American Dad!

Season 2 Episode 5

Stan of Arabia (1)

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Nov 06, 2005 on FOX
8.4
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Stan has to throw a party for his boss and assumes his wife Francine will do all the work, but she refuses. With Stan as party planner, the event turns into a disaster. As a result, Stan’s boss relocates Stan and his family to Saudi Arabia, where they quickly get a taste of life on foreign ground. As American and Arabian social norms clash, gender wars heat up.moreless

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  • Superb start of the two parter Saudi Arabia story

    9.0
    Stan has to throw a party for his boss and assumes his wife Francine will do all the work, but she refuses. With Stan as party planner, the event turns into a disaster. As a result, Stan's boss relocates Stan and his family to Saudi Arabia, where they quickly get a taste of life on foreign ground. As American and Arabian social norms clash, gender wars heat up. I thought this was a superb start for the two part story. There were some funny moments such as the flashback near the beginning, Stan killing Jay Leno, Steve, Hayley, and Jeff watching a Michael Moore movie, the Smiths ending up at Saudi Arabia, and a couple others. My score is lower because the latter part of the episode was boring. Overall, a superb episode of American Dad. 9/10moreless
  • Season 2 is still perfect

    10
    Stan has to throw a party for his boss and assumes his wife Francine will do all the work, but she refuses. With Stan as party planner, the event turns into a disaster. As a result, Stan's boss relocates Stan and his family to Saudi Arabia, where they quickly get a taste of life on foreign ground. As American and Arabian social norms clash, gender wars heat up.

    Overall, this episode is a perfect one, one of the best in the series.

    This one will get a 10 out of 10 A plus



    Perfectmoreless
  • perfect

    10
    I know not everything in this episode is accurate on its portrayal of Saudi Arabia, but the point of this show is to make the audience laugh, and it did great in that department for me. I liked Stan learning how women are treated, not because I agree that is how they should be treated, but because I found it humorous in the episode. I thought the whole episode had a lot of great parts. Others may disagree, but oh well I guess. Good episode. Too bad I did not like part 2 a lot. Perfect part one episode, A+moreless
  • horrible. really bad...

    1.7
    i thought American Dad was a decent show before this. It had potential. Then I saw this episode and it was so horrible, I never watched AD again.



    I went back a few months later and watch and it was still on decent. This is gay.I went back a few months later and watch and it was still on decent. This is gay.I went back a few months later and watch and it was still on decent. This is gay.I went back a few months later and watch and it was still on decent. This is gay...moreless
  • The Smiths Go to Saudi Arabia!

    8.0
    After Stan screw up a dinner party,(Francie won't help because she's in a play) he was reasigned by bullock to Saudi Arabia, where they have to expreienced a new culture. Steve sold Roger and brough himself a new car, where he crashed it in the desert. Meanwhile, Stan got himself another wife as she and Francie fought it out towards the end of the episode. That's when Stan burns the family's passport and declares himself. a citzen of Saudi Arabia. The music number in nthe episode shouldn't be included. But otherwise it's a good epsiode. I can't wait for Part Two.moreless
Odile Corso

Odile Corso

Angelina Jolie

Guest Star

Wally Wingert

Wally Wingert

Jay Leno

Guest Star

April Stewart

April Stewart

Salima/Bahir

Guest Star

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Dick

Recurring Role

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Bullock

Recurring Role

Jeff Fischer

Jeff Fischer

Jeff Fisher

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Originally, the episode title was suppose to be called "Arabian Dad".

    • Blooper: When we see the outside of the building the Smith's are staying at for the second time, the people on the street are walking backwards.

    • There was originally a line that Hayley was supposed to say when she was being chased ("I'm supposed to meet my husband at the mustache shop."), which got cut. But then later in the episode, we see the mustache shop in the background.

    • In the original script, Hayley's date with Mahmood was supposed to take place in a McDonalds, but Fox asked the writers to change it to Burger King for advertisement reasons.

    • In the previous episode, Stan quits his job in favor of working with his father. It is never explained how Stan was back on the force at the start of this episode.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Roger: Oh, Ernest and Julio Gallo, you make a glorious wine, and a handsome couple!

    • Guard: (Singing) Here in Saudi Arabia! (Gets shot)
      Saudi Police Officer: No singing!

    • Hayley: (Running) I appreciate your culture!
      Saudi Police Officer: (Chasing Hayley) Silence, whore!

    • Stan: Ladies, ladies. You're both Mrs. Smith.
      Francine: Stan, what on earth?
      Stan: Surprise! I got us a second wife. You know, to help with cooking and cleaning. Her name's impossible to pronounce, so I just call her "Thundercat."

