I had an odd vibe about the premise of this episode. Stan's spent so many episodes of the series trying to turn the Steve into a man that it seems weird that Stan would suddenly get threatened by it. The gag with the Nationals game was a great one, though.
The B-plot with Hayley and Jeff evaluating their marriage was more of a hoot. I was 100% sure they'd end up with Roger as their counselor, but Principal Louis has been a sorely underused character, so I heartily approve. Between his antics after Hayley's wedding and everything in this episode, he's becoming a breakout star for this show. I want more!
Jeff: See? Now you broke it! Hayley: You can't break something before you put it together, Dumbo! Jeff: Don't call me my favorite movie!
I really liked the main plot in this one. Steve trying to score is always good for laughs, and this was no exception. Add Roger in and it was that much better. The stuff with he and Stan battling for Alpha Male was fun, too.
The B plot was fine. Not much else to say about it.
I really enjoyed this episode. I tend towards being somewhat of an apologist for Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, but it's even beginning to strike me as odd how AD has been so consistently better for a while.
See, AD was better for most of its run, but last season slipped and this season hasn't been much to write home about. This episode, however, was awesome.
Blue Jay fans are NOT the worst, Roger!
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Despite Roy.'s best attempts to scoop me (The W), here now are the long awaited WORST 10 for 2004 according to Ebert & Roeper: Again, audio at http://tvplex.go.com/buenavista/ebertandroeper/050117.html starting Tuesday EBERT: 10. The Village 9.