Family Guy Viewer Mail 2

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"Family Guy Viewer Mail #2"
Family Guy episode
Episode no. Season 10
Episode 22
Directed by Greg Colton
Written by
Production code 9ACX19
Original air date May 20, 2012
Guest actors
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"Family Guy Viewer Mail #2" is the twenty-second episode of the tenth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy. The episode originally aired with the succeeding episode "Internal Affairs" on Fox in the United States on May 20, 2012. Brian and Stewie respond to viewer mail. Three segments feature a British version of Family Guy, Peter Griffin turning everybody he touches into Robin Williams, and a typical day from Stewie's point of view. The episode is a sequel to the first viewer mail episode in the third season.

The episode was written by Tom Devanney, Alec Sulkin and Deepak Sethi and directed by Greg Colton. This episode features guest performances from Cate Blanchett, Max Burkholder, John Finnemore, Colin Ford, Ioan Gruffudd, Tom Hollander, Rachael MacFarlane, Chris O'Dowd, Jeff Ross, and Joshua Rush, along with several recurring guest performers for the series. The episode was dedicated to musician Warren Luening.

Plot[edit]

Brian and Stewie read their mail from viewers and tell three stories.

"Chap of the Manor"[edit]

The episode uses the premise that Family Guy is based on a British television show.

In this British version of the series, Neville (Peter) states that he is going to the pub to meet his friends. When the news announces that Queen Elizabeth II will be in the parade, Neville tells his friends that he is related to the Queen and wishes to gain a lock of the Queen's hair to test it. When the Queen passes by, he tries to set up a fake barber chair along the route. When this fails to gain the Queen's attention twice, Neville and Collingsworth (Chris) steal a motorcycle and chase the Queen to her death in a tunnel. As Neville and Collingsworth try to nonchalantly walk away, they are chased by a cohort of London Bobbies to the tune of "Yakety Sax". Back home, Neville discovers they are not related to.

"Fatman & Robin"[edit]

While Peter is watching a roast of his favorite comedian, Robin Williams, he feels offended when insult comic Jeff Ross insults Williams. Peter runs outside in the middle of a thunderstorm and accuses God of hating Williams, wishing that everyone was Williams before getting struck by lightning. Upon waking up in the hospital, he discovers he has gained the ability to turn everyone and everything he touches into Williams (similar to the Midas Touch). Peter turns everyone in the city into Robin Williams (while Rockin' Robin is played). At first, this goes well for Peter. But soon, the multiple clones become too much for him, especially after he accidentally turns Lois into one. After a failed suicide attempt (because everything he touches turns into Williams), he orders the drove of clones to venture the world to make others laugh, but chooses five clones to serve as replacements to his family members. The story ends showing that Peter appears insane and has cut both his hands off, a solution that prevents him from bringing any new clones into the world. Stewie was the only one that was not converted, as he mimicked the comedic antics of Williams, and at the end of the scene is shown on the roof stating that Disney will not let them do the Aladdin character.

"Point of Stew"[edit]

The audience sees the world through Stewie's eyes as Lois changes him (and somehow finds a dime in his buttocks), Meg wishes him to keep her ring (Stewie stating this is a "Red Flag"), and his friends ask him to go down the slide at the playground (doing a reference to the film National Lampoon's Vacation in the process). Later, Stewie secures a Twinkie to stuff in Brian's tail pipe on his car but ends up going for an unexpected ride with Brian where he chases a squirrel in his car and kills it. He then spots Herbert underneath a school bus. At bath time, he imagines a doll being eaten by a shark and Peter joins him. At bed time, he makes a quick trip through time to stop Kurt Cobain from killing himself and has him turned to eating lots of Häagen-Dazs turning him fat. As Lois reads a bedtime story, a drunken Peter rudely interrupts for sex as Stewie is forced to listen. In his dreams, he pictures Peter and Lois as lumberjacks. And when Peter finishes early, Lois is forced to use a "chainsaw" to finish "sawing her tree."

Production[edit]

The episode was written by Tom Devanney, Alec Sulkin and Deepak Sethi and directed by Greg Colton.

In addition to the regular cast, actors Cate Blanchett, Max Burkholder, John Finnemore, Colin Ford, Ioan Gruffudd, Tom Hollander, Rachael MacFarlane, Chris O'Dowd, Jeff Ross, and Joshua Rush guest starred in the episode. Recurring voice actors and writers Danny Smith, Alec Sulkin, and John Viener made minor performances in the episode. Actors Patrick Warburton and Adam West appeared in the episode as well.

Cultural references[edit]

  • In the interlude to the Chap of the Manor segment, Stewie jokingly says that Family Guy is based on The Simpsons, another animated comedy series, but later claims it is based on a British television show, like the TV series The Office.[1]
  • The Chap of the Manor segment featured references to the classic British series Benny Hill (manic, sped up chase sequence between Peter, Chris and the coppers), sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus (jump cut to footage of old dowagers clapping & laughing in the cutaway gag), and Fawlty Towers (letter R falling off of the word "Manor" in the title sequence).
  • "Fatman and Robin" is a reference to the title of the universally panned 1997 movie, "Batman and Robin".
  • The Fatman and Robin segment has references to various episodes from The Twilight Zone.
  • In the Fatman and Robin segment, when Peter tries to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff, the rock he lands on turns into Mrs. Doubtfire, another Robin Williams character.
  • In the Point of Stew segment, Stewie remarks about the "slutty girl being eaten by a shark", possibly a reference to Jaws.
  • The queen's death in the Chap of the Manor segment references the death of Princess Diana, who died in a tunnel in Paris, France.

Reception[edit]

In its original broadcast on May 20, 2012 on Fox, this episode was watched by 5.35 million U.S. viewers and acquired a 2.6/7 rating/share.[2]

Reviews for this episode were mixed. Kevin McFarland of The A.V. Club gave an A- rating for "Chap of the Manor", C for "Fatman & Robin", and B- for the "Point of Stew".[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McFarland, Kevin (May 21, 2012). "Viewer Mail 2/Internal Affairs". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 22, 2012). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Family Guy' Adjusted Up; 'Bob's Burgers' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Tea Peter
Family Guy (season 10) Succeeded by
Internal Affairs