American Dad!

Season 4 Episode 2

Meter Made

3
Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 07, 2007 on FOX
8.5
out of 10
User Rating
165 votes
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In order to be taken more seriously and to be a somebody, Stan becomes a meter maid who seems to have all of the power. Now he's getting the best tables at restaurants, pocketing quarters from meters and impressing Francine with his prowess. But, when Turlington from Parking Internal Affairs pays him a visit, Stan realizes crime and this lifestyle don't pay. Meanwhile, Hayley poses nude for a college art class and is surprised to see Roger there.moreless

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  • Stan becomes a meter maid

    9.0
    In order to be taken more seriously and to be a somebody, Stan becomes a meter maid who seems to have all of the power. Now he's getting the best tables at restaurants, pocketing quarters from meters and impressing Francine with his prowess. But, when Turlington from Parking Internal Affairs pays him a visit, Stan realizes crime and this lifestyle don't pay. Meanwhile, Hayley poses nude for a college art class and is surprised to see Roger there. Produced as the official season 3 premiere, this episode was much better the Vacation Goo. I do notice one thing in this episode. It is in my opinion, where the animation is on par to today: it is brighter than the first two episode and that is why season 3 is when the show start gaining my interesting. The animation in seasons 1 and 2 (Vacation Goo counts as well) weren't the greatest they resemble how Family Guy looks like in season 2/3. (Back to the actual review) FUNNY: Roger painting a naked Hayley, ending of Act 1, Steve playing with the painting, Stan and Francine trying to get rid of everything. Dethroning: Like one reviewer said, there were some meh scenes as well as Francine referring Stan a nobody. Other moment: I enjoyed the debut of Turlingtion and we would later see him again in two more episode. SCORE: 9/10 Animation: 10/10 (ever since this episode aired) MVP: Rogermoreless
  • Perfect

    10
    In order to be taken more seriously and to be a somebody, Stan becomes a meter maid who seems to have all of the power. Now he's getting the best tables at restaurants, pocketing quarters from meters and impressing Francine with his prowess. But, when Turlington from Parking Internal Affairs pays him a visit, Stan realizes crime and this lifestyle don't pay. Meanwhile, Hayley poses nude for a college art class and is surprised to see Roger there.

    10 out of 10moreless
  • Boring in some parts but superb to watch

    9.0
    I thought that this was a superb episode of "American Dad". I thought that it could've been a little better and could've made it a little more funnier but it was overall superb. The plot seemed more interesting. I don't think I have any memorable laughs in this episode. I think I mainly laughed at the subplot with Roger at Haley's art class painting her nude. Steve using Haley's painting was hilarious in this episode. I thought Stan being the meter made after punching that meter made was very interesting. Stan stealing all of those coins to buy the nice things for the house was very funny as well. Some of the parts in this episode could have been better and it was boring at some parts. The restaurant scene with Stan and Francine was pretty funny though. Stan and Francine trying to hide all those coins was pretty funny as well. It was also good that Stan completed his community service hours. The only thing I didn't like besides some parts being boring was Francine calling Stan a "nobody"... she should be happy for who Stan is. Overall, a superb episode of "American Dad". 9/10moreless
  • superb

    9.5
    What I liked: Haley posing in the nude, Steve taking the picture and doing his business to it, Stan intimidating people for things he wants, the picture of Haley being ripped and Steve realizing it was Haley, amongst other things.



    I thought it was wrong and it really bugged me when Francine complained about being married to a nobody. Stan is a CIA operative, whereas Francine is a housewife… which one of those sounds like a 'nobody', if either of them was a nobody? But the rest of the episode was pretty good. Solid B+/A- as my final grade, I think is fair.moreless
  • Stan does community service.

    9.6
    This episode is one of the funniest episodes ever, with Stan as a meter maid and things quickly getting out of hand. It was plotted very well, with hilarious references to Stan being a nobody and becoming a meter maid got him respect via blackmailing, and later bribery once he starts stealing from the meters.



    Hayley posing nude is also a hilarious storyline, with Steve, Roger and Hayley all having hilarious moments as both storylines merge together, and life goes back to normal, with Stan's boring life full of explosions and hostages, rather than the full entertaining life of tickets and quarters.moreless
Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Turlington

Guest Star

Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon

Kristy

Guest Star

Eric Edwards

Eric Edwards

Various

Guest Star

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Greg Corbin

Recurring Role

Mike Barker

Mike Barker

Terry Bates/Chuck White

Recurring Role

Chris Diamantopoulos

Chris Diamantopoulos

Muffled Guy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Stan: (reading newspaper) God, the world today, it's gone crazy! Oh, this is yesterday's paper.

    • Stan: (sees Hayley wearing only a robe) You can't go out dressed like that!
      Hayley: Don't worry, I'll be taking it off when I get to art class... where I'll be posing nude.
      Stan: You'll do nothing of the sort!
      Hayley: I'm running late. Can we just cut to the key yelling points?
      Stan: (sighs) Fine. "I forbid it. Not while you're under my roof. I didn't raise a hussy."
      Hayley: "It's my right as a woman. Nudity empowers me. There's nothing sinful about the female form." Are we done here?
      Stan: Yeah, we're done.

    • Barb: Greg and Terry, congratulations! You'll be stop #6 in this year's Parade of Homes. Just think, in two weeks, you'll have drunken strangers walking through your house and judging you.
      Greg: Ooh, just like my mom's boyfriends when I was growing up.

    • Old Lady: Oh, please, sir, if I have to pay that ticket you're writing, I won't be able to buy medicine this month.
      Stan: You've lived long enough. (gives her a ticket)

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Roger: (after being punched in the stomach by Hayley) This is how Houdini died!

      This is a reference to a line said by John Candy when he was also punched in the stomach by Steve Martin in the 1987 film Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

    • Goodfellas
      This episode is very reminiscent of the movie Goodfellas. The way the episode was narrated, Stan's attack on the meter maid, and the spelling "made" in the title (in the movie, to be "made" was to be able to form your own mafia family). Also, one of Francine's monologues is almost identical to one spoken by Karen Hill, Henry Hill's moll and wife in the movie. Also Stan's final lines are similar to Henry Hill's, lamenting that he has to go back to being a "regular schnook". Furthermore, the scene in which Stan and Francine are destroying the furniture, brought by the stolen quarters is played to "Ain't That A Kick In The Head?" by Dean Martin. This music was also featured in the film.

    • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
      The Maître d' at the restaurant is a reference to the Chez Quis Maître d' from this movie.

    • Episode Title: Meter Made
      The title is a play on the term, "meter maid," a derogatory term for a parking enforcement officer.

    • CoffeeMate
      The creamer Roger uses comes in a similarly designed container as this Nestle product, which in recent years has introduced limited edition flavors such as Gingerbread and Pumpkin Spice.

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