American Dad!

Season 4 Episode 17

Brains, Brains, and Automobiles

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 18, 2009 on TBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Stan: Cleaning up after Roger again? Did he have another ticker-tape parade because the deli finally named a sandwich after him?

    • Roger: Hey, F-Bombs.
      Francine: Roger, I see you're busy, but I was thinking it's time I teach you how to do some stuff on your own. The laundry, cleaning, making your own iced tea..
      Roger: ...No!
      Francine: We can make a game of it.
      Roger: I'm going to be Colton Lansington, a renegade space cop who struggles to keep his bipolar disorder in check.
      Francine: Okay, Colton, you just had a busy space day and now you'd like to cool down with some intergalactic iced tea. Now, you take two scoops of powder...
      Roger: Colton doesn't take orders from nobody! I'm off my meds! (storms out of the room)

    • (Francine has been pestering Stan for alone time; he has just reminded her that they will never be truly alone at home because Roger requires constant monitoring. To demonstrate, an explosion is heard upstairs)
      Roger: I had to get out of there. It really smelled. I threw up in the shower, and it didn't go down the drain, and now the tub's overflowing, and I want some iced tea, and I know you know I want it now! Come on, come on, come on.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Biggie Smalls / Notorious B.I.G.

      In one of Roger's memories, he is seen driving a car with rapper Christopher Wallace (aka "Biggie Smalls", aka "Notorious B.I.G.") in the front passenger seat. At a red light, Roger harasses and upsets another driver who then pulls out a gun and shoots Biggie, killing him.

      This is a reference to the death of Biggie Smalls who was killed in a similar drive-by shooting on March 9, 1997 by an unknown assailant. This scene implies that Roger was the driver and cause of Biggie's death, though in actuality, the driver was Gregory "G-Money" Young and the cause is rumored to be rap-feud related (eg. a feud between East-coast and West-coast rappers).

    • Alien

      While in the mind of Roger (an alien), Stan sees Tom Skerritt in a cocoon, stuck to the roof of a cave. This is a reference to a deleted scene from the 1979 movie Alien in which Skerritt's character suffers the same fate at the hands of an alien.

    • Small Wonder

      The robotic girl named Vicki seen in Roger's mind is from the show Small Wonder.

    • Jiminy Cricket
      Roger's conscience bears a striking resemblance the character in Disney's Pinocchio.

    • Episode Title
      The title is a take on the movie, Trains, Planes and Automobiles.