American Dad!

Season 3 Episode 7

Of Ice and Men

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Nov 26, 2006 on FOX
8.6
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When Francine discovers Stan's secret, decades-old passion for competitive figure skating, she decides to be supportive and becomes his pairs partner until Stan's competitive nature gets the best of him and he ditches her for a new partner. Meanwhile, Steve's classmate Snot finds new respect among his peers when he parades his mail-order bride around the playground.moreless

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  • I'm pretty much one of the only person with a perfect score

    10
    When Francine discovers Stan's secret, decades-old passion for competitive figure skating, she decides to be supportive and becomes his pairs partner until Stan's competitive nature gets the best of him and he ditches her for a new partner. Meanwhile, Steve's classmate Snot finds new respect among his peers when he parades his mail-order bride around the playground. I thought this was another perfect episode of AD. IMO, Steve's plot was a tad better than Stan/Francine plot. I did found it interesting that the episode was actually a story told by Klaus in the future who already had his body back. All of those scenes were very funny especially when the kid kept interputing (and Klaus said "You know, every time you interrupt someone, your penis gets a little shorter!"). Stan's plot was good but my favorite though. I won't say it was funny, there weren't that much humor there. I did had some laughs such as several quote, Roger skating with Greg, and couple others. Steve's plot was actually funnier than the main plot for obvious reason. Everything was funny on that plot. All in all, a perfect episode with a better subplot. 10/10moreless
  • Superb

    9.0
    When Francine discovers Stan's secret, decades-old passion for competitive figure skating, she decides to be supportive and becomes his pairs partner until Stan's competitive nature gets the best of him and he ditches her for a new partner. Meanwhile, Steve's classmate Snot finds new respect among his peers when he parades his mail-order bride around the playground.



    Overall, an okay episode, Steve's plot was better.



    Overall a 9 out of 10
  • superb

    9.0
    This episode had so many funny moments- Klaus being a grandfather, the kid being more interested in him as a fish, the ending of the episode, "whenever you interrupt someone your penis gets a little shorter", Francine's "I'm your wife, when something is wrong I want to help", and Stan's "Oh, so by that logic, when something is wrong, you want to hinder me?" Great episode in terms of humor, especially in the first half. The second half got a little boring for me, but it is still overall a really funny and creative episode. B+ or so as my grade. Too bad the second half got a little boring or this could have been my favorite episode of the series. Still really decent.moreless
  • Stan has a winter secret

    9.3
    Klaus retelling the skating event is by far the best part of the episode, with so many hilarious moments such as the kid more curious about how Klaus was a fish and how he continued talking when viewers have a bathroom break and is so funny, despite the fact that Klaus isn’t one of my favourite characters.



    Stan’s secret was very funny when it was revealed that he is a skater and the whole plot works very well with his obsession with winning and Roger’s surprising skill and Francine’s skill coming from rage.



    The fact that Klaus is also telling an unrelated story about a mail order bride is very funny as is the plot itself, with Hailey ruining it for the guys when the girl realises she’s not a mail order whore.



    Overall, this episode is very entertaining and one of the best plotted episodes of American Dad.moreless
  • Stan continues to surprise us all. "Ice skating, who'd have thought it".

    8.5
    Fine example of American Dad, a flash back episode as told by Claus who was restored to a human body. New ideas and good laugh out loud jokes. Roger finally gave us some more info bout his home plant, a professional skater who'll do anything for a prize, classic. American Dad still continues to entertain myself and i'm sure everyone else who watches.



    Keep them coming Seth & the gang.
Ivana Milicevic

Ivana Milicevic

Svetlana

Guest Star

Austin Majors

Austin Majors

Thomas

Guest Star

Barclay DeVeau

Barclay DeVeau

Voice

Guest Star

Eddie Kaye Thomas

Eddie Kaye Thomas

Barry

Recurring Role

Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong

Snot

Recurring Role

Martin Mull

Martin Mull

Father Donovan

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Listen Carefully: When Toshi is declaring his love for Svetlana, it is not actually his voice. The man who provides the voice for Toshi couldn't speak Russian, so the producers had to find someone who did, still sounded like Toshi.

