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Family Guy: "Jerome Is the New Black" Review Season 8, Episode 7


After the Quahog drinking buddies realize that they need a new fourth member, Peter finds a cool new black guy named Jerome. Unfortunately for Peter, Jerome turns out to be one of Lois' ex-boyfriends. Meanwhile, Brian tries to get Quagmire to warm up to him.


Auditioning friends to replace Cleveland seemed like a better idea on paper than in execution. Sure, we got to see a pretty funny Entourage reference with Kevin Connolly, but most of the episode centered on the fact that Jerome was Lois' ex, and how much it bothered Peter. This leads to way too many ridiculously offensive jokes and some downright criminal behavior by Peter.


Peter's funniest when his ignorance is harmlessly offensive and his insane actions are simply due to the fact that he's completely clueless. Watching him set Jerome's house on fire out of jealousy is a bit too extreme, and doesn't do much to add to his image of being a clueless oaf. You end up being fixated on this terrible deed instead of all the subsequent jokes that were supposed to make the episode funny. Just for what he did, you almost hoped that Jerome did end up sleeping with Lois as some sick form of retribution. Mind you, the bit with Lois choking was absolutely hilarious, but still didn't make up for the events that led to Jerome staying in Peter's home in the first place.


Speaking of mean though, Quagmire's longish and mostly hypocritical rant was completely unexpected, but somehow well deserved. It's probably Seth MacFarlane's wacky way to apologize for using Brian as an all-too-obvious soapbox for his political views. Probably being coerced into having an awkward dinner was enough to push Quagmire over the top and really tell Brian how he feels. Brian seems to suffer from one of those "I need everyone to like me" type syndromes. He certainly tries a little too hard. What didn't work was Quagmire going on about flirting with Peter's wife. Like Quagmire didn't do the same -- and wasn't his form of Lois lust even more creepy?


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