Family Guy

Season 9 Episode 8

New Kidney in Town

4
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 09, 2011 on FOX
7.2
out of 10
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Peter needs a new kidney after his energy-drink addiction causes renal failure. Meanwhile, Chris is chosen to introduce United States President Barack Obama at his school after winning an essay contest. Only thing is, Meg actually wrote the essay.

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  • Know who you are (beware of spoilers)

    5.0
    Another poor episode? Let's take a look:



    The introduction is good – we have Peter jacked up on RedBull, and these scenes are really funny. This sets the tone for the episode and creates certain expectations. Which are crushed mercilessly when the tone changes in two steps to dead serious. This now makes the whole introduction pointless – why start a serious episode with such a funny introduction? This is not how counterpoints work.



    So here is the actual introduction: Peter drinks kerosene (even though Brian warns him) and destroys his kidney. So naturally Brian decides to give up his life for Peter who is not in any immediate danger and who will probably just kill himself anyway soon enough. D'uh.



    The rest of the episode deals with Brian saying goodbye to the family. Now, the family members have all long been established as blanks. They do not stand for any values, they do not have any distinctive character traits other than the most basic ones. They were created that way on purpose – it allows the writes to use them in whatever way they want.



    But that comes at a prize: it is impossible to create meaningful deep moments between these characters, like you can do with The Simpsons. Therefore, this episode had to make fun of such scenes, but it fails at the attempt. The whole part is just boring.



    All in all a weak episode.moreless
  • One of the best episodes in this season, but one scene ruined the 10 score.

    9.0
    Peter needs a new kidney after his energy-drink addiction causes renal failure. Meanwhile, Chris is chosen to introduce United States President Barack Obama at his school after winning an essay contest. Only thing is, Meg actually wrote the essay. This episode has a lot of humor. The cutaway where Brian/the neighbors' dogs joke was the best one this episode. It was funny when Peter acted after drinking Red Bull (escipally when he shakes Stewie). Chris running around on fire was probably the best scene in this episode. The best quote was Dr. Hartman saying "That car's getting towed." As for the other plot, it was pretty entertaining than funny. However, there's a scene that ruined the 10 score for me: Stewie! I can't believe he still has that gay obsession with Brian. The running nose is gross. I want the old Stewie back, not this annoying gay Stewie. If Stewie didn't hear the news about Brian being killed, I would had given this a 10. Other than the unneed Stewie being gay New Kidney in Town was such a good episode. There were no overusing violence, expect the spinning wheel part. 9/10moreless
  • Emotional episode but it's not the best "Family Guy" episode I've ever seen

    7.0
    I thought that this was overall a good episode but I didn't think that it was great. The cutaway in the beginning of the episode with Brian talking to the other dog while Peter is awake was hilarious. Peter drinking Red Bull and then goes super crazy and hyper was also hilarious. Peter milking a cow while was hyper was very funny. The flower turning to life and then jacks a car and drives away was also hilarious. The first 8 minutes was hilarious and made me laugh hard and then there were no more funny moments and then everything got all emotional which I like but this episode isn't what I would call my favorite. Brian is willing to donate his kidney to Peter but then the doctor said that since Brian is a dog, Brian would need to donate both of his kidneys which means that Brian could die. It was very emotional when Brian told Peter that he wanted to return the favor by donating both of his kidneys and die, then Peter says that the both of them had good years together and then they hugged... that scene almost made me cry actually. Brian also giving his last words to Meg, Chris, and Lois was emotional while he didn't want Stewie to know because he is a baby but Stewie heard them and was upset. Oh my gosh!!! but that disgusting and unneeded scene that made my score pretty low was Stewie crying and having boogers all over his face and hugging Brian while he has boogers all over his face... that was a totally disgusting and unneeded scene. It turns out the doctor's kidney matches Peter's kidney so he is willing to donate one of his kidneys which means Brian will live which made the episode happy. The ending with President Obama playing his guitar on stage at the end of this episode wasn't unnecessary and that also made my score a little low as well. Overall, a good emotional episode of "Family Guy" but it's not my favorite. 7/10moreless
  • Hilarious the first half, ruined by the second half.

    5.5
    Peter needs a new kidney after his energy-drink addiction causes renal failure. Meanwhile, Chris is chosen to introduce United States President Barack Obama at his school after winning an essay contest. Only thing is, Meg actually wrote the essay.



    The first half with Red Bull was hilarious

    the second half was way too dramatic



    5.5/10
  • an episode that proves that family guy DOES have a heart

    10
    Exhausted from Brian keeping him awake at night, Peter is introduced to Red Bull by the guys. Completely wired, Peter looses all control forcing Lois to pour out all of the drink. Determined to make his own Red Bull, Peter poisons himself on kerosene and destroys his kidney's forcing himself to undergo dialysis. After Peter blows off a treatment to watch Charles in Charge and passes out, the family becomes even more concerned about getting Peter a transplant. It turns out the only possible kidney donation can come from Brian but the procedure will kill him. Determined to make up to Peter for taking him, Brian agrees to the kidney transplant. Brian fails to keep the secret from Stewie and is kidnapped but manages to talk Stewie into letting him go. As they prepare for surgery, Dr. Hartman arrives prepared to undergo the transplant operation; It turns out he is a match for Peter and doesn't want to lose a Griffin as they are his only patients.

    Meanwhile, Chris struggles to write an essay on "Hope" for English class for President Obama's arrival. Meg gives an inspiring speech on her interpretation of hope and Chris copies it to win the essay contest. Meg is furious that Chris won with her speech and no one will believe that it was hers. Overjoyed that their dad and Brian are both saved, they agree to present the essay to President Obama together.



    Now this was prob one of the best episodes ive seen of family guy for a lil while. it was SO funny yet so sweet. now we all know family guy they put some heart then they cut it up with a joke XD and a few times its funny a few times its not but seth and the rest did a great job with this episode and i recomment this episode to EVERYONE

    this episode (like dog-gone) proves why i love brianmoreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, Tom Tucker, Dr. Elmer Hartman & Barack Obama

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois Griffin

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris Griffin

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg Griffin

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Various

Yvette Nicole Brown

Yvette Nicole Brown

Sassy Black Nurse

Guest Star

Drew Carey

Drew Carey

Himself

Guest Star

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)

Various

Recurring Role

John Viener

John Viener

Flower

Recurring Role

Johnny Brennan

Johnny Brennan

Horace

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Meg: Hope is what gets you out of bed in the morning when it's the day of prom and you haven't been asked, hope pushes the caterpillar through the cocoon and drives the salmon upstream. Your breasts may be small and your glasses may be thick but hope doesn't hold up a mirror. Hope is a horizon we head for leaving nothing behind us but fear and though we may never reach out goals, it's hope that saves us from who we once where.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • After drinking his first Red Bull, Peter sings Madonna's 1998 hit "Ray of Light". The fast moving background is similar to that of the music video.

    • Bye Bye Birdie

      President Obama, when introduced, does one of Conrad Birdie's dances from the musical "Bye Bye Birdie".

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