American Dad!

Season 5 Episode 2

The One That Got Away

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 05, 2008 on TBS
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Episode Summary

When Roger discovers that someone has maxed out his credit card, he is certain it is identify theft and is determined to bring down the crook. After playing "Matlock" for a few days and dishing out some street justice, he realizes things are not quite right and seem all too familiar.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Poor

    When Roger discovers that someone has maxed out his credit card, he is certain it is identify theft and is determined to bring down the crook. After playing "Matlock" for a few days and dishing out some street justice, he realizes things are not quite right and seem all too familiar

    Overall, i didnt like this episode at all.

    4.5 out of 10
  • superb

    Roger finds out someone has maxed his credit card and vows to make life hell for whoever did it. He later learns that the person responsible is one of his alter egos, who has taken on a life of its own. Will he be able to destroy his own life?

    Good episode. The main plot really had me interested. Roger ending up killing Sidney at the end was really funny, as was pretty much everything in the main plot. The sub plot however brought only one laugh from me, and that was the end with Klaus, so this episode is not perfect. Still a really good episode however and I am still giving it a B+/A- as a grade.moreless
  • Two Rogers?! This rocks!

    One of American Dad's most interesting characters is Roger the Alien. I always love an episode focused on him, and this could possibly be one of my favourites. "The One that got away" is such a funny and eye appealing episode. The Characters fill the story and a new Personer of Roger's is finally lose! I've been waiting for an episode like this. I found the sub-story between Roger's Stuff was very very funny. I really liked how the character's eyes keeped getting wider and wider as they kept playing "Simon". My favourite part was when Cluas disappeared and then returned after killing some sort of Alien creature and says "I was gone for 60 years! How long was it here?"moreless
  • A bit predictable

    A good episode, but way below average. The Simon game was funny, and I liked how it was literally addictive. In the beginning of the episode I wondered where their sofa had gone, and then Stan said something about him moving it to the other side of the room, hilarious! The Roger identity-theft storyline was very predictable and not too funny, normally Roger is my favorite character in American Dad, but not this week, unfortunately. I was hoping for an intervention about Rogers drinking and a spin on that. The build up was ok, but it could have been so much better. too bad...moreless
  • Yes.

    Kudos to Seth McFarlane and the rest of the writing staff, you have created another classic American Dad episode. Roger finds that someone has bought a diamond ring on his credit card, so he sets out to destroy that persons life. What he doesn't know is, that it's himself. This episode is undeniably focused on Roger, and it gets pretty adventurous, taking us to new territory without betraying the character. I really hope the rest of the fourth season is as amazing. There's also a subplot about an addictive hasbro game that sucks Stan, Francine, Hayley and Steve in, while Klaus tries to free them from it's grasp on their life.

    IN the end, there should be more great episodes like this one.moreless
Paige King

Paige King


Guest Star

Diane Robin

Diane Robin

Jewellery Clerk

Guest Star

Lew Schneider

Lew Schneider

Nerdy Radio Host

Guest Star

Matt McKenna

Matt McKenna


Recurring Role

John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio

Homeless Guy #1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Roger is seen in his Jamaican Rastafarian disguise from "Francine's Flashback" at the end of the opening credits this week. Having Roger appear differently each week may be a replacement for the topical newspaper headline shown in the first three seasons.

    • This episode premiered on [adult swim] on October 12, 2008.


    • The green dress Roger wears at the beginning of the episode resembles the famous "green velvet curtain dress" worn by Scarlett O'Hara's character in Gone with the Wind (1939).

    • When Roger is waiting in line at the mini mart he draws a moustache on the covergirl of a Modern Bride magazine while humming the German national anthem "Lied der Deutschen".

    • The hitman requiring letters and numbers for his password is a joke on sites which registration password requires both letters and numbers.

    • Sidney's look and dialect are alluding James Stewart. Also, in Sidney's room there's a poster for the 1953 movie The Glenn Miller Story (starring Stewart), and his alarm plays the 1940 song "Pennsylvania 6-5000" by Glenn Miller.

    • Judy is a reference to Audrey from the 1986 movie Little Shop of Horrors.

    • J. C. Penney
      The store where Sidney's girlfriend works is called C.J Neppey, a parody of J. C. Penney, which is a low-range chain of American department stores based in Plano, Texas.

    • Little Miss Sunshine
      When the hitman's daughter begins crying, he calls her "Little Miss Fusshine", in reference to the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine.

    • Fight Club
      Roger's dilemma recalls that of the nameless protagonist in Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, who learns that he unwittingly harbors a psychotic, amoral second personality named Tyler Durden, whom he "meets" on a plane ride. He "kills" Tyler in the end, as Roger does his other self. Ironically, Sydney Huffman is just the opposite of Tyler (and Roger): a gentle, sober, and morally upright fellow.