This one will certainly get some politically correct Down syndrome advocates all riled up, but Family Guy is nothing without a little controversy. Still, it would be nice if this episode had some consistent humor to go along with that controversy, but the content here is all over the place, from downright hilarious to stunningly bad.
The show opens with a Starlight Express joke that fails horribly, which is followed up by an inexplicably odd piece of humor featuring a British butterfly catcher. In fact, the first few minutes are full of jokes that just don't plain work, with the exception of Stewie digging a hole to put half his football-shaped head in so he can sleep on his side - now that was clever.
There's a joke that refers to another joke from a season or two ago, with the two European guys that have been living in the U.S. long enough to almost sound American. If you hadn't seen that episode, you'd be lost. Even if you had, the reference is worthless here, wedged into a scene it has no business in.
And the duck Founding Father? That was painful, but mercifully short.
But things pick up later on in the show, starting with a revelation that Chris has fallen for a girl with Down syndrome. Stewie's reaction is priceless, but he vows to help his brother out with his crush. Seth MacFarlane has an unnatural obsession with musical numbers, and this episode gets one, titled "Down Syndrome Girl." The scene goes on for far too long, but the song does have some clever lyrics and there's some nice animation there. Chris's Down syndrome girl turns out to be a major bitch (apparently a theme this week with The Cleveland Show covering the same ground), and so the show delivers a message about Down syndrome sufferers being truly "just like everyone else." It's an odd message of equality that certainly has a valid point but still probably won't be well-received by many.
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