American Dad!

Season 3 Episode 19

Joint Custody

Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 20, 2007 on TBS
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Episode Summary

Roger becomes a bounty hunter, and he and Stan race cross-country to turn in Jeff, who is wanted for smuggling pot into Florida.

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  • Written by Keith Heisler (writing debut); Directed by Joe Daniello

    Roger becomes a bounty hunter, and he and Stan race cross-country to turn in Jeff, who is wanted for smuggling pot into Florida. This is the season finale of the second season and I thought it was a perfect one. But 2006/2007 season finale for Family Guy (Meet the Quagmires) was still a bit better than this episode. Keith Heisler makes a writing debut in the episode and he is a superb writer. As for my favorite scenes, those were the beginning, Stan and Roger being high, a few lines, and etc. Jeff's dad (voiced by Clancy Brown) was a very funny character. I never found anything bad in the episode so my score will be a 10/10.moreless
  • Perfect

    Stan awakens on a beautiful morning to find Hayley's deadbeat hippie boyfriend camped out in front of their house in his van. He goes back inside to complain to Hayley but she says that Jeff is parked legally. Stan says he wants the van gone but he has to do something cunning to get rid of it. He has his friend Eddie come by with a wrecking ball to destroy the van. Later that day, Stan is taking a shower and Jeff joins him in the shower. Stan confronts Hayley about this and she says he has nowhere to go and that he doesn't have a family. Roger wants to meet Jeff because he likes his bohemian style. Later, the family is having a meal at the dinner table and Jeff is regaling them with a tale of an amazing burrito he ate. Stan is offended by the story so he yells at Jeff to leave the house. Hayley tells Stan that Jeff is a part of her life and that he should get used to it. Hayley also says that they might also get married. Jeff gives him some clothes and leprechaun summoning flute as a pre-emptive dowry.Upstairs, Stan is looking for his hacksaw to kill Jeff. Roger comes up with a way to get Jeff out of the house. When Stan asks him why he's now against Jeff, Roger reveals that Jeff is wanted in Florida for transporting marijuana and that with the bounty money he can buy many more disguises. Stan takes Jeff in the car on the pretense that they are going to a baseball game. Jeff is excited to go to the game and reveals to Stan that he isn't close to his dad because he is ashamed of some things that he's done. He asks Stan if he is close to his dad. Stan lies and says yes. Roger, dressed as a biker, stops the car by shooting it. Stan gets out of the car and asks Roger why he did that. Roger says because he is tired of waiting and wants the bounty money. Stan says he and not Roger is taking Jeff to Florida. Jeff hears them and runs away but not before using his leprechaun flute to summon the leprechaun but he doesn't show. Stan shoots Roger's motorcycle before driving after Jeff. The leprechaun shows up and Roger tells him Jeff is the one who summoned him.Jeff makes it to his dad's farm and calls Hayley to tell her that Stan kidnapped him. She gets Francine to agree to help her save Jeff. After they leave, Klaus gets on the phone and makes a deal with Stan to tell him where Jeff is if Stan will take an old western photo with him. Stan shows up at Jeff's dad's house and grabs him by the throat. Jeff begs Stan to let him stay one more night with his dad. Roger is at a motel on the phone with the credit card company trying to find out where Stan last used his card, when Klaus calls him and tells him where Jeff is. Hayley and Francine run into the living room looking for the car keys. Francine can't remember where she last left them. Steve comes in and tells them he can hotwire cars.At Jeff's dad's house, Stan, Jeff's dad, and Jeff are eating dinner when Jeff's dad starts saying how proud he is of Jeff. Jeff's dad is sarcastic about praising Jeff but Jeff is too stupid to realize that he is being insincere. Stan tells him that his dad is a jerk. That night, Stan has a talk with Jeff's dad in the barn about Jeff. He says that he is a little hard on Jeff, and Roger shows up to collect Jeff. He tells Jeff's dad that his son is wanted for marijuana transportation. He takes Roger's gun and ties up Stan and Roger. He tells them that he is going to turn Jeff in himself because the marijuana Jeff was busted for was his and that Jeff didn't know he was transporting marijuana. Stan realizes that Jeff is innocent and Jeff's dad leaves. Roger sets the marijuana filled barn on fire so they can escape. They get high from breathing in the smoke and go to the quickie mart where Roger buys a heavy bag of cat food so he won't float away.Later, Jeff wakes up to find himself in his dad's truck. He tells Jeff that he has saved Jeff from Stan. Finally, after being in the quickie mart for a long time, Stan remembers that he has to save Jeff.Back at home, Steve is unable to hotwire the car so the ambulance shows up to save him from injuries sustained by the attempted hotwiring. The ambulance driver thinks that Steve has a gift for finding lost keys. Meanwhile, Stan and Roger are driving around trying to find Jeff when they listen to the radio and enjoy Night Ranger. Stan looks at some CIA documents that say enjoying Night Ranger is a symptom of being high. Stan remembers he wants to save Jeff because his father is so terrible. They pass a highway patrol checkpoint and freak out and take off because they think the cop knows they are high. Back at home, the ambulance drive is asking Steve wear he thinks the keys are and goes around destroying the house with an axe. Steve admits he doesn't really have a gift of seeing lost keys so the ambulance driver chops down the wall and leaves.Stan and Roger get to a police station in Florida and try to tell Jeff that his dad is trying to turn him in to get money. Jeff doesn't believe him and says that his dad is turning himself in. The cop from the security checkpoint drives up and pulls a gun on Stan while Stan is talking to Jeff. Roger lets go of the cat food bag and floats away. Jeff's dad comes out of the station saying to the police that he wants the reward for turning in his son. Stan and Jeff are both arrested but Stan tells the cops that Jeff's dad was the one who owned the marijuana and he has proof because he was wearing a wire. The cops let Stan and Jeff go. Jeff is sad because he thought his dad loved him but Stan tells him he knows what it's like to have a jerk for a dad. Stan tells him that he can't pick his father but he can pick his father figure. Jeff tells him that he wants to pick his uncle as his father figure but Stan thought he would choose him as his father figure. Jeff asks Stan if he is too stoned to drive and he says that he thinks it's wearing off. Roger falls back to the ground.

