American Dad!

Season 5 Episode 17

Every Which Way But Lose

3
Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Apr 26, 2009 on FOX
8.4
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114 votes
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Steve joins a junior football team to make Stan proud. However, when a hyper-competitive Stan assumes the position of head coach, Steve gets kicked off the team for not being good enough. Out for revenge, Steve and Roger recruit a new team of misfits who threaten Stan's perfect season. Meanwhile, Francine and Hayley compete for a blue ribbon at the Langley County Fair.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Poor

    4.0
    Steve joins a junior football team to make Stan proud. However, when a hyper-competitive Stan assumes the position of head coach, Steve gets kicked off the team for not being good enough. Out for revenge, Steve and Roger recruit a new team of misfits who threaten Stan's perfect season. Meanwhile, Francine and Hayley compete for a blue ribbon at the Langley County Fair.overall a poor episode

    4 out of 10
  • great

    8.5
    What I liked: Steve telling Roger to meet him under the bleachers, and Roger thinking he wanted to make out with him, Steve getting Stan to cry at the end, Steve coming up with the plan to make sure his team would win, amongst other things.



    Good enough episode. I really liked a lot of the first half, but for me it went down when Stan tried to hang himself. I don't know why, I guess it fits his character because of how much he hates losing, but… I don't know if I could see him killing himself over that. But the rest of the episode was pretty good and as such my grade is a low B, which I think is fair.moreless
  • It's the sport of kings, better than diamond rings...

    8.5
    After yet another lame half-hour of Family Guy, American Dad proves once again that it's better than the show that bore it by this father-son bonding fake out. Gods, I love the fake out episodes; Those episodes that make you think that you're watching a show about one thing only to find out it's about something else. This is the classic shift; Steve wants to make his dad cry by beating him, only to turn him suicidal because of his loserphobia! It's not the best shift episode they've done (that one goes to the eating disorder episode) but it's notable, funny, and yes - even touching in its own strange way.moreless
  • A sturdy groin is the lynchpin of victory!

    8.0
    Following on from last week's father/son episode, this week we see a similar theme developed and taken in a completely different angle. This time we see Steve try to make his father cry when Stan does the same thing to his troubled loser of a son. Overall, it's not quite as amusing or moving as Dolorean provided last week, but nevertheless offers a handful of laughs most of which involve Stan and sometimes some Steve and Roger too. There's also the b-story involving Francine and Hailey as thy compete to win some sort of baking contest, but it's a complete dud. A fine outing for the most part however, and does well not to tread on ground that is overly familiar despite the themes of father/son relations being explored often during the series.moreless
  • Another amazing season 4 episodde.

    10
    This episode is hillarious and Stan was hillarious like when he disn't care that Steve came in 78th place just because he didn't win and when he punched Steve in the cup for ruining a father son moment and the wooden cup gave him splinters. Also it was hillarious when the really good kid just threw the weak kid so he could get a touchdown and when Stan always made Roger cry was hillarious. Also it was very funny when Roger yelled at the doll in his dollhouse for letting herself go and it was very funny when Roger did all that stuff in the car and he walked out and said I wonder who's car that is and it was hillarious when Roger and Steve were trying to make Stan cry and Roger slapped him and Stan hit him with a chair. Also this was better then Stewroids the Family Guy episode that aired on the same night as this.moreless
Will Forte

Will Forte

Mayor Woodside

Guest Star

Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong

Dr. Perimutter

Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Councilwoman Santos

Guest Star

Tom Hollander

Tom Hollander

Amazing Rufus

Recurring Role

Steve Hely

Steve Hely

Wolverine Player 2

Recurring Role

Daisuke Suzuki

Daisuke Suzuki

Toshi

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: The entire premise of this episode involves Steve and Roger trying to make Stan cry because Steve has never seen it happen. This contradicts the Season 1 Episode 5 "Roger Codger" in which Stan cries in front of the whole family when about to shoot Roger, even stating "What's this? Some kind of tear like substance coming from my eyes" to which Steve responds "He's crying!"

    • Klaus does not appear in this episode.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Stan: We're undefeated this year. Your team had one successful snap.
      Roger: Those shorts make your package look small and your ass look big. (snaps fingers) That makes two, two successful snaps.

    • Roger: Fine, so we don't have brawn. What really wins football games is brains. I'm assuming you guys are the smart kind of geeks.
      Steve: Mmm... fifty/fifty.
      Roger: Fifty plus fifty equals a hundred.

    • Francine: Well, I'm going to go enter my pie.
      Stan: Just like I did last night!

    • Steve: I've got an idea. Let's go behind the bleachers.
      Roger: I don't see how having a make-out party's going to help, but I guess that is what coaches do...

    • Steve: Wait a second, that's it! I can sign up for the footballs team! Dad loves sports! I bet he'd love to watch me play!
      Roger: Steve, look at those kids. They're athletes. When was the last time you ran anywhere? I mean with your own legs, not by pressing X?

    • Roger: If I have one more piece of vomit pie, I'm gonna pumpkin.

    • Stan: (watching TV) No, no! Come on! God, you want to be a loser all your life?!
      Francine: Were you talking to me?
      Stan: No, the Redskins. You're performing at or near expectations.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Blade Runner
      Steve's football team, the "Nexus Six Replicants," is named after the android-like machines that Deckard (Harrison Ford) chases in this 1982 film.

    • The Karate Kid

      Stan telling one of his football players to "sweep the leg" is a reference to the tournament scene in The Karate Kid, where the evil coach tells one of his participants to do the same thing.

    • The Bad News Bears
      Roger's Hawaiian shirt and beer-drinking during the football game is a reference to Walter Mathau's performance in the movie The Bad News Bears.

    • Episode Title
      The title of this episode is a take on the movie, Every Which Way But Loose.

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