Family Guy

Season 12 Episode 15

Secondhand Spoke

12
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2014 on FOX
4.9
out of 10
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54 votes
4

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After Peter begins smoking, an advertising exec enlists him to be the face of his anti-smoking campaign, under one condition: Peter can't give up the habit. Meanwhile, Stewie steps in to help Chris battle school bullies.
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Not that great

    4.0
    After the horrendous incest episode (Fresh Heir), this new Family Guy episode seems to (slightly) improve - though improving from one of the worst FG episodes ever made shouldn't be too hard... we have Chris fighting bullies courtesy of Stewie (a nice teaming up as the two brothers are barely together in a story, but I usually don't care much for Chris and Meg's school-oriented stories) and Peter smoking, only to be used by the anti-smoking lobbying (a reversal of Mr. Griffin Goes To Washington where he was the spokesperson for the smoking industry).



    Anyway, the episode is rather unfunny (though Stewie's/Chris' one-liners are rather well-written) and gets disturbing when Peter looks sickly. Also, as in other episodes this season, it ends on a dark note (Peter's condition doesn't get magically fixed - in a joke on the Deus Ex Machina that solved most episodes of the show I guess). Even though the grade is much higher than the previous one's, it still remains below average.moreless
  • Is it me, or are the writers running out of ideas very quickly?

    5.0
    When I heard of this episode, I immediately thought this was going to be a rehash of Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington from Season 3 and it was. It's actually the inverse of that episode where Peter smokes and becomes part of an anti-smoking campaign instead of becoming part of the pro-smoking campaign. I didn't like how Peter's smoking problem never resolved at the end. Seth needs to stop with all these deaths in Family Guy episodes. Peter made Meg disappear in 3 Acts of God. Peter disappeared after he ripped up his birth certificate and got killed by his hairless twin in Fresh Heir (he deserved it for making Meg disappear). And we don't know for sure, but Peter dies from smoking at the end of this episode. Seriously Seth! Why do you think death is funny?



    My rating for this episode is up thanks to the Chris/Stewie plot in this episode. We need more A-plots focusing on those two because I am tired of either Peter or Lois being the main focus of this show. We need characters like Chris, Meg or Stewie to be in the spotlight for once.moreless
  • Well at least Chris and Stewie's plot wasn't too bad.

    1.0
    That aside, Peter decides to start smoking and ends up getting sick. A guy who wants to make a PSA wants Peter to keep smoking for it. This one feels like another disturbing episode which it is.



    Of course too, they had to include a whole 1 minute joke of Peter trying to figure out how to smoke which just has him moving the cigarette around. It's not funny - stop doing that!moreless
  • Secondhand Spoke

    5.5
    Well, it was not a terrible episode, but I can't say it was that great either. Again they had Peter opt to pursue a weird habit and then not really resolve it at the end (at least they poked fun at that in the end though).



    More Chris and Stewie storylines in the future would be welcome as well.

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