"Be Careful What You Fish For"

"Be Careful What You Fish For"

I was more fascinated by the "B plot," where Brian discovers that Stewie's daycare is the worst place ever.
I suppose it's a function of the fact that Rhode Island is… well, an island… that there have been so many fishing-related Family Guy episodes. I can think of three off the top of my head, not to mention the recurring character of the Sea Captain. 
 
Nevertheless, there are so many things to do in the world, sometimes it feels a little lazy for them to keep going back to the same well. Heck, last night American Dad climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (and the artwork for that location was INCREDIBLE). But here we are on a show which is in every way inferior to American Dad, and we're fishing again.

How much you like this episode will, I suspect, hinge on how much you like Ricky Gervais. The episode is very much about Gervais' schtick, which - again - I thought was funnier on American Dad when he had a brief appearance as the guy in a medieval suit of armor who had been guarding Stan's secret underground passageway for decades.
 
I hate puns, and even making it a joke about how puns are really bad can't help the fact that you're still basing everything on a lot of bad puns. So… I was not particularly enchanted with this one. 
 
I was more fascinated by the "B plot," where Brian discovers that Stewie's daycare is the worst place ever. But he decides to pretend it's fine, because the woman in charge of the day care is hot and Brian wants to sexy time with her. 
 
This plot went in some pretty dark, uncomfortable directions in order to get a laugh (what is that hobo going to do with that kid?) and I found the process itself fascinating. Not necessarily always funny, but I was spellbound by waiting to see how much farther Family Guy would push it. In this sub-plot it rivaled several South Park episodes, and that's a real compliment. 
 
It was blunter than it had to be, when Brian meets the girl's boyfriend and we immediately cut to the cops arresting her. This storyline would have been better if it could have been fleshed out into a full episode. Then again, maybe we've had enough episodes about how Brian is a jerk and gets even more jerkish around women. (I'm reminded of the Cleveland Show joke from earlier on the same night, "Don't worry, we're not going to show it to you.")