American Dad!

Season 3 Episode 2

The American Dad After School Special

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 17, 2006 on TBS
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Episode Summary

Stan realizes his own weight problem after he criticizes Steve about his new, overweight girlfriend, so he goes overboard with exercising, and develops anorexia. Steve realizes that his overweight girlfriend is the root of his father's problems, and he has to make a hard choice in an effort to save his father's life.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Could Have Been Better

    I admit, this could have been a funny episode. However, it takes humorously offensive to simply terrible. A few good jokes made it worth watching, but from Hayley calling fat people "disgusting" to making anorexics seem completely off their rockers, this episode went downhill from the get-go.

    Also, am I the only one who thought it was out-of-character to hate overweight people? I mean, one third of America is obese, and Stan is pro-everything-about-America, so it seemed to break his character for strictly comedic purposes. I know it's a comedy, but I expect more from American Dad, which is a fantastic show.moreless
  • Stan had weight problem

    Stan realizes his own weight problem after he criticizes Steve about his new, overweight girlfriend, so he goes overboard with exercising, and develops anorexia. Steve realizes that his overweight girlfriend is the root of his father's problems, and he has to make a hard choice in an effort to save his father's life. I thought this episode was superb. It saw the first appearance of Steve's girlfriend, Debby (her last appearance was in Bar Mitzi Hustle). My only problem was how Stan acted to Debby's weight (as well as when he suck the fatty food outta his mouth, a little gross here). Roger's part here throughout the episode was hilarious when he wanted to impress Debby (such as taking a picture of her and interviewing her). There were at least 6 moments that I lol'd but I can't remembered the rest though. Overall, this episode of AD was superb. 9/10moreless
  • Hilarious

    Stan realizes his own weight problem after he criticizes Steve about his new, overweight girlfriend, so he goes overboard with exercising, and develops anorexia. Steve realizes that his overweight girlfriend is the root of his father's problems, and he has to make a hard choice in an effort to save his father's life.

    Overall, a perfect episode, I laughed pretty much throughout the whole thing

    Overall a 10 out of 10
  • perfect

    Maybe it is because in some ways, this episode is relatable to me (I'm somewhat overweight and have been struggling with this for years), but I really liked this episode. Particularly the scene where Stan is convinced he is fatter than usual, and to reality he is actually really, really skinny. I felt they handled anorexia in a good, un-offensive way, which is always nice. It was kind of weird having Roger like that fat girl Steve was dating, but otherwise this was a really nice episode, I thought, and as such it is definitely worthy of me giving it an A+.moreless
  • Steve dates a fat girl.

    I often pick up on a lot of twists, but I did not see Stan being skinny coming. This show is extremely similar to Family Guy (even the same cutaway music), but they remove a lot of the crap, mainly the pointless flashback scenes, that plague newer Guy installments.

    Stan's wit and sarcasm similar to Peter Griffin was great. When Steve ran off crying and Stan said he was glad to see he was finally happy and Stan not willing to believe Debbie was Steve's date were great moments. The alien is very annoying though, he's like Stewie Griffin, only says the weird lines instead of the funny ones.moreless
Azura Skye

Azura Skye


Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman


Guest Star

Barclay DeVeau

Barclay DeVeau


Guest Star

Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan


Recurring Role

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart


Recurring Role

Jeff Fischer

Jeff Fischer

Jeff Fischer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (Stan is mocking Debbie being fat)
      Hayley: Who are you to judge someone's weight?
      Klaus: Ja! Your suit is stuffed tighter than, um...some funny German word. (sighs) Sorry, I'm kind of running out of fish schtick.

    • Francine: Now, come on, I made your favorite pot roast.
      Stan: Get that away from me! (whacks plate out of her hand and shoots his gun at the plate) Die, calories, die!

    • Stan: That was one exhausting workout.
      Stan: Oh, time for my workout.
      ("Let's Hear It For the Boys" plays)

    • Debbie: You had me at lasagna.
      Steve: I never said lasagna.
      Debbie: Yeah, but I was thinking about it.

    • Hayley: We were just freezing our...
      Francine: Tampons!!
      Stan: What?
      Hayley: It's a woman thing, keeps them crisp, great in the summer.
      Francine: More refreshing than a popsicle!

    • Stan: Hayley, are you wearing makeup? You look like a whore.

    • Steve: How ya doing, Dad?
      Stan: Fat and healthy, son. In a few weeks, I'll be a regular Debbie.
      (Steve starts crying)
      Stan: Steve, what's wrong? What about the word "regular" set you off? Here, have a Little Debbie.
      (Steve continues crying)
      Stan: What, now it's the word "little"? You know what? Why don't I put on some Debbie Gibson and we can talk about it?
      (Steve cries even more)

    • Zack: Hey, bro, I couldn't help noticing you're kind of fat and pathetic.
      Stan: And you're kind of perfect and scrumptious. What's your point?

