American Dad!

Season 7 Episode 8

For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Dec 12, 2010 on FOX
8.9
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Episode Summary

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Stan gives Steve a gun for Christmas, even though Francine warns him that Steve is too young. As usual, Stan ignores her, and when Steve accidentally shoots Santa, he sends the North Pole into a tizzy and jeopardizes Christmas.
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Another great Christmas episode

    10
    Most shows on TV feel compelled to put out holiday themed episodes because "it's the thing to do", and a lot of them suck. Not so in regards to American Dad's efforts. Many of my favorite episodes they produce are the Christmas based ones. This one is a riot from beginning to end. From Steve accidentally shooting Santa, to Roger making moonshine with Bobb Todd, to the fire fight with Santa and the elves is crazy! Loved it; just adds to being the best produced animation show on TV and one of the best shows period!moreless
  • Hysterical

    10
    Bobb Todd, the magical brewer of Moonshine on the mountain, is a hilarious depiction of "southern hospitality" as he aids the Smiths in an epic battle to fight off Santa Clause, after Steve accidentally shoots him with his new Christmas gift.
  • Christmas review 18: Best American Dad Christmas episode

    9.5
    IMO, this has to be the best Christmas American Dad episode. Despite the intense use of violence (which bothers me 40% of the time), I really enjoyed the plot. It is about Stan getting Steve a gun yet his wife warns him not to. However, Steve accidentally kills a Mall Santa. I wished I saw this episode again. My score is 5 points from a 10 because a couple parts were a bit boring and that's kinda ruin the score so that I give a Christmas episode a 10. Jeff's part was very funny in this episode and yet Stan still have against with him. Steve killing Santa was kinda funny. Roger's plot was funny as well when he was working for that hillbilly. Also, that Donkey Kong parody was very funny. Most video games parodies always make me laugh. The last 10 minutes were interesting. Overall an almost perfect Christmas episode of American Dad. Overall score is 9.5/10.moreless
  • Mediocre

    5.5
    Stan gives Steve a gun for Christmas, even though Francine warns him that Steve is too young. As usual, Stan ignores her, and when Steve accidentally shoots Santa, he sends the North Pole into a tizzy and jeopardizes Christmas.

    5.5 out of 10/ Mediocre/Boring
  • 12/12

    7.5
    American Dad and Family Guy both had Christmas specials here tonight, but Dad produced the better one and there is no debate about that. We had a killer, vindictive Santa Claus coming after Stan and his family tonight, and we also had a nice moral ending about the importance of family and sticking together....but it was mostly the nonsensical, irreverent dialogue and humor plaguing this episode that I personally enjoyed. The way American Dad succeeds in creating ridiculous things and somehow making them work never ceases to amaze me. You might not think a killer Santa would be good, but this was.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Stan: Hayley, the only thing I have to accept is that socially I can't wear mascara even though it makes my eyes pop like firecrackers.

    • Bobb Todd: Tried to turn to liquid energy on me and I waddn't havin' NONE OF IT!
      Bobb Todd: I'ma go out there and shoot that fat turd in the belly!!"
      Bobb Todd: I'ma let you drive my trans am just as soon as I fix the GOD DANG DRIVE SHAFT!

    • Bob Todd: You've kissed the raccoon. You're a real moonshiner now, you S.O.B. Go forth and brew my ancient elixir with these sacred jars.

    • Francine: (reading Santa's letter) You were lucky this year, Smiths. But I'll be back next Christmas to kill you.
      Francine: Oh my God! It looks like we found our new Christmas tradition!

    • (during the shootout against Santa's elves)
      Steve: Dad, there's too many of them!
      Jeff: I wanna help, Mr. S.
      Stan: You wanna help me? Stand here and shield me from arrows until you die.

    • Steve: What do we do? If that elf is right, Santa's gonna kill us in less than twelve hours.
      Stan: OK. Look, maybe that wasn't a real elf. Maybe it's just some midge playing a trick. We all know how mischievous little people are. Most of them don't have jobs, which give them plenty of time to think of schemes.

    • Steve: Why did you have to give me a gun? I'll never pull another trigger as long as I live.
      Stan: Relax, Steve. Part of gun ownership is killing people by mistake.

    • Stan: Steve, shooting a gun is like being intimate with a woman. First, you inspect it to make sure it's clean. Then you grab it on the butt and jam the magazine in. If it doesn't fit, make it.

    • Francine: Look, I got wooden clogs to put around the tree. I'm starting a new Christmas tradition.
      Stan: What's wrong with our old traditions? Like letting homeless people smell our napkins after Christmas dinner.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Golden Compass is mentioned in this episode. The movie involves a girl name Lyra as she use a compass made of gold that can tell her secrets.

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