American Dad!

Season 4 Episode 7

Surro-Gate

3
Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Dec 02, 2007 on TBS
8.6
out of 10
User Rating
156 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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When Francine decides to be a surrogate for her gay neighbors Terry and Greg, Stan's Republican blood boils. Although he pretends to be happy, when the baby is born, Stan kidnaps her and heads to the Nebraska border, where gay couples have no rights. Meanwhile, Steve and Roger pull a Howard Hughes and become reclusive after they think Klaus is out to get them.moreless

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  • Perfect

    10
    When Francine decides to be a surrogate for her gay neighbors Terry and Greg, Stan's Republican blood boils. Although he pretends to be happy, when the baby is born, Stan kidnaps her and heads to the Nebraska border, where gay couples have no rights. Meanwhile, Steve and Roger pull a Howard Hughes and become reclusive after they think Klaus is out to get them

    10 out of 10
  • superb

    9.5
    What I liked: Stan kidnapping the two ladies' kids, the restraining order on Stan at the end of the episode, Steve and Roger hiding in the attic, putting the books on Klaus' bowl, and Klaus' speech after their prank, and Steve's "He didn't find it funny!" line, amongst other things.



    Good episode. Stan kind of annoyed me in parts due to his intolerance but as a whole it was a very funny episode, with a lot of highlights being in Steve's and Roger's plot. Still a very good episode and as such my final grade is a B+/A- or so, I think is fair.moreless
  • Season 3, Episode 7.

    10
    LMAO! Stan raises the flag with his family and accidentally shoots a bald eagle. LOL! The gay neighbors are trying in-vitro fertilization. Stan compares it to Star Trek and Francine says, "This isn't science fiction! This is real fiction!" LMAO! Francine agrees to be the neighbors' surrogate mother. She pictures telling Stan, and he comes after her with a broken bottle, a chainsaw, a tiger, and then a tiger with a chainsaw. LMAO! I have no idea how Seth MacFarlane does it. "Test results? But my wife is far too fat to be pregnant." LMAO! The gay men danced while they were fighting with Stan! Great episode!moreless
  • Stan adds kidnapping to his list of crimes.

    8.3
    This is a hilarious episode, with Stan's judgements about non-nuclear families versing Francine becoming a surrogate for a gay couple, and Roger and Steve being afraid of a fish after a prank against Klaus goes bad.



    Stan not learning his lesson until after so many possibilities, and starting to kidnap fully grown kids as well as newborn babies is very funny as is Stan being slow when it comes to Francine being pregnant is great too.



    Overall, there are plenty of great jokes during the episode and the endings of Klaus having forgotten the prank after nine months, and Stan comparing lesbian raised kids to "normal" children are great and tie the episode up well.moreless
  • OK but not as good as the rest of the season...

    8.4
    When Francine decides to be a surrogate for her gay neighbors Terry and Greg, Stan's Republican blood boils. Although he pretends to be happy, when the baby is born, Stan kidnaps her and heads to the Nebraska boarder, where gay couples have no rights. Meanwhile Steve and Roger pull a Howard Hughes and become reclusive after they think Klaus is out to get them. This episode was ok, but it was certainly not the best episode of season 3. Don't get me wrong this episode was funny but it should not be compared to this without a doubt outstanding season 3.moreless
Leisha Hailey

Leisha Hailey

Lily

Guest Star

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Al

Guest Star

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Greg Corbin

Recurring Role

Mike Barker

Mike Barker

Terry Bates

Recurring Role

Erik Durbin

Erik Durbin

Kid

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Francine is shown later as six months pregnant because Seth MacFarlane doesn't consider a fetus to be a "baby," as is referred to in the show. His views can be noted in the unaired (in America, at least) Family Guy episode "Partial Terms of Endearment." Brian says something to the effect of "fetuses don't even resemble humans" until six months.

    • How did Libby not starve to death?
      Clearly, as a PG show, they couldn't show an infant dying, but so far as anyone could see she didn't have anything to eat from the time Stan kidnapped her (just after her birth) until after he returned her. Newborns need to nurse eight to twelve times per day, and all he's shown trying to feed her is a cheeseburger. This suggests he didn't stock up on baby formula or something, since he apparently didn't know or remember that newborns can't eat solids. At the very least, she should have been crying from hunger.

    • When the Smiths go back inside after raising the flag, Francine puts the gun (looks like a cross between a FAL and a M-16) in the bin with two umbrellas.

