It certainly met mine. I found the Griffins’ visit to Springfield to be a bizarre-yet-perfect marriage, one that taught us all a valuable lesson: Despite their inherent similarities, it’s OK to love both shows for (very) different reasons.
So, without further Apu, here are 10 moments that stuck out to me — for better or worse — from the premiere:
* I’m a big fan of jokes that remind us Brian is a dog, so I loved Marge’s blunt questioning of his desire to sit at the dinner table: “Oh, I was under the impression that you were a dog. … Have you ever drunk out of a toilet? … Dogs eat in the kitchen.”
* Quick follow-up to that last one: Why was Brian so high-and-mighty around Santa’s Little Helper? I recall Brian having sex with Seabreeze, a racing greyhound, back in Season 3. Now he’s better than one? Once again, Brian is the worst.
* I’m not going to describe this next one at length, but since I’ll never be able to get this image out of my head, it’s only fair that you should also share my burden:
* Three cheers for self-awareness! Peter’s speech about how Pawtucket Ale (aka Family Guy) was “inspired” by Duff (The Simpsons), but that it “goes in a different direction,” was so spot-on — as was his comment about how he “used to love Duff” when he was younger, but hasn’t had it in “like, 13 years.”
* The entire court scene was brilliant, but Family Guy‘s James Woods meeting The Simpsons‘ James Woods was easily the cherry atop the entire sequence.
* And was that Simpsons creator Matt Groening sitting behind Joe and Bonnie? (Side note: I also kept my eyes peeled for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, but didn’t spot him. Did anyone have better luck?)
* The Meg/Lisa scenes were about as thrilling as you’d expect Meg/Lisa scenes to be, but — and feel free to call me crazy, gross, etc. — was anyone else expecting them to kiss goodbye? That was some serious slow-mo, droopy eyed leaning in they did.
* “I took Apu.” (Nice one, Stewie.)
* As expected, Peter’s chicken fight with Homer went on way too long, but it was all worth it for a brief glimpse of American Dad‘s Roger talking about the good ol’ days with Kang and Kodos. (Aaaand I’m suddenly craving a box of pecan sandies.)
* Lastly, Stewie’s chalkboard homage to Bart was a nice — albeit mildly depressing — way to end the episode.
What did you think of the Family Guy season premiere? Any great moments I missed? Rate the episode below, then drop a comment with your full review.