American Dad!

Season 3 Episode 10

Bush Comes to Dinner

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jan 07, 2007 on TBS
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When Stan enters an essay contest to have his personal hero, President Bush, come over for dinner, he is overcome with joy when the President arrives at his doorstep. However, not everyone in the Smith family shares Stan's excitement. Hayley tries to drill President Bush on the Iraq war, and Steve and Roger attempt to convince him that they've found Osama Bin Laden, but instead get him drunk. Stan tries to save the President from public humiliation, while Hayley revels in his fall from glory.moreless

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  • What the episode's plot/title said

    8.5
    When Stan enters an essay contest to have his personal hero, President Bush, come over for dinner, he is overcome with joy when the President arrives at his doorstep. However, not everyone in the Smith family shares Stan's excitement. Hayley tries to drill President Bush on the Iraq war, and Steve and Roger attempt to convince him that they've found Osama Bin Laden, but instead get him drunk. Stan tries to save the President from public humiliation, while Hayley revels in his fall from glory. This episode, while not the best storyline ever, was great. I don't get the hate for some reviewer due to Bush's involvement but it doesn't bother me. IMO, Steve and Roger's plot was obviously funnier while the president Bush plot was okay and there weren't that much funny moments. It has some political scenes, but they weren't that political compared to the Lincoln Lover episode. This episode had some moments such as Hayley falling down from a trap, the whole subplot, Bush being naked, etc. Overall, it was a great political related episode of AD. 8.5/10moreless
  • Superb

    9.5
    When Stan enters an essay contest to have his personal hero, President Bush, come over for dinner, he is overcome with joy when the President arrives at his doorstep. However, not everyone in the Smith family shares Stan's excitement. Hayley tries to drill President Bush on the Iraq war, and Steve and Roger attempt to convince him that they've found Osama Bin Laden, but instead get him drunk. Stan tries to save the President from public humiliation, while Hayley revels in his fall from glory.



    Overall, Bush was really funny in this episode, but the hayley plot was boring



    9.5 out of 10moreless
  • good

    7.5
    Stan's idol, president Bush, comes to dinner when Stan wins an essay writing contest. Haley tries to ask him questions that prove he is a bad-ish president and Steve and Roger try convincing him that they know where Bin Laden is. All that happens is he gets drunk and embarrasses himself in the process.



    It was alright. I liked the first half more; the line about that one essay plagiarizing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Haley falling down the trap doors in the house, etc. Steve and Roger's plot started off good but I think it was overdone when it turned out Bin Laden was in Langley Falls. I don't know, felt weird. Still a decent episode that gets a low B- or so as a final grade.moreless
  • Can someone answer a question? When does this show get funny?

    1.0
    -Hey, I've got an idea!

    ~What?

    -Let's have an episode featuring a charicature of President George W. Bush!

    ~Okay!

    -I've got ANOTHER idea!

    ~Do tell!

    -We'll make him an exaggerated dolt!

    ~You mean the same thing Saturday Night Live did nearly 7 years ago, each week for nearly a year? Instead of something original or funny?

    -EXACTLY!

    ~Let's do it!!



    ...



    Am I the only one? Honestly? I'm all for poking fun at those in power, but after so many straight years of the SAME Bush joke (which was only funny back then with Will Ferrel at the helm), I crave something a bit more thoughtful. Here's an idea, guys...how about you THINK about how to construct a REAL joke, then get back to me, 'kay?



    Even Clinton got more than "adulterer" when media outlets made fun of him. There was "overeater", "dim-witted Southerner" and, of course "Hilary's in charge" jabs.



    You see that? In Bill's eight years, you had no less than 4 different ways to make fun of the guy. What have comedic outlets (more than but including Family Guy and American Dad) come up with for Bush thus far? One. Just one.



    And let's not forget that this is just the same American Dad ep over and over again. Stan is wrong and Hayley is right, even though they "make up" at the end. Doesn't that sound familiar?



    Great going, guys. Bet you worked REAL hard for all of five minutes a week to come up with those gags while watching old SNL. Congrats, really.



    Oh, and to the writing teams for FG and AD...when you finally come up with a REAL joke (won't be holding my breath, but anything's possible)...try not to burst a blood vessel.moreless
  • Poor episode, ruins the genuine style of the show.

