American Dad!

Season 2 Episode 12

It's Good to be the Queen

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Feb 26, 2006 on FOX
8.2
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Because of a past incident at his own prom, where he was lured into a dance with the homecoming queen only to have a pile of pigs dropped on him, Stan wants revenge by showing off that he married a homecoming queen, Francine. A proud Stan accompanies Francine to her reunion, but when they find out that two ballots were lost and that Francine didn’t actually win the crown, Stan is devastated. Meanwhile, a dejected Steve is “saved” by a pizza delivery man with a Messianic message.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Good but not my favorite

    7.5
    Because of a past incident at his own prom, where he was lured into a dance with the homecoming queen only to have a pile of pigs dropped on him, Stan wants revenge by showing off that he married a homecoming queen, Francine. A proud Stan accompanies Francine to her reunion, but when they find out that two ballots were lost and that Francine didn't actually win the crown, Stan is devastated. Meanwhile, a dejected Steve is "saved" by a pizza delivery man with a Messianic message. Eh, this episode, like some of the first half was a tad low on humor, but I still enjoyed it. The main plot was kinda boring and didn't gave me much laugh. I laughed like a few times, but my biggest laugh was probably the pig part. As for Steve/Roger plot, it was better. There were more humor. My only problem in that plot was how Steve acted to Mitch (the pizza man). Overall, a decent episode...which actually went to the slow side of the show, but improves after that (expect for a few more episodes). 7.5/10moreless
  • Good

    7.0
    Because of a past incident at his own prom, where he was lured into a dance with the homecoming queen only to have a pile of pigs dropped on him, Stan wants revenge by showing off that he married a homecoming queen, Francine. A proud Stan accompanies Francine to her reunion, but when they find out that two ballots were lost and that Francine didn't actually win the crown, Stan is devastated. Meanwhile, a dejected Steve is "saved" by a pizza delivery man with a Messianic message.



    7 out of 10moreless
  • great

    8.0
    Stan is devastated when he learns Francine actually did not win prom queen back in the day, and her opponent did. Will this jeopardize their relationship? Steve and Roger meet an intelligent pizza delivery man who teaches them life lessons whilst delivering pizzas.



    Good episode, but it was the sub plot that kept it at a good grade. The main plot was good and all but I really liked the sub plot more. The pizza guy was a good one-time character and it just had more laughs for me, and kept me more entertained. So overall my final grade is a B- or so, I think is fair for this episode.moreless
  • Francine's High School Reunion!!!!!

    8.3
    Because of a past incident at his own prom, where he was lured into a dance with the homecoming queen only to have a pile of pigs dropped on him, Stan wants revenge by showing off that he married a homecoming queen, Francine. A proud Stan accompanies Francine to her reunion, but when they find out that two ballots were lost and that Francine didn't actually win the crown, Stan is devastated. Meanwhile, a dejected Steve is "saved" by a pizza delivery man with a Messianic message. A pretty wishy-washy episode, not really good and not really bad ok but not really funny.moreless
  • Francine's high school reunion.

    7.5
    Stan’s double goes on his most dangerous mission yet, facing Stan’s wife and getting shot in his leg. This plot is pretty funny, with some great moments with Stan’s insensitive remarks about the real homecoming queen and Stan’s double going into way too much detail about Francine’s past, but this episode really isn’t a standout one, with the whole Pizza Jesus plot being ridiculous and Klaus and Hailey high plot also not being quite good either, but both having their moments. Even the main plot wasn’t particularly great, but one that is funny all the same.



    All in all, this episode is good but not outstanding, and one that has a pretty good ending to sum up the plot.moreless
Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Mitch

Guest Star

Leigh-Allyn Baker

Leigh-Allyn Baker

Margie

Guest Star

Jon Cryer

Jon Cryer

Quacky

Guest Star

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Dick

Recurring Role

Mike Barker

Mike Barker

Jock #2/Sanders/Pig Head

Recurring Role

Matt McKenna

Matt McKenna

Donnie's Dad/Waiter/Guy in Line

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Francine's old friend is called "Quacky." This is because the actor voicing Quacky, Jon Cryer, played Phil "Duckie" Dale in the film Pretty in Pink.

