American Dad!

Season 1 Episode 7

Deacon Stan, Jesus Man

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jun 19, 2005 on TBS



  • Trivia

    • A113 (sometimes A-113 or A1-13) is an inside joke present as an Easter egg in animated films created by alumni of CalArts, referring to the room number used by graphic design and character animation students at the school that was used by John Lasseter and Brad Bird among others. Brad Bird first used it for a license plate number in the "Family Dog" episode of Amazing Stories. It has since appeared in other Disney movies and every Pixar movie. Bird has said "I put it into every single one of my films, including my Simpsons episodes.

      A 113 can be seen on Chuck White's vehicle as he parks it when he arrives at church.

    • The medallion Karl Rove wears around his neck has an elephant symbol; representing the Republican party.

    • The Mexican hospital where Stan takes Steve to have his baby is called, "El Hospital General."

    • The movie Roger is crying over is "A Cyst for Amelia" with Delta Burke.

    • Francine's line about George Clooney wasn't intended as a foreshadow to the episode, "Tears of a Clooney."

    • In the scene where Steve is talking to Betsy at the Deacon's wake, the Deacon's head can clearly be seen in the casket. However, in a close-up of Betsy talking, the Deacon's head is no longer there.

    • Stan uncharacteristically does not seem to mind that the two sweatshop managers have seen Roger.

    • The sign at the front of the church changes from saying "First Episcopalian" to just "Episcopalian" throughout the episode.

  • Quotes

    • Klaus: (To Roger) Your body disgusts me; I'm going to mein krapper. (sigh) I'm always in mein krapper.

    • Stan: What if we told you the potato salad contained an extra ingredient? An unholy ingredient?
      Karl Rove: Unholy, you say? (With his back to the camera he pulls open his robes)
      Smiths: Aaaahhh!
      Karl Rove: (Closes robes) Any questions?
      Steve: Where does your food go?

    • Haley: Wait, I know you. You're the amoral puppet master behind George W. Bush!
      Karl Rove: Why thank you.

    • Francine: Did it get colder?
      (Karl Rove shows up)
      Stan: Francine, meet Karl Rove!
      (Wolf howling sounds)
      Karl Rove: Let's get started. (Walks by Klaus' fishbowl and the water freezes)

    • Father Donovan: (To parishioners, at church) Wow. Sunday again, huh? Boy, that pissed by, didn't it? Least tomorrow's TGIM. (Laughs, everyone stares) What? You got something better?!
      Stan: Father, may I say a few words?
      Father Donovan: (Sighs) Whatever. (Mumbles, as he leaves) Man, I remember when I used to be able to smoke in here.

    • Mexican Doctor: Did you say "alien baby"?
      Stan: No. I said, "Doctor's corpse found in desert."
      Mexican Doctor: Oh, right. Right.

    • Hayley: Steve, are you sure you want to have this child?
      Steve: Yeah, I... I guess so. Roger, what do you say? You ready, partner?
      Roger: Oh, yeah. Fatherhood. Jazzed. It's not like I wanted to do anything with my life, like learn to surf or go to Jerusalem.
      Steve: Are you... are you drunk?
      Roger: Get used to it! (Slams door)

    • Stan: I'm sorry, but I have to resign as deacon.
      (Everyone gasps)
      Whiny Parishioner: But whhhhhhhy?

    • Francine: Okay, if it means that much to you, I guess we can bring chips and dip to the wake.
      Stan: Chips and dip? Oh, I tell you what, Francine. Why don't you just take this broom here and I'll bend over and grab my ankles, you lube up the handle real good and just sweep me out the door! 'Cause that's what'll happen to my chances at Deacon if the best we can do is chips and dip.

    • Steve: What am I gonna do?!
      Hayley: Whatever you want. You know, a pregnant boy still has the right to choose.
      Stan: Not in this house he doesn't... we're Conservatives and the one way we don't like to kill things is that way.

    • Steve: (After holding hands with Betsy) I touched her hand... her hand touched her boob. By the transitive property, I got some boob! Algebra's awesome!

    • Stan: Damn my tiny, girlish bladder!

    • Francine: Stan, quit spying on the neighbors.
      (Stan looking at the neighbors through binoculars)
      Stan: Today's the day, Francine. Today I will finally beat that smug bastard Chuck White to church. Look at him zipping up his fly like he owns the place. Well, today I get the shady parking spot. All right, Chuck still needs a tie. He's a double Windsor man, so we have a good two minutes to... (Gasps) Good God, a clip-on! Go, go, go!
      Francine: Wait! My bra!
      Stan: No time. Just keep your arms crossed and Jesus won't see 'em!

