Terry Bates/Skinny Man
Bo Peep (One of the strippers from "Stan Knows Best") stands in a booth at the Sci-Fi-convention (right after Stan met two visitors disguised as Agent Scully and Agent Mulder). The policewoman (who remembered that she wanted to work as a civil engineer after her breast implants popped) from the same episode appears, too.
The "elvish" that the cyber-terrorist is claimed to have used in the episode is actually Japanese.
At the convention center, the banner reads convevtion instead of convention.
Periodically at the sci-fi con, a person is seen dressed as a barbarian warrior in brown animal skins. This appears to be drawn so that it depicts Thundaar The Barbarian.
Nobody will notice that Roger is actually an alien at the sci-fi convention, but Agent Bullock should at least look at Roger, seeing as how he escaped from his lab.
Stan said that Steve was 14 in the previous episode, yet Roger says that Steve and his friends are 13.
Hayley said that Roger voted for Bush. Besides the fact that Roger is an alien, he's not American, so he can't even register to vote.
That may have been part of the gag, actually. The fact that Bush's election in 2000 has been questioned, thus, allowing not just an alien but an actual extraterrestrial to vote for Bush would help him win. However, if Roger did vote for Bush, that would make him one of the 7 people that Stan claims Bush actually got votes from in the "Pilot" episode.
Stan: Yeah, I like how you shortened it to Sci-Fi Convention so it's shorter to say. But next time, why don't you just say Sci-Fi Con? Or SF Con?
Barry: So, why would Dan Vebber become a cyber-terrorist?
Steve: What do we know about Dan Vebber?
Snot: Well, he's a grown man obsessed with The Lord of the Rings.
Steve: That's it! By destroying modern infrastructures, he hopes to create a Middle Earth in the here and now.
Stan: That's it! I've cracked it!
Barry: But wait a second. Steve was the one who...
(Stan pulls out his gun, Barry stops talking)
Stan: Look, Steve, if you could translate his notes, then I could capture this madman and be one of the cool agents again. Please, son, I really need your help.
Steve: Fine. I'll help you.
Barry: Look, Mr. Smith, your stress zits are going away. Yay!
Stan: Oh, God, I want to hit you!
Stan: Steve, may I speak to you for a second?
Barry: Come on, Steve. He's your dad.
Stan: Shut up, fatty-fat-fat-pants! Wow. Seriously, I have no idea what that's about.
Stan: (After all the CIA agents ditched him) I'm telling the President on you!
Roger: Yes, I had a conversation!
Taco King: What are you doing on my corner?
Roger: Hola, Taco King. ¿Como estas?
(Taco King knocks Roger's pamphlets out of his hand)
Roger: Guess I should've used the formal "usted."
Taco King: You're cutting into my business!
Roger: Oh, come on. I bet if you let me inside your hard shell, I'd find a lump of soft meat. (Laughs) That came out wrong.
Jackson: Hey, Stan. How come I've never seen this son of yours before?
Stan: Darnelle's been to the office a hundred times! Or are black people invisible to you, you racist bastard!
Hayley: Look, you said you wanted a job so you could meet people.
Roger: (In a "Jumbo Juice" costume) No, no, it's good. It's fine. The costume's nice and spacious. There's enough room in here for everything, except my self-respect.
Hayley: It's not my fault the job market sucks. I didn't vote for Bush.
Roger: Let it go, Hayley.
Francine: Stan, stop grinding your teeth. It's not your fault that nut-job is still out there.
Stan: Forget national security! We have a real crisis! Our son is a geek!
Francine: So our son is a geek, who cares?
Stan: You knew? What else have you been hiding? Maybe the fact that he's not even my son. Please, please, tell me you slept with another man. Tell me it was in our bed and he was wearing my tie as a headband. And-and you grabbed the tie to gain leverage, and then apologized, embarrassed. But he said, "No, baby, you grab what you need to grab to keep doing what you're doing." Tell me! If you ever loved me, you'll tell me that's what happened!
Greg: The cyber-terrorist has struck again.
Terry: That's right, Greg. This time he hacked into the computer system at the largest refinery on the East Coast, essentially shutting down all oil production.
Greg: Oh, well, I hope that doesn't include olive oil. Someone promised to make me paella this weekend.
Terry: Great, now it seems like an obligation instead of a treat.
Roger: Well, going to the beach as a Saudi exchange student was an awful idea.
Hayley: Well, I'm sorry no one talked to you, but we can't risk anyone seeing you.
Roger: Hayley, I'm a social creature. I need to mingle. You know, back home, I was a greeter at Falaxido. It's kind of like Wal-Mart, except when people work there for 18 years, they aren't proud of it.
Snot: I've never been to a baseball game before!
Stan: Yeah, well, wait 'til you hear who pulled some strings to get us into the Yankee locker room.
