Gossip Girl and South Park were in reruns this week, so the ever-ornery Parents Television Council instead turned its moralistic media eyes to American Dad! (which in turn should think about sending the PTC a muffin basket for the amount of media attention it's suddenly receiving).
The self-appointed watchdogs have taken aim at Seth MacFarlane's side project over the episode that aired Sunday night, "Don't Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth," in which the patriotic patriarch used his family's savings to buy a racehorse.
So far, so inoffensive.
The supposedly indecent material kicks in at the nine-minute mark, when Stan is told of the animal's care requirements.
"You're gonna have to do the horse chores…You have to brush the horse's coat and mane, water and feed it, then give it a full release," he's told. "You know, give it a happy photo finish. Take the glue out of the factory. Spank his front butt. Grant him a bone loan!"
While the scene is unlikely to earn MacFarlane & Co. any Writers Guild awards, it's not exactly calling for the fall of the nuclear family. Unless, of course, you ask the PTC.