American Dad!

Season 6 Episode 6

Shallow Vows

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 15, 2009 on TBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Upset that Francine has let herself go, Stan takes drastic measures when she asks him to renew their wedding vows.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Not so good.

    When Stan lets it slip that he only married Francine for her looks days before they renew their wedding vows, Francine purposely lets herself go so she can see if Stan really does love her. Meanwhile, Steve and Hayley go on the run when one of Roger's personalities threatens to kill them.

    5 out of 10
  • great

    What I liked: Roger's persona stabbing Steve, Toshi painting Steve and Haley and then ruining it, the ending of the episode, Stan having his retina's removed, Roger telling Stan about his website, amongst other things.

    Pretty decent. I remember watching it when it originally aired, and not liking it a lot, but I rewatched it recently and it was pretty funny. B+ or so as my final grade
  • Fair.

    They did this exact episode on Family Guy already. Peter does not appreciate Lois so she gains a large amount of weight and becomes disgusting in appearance. American Dad did take things a step further having Francine's teeth, unibrow and armhair messed up as well, but that does not make up for the episode's lack of originality overall.

    While Stan was funny here, we could have used a bit more Roger and an actual storyline for Steve in this episode, to provide a few more laughs.

    Fair installment of American Dad, but certainly not groundbreaking TV by any stretch of the imagination.moreless
  • Francine lets herself go to test Stan to see if he loves her.

    meh. It contadicts the previous episodes with why Stan and Francine love each other. And yet again Roger goes around being a jerk to Steve and Hayley and he gets away with it. Very depressing episode in the fact that two people would love each other until they got sick or didn't look pretty anymore. If that was supposed to be a joke I didn't find it funny at all. I know some people are like that, but the way Stan and Francine have been portrayed before you wouldn't think they were like that. Could have ended with them learning something in the end at least.moreless
  • After Stan slips and says he only married Francine for her looks she decides to let herself go.

    This was another great episode of American dad. Fran got ugly and we found out what she did to stay beautiful. Encluding running on a tredmill until she pukes her gutts out and a lunch of iced tea and laxetives. When Fran described what she did to stay sexy had me laughing way past the clip. Than Stan has a blown up poster of Fran's drivers license on the ceiling while his is making live to a now fat fran looking at her old weight 109. Roger's alter ego Jeannie Gold had me laughing as well. She looked like Joan Cuisake.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Francine: There's a dog doing a handstand on the label. Stan, we can't afford this.

    • Roger: Stan, remember the first rule of any wedding is that the bride is always beautiful. The second rule you can read on my website. You have to be eighteen to log on. I have some sexy barnyard stuff on there that is NOT for everyone; I could get in a lot of trouble. If you do decide to check it out you need to clear your history right away. You may need to uninstall your browser. I'm telling you scrub that thing clean. If you think you're being too cautious, you're not. They will take us both to jail.

    • Roger: Jeannie Gold, wedding planner. This is my emergency wedding kit; everything you need for last minute snaffoos. Needle and thread, bandaids for sore heels, fake hymens for those not so well-behaved middle eastern brides. These beauties are packed full of ox blood. Trust me, that bedroom will look like the set of a Wes Craven movie the next morning.

    • Roger: Stan, these are my sons, Alex and Ron. They're in Columbia Film School.
      Stan: How is that possible?
      Roger: I know. I look too young to have kids in college.
      Stan: No, that you have children when your persona is completely fabricated...
      Roger: We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.
      Stan: That is an unsatisfying answer.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The end of the episode, showing Roger trailing Steve and Hayley into the city, is a reference to the final scene in the 1991 movie The Silence of the Lambs where Doctor Hannibal Lecter follows his "old friend" Chilton. Roger is wearing the same suit, hat, and wig as Lecter's.

    • Roger: We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.

      This is the opening line of Arthur O'Shaughnessy's poem "Ode", probably most recognizable from being quoted in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.