has once again earned the title "Worst of the Week" list for the episode titled
"Helping Handies" which aired on April 30th. The episode followed
Stan as he begins to feed Steve steroids when he worries that his son won't ever
be accepted by the popular guys at school.
When Steve first
begins taking the steroids, he approaches his father in a fit of anger during
which he breaks some furniture. Stan explains that he is just going through "Roid-rage,"
a perfectly natural side-effect. He is horrified though, when Steve pulls open
his bathrobe to reveal large breasts which have also grown because of the
steroids. Stan tells him to keep his chest hidden until he can procure an
"antidote" from a doctor at work.
At school Steve is
tired of covering up his chest. He hides in a corner to unzip his jacket just
long enough to cool off when Vince Chung, a popular guy notices his breasts.
"Nice Jugs" he says as he gives Steve a long high-five so that he can stare at
Rumor soon begins
to spread among the popular guys at school and they begin to hang out with Steve
more. Stan is pleased when he hears them invite Steve to go down to the river to
hang out after school. Steve gleefully ditches his former friends to spend the
afternoon in a woman's bathing suit frolicking in the water while the popular
guys sit and watch.
With his newfound
popularity Steve is soon throwing parties himself. At one point Stan comes home
during one and goes upstairs to find his son sitting in bed while the popular
guys take turns fondling his breasts.
Stan is furious at
the guys who have been taking advantage of his son. To take the attention away
from Steve, Stan consumes triple the amount of steroids he has been giving Steve
and grows an enormous pair of breasts. Stan then goes to a party where he knows
Steve will be using his chest to get attention. Clad in a skimpy top, Stan is
able to distract the guys. Later he explains to Steve that he shouldn't allow
himself to be used by them in order to be popular.
The show then ends
with a montage of pictures of Steve and Stand wearing tight tops and tiny cutoff
shorts washing a car with rock music playing the background.
is clearly one of the most unsavory offerings on television and an episode like
"Helping Handies" only further demonstrates that there seems to be no limit to
the amount of far-fetched depravity that Fox is willing to see crammed into a
Worst TV Show
of the Week
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