American Dad!

Failure is Not a Factory-installed Option

Season 3, Ep 3, Aired 9/24/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Stan loses his confidence, and his job, when a car salesman gets the best of him in a negotiation. Meanwhile, Roger and Steve set up a makeshift drive-in to try to get to first base with popular schoolgirls.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dee Bradley Baker


  • Rachael MacFarlane


  • Scott Grimes


  • Seth MacFarlane


  • Wendy Schaal


  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Stan loses his confidence (and job) when a car salesman gets the best of him

    By fsaenz0125, Feb 06, 2013

  • Could have been a little better but still a great episode

    By tigerdude22, Nov 18, 2011

  • Another perfect episode

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 14, 2011

  • great

    By futuramarama, Jun 28, 2011

  • Stan has mad negotiating skills

    By jimbo_001, Jun 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Repo-man: Here to repo the cars. Steve: You can't do that - we're about to become men! Repo-man: Well, you may have planned on becoming men through sexual conquest, but an equally valid preparation for adulthood would be a night filled with disappointment and compromise.

    • (Mysterious music plays and Stan disappears. Then shows Stan with his head in the letterbox.) Stan: Damn, I can't even exit mysteriously anymore.

    • Roger: Ah, Steve. Your first grope-fest. You won't truly appreciate the awkwardness of this moment until you're fondly reminiscing as a 35-year-old homosexual.

    • Steve: Chicken pot pie! My favorite! Francine: Actually, it's turkey. Steve: Oh, gross! Why don't we just eat a big pile of vomit?

    • Francine: Turkey pot pie or chicken pot pie? Turkey pot pie or chicken pot pie? Turkey pot pie... (pan flute plays; Stan appears) Francine: Oh! Stan: Perhaps the answer is not what is inside the pie, but what is inside you. Francine: Stan, you scared me half to death. Stan: Better to be scared half to death, than to death half scared be to.

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode premiered on [adult swim] on July 27, 2008.

    Trivia (6)

    • At the end of the episode, although Stan tosses Francine the keys to her new Femwagon, they are all seen driving home together in Stan's car.

    • The movie scene playing at Roger's make-shift drive-in was the end scene of the Breakfast Club.

    • In the beginning of the episode, it showed that the man in the red shirt and green pants had yellow teeth, but when they showed him talking to Stan, his teeth were white.

    • "El burro por los coffee" would translate to "the donkey for the coffee."

    • In this episode, we follow up on Roger's golden, jewel-encrusted turd that was introduced in the episode "Homeland Insecurity."

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    Allusions (6)

    • Bullock: His name is Achmed al-Paula Abdul al-Paul Anka al-Casey Kasem bin-Shakira. Achmed's name has within it the names of the singers Paula Abdul, Paul Anka and Shakira and the radio personality/voice actor Casey Kasem.

    • Spanglish In the scene where Francine and Hayley are cleaners, their employer acts like the character, Deborah, from this movie. Both characters treated their workers as immigrants with no knowledge of English.

    • Algernon: Flowers For Algernon Roger's little jab at Steve calling him Algernon is from a book titled Flowers For Algernon. In it, a mentally retarded man undergoes an experimental procedure that turns him into a genius, only to discover the process is temporary.

    • George Formby: Song When Stan's boss suspends him and then plays the banjo, he sings George Formby's "When I'm Cleaning Windows". George Formby is an English singer and actor from the 1930's.

    • Pan Flute The pan flute tune playing when Stan appears dressed in oriental garb is the opening to the song "The Lonely Shepherd", recently used in the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

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