'Family Guy' Season 10, Episode 15 Recap - 'Burning Down the Bayit'
"You know what this show needed? More Mort!" ...is a phrase that you will never hear anyone say, ever. Can Mort be a funny character when used correctly? Yes. But more often than not, he's just an excuse for a barrage of Jew jokes that are rarely funny past their shock value.
So you can assume that when Mort shows up on the 15th episode of the 10th season of "Family Guy," it's going to be a filler episode. In traditional "Family Guy" fashion, things start with Peter's riding lawnmower and end up after a few turns at Mort's pharmacy, which hasn't been doing well since Muriel died.
Peter and Quagmire offer to help Mort get the pharmacy more business, but instead end up killing a bus full of kids with a banner advertising the pharmacy, so the three guys hatch a new plan: burn the place down for the insurance money.
Everything goes off without a hitch, until Joe shows up and starts digging around. Eventually he discovers the truth and arrests Peter, Quagmire and Mort, but when they remind Joe how all insurance companies are jerks, he lets them go.
So all in all, it looks like this whole episode was an excuse to complain (rightfully) about how insurance companies are a total rip-off. Oh, and Jew jokes. Lots of those, too.
There was one moment of fun with "They're going with B" (when in doubt on "Family Guy," say things with a weird line reading), but when an episode ends with a gag like the "basement family," you know this one was just a bit of a throw-away in the history of "Family Guy."
Cut-Aways of the Week:
- English to raccoon translator: B-, a little weak on the punchline but not a bad bit
- Wheel-Cher: C+, the whole thing was a little too cute
- Seeing The Beatles at the Ed Sullivan Show: C, gross but kinda funny
- Robocop's day off: B, could have been any superhero, but the joke worked
- Scott Bakula in the mirror: B+, if only for the randomness