American Dad!

Season 3 Episode 13

Black Mystery Month

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Feb 18, 2007 on FOX
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While researching a paper about George Washington Carver in celebration of Black History Month, Steve uncovers a conspiracy that's been going on since the Civil War. When the curator of the Smithsonian Peanut Museum reaches out to tell Steve the truth, he's mysteriously murdered, and Steve and Stan are tracked by a secret society that will stop at nothing to keep this scandalous secret of American history.moreless

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  • Awesome episode; Writing debut of my favorite writers on the show, Laura McCreary

    10
    While researching a paper about George Washington Carver in celebration of Black History Month, Steve uncovers a conspiracy that's been going on since the Civil War. When the curator of the Smithsonian Peanut Museum reaches out to tell Steve the truth, he's mysteriously murdered, and Steve and Stan are tracked by a secret society that will stop at nothing to keep this scandalous secret of American history. This was an awesome episode of the second season for American Dad. It is best episode ever for this season. The main reason for the creativity and awesomeness is because the writing from my other favorite writer on the show, Laura McCreary. She wrote a lot of enjoyable episodes and never had written an awful/bad episode. Kudos to her work on American Dad. Anyway, I liked the plot and the the movie parody from National Treasure and DaVinci Code (which is ironic because I saw those movies on the same day) for it. It also has non stop humor. Francine's minor (who only appeared at the beginning) was very funny. Roger/Hayley plot was funnier as well although it wasn't as awesome as Stan/Steve plot. I liked that plot better because it adventurous and maybe the best father/son plot ever on the show. Overall, I totally recommend this episode the most for those who discover the show. 10/10moreless
  • "Illuminutty" episode rocks!

    10
    Not the typical laugh a minute episode we know and love, but the premise was a great take on this secret society. Really enjoyed the story line, and how well it was written. Having it called the Illuminutty instead of Illuminati was awesome! It was fun seeing Stan and Steve trying to solve a mystery together, even though Stan had his alterior motives, as he usually does, but overall a nice change of pace and a real winner!moreless
  • My 300th review comes to this perfect American Dad episode

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    While researching a paper about George Washington Carver in celebration of Black History Month, Steve uncovers a conspiracy that's been going on since the Civil War. When the curator of the Smithsonian Peanut Museum reaches out to tell Steve the truth, he's mysteriously murdered, and Steve and Stan are tracked by a secret society that will stop at nothing to keep this scandalous secret of American history.



    Overall a hilarious episode



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  • perfect

    10
    What I liked: the anagram, that cop who thought Steve killed the curator, the guy at the beginning of the episode, all the mysteries in it, Stan being in the Illuminati, Stan and Steve working together, amongst other things.



    Mystery episodes of TV shows have always been personal favorites for me. Maybe because I really like mysteries. As long as the episode itself has good pacing, jokes if it needs them, and a strong plot, all of which this one has, I think the mystery aspect is great and well-done, and as a result, this episode gets an A+ as a grade from me.moreless
  • An adventerous and hillarious episode.

    10
    This episode is so good in so many ways wether it is hillarity,suspense,and adventure and the hillarious and adventureious Stan and Steve stroryline and the hillarious Roger and Haley storyline were Roger takes forever to go in a game of jenga he plays with Haley. Some hillarious parts are when Roger hires someone to just determine whitch move he should take in jenga and when Roger built another model jenga tower just to see what would happen when he moved. Also it was hillarious when it was finally Haley's turn and She was thinking and Roger slamed his hand on the table and said go already even though he took forever to go and it is very funny when Stan fell down and kept hitting every floor level and kept falling through them. Overall an episode within my top five and had two equally amazing storylines.moreless
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Kevin Michael Richardson

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Curtis Armstrong

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Man: (to class) How many of you kids have ever even seen a black person?
      (everyone raises their hands)
      Man: That's right! None of you!

    • Stan: (to Steve) Don't forget to brush your teeth or goblins will kill your mother.

    • Stan: Steve, how many times do I have to tell you? If children get less than 8 hours of sleep, their boy glands emit a pleasant berry scent that attracts pedophiles.

    • Stan: If only there was a place where you could make any outrageous claim you want, with absolutely no proof, and millions of people would accept it as fact.
      Steve: That's it!
      (Scene changes to Steve typing his report online to Wikipedia)

    • Steve: When were you going to tell me you were part of the Illuminutty?
      Stan: Steve, that's crazy... I was never going to tell you.

