American Dad!

Season 3 Episode 17

The One That Got Away

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



  • Trivia

    • McCreary's Bible company that Roger's runaway persona works for is a nod to Laura McCreary, writer, producer, and story editor on many American Dad! episodes.

    • In the background of Sidney's boss's office there's a picture of a buff God in a bikini. This is the second episode that has that picture, the first being "Rodger Codger."

    • The woman behind Roger at the convenience store is the liquor store cashier that Roger claimed to have a crush on in "The Magnificent Steven." And the woman behind the counter is the owner of the teddy bear store in "American Dream Factory."

    • Francine references Professor Jordan Edelstein, which was Roger's character in "Camp Refoogee." The costume Roger uses is from "Francine's Flashback."

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, after Roger stabs his alter-ego he puts his gloves on, but when he goes out of the changing room, his hands are bare.

    • Goof: When the hitman appears at Sidney's apartment, his hand is bare, but when he takes the shot at Roger, he is wearing a glove on his gun hand.

    • Goof: When McCreary is reading the first line from the book of Genesis, his Bible is opened to the middle. It should be opened to approximately the first page, as Genesis is the first book in The Bible.

  • Quotes

    • Roger: A bottle of whiskey and a Modern Bride, my good man.
      Cashier: I'm a woman.
      Roger: Just run the numbers, dude.

    • Roger: (Picks up one of Sidney's books) "How Do You Do? A Gentlemen's Guide to Manners". This guy's a douche with a capital bag!

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.