    • Hayley: Steve, come on! I'm supposed to meet the neighbor's son in 20 minutes!
      Steve: You know the rule. Say it, and I'll escort you to the bazaar.
      Hayley: (Sighs) "You're the manliest man in the history of manly men."
      Steve: And?
      Hayley: "And when you're in your late 30s, you may have a chance at convincing a long-time female friend to have awkward pity-sex with you once."
      Steve: Oh, yeah!

    • Steve: My childhood died on July 18, 2003, the day Kobe Bean Bryant was charged with sexual assault.
      Francine: Steve...
      Steve: Why was he even in Colorado in the first place? Black man don't go to Colorado.

    • Stan: Now, I've installed extra locks on the doors and windows so you won't get beheaded while I'm out.
      Francine: Stan?
      Stan: Way ahead of you. I'll find us a satellite so we can watch Lost when I get home. Just because we're stuck in this wasteland doesn't mean it's not Wednesday.

    • Roger: I need a drink. Where's the booze?
      Hayley: There is no booze. Saudi Arabia is a dry country.
      Roger: Seriously, where's the booze?

    • Francine: Oh, good, a Shwarma King. I'm starving. Pull over, Stan.
      Stan: Are you insane? We're not stopping for their food. Next, you'll want to use their bathrooms, and I'll be damned if I'm gonna use their sandpapery toilet scrolls on my proud American button.

    • Steve: How come all the women are dressed like ninjas?
      Hayley: They're wearing abayas. Saudi women aren't objectified like women in Western cultures. The beauty myth doesn't exist here.
      Stan: It doesn't exist in Idaho, either. Why couldn't we go there? Talk about a bunch of dogs.

    • Stan: Damn it. If Francine had been here, she could have started the wave of laughter. Laughter is infectious, like smallpox or gay. She wants to be equal partners, well, I say, no way.

    • Hayley: Jeff, that's a corndog. We're vegetarian.
      Jeff: (Eating) Still?

    • Stan: Francine, good news. I'm in charge of planning Bullock's party, which means you're in charge of planning Bullock's party.

    • Hayley: Bye, dad. We're going to see the new Michael Moore documentary.
      Stan: Michael Moore... ? Oh, you mean Michael Bin Laden.

    • Steve: Come on, Hayley. You're going to the movies with Jeff, anyway. Just give me a ride.
      Hayley: You know the rule.
      Steve: You're the most evironmentally-conscious, self-actualized feminist in the world...
      Hayley: And?
      Steve: And I'm a douche bag.

    • Stan: Roger, have you seen Francine?
      Roger: (Drunk) Not since she came back from the store with this. Look at its magnificent size. I'm completely off my ass, and I'm barely down to the label.

    • Saudi Police Officer: (Holding knife to Francine's throat) This belong to you?
      Stan: Thanks, just, uh... just put her anywhere.

    • Roger: Does this furniture polish have alcohol in it? (Drinks it) Mmmmmm... tastes like I might die.

  • NOTES (12)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Stan: Quick cover your mouths, that's how they enter your body and lay their eggs.

      This is a reference to the Facehuggers in the Alien movies, of how they implant an embyro into their victims.

    • Stan: Just Google "Martin Lawrence" plus "arrested" plus "jogging." Stan is referring to the incident with Martin Lawrence from 1999 where he went into a three-day coma after collapsing from heat exhaustion while jogging in 100-degree heat with several layers of heavy clothing. He recovered in the hospital from near death and running a body temperature of a seemingly impossible 107 �F (41.7 �C), his breathing assisted by a respirator.

    • Shwarma King: Name
      The "Shwarma King" restaurant is a play on the fast food franchises Burger King and Taco King.

    • Thundercat: Name
      The woman which Stan calls her Thundercat is a name of the 80's series called ThunderCats.

    • Episode Title: Stan of Arabia (1)
      This is a take off of the famous movie Lawrence of Arabia.

    • Mahmood: The Hayley-meister sitting on the toilet.

      This is very similar to what Rob Schneider's character (known as the "makin' copies" guy) from an SNL skit would say. Saturday Night Live.

    • Song: Rock the Casbah
      The song playing when Steve was driving his car was "Rock the Casbah" by The Clash. The video for this song had to do with a man from Saudi Arabia, the country Stan and his family were re-located to.

    • Star Wars: Jawas
      When Steve, Roger, and Hayley visit the Bazaar, the first tent they pass has Jawas from Star Wars selling droids to an Arab man. They even have the bulky R1 droid in the background.

    • Stan: One of these days, Francine. One of these days. (Shoots gun in the air) Right in the kisser.
      This line is referring to the famous quote from The Honeymooners, where Ralph would say to Alice: "One of these days, Alice. One of these days. Pow! Right in the kisser!"

    • Bullock: I like big Asian butts and I cannot lie.
      This is a reference to the early '90s rap/pop song, "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

    • Urkel: Shirt
      The shirt Mahmood was wearing had Urkel's face on it. Urkel is famous for his role in the '90s ABC sitcom, Family Matters.

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