'Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment'
(DVD / NR / 2010 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Lois defies Peter's command and becomes a surrogate mother for a childless couple in this Family Guy episode that was banned from television.
DVD Verdict: First off, I've got to hand it to the guys at Fuzzy Door, great work. I love the bonus features, especially the songs! Seth MacFarlane is a genius, and if you haven't seen Seth and the gang perform all the voices live, check them out on this DVD.
'Partial Terms of Endearment,' for all its controversy, actually turned out to be an above average episode for Family Guy when comparing it with many of the episodes in the last few seasons. For the most part, the flashbacks are very funny (i.e. Meg dating The Count from Sesame Street), there are many excellent one-liners ("BOO! To that outfit!") and it stays on a steady storyline.
In this episode, Lois reunites with a college classmate and her husband who ask if she will be the surrogate mother to their baby. Much to Peter's chagrin, Lois agrees and soon becomes pregnant.
Without spoiling the storyline, something happens which leaves Lois with the decision between carrying the baby to term or having an abortion. The usual issues surrounding abortion are discussed; however, being "Family Guy, it is not done seriously and there are plenty of laughs along the way.
The only segment that was overly silly was the Wile E. Coyote parody. Extras include commentary by Seth MacFarlane, Danny Smith, Joseph Lee, and Alex Borstein, "Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show," a Table Read, Animatic, and songs. Of course, it would have been better as a bonus on the DVD volume it was meant to be on had it aired but, since it is a good, solid episode, this reviewer is happy to have it in one form or the other. [MLA] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.733:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
The Seth and Alex Almost Live Comedy Show
Family Guy: Live and Uncensored Table Read
Animatic for Partial Terms of Endearment
9 Original Songs Composed for Family Guy