Leave it to Family Guy
to take the sacred and make it profane. On the August 13th episode
(9:00 p.m. ET), titled "The Courtship of Stewie's Father," God is portrayed in
bed with a woman who offers him a condom when He wants to have sex with her.
For this reason, and the sheer vulgar storyline woven throughout the episode,
Family Guy is back on the list as the Worst of the Week.
This episode, which originally
aired November 20, 2005, uses the context of the father-son relationship as a
thread woven throughout the raunchy half-hour. Peter is frustrated with his job
and his wife is frustrated with their son, Stewie, who has been "acting out."
In fact, Stewie has been trying to kill his mother. When she goes to his
preschool and is shown pictures he has drawn of her in varying stages of
dismemberment, all Stewie's mom sees is that Peter is not in the pictures. She
determines that Stewie's behavior is attributed to the lack of time he spends
with his father.
When Lois addresses this with
Peter, Peter tells her the "father-son bond is sacred." It is here that the
scene changes to one with Jesus yelling at Joseph and saying, "You're not my
real father!" Jesus then picks up the phone and calls God in Heaven who is
shown in bed with a young woman named Janet. God tells Jesus that He can't help
him out and that He'll talk with him later. God then turns to Janet to initiate
sex and Janet hands God a square-shaped foil package – presumably a condom - to
which God says, "But it's my birthday!"
Back at the Griffin home, Lois
is accidentally hit in the head by a box from the pantry when Peter opens it.
This makes Stewie laugh hysterically which Peter sees as a sign of father-son
bonding. He then intentionally hits Lois with several items and continues
brutalizing her in various ways, culminating with Stewie and Peter putting Lois
in the back seat of the car, driving to a cliff and letting the car go over the
edge into a lake. Throughout the entire sick sequence the sound of father and
son laughing underscores the action.
In addition to the profanity
and abuse themes, this episode of Family Guy also included references to
pedophilia and racism. Unfortunately, such offerings are nothing out of the
ordinary for Family Guy. Expect to see more of the same when the new
season starts next month.