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Family Guy Weirdly Had The Most Mature Discussion On Suicide Ever Seen On TV

Coming from a show filled with crass humour and cutaway gags, it was a huge surprise.

WARNING: This Family Guy article discusses suicide.

People probably know Family Guy as that weird animated show that’s crass and stuffed to the brim with cutaway gags, and they’d be right about 95 percent of the time actually.

But when the show decides to do something different or serious for that remaining five percent, the end result is usually something surprisingly good and there’s no better example of that than its 150th episode, ‘Brian & Stewie,’ which gave us one of the most mature discussions of suicide ever seen on a TV show.

Eschewing all gags and cutaways in favour of an intimate “bottle episode” setting, ‘Brian & Stewie’ sees Brian and Stewie get trapped in a bank vault and the pair end up just talking the entire time.

Things get cranked up dramatically towards the end though when Stewie discovers a gun in Brian’s safety desposit box. After confronting Stewie confront Brian, a vocal anti-gun left-winger, about it, Brian confesses he has it in case he ever wants to commit suicide.

When pressed, Brian admits that he constantly faces existential crises due to his anthropomorphism and he can’t find his purpose in life unlike other dogs.

It’s a wild shift in a Family Guy episode that had the pair getting drunk before culminating with Brian eating Stewie’s vomit just minutes earlier.

But beyond dealing with such heavy subject matter, this particular Family Guy episode also demonstrates how someone should talk to a friend who is contemplating suicide.

Stewie asks simple yet direct questions such as “why are you unhappy” and “why do you want to kill yourself?” Not only does this keep Brian talking (which is good as it keeps their mind on other things while allowing for aid to arrive), it also helps him talk himself out of going through with it.

What’s also great is how Stewie never criticises Brian for being suicidal as depressed people beat themselves up already and there’s no need for more dogpiling. Stewie also tells Brian that he is best friend and he would be lost without him, which gives Brian reassurance and a personal reason to stay alive.

There are no laughs to be had but it all works on both a dramatic and character level as the dynamic between Brian and Stewie has always been Family Guy‘s strong point and having them go through a conversation about suicide was an important development in their friendship.

Now this exchange is not all entirely accurate as Stewie does do some stuff you shouldn’t say to a person with suicidal thoughts, such not telling Brian to get professional help. But look, Stewie is a baby who is put on the spot by his best friend and he did a great job talking Brian down from suicide given the situation.

Who would’ve thought a show like Family Guy could actually teach us something meaningful?

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The Best Moment In El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Is Also Its Most Unsettling

Can't unsee that now.

SPOILERS for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie! You’ve been warned!

After much waiting and hyping, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is finally here and folks, it doesn’t disappoint. Vince Gilligan has somehow pulled it off.

Was the movie necessary given how well Breaking Bad ended and how neatly Walter White’s journey was tied up? Probably not but El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie gives us the closure for Jesse Pinkman we didn’t think we wanted or needed.

Over the course of two or so incredibly tense yet tightly-packed hours, we’re fed an addictive cocktail of fantastic performances, Jesse’s desperate journey towards freedom, several unpleasantly dark scenes, and an almost unhealthy amount of fan service featuring a heap of beloved side characters.

But arguably the best – and certainly the most buzzed about – fan service-y moment in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story is the flashback to when Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were still small-time drug dealers cooking meth in their RV.

Nothing much happens beyond Walt and Jesse talking over breakfast but it’s just nice hearing the duo have a genuine conversation with each other one final time. Having said that though, this great scene also happens to be the most cooked (heh) one of the entire film because of one reason: Walt’s unnaturally oversized head.

We’ve seen some twisted stuff go down during Breaking Bad‘s original run – such as dissolving a body in acid and Gus Fring’s death – but this one sticks out because it’s just so distracting.

Everyone has to suspend their disbelief anyway for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story given how clearly some of the actors have aged – especially Jesse Plemons, sorry buddy – but Walt’s big Megamind-esque head is particularly distracting.

Okay, we have to give El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story a pass on this for logistical reasons. Bryan Cranston previous shaved his head whenever he needed to bald up for Walter White but he couldn’t do it this time around as he needed his locks for a Broadway play.

Still though, it’s pretty hard not to notice.

Still, surely there was a slightly less weird bald cap or something the crew could’ve used?

But hey, once you get used to Bryan Cranston’s oversized bald cap, Walt’s flashback appearance becomes joyous to witness and it was good to see him and Jesse together again before stuff takes a wild turn sideways in Breaking Bad.

Freddie Prince Jr.'s Brilliant Star Wars Rant About Toxic Fans Needs To Be Enshrined

Bless Freddie Prince Jr. for telling it as it is.

Toxic fans and Star Wars go hand-in-hand like sand on Tattooine. It’s always incredibly satisfying to see this entitled subset of the franchise’s fandom get taken down a notch and you’re not going to be much of a better take down than the one dished out by Freddie Prince Jr.

The actor appeared on Jeff Dye’s Friendship Podcast and went on an epic Star Wars rant that needs to be enshrined as an all-time great example on explaining lore while smacking some sense into toxic fans.

Over the course of three-ish minutes, Freddie cuts through the crap and calls out people for not understanding the franchise is for kids:

“I did a ‘Star Wars’ cartoon, so even I get hate from ‘Star Wars’ fans. And I’m like, ‘Look, dawg, you’re just made the franchise is not aging with you. But that ain’t how it works. The first one was for f***ing kids. The second three were for different f***ing kids. And this one is just for kids.”

But the pièce de résistance is when he takes toxic fans to task over things like getting “pissed off that Han Solo gave the Millennium Falcon to a girl.

He also gives a surprisingly in-depth breakdown of the things Star Wars fans get wrong about the Force, the mythology behind it when George Lucas created it and how folks seem to forget how it’s all about “balance” rather than the flashy jumping, lightning stuff everyone focuses on.

Words don’t do the epic rant justice so please just watch the entire thing yourself because it’ll be the best three minutes you’ll spend all day. Plus you get a huge serving of Freddie Prince Jr. dropping F-bombs left and right, which is just an extra cherry on top.

Having starred in four seasons of Star Wars Rebels and been taught all things Star Wars by the franchise’s guru Dave Filoni, who in turn learned everything from George Lucas himself, Freddie has more than a leg to stand on when it comes to saying this stuff.

So when Freddie Prince Jr. tells all those toxic fans out there to “learn your Greek mythology,” everyone should sit up and listen, especially the puffy-chested bros who are already cobbling together complaints about Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker what that film comes out.

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