Sunday, March 21, 2010

TV Makes Me Think

With the same intensity that historians use when reviewing the Zapruder footage, I watch Family Guy reruns, always looking for clues to the sweet mystery of this crazy mixed-up salad we call "life."

The episode called "Da Boom," from their early years, took my thoughts to two levels. This one was first shown on the day after Christmas, 1999, and it features the world being destroyed on Y2K and how the Griffin family seeks to restore civilization, which would be sort of like asking that jerk who's married to Sandra Bullock to lead a convocation on the topic of marital fidelity.

After Peter, Lois, Stewie, Chris, Meg and Brian wander through the post-apocalyptic nightmare following the events of January 1, 2000, the show ends with Victoria Principal and Patrick Duffy, in live-action, recreating their famous "It was all a dream, a horrible, horrible dream" scene from "Dallas."

Questions for discussion:

1. Who remembers all the Y2K hysteria/panic/dread/commotion?

2. Who remembers "Dallas"?

3. Who shot J.R.?

4. Was there really a show on which Bing Crosby's daughter shot Mary Martin's son?

5. Who were Bing Crosby and Mary Martin?

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