    • Stan: Where's Steve? Still caught in Debbie's gravitational pull?

    • Francine: Stan, you're being ridiculous. We have a guest out there.
      Stan: Please, Francine, show some panic. Our son is dating a fatty.
      Hayley: Dad, that's awful. Plus-size women drive our economy with their purchases of Garfield books and Haagen-Dazs.
      Francine: You apologize to your son.
      Stan: For what? You brought fat into our house.
      Steve: You'd like Debbie if you got to know her, Dad. There's a lot more to her than you think.
      Stan: There's more of her?!

    • Steve: Here she comes.
      Stan: (looks at Debbie through the window) Where's Debbie? Behind that fat girl?
      Steve: No, Dad, that's...
      Stan: Is the fat girl going to lead us to Debbie?
      Steve: No, that's...
      Stan: She's carrying a purse. She must have a map to Debbie in her purse.
      Steve: Dad, that's Debbie.
      Stan: To the panic room!

    • Hayley: And this girl actually wants to spend time with you?
      Steve: For your information, she said she thinks I'm cute.
      Stan: So she lies. Great. That's how you know she doesn't have a penis.
      Francine: We can't wait to meet her, Steve.
      Stan: You can say that again. It'll be nice to have a pretty girl around the house for a change.
      (Francine glares at him)
      Stan: I-I meant a pretty, younger girl.
      (Hayley glares at him)
      Stan: Don't get mad at me. It's called makeup.

    • Steve: Good news, everyone. I'm in love.
      Francine: Tell us about her, sweetie.
      Steve: Her name is Debbie. She smells like a glue stick, she shares my interest in bug zappers, and she likes reading old books by guys who died of syphilis.
      Francine: Syphilis? Ooh, la, la.
      Roger: Great. Thanks to your gassing on, I completely missed why Mr. Belvedere is stomping on his hat. The internet is not going to be happy.

    • Stan: That's one impressive man. Handsome, fit, the whole package.
      Roger: That's great, Stan. Can we stop staring at your reflection in the TV and turn it on now?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Interview with the Vampire
      Roger takes Debbie to the buffet under the guise of "interviewing" her for the Anne Rice fan club. He is dressed like the vampire characters in the movie and novel written by Anne Rice of Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise when he meets and talks with Debbie.

    • The Great Escape and The Shawshank Redemption

      Stan hides food in his pants and drops them like the prisoners in these two films.

    • Fight Club
      Stan's personal trainer, created by his anorexic state in order to feel better about himself, is a reference to the 1999 David Fincher movie Fight Club.

    • Zack: Pump it up a notch, Chunky Brewster!
      This is a reference to the title character of the Punky Brewster TV series.

    • Battle Royale
      The collar that was going to detonate, if Steve failed to ask a girl out in 24 minutes or less is a reference to this movie, where children wore collars that would explode, if they did not kill each other in a certain time period.

    • Steve: Good news, everyone!
      When Steve announces to his family that he has a girlfriend, he enters the room saying, "Good news, everyone!" This is the signature entrance and catch-phrase of Professor Farnsworth in Futurama, usually followed by particularly bad news.

    • E.T.
      Roger hides from Steve in a collection of stuffed animals, just like E.T. does in E.T. the Extra Terrestial.

    • Debbie: You had me at lasagna.
      A reference to the line "You had me at hello" from Jerry Maguire.

    • Poltergeist
      There is an allusion to the movie Poltergeist when Francine falls into the covered pool and finds herself surrounded by Stan's uneaten food. In the movie, JoBeth Williams falls into the unfinished pool during a heavy rain and finds herself surrounded by dead bodies. While Francine is in the pool, Hayley comes out of the house screaming "What's Happening!" just as Dominique Dunne did in the film when the house was being besieged by ghosts.

      After Francine comes out of the pool, she shakes Hayley and shouts, "He only moved the food." This is a reference to the moment late in the film when Craig T. Nelson confronts his boss about moving the headstones of the cemetery but not the bodies. Nelson shakes him and shouts, "You only moved the headstones!"

    • After School Specials
      After School Specials were half hour/hour dramas broadcast on ABC in the 70s and 80s aired more or less once a month in the afternoons. They were intended as morality plays, featuring actors popular at the time like Scott Baio and Julie Kavner, and were created mainly to fulfill FCC requirements that a certain amount of "community service" programming be presented among the daily gameshows and soap operas.