American Dad!

Season 4 Episode 14

Office Spaceman

4
Aired Sunday 9:30 PM May 04, 2008 on FOX
8.9
out of 10
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140 votes
5

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Roger begins to release photos of himself to the local media for extra cash, prompting the CIA to initiate an Alien Task Force. Through a twist of fate, Roger ends up in charge of the task force in disguise, creating tension at home as he is now Stan's boss. Meanwhile, Francine comes to grips with being left-handed and Roger frames Stan as an alien in attempt to keep his identity a secret.moreless

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  • One of my favorites

    10
    Roger begins to release photos of himself to the local media for extra cash, prompting the CIA to initiate an Alien Task Force. Through a twist of fate, Roger ends up in charge of the task force in disguise, creating tension at home as he is now Stan's boss. Meanwhile, Francine comes to grips with being left-handed and Roger frames Stan as an alien in attempt to keep his identity a secret.

    10 out of 10moreless
  • perfect

    10
    What I liked: the opening credits cut short by Stan finding out someone spotted Roger, Stan's plot to save Roger from being murdered, the photos of Roger over the end credits, the flashback to the orphanage which revealed why Francine was terrified of left-handed people, amongst other things.



    Good episode. Roger, as usual was pretty funny and I liked Stan saving him from death. Francine's plot was kind of boring but it had a nice resolution to it, so because of all of this my final grade for this episode is going to be an A+, I think is more than fair.moreless
  • This is tied for my favorite episode.

    10
    This episode is sooooo funny and I found myself laughing so much and I cracking up at so many parts in this episode and some hillarious parts are when Roger was building a puzzle and he yelled at the puppy in the picture and said you should not be in a teacup that is for tea and I cracked up when Roger hit Stan with a chair when you least expected. Also the show and tell part and Dick says for show and tell because he has liver cancer and Bullock still gives him a 0 for the day was extremely funny and it was hillarious when Roger kept saying bloody mary and then he thought Stan was boody mary. Also it was really funny when Roger has the same backstory from the X Files and then Klaus says that isn't that same backstory as Moulder from X Files and Roger suspiciously says no I think I came up with that on my own. Also it was hillarious when Francine tries to pick up a tissue and then crashed in the lamp and it was hillarious when Francine picked up the butter nife with her hand and accedentially cut Steve. Overall an extremely good episode and I will watch many more times and it was better then Long John Peter the Family Guy episode that aired on the same night as this.moreless
  • Roger's narcissism get's him and Stan into trouble with the CIA, while the kids find out Francine's secret, and help her face it.

    9.2
    American Dad! Is getting better as it get gets older, the plots still as funny and as enjoyable as old, but are progressive. They often show new sides to each of the characters, character development is never forgotten in every few episodes, which make this series a classic.



    A Roger-centric episode is generally funny, and "Office Spaceman" is no exception. His smart yet often melodramatic scenes are highlights of this show. The repartee between Roger and Stan are often short and brutal, yet in the end always brings the two back together.



    One thing that drives American Dad! is the terrific soundtrack. Love the end credit music and crazy Playgirl montage.moreless
  • My first episode I've watched and I'm amazed.

    10
    Roger begins to release photos of himself to the local media for extra cash, prompting the CIA to initiate an Alien Task Force. Through a twist of fate, Roger ends up in charge of the task force in disguise, creating tension at home as he is now Stan's boss. Meanwhile, Francine comes to grips with being left-handed and Roger frames Stan as an alien in attempt to keep his identity a secret.



    This episode was the first episode I've watched all the way through of American Dad and I was laughing from beginning to end. Some of what I think the funniest things I've ever seen occured in this episode. "Why The Hell Did I Buy This Puzzle?!"- Rogermoreless
Rachael MacFarlane

Rachael MacFarlane

Voice of Hayley Smith

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Voice of Klaus

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Voice of Stanley "Stan" Smith; Roger the Alien

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Voice of Steven "Steve" Smith

Wendy Schaal

Wendy Schaal

Voice of Francine Smith

Raven-Symone

Raven-Symone

Katie

Guest Star

Amy Hill

Amy Hill

Mah Mah

Guest Star

J Lee

J Lee

Black Guy

Guest Star

David Koechner

David Koechner

Dick

Recurring Role

Mike Barker

Mike Barker

Various

Recurring Role

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In speaking of left-handed people Francine says she hates them, etc. Actually, Stan is ambidextrous, but is predominately left-handed. So, this is contrary to her stated feelings since she obviously loves Stan.

