American Dad!

Season 4 Episode 8

Most Adequate Christmas Ever

3
Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Dec 16, 2007 on FOX
8.9
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After Stan comes home from another dangerous mission, he finds that his family has decked the halls with boughs of holly and donned themselves with gay apparel, but just not to his satisfaction. He demands a grander Christmas starting with the search of a bigger and better tree in the forest. When his family has had enough, Stan powers on by himself, finds the perfect tree and meets an untimely end. While in Limbo, he has to fight for a second chance at life and battle the forces of good and evil to save his family.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Christmas review 16: Superb and better than last one

    9.5
    After Stan comes home from another dangerous mission, he finds that his family has decked the halls with boughs of holly and donned themselves with gay apparel, but just not to his satisfaction. He demands a grander Christmas starting with the search of a bigger and better tree in the forest. When his family has had enough, Stan powers on by himself, finds the perfect tree and meets an untimely end. While in Limbo, he has to fight for a second chance at life and battle the forces of good and evil to save his family. I thought this was a superb Christmas episode of American Dad. In my opinion, this episode was better than the previous Christmas episode. The parts I liked/laughed were Stan searching for a tree and then he died, Stan reacting about the lawyer, the flashback in the videos, Stan getting a Heaven gun, and Roger calling Michelle a hooker (at the end). My score is little lower because there isn't that much parts that entertains me.Overall a perfect Christmas AD episode. 9/10moreless
  • Christmas Review #30

    10
    After Stan comes home from another dangerous mission, he finds that his family has decked the halls with boughs of holly and donned themselves with gay apparel, but just not to his satisfaction. He demands a grander Christmas starting with the search of a bigger and better tree in the forest. When his family has had enough, Stan powers on by himself, finds the perfect tree and meets an untimely end. While in Limbo, he has to fight for a second chance at life and battle the forces of good and evil to save his family. Yes, an "American Dad" Christmas episode that doesn't actually suck. Man, when it comes to the Christmas episodes of this show... they are just nothing but a mess and it makes me want to puke but this Christmas was highly enjoyable and hilarious. There is probably one more Christmas episode from "American Dad" that I do probably enjoy but it might be in Season 2 or Season 1... don't remember. Anyways, this episode and maybe another Christmas episode which I can't remember are the only Christmas episodes that actually have an excellent storyline, a lot of funny parts, and very good pacing. That parts that did make me laugh very hard was Stan getting upset at Steve in his dream (which I believe is in the trial scene), the whole trial scene was pretty hilarious, Stan's line "Get it, I said halo instead of hello... oh screw you, that's funny", God playing with dinosaur toys, God telling Stan "Don't ever point a gun at me again", the very ending of the episode, and some more. Overall, this is quite possibly the greatest Christmas episode of "American Dad" that I've ever seen and it actually doesn't suck unlike the other Christmas episodes so I'm glad to have at least one excellent Christmas episode of this show to watch. 10/10moreless
  • Perfect

    10
    After Stan comes home from another dangerous mission, he finds that his family has decked the halls with boughs of holly and donned themselves with gay apparel, but just not to his satisfaction. He demands a grander Christmas starting with the search of a bigger and better tree in the forest. When his family has had enough, Stan powers on by himself, finds the perfect tree and meets an untimely end. While in Limbo, he has to fight for a second chance at life and battle the forces of good and evil to save his family.

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  • perfect

    10
    What I liked: "Roger, Christmas is not a time for singing!" "Francine, just because the snow is the same color as our fridge, doesn't mean you know how to work it." "I don't get why Francine's mad at me for always being right. I don't get mad at her for always being wrong." "There's a flying hooker watching you hug. Go away hooker!" Roger's "Why's everybody dying?" Stan being upset because of Steve in his dream.



    A lot of laughs, most found in the first half, but the second half was good in terms of plot, so overall this was a winner episode that gets an A+ as a grade from me.moreless
  • BIRDGIRL LIVES!

    8.0
    One of the best things about this episode was someone who played a similar role on another adult cartoon series, and seems to have played a bit off of said previous role. Seeing as Michelle is voiced by Paget Brewster (Birdgirl from Harvey Birdman), this makes for some inadvertant (?) allusions. Her being a lawyer and eventually getting wings are obvious. At one point she says a line akin to, "Real lawyers don't need wings!" which is unintentionally even funnier if you are in the know, so to say. No complaints about the episode itself, Am Dad is usually quite good, as a total package, it's often even better than the same night's Simpsons and Family Guy episodes.moreless
J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Judge

Guest Star

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Doctor

Guest Star

Shawn Michael Howard

Shawn Michael Howard

Homeless Man

Guest Star

Erik Durbin

Erik Durbin

Counter Man

Recurring Role

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

Michelle

Recurring Role

Peter MacKenzie

Peter MacKenzie

Surgeon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Stan: (upon seeing Michelle) That's my lawyer? Can't I have a different one? Where's Jewish heaven?

    • Stan: Wow! That's God's house!
      Michelle: Yeah, he inherited it.

    • Stan: Which one's yours?
      Michelle: A chariot on my salary? Please. There's a tub of chili in my fridge I stole from the office pot-luck. I've been eating it for a year. I don't live well.

