12 and a Half Angry Men

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"12 and a Half Angry Men"
Family Guy episode
Episode no. Season 11
Episode 16
Directed by Pete Michels
Written by Ted Jessup
Production code AACX14
Original air date March 24, 2013
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"12 and a Half Angry Men" is the sixteenth episode of the eleventh season and the 204th overall episode of the animated comedy series Family Guy. It aired on Fox in the United States on March 24, 2013, and is written by Ted Jessup and directed by Pete Michels;[1] in the episode, Mayor Adam West is brought on trial for murder. Brian Griffin is on the jury and tries to clear his name.

Plot[edit]

When an aide to Mayor Adam West is found stabbed to death, evidence that the victim attempted to blackmail the Mayor points to Mayor Adam West and he is put on trial for murder, the jury selected for the trial consists of Peter, Brian, Quagmire, Mort Goldman, Tom Tucker, Herbert, Carter, Dr. Hartman, Seamus, Bruce, Carl, and Consuela. Brian is the only one voting "not guilty" and he tries to persuade his fellow jurors that there is a reasonable doubt of the Mayor's guilt, his insistence frustrates the others who do not trust the Mayor because he is a politician. Brian's examination of the evidence leads him to notice the paper the blackmail note was written on matches a love letter he received from Quagmire's transgender father after they had sex. Brian agrees that if no one is convinced of the possibility of Mayor West's innocence then he will change his vote, but the vote comes up with an agreement from Herbert that there is a chance of innocence, the other jurors just want to go home. Bruce calls for a break and Quagmire berates Brian for not going along when he had the chance.

Back in the jury room, Brian questions the witness' testimony of seeing the crime during an orgy. Quagmire tries to prove that it could really happen, but finds that Brian may be on to something when his demonstration proves that the witness' position could not have allowed her to look out a window during the orgy, admitting that Brian was right, the jury finds itself dead locked at 6-6 and Tom Tucker still holds out for a guilty verdict until Dr. Hartman convinces him otherwise. Peter changes his vote after he finds out what "guilty" means. Later, with just Carter as the lone holdout for guilty, Brian challenges his thought until Carter reveals that he felt betrayed by the Mayor's marriage to his daughter and gives in on his guilty vote. Acquitted of the crime, Mayor Adam West resumes his duties. Back at the Griffin home, Stewie is unsatisfied that they proved Mayor Adam West was innocent and reveals that more murders have occurred, proving that a maniac is still on the loose, the lights go out, prompting Stewie to say, "And we're dead."

Reception[edit]

The episode received a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and was watched by a total of 5.16 million viewers. This made it the most watched show on Fox's Animation Domination line-up that night, beating The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers and The Cleveland Show.[2] The episode was met with mixed reviews from critics. Kevin McFarland of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B–, saying "Every beat of the 12 Angry Men homage shows up exactly when it should, but that reliability doesn’t come off as lazy, since at least some work has to go into creating all the little twists, and whoever’s responsible for Quagmire’s orgy recreation certainly had a bit of time on their hands."[3] Mark Trammell of TV Equals wrote, "I don't know if I can truthfully say that '12 and a Half Angry Men' worked entirely, but it wasn't an embarrassment, either, I suppose, as those of you who got the allusion from the title already know, the main plot line was taken from the classic Twelve Angry Men, a stage play that later became the source for several movies."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Family Guy Episode Guide 2013 Season 11 - 12 and a Half Angry Men, Episode 16". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time' & 'Celebrity Apprentice' Adjusted Up + Unscrambled CBS". Tvbythenumbers. 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  3. ^ McFarland, Kevin (2013-03-25). ""12 And A Half Angry Men" Family Guy". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Family Guy Season 11 Review 12 and a Half Angry Men". TV Equals. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 

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