    • Steve: I can't believe there's lava under Washington, D.C.
      Stan: Where do you think all the hot air comes from?
      (Stan & Steve laugh)

    • Stan: Great work, Steve! All we need now is a 20-foot peanut with presidential aspirations. To the Iowa caucuses!

    • Stan: (Reads clue) "Lastly, tip your hat in the Garden of Eden."
      Steve: It's the last clue!
      Stan: Duh! Really?! Sorry, it's been a really long night.

    • Steve: (To the strippers) Uh... excuse me, ladies? If anyone has left a toddler locked in their car, he, uh... he just found your stash.
      Stripper #1: Oh, my God!
      Stripper #2: My baby!
      Stripper #3: My meth!

    • (At a strip club)
      Stan: Well, no flagpoles in the VIP room.
      Steve: It took you 45 minutes to figure that out?
      Stan: No, and it also didn't take me $300.

    • Steve: Why did we have to come to a Burger King to read the map?
      Stan: Because the economics of television have changed, Steve. (To the camera; reluctantly) Have it... your way! (Raises Burger King drink and gives a thumbs up)

    • Steve: Dad, what the hell is going on?
      Stan: Look, you're in over your head. Forget about your report on Carver. Just do it on Will Smith. Oh, wait, you need a black guy.

    • Steve: What's going on? I have an appointment with the Curator.
      Detective: The Curator was murdered.
      Steve: Oh, my God! Someone killed him?!
      Detective: Funny, I never said he was murdered.
      Steve: Yes... yes, yes, you did. God, he's wedged into the mouth of a giant bust of George Washington Carver!
      Detective: That's classified. How'd you know that?
      Steve: I can see it from here.

    • Roger: Hey, Hayley-kins, want to play Jenga?
      Hayley: That game's kind of lame. Unless you want to make it a little more interesting.
      Roger: Uh... no, thanks.
      Hayley: I thought you loved to gamble.
      Roger: Oh, is that what that means? Oh, I thought you were hitting on me. No, sure, yeah, let's play.

    • Francine: If anyone needs me, I'll be celebrating in the bathtub.
      Klaus: Why would anyone need you?
      Francine: Shut up, Klaus! Ooh. (Grabs wine bottle labeled "Told Klaus to Shut Up")

    • Roger: Hey, Steve, you want to play that game where you start with a tower of blocks and one by one you take them out and stack them on top until it collapses?
      Steve: You mean Jenga?
      Roger: Well, I think it's pronounced "Henga," but if you want to crap all over the Spanish language, go ahead.

    • Man: (To class) The average white man thinks about sex every six seconds, but he only thinks about sex with a black man once a year.
      Steve: (To Barry) I have no idea what he's talking about, but I feel terrible.
      Man: So, the next time you privileged, suburban, white boys think Beethoven wasn't black, maybe you should look in the mirror!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • The A-Team
      In the strip-club scene, the members of The A-Team are all present. In the establishing shot, Hannibal is front left, Faceman is front right, B.A. (wearing a grey baseball cap) is back left and Murdoch is back right (wearing his brown leather jacket and blue baseball cap).

    • Terminator 2
      The way Jimmy Carter thrashes in the lava is similar to the death of the T-1000 in Terminator 2.

    • Raiders of the Lost Ark
      Stan and Steve holding the cane up during sunrise to show the jar's location on the map is a reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Indiana Jones uses a medallion on a staff to pinpoint the location of the ark of the covenant.

    • National Treasure
      The large cavern surrounded by stairs (complete with elevator) is taken from the 2004 film National Treasure, in which several treasure-hunters search for the riches accumulated by the Knights Templar, and hidden in the new world by the Freemasons.

    • The DaVinci Code
      The death of the museum curator is a parody of the opening to the Dan Brown book The DaVinci Code, and the subsequent movie of the same name. In the book, as well as the film, the curator of the Louvre is shot, and as he dies, he positions his body into a curious configuration, and writes a clue in anagram to others in his own blood.

    • The Illuminutty
      The group chasing Stan and Steve during this episode are called "The Illuminutty." This makes a comical reference to "The Illuminati," the most secret society in the history of the world, who have ties to governments and cultures all over the world. Illuminati members were responsible for creating the design on the back of the American dollar bill.

    • Episode Title: Black Mystery Month
      This title is a take on "Black History Month" (February).

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