I can't lie, I haven't looked forward to this episode. The show's on a big losing streak, as it is, and the episode's premise seemed so cliche that I was expecting nothing out of it.
And of course, we weren't off to a good start. The segment with Carter destroying the bus bench just went on SOOOO long! And it didn't get any better from there. MAN, that joke with Peter arranging the high school shooting really felt like it was in poor taste.
The last segment did have a great moment. The police sketch artist manatee gag was good for a decent chuckle, but the fact that they followed it up with Chris getting mugged by Peter's racist drawing was the highlight of the episode.
But as is usually the case these days, they went overboard with the serious/uncomfortable tone and the episode ended with a thud.
Even the wife turned to me during the Carter/Crane scene and said "padding". I did like Chris as the adult and the small B storyline of Stewie trying to get Brian to Criss Cross. The Columbine joke may have been a tad too much. I didn't think it was as good as Bob or Cleveland show, but it wasn't as terrible as the early ones this year.
If someone could find me an animated GIF of Stewie slapping Rupert around, I would be much obliged ... that was pretty much the highligh of the episode for me.
"All RAW is these days is a cheap version of Saturday Night Live, so if you wanna tune in to watch the amazing star power of Al Sharpton and Nancy O'Dell, go ahead! Who's gonna host next week, Big Bird? Wow, that's must-see TV!" - John Morrison (10/16/09 Smackdown!)
This was a really good episode! I really like the way that Abed and Hickey are at entire opposite sides of the realism spectrum, if losing Troy means we get more interactions like this between Abed and the other characters I'm down with it.