American Dad!

Season 3 Episode 17

I Can't Stan You

2
Aired Sunday 9:30 PM May 06, 2007 on FOX
8.5
out of 10
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142 votes
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When Stan brings home CIA equipment designed to eavesdrop on conversations, he finds out that his neighbors don't think too highly of him. In retaliation, Stan has the entire neighborhood evicted so that he can live free of any criticism. However, when an unexpected friend comes to his rescue, he realizes that gossip is a two-way street.moreless

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  • Stan finds out his neighbors can't stand him

    9.0
    When Stan brings home CIA equipment designed to eavesdrop on conversations, he finds out that his neighbors don't think too highly of him. In retaliation, Stan has the entire neighborhood evicted so that he can live free of any criticism. However, when an unexpected friend comes to his rescue, he realizes that gossip is a two-way street. Well, an improvement over the past few episodes but it not as enjoyable as Black Mystery Month. I thought everything in the episode was excellent expect the scenes when Stan is overreacting too much that causes him to evict the whole neighborhood. There were some great such as Stan pointing the boy with a gun by going BAM, all of Steve and Roger's subplot, some of the lines (a few from Bullock, most of the others from Roger/Stan), etc. overall, a superb AD episode. 9/10moreless
  • A perfect episode.

    10
    When Stan brings home CIA equipment designed to eavesdrop on conversations, he finds out that his neighbors don't think too highly of him. In retaliation, Stan has the entire neighborhood evicted so that he can live free of any criticism. However, when an unexpected friend comes to his rescue, he realizes that gossip is a two-way street.



    Overall, this episode was great, I loved when stan scared the kid by going "BAM"



    10 out of 10moreless
  • The neighbours hate Stan!

    7.4
    Stan's overreaction to the neighbours insulting him is something he would do, and with the power of CIA technology, that can be a dangerous thing. This plot is hilarious, though it's been done before. And the moral that everybody hates everyone, not just Stan are words to live by.



    Roger and Steve as con artists is a great subplot, as the face and the brain go head to head, and of course the absurdity of the story as it progresses is hilarious, given that everything's bound to be back to normal by the end of this episode.



    Whether it's Steve getting thrown in front of a car or Stan pointing a gun at a child, this episode is a very funny instalment of American Dad.moreless
  • This show is great! How come more people are not writing reviews?

    9.5
    This episode was hilarious. The show is hilarious. How has this show not developed a die-hard cult following yet? I only see one review. It is one of the few shows I refuse to miss. So in this episode, Stan decides he wants to be "beloved" by the neighbors, and meanwhile, Roger and Steve try pull every con in the book. How can you not love Roger? He is so versatile. He can be a character actor, an instigator, an object of sentiment. Who would have though that an alien can provide such a dynamic presence in a show? I think there's a moral in the Steve-Roger plot, but I am not seeing it. All I wonder is if I can scam my way into some free McDonalds.moreless
  • This is show is just too underrated.

    9.0
    The first few minutes of this episode had me doubled over laughing. I don't know exactly what it is about Patrick Stewart getting a machine that turns water into cocaine and saying he's going to party the nose off his face, but as far as I'm concerned: that's gold right there. Every single thing Bullock says is freakin' hilarious. "Who wants God's autograph? No Catholics."



    Yeah, it got a little contrived with the message later on, but even Family Guy's been doing that a lot lately. Show me the people who watch this and say it's not funny and I will show you a bunch of Pinko Communists. There, I said it.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Bullock

Guest Star

Ron Livingston

Ron Livingston

Bob Memari

Guest Star

Paul Butcher

Paul Butcher

Johnny

Guest Star

Mike Barker

Mike Barker

Terry Bates

Recurring Role

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Jackson

Recurring Role

Megyn Price

Megyn Price

Linda Memari

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Continuity Goof: In the office sequence, where Stan learns that the CIA can take any assets it needs, there's a large computer screen to Stan's left; after the quick clip of Bullock, the scene at the office continues without the large screen.

    • Roger's scheme in this episode where he accuses the Lipton company of having a finger in the can of soup is a reference to a real life case in California. A woman who ate at a Wendy's fast food restaurant finds a finger inside her chili and sues the company. It later turns out that the finger was a fake and was actually planted by the woman as a plot to extort money from the company.

    • Running Gag: Stan constantly scaring Johnny by suddenly pointing his gun at him, causing him to scream.

    • Langley Falls Post front page headline: "Mexican President Creates Taco Supreme Court."

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Mr. Hallworthy: (over the receiver) Nurse, I'm ready for my sponge bath now.
      Stan: Who said that?
      Francine: Santa? Is that you?

    • Stan: I hope ponies are illegal!

    • Roger: Is this heaven?
      Señor Toad Executive: No, it's Mexico.
      Roger: That makes sense 'cause it smells like Mexico.

    • Stan: I am a rock. I am an island. I am incontinent! Get it? It sounds like "continent."

    • Stan: My God, everybody hates me. I feel like a Jew outside of New York or Los Angeles.

    • Roger: (making a bogus telephone complaint) I was making my grandchildren some of your French Onion soup, I poured the contents of the can into a saucepan and out plops a human finger. Now the stress of this incident has given me walking nightmares, street terrors, diabetes and hysterical pregnancy. Now I am going to require a substantial cash settlement somewhere in the amount of whatever one of those ionic breeze machines costs. My address is, huh... do I have the finger? Uhh... (hangs up) Damn! The Lipton woman outfoxed me again.

    • Stan: Bam! (Pulls out his gun; points it at Johnny)
      (Johnny screams)
      Stan: Dead kid in the cornfield! Crows pecking out your eyes! Mama can't find you for weeks!
      Johnny: You're an ass, Mr. Smith.
      Stan: And you're funny lookin'.

    • Francine: Hey, why don't we throw a party of our own? You know, to show them that they're wrong about you.
      Stan: That's a brilliant idea. We should form a think tank, what with your ability to come up with ideas and and my ability to assess their worth.
      Francine: We should call it "Thoughts Unlimited."
      Stan: That's terrible.

    • Stan: (To Francine) Oh, my God! Oh, my God! I'm not beloved! I'm hated! I'm surrounded by people who hate me! It's our wedding all over again, except I'm you!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
      When Steve and Roger split up the money, Roger ends up with a switched suitcase and a letter from Steve the same as Glenne Headley left for Steve Martin and Michael Caine in the 1988 movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

    • The Twilight Zone
      Stan getting mad at what people say and think and sending them to "The Cornfield Motel" is an allusion to the episode of The Twilight Zone "It's a Good Life," where a little boy who could read minds would send anyone thinking bad thoughts about him to "The Cornfield."

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