    • (Stan driving his SUV, pigeon crashes into windshield)
      Francine: Stan, you just killed a pigeon.
      Stan: No, I didn't.
      (Turns on windshield wipers, pigeon slides off the window)
      Francine: Stan, slow down. Is beating Chuck White so important to you that you'd put your family's lives at risk?
      Stan: Absolutely.
      Francine: You just ran through a crosswalk!
      Stan: No, I didn't.
      (Mr. Perkins is on the windshield)
      Francine: Hello, Mr. Perkins.
      (Stan turns on wipers to try to get him off, but fails)
      Francine: Spray him. Spray him a little. That'll loosen him up.
      (Stan sprays water on him, turns on wipers again, he slides off)
      Mr. Perkins: (On the ground) Thank you.

    • Stan: (About the Deacon position) Huh, Deacon. Long hours, no pay, whiny churchgoers... you'd have to be an idiot to volunteer for that position.
      Chuck: I volunteer to be Deacon!
      Stan: Me, too!

    • Francine: (About the pot-luck wake) I could make potato salad.
      Stan: Potato salad? Not exactly adventurous, but it gets the job done. That reminds me, we should have sex tonight.

    • (After being tricked into eating the potato salad)
      Roger: You set me up, Klaus! Why would you do something so awful?
      Klaus: I'm German. It's what we do.

    • Stan: Chuck... Kristy. Nice house.
      Chuck: Smith, you live in a house. This is a manor... so you better mind yours.
      (Chuck & Kristy laugh, Stan tries pulling out his gun from his jacket)
      Francine: No.

    • Francine: Uh... Stan, honey, we've run out of potato salad.
      Stan: Oh my God! No!
      (Everyone leaves)
      Stan: Wait! Wait! I've... I've got a stick of gum. Who likes Big Red? Huh? Who likes Big Red? Huh?
      (Karl Rove slaps Stan)
      Karl Rove: What is wrong with you? Look, we cannot run out of potato salad again or we will lose on Sunday. (Bat brings him an ancient scroll) Damn! My car's been towed.

    • (After being forced to eat a bunch of stuff by Stan)
      Roger: Why, Klaus? Why?
      Klaus: Ja. Still German.

    • (Roger hooked up to a contraption forcing him to eat)
      Francine: Stan, look what we're doing to Roger. We've got to stop this.
      Stan: We can't stop now. The election is tomorrow. Roger's fine.
      Roger: Kill... me...

    • (In a camper)
      Francine: Stan, what... what's going on?
      Stan: You were right, Francine. I've let this ridiculous rivalry cloud my judgment. This family comes first. That's why I rented this camper to drive us all down to Mexico so Steve can have his baby.
      Francine: Mexico?
      Stan: That's right, Mexico. Or, as I like to call it, God's blind spot.

    • Stan: (About having to resign as Deacon) It's a bizarre situation. Not 8 Simple Rules, let's-keep-it-going-after-the-father-died bizarre, but close.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • (watching an old classmate doing gymnastic moves at church)
      Steve: Jesus and Joseph and Mary Lou Retton.

      Mary Lou Retton was an Olympic gold medalist in the sport of gymnastics.

      It's also an allusion to the Holy Family since they are in church at the time: Joseph (the father), Mary (the mother/virgin), and Jesus.

    • Antoine Lavoisier: Experiment
      The experiment Klaus is talking about when Roger fears that his head will be ripped off, instructing him to keep blinking his eyes for as long as possible, is a reference to Antoine Lavoisier's rumored final experiment to find out how long a head can remain conscious after being separated from the body.

    • Chuck White: Character

      Chuck White's name and personality seem to have been inspired by the character Chuck White in the cartoon series The Brady Kids. The Chuck White in that series was also arrogant and self-absorbed.

    • George Clooney
      Francine uses her one free kill and considers about killing George Clooney because "he's really smug."

    • Bela Karolyi: Character
      True to his reputation as a notoriously strict gymnastics coach, he confronts Betsy, who is his pupil, in the funeral scene and shoves half a lemon in her face as punishment for garnishing her water with a lemon wedge.

    • Karl Rove
      George W. Bush's senior adviser Karl Rove is portrayed as Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars saga (he is shadowed and wears a red robe and cowl). Also, whenever his name is spoken, a wolf can be heard howling and he lowers the temperature of the room he is in. This could possibly be a reference to the Dementors from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or to Frau Blücher from Young Frankenstein.

    • Stan: Wait! Wait! I've... I've got a stick of gum. Who likes Big Red? Huh? Who likes Big Red? Huh?
      In reality, Big Red is actually the name of a popular chewing/bubble gum.

    • Stan: (About having to resign as Deacon) It's a bizarre situation. Not 8 Simple Rules, let's-keep-it-going-after-the-father-died bizarre, but close.
      Stan is poking fun at the ABC series, 8 Simple Rules, for having kept it going, despite the death of John Ritter.