    • The names on Stan's "Death Pool" chart included the following: Mary-Kate Olsen, Markie Post, Hugh Hefner, Frank Langella, Andy Rooney, Danny Bonaduce, Charlton Heston, Tara Reid, and Stockard Channing.

    • Although the Ku Klux Klan did adopt a stretch of highway in Missouri, they abandoned it several years ago, this brings up question of why the signs are still up.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (riding around with delivery-guy Mitch)
      Roger: Okay, Steve, when people start a sentence with "what delivering pizzas has taught me", that's the go ahead to tune out.

    • Stan: (To Betty Sue) Well, it's been fun. Hey, do me a solid - keep me out of the suicide note, uh?

    • Klaus: They say if you play it backwards, you hear the voice of a dead kid.
      Hayley: Whoa. Wait, how do you play Monopoly backwards?

    • Francine: You know what, Stan? If it's so darn... no, damn! That's right, I went there. If it's so darn important for you to dance with the Homecoming Queen, why don't you just go with Betty Sue?!

    • Betty Sue: (Drunk) That's it. I've had too much punch! I'm driving home!
      Everyone: Okay, bye. See ya.
      Betty Sue: No one's even gonna try to stop me? Well, you can all go to hell! I hate you all! It's been fun seeing everybody.

    • (Before delivering the pizzas)
      Roger: (Sarcastically) Oh, this is gonna be life-changing.
      (After delivering the pizzas)
      Roger: (Wide-eyed)That was totally life-changing!
      Mitch: You're finally starting to get it, Roger.

    • Stan: Hey, I have a life! I have an important job, a house with a giant flagpole, a great kid, another kid, and a beautiful wife who loves me and thinks I'm a winner. I have a great life. Oh my God! I have a great life. (About Betty Sue) So, what am I doing with this train wreck?

    • Stan: That's a great story about being old and alone. It's like you've been walking around dead for 20 years and no one's had the decency to cremate you and sprinkle your ashes over Old Maid Mountain.
      Betty Sue: Wow, that's quite a line.
      Stan: Well, it's actually more of an assessment of your life.
      Betty Sue: No, I mean the line to get in. What you just said was emotionally devastating.

    • Betty Sue: I hope this isn't awkward.
      Stan: Awkward? Don't be silly, it was Francine's idea.
      Francine: I was being sarcastic! Or don't you get sarcasm, genius?
      Stan: Oh, I think I get sarcasm, and I'm hardly a genius, but still, thank you; that's awfully sweet of you.

    • Quacky: Apparently, Betty Sue was so devastated by losing homecoming queen, she walked into a Dunkin' Donuts and never came out. And speaking of coming out... ta-da!
      Stan: So that's why you're so pale. This is the first time you've come out of your house. Welcome! This is a necktie, and that's a table.
      Quacky: No, I'm gay.
      Stan: What?! My gay-dar is totally off! (Looks down at watch that has 3 columns: Straight, Curious, and Gay; the pointer is on "Straight") Damn! SkyMall screwed me again!

    • Stan: That's okay, Francine. You don't have to remember her name. You were the homecoming queen. (Puts the tiara on her)
      Francine: Don't, Stan. I'll look silly.
      Stan: If by "silly" you mean beautiful, then, yes, you do look silly. Hell, you look downright retarded.

    • Roger: Hey, if we got your dad's missile launcher, I bet we could hit the house of the bully who went all Tom Sizemore on your eye.
      Steve: Oh, I wish I could get that guy back. I'd like to dress up as a girl and make him have sex with me, then say, "Ha! I'm not a girl! You just had sex with a boy who hates you!" (Laughs)
      Roger: Yeah, let's keep that plan between you, me, and the string of therapists who won't be able to help you.

