Snow is falling, all around us, Q*Berts falling, having fun, ’tis the season of love and….., oh sorry there I go again, mind wandering off in any old direction. A bit like Q*Bert on his cubes. Why do I keep going back to Q*Bert, well apart from the fact he’s as cute as can be, he’s only gone and bounced into Quahog as part of the Quahog’s Not So Silent Night.
Now all my fellow gaming geeks probably recognise Q*bert from his arcade game hey day but just where have we seen this little bundle of fun in Family Guy before? Well he’s made one appearances to date in the TV show and been referenced in another and I’m going to highlight them here.
So join me on a journey bouncing along some colourful cubes as we stroll through Q*Berts time in Family Guy.
Stuck Together – Torn Apart – Series 3, Episode 19
Just a quick reference but very funny to Q*Bert in this episode, when the Pacman ghosts become fed up listening to Pacman’s woes about his split from Miss Pacman they deal him a really low blow when they threaten to go hang out with Q*Bert instead.
Chick Cancer – Season 5, Episode 7
Stewie is in his element when he sees an opportunity to mock his old friend Olivia after her Hollywood career falters, which leads to her taking on lowly jobs such as appearing at the Quahog Mall. Never one to miss an opportunity to pile on the misery Stewie hatches a plan to humiliate her. But a funny thing happens on the way to the mall and Stewie finds himself in love with Olivia, but unfortunately Olivia is just not interested.
Tormented by Olivia’s rejection Stewie finds himself adopting Quagmire’s treat them mean keep the keen attitude towards Olivia in a final attempt to woo her, and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t go and work work and they start to bond over ice cream and trips to the park. But things start to go downhill when Stewie’s jealousy rears its ugly little head, leading to a series of arguments.
A particularly heated argument bizarrely leas to them getting married but it all ends in tears when Stewie finds Olivia ‘cheating’ on him, although in her defence sharing play-doh with your friend Victor hardly constitutes an all out affair. But Stewie is furious and does what any Stewie would do, he sets fire to the playhouse with Olivia and Victor inside.
Now what’s this got to do with Q*Bert, well I’m getting there. Later Stewie reflects on how living with Q*Bert was easier than being married to Olivia. In an hysterical little cutaway we see Stewie trying to sleep on a cube on Q*Bert’s pyramid, only to be disturbed as Q*Bert jumps from cube to cube lighting it up as he goes along. This leads a sleep deprived Stewie to lose his temper and scream at Q*Bert that he won’t be paying a share of the electric bill.
Do you remember any of these episodes? Or have you never seen them? Do you now plan to watch any of them? And did any of you play Q*Bert in the arcades?