American Dad!

Season 2 Episode 3

All About Steve

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Sep 25, 2005 on FOX
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When the CIA organizes a father-son baseball game, Stan is determined to show his co-workers that his son is masculine and athletic. Unfortunately, Steve is a geek, so Stan decides to lie and ditches him. But after getting a taste of his own treatment at work, Stan turns to Steve and his sci-fi knowledge to help capture a cyber-terrorist. Meanwhile, Roger goes incognito in a desperate attempt to interact with humans.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the best season 1 episode I've seen

    10
    When the CIA organizes a father-son baseball game, Stan is determined to show his co-workers that his son is masculine and athletic. Unfortunately, Steve is a geek, so Stan decides to lie and ditches him. But after getting a taste of his own treatment at work, Stan turns to Steve and his sci-fi knowledge to help capture a cyber-terrorist. Meanwhile, Roger goes incognito in a desperate attempt to interact with humans. This episode is perfect. This why why the second half of season 1 was better, it had more better episodes (not saying that the first half sucked, they were just slow). I think both of the plot are enjoyable. Like Bullocks to Stan, I thought this episode had huge funny moments such as the beginning, a taco beating up Roger, Stan freaking out that Steve is a greek, Stan yelling at Barry, Dan Vebber as the bad guy, the guys shooting Stan's back (because a paper of it said "Shoot me"), and some more. Overall, a perfect episode of AD and it is one of the best season 1 I've seen. 10/10moreless
  • The 3rd episode in a row I gave a 10 to.

    10
    When the CIA organizes a father-son baseball game, Stan is determined to show his co-workers that his son is masculine and athletic. Unfortunately, Steve is a geek, so Stan decides to lie and ditches him. But after getting a taste of his own treatment at work, Stan turns to Steve and his sci-fi knowledge to help capture a cyber-terrorist. Meanwhile, Roger goes incognito in a desperate attempt to interact with humans.



    Overall, I liked the rain thing, with the water hose on the window, it was funny, and Steve's plot was funny.



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  • superb

    9.0
    Stan gets a taste of his own medicine when he ditches Steve for someone else for a father/son softball game, after realizing his son is a geek. Then, Stan needs Steve's help to track down a cyber tracker. Can Steve figure out who is behind this?



    It was pretty good. I liked Stan realizing Steve is a nerd, Stan getting a taste of his own medicine, and Steve helping Stan in the end. I also liked Roger's plot, like him not helping out that crazy guy. Overall, this was a pretty strong episode, I think, and as such this episode gets a B+ or so as a grade from memoreless
  • This is a great episode.

    9.0
    This episode is funny and some funny parts are when the where ordering a helicopter and it contains one of the best code crackers and their deciding what I think was who gets to go with them and it crashes and explodes and Stan well at least we have an ok code cracker and then piece hits him and he falls into what I think is the Hover Dam and it is hillarious when Stan is saying all these great things in the batting cages even though Steve is missing but it turns out he is talking to someone who keeps hitting the ball. Also it is hillarious when Stan kept making excuses for Steve when he kept missing the ball. Overall a great episode but it is not as good as most of the season.moreless
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Catero Colbert

Derek Jeter

Guest Star

Jon Ross

Jon Ross

Alien Man

Guest Star

Brian Posehn

Brian Posehn

Dan Vebber

Guest Star

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Deacon/Greg Corbin

Recurring Role

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Dick/Dentist's Father

Recurring Role

Eddie Kaye Thomas

Eddie Kaye Thomas

Barry

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • 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?
      (Pause)
      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.
      Hayley: Never!

    • 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!

    • (On TV)
      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.
      Barry: You?
      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?
      Steve: Really?
      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?!

  • NOTES (12)

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Vanilla Sky
      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.

    • Star Trek
      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."

    • Star Trek
      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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