This is another one that felt like it went through the motions. Peter doing jury duty got a few laughs, but that's a segment that definitely needed more Kool-Aid Man.
The grand April Fools joke led to a tacked-on conflict between Peter and the kids. But if there's anything more annoying than a tacked-on conflict, it's a tacked-on solution. Here's an Xbox 360, drive-thru, good-bye. No semblance of a plot and no semblance of a resolution.
This episode gets points for Adam West goofing on the Orion logo and Peter's fun with Modern Warfare 2, but not much else.
This is the last new episode for a few weeks, until we get the Big 150 featuring a major change for Stewie and Brian. If it's what I think it is, it'll just cement the 8th season as the one where Family Guy jumps the shark.
The real April Fool's joke was on us. They were promoting *this* episode as the crossover episode (thefutoncritic.com), with appearances by Stan and Francine Smith and Hank Hill. They even released a promotional photo of Peter and Lois talking with Stan and Fran.
Don't know if the cameos would've made a difference, cos this one was not good.
I thought it was good. The tacked on conflict had a tacked on resolution which I am not sure what you are complaining about. I did love Stewie's comments about homo-erotic action figures. The sad part is out of the four cartoon shows, I laughed at this one the most. I have to make king of the black people, my avatar.
Disney attached the trailer to "Bolt" instead, the non-Pixar animated...thing...that comes out in November. They were probably thinking that it needed the rub and promotion more than "Up", and they're right.