Stan: I said wait, pork chop! Whoa, whoa, ha. Where'd that come from? Uh, yes, Steve's friend, it was me.
Stan: Steve, how would you like to go a Yankee-Oriole game tomorrow?
Stan: Absolutely. If you want to get good at something, you have to see it done up close, by professionals. That's why I took your mother to Bangkok last summer. Oh, her pad thai is delicious now.
Snot: Uh, Steve, you were supposed to go on a mission with us tomorrow.
Stan: You're all invited.
Steve: Cool! Can we wear our uniforms?
Stan: Absolutely. And I got you all baseball jackets, too. (To Barry) Your size would have cost me two bucks extra, so, uh, just bring a sweater.
Hayley: Roger, have you lost your mind? You know you can't let Steve's friends see you.
Roger: Oh, Hayley, they won't notice I'm not Francine. They're 13. They'll never take their eyes off my sweater meat.
Hayley: Look, don't go down there. I promise I'll help you find a safe way to socialize with humans.
Roger: That'd be great, Hayley. I feel so cooped up in this place. It's like a prison, except without the thrill of a daily cavity search. Did I say thrill? I meant fear.
Bullock: I've never seen this language before.
Stan: No one has, sir. That's why we're flying in our top code-breaker. His name is Tom Jorgenson. He's notoriously difficult to work with. Some call him a genius; others call him a madman. But he's the single most valuable weapon our country has in our war on terror.
(Helicopter crashes into dam)
Stan: Scott here is, uh, pretty good at the Jumble.
(Helicopter parts fall on Scott)
Bullock: Damn it! There's a maniac out there jeopardizing the security of our nation! We must focus all of our resources on catching him.
(CIA agent whispers to Bullock)
Bullock: Right after softball practice.
Stan: (Upon entering the convention center) Good God! Who's manning the internet?!
Goof: When Stan is shot in the back, he points out he is wearing a Kevlar vest. But when he gets up there are two bullet holes in the front of his blazer that were not there in the previous scene.
Channel 7 (AU) airdate: March 16, 2006.
BBC TWO (UK) airdate: December 19, 2005.
Dan Vebber is the name of the writer for "Roger Codger" and upcoming "Not Particularly Desperate Housewives" episodes of American Dad!, and some episodes of Futurama and Buffy. Although he's a real person, he is played by an actor in the episode. Learn more about him here.
The song heard when Stan finds out Steve is truly a geek and is running through the street is called Mondo '77 by Looper.
Two of the banners outside on the convention building said: "Clearasil Presents Sci-fi Convention XIV" & "Humanoids with Vaginas Get in Free."
The cover of Wizards and Shut-ins Magazine read: "Wizards and Shut-ins Magazine - 500 Reasons Why Krull is Better Than Sex!"
Dr. R. Dandliker's sign on the window said: "Dr. R. Dandliker - Dentist - Taking Pride in Not Molesting Unconscious Patients Since 1978."
The supposed "elvish" language on the first note and the RPG card is actually hiragana, one of the Japanese phonetic syllabaries. You can find the characters indexed here.
Langley Falls Post front page headline: "Gas Prices Higher Than Dude at Weezer Concert."
[adult swim] airdate: October 6, 2005.
This episode originally aired out of production order.
When Stan discovers Steve's a geek, he runs away, on an empty street, and keeps having flashes of his son. This is very similar to the opening scene of the film.
When Steve sends the dogs on his father, he calls them Chekov and Sulu. Both were characters from the show.
All About Eve
The title refers to the 1950 Bette Davis film All About Eve.
Dark Horse Comics
One of the signs at the sci-fi convention says "White Horse Comics", a reference to the Dark Horse comics company.
Kid: I am not your father, OK?
A parody of Darth Vader's famous line from The Empire Strikes Back: "No, I am your father."
The scene at the end where Bullock talks with Stan at the science convention is full of Star Trek references: the kids are wearing Starfleet uniforms, another kid is wearing Vulcan ears, and Bullock is played (and looks like) Patrick Stewart - famous as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Steve: I steal your bag of holding, cut off your head with my vorpal blade...
This is a reference to Lewis Carroll's poem 'Jabberwocky', featured in his book Through the Looking Glass. The vorpal blade is what the boy uses to decapitate the Jabberwock.
Derek Jeter: I thought the CIA was done messing with me... the nightmares, the memories... what happened in Munich? Who did I kill?
Derek Jeter seems to be paraphrasing some dialogue from Jason Bourne who is the main character from the 2002 film The Bourne Identity. The film is based on the novel of the same name by American author Robert Ludlum, which was also turned into a miniseries in 1988. However, Derek Jeter's dialogue seems to come specifically from the film adaptation.
Star Wars: Kid
The kid with the bo staff humming lightsaber sound effects is an obvious reference to the Star Wars Kid series of videos.
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