American Dad!

Season 2 Episode 7

Failure is Not a Factory-installed Option

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 24, 2006 on TBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Repo-man: Here to repo the cars.
      Steve: You can't do that - we're about to become men!
      Repo-man: Well, you may have planned on becoming men through sexual conquest, but an equally valid preparation for adulthood would be a night filled with disappointment and compromise.

    • (Mysterious music plays and Stan disappears. Then shows Stan with his head in the letterbox.)
      Stan: Damn, I can't even exit mysteriously anymore.

    • Roger: Ah, Steve. Your first grope-fest. You won't truly appreciate the awkwardness of this moment until you're fondly reminiscing as a 35-year-old homosexual.

    • Steve: Chicken pot pie! My favorite!
      Francine: Actually, it's turkey.
      Steve: Oh, gross! Why don't we just eat a big pile of vomit?

    • Francine: Turkey pot pie or chicken pot pie? Turkey pot pie or chicken pot pie? Turkey pot pie...
      (pan flute plays; Stan appears)
      Francine: Oh!
      Stan: Perhaps the answer is not what is inside the pie, but what is inside you.
      Francine: Stan, you scared me half to death.
      Stan: Better to be scared half to death, than to death half scared be to.

    • Hayley: (looks at Roger's films) Porky's? Meatballs 2? Enjoy your crapfest!
      Roger: Oh, go read The Bell Jar, you poser!

    • Steve: Hey, what are you doing with my dad's movie projector?
      Roger: If I'm living in a storage unit so he can buy 20 cars, I'm going to get something out of it.
      Steve: Get something out of it... Cars... Yes! The girls would go crazy over these cars. That's it!
      Roger: Hey, Algernon, what's wrong with you? Can't you get an idea without saying it out loud?

    • Stan: So, what do you think of your new car? Do you love it?
      Francine: I told you I wanted the Femwagon. This is the Phallus.
      Stan: No, it's the Phallus ES. Felix said it was the last one on the lot. I had to act fast or this other guy was totally going to buy it. (Pauses) Son of a bitch! He mind-raped me! Don't worry, honey. No car salesman is going to get the better of me. (Drives off in the Phallus ES; comes back in Francine's old car) Is she a beauty or what?
      Francine: Stan, that's my old car.
      Stan: Correction: it's your new pre-owned car, and I got it for a sweet ten grand.
      Francine: We sold it to him for seven.
      Stan: Yeah, but he let me keep the Phallus for no extra charge.
      Francine: Because you already paid for it!
      Stan: Francine, there's a lot of math - man math - involved in a car purchased that... (Pauses) Damn it!

    • Francine: Hey, you know how we were talking about getting a new car? Well, I know exactly what I want: The Femwagon. It's a little pricey.
      Stan: Hey, you've got one of the CIA's top negotiators on your side. You know, I negotiated my way through negotiator training. I should have failed the hell out of that class. That's how good I am.

    • Steve: Look! It's Jenny Bowen. She's got the body of Lara Croft, the pouty good looks of Resident Evil's Jill Valentine, and the frank eroticism of Rosie O'Donnell.
      Snot: God, I'd love to bend Rosie O'Donnell over a buffett table and just let her eat all she wants.
      Steve: Yes, Rosie O'Donnell is every teenage boy's Mrs. Right.

    • Achmed: It's no use, CIA man. I will never talk. Never!
      Stan: Shh! (Thinking) Every man has a weakness. What is his? His teeth are yellow, so he's a smoker. The handcuffs around his wrists mean he's in some sort of trouble. The haunted look in his eyes suggests that he doesn't know what Eric McCormack's going to do after Will & Grace either. He's got a wedding ring, but his shirt doesn't match his pants, which means his wife has stopped caring. Gotcha! (To Achmed) Oh, man, another spot on my tie! It's like my wife doesn't even care anymore. I'm sorry. You shouldn't have to listen to my complaints. It's not like you could relate.
      Achmed: Actually, you might be surprised. My wife and I haven't been getting along for quite some time now. It's like she's no longer the woman I traded goats for, you know?

    • Bullock: His name is Achmed al-Paula Abdul al-Paul Anka al-Casey Kasem bin-Shakira. We must find out who he works for.
      Stan: Leave it to me, sir. I'll crack him faster than Condoleezza Rice cracked the glass ceiling with her beautiful, straightened hair.

    • Achmed: I thought we were friends!
      Stan: You thought what I made you think.
      Achmed: I still want to get the wives together!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Bullock: His name is Achmed al-Paula Abdul al-Paul Anka al-Casey Kasem bin-Shakira.
      Achmed's name has within it the names of the singers Paula Abdul, Paul Anka and Shakira and the radio personality/voice actor Casey Kasem.

    • Spanglish
      In the scene where Francine and Hayley are cleaners, their employer acts like the character, Deborah, from this movie. Both characters treated their workers as immigrants with no knowledge of English.

    • Algernon: Flowers For Algernon
      Roger's little jab at Steve calling him Algernon is from a book titled Flowers For Algernon. In it, a mentally retarded man undergoes an experimental procedure that turns him into a genius, only to discover the process is temporary.

    • George Formby: Song
      When Stan's boss suspends him and then plays the banjo, he sings George Formby's "When I'm Cleaning Windows". George Formby is an English singer and actor from the 1930's.

    • Pan Flute
      The pan flute tune playing when Stan appears dressed in oriental garb is the opening to the song "The Lonely Shepherd", recently used in the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

    • Episode Title: Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option
      This is a pun on "Failure is Not an Option," a memorable line from the movie Apollo 13, spoken by NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz (Ed Harris). Gene Kranz didn't say this during the real Apollo 13 mission, but he liked the line and used it as the title of his autobiography in 2000.