Family Guy

Season 8 Episode 21

Partial Terms of Endearment

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Unknown on FOX
7.3
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181 votes
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Episode Summary

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Partial Terms of Endearment
A friend asks Lois to be a surrogate mother for her, and she agrees. But when the friend unexpectedly dies, Lois isn't sure what to do. The family gets into one long debate over the issue.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Banned Episode of Family Guy

    6.0
    Due to the plot being about abortion, Fox refuse to air this episode nationwide. I didn't know that until now.
  • Controversial ? I don't know, but it's one of FG finest.

    9.0
    I'm kinda surprised Fox refused to air this in the US, seeing it's nowhere near the most offensive Family Guy has been - but I guess not being from the US, I have no idea how controversial the abortion issue is in the US.

    And it's a shame it didn't air, as it's one of the best Family Guy episodes from those last seasons. The jokes are were really well put (the spoof of the Roadrunner cartoons with Peter as Wile E. Coyote... Priceless, I love those cartoons), both sides are ridiculed (Peter desperatly attempts to have Lois aborting, only to become a fierce pro-life later) and for once, we see the Griffins as a real family - some scenes show Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie and Brian interracting about the baby and it feels like a discussion people could have in real life. I know they are cartoons, but you don't have Ernie dropping in and a Giant Chicken fight following or Meg being abused (though Lois makes a couple of jokes about Meg, but at least they are funny and don't feel like pure abuse). Even Brian feels more like the old voice of reason he used to be in the early seasons rather than the liberal asshat he's been recently.



    I don't know if the DVD release of this episode is good enough to get (cause in spite of a very good episode, bonus features that could be interesting and a nice artwork, we're talking of a release containing ONE episode running for 20 or so minutes), but the episode is definitely worth watching.moreless
  • I see why this was blocked from airing on fox.

    10
    The jokes were questionable but extremly funny and the cartoon spook was funny as well as the bleach joke
  • uh...........

    4.0
    A friend asks Lois to be a surrogate mother for her, and she agrees. But when the friend unexpectedly dies, Lois isn't sure what to do. The family gets into one long debate over the issue.



    4.0 out of 10.0



    F
  • Not again!

    7.0
    SPOILERS AHEAD



    Lois meets an old friend from college and agrees to be a surrogate mother for her. But just after the successful embryo transfer, the friend and her husband die, leaving a pregnant Lois with a tough decision.



    The first three quarters are pretty good. I personally prefer episodes with two storylines, but that is just me. For a single-story show, I liked it a lot.



    But then failure strikes once again. Lois and Peter visit a clinic for abortions to find out about their options. Here, Peter runs into anti-choice activists who convince him that abortion is murder. They return home and immediately enter upon a discussion about this matter, with the standard roles – Peter the die-hard pro-lifer, Brian the liberal pro-choice advocate. and Lois defending women's rights.



    This last part fails for two reasons. Most importantly, nothing they do and say in this part of the episode is in any way fresh, original, outrageous, or interesting. It is just the usual discussion.



    The other problem is the situation. Rather than making is totally realistic (Lois and Peter get pregnant by accident) or completely unrealistic (a la South Park), the creators here chose some weird middle ground – unrealistic, but very similar to realistic scenarios. This is a backdoor that shows that the creators are actually very uncomfortable in dealing with this topic. Which means they should never have tried in the first place.



    FG looks to other shows and wants to be deep and serious, too – but to do so, they have to go against the concept of the first seven seasons which established FG as a show that does not take anything seriously. It does not work.moreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Peter Griffin/Brian Griffin/Stewie Griffin/Glenn Quagmire/Tom Tucker/Dr. Hartman

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

Gary Beach

Gary Beach

Voice

Guest Star

Julia Sweeney

Julia Sweeney

Naomi Robinson

Guest Star

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Voice

Guest Star

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)

Various

Recurring Role

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Joe

Recurring Role

John Viener

John Viener

Various

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Meg offers to host the baby)
      Meg: I can do it.
      Lois: Oh come on Meg, it was hard enough on your body when you gave birth to Stewie.
      Stewie: WHAT???
      Lois: I'm kidding
      Stewie: Oh, not cool

    • (Upon seeing Meg topless)
      The Count: One, one nipple hahah. Two, two nipples, hahahaha. Three, three nip– oh hell no, I'm out of here.

    • (Discussing scenarios where abortion is acceptable)
      Brian: What if it's rape?
      Peter: Well she shouldn't have asked me for directions.
      Brian: What?

    • Peter: I can't believe she went ahead and did it, after I specifically told her how I felt.
      Brian: Well clearly she believed it was within her right to- (begins sniffing the air) Lois just peed on something.
      (Quagmire pops through the window)
      Quagmire: Hey Brian, you picking up on that?
      Brian: Yep.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Looney Tunes

      Peter sets a trap for Lois much like Wile E Coyote does for the Roadrunner in Looney Tunes. He used a miscarriage kit made by the fictional company ACME, and many similar scenes and sound cues from the original cartoon are used as well.

    • Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

      Peter hires Turbo and Ozone from Breakin' to breakdance on Lois's stomach. He claims they're doing it to save the rec center from being torn down. This is the plotline to the sequel film Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

    • Partial Terms of Endearment

      Taken from the title of the novel, and subsequent film, Terms of Endearment.

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