    10 out of 10moreless
  • perfect

    Stan and Roger try to bring justice when Jeff is wanted for smuggling weed into Florida years ago. Little does he know, his dad planted it there, and his dad plans to turn Jeff into Florida police so he can get the bounty money. Will Stan and Roger be able to save Jeff?

    Good episode. I liked: Stan and Roger high in the store (Cheetos. Cheetah. There's so much justice in the world!), Jeff's dad "You can't prove it!" and the cop saying "I'm a cop." The funniest scene for me was Stan and Roger in the store, not knowing they were high. Overall this was a really funny episode and as such my final grade is an A+.moreless
  • Perfect

    In this episode, Stan is sick of Jeff living on his lawn, and when he and Roger find out that Jeff is wanted for the crime of illegaly having pot, they soon head off to turn him in. However, Jeff learns of this, and runs off on a train to get to his dad's place. However, Stan and Roger are soon tipped off about this, and go to capture him, but they're in for a hell of a suprise. It was very good episode to watch, mostly action packed, some great laughs with Stan being high, and Roger and his countless montages. Must-watch for sure. 10/10 A+moreless
  • The best season finale ever.

    This episode is hillarious like when Stan and Roger are at the store and Roger screams why do my wrists hurt and Stan's like because your laying on them and Roger says oh yeah. It is also hillarious when Stan has has a memory of his Dad and his Dad has no idea who Stan is.Also it is very funny when Jeff says that he has a new father figure and Stan says Jeff i'm honored and Jeff says my Uncle Frank and Jeff asks him if he thought he ment Stan and Stan in denial about he thought Jeff ment him. Overall an episode that is in my top five favorite episodes.moreless
Richard Gant

Richard Gant


Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman


Guest Star

J Lee

J Lee


Guest Star

Jeff Fischer

Jeff Fischer

Jeff Fischer

Recurring Role

Mike Barker

Mike Barker


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • There's an image of an actual cheetah on the bag of Cheetos Stan is looking at rather than a stylized cheetah.

    • This episode reveals that Roger floats whenever he gets high (he uses a bag of cat food to keep him on the ground).