    • Though Roger usually calls his green body fluid xenoplasm, he calls it protoplasm in the bathroom.

    • The usual "American Dad" intro doesn't finish. Instead, it ends when Stan picks up the newspaper, which has Roger on the front page. Stan's last line in the intro for this episode is "And it's shining a salute to the American race!". Because of this, the title of the show never appears.

    • Repeated gag of the night: In this episode Roger breaks a wooden chair over Stan. In the episode of Family Guy that aired right before this, Chris breaks a wooden chair over Brian.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bullock: Dick, I believe you're up.
      Dick: I don't have anything for show and tell. I just found out I have liver cancer.
      Bullock: I'm giving you a zero for the day.

    • Stan: (after finding the photo of Roger in the paper) How did this happen?!
      Roger: I have no idea. I leave the house in disguise, but six Rob Roys later, things happen that I can't be responsible for. Like buying this puzzle. Why the hell did I buy this puzzle?! (begins tearing the nearly complete puzzle apart) I hate puppies! Get out of that tea cup! That cup is for tea!

    • (Roger and Stan pretend to meet for the first time at the CIA)
      Roger: What's your name?
      Stan: (through clenched teeth) Stan.
      Roger: Hmm. I already know a 'Stan'. I'm going to call you Mortimer. Now, run and fix me a coffee. (Stan doesn't move) Today, Mortimer James! (turns to Bullock) I add his middle name when I'm disappointed in him.

    • Roger: I'm not ready to die. Not before Shatner!

    • Bullock: Anyway, our Alien Task Force clearly needs some rejiggering. Ray, you're no longer in charge.
      Ray: Of what?
      Bullock: The Alien Task Force.
      Ray: What the hell's that?
      Bullock: The task force you've been in charge of!
      Ray: Oh, how did I do?

    • Bullock: I need a new team leader.
      Jackson: Sir, I'm your man. I will not rest until the alien and all his accomplices are brought to just--
      Stan: (to Bullock; pointing at Jackson) He told me he hates you.
      Bullock: What?! Jackson, is this true?
      Jackson: Yes.
      Bullock: Get out of my sight! Smith, how do you feel about me?
      Stan: You're okay, I guess.
      Bullock: Good, then you're the man for this job.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Larry Craig
      When Roger tells Stan's coworkers in the bathroom that Stan is the alien, Roger tells Deputy Bullock that he has to use the bathroom, then hints that he should sit in the stall next to him. This is a reference to the Larry Craig's airport bathroom controversy. On August 27, 2007, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call revealed that Craig had been arrested for homosexual lewd conduct in the men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on June 11, 2007.

    • Stan: (about excreting the alien) I pooped it out.

      This is a reference to Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, in which people who swallow alien spores incubate wormlike aliens that exit the body rather gruesomely through the rectum.

    • Kokomo
      The names of places (Aruba, Jamaica, Key Largo, Montego and a place called Kokomo) that Roger (as Parker Peters) mentioned that he has leads where the alien is are from the lyrics of the by The Beach Boys' song "Kokomo."

    • The X-Files
      Roger's back story while working at the CIA of having a sister, named Samantha, who was abducted by aliens, is the same storyline of Special Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files. Roger also has a slightly different version of the I Want to Believe poster hanging in his office.

    • Rocky
      One of the pictures Roger sets up is of himself at the top of the steps leading to The Philadelphia Museum of Art with his fists in the air, which is an homage to the movie Rocky.

    • Roger: Son of a b*tch Superman two'ed me!

      This is a reference to the ending of Superman II where Superman appeared to go into a chamber that would remove his powers, when it actually protected him.

    • Roger: You know what, the whole cast--the whole damn dirty pirate cast.

      Roger is referencing Pirates Of The Caribbean, starring Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley.

    • Roger: Glass, George Glass! That's Jan Brady's fake boyfriend!

      This is a reference to The Brady Bunch, where Jan invented a boyfriend to get attention.

    • Roger: Très jolie, Coco, très jolie" (Very nice, Coco, very nice).
      Roger is quoting from the Oscar winning 1980 movie Fame.

    • Parker Peters
      In this episode Roger goes by the name Parker Peters. This is a reference to Peter Parker who's secret identity is Spider-Man. Like Peter Parker, Roger takes photos of his other identity to sell to the newspaper as a freelance photographer. Whereas Peter Parker takes pictures of his secret identity, Roger takes pictures of his normal identity, making it logical to reverse the name.

    • Episode Title: Office Space
      The title is a direct parody of the 1999 film Office Space.

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