Family Guy Quagmire

November 7th, 2013

quagmireI remember my mother throwing her arms up over Family Guy when I lived at home, afraid my little brother would catch some of the adult themes. I don’t think Family Guy is too obscene for the most part, and find it enjoyable as an adult who is a little more than enamored with animation. I can admit it has some questionable moments. Alas, something about Peter Griffin and his family just keeps us tuning in each in week, even though he has thoroughly proven himself an idiot.

 

A recent episode took the focus off Peter’s family for a rare glimpse of Glen Quagmire and his new relationship (yes, the ‘r’ word). Long-time fans of the show will remember when Glen took Joan for a wife, creating a (short-lived) bout of holy matrimony. Those same fans will also remember how Joan was a raging psychopath and committed suicide to save Quagmire when their ruse to fake his death goes awry. This episode cemented the fact that Quagmire will never change his ways, and that relationships and commitment aren’t for him.

 

Or, were we wrong?

 

Quagmire takes his computer in for service, and meets Sonja, an equally-perverse female version of himself- or so it seems. Things heat up quickly (just as they did with Joan) and he even mentions changing his relationship status on Facebook. Woah. Could this be a new beginning for our Quagmire?

 

It seems he isn’t lucky in this department. Sonja’s perversions hold a dangerous ‘kink’, and she becomes physically abusive toward Quagmire. Eventually, she kidnaps him and holds him hostage in a storage unit. Joe and Peter find him and Sonja arrives for a showdown between herself and Joe. Joe tricks her with an unloaded gun and secures the arrest. Seems like true love just isn’t in the cards for Quagmire.

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The episode was also rife with perverse humor (an especially disturbing-for lack of a better word- sexual scene with Quagmire’s transgender father sticks in the mind), but some may find it a bit hard to swallow. Things with Sonja get quite ‘intense’ and the viewer has to assume quickly that Sonja is ‘unhinged’ for things to drive on. Why is it her behavior is seen as psychotic, when Quagmire has been depicted doing virtually all of these things throughout the series? The ‘overly-attached psycho girlfriend’ bit feels a little stale, especially since a similar episode exists already. Redeeming little gems like Quagmire and Peter agreeing to not get presents for Joe’s birthday play out in the end when Peter presents a present following Sonja’s arrest. It’s a mixed bag for this plot.

 

A sub-plot where Stewie finds an old teddy bear, Oscar, was great. Brian’s sarcastic comments toward Stewie’s relationships with the teddies made it true gold. In fact, the plot between Stewie and his teddies felt a bit like the real highlight of the episode. After all, we have seen a similar plot with Quagmire before, and something about Stewie’s adult relationship with his bear Rupert tugs on the heart unlike anything else. One couldn’t help but feel for Oscar and he hung lifeless from a noose beside a giant painting of Stewie.

 

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Other skits were peppered in, as usual, and made for a  great episode. Hopefully, Quagmire will meet a woman he can REALLY stay with down the line. Would be interesting, to say the least. Check right here for other great entertainment options that you might like.

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