It's time for that point of the show where Cleveland establishes his place with a mundane day job. The job of choice is the cable TV salesman.
I believe I asked for more Bear last week and more Bear is what was delivered. Unfortunately, would it KILL them to give the Bear some decent material? Call me weird, but I don't find the idea of bear penis funny. I also can't say much about the addition of Terry to the cast, but I'll get a better opinion of him after a few more episodes.
The B-plot had a lot of potential with Cleveland Jr. dealing with his repressed feelings about his parents' divorce. The payoff (The Roast of Cleveland Brown Jr.) had a lot potential, but the end was abrupt and wasn't too funny. Although there were some funny lines.
Rallo: Cleveland Jr.'s so fat, his butt takes an entire zip code. Cleveland Jr.: Are you saying I'm as big as a municipality?
We're four weeks in and I still find myself only liking Cleveland and Cleveland Jr. Probably not a good thing.
Cleveland Jr's OCD response to the divorce should have been an "A" plot further down the line.That was a great premise, totally wasted. I didn't think the insults were clever, & all this did was bury the other 2 kids as asses. Which reflects badly on the mom character. (On the other hand, Stewie can be an ass, because he's a witty, snarky, clever ass. Along with his own set of offsetting "issues".)
Since this was a bear-centric episode, I think its fair to say: I don't get the bear. Brian works because he's a family member with a unique perspective of the family dynamic, & a counter-balance for Stewie. The bear is ... a neighbour. If Cleveland had been a bear in Family Guy, that would have made just as little sense. (Cleveland Brown, brown bear. Get it? It works on so many levels!) And he wouldn't have gotten a spin-off. They burned the Winnie the Pooh reference with the bees. Family Guy last week burned the "bears on unicycles are the russian people" in a throwaway. I don't get the bear.
"Singing spokesman for a furniture flea market"? Maybe this is something they have in other parts of the country?
Bear penis? Not funny.
Discussion of jailhouse sex leads to sex by the roadside? Funny.
Bad excuse for Don Rickles? Not funny.
The racist-gay boss & his changing opinion of Cleveland was funny, & well evolved. And Cleveland's realisation of how to leverage the boss was very good. I did like the Terry character -- that's got promise, although they need to keep him differentiated from Quagmire.
"Don't laugh, America. Don't laugh." Not much chance of that.
Originally posted by emma"Singing spokesman for a furniture flea market"? Maybe this is something they have in other parts of the country?
Oh yeah, this. This was another one of those YouTube-makes-it-viral deals, but for the life of me, it's been too long for me to remember what it is. One of our YouTube linkers will come to my rescue here, I'm hoping. Or I'll remember to ask Kim later.
EDIT: Or OR I could just ask Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org).
The episode needed another hour to explain all the changes to the characters, especially Alpha's face turn. In typical Joss fashion, he kills one of the main love interest, so TV would be interesting for that last half hour, I guess.