    • The song that Stan and Jeff are singing in the shower is "Shoop" by Salt N Pepa.

    • Stan's CIA "How to know if you are under the influence of Illegal Substances" document lists:
      1. Cotton Mouth
      2. Life Seems Pretty Good
      3. You Genuinely Enjoy Night Ranger

    • Roger's "Alien Bounty Hunter" Fashion Montage featured him disguised as three characters;

      Boba Fett, Greedo and The Predator.

      However, only two of them were actual bounty hunters. Boba Fett and Greedo.
      Not to mention, Boba Fett isn't actually an alien, he was cloned from his human father, Jango Fett, as seen in Star Wars: Episode II.

    • When Roger stops in front of Stan's car on his motorcycle, there are clearly no railroad tracks visible between the two of them. However, in the following scene, after Stan talks to Roger, railroad tracks have suddenly appeared in front of Stan's car, where a train passes by moments later.

    • The song Stan and Roger are singing to in the car is "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger.

    • Langley Falls Post front page headline: "Popeye Insists: 'Olive Oil Ain't No Virgin!'"

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Stan: Look, Jeff- (train rushes by) Dammit Roger, he's getting away! (when the train passes, Jeff is still standing there) Why didn't you run for it?
      Jeff: You wanna know why? Because I didn't think of it.

    • Stan: Look, honey, I'll make you a deal, you don't marry Jeff, and I won't bake you a roofie cake and tie your fallopians in a square knot.

    • Roger: Why do my wrists hurt?!
      Stan: Because you're lying on them.
      Roger: How did you know what I was thinking?!

    • Jeff: Were you close to your dad?
      (Stan reminisces in his head)
      Young Stan: Daddy, will you read me a story?
      Stan's Dad: Who the hell are you?
      Stan: Yes, I was.

    • Roger: If I can't make friends with Jeff face-to-face, I'll have to do it the way fat people do: over the internet.

    • Stan: (pulling open his shirt to reveal a wire) I always wear a wire.
      Jeff: (earlier Jeff saw Stan in the shower, apparently shaving his chest) That's why you shave your chest? Ohhhhhh, Hayley must wear a muff wire.

    • Jeff: Argh! Argh! Argh! Sorry, that's how I wake up.

    • Roger: (after escaping from a burning barn) You know what I meant to ask you? How did we get out of there?
      Stan: I think we did some sweet maneuvers from that movie Backdraft.
      Roger: I never saw Backdraft.
      Stan: Me either.

    • Roger: (on the phone) Hello?
      Klaus: Roger, it's me. Jeff and Stan are at Jeff's father's house in North Carolina.
      Roger: Really?
      Klaus: Yes. Now, in return for this information, you must give me...
      (Roger hangs up)
      Klaus: Nothing. If you had just waited for me to finish, you'd know I want nothing from you! (cries)

    • Jeff: Wow, I can't believe you're taking me to a baseball game.
      Stan: I know. I can't believe you believe that, either.

    • Stan: Why can't Jeff live with his family?!
      Hayley: He hasn't spoken to his dad in years, and his mom ran away before he was born.
      Stan: How... how could she do that?

    • Stan: We can't choose our fathers, but we can choose our father figures. I chose my mother. That set me back a bit.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Flowers and Trees
      The opening scene and the music is a reference to the 1932 Disney short, Flowers and Trees. The music that plays in the scene is from the "William Tell Overture" by Rossini.

    • Predator
      One of Roger's bounty hunter disguises has a close resemblance to an Alien in the movie Predator.

    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
      The scene where Roger tries to save himself and Steve by setting the barn on fire is a reference to this movie, where Indiana and his father escape from the Nazis.

    • The Dead Zone
      Steve's psychic powers are a reference to Johnny Smith, acted by Christophen Walken, in this movie. Steve's hair mimics Johnny Smith's.

    • Midnight Run
      This episode is a parody of the movie, Midnight Run, starred by Robert DeNiro.

    • Star Wars
      Roger's fashion montage has him trying on the costumes of Boba Fett and Greedo, two bounty hunters from the original Star Wars trilogy.

    • Dog the Bounty Hunter
      Roger's bounty hunter costume is a parody to Duane "Dog" Chapman's famous look.

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