Just a head’s up, this post contains SPOILERS from Episode 300 (S16E11) of Family Guy. Please continue at your own risk.
Not every episode of a TV show is going to be peachy keen. You could be the biggest fan of a show and still find its flaws and loopholes. It’s normal. Even great shows like Family Guy are going to have episodes where you are going to find yourself questioning certain aspects of it. I mean of course Family Guy is not intended for the easily offended, but that’s not what I mean. I mean regarding the content and flow of things, there are some things that you just wish the writers did differently. Unfortunately, this is the case with episode 300. This past weekend FOX premiered Family Guy’s 300th episode. The show will turn 19 years old in two weeks and still going pretty strong 16 seasons later. Though the series hasn’t had its major theatrical movie yet, it has had much success that lead to video games & book adaptions. With such great work that the team behind Family Guy puts together, you just can’t slam it as a whole. However, I have to be completely honest. Episode 300 was pretty emotional because it represented losing something that is near and dear to you. Oh and Peter is literally every teenage girl when they meet their idol.
Episode 300 started out smooth and easygoing, with no reference that it is the 300th episode. Starting off with Peter’s gag of having to have the grocery list items separately pinned to him by Lois, you would think this would be just an ordinary episode where Peter just goofs off… which is was. The main story line actually surrounded Stewie, Brian and Rupert. Brian planned on binge-watching all of the Fast & Furious movies with Stewie and Rupert. Growing tired and annoyed by Stewie’s constant “conversation” with his plush bear, Brian decides to go out and drink instead. Stewie’s “conversation” with Rupert later turns into an “argument” and Stewie storms upstairs. Stewie later comes back and finds Rupert in pieces and Brian sleeping on the couch after a night of drinking. While in hysterics over Rupert’s “death”, Stewie attacks Brian. Brian admits to mistaking Rupert as a chew toy. In this moment, I was questioning Brian’s explanation. Later on in the episode I come to find out that I was right. Brian confesses that he intentionally “killed” Rupert, because he’s tired of always coming second in Stewie’s eyes.
The episode ends with Stewie and Brian coming to some sort of resolution as they scatter Rupert’s ashes on the mountains, followed by It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday playing with Rupert and Paul Walker driving away, a parody of the scene from The Fast and the Furious. Oh and not to mention the big mistake that the writers made: Brian ends up buying Stewie a new Rupert. The last five minutes or so made the entire episode pretty pointless. For them to go through all the trouble of making viewers sad with that musical montage, just for Brian to buy him another bear wasn’t necessary. We all know it isn’t the original Rupert, come on Family Guy writers!