One of the most fun events I've been able to attend so far at the TCA press tour was Monday's live reading of the 100th episode of "Family Guy." Over themed lunches (the Lois was a cobb salad; the Peter included a large cookie), we listened to the show's voice actors run through a half hour of crude, inappropriate and often hilarious lines from the episode, which will air early in the show's upcoming season.
Of course, it will be interesting to see how much of the episode we heard actually makes it to air; Fox reminded us both in print and in person that this script hadn't yet been reviewed by the folks in broadcast standards and practices — which was obvious, to put it mildly. All the actual cursing will be saved for the DVD, of course, and there was one joke involving Keanu Reeves' unmentionables and the magical mailbox from The Lake House that I can't quite see making it to prime time either.
But there were lots of great (and slightly cleaner) moments in the episode, currently titled "Stewie Kills Lois." The basic plot line is pretty self-explanatory: Stewie, well, kills Lois when she and Peter decide to go on a cruise without him. The episode has a lot of scenes between Stewie and Brian the dog, and watching Seth MacFarlane switch seamlessly between the two voices as he essentially did dialogue with himself was pretty incredible. It also has an appearance by the Kool-Aid Man busting through a courtroom wall, which is something I can always get behind in my "Family Guy." The series will return for its sixth season on Sept. 23, and between this and the much-anticipated Star Wars parody episode, it should be something to watch.
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