Foreign Affairs (Family Guy)
|Family Guy episode|
|Episode no.||Season 9|
|Directed by||Pete Michels|
|Written by||Anthony Blasucci & Mike Desilets|
|Original air date||May 15, 2011|
"Foreign Affairs" is the 17th episode of the ninth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy. It aired on Fox in the United States on May 15, 2011. The episode was titled "Games People Play" in the UK for BBC Three. In the episode, Bonnie and Lois take a little trip to Paris where Bonnie crosses the line.
Bonnie and Lois take a trip to Paris, but Lois becomes shocked when Bonnie announces that she plans on having an affair. Lois tries to distract her with sightseeing and shopping but Bonnie insists on checking out guys. Bonnie explains that she and Joe have been growing apart but Lois intervenes when Bonnie draws the interest of a man, pulling her away and reminding her of her commitment to Joe and Susie. But when Lois returns from shopping, she finds Bonnie with François, another paraplegic in her room. François asks Bonnie to stay in Paris with him and Bonnie begins to consider the offer. When Bonnie tells Lois she decided to stay, Lois reveals she called Joe to try to talk some sense into her. Joe apologizes for neglecting her and makes his case for Bonnie to return home. François begs Bonnie to stay with him. Bonnie is hesitant until Joe proves his love for her by standing and walking. Bonnie agrees to stay with Joe but as they leave Quagmire is revealed to be strapped to Joe's back and legs to help him walk.
Meanwhile, after seeing a report of an outbreak of goat flu on the news, Peter decides to home school Chris and Meg. However, Peter's teaching methods prove to be unorthodox when he strips and rides a scooter around the garage classroom while encouraging Chris and Meg to do the same. Chris joins in and is given an "A" while Meg resists and is given an "F". Peter's history lesson leaves some things to be desired and he is surprised when he hires outside math and driver's education teachers only to find the math teacher is black while the driver's education teacher is Asian. After a field trip to the desert to do peyote, Peter gives a final exam. After discovering Chris knows absolutely nothing, he agrees to send the kids back to school. Back in school, Chris' teacher rides naked around the classroom on a scooter. Thinking back to his dad, Chris yells "Sherman's March to the Sea!", answering the question correctly as the teacher crashes on his scooter and yells for a nurse.
Reviews for the episode were generally negative. In a simultaneous review with American Dad!, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, and The Cleveland Show, Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club gave Family Guy a D+, the worst rating of the night. He stated, "the episode as a whole was so trifling that it's difficult to separate it out from the massive video in the center." He called the entire episode "not good at all."
- "(FG-819) "Foreign Affairs"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
- "Games People Play". BBC Three. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
- "FOX Broadcasting Company - Family Guy TV Show - Family Guy TV Series - Family Guy Episode Guide - Foreign Affairs". www.Fox.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19.
- Kaiser, Rowan (2011-05-16). ""Flirting With Disaster"/"500 Keys"/"Lobsterfest"/"Foreign Affairs"/"Hot Cocoa Bang Bang"". AV Club.
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