father-in-law Mr. Pewterschmidt a belated bachelor party which causes him to have a heart attack and slip into a coma. Peter takes over the Pewterschmidt company with predictable results. When Mr. Pewterschmidt recovers, Peter will not relinquish his position. The swamp monster/Scooby-Doo ending was lame, but it is still a good episode. Peter to the intercom: "Peggy, that fart I had at three, can you push that up to now?"
"Big Man On Hippocampus"--The Griffins are on Family Feud and Peter is knocked out by Richard Dawson (it was bound to happen) and develops amnesia. He has to be re-taught everything and, when Lois teaches him how to make love, he decides he can do it with anyone he wants. When Lois leaves the unfaithful Peter, Quagmire tries to move in.
"Dial Meg For Murder"--Brian is writing an article on the average teenage girl for Teen People and follows Meg around and discovers she is dating a convict. When she hides her boyfriend from the cops after he escapes, she goes to jail herself and returns a bada$$: "I'm home, you're all my b!#@#es now."
"Extra Large Medium"--Stewie and Chris get lost in the woods and a psychic gives Lois comfort they will be found (curiously, she never specified "alive," but Lois takes the prediction in a positive way). Lois then depends on the psychic and Brian tries to convince her the medium is a fake, but nothing convinces Lois more than when Peter decides he has psychic powers. Meanwhile, Chris tries to date a girl with Downs Syndrome who bosses him around. She is terrible, but the ending is hilarious.
"Go, Stewie, Go"--Stewie wants to be in his favorite kid's television show "Jolly Farm," but to get a part he needs to pretend he is a girl. He then falls in love with his female co-star. Meanwhile, Lois is getting tired of Peter putting her down and desires Meg's compliment-throwing boyfriend.
"Peter-Assment"--Peter's boss, Angela, hasn't had "it" in years and , when Peter comes to work without glasses, she becomes attracted to him and threatens to fire him if he doesn't satisfy her desires. Peter actually shows a compassionate side in this episode. As for the school play at the beginning: Terri Schiavo was an odd news story to revive (so to speak).
"Brian Griffin's House of Payne"--Stewie digs out an old script written by "H. Brian Griffin." Lois uses her father's television connections to get Brian a TV pilot, but the television execs make changes to Brian's story, for example, hiring James Woods to play the lead, changing the plot to a father and 18 year-old daughter in college together, and changing the title from "What I Learned on Jefferson Street" to "Class Holes." I laughed out loud so many times to this episode.
"April in Quahog"--The Griffins, along with the rest of Quahog, await the end of the world only to learn it was an April Fool's joke by the news team. When they thought it was the end, Peter let it be known he hates being around the kids. When they survive, he has some explaining to do. This is the weakest episode of this volume and the ending was rushed.
"Brian and Stewie"--As lame as the preceding episode was, this one is actually very heavy although there are many hilarious moments, too. Brian and Stewie get locked in a bank vault for the weekend and battle, laugh, compromise, and share very serious feelings. This may be the only episode that only has two characters in it.
"Quagmire's Dad"--Quagmire builds up his dad's reputation as being a lady killer and becomes horrified when he learns his war hero father is going to have a sex change operation. If that were not enough humiliation for Quagmire, he finds out his "he-she father" slept with his mortal enemy: Brian.
"The Splendid Source"--Quagmire tells Peter and Joe a dirty joke and they go on a quest to find its source. Their travels take them to Virginia to be reunited with Cleveland and then to Washington D.C. where they make an astounding discovery: the Obama Memorial (ha, ha, just kidding). The dirty joke is told at the end; it is nasty.
"And Then There Were Fewer"--This is one of my favorite FG episodes. It brings in all the prominent characters, including the hilarious airhead Jillian. Quahog citizens are invited to a dinner party hosted by James Woods. He wants to apologize to everyone, but then there is a murder, and then another one, and then another one. Who is responsible? This double-length who-done-it, it very well-done and clever and, graphically, it looks like a movie.
"Excellence in Broadcasting"--Rush Limbaugh comes to Quahog for a book-signing and an angry Brian goes to confront him. Leaving the book signing, Brian is inexplicably attacked by a gang and is saved by Limbaugh. In return, Brian agrees to read his book and turns into a hardcore conservative. Brian seems at his least articulate at the beginning of this episode. Maybe his anger was clouding his thoughts. The show was very kind to Limbaugh and even had him morph into an eagle at the end.
"Welcome Back Carter"--Peter catches Mr. Pewterschmidt cheating on his wife. Good episode, but, what I don't understand about this one and also the episode in another volume where Brian is dating a 50 year old is, how old do they think these people are? The back story of Carter and Babs Pewterschmidt would make them in their 80s at the youngest and more like 90s or 100s! The song "Jeepers Creepers" came out in 1938.
Extras include deleted scenes which were best kept deleted, commentary on select episodes, a comic-style phone conversation for "Brian and Stewie," "The Making Of 'And Then There Were Fewer'," Comic-Con 2010, "The History of the World According to FG," etc.
This one has almost all of Season 8 and some shows from season 9.
Season 9 was poorly done and rarely was it funny, but season 8 still had the right flavor to it. Hence the 4 out of five stars.