Friday May 6, 1:06 p.m.
OK, why do I have a picture of Glenn Quagmire...an atypically furious Quagmire...to the left of me here?
First, a bit of background....I am an unabashed fan of "Family Guy" and a lot of my 9 days in cocoon mode was spent watching my DVDs of Seth McFarlane's magnum opus. So far, I've collected the discs for the first 5 seasons of the show and have enjoyed the music and mayhem surrounding Quahog's First Family.
So it was a bit of a shock when I read in Wikipedia late last year that one of the newer episodes had pervert Quagmire give Brian Griffin one of the biggest verbal smackdowns ever seen on any TV show. But it was just yesterday when I was doing some scouring on YouTube that I finally heard the major-league chewout. There was no video accompanying it...just the audio itself, and I just thought it was the most uncomfortable thing I'd heard. I heard it out of context...especially since I have yet to see episodes from the last couple of seasons....apparently, Brian has become somewhat shriller in his political beliefs of late and may have become less likeable, but still to even hear the audio only came as a bit of a shocker. And since then, later episodes have seen the formerly happy-go-lucky Quagmire go on a verbal tear of Brian whenever the two meet, including one episode in which the former physically stomps the latter into near-oblivion.
The forums have talked about the feud right into the ground. As for my two yen, I'm kinda wondering if Seth McFarlane was having an internal battle of sorts with himself (he voices both characters), and just decided that his own liberal values were just getting too much into the way of the show. Or the feud could be Seth's re-enactment of his own true feud with "Entertainment Weekly" critic Ken Tucker, who has made no bones about his hate for "Family Guy". But it's interesting that I yet to come up with any direct quotes from the man himself about this feud.