American Dad!

Season 4 Episode 11

Oedipal Panties

4
Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 27, 2008 on TBS
8.5
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When Stan’s mom gets dumped for the umpteenth time by a boyfriend, she comes running to Stan for support. Feeling threatened by her always-visiting mother-in-law, Francine is determined to cut Stan’s umbilical cord and figure out what keeps going wrong with the men in her life. Like a regular Cagney & Lacey, Francine and Roger go undercover to solve the case. Meanwhile, Klaus gives Steve the ick.moreless

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  • Good

    7.0
    When Stan's mom gets dumped for the umpteenth time by a boyfriend, she comes running to Stan for support. Feeling threatened by her always-visiting mother-in-law, Francine is determined to cut Stan's umbilical cord and figure out what keeps going wrong with the men in her life. Like a regular Cagney & Lacey, Francine and Roger go undercover to solve the case. Meanwhile, Klaus gives Steve the ick.

    Overall, a good episode, but Stan was unfair in this one.



    7.0 out of 10moreless
  • great

    8.0
    Stan's Mom is dumped… again. So she comes to live with the Smiths' for a while. Roger and Francine wonder how she gets dumped so often and find out she is getting rids of them, only to actually find out it is not she who is getting rid of the men, but Stan.



    Good episode. I liked the end to act 2 and I liked Stan realizing he has to stop getting rid of people for his mom. Good conflict. Not one of the better episodes of the series, some of it bored me, especially in the beginning, but it was a nice episode overall, and so because of all of this my final grade is a B-.moreless
  • Good, but not a series classic

    8.9
    When Stan's mom gets dumped for the umpteenth time by a boyfriend, she comes running to Stan for support. Feeling threatened by her always-visiting mother-in-law, Francine is determined to cut Stan's umbilical cord and figure out what keeps going wrong with the men in her life. Like a regular Cagney & Lacey, Francine and Roger go undercover to solve the case. Meanwhile, Klaus gives Steve the ick. A very fun to watch episode, but it did not top last weeks amazing one... In the end it was good, but it was not the shining star of the season that will be remembered as a series classic...moreless
  • Mother of all Episodes!

    7.0
    Stan's mother is in a bad releationship with men that she said she was dumped. Francie and Roger went undercover to find out why. And they and you will be shocked. And Steve has come down with the ick, being given by Klaus. Klaus is such a good fish, talking on the phone and looking for love. Now he's got the ick and is given to stevie. Ick is something of spots forming all over your bady. When you got the ick, you got spots. It could be a great episode. I better give that episode a 7. Please aviod the ick.moreless
David Hemingson

David Hemingson

Voice

Guest Star

Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

Betty

Guest Star

Ivana Milicevic

Ivana Milicevic

Voice

Guest Star

Erik Durbin

Erik Durbin

Various

Recurring Role

André Sogliuzzo

André Sogliuzzo

Mr Goodwin

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (believing Stan's mother is a black-widow who kills her dates after their third outing)
      Roger: Francine, they're on date number three! We have to go save Hercules! And we have to go in disguise.
      Francine: Right. Because otherwise, she'll recognize us.
      Roger: I guess, if you need a reason. I just need to justify my dry cleaning carousel to my accountant.
      Francine: You have an accountant?!?!
      Roger: I have an accountant costume!!!!

    • Klaus: (on the phone, ordering a hooker) Yes, about 6 foot, blond, stacked, not afraid to get down with a fish. Oh, and this is very important; she must be nine months pregnant. (hears a hangup click) Hello?

    • Stan: Francine, my mother is not manipulating me. Our relationship is completely normal. And if you keep upsetting me, then I'll have to retreat to my safe place between her breasts.

    • Stan: Francine, my mother's very vulnerable right now. Every guy she goes out with dumps her on the third date, and why wouldn't they? She's all dried up. Her uterus is an abandoned theater. Nothing in there but old playbills and memories. Some say there's a phantom that only comes out at night.
      (Stan's mom starts crying)
      Stan: Don't be scared. It's just a legend.

    • Stan: Horny, I'm home! I mean, honey, I'm horny! I mean, Francine, I'm horny!
      Francine: Oh, Stan, I missed you!
      Stan: And I'm horny.

    • Francine: Oh Stan, don't ever put your bike on the front of the bus.
      Stan: Don't worry, the bus is for foreigners.

  • NOTES (5)

    • It is mentioned in this episode that Roger is going to be sober this month and that it is his white month, however Roger goes back to drinking after seeing Stan wash his mother in the tub.

    • Hayley appeared twice in this episode (once when Steve and Hayley check if Betty is still crying and again after Klaus yells at Steve) and only had one speaking part (when she's comforting Klaus and wonders if fish are susceptible to catching herpes).

    • In the DVD commentary for the season one episode "A Smith in the Hand," there was a mention of having an American Dad episode where Stan is attached to his mother in an almost sexual way (with Francine being jealous).

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: August 4, 2008 on TV3

    • This episode premiered on [adult swim] on February 3, 2008.

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Helmets
      The strange helmets worn by the plane's attendants are reminiscent of that worn by greek god Hermes.

    • After Roger sees Stan bathing with his mother, Francine tells him "I told you it was complicated", referring to Stan and Betty's relationship. Roger then replies "No, no, changing planes at O'Hare is complicated."

    • Psycho
      Stan's actions of abducting his mother's dates may be a reference to Psycho, where Norman Bates killed his mother and her new boyfriend out of jealousy after she started dating.

    • Roger's disguise while Betty visits is Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch, although he calls himself "Phil" instead of "Oliver".

    • Only the Lonely
      The whole mother-and-son relationship between Stan and his mother bears similarities to the relationship between Danny Muldoon and Rose in the 1991 movie Only the Lonely, as Herkules can be easily identified as a tongue-in-cheek reference to Nick Acropolis (interpretated by Anthony Quinn).

    • Episode Title
      The title takes from the Greek play of Oedipus in which the title character kills his father and marries his mother, this is in relation to Stan's actions in killing his mother's boyfriends to be close to her.

    • Stan: (singing) Wash, wash, wash your VJ...
      Stan's song about bathing his mother is done to the tune of the old sea chanty "What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor".

    • Betty: ...Adam Sandler had a remote control, I don't know what was happening.
      She is referring to the 2006 movie Click, where Adam Sandler gets a remote control that can control his life.

    • Deal or No Deal
      Hercules was describing the game-show Deal or No Deal when he was talking about the woman choosing to keep her case.

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