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Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment
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Oct 14, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
Family Guy:  Partial Terms of Endearment order
Director:
Joseph Lee

Actors:
Seth MacFarlane
Alex Borstein
Milla Kunis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Lois is visited by a girlfriend from College (who she just so happened to experiment with) who wants to visit her and Peter at home to ask them for a favour. Peter being Peter thinks it’s because she wants to have a threesome but what she really wants is for Lois to be her surrogate mother.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I can honestly say I’m still a FAMILY GUY fan through and through despite the show’s creative ups and downs. To say Seth MacFarlane pushes the envelope further and further with each season would be an obvious understatement but it’s because of this fact that we’re here today discussing PARTIAL TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, a “so-so” episode banned from TV and thus released on DVD revolving around abortion.

My biggest beef here is that this DVD was made for one twenty-three minute episode. Though I don’t see the need for the STAR WARS parodies they’ve been slinging our way, I do at the very least appreciate the fact that they’re pretty much feature length runtimes. Yes, they threw in a commentary. And yes, they threw in a live comedy show (which was funny at times but I’m still unsure of how I feel about the bashing of that deaf chick) but the fact remains that this DVD revolves around one not so great episode that I don’t feel anyone needs to rush out and see, let alone buy.

Like any fan of the series I have my list of favourite episodes but PARTIAL TERMS OF ENDEARMENT is by no means one of them. There are a couple laughs to be had here but they’re rare and the story itself isn’t exactly something most people will find funny. I loved the threesome bit but that was about it. If you’re going to go as far as releasing an uncut, too hot for TV DVD of a FAMILY GUY episode I suggest you make the most of it and create a balls to the walls gut busting laugh fest or forget the whole thing entirely as this feels like it’s all about the Benjamines which is another way of saying they’re taking us fans for a ride.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: We’re joined by Seth MacFarlane, Danny Smith, Joseph Lee and Alex Borstein for this commentary and though the episode itself isn’t terribly funny, luckily for us this commentary is so it kinda evens out in the end.

Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show: This is without a doubt the only reason this DVD purchase could indeed be a valid one (and even still, I’m not so sure). I found this live presentation humorous at times but like most FAMILY GUY episodes, they quickly delve into wincing territory.

Family Guy: Live and Uncensored Table Read: There’s always at least one of these table reads included with these films and/or seasons and as always they’re entertaining enough to merit a look.

Animatic for Partial Terms of Endearment: Here we get the play by play or rather screen by screen look at the rough episode animation. They’ve certainly come a long way since season one.

Family Guy Songs: These nine downloadable songs are either good news or bad depending on your individual tastes but personally I find most of them annoying.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I liked the first FAMILY GUY straight to DVD movie (the Jesus finger trick still makes me laugh myself into tears) and again, the STAR WARS ones are alright but even those (unnecessary as they may be) pale in comparison to how useless this episode presentation is. This one isn’t worth your time or your money.

Extra Tidbit: It wasn't until after watching the Live Special that I realized Seth MacFarlane's "normal" voice is the voice of Brian.
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