Despite the controversy, critical responses to the episode were mostly positive; critics praised its storyline, numerous cultural references, and its portrayal of a person with Down syndrome.According to Nielsen ratings, it was viewed in 6.42 million homes in its original airing.Both Walter Murphy and Mac Farlane were recognized for their work on the music and lyrics.
As a result, they go missing for several days, with only limited supplies.
During the date, however, Ellen turns out to be pushy and demanding, and the relationship quickly falls apart.
Chris admits that he had bought into a stereotype of people with Down syndrome being different, and she breaks up with him.
Series regulars Peter Shin and James Purdum served as supervising directors, with Seth Mac Farlane and David Zuckerman working as staff writers for the episode.
In developing Friedman's character, her physical appearance was largely used in creating Ellen, in addition to adding a "bossy" personality to the character, which Friedman was reluctant to perform at first.