Ocean's Three and a Half

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"Ocean's Three and a Half"
Family Guy episode
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Bonnie's baby, Susie, is finally born.
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 7
Directed by John Holmquist
Written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Production code 6ACX11
Original air date February 15, 2009[1]
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"Ocean's Three and a Half" is the seventh episode of the seventh season of Family Guy. It first aired in the United States on the Fox television network on February 15, 2009. Peter decides to induce his friend Joe Swanson's wife Bonnie into labor so that Joe will be able to spend more time with him. Bonnie gives birth to a baby girl, but Joe then has trouble with medical bills. Peter, Joe, Cleveland and Quagmire decide to rob Peter's father-in-law, Carter Pewterschmidt. Peter's wife and Pewterschmidt's daughter, Lois, convinces Joe to stop. Lois gets the money from Pewterschmidt by telling him she needs the money for a divorce lawyer. A subplot involves Stewie, who becomes infatuated with Bonnie's daughter Susie.

The episode includes a non-sequitur parody of Christian Bale's rant on the set of Terminator Salvation, with actual audio clips of Bale interspersed with Peter's voice. The spoof received positive reception from the television critics for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and The Guardian. The episode received a positive overall review on the video game website IGN.

Plot[edit]

Frustrated that Joe is growing more concerned that Bonnie is due to give birth within days, Peter attempts to induce labor so Joe will spend more time with him, Cleveland and Quagmire. Peter plays Two and a Half Men near Bonnie, hoping that the baby will come out to change the channel. When Bonnie finally gives birth to her baby, a girl named Susie, Joe is unable to pay the $20,000 he needs for her medical bills. He turns to a loan shark for the money, but ends up in debt to him. Peter and his friends turn to Carter for the money to pay off the loan shark, but Carter refuses as he thinks it would be funnier. In one final act of desperation, Peter proposes they rob Carter. Once they reach the vault, however, Lois arrives on the scene and convinces Joe to stop. Lois talks Carter into providing the money, telling him she is using it for a divorce lawyer; when Peter asks her if she is joking, Lois says nothing, leaving Peter a little worried.

Meanwhile, Stewie falls in love with Susie and attempts to win her heart by writing songs and making a detailed music video featuring him singing a direct version of Bryan Adams' song "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You". In the end, however, he states he is over his crush and has an interest in Bryan Adams.

Cultural references[edit]

Peter calls Christian Bale "that jerk" after encountering him on the set of Terminator Salvation, with a non-sequitur showing a tape machine playing the actual audio with Peter's voice mixed in for comedic effect.[2] The audio includes approximately two minutes of an actual outburst Bale made on the set of the film, with Peter's comments interspersed throughout.[3] "You are gonna owe a fortune to the swear jar", Peter says in response to the multiple swear words from Bale.[2] He also tells Bale: "I don't get why we need another Terminator."[4]

The episode also includes a jab at Microsoft's Zune, an MP3 player and a major competitor of the Apple iPod.[5] Carter Pewterschmidt makes fun of Bill Gates, saying Gates actually owns an iPod rather than a Zune, "like the rest of the world".[5]

Reception[edit]

The episode received a Nielsen rating of 3.8 among viewers 18–49, in second place behind ABC's Desperate Housewives for the night.[6] Family Guy was among the top 20 shows for the week in the 18–49 demographic,[7] and ranked sixth among the top 17 shows on the Fox Network for the week.[8] Ahsan Haque of IGN commented that the Bale spoof "ranks right up there with some of the best timely pop-culture references in the series".[9] Haque concluded, "It's been a while since we've had new episodes, but it certainly feels like it's been worth the wait as 'Ocean's Three and a Half' turns out to be a triumphant return to form for the series."[9]

Steve Heisler of The A.V. Club called the episode "fine", and graded it B-.[10] He wrote that the Bale spoof and Stewie's music video were "funny for a while" but went on "way too long".[10] Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times wrote positively of the Bale parody, commenting, "Oh, could there possibly be a single iota of humor left in the Christian Bale on-set rant? Why yes, yes there is, thanks to Seth McFarlane and company at 'Family Guy.'"[11] Jackie Strause of the New York Post called the exchange between Peter Griffin and Bale "typical 'Family Guy' fashion.[4]

In commenting on the Bale spoof, Ben Child of The Guardian wrote: "Personally, I tend to find Family Guy a bit hit and miss, but the US comedy's rather facile flashback formula does at least make it easy to chuck in the topical references."[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ MSN staff (2009). "Family Guy — Episode Guide". MSN TV (MSN). Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Family Guy takes on Christian Bale". yourTV.com.au (ninemsn Pty Ltd). February 18, 2009. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ Wearring, Myles (February 17, 2009). "Family Guy spoofs Christian Bale tantrum on the set of Terminator: Salvation". News.com.au (News Limited). 
  4. ^ a b Strause, Jackie (February 16, 2009). "'Family Guy' vs. Christian Bale". New York Post (NYP Holdings, Inc.). Archived from the original on August 29, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Martin, Mel (February 16, 2009). "Zune gets a smackdown on Family Guy". TUAW (AOL). Archived from the original on August 22, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ Vasquez, Diego (February 17, 2009). "Fox's Friday: 'Dollhouse' debut fizzles — Much-hyped Joss Whedon drama places third in timeslot". Media Life Magazine (www.medialifemagazine.com). Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 18, 2009). "American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice lead weekly 18–49 viewing". TV by the Numbers (tvbythenumbers.com). Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 18, 2009). "Top Fox Primetime Shows, February 9–15, 2009". TV by the Numbers (tvbythenumbers.com). Archived from the original on October 25, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Haque, Ahsan (February 17, 2009). "Family Guy: "Ocean's Three and a Half" Review — Bonnie finally gives birth, and Stewie falls in love". IGN (IGN Entertainment, Inc.). Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Heisler, Steve (February 15, 2009). "Take My Life, Please"/"What Happens At The National Propane Gas Convention In Memphis Stays At The National Propane Gas Convention In Memphis"/"Oceans Three And A Half"/"Family Affair". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ Boucher, Geoff (February 16, 2009). "Harry Potter, Kenneth Branagh's 'Thor' and Christian Bale, all in Everyday Hero headlines". Hero Complex (Los Angeles Times). Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  12. ^ Child, Ben (February 17, 2009). "'You're amateur, Peter': Family Guy spoofs Christian Bale — Just when the Dark Knight star thought it was safe to venture out in public, Seth McFarlane has decided to get in on the act". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media Limited). Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 

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