American Dad!

Season 4 Episode 3

Dope & Faith

4
Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 14, 2007 on TBS
8.9
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Stan prays for a friend and thinks God sent him one, but he turns out to be an atheist. Stan tries to convince his friend that God exists by making his life extremely hard until his plan backfires. Meanwhile, Roger convinces Steve that he has been accepted to Hogwarts.moreless

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  • RE-made review

    8.5
    Stan prays for a friend and thinks God sent him one, but he turns out to be an atheist. Stan tries to convince his friend that God exists by making his life extremely hard until his plan backfires. Meanwhile, Roger convinces Steve that he has been accepted to Hogwarts.




    I deleted my original review I wrote in a listed way. I'm now reviewing this old fashioned way. I thought this episode was a great one. Unfortunately it is a religious episode and it is related to Seth MacFarlane's atheism. Even Family Guy and The Cleveland Show had that this is in order: American Dad, Family Guy, and The Cleveland Show. Enough said. Therefore, American Dad had the best atheist episode in Seth's show. The main plot didn't made me laugh that much expect for the beginning. The rest weren't my favorite and I didn't liked Stan making Brett commit suicide after his life failed. Though the episode was heartwarming. The sub plot was much better. It made me laugh for the parts: Roger trying to know what's his fortune, the guys at Hogwats, lavate la manos, and the gun scenes. SCORE 8,5/10moreless
  • Seth MacFarlane...made a religion episode?......that's GOOD?

    10
    Stan prays for a friend and thinks God sent him one, but he turns out to be an atheist. Stan tries to convince his friend that God exists by making his life extremely hard until his plan backfires. Meanwhile, Roger convinces Steve that he has been accepted to Hogwarts.

    Overall, this was a perfect AD episode and should be viewed by any fan of the show. I'm not sure which plot I like better.



    10 out of 10moreless
  • Amazing!!!!!!!!

    9.8
    After a church sermon, Stan realizes that he has no one to hang out with. After praying for a friend, he meets Brett, another ultra-conservative who is virtually identical to Stan. They do everything together, from destroying children's toy sailboats with Stan's paddleboat to cutting their palms, shaking hands, and getting HIV tested. However, their perfect friendship hits a snag when Stan discovers that Brett does not believe in God. Any attempts to convince Brett about God's existence only sour the relationship. Not wanting Brett's soul to burn in Hell due to his system of beliefs, Stan decides to make his life miserable, since people tend to look to God for guidance during a crisis. However, after Stan ruins everything he lived for, Brett attempts to commit suicide by jumping off a building. He just barely makes it out alive and, while he is in a coma at the hospital, Stan prays to God that if He brings him back, he will accept Brett's views the way they are. When Brett does recover, Brett claims he had a near-death experience and met God, declaring he is now a believer; however, he then says he was sent to Hell for attempting suicide, and that Satan promised to revive him if he helped spread the word of the Devil. Although initially appalled by this, Stan decides to make good on his word to God and proudly walks off with his friend.



    Meanwhile, for petty revenge after Steve starts gloating of how special he is, Roger convinces Steve that he has been accepted to Hogwarts. Roger directs him to an old shack to embarrass him, only to discover it actually a Meth Lab. Nevertheless, Steve is still convinced it is Hogwarts (with the Drug dealers as his professors), and Roger decides to use Steve in a scam to make money off the Drug dealers (Steve thinks it is Potions). However, when the Steve accidentally brings home some "homework", the Drug dealers angrily arrive and attack Roger. Roger, who gets a faceful of a Methamphetamine powder, goes berserk and kills them all after a drawn-out gun battle, though Steve, convinced by Roger that his "professors" were in fact Death Eaters in disguise, thinks he defeated them since his glasses were broken during the scuffle.moreless
  • Stan tries to find a friend.

    9.0
    This episode is pretty good, and as an atheist I found Stan's approach particularly hilarious as he tries to push his beliefs on to his new friend, and in the end accepts his friend when he decides to become a Satanist. Of course it seemed to get more absurd, but in the end it's all Stan's fault that it happened anyway.



    As for Steve's gullibility in becoming a cocaine or "potion" maker, that wasn't quite as good, but was hilarious as, in true AD fashion, Roger's revenge plan gets way out of hand and a gunfight destroys the house for what seems like the hundredth time, and Steve still being stupid enough to believe he was learning to become a wizard.



