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American Dad!

Season 2 Episode 6

Stan of Arabia (2)

4
Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 13, 2005 on TBS
8.4
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As the Smiths continue to live in Saudi Arabia, Stan is fully enjoying the male-dominated society, while the rest of the family struggles with the different social norms. Meanwhile, Francine’s musical exposé on gender roles gets her into trouble, and a brush with death leads the Smiths to return to the United States.moreless

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  • Weaker than part 1

    6.5
    As the Smiths continue to live in Saudi Arabia, Stan is fully enjoying the male-dominated society, while the rest of the family struggles with the different social norms. Meanwhile, Francine's musical expos on gender roles gets her into trouble, and a brush with death leads the Smiths to return to the United States. Eh, this episode was way weaker part 1. My huge problem was this episode lacked humor. I didn't laugh very much in this episode. My biggest laughs were Francine singing (and she get caught) and most of the parts that involve Steve. I laughed a couple times as well. I liked the very ending though. Overall a weaker episode of American Dad....maybe the weakest episode of the second half of season 1 since it is a huge improvement. 6.5/10moreless
  • Well we continue in Saudi Arabia...where they made the whole experience anti-funny. Francine sings a rebellious song, Steve becomes a failed prophet, Hailey sleeps with a not-Al-Queda guy, and Roger becomes a concubine. Potential to be funny..but not.moreless

    2.9
    Yeah, bye American Dad. I had to fight to not fall asleep during this episode. I don't think I really even laughed during this episode. The two funniest parts were when Hailey found out her man wasn's part of Al-Queda and when Thundercat threw a rock at Francine and called her a "w-word." But other than that, the rest of the episode was just boring. The jokes were more lame than funny.



    Examples - Roger's concubine thing was just weird, and his story telling was dumb, not funny. The gross fat guy didn't make me laugh, it made me not want to look at the TV screen. Steve's little prophet thing was pretty dumb. I guess it was semi-funny when the crowd tried to find ways for God to still be a man after Steve said God was a woman. Hailey's random encounter with not-Al-Queda guy was stupid...just not funny. It was sort of something she'd obviously do. And Stan is just plain annoying. He acts all macho and ignores Francine and never changes. At least in Family Guy and The Simpsons, the stupid husbands sometimes care about their wives and sometimes change their ways. Stan is too superficial and 2-dimensional and static. Francine is okay, but she's not enough to make the show good. The fish should just die too, it has such a small part and has never said anything funny.



    The concept of the move to Saudi Arabia was good, but the execution sucked, and the lines just came out as if the writers were trying too hard to make the show funny. Family Guy gets the weird funny, American dad passes that point and into weird wow-lets-change-the-channel-now-this-show-sucks.moreless
  • This show is really actually a teaching show! Not a good way,b ut it exposes the truth about the government! Plus that alien be making my sides split 4 real! LOL. I don't really like the rebellious gurl! Especially when she slpet her dad's boss!moreless

    10
    Not a good way,b ut it exposes the truth about the government! Plus that alien be making my sides split 4 real! LOL. I don't really like the rebellious gurl! Especially when she slpet her dad's boss! That made me so freaking made! She is something I'm not gon say!
  • More perfect episodes pile up in Season 2

    10
    As the Smiths continue to live in Saudi Arabia, Stan is fully enjoying the male-dominated society, while the rest of the family struggles with the different social norms. Meanwhile, Francine's musical exposé on gender roles gets her into trouble, and a brush with death leads the Smiths to return to the United States.

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    Last time, we were in Saudi Arabia. This time, we still are. Stan meditates a dispute between Francine and his new wife. Francine demands that Stan put them on a plane back to the States, but he reminds her that in Saudi Arabia, what the man says goes. Meanwhile, Hayley is cornered by the vice police, but a strange man intervenes and says he's escorting her to save her. And out in the desert, Steve comes to after crashing his Mercedes into an oil derrick. Roger is delivered to his new husband, who is very wealthy. Seeing alcohol flowing freely, Roger no longer minds his servitude. Hayley is still hitting off with Kazi, who lets it slip that he's in Al Qaeda. She begs him not to blow up the American embassy, then passionately kisses him. Back in Langley, Bullock gets a call from Francine asking him to give Stan his job back. Bullock informs her that he already made the offer, but Stan turned him down. Steve is wandering through the desert. He prays to God for help and God in the form of Angelina Jolie descends from the heavens. Roger is enjoying his plush life as a concubine when his new husband comes in, ready to consummate the relationship. Elsewhere, Hayley and Kazi have already consummated theirs. In the bazaar, Francine confronts Stan about Bullock's offer. Stan says his word rules, so Francine breaks into a song about how awful Saudi Arabia is, stripping down into her underwear during the number. When she finishes, the moral police arrest her. Stan visits Francine in jail, and when he learns that her cellmate has been in jail for 23 years for stealing an Almond Joy, agrees to go to the embassy to get help for Francine. Meanwhile, Roger is trying to avoid relations by telling his husband about the glorious epic that is Beverly Hills, 90210. Out in the desert, God tells Steve to stop worrying about becoming a man and advises him to enjoy his childhood as long as possible. Hayley wakes up and finds a note from Kazi waiting for her. He's going through with his plan to attack the U.S. embassy. The same embassy that Stan just walked into. Hayley sprints over. When she gets there, Hayley finds Kazi…working at a Shwarma King stand. Other girls laugh at her, saying Kazi tricks all American girls into thinking he's a terrorist. Inside, the consulate tells Stan he can get an American out of jail with no problem. He just needs to see Stan's passport. Problem is, he tore it up. Steve returns from the desert and tells the townspeople he has spoken with God, and God gave him a perfect plan to create peace in the Middle East. The townspeople hail Steve as a visionary, until he mentions that God is a woman. They can't wrap their heads around this and decide to kill Steve. At her trial, Francine is sentenced to death by stoning. Stan declares that he won't let Francine die alone, he's going to be stoned with her. At the stoning, Steve is put next to family for calling God a woman. And Hayley's there too. But before the audience can start chucking rocks, President Bush choppers in an declares that democracy has arrived. He throws an American flag through the judge and pulls the Smiths out of the ground. Except…that was all just a dream Stan had. The throwers pick up their stones. But the judge gets a call ordering the Smiths released. It turns out, Roger had his husband make the call. The Smiths arrive back on American soil and Stan kisses the ground