    4.0
    The first thing that brought my attention to this show was that it was finally an American show making fun of American People! I have to admit, i watch it for the rare moments when its humorous, but this episode is just another fine example of why shows lose fans. The first thing that makes me despise this episode is that at the end there seems to be a chance that Hayley will change from her typical hippy America-hating self to a patriot, which would ruin the show from my point of view, her continuous offensive attacks of the American government always make me chuckle. Without the conflict between her and Stan, this show is as good as axed.moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The autographed George Brett baseball doesn't have a string attached when it goes down the stairs, but a string appears when it hits George Bush's foot.

    • Alchoholic beverages Bush claims he used to drink:

      * Tequila shots
      * Jell-O shooters
      * Mind Erasers
      * Cement Mixers
      * Dr. Pepper Bombs
      * Mud Slides
      * Kamikazes
      * Jageritas
      * Lemon Drops
      * B-52s
      * Fuzzy Navels
      * Gorilla Farts
      * Scorpion Bowls
      * Singapore Slings
      * Prairie Fires
      * Bloody Marys
      * Slippery Nipplesmuch
      * Flaming Everclears

    • When President Bush is discovered drunk, he says that his wife would run over him. This is a reference to an event, where Laura Bush accidentally killed her boyfriend with a car during her high school years.

    • Langley Falls Post front page headline: "It's 2007... Still No Flying Cars."

    • Steve tells Stan that Hayley snuck President Bush out through the back when he was in the kitchen with Francine. And as we've seen in previous episodes, the back door is through the kitchen, so Stan and/or Francine should have seen them both as they were leaving.

    • Francine says that the coffee filters are above the sink, however, the cupboard where Stan got the filters from was not above the sink; it was just above the counter. The sink is in another part of the kitchen.

    • Featured Music:
      "9 to 5" and "Jolene" by Dolly Parton.

    • In the previous episode, Stan said his hero was Reagan, but apparently, now it's Bush.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Steve: (to Bush) Meet me in the attic. I've got something big you'll want to get your hands on.

    • Deputy Director Bullock: So, remember, Head shot wounds: too many is better than too few!

    • Stan: Good old pillow gun. Built for comfort AND danger. Two hundred thread count, (Cocks gun) two hundred dead count.

    • Stan: Mr. Bush, will you please put on your clothes?
      President Bush: Never! I wanna be naked!

    • President Bush: Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a press conference to stammer through.
      Stan: (To Hayley) That means he has to poop.

    • President Bush: Wait a minute. Stan, you told her she was a lost cause?
      Stan: Sir, she's been nothing but trouble. She stays out late, she lies, she drinks.
      President Bush: Stan, those things don't make your daughter a lost cause. Look at me. When I was her age, I was blitzed off my ass 24/7. Doing Tequila shots, Jell-O shooters, Mind Erasers, Cement Mixers, Dr. Pepper Bombs, Mud Slides, Kamikazes, Jageritas, Lemon Drops, B-52s, Fuzzy Navels, Gorilla Farts, Scorpion Bowls, Singapore Slings, Prairie Fires, Bloody Marys, Slippery Nipples. Point is, no matter how much I messed up -- Flaming Everclears -- no matter how much I messed up, my daddy always believed in me. Heck, Stan, your daughter's not a lost cause. She's right on track to be President.

    • Roger: Well, terrorist, you leave us no choice. We will now torture you in my backless chair.
      Steve: That's a stool.
      Roger: (Slaps Steve) It's a backless chair! Don't diminish my invention!

    • Stan: I can't believe it! This is a national disaster!
      Hayley: Maybe we should call FEMA so they can rescue him in four or five days.
      Stan: I am sick of your snide comments! President Bush is a good, honest man, and you're a liar!
      Hayley: I told you, that rum wasn't mine!
      Stan: Lies! It's like you have to lie to live. You're a lie-a-betic! You have lie-a-betes! Twice a day, you have to take a shot of Inso-lie-ne!

    • Stan: Quick! Give me some coffee! The President's off his ass, and we have to sober him up!
      Francine: Oh, my God! Here. Here's some breakfast blend.
      Stan: The President falls off the wagon after 15 years of clean living, and you want to serve him breakfast blend?! Breakfast blend?! Yeah, that could work. Where are the filters?
      Francine: Above the sink.
      Stan: Above the sink? Above the sink?! Oh, yeah, here they are.