    • Francine: Boy, whoever adopted this part of the highway is really keeping it clean. Thanks... (Reads a sign) "Ku Klux Klan."

    • Stan: (Driving) Are we there yet?
      Francine: No.
      Stan: Are we there yet?
      Francine: No.
      Stan: Are we there yet?
      Francine: Stan, you're driving!

    • Stan: (Daydreaming; shooting his gun) And you, and you, and you!
      Dick: Stan! Stan wake up!
      Stan: Huh? Oh, sorry, must have zoned out.
      Dick: You just shot Jackson eight times!
      (Jackson groans and falls to the ground)
      Stan: Oh, my God, Jackson! Hang on, buddy, you're gonna make it!
      (Jackson coughs up his heart)

    • Guy #1: It's all set, right?
      Guy #2: It's gonna be just like in Carrie. (Pulls rope; several squealing pigs fall on Stan)
      Guy #1: Pigs? It was supposed to be pig's blood.
      Guy #2: I didn't finish the book.
      Guy #1: You stopped reading after the word "pigs"? That wasn't even the end of the sentence.

    • (At John DeLorean High School during the early '80s)
      Stan: Shawna, looking rad tonight. Want to dance?
      Shawna: Like, gag me.
      Girl #1: Grody.
      Stan: Sheesh. Uptown girls.

    • Stan: Aw, come on, guys, no wet willies! I just Clearasiled my ears!

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Francine shooting Stan's double, because she thought he was Stan, is a scene used before in several films and movies with evil twin plot-lines.

    • In the restaurant scene, Stan's double requests that the waiter hire a violin player who can play Francine's favorite song, "Little Red Corvette" by Prince (though it was established in "Francine's Flashback" that Francine's favorite song was "The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston).

    • Lord of the Flies
      The pig head speaking to Stan in the hotel is similar to a scene in this film.

    • Pretty In Pink
      Jon Cryer voices the character Quacky, which is a goof on the character he played in the 1986 movie Pretty In Pink, Ducky.

    • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
      The Maitre D' at the restaurant is modeled after the one from Chez Quis in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, right down to the hairstyle.

    • François Rabelais
      When Stan asks for help with a fat joke, a man nearby quips that Betty Sue is so fat that "Rabelais documented her adventures with Pantagruel." This is a VERY obscure reference to author Rabelais' books 'Gargantua' and 'Pantagruel', that tell the stories of two giants and their adventures.

    • Peter Gabriel: Say Anything
      The scene where Stan holds up Gabriel Byrne, thinking he's Peter Gabriel, is a reference to the movie Say Anything. In the film, John Cusack's character stands under his girlfriend's window, holding a boombox over his head that is blasting the song "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.

    • John DeLorean High School: Person
      This is a reference to the car designer John Z DeLorean, who created the DMC-12 commonly know simply as the Delorean, which was produced during the early '80s. The door of the high school opens in a similar way to the 'gull wing' doors of the DMC-12.

    • Gabriel Byrne: Actor
      Peter Gabriel: Musician
      Stan mistakenly coerces Gabriel Byrne into singing the song "In Your Eyes," which was actually sung by Peter Gabriel.
      Gabriel Byrne is an actor, who has been in features such as The Usual Suspects.
      Peter Gabriel is a singer, who was the lead singer of Genesis, before leaving for a solo career.

    • Episode Title: It's Good to be the Queen
      Taken from the phrase "It's good to be the king," used by Mel Brooks in the movie History of the World: Part 1.

    • SkyMall: Magazine
      When Stan says that SkyMall has tricked him again, it is referring to a magazine called SkyMall. These are the magazines on airplanes in which you can order some cool stuff from.

    • Pigs: Carrie
      Teens drop a few live pigs from the ceiling onto teen Stan and he suffers insults and humiliation on prom night. In the 1970's movie, Carrie, mean teenage boys spilled the pigs' blood on Carrie during prom night.

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