Aliens in America

The CW (ended 2008)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 18

    Raja at Sixteen

    Aired 5/18/08

  • S 1 : Ep 17

    Wake at the Lake

    Aired 5/11/08

  • S 1 : Ep 16

    Smutty Books

    Aired 5/4/08

  • S 1 : Ep 15

    The Muslim Card

    Aired 4/27/08

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    One Hundred Thousand Miles

    Aired 3/23/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan Byrd

    Justin Tolchuck

  • Adhir Kalyan

    Raja Musharaff

  • Amy Pietz

    Franny Tolchuck

  • Lindsey Shaw

    Claire Tolchuck

  • Scott Patterson

    Gary Tolchuck

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  • show Description
  • A Wisconsin mom arranges to host a foreign exchange student, believing the visitor will help her shy son become more popular. When the student turns out to be a Muslim teenager from Pakistan, her plans go awry - and everyone is likely to learn a little lesson about life. Aliens in America is from CBS Paramount Network Television, Guarascio-Port Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

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  • Quotes (128)

    • Claire: Mom, I really need to talk to you. Franny: Claire, not now, okay. Claire: I want to go on the pill. Franny: What?! Claire: It's my body, it's my life. Franny: Okay, I can't deal with this right now, so please just go to the market and pick up the chicken for dinner and we'll talk about it later, okay. Claire: Fine. By the way, I'm bringing Jeffrey tonight. Franny: Wait! Who's Jeffrey? Claire: He's part of this, I'll explain later.

    • Ms. Mirante: Raja, you are so different from us. How does that feel? Raja: I am not sure I understand. Ms. Mirante: Think about it (to class) How does everyone else feel about Raja and his differences? (a girl raises her hand) Yes, Stephanie! Stephanie: Well, I guess I feel angry because his people blew up the buildings in New York. Ms. Mirante: Ah, that's good! Raja: But that is not true. Ms. Mirante: Okay, Raja, in America, you have to wait until you're called on and I'd appreciate a raised hand. Okay, now who else is angry at Raja? (everyone raises their hands).

    • Justin: (Voiceover) I think any teenager's lowest point comes when his mother decides she has to import a friend for him. My father, however, couldn't have been happier. The host family gets a check every month for 500 bucks. Gary: Hey Franny! How many of these kids can we get? Justin: Dad! Gary: What? That way you'd have a whole gang to pal around with. Franny: One per household, hon.

    • Justin: (Voiceover) These are the Palladino twins. Last year, they put a gun in my mouth, turned out to be a water pistol, but I did not know that at the time.

    • Justin: (Voiceover) Okay, so check this out. Let's say a space alien landed in my hometown. If he were sixteen years old, he would go to my high school and let's face it, his life would probably suck. Everyone would make fun of his giant head and his big bug eyes. He'd be an outcast, a loner, definitely a virgin. And there'd be nothing he could do about it except wait for his spaceship to take him home. I didn't have a spaceship and each year of high school was worse than the last. But all of that was about to change because right before my junior year, I got my braces off.

    • Raja: What prayers do you recite when you are upset? Justin: I don't usually uh...I don't really pray that much. Usually I just, you know, like, eat a, eat a brownie or, uh, buy a CD. Raja: Justin, the pan is empty.

    • Raja: Are you the Tolchucks? I am Raja, your exchange student! Franny: Um, Gar? Gary: Yeah, yeah, um, I'm sorry son, there might be some confusion. The boy we ordered was supposed to come in from London. Raja: That *is* me. I started in Pakistan and then I flew in from London. Gary: Oh.

    • Franny: Oh, Justin, if I was a girl your age...Gary, you know what? I should drive him down to Milwaukee. Have him visit one of those modeling agencies. Gary: Hey, not a bad idea Franny. They take all kinds. Stan Parker's kid did a print ad for Home Depot. That's one year of college.

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    Notes (72)

    • Original International Air Dates: Turkey: September 9, 2009 on CNBC-e Latin America: September 12, 2009 on Warnel Channel Czech Republic: January 17, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • This episode was on the Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season, but only to promote Amy Pietz as Outstanding Lead Actress.

    • Music featured in this episode "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" by PJ Olsson and Salman Ahmad "All Good People" by Yes "Beatbox Cha Cha" by Ursula 1000 "Buttons" by Pussycat Dolls "Close To Me" by The Cure "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox 20 "Navajo Joe" by Ennio Morricone "Pop Goes The World" by Men Without Hats "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman "Time Won't Let Me Go" by The Bravery "Where Did You Come From" by Jake Zavracky "You! Me! Dancing" by Sticking Fingers Into Sockets

    • There was a deleted scene for this episode. When Justin is describing how the Palladino twins put a fake gun to his mouth, there was originally a scene depicting that, but it was deleted as it was too offensive to show on television.

