American Dad!

Season 2 Episode 21

I Can't Stan You

Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 06, 2007 on TBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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."