American Dad!

Season 5 Episode 5

Escape From Pearl Bailey

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 09, 2008 on TBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Steve plots his revenge against all the popular girls at school who tease losers, including his ex-girlfriend Debbie.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • After a few not so good episodes, American Dad proves that Roger does not need to be in an episode to be funny.

    Steve plots his revenge against all the popular girls at school who tease losers, including his ex-girlfriend Debbie

    Overall, this episode was fantastic, and the way Steve revenges all the girls were original and funny, overall this episode of American Dad will receive a ten out of ten

    10 OUT OF 10

  • superb

    What I liked: Snot's "I'm popular!", the way Steve got revenge on the girls, Stan's line about Steve acknowledging them, 'even this one time', amongst other things.

    I thought the first half had some good laughs, however the second half bored me and lowers my grade a little. The second half, with everyone in the school trying to beat up Steve and his friends, was inspired, I just did not like the execution. Luckily, the first half of the episode was good enough for me to give the episode as a whole somewhere in the "B" range as my final grade.moreless
  • At last, an epiosode that didn't need Stan or Roger for a change.

    This was a great episode last night. I laughed at everything. The jokes, timing and pacing were perfect. At last, an episode that didn't need Stan or Roger for a change. Stan said 2 lines but that was okay. We don't need those 2 every week. I'm glad that Steve got a chance to grow and I'm glad that Debbie was back with him. I loved it when he got revenge on the mean girls and how he did it. He really cared for her. I also loved it when he made up with his friends for the trouble they caused him. The ending had rolling on the floor. This was better than Family Guys' episode. It stayed right on target and I hope that it continues.moreless
  • Great episode.

    I thought this was a very very funny episode. Not often do we get a story that based ENTIRELY on Steve and I think it works. It would have worked a little better if more of the Family were featured as a main in a side story, but they made it work. I enjoyed getting more of an insite of Steve's school life, poor nerd. Although I also love an episode that features Steve's friends: Snot, Barry and Toshi. It was good to see more of the relationship between Steve and Debbie, when teamed up they make a funny image.moreless
  • great

    this was a great episode of american dad the plot was great the jokes were also funny this episode was a steve episode there was only one scene with the rest of the family and then there was a second scene with just francine when she was waiting for steve in her suv at pearl baily. it was a great steve episode and the title says it all steve and his friends got into a fight but they need to work together to escape pearl baily high school. . . . . . . . . . . . .moreless
Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

Stylish Man

Guest Star

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Lisa Silver

Guest Star

Brian Lally

Brian Lally

Amy's Dad

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Principal Lewis

Recurring Role

Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong


Recurring Role

Daisuke Suzuki

Daisuke Suzuki


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jock #1: I'm gonna kick the fat one's head in!
      Jock #2: I'm gonna break the fat one's spine!
      Barry: I'm popular.

    • Principal Lewis: (over intercom) Hey there, big boys and girls. Four dangerous nerds are trying to escape school sanctioned mob justice. Whoever catches them gets the five hundred dollars I keep sticking out of my pocket to make you kids think I'm rich.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Doctor Who

      When Debbie refers to a "thirty year old TV show", the scene cuts to three nerds in the audience, wearing costumes based mainly on the Fourth and Eighth incarnations of the Doctor of Doctor Who. 30 years was only the American broadcast history.

    • One of the PBHS cliques is the "The Red-Headed League", an allusion to the Sherlock Holmes story.

    • Toshi: "Bastard! You've killed us!"

      This is the same line as Captain Tupolov's executive officer says in the 1990 movie The Hunt For Red October.

    • The Faculty
      When Steve and his friends are escaping through the bleachers, it mirrors one of the final scenes in the 1998 film The Faculty.

    • Navajo Joe
      The mask worn by Steve when he takes his revenge is a reference to this 1966 film.

    • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
      The scene where the Goth kids allow Steve and his friends to escape ("You shall not pass!") is a reference to Gandalf's confrontation with the Balrog in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

    • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

      The end with Steve and his friends pays tribute to the famous ending in which Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid jump from behind cover to reach their horses. As the scene freeze frames, we hear hundreds of rifles going off at once.

    • Tim Burton's Batman
      When Steve says, "You wanna get nuts? Come on! Lets Get nuts!", he references Tim Burton's Batman. In the 1989 movie, Bruce Wayne says that same line to The Joker.

    • Pulp Fiction
      The pawn shop that Steve sells the sword to is the same one from the movie Pulp Fiction. It could be assumed that this is the same sword Bruce Willis then used in the movie.

    • The scene where Steve and his friends have to escape their school and venture through different "territories" is very similar to the 1979 movie The Warriors. In the movie, a gang named The Warriors have to fight through various parts of New York City and fight against various types of gangs trying to capture them. Also, the principal speaking through the PA system, detailing the escape attempt is reminiscent of what the female DJ said.

    • Kill Bill
      The way Steve's revenge is presented before each of his victims is an allusion to the Kill Bill movies.