[S8E19] The Splendid Source ((EXCLUSIVE))
"The Splendid Source" is the 19th episode of the eighth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy. Directed by Brian Iles and written by Mark Hentemann, the episode originally aired on Fox in the United States on May 16, 2010. The episode follows Peter, Joe and Quagmire as they set out on a journey to find the ultimate source of all the world's dirty jokes. Along the way, the group is reunited with their old friend, Cleveland Brown, while traveling through Stoolbend, Virginia. Their journey becomes much more difficult than expected when they are kidnapped and taken to a remote island. There, they discover a secret society of the world's greatest geniuses at the center of all the world's dirty jokes. The plot is based on a short story of the same name written by Richard Matheson and first published in the May 1956 edition of Playboy magazine.
[S8E19] The Splendid Source
Locating Bruce at his job at the bowling alley, the group discovers that the joke has been transmitted by a large chain of people including Consuela, Dr. Hartman, Mayor Adam West, Angela, Opie, Herbert, Tom Tucker, Bender from Futurama, Al Harrington, and REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin who has also been tracing the source of the joke and saved them some stops with one of their previous stops involving a Virginia bartender.
They are attacked by a black car, whose occupants fire guns at them to prevent them from learning the joke's origin. Joe shoots out one of the car's tires, causing it to spin out of control and crash onto its roof. The Quahog group arrive at a Washington hotel and locate Sal, who is reluctant to reveal the source of the joke. He races away on a handcart through Washington. Losing track of Sal, they are soon captured by several men in black suits who pistol-whip them until they are unconscious.
Quagmire bemoans that they destroyed the source of all dirty jokes. Joe quickly realize that Peter has best one ever written. Peter, Joe, Cleveland and Quagmire then fly off into the sunset, after finding out the supposed greatest joke ever written is "Guess what? Chicken butt!" Peter doubts that that is really the world's greatest joke. Cleveland replies "No, this is!," and then stabs Peter with a pencil and requests to be taken to Virginia.
With the plane, they land on an island which has the source for every dirty joke ever made, the base looks similar to a temple-compound from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now. The base is inhabited with many great minds including Warren Buffett (who was in a deleted scene on the DVD), Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking where they pass their time writing the world's dirty jokes. It is shown that the first dead baby joke was written in the era of Ancient Egypt.
The group, along with Cleveland, then set out on the road once more to Washington, D.C., but are soon attacked by a black vehicle, who fires gunshots at them, in an attempt to stop them from learning the joke's origin. The group then arrive at a Washington hotel, and locate Sal, who is reluctant to tell them where he heard it from, and races away on a handcart through Washington. Losing track of Sal, they are soon captured by several men in black suits, who beat them with their guns.Kidnapped and thrown on a plane, they soon approach an island and land, being lead by the men in suits through the jungle wilderness to a large stone temple. The Dean of the Secret Order of Dirty Joke Writers then appears from the shadows, and leads the group into a large library with the world's greatest geniuses studying inside. The Dean then leads the four on a tour, eventually taking them to a dark room. Revealing that they are not permitted to leave the island, now that they know the source of all the world's dirty jokes, they are locked in a jail cell. In an attempt to escape, Peter stabs Cleveland with a pencil, requiring a guard to unlock their cell. The group then escape, and are confronted by the Dean, and his armed guards immediately. As they are about to be shot by the guards, a man revealing that he has written the world's greatest dirty joke suddenly dies, with Peter stealing the joke that he had written on a small paper. Escaping on a plane, the group soon watch the castle be blown to pieces in a huge fireball, after it is set on fire by a candle that Peter had thrown at a curtain. Peter, Joe, Cleveland and Quagmire then fly off into the sunset, and set back to Quahog, before finding out the supposed greatest joke ever written is "Guess what? Chicken butt".
The episode is definitely a wild one, full of zany comedy and outrageous plot points. Quagmire's dad is portrayed as a fun and adventurous character who is a source of constant surprise for the citizens of Quahog. Even Brian gets in on the fun, as he is dragged along on some of Quagmire's dad's wild adventures. There are also plenty of pop culture references throughout the episode, making it a must-watch for fans of the show. 041b061a72