March 12, 2007 - With the help of President Clinton, Peter learns that age is all in the mind. The former President then ends up sleeping with Lois, which leads to Peter wanting to sleep with his mother-in-law to compensate. Despite the effective plot, this week's episode of Family Guy feels a little dry. It's not due to a lack of originality - "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey" has a few truly hilarious moments, but the main storyline ends up taking a backseat to an overabundance of unfunny "manatee" jokes.

Pointless jokes such as one about a racist sunflower, Stewie using a couple of starfishes to cover his nipples and pretend to be a stripper, or watching Peter destroy Meg's laptop - all fail completely. Compounding the problem of these lame jokes is the fact that the main plot really works well and could have benefited from a little more exposition, or even some more relevant humor.

Especially funny was the thrill ride that Peter and Clinton take which includes a hilarious round of "Dance Dance Revolution" and ultimately degenerates into them both getting stoned and hungry enough to want to capture and eat a live pig. Lois gets upset about Bill Clinton being a bad influence on her husband, and goes to have a talk with him - only to end up succumbing to his Presidential charm and sleep with him. Obvious cigar references aside, it's a hilarious moment, and it plays out remarkably well. More of this type of material and less filler would have really helped this episode.

- FOX

Peter Griffin and Bill Clinton
Of course, this leads to Lois regretting the fact that she cheated on Peter, and offers him the chance to sleep with anyone else as compensation. She'd help make it happen. Disturbingly, Peter chooses his mother-in-law. Odder still - Lois doesn't flinch and helps set up the awkward sexual encounter.

In the end, Peter doesn't go through with it, and Peter ends up dealing with the Clinton situation by sleeping with the ex-President himself. It's definitely bizarre, and if it were any other show, this would probably raise a lot of eyebrows with the "interesting" content decisions made in this episode. Unfortunately, this is Family Guy, and shock value alone can only go so far. This episode needed just a little more substance to go with the interesting main storyline. Even if the writers opted to replace a few of the irrelevant jokes with some that tied in better to the story, this episode would have been a lot better.

There were quite a few hilarious moments in this episode as well. Brian's toilet training b-story was quite entertaining and it included a fantastic off the wall "toilet-training instructional video" narrated by Roy Scheider. During the video, an animated toilet seat tells Scheider that "I'm hungry for your poo, don't make me starve".

One "manatee" joke that really worked well was aimed at writers who choose to do their work at Starbucks. It's one of those tongue-in-cheek commentary moments that the show used to excel at during its earlier seasons.

Overall, this episode was a mixed bag. There was certainly enough of a main storyline to keep your attention, and there were a few great comedy moments. Unfortunately, the irrelevant jokes were far too numerous, and they came at the expense of fleshing out a rather interesting plot involving a hilarious Bill Clinton.

IGN's Ratings for Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey
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7.1 OVERALL
(out of 10 / not an average)