Foreign Affairs (Family Guy)

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"Foreign Affairs"
Family Guy episode
Episode no. Season 9
Episode 17
Directed by Pete Michels
Written by Anthony Blasucci & Mike Desilets
Production code 8ACX19
Original air date May 15, 2011
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"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.[1] The episode was titled "Games People Play" in the UK for BBC Three.[2] In the episode, Bonnie and Lois take a little trip to Paris where Bonnie crosses the line.

The episode was written by Anthony Blasucci and Mike Desilets, and directed by Pete Michels.

Plot[edit]

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 had 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 agrees, telling Lois she is considering 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 and discovers Chris knows absolutely nothing and 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.

Cultural references[edit]

  • A reference to Ferris Bueller's Day Off is made when Meg and Chris get pulled out of school and see Peter standing outside in a disguise and a red sports car.
  • The music video of David Bowie and Mick Jagger singing "Dancing in the Street" is shown in its entirety as "the gayest music video of all time".
  • Peter taking Chris and Meg to the desert to do peyote, with scenes that are in almost direct relation to each other is a reference to the film The Doors, complete with Riders on the Storm playing in the background.
  • After Bonnie believes her husband has become a different person, the original complete opening sequence of American Dad! is played, with Joe Swanson singing Stan Smith's lyrics and a reference to the old newspaper gag. In a season 6 episode "Lois Kills Stewie", Stewie momentarily mistakes Stan (who briefly appears with Avery) for Joe.
  • The Frenchman references Pepé Le Pew chasing Penelope Pussycat from the 1949 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes short For Scent-imental Reasons, saying he would do the same to Bonnie and would rape her (a notorious allusion in the cartoons), and mocking that it would be legal in Paris.
  • There is a reference to The Omen when Peter says that the kids have "learned everything" and then tells Chris to give him dates of certain events, only with the opposite results.
  • The Frenchman says "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", a reference to the song by Meatloaf, after Joe "walks" to prove his love to Bonnie.
  • Disney's Aladdin is briefly referenced at the beginning when the television shows Jafar taking a census test.

Reception[edit]

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."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(FG-819) "Foreign Affairs"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Games People Play". BBC Three. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kaiser, Rowan (2011-05-16). ""Flirting With Disaster"/"500 Keys"/"Lobsterfest"/"Foreign Affairs"/"Hot Cocoa Bang Bang"". AV Club. 

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