    • Michelle: I can't believe I'm really here! Oh my god, I don't have a present!
      (Takes card from random present)
      Michelle: "From Galileo". (writing) "Aaand.... Michellllle..."

    • Stan: (approaching God's desk) Look, sir...
      (Complete blackness)
      God: You, uh, unplugged the sun.
      Stan: Oh, sorry.
      (A click, then flickering as the light returns)

    • God: (playing with dinosaur toys) Arghhh, arrr, arrghh... Heh! These things rule. Why'd I ever send them to Mars?

    • Jim Henson: Forgive us!
      Kermit: You will bow down to me, son of God!

    • Voice from Kitchen: Hey, JC! We're outta sushi.
      Jesus: (shouts back) Check again!
      Voice from Kitchen: Thank you!

    • Angel: Seriously, why do we have Heaven guns? I don't mean to be 'that guy', I'm happy here. But why is this not an issue?

    • (Michelle, with her new wings, looks on Stan and his family)
      Roger: There's a flying hooker watching you hug. Go away, hooker!

    • Steve: What did we do wrong?
      Stan: Where do I start? Well, for one thing, the stockings. They're supposed to be hung with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The INXS guy hung himself with more care. And the nativity scene. The Three Wise Men look like transvestites. but the mannish kind, not the attractive Asian kind you're always hoping your friends will hire for your birthday party.

    • Stan: Everybody on the ground, now! (holds up Heaven gun)
      Angel #1: He's got a Heaven gun!
      Angel #2: Those can kill anybody!
      Angel #3: Why do we have those again?

    • Stan: We're with the band.
      Bouncer: Names?
      Stan: Donny and Marie Osmond.
      Bouncer: I didn't know you guys were dead.
      Stan: We're Mormons. We were born dead.

    • Francine: Klaus, you got the train to work!
      Klaus: (in the locomotive) Ja! It's in my blood. My grandfather was a conductor at Auschwitz.
      (Francine, Hayley, and Steve gasp)
      Klaus: No, no, no! He ran the kiddie train at the zoo. You know, it's a big town! There's other stuff there!

    • God: Stan, you're holding gun to God's head. I can't even think of better metaphor than this!

    • Stan: What's going on? Where am I?
      Ice Cream Guy: Oh, we find that people take the news better with ice cream.
      Stan: What news?
      Ice Cream Guy: Why, the news that you're dead.
      Stan: Oh my God!
      Ice Cream Guy: Relax, we have vanilla.

    • Stan: I don't know why Francine's mad at me for always being right. I don't get mad at her for always being wrong... Boobs are holding up nicely for a gal her age, I'll say that.

    • Francine: Where is Steve? Steeeve?!
      Steve: Over here! I was peeing on a tree and it froze midstream.

    • Stan: (to Francine) Honey, just because snow is the same color as our refrigerator doesn't mean you know how it works.

    • Stan: Roger, Christmas is no time to be singing.

    • Michelle: There's too much security. We will never get in.
      Stan: What? Are you a chicken? Oh no, that's right, chickens have wings... Oh sorry, I thought you knew.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • The Great Escape
      Stan getting caught out by St. Peter by saying "thank you" in clear English is similar to a character from the 1963 film The Great Escape getting captured by a German officer after also saying "thank you" in clear English.

    • Michael Hutchence
      When criticizing the family's decorations, Stan begins with the stockings and says that "the INXS guy hung himself with more care", referring to Michael Hutchence's hanging death that has been widely cited as a suicide.

    • Defending Your Life
      The general plot shows many similarities to the 1991 movie Defending Your Life. Both show the afterlife as a place of limbo where one has to go to court to find out whether one is to go to Heaven or Hell.

    • Michelle: Time to give 'em the old 'razzle dazzle'.
      This phrase is a line from Billy Flynn's song about bluffing a jury from the Candor and Ebb musical Chicago.

    • Roger: Oh my God, I can see my heart light!
      In Roger's drunken state, he thinks his blinking Christmas sweater is his heart light, a la E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

    • Charlie Brown
      Hayley Smith mentions that she rented all the Peanuts Christmas specials, including the first one from 1965 to "the one from the 80s where they meet the kid with AIDS." She might actually be referring to the Peanuts special Why, Charlie Brown, Why?, which was about where they befriend a girl that had cancer, not AIDS. Why, Charlie Brown, Why? also came out in the 1990s, not the 1980s, and it also had a Christmas scene.

    • Wilhelm Scream
      During the chariot chase scene, when Stan shoots down two of the flying guards, the infamous "Wilhelm Scream" sound effect can be heard, most well-known for its use on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films.

    • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
      After Stan gives back the Heaven gun, God says, "So shines a good deed in a weary world." This is exactly what Willy Wonka says after Charlie gives back his Everlasting Gobstopper rather than sell it.

    • Superman
      The scene where Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog are trapped in a spinning piece of glass floating off into space is a reference to Superman. In Superman, General Zod and his companions are trapped in the Phantom Zone which is represented in a similar way.

    • The Lion King
      Francine gets help giving birth from a baboon, similar to Rafiki in The Lion King.

    • Episode: Plot
      This is kind of like the episode of Family Guy (both made by the same person) when Peter meets an untimely end and needs to escape limbo to be with his family.

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