Sunday, January 27, 2008

Your Sunday Night Weird

Maybe it's just that I only will sit for long-haul TV for the Fox Sunday night line-up, but occasionally I draw weird connections between the four shows that air on these nights. (I've done it before, when I realized that the leads for The Simpsons, King of the Hill and Family Guy each feature characters who lust after their best friends' wives. Moe, Bill Dauterive and Quagmire. What the hell is that?) Like the time Family Guy had the one-hundredth episode, in which Stewie tried to kill Lois by knocking her off a cruise liner and then, shortly thereafter, The Simpsons aired an episode with a vaguely similar plot point that had Mr. and Mrs. Van Houten also falling off a cruise and into the ocean. Both Lois and the Van Houtens were presumed dead. Theoretical hilarity ensued.

Anyway, the Van Houtens-gone-overboard episode aired again tonight. I blogged about it the first time, but focused more on the fact that the script made the odd choice of poking fun at Santa Barbara's wacky neighbor, Solvang, the famed butter cookie source city. Another weird coincidence happened tonight: The 9:30 airing of American Dad also mentioned Solvang, with Roger the Alien recalling that he had gone there to buy chocolate. An incidental reference, yes, but a strange one nonetheless.

I don't know what's weirder: Solvang's prominence on animated sitcoms or the fact that different shows seem to be offering up the same plot points.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:10 AM

    One chance in a million coincidences happen 9 times out of 10, said Terry Pratchett.

    But yes, I agree, less coincidence and more unoriginality.

    Maybe there's a writer there who writes for every Fox show. Maybe coming up we have Jack Bauer falling off a cruiseliner, and a Terminator called Solvang. You never know.