    • As suggested by a wraparound device, Klaus becomes a human sometime in the future and starts a family. Although, he still looks somewhat fish-like due to his round head and fin-like tufts of white hair.

    • Look Hard: Right before Roger is revealed as the skater Stan is watching, you can see a normal human (Caucasian) female face on what is supposed to be Roger.

    • Featured Music:
      "Gloria" by Laura Branigan
      "Mamma Mia" by ABBA

    • Langley Falls Post front page headline: "Turkey Uprising Fails!"

      This headline is a reference to the American holiday, Thanksgiving, which occurred just a few days before the airing of this episode.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Kid: Were you ever a shark?
      Klaus: I was two sharks and a monkey! Now go to sleep!

    • Stan: Ah, Saturday! Sunday's Friday.

    • (Steve is trying to teach Toshi, Barry, and Snot how to play basketball when a delivery truck pulls up)
      Snot: (Excited) That must be the Russian binoculars we ordered.
      (Delivery guy wheeling out a big wooden box out of the delivery van)
      Delivery Guy: Package for Steve Smith. (pulling out a delivery docket) Sign here.
      Steve: (Confused) Wait, this crate is way too big for binoculars.
      Delivery Guy: (Sarcastically) Oh, is it? I guess you know a lot about crates. (looking over at his colleague) Hey, good news, Sid, we got ourselves a regular crate expert. (Annoyed) Little kids gonna tell me all about crates. Professor Crate over here.
      Steve: (Grabbing pen off the delivery guy) Alright, alright, I'll sign. (Signs delivery docket)
      (Delivery guy smiling walks off)
      Snot: He's right, you know, you have been kind of a jerk since you read that book about crates.

    • Roger: (To an elderly couple) Hey, losers, die already! Earth belongs to the young!

    • Roger: Stop, stop, stop! You do know the competition's tomorrow, don't you?
      Stan: Yeah, of course.
      Roger: Okay, okay, good. Then why are you skating like a wiener?!
      Stan: Don't I do a Salchow right there?
      Roger: You call that a Salchow?! It looks like you have mad Salchow disease! That's right, your skating has a spongiform encephalopathy, bitch!

    • Francine: This is the first time in 20 winters we've done anything together. And now, you're dumping me to skate with Roger?! Why, Stan, why?!
      Stan: Well, honey, I...
      Francine: I'll tell you why. Because winning some stupid contest means more to you than your own wife!
      Stan: Yes. Thank you! That would have sounded awful coming out of my mouth.

    • Stan: You're... you're magnificent.
      Roger: Hello.
      Stan: Roger? Where did you learn to skate?
      Roger: On my planet. You really haven't read my MySpace page, have you? You say you have, but you really haven't.

    • Svetlana: Marriage is business contract. I must protect my interests.
      Steve: Where did you hear that garbage?
      Hayley: It's not garbage. I found her living in your closet, Steve. She's a Russian bride, not a Russian whore. She doesn't have to act like a whore until one of you marries her.
      Steve: But you're not married and you're a total whore!
      Hayley: That's because I was born in America!

    • Roger: Wow, Stan, you have a real problem with competition. There's no way you can enter that contest.
      Stan: You're right. I'm not going to put my wife's life in danger just for a set of wigs.
      Roger: Come again?
      Stan: The prize is a lousy set of wigs.
      Roger: The prize is a set of wigs?
      Stan: Yes.
      Roger: Wigs you'd probably just put in the attic and never check on to see if anyone were playing with them or borrowing them to audition for the community theater?
      Stan: Exactly.
      Roger: Stan, you've gotta skate in this competition. For Francine. She hasn't been this happy in ages.
      Stan: But... you just said I shouldn't...
      Roger: That was a test. You failed. God, you're selfish! (Slaps Stan) Bad Stan. Oh, oh, I meant to say, "Bad Stan" and then slap you. Bad Stan! (Slaps Stan again) I don't know, I like it both ways.

    • Roger: Ooh, Staniel, I know that look. What's wrong, chief?
      Stan: I can't skate in this competition.
      Roger: Oh, yeah, Francine told me all about your partner's injury. But you're past that.
      Stan: I didn't tell her the whole story.
      Roger: No, of course not. No one ever does.