    • Stan: Coffee! I'll get you some coffee! How do you take it?
      President Bush: Well, Stan, I like my coffee like my Secretaries of State -- not too dark and a little sweet. (Laughs)

    • Stan: You escaped the Pit of No Return? How did you get past my...
      Hayley: They're all dead, Dad.
      Stan: Even the younglings?
      Hayley: I made you a wallet out of their hides. (Gives Stan a wallet)
      Stan: No! Ooh! A little change pocket. That's nice. What did you make this out of? No! My younglings!

    • Stan: So, like, can you make Tony Blair do whatever you want? Like, if you told him to eat a bug, he'd have to eat a bug? Like any type of bug? Like a bug with a lot of legs?
      President Bush: That's right, Stan.
      Stan: (Laughs) Wow!

    • President Bush: (Enters the bathroom) Oop, there's already a guy in here. Oh, no, that's just a mirror.

    • President Bush: Actually, Stan, I'll meet you downstairs. I've got some legislation I need to pass.
      Stan: I don't understand.
      President Bush: I, um, have a justice I need to push through.
      Stan: For the Supreme Court? Is there a vacancy?
      President Bush: I need to poop, Stan.
      Stan: Oh. Oh, right. Okay, gotcha.

    • Roger: Oh, my God, Steve said you were here. Mr. President, I have something important to show you. I hope you brougt your checkbook.
      (Stan hits him with a door)
      Stan: Uh, that's our maid.
      President Bush: Oh, fun! I love Mexicans! Some say they're essential to our economy. Others say they're a drain on our resources. All I know is burritos are delicious.

    • Stan: Francine, go get dinner ready. The President's hungry. You're going to love my wife's cooking, sir. And her desserts are to die for.
      Francine: Actually, Stan, I didn't make a dessert tonight.
      Stan: Is exactly what you would say if we were getting a divorce tomorrow.

    • Stan: (To President Bush) I'd like you to meet my wife Francine.
      Francine: Hello.
      Stan: My son Steve.
      Steve: Holy ****! We just tried to call you! Don't move!

    • Stan: You! This is all your fault! If you hadn't distracted me by coming home late with a purse full of booze, this wouldn't have happened.
      Hayley: Ugh! I told you that flask wasn't mine.
      Stan: Liar!
      Klaus: Where?! Oh, I thought you said "fire." I've had water in my ear all day.

    • Roger: (On the phone) Hello, White House? We found Bin Laden. Hello? Bitch hung up on me!

    • Steve: What the hell are you doing?
      Roger: Hmm? Oh, I'm harvesting one of your kidneys to sell on the black market, then I'm gonna buy Dollywood.
      Steve: Dollywood?
      Roger: Dolly Parton's theme park. The rides give you the same experience as looking at her; fun from far away, but really scary up close.

    • Stan: I don't have time for your nonsense. I have to finish my Bush essay.
      Hayley: You're still working on that? You've officially put more time into that essay than he has on his presidency.
      Stan: (Gasps) How dare you talk that way about The Dub! At least he's not a lush. He's been sober for 15 years. I'm pretty sure that makes him a black belt.

    • Francine: Can't you do this downstairs?
      Stan: No, I need you, you're my muse. Now shut up. I can't think with your babbling.

    • Stan: (Typing on his laptop) Not a day goes by where you are not in my thoughts. The love and respect I have for you knows no limits. I long to caress your...
      Francine: Stan, are you still writing that letter to President Bush?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister
      President Bush sings "I Wanna Golf", a parody of "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister.

    • A Beautiful Mind
      The scene in which Roger writes on the attic window and then shows Steve the coded messages in the newspaper is a reference to the 2001 Ron Howard film A Beautiful Mind.

    • Blue Harvest
      One of the sentences Roger scrawls on the attic window is "I (heart) Blue Harvest". "Blue Harvest" is what Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was called during it's production. It is also the title of a Family Guy episode, which spoofs Episode IV: A New Hope.

    • Let the Eagle Soar
      When Stan goes on the computer to send an e-mail, the computer sings, "let the e-mail soar." This is a reference to John Ashcroft's song, "Let the Eagle Soar."

    • Star Wars
      The scene with Steve riding an animal in the snow is identical to a scene from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

    • Stan: Even the younglings?
      When Hayley emerges from "the pit" and Stan asks, "even the younglings?" it parallels the conversation in Star Wars: Episode III after Anakin kills everyone at the Jedi temple.

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