    The whole episode is ridiculous and very funny, with Stan pushing his beliefs, and Steve pushing his dope.moreless
  • Tied for my favorite episode.

    10
    This episode ie extremely funny and has my favorite gun fight in cartoon history. Some hillarious parts are when Stan called the lab guys to see if that machine that beams the image of the Cristain God inside someone's head and then you see them and a guys head is off and when Bret's wife said that someone beamed some expeirimental beams in my head and suddenly i'm gay and then Stan looks guilty. Also the leader of drug dealers had some great lines like you do not freakin ask where we got this from. Also the gun fight was incredible and it was so funny when Steve thought he was perforing spells and defeating the drug dealers even though Roger is clearly in a gun fight with them. Overall because of two equally great storylines is why this is tied for my favorite episode.moreless
Jocko Sims

Jocko Sims

Ice Pick

Guest Star

Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas

Brett Morris

Guest Star

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt

Fortune Teller

Guest Star

Martin Mull

Martin Mull

Father Donovan

Recurring Role

Mike Barker

Mike Barker

Terry Bates

Recurring Role

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Bullock

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Roger: (laughs) Oh, my God! Stan has no friends! And he didn't even realize! He's like America, the guy!

    • Stan: God is my co-pilot! And the Virgin Mary is the hot stewardess! Ding! More peanuts, Mary!

    • Roger: (after getting a faceful of cocaine) I AM INCREDIBLY FOCUSED RIGHT NOW!

    • Brett's Wife: Brett, I've realized that I'm a lesbian and I'm taking the kids.
      Brett: What? How can you become a lesbian?
      Brett's Wife: What an idiot! You don't become a lesbian! It's not like someone shot an experimental laser into your head and suddenly you become a lesbian!

    • Steve: I'll save you, Roger! "Lavate las manos. LAVATE LAS MANOS!"

    • Father Donovan: What?!
      Stan: I am having a spiritual crisis. What do you do when your best friend doesn't believe in God?
      Father Donovan: Well, Stan, we are hardly best friends.

    • Stan: (to Hayley) You will be respectful in the house of the Lord! Look at Steve. He's a good Christian child. Mouth shut, nose in the bible.
      Hayley: Oh, really?
      Stan: Of course. (takes Steve's book and reads it) He's reading the glorious passage where... "Dumbledore makes the candles float in the cafeteria." Ah, Deuteronomy.

    • Roger: I was just taking a midnight stroll when I saw what looked like a magical owl fly by and... oh! Look at that! It's right here, and it's carrying a letter!
      (Steve opens the letter and gasps)
      Roger: What does it say?
      Steve: It says I've been admitted to Hogwarts School of Wizardry! The gypsy was right! I am special!
      Roger: (snickering) And here I was thinking you were just a gullible idiot.

    • Brett: The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team? I mean, sure, they were underdogs, but that's not really a miracle.
      Stan: Not the team. Kurt Russell. He's been working steadily for 46 years. No lull, no lull!

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • John George Haigh
      Roger's way of disposing of the dead drug dealers after the shootout (soaking their bodies in a bathtub filled with sulfuric acid) is a reference to John George Haigh, a famous British serial killer known as the "Acid Bath Murderer."

    • Harry Potter
      Throughout the episode, Steve is shown to be an avid fan of Harry Potter; numerous characters and elements of the series are mentioned, including Hogwarts, Ron Weasley, Potions class, wands, Professor Snape, He Who Must Not Be Named, owls, Dementors, various spells, Muggles and Death Eaters.

    • Crossroads
      After Stan's friend, Brett, sells his soul, he plays the guitar in a similar style to Steve Vai, a guitarist who plays the part of a man who sold his soul to the devil in this movie.

    • Episode Title: Dope and Faith
      The title, "Dope and Faith," is an allusion to the show, Hope and Faith.

    • Scarface
      Roger falling face first into the "magic powder" and going on a gun rampage is a tribute to the movie Scarface, right down to the pinstriped suit and wild hair.

    • Roger: Hmm, 'sad magic'. If anybody ever writes a book about Doug Henning that's pretty much your title.
      Doug Henning was a magician and illusionist popular in the 70's, known for his rainbow shirts and bushy hair and moustache.

    • Former Episode Title: Ripley's Believe It or Not
      The title 'Shipley's Believe It or Not' is a direct parody of the popular show, Ripley's Believe It or Not.

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