    • Kid: Whoa, whoa, whoa. You were a fish?!
      Klaus: Oh, yeah, that. But Stan, he was a new man, and he...
      Kid: Hold on a second. You were a fish! Don't you think that's a better story than two grown-ups ice skating?
      Klaus: I was also roommates with Rick Schroeder. You want to hear about that?
      Kid: Yeah!
      Klaus: Okay. Rick Schroeder sucks. He just, he... he just sucks. He sucks so hard. Rick Schroeder uses women. The end.

    • Francine: Come on, isn't it time we spent one winter together?
      Stan: Well... all right, let's do it. First thing we'll need to do is raise $80 to buy you a costume. We could put on a show or raffle off a microwave, or...
      Francine: But I have $80.
      Stan: (Sadly) Oh. Okay, then.

    • Francine: (After hearing Stan's story) Oh, God, Stan, that's horrible! But it was an accident. That doesn't make you a monster. Having bulbous eyes and leathery skin and scary teeth makes you a monster. Brett Butler is a monster.

    • Clifford: Stop, maiden woman! No further shall ye venture without the password.
      (Francine farts)
      Clifford: Ugh! What in God's name is wrong with you?
      Francine: I thought that was the password.
      Clifford: It's not a word. It's a terrible, terrible abomination.

    • Svetlana: Are you Steve, Toshi, Barry, and Snot? (kisses each of them on the cheek)
      Barry: These are the best binoculars ever!

    • Francine: Oh, my God, Stan, you're bleeding! Where have you been?!
      Stan: Sorry, that's for me to know and you to find out. But I never want you to find out, so it's just for me to know.
      Francine: Stan, I'm your wife. If something's wrong, I want to help you.
      Stan: Oh, so by that logic, if something is right, you'll want to hinder me. Great, Francine. Real quality wife-ing.

    • Francine: Your dad went out in the middle of the night, and he hasn't come home.
      Hayley: Where do you think he goes?
      Roger: No idea. But ask me if I want a mimosa. That's a question I can answer.

    • (Speaking to Svetlana, the Russian mail-order bride at her wedding to his friend Snot)
      Steve: Well, seems like just yesterday, you popped out of that box and I was plannin' to have sex with you. Sunrise, sunset!

    • (Stan is lecturing Francine on ice-skating at the rink and Roger watches from the stands, muttering to himself)
      Roger: Ugh, he's as graceful as a frozen turd!

    • (Klaus is now an old man telling his grandson a bedtime story and the boy keeps interrupting)
      Klaus: You know, every time you interrupt someone, your penis gets a little shorter!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode premiered on [adult swim] on August 24, 2008.

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: Thursday, February 7, 2008 on Network 7

    • Rainn Wilson did not voice the knight in this episode. Although he was recorded for the part, it is explained in the DVD commentary that Mr. Wilson did not like the voice direction he was given. He left and has not since voiced any characters on the show.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Roger: I was born ready.

      This is a reference to the 1986 film Big Trouble in Little China, in which Kurt Russell delivers the same line.

    • Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan
      Roger's method of acquiring a partner for the figure skating competition (striking Terry's kneecap with a pipe so his partner Greg has to skate with Roger) is similar to the attack on figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan (also pipe striking kneecap), which was arranged by the ex-husband of her competitor Tonya Harding during the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

    • Movie: The Princess Bride
      The scenes with Klaus and his grandson (including the line where Klaus says they're a framing device) are taken from the scenes in the 1987 movie The Princess Bride involving Peter Falk and Fred Savage.

    • The Flintstones
      The orange wig Roger is wearing after he won the competition is the same style as Wilma's hair at The Flintstones.

    • Movie: The Cutting Edge
      When Stan nods to his skating partner and she shakes her head no, it duplicates the final scene from the 1992 Paul Michael Glaser film starring D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly.

    • Movie: Flashdance
      The ice skating scene with Laura Branigan's Gloria playing is pulled from the ice skating competition scene in the 1983 Adrian Lyne film.

    • Episode Title: Of Ice and Men
      This title refers to the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. There is also a book by Bruce Dowbiggin that shares the name of the episode title, called Of Ice and Men, which describes the life of real hockey legends.

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