    10 out of 10moreless
  • what happens in saudi arabia, stays in saudi arabia

    6.5
    I did not like this nearly as much as part one. There were some parts I like, like Roger's final line, and Stan imagining him and the family were no longer in danger, but something felt off to me. It did not feel like it needed to be a 2-parter to me. It felt like it could have been a single episode, but that might just be me. Or maybe this could have been extended by like 10 minutes. I don't know, I can not put my finger on it, but it seems like it did not need to be an hour.moreless
Peter Lurie

Peter Lurie

Mystery Man

Guest Star

Odile Corso

Odile Corso

God

Guest Star

Brian George

Brian George

Ali/Prince/Guy #3

Guest Star

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

Thundercat

Recurring Role

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Bullock

Recurring Role

Fred Tatasciore

Fred Tatasciore

Police Officer #2/Judge

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • They say, in Arabia, women can only go out in public if a man is with them, but the two women that talk to Hayley are by themselves. That means they should have been arrested since Hayley almost was.

    • Steve's hair had turned white after seeing "the rack of infinite wisdom," but when he's about to be stoned with his family, his hair is back to its original color.

    • When in jail, the old Arabian woman shows her left hand being cut off when it should be the right hand.

    • When Francine found out that Stan refused to get his old job back, she got out of the house unescorted by a man for a distance and was never chased by the police.

    • When the Smiths are about to be stoned to death, a screen comes up with words "Stone Mayhem 05'." The apostrophe that's after the "05," which indicates the year, is on the wrong side. It should actually be before the "0," not after the "5."

    • Hayley is arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to the same punishment of death by stoning as the rest of the family. However, the "crime" she committed took place at the US Embassy and therefore on US soil and as such was subject to US law rather than Saudi.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Man: (On radio) All units to the northeast corner of the kasbah! 220 in progress!
      Saudi Police Officer: 220? Someone just spotted a woman's ankles. Let's move!
      (Both pull out their swords)

    • Kazim: You should be more careful around the Police of Vice and Virtue. Do you want to get stoned?
      Hayley: Yes! Oh, my God, it's been, like, forever.
      Kazim: You would like to be buried up to your neck and have a crowd of angry men throw rocks at your head?
      Hayley: Oh. No.

    • Kazim: Normally, I wouldn't come to the aid of an American. Your country's foreign policy is despicable, your culture is crude, and your gluttony and greed make me sick. (Spits)
      Hayley: You are so hot.

    • Roger: Look, bub, I'm not marrying you!
      Old Guy: Of course you're not marrying me. You're marrying him. (Points to Prince)
      Roger: (Sees alcohol) Well, a girl can't hold out forever.

    • Ali: It's so good to have Stan working with us on the pipeline and not for the... United States.
      Faziz: Imperialist swine.
      Ali: They want to enslave all Arabs.
      Stan: You know damn well that America does not want to enslave all Arabs. Just the ones who have oil.

    • Francine: (On the phone) Deputy Director Bullock, will you please offer Stan his job back?
      Bullock: Francine, what a surprise. I already offered Stan his job back. He said, "No."
      (Francine screams loudly, Klaus' fish bowl breaks)
      Klaus: Your family may have moved to Saudi Arabia, but I'm the real fish out of water. (Laughs) Seriously, I'm dying.

    • (In the desert)
      Steve: Okay. I'm cool. Whatever life throws at me, I can take it, because I am a strong, independant, black woman... I mean, white teenager. Oh God, I'm gonna die out here!

    • (In bed)
      Kazim: Oh, Hayley, that was so wonderful. But now, I'm so confused. It's like I'm not sure who I am anymore.
      Hayley: Why, because of that thing I did with my finger? Look, we tried something weird, and you liked it. That doesn't make... Oh, you're talking about the terrorism thing.

    • Steve: Wow, Angelina Jolie! I have so many questions to ask you. Is that whole thing about you sleeping with knives in the bed true?
      God: I'm not Angelina Jolie, Steve. I'm God. I simply chose the form most pleasing to you.
      Steve: Oh, you're God. So, is that thing about Angelina Jolie sleeping with knives in the bed true?
      God: Yeah. It's messed up, isn't it?

    • Judge: I'm sorry, counselor. What did you say your name is?
      Defense Attorney: Irv Rosenblatt.
      Judge: Guilty!
      Defense Attorney: Every single case! Oy, this is a tough town.

    • Judge: While I'm sure that's a meaningful callback to an earlier conversation, I must point out that you're a man and you have broken no laws.
      Stan: So, what does a guy have to do to get stoned around here?
      Judge: We're not big on homosexuality.

    • Stan: (With his family, about to be stoned) Damn! Oh, God, we're all going to die and our lives meant nothing, absolutely nothing! (Pause) I mean, uh, something comforting.

    • (Smith family arrives in America; Stan kisses the ground)
      Hayley: Gee, Dad, less than 24 hours ago you hated America.
      Stan: (Laughs) Shut the hell up, Hayley.

    • Roger: Oh, and what happens in Saudi Arabia, stays in Saudi Arabia, okay? Seriously.

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