The most difficult episode to watch so far
last night's Family Guy episode. I'm choosing to look at it as a Halloween episode of a very different sort, one with real-world frights and monsters. And in that sense, it succeeded spectacularly.
The first portion of the episode is chock full of call-backs to earlier episodes, including references to the time Peter sang "Rock Lobster" in its entirety, the Portuguese fishermen, and Quagmire's cat. Call-back jokes are comforting, and my theory is that front-loading the episode with these silly jokes was deliberately meant to anchor the audience. Like handing a kid a cozy blanket before you scare him half to death.