American Dad!

Season 4 Episode 1

The Vacation Goo

2
Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Sep 30, 2007 on FOX
8.5
out of 10
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177 votes
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When Francine discovers that all of their family vacations have been artificially created memories, she gets very angry and demands a real vacation. However, when the vacation seems too good to be true, Francine is convinced it's the work of the CIA and causes the family to suffer the consequences. Meanwhile, Roger attempts to become the greatest actor who ever lived.moreless

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  • Written by Jonathan Fener & Josh Bycel; Directed by Albert Calleros

    8.0
    When Francine discovers that all of their family vacations have been artificially created memories, she gets very angry and demands a real vacation. However, when the vacation seems too good to be true, Francine is convinced it's the work of the CIA and causes the family to suffer the consequences. Meanwhile, Roger attempts to become the greatest actor who ever lived. This was a great episode of AD. It is the unofficial premiere of Season 3. I said that because it is actually held over from season 2 because of a scene. It is last season 2 produced to premiere. Funny moments.. most of them were from Roger's plot since I didn't had a problem with it. Other were a few dialogues, some of the beginning, and I think that's it. My major flaw here was Francine and this was her earliest dethroning moments (although she had been a jerk twice before this episode): for the most part, she was annoying especially when she dived in out of the ship. Also my score dropped greatly as time goes up: it turns out that exactly 5 years later, the Family Guy episode "Into Fat Air" gets accused because of a cannibalism scene. I don't relate that episode to this (expect that it was a family themed episode) and I actually liked "Into Fat Air" better. Neither cannibalism weren't the greatest scenes imo. SCORE 8/10moreless
  • good

    7.5
    When Francine discovers that all of their family vacations have been artificially created memories, she gets very angry and demands a real vacation. However, when the vacation seems too good to be true, Francine is convinced it's the work of the CIA and causes the family to suffer the consequences. Meanwhile, Roger attempts to become the greatest actor who ever lived.



    overall, an okay episode, i liked the goo plot, and roger's plot



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  • great

    8.5
    Francine learns all the vacation memories she and the kids have had has been a lie when they all learn Stan has goo from the CIA that simulates a perfect vacation. She now wants a real vacation, but things seem too perfect and she thinks she is in the goo and acts crazy. Roger tries to become the greatest actor who ever lived.



    Good episode. I liked Roger finally crying on cue. I could have done without the family eating Becky (even if it wasn't seen, it's still pretty gross), but the episode as a whole is pretty good, and so my final grade is a solid B, I think is fair.moreless
  • Most of this episode is all Francine's fault!!!

    9.0
    Great opening to the 3rd season & all of course. My only complaint was that everything that happened from the cruise on to the end was all on Francine's head. If she wasn't so determined to have Sunday dinner with the family, that poor big-boobed girl Becky wouldn't have died, & they wouldn't have eaten her. Now I admit, having Sunday dinner with the fam is ok & all, but despite the goo & all, maybe just maybe, she should've taken Stan's word on that they weren't in the goo at all while on the cruise. All in all, great episode. I'll always love American Dad!!!moreless
  • Good episode, and great season premier!!!

    9.4
    When Francine discovers that all of their family vacations have been artificially created memories, she gets very angry and demands a real vacation. However, when the vacation seems too good to be true, Francine is convinced it's the work of the CIA and causes the family to suffer the consequences. Meanwhile, Roger attempts to become the greatest actor who ever lived. Great way to start off the new season... Many people may disagree, but this episode, I thought at least was pretty funny. American Dad stick to this type of humor... Great job on the season so far at least... Great!!!!moreless
Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Becky Arangino

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Patrick Bristow

Patrick Bristow

Voice

Guest Star

James Patrick Stuart

James Patrick Stuart

Voice

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Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong

Snot

Recurring Role

Daisuke Suzuki

Daisuke Suzuki

Toshi

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Eddie Kaye Thomas

Eddie Kaye Thomas

Barry

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Roger lands a job on the cruise ship, he sings a recreation of Xanadu, the title song from the eponymous film as a tribute to Olivia Newton-John.

    • The original scene of Stan watching football had him cheering for Virginia Tech. But, the Virginia Tech shootings happened the week before this episode was supposed to air, so they changed at the last minute. Although there is a deleted scene with Stan's original Virginia Tech outfit on the DVD.

    • When Stan is cheering while watching sports, he is yelling Hoyas! But the caption says "Go V-Tech! Ho-kies, Ho-kies, Ho-kies!" The line was possibly changed to honor the V-Tech shooting.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Francine: Nothing bonds a family like a dark, horrible secret.

    • Becky: Hi, I'm Becky, cruise activities director.
      Steve: I'm Steve. I have five friends on MySpace and I'm waiting on approval from a sixth.
      Becky: You're cute.
      Steve: Oh, in a harmless little brother kind of way, right?
      Becky: (laughs) No. In an I've taken a lot of boys' virginity kind of way.

    • Steve: Dad, can we go to Graceland?
      Stan: Steve, if you want to pay your respects to a fat man who died on the toilet, we can visit your Aunt Mary's grave.

    • Klaus: There's an old German saying: "don't blame the fish." There are other sayings, but they, um, mostly involve genocide.

    • Francine: Stan, we are going on a real vacation and this family is going to bond!
      Steve: We could go skiing!
      Stan: Or, here's an alternate pitch. Uh, stay here, watch the Duke game - just hear me out - I order boneless wings from KFC - hang on to that thought, Hayley - I take a long bath and then, wait for it... none of you are here!
      Francine: Or - just hear me out - we stay home and for the rest of our lives together, every time you doze off, I'll slam a book on your testicles.
      Stan: Did someone say skiing?!

    • Steve: Becky, thanks for getting us this lifeboat. I mean, lifeboobs. Wait... no, no, I was right.

    • Hayley: We haven't eaten in four days. Damn it, Mom! Why couldn't you have jumped off the boat after dinner?!

    • Stan: I'm going to go check out the situation, and you guys can check out my ass as I walk away. I think you'll be pleased.

    • Stan: Kids, you want to play "20 Questions" until we die? I'm thinking of a person.
      Steve: Ronald Reagan?
      Stan: Damn!

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Dead Poets Society
      Stan saying he thinks he would shoot himself in his study is a reference to this 1989 film.

    • Lost
      The island greatly resembles the one from Lost.

    • The Most Dangerous Game
      The island of human hunters, as well as the island's name ('The Most Dangerous Game Island'), are references to the famous Richard Connell short-story The Most Dangerous Game.

    • City Slickers 2
      Stan in one scene says, "It's paint." This is a reference to the same quote from this movie.

    • Tempest
      The game that Klaus bought on eBay and played at the end of the episode was Tempest, an arcade game made by Atari in 1981.

    • Total Recall
      The plot about implanted memories is a reference to this movie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    • Spiderman Comics
      One of the hunters that hunted Stan's family resembled Kraven the Hunter, a Marvel Comics supervillain that repeatedly shows up in Spiderman comics.

    • Jane's Addiction
      The song, "Stop," is played during the hunt scene.

    • Golden Girls
      The name Roger uses as a stage name during his audition is Betty Bea Getty McClanahan.

      These are the names of the 4 actresses that played the Golden Girls: Betty White, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan.

    • Carlos Mencia
      The headline about recycling jokes is a reference to comedian Carlos Mencia becoming notorious for stealing other comedians' jokes.

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