    • Scott Patterson played Luke Danes on the CW show, Gilmore Girls, before being on Aliens in America.

    • This is the first episode to feature recurring character, Mr. Matthews, played by Christopher B. Duncan.

    • Twins Chaz and Todd's last name is Palladino, this is the last name of Gilmore Girls creator and executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.

    • The role of Gary Tolchuck was originally played by Patrick Breen. However, the actor was later replaced by Scott Patterson.

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    Trivia (17)

    • We learn that Raja's parents have passed away about a year before.

    • In this episode we learn that Raja's last name is Musharaff.

    • Here are the lunch items as read by: Small Paul: Salisbury Steak, Mixed Green Salad, and Black Forest Cake Justin: Fish on a Bun, Three Bean Medley, and Twice Baked Potato Girl: Hard Tacos, Peas, Carrots, and Tapioca

    • When Raja is naked in the locker room, you can barely see that he is wearing some kind of white clothes covering below the waist when Raja is opening his locker.

    • We find out that Mr. Matthews' first name is Carl.

    • Raja gets a job, but is later fired.

    • Gary loses his job in this episode.

    • The text of the End of Employment card: “You see, INSERT EMPLOYEE NAME, in today’s economy, it is sometimes necessary to make some tough decisions. This is one of those times. We’re sorry to have to let you go, but I do believe that the true measure of a man/woman is in the darkest of times, when it looks like all is lost. Because life is like a rolling river, EMPLOYEE NAME. It’s our job to just ride that current and hold on tight."

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    Allusions (10)

    • Jeffrey: Thanks Mr. T! Gary: You're welcome Jeffrey and being that I was never in The A-Team, please call me Gary. This is a reference to the old TV show, The A-Team, which starred Mr. T, a famous actor.

    • Jeffrey: I like the movies, especially ones with The Rock. The Rock or Dwayne Johnson is a famous wrestler and movie star.

    • (After Claire sees Jeffrey standing outside the house with the radio) Justin (narrating): I guess that Claire hasn't seen Say Anything. Jeffrey: You complete me. Claire: Awh! Justin: Or Jerry McGuire. Jerry McGuire is a movie with the famous catch phrase "You complete me". Say Anything is a movie with famous scene of a guy standing outside a girl house with a radio over his head playing "their song", in order that she forgives him.

    • Raja: Oh yes! It is very exciting to me to see women being made to flaunt themselves. And sometimes, I imagine that it is I who am taking the pictures. That is, of course, after I've tricked them into believing that I am M. Night Shyamalan.

      M. Night Shyamalan, is a notable writer-director of major studio films, well known for making movies like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable or Signs.

    • The episode title: Is an allusion to the self discovery book Our Bodies, Ourselves which spawned the publication of similar guides on other topics. The fish mascot costume was meant to help Justin to find himself, but, instead it was Raja who found it very liberating. Gary stumbled upon his own sense of identity at the home center while Claire and her cheerleader pals were so much in touch with their body image, it was barely held in place by their skimpy fishing costumes.

    • Justin: Why don't you just put it on Craig's List? Craig's List is an actual website where you can find informatioin about jobs, housing and other events.

    • Franny: (reading as she signs a football) 'With Love, Lynn Swann'… (to nobody in particular) whoever the hell she is.
      Lynn Swann is a retired All-Pro wide reciever for the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning four Super Bowl championships during his career (IX, X, XIII, XIV). After football, he worked as a commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football, and made an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2006.

    • Gossip Girl: Claire is seen watching Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl is a CW show about life in the Upper East Side in New York. Drama, romance, and much more is common with these teens and even their parents.

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  • Fan Reviews (28)

    By MuhammadAtif1, Jul 21, 2012

  • Why cancel it?

    By firefly317, Jul 23, 2008

  • The basic premise is that a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan comes to live with a Christian family in Wisconsin. And, as you can imagine, chaos ensues. Haha.

    By JavaJunkie4Life, Sep 04, 2008

  • it probably tried to project white sunurban Americans connecting with a non-white foreigner heart to heart, but buying doing so it is affirming racism and stereo-types. Anyway, it is not funny at all.

    By completing, Oct 15, 2007

  • hi i am mohammed and i am a muslim guy from saudi arabia i have seen every episode of the show and i loved it what i don't understand is why would you shutdown a show has alot of fans all around the world.

    By thehotsteal, Sep 27, 2008

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