    • Stan being insecure about a gay couple having kids is similar to Lois from Family Guy when she felt insecure of a gay couple getting married in "You May Now Kiss The Uh... Guy Who Receives."

    • Langley Falls Post front page headline: Bowler's Union Strikes. The headline is a pun on bowling strikes and a possible reference to the Writers Guild of America strike that lasted from November 2007 to February 2008.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Greg: (trying to keep his composure) A baby was reported missing today at Langley Memorial Hospital. The kidnapping occurred at -
      Terry: HE TOOK OUR BABY!
      Greg: He just took her!
      Terry: Greg, get a picture of her on screen!
      Greg: (patting his suit down frantically) I don't have a picture!
      Terry: Then describe her!
      Greg: She looks like an angel!
      Terry: What am I doing? (leaps to his feet) I was a reporter, for God's sake - I'll track her down!
      Greg: Terry, you were a food critic.
      Terry: Oh, you don't think I can do it? I found a decent beinet at the airport, I can find a baby!

    • Klaus: Allow me to impress upon you the severe mistake you have made, for years my conduct has been largely benign and yet without provocation you have severed our détente and forced me to unleash upon you the vengeful flame of a thousand suns. You shall curse your mothers for the day of your birth. So go now... go and begin your life of fear, knowing, that when you least expect it, the looming sword of Damocles will crush down upon you cleaving you in twain and as you gaze upon the smoking wreckage that was once your life, you will regret the day you crossed the wrong fish!

    • (while Steve is holding the dead bald eagle)
      Stan: Steve, go mail it to Donovan McNabb. See if he signs it.

    • Stan: Nothing says 'American Family' like raising the flag with your wife and two kids. Let Wednesday Begin!
      (shoots up in the air, shooting down a bald eagle)
      Stan: (as Steve holds up the dead bird) Look at that bald eagle, kids. Majestic.

    • Greg: Do you know how many babies a year are born without an anus?
      Terry: That's it. No more WebMD for you!

    • Stan: I thought I saw every episode of Star Trek. Wait, is this Deep Space Nine? Because I won't watch that. It's garbage, and I'll tell you why. One...
      Francine: Stan! This isn't science fiction. This is real fiction and I think it's fantastic.

    • Stan: Lily, you have fantastic children, a beautiful home. I can't wait to meet your husband and shake his hand.
      Al: (to Lily) Hi, honey. Ah, I see you found him.
      Stan: (shakes Al's hand) Sir, I must tell you, you have a lovely family. You're a lucky man.
      Al: Uh, actually, "Al" is short for "Allison." I'm a woman.
      Stan: Right, right. You know, I love long hair on a man. Grown-up Jesus had long hair, but his breasts weren't as luscious your... Holy ****! You're a woman!
      Al: Yes, Lily is my partner. We're a lesbian couple.
      Stan: Oh, my God! Does Al know?

    • Francine: I can't believe your father would do something like this!
      Hayley: I can.
      Francine: Yeah, I guess I can, too. I don't know why I said that.

    • Greg: (to Francine) I can't believe you still haven't told him you're pregnant.
      Terry: I can't believe Stan hasn't noticed.
      Francine: I can't believe a lot of things: that there's life on Mars, that someone's married to Larry King, that the Harlem Globetrotters have never lost a game...

    • Francine: I'll do it.
      Terry: What?
      Francine: I'll carry your baby.
      Greg: Really?
      Francine: It makes perfect sense. I live right across the street and both pregnancies were a breeze for me. Doctor says I have a big spongy cervix. Oh, listen to me bragging about my vagina. It's last week's PTA meeting all over again.

    • Francine: They're doing a wonderful thing, and I want them to know that I support them in this beautiful endeavor.
      Stan: I couldn't agree with you more. Just replace "support" with "condemn" and "beautiful endeavor" with "horrible abomination."

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Julius Ceasar
      Stan claims allowing gay couples to raise children will lead to "horses eating each other". This is one of the omens in Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar, signifying the natural order being disturbed.

    • Episode Title: Surro-Gate
      The title is a pun on the word, surrogate. It is also a play on using the suffix "-gate" which describes a political scandal.

    • West Side Story
      The music Greg and Terry use to "rumble" with Stan is from the Broadway musical West Side Story, which was later made into a movie starring Natalie Wood.

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