You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives

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"You May Now Kiss the...Uh...Guy Who Receives"
Family Guy episode
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Promo image, featuring Brian and his gay cousin Jasper at the airport.
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 25
Directed by Dominic Polcino
Written by David A. Goodman
Production code 4ACX28
Original air date April 30, 2006[1]
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"You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives" is the 25th episode of the fourth season of Family Guy. The episode originally aired on April 30, 2006 on Fox.[1] In the episode, Brian's gay cousin Jasper comes to Quahog with his boyfriend Ricardo to get married. Mayor West tries to ban same-sex marriage to divert attention from a bad investment he made with the taxpayers' money. Brian fights for gay marriage and ends up taking Mayor West hostage to get his view across.

The episode was written by David A. Goodman and directed by Dominic Polcino.[1] The episode got mixed reviews from critics. The week it aired, the episode had an estimated 7.8 million viewers. The episode features guest performances from Michael Clarke Duncan, Ralph Garman, Rachael MacFarlane, Chad Morgan, Charles Reid, Craig Reid, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Stark Sands, as well as several recurring voice actors for the series.

Plot[edit]

Brian’s gay cousin Jasper comes to Quahog with his Filipino boyfriend Ricardo, and announces that they are going to get married. Everyone is delighted — except for Lois, who is against same-sex marriage. Later, Mayor Adam West reveals in the city center a solid gold statue of the Honey Smacks mascot Dig ’Em, and dedicates the statue to the servicemen who died in what he refers to as the "recent Gulf conflict". The cost of the statue puts the city in debt. In order to distract the townspeople, he proposes a bill outlawing same sex marriage. Meanwhile, Chris falls for Alyssa, a beautiful girl who belongs to the Young Republicans, and joins the group to impress her.

Brian vows to make West change his mind, getting 10,000 people to sign a petition to oppose the bill. Lois refuses to sign and takes Stewie to visit her parents. Before Brian can present the petition to the mayor, Chris burns it because Alyssa has agreed he may touch her breasts if he destroys the document, much to Brian's anger. Brian manages to get 10,000 more signatures on a new petition to show it to Mayor West, but West still won't change his mind. Out of desperation, Brian takes a security guard’s gun, and holds the mayor hostage.

Lois hears about Brian on TV, and then discovers that her parents do not love each other, and even raised her to believe that a heterosexual couple who hate each other have more of a right to marry than a homosexual couple who love each other. Horrified, Lois changes her mind on same-sex marriage, deciding that gay couples who love each other have the right to be together. She returns to Quahog to convince Brian to free the mayor, saying that if he pursues this any further, he will be hurting his own cause. Brian agrees, and ends the hostage situation. Since it has distracted the town from the Dig 'Em scandal, Mayor West agrees to drop the ban on gay marriage. Brian gives him a key for a Volkswagen Scirocco, and West drops the hostage charges. Jasper and Ricardo get married in the backyard of the Griffin house.

Production[edit]

A closeup of a man's face, the man has black hair, and slight stubble on his chin and above his lip.
MacFarlane came up with the idea for the episode while writing a pilot episode with two gay men

Written by David A. Goodman, and directed by Dominic Polcino,[1] series creator Seth MacFarlane came up with the idea for the episode while writing a pilot episode featuring two gay men. MacFarlane describes himself as "incredibly passionate about [his] support for the gay community", and finds it to be "infuriating and idiotic" that two gay partners "have to go through this fucking dog and pony act when they stop at a hotel and the guy behind the counter says, 'You want one room or two?'".[2]

In addition to the regular cast, actor Michael Clarke Duncan, voice actor Ralph Garman, actress Rachael MacFarlane, actress Chad Morgan, actor Charles Reid, actor Craig Reid, voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson, and voice actor Stark Sands guest starred in the episode. Recurring guest voices include Lori Alan, Alex Breckenridge, Johnny Brennan, writer Mike Henry, writer Chris Sheridan, writer Danny Smith, writer John Viener, and actor Adam West, who portrays an exaggerated version of himself. Actor Patrick Warburton has a guest appearance as well.[3]

Censor issues required multiple changes to the episode. The line when Peter says, "It's not like we're going to have a gay sex orgy in the living room," was originally, "Come on Lois, we're not going to drill glory holes in the living room."[4] The show received a broadcast standards request that the anti-gay video the priest shows Lois say "Pat Robertson Industries," so as not to make it look like FOX had an opinion about homosexuals. [4] The writers had a problem with Lois being against gay marriage, as they felt they were not portraying her in a way that is consistent with other episodes as she expressed a more liberal viewpoint on many past issues on the show and even expressed a generally more accepting view of gays in the episode Brian Sings and Swings.[5] The DVD version has a deleted scene during the backyard wedding ending where Ricardo (who doesn't speak English) asks Stewie what's going on and Stewie (who speaks Tagalog) tells Ricardo that he'll find out on his wedding night.

Cultural references[edit]

Mayor West builds a statue of Dig 'Em, the Sugar Smacks mascot, which causes controversy and causes West to ban gay marriage.[6] Stewie takes over air traffic control, and causes Matthew McConaughey's private plane to crash into the ocean.[6] The film, The Sound of Music, is also referenced in the episode.[5] West also swallowed a Stratego board game and an older issue of People magazine which features the actor Paul Hogan.[6][7] A cutaway gag involves Peter in the band The Proclaimers, in a recording for the song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).[5]

Reception[edit]

"You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives" had an average of 7.8 million viewers and was the eighty-first most watched show of the week.[8] Bob Sassone from TV Squad wrote that he could not stop laughing throughout the episode, feeling that there is "just something really funny about gay dogs getting married and a giant gold statue of Dig 'Em, the Sugar Smacks mascot".[6] While reviewing the Family Guy Volume 4 DVD, Nancy Basile of About.com called the episode "sharp".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "You May Now Kiss the ... Uh ... Guy Who Receives". MSN. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  2. ^ Voss, Brandon (2008-02-26). "BGF: Seth MacFarlane". Advocate. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ "FAMILY GUY". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  4. ^ a b MacFarlane, Seth (2006). Family Guy volume 4 DVD commentary for the episode "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 
  5. ^ a b c Family Guy volume 4 DVD commentary for the episode "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 2006. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Family Guy: You May Now Kiss The...Uh...Guy Who Receives Guy". TV Squad. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  7. ^ "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives". Family Guy. Season 4. Episode 25. Fox. "Mayor West: "Does anyone wanna play Stratego, I have Stratego" (He holds up a Stratego box.)"
  8. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  9. ^ Basile, Nancy. "Family Guy Volume Four DVD". About.com. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 

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