American Dad!

Season 5 Episode 18

Weiner of Our Discontent

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM May 03, 2009 on FOX
8.7
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Stan has had enough of Roger's antics! When he calls Roger out, Roger claims he has been sent to Earth to determine the fate of mankind. Stan challenges him to prove it, and is tickled pink when he learns Roger's real purpose for being on Earth. Roger struggles to get a grip on reality until a fateful turn of events helps put things in perspective.moreless

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  • Good

    7.0
    Stan has had enough of Roger's antics! When he calls Roger out, Roger claims he has been sent to Earth to determine the fate of mankind. Stan challenges him to prove it, and is tickled pink when he learns Roger's real purpose for being on Earth. Roger struggles to get a grip on reality until a fateful turn of events helps put things in perspective. 7 out of 10
  • superb

    9.0
    What I liked: Stan leaving a voicemail message, and we think it is to Steve, but turns out to be for Toshi, Steve asking if Barry or Snot got a boner when he was hit, and he proceeds to walk out of the lunchroom with people staring at him, the ending of the episode, Stan and Roger communicating in a positive way…



    Good episode. The Toshi/Steve plot was really good. I felt bad for Roger and it is always nice when you can feel bad for a cartoon character, especially one who is usually a jerk. Good episode overall and my final grade is a B- or so.moreless
  • I've got BIG THINGS going on!

    10
    American Dad continues to impress with its humor and heart, no matter how off-kilter that heart appears to be. After thinking that he was "The Decider," an alien who decides whether Earth is worthy to continue existing, Roger discovers that he was little more than a crash dummy for a spaceship company and is robbed of his self-importance.



    Although you wouldn't think it, "Weiner of our Discontent" is a character study of Roger, getting down to what makes Roger Roger and then stripping that away to see what happens -- and it's the birth of an utterly pathetic creature indeed.



    It was touching, in an off kilter kind of way as well, to see Stan restore Rogers horrible personality purely out of kindness.



    Great episode.moreless
  • Another really good episode.

    10
    This episode is really funny and some hillarious parts are when they showed Roger in his past and he budged into everthing and got free stuff because he thought he has big stuff going even though he doesn't and it was hillarious when Steve pretended to be a gorrila to hind something and this episode had a great main storyline and another hillarious part is when Stan is dying and he tryed to give Stan his shot after an allergic reaction and it was empty and Roger was oblivious to how bad Stan's allergic reaction really was. This episode was better then We Love You Conrad the Family Guy episode that aired the same night as this.moreless
  • Because comfort is king…

    9.0
    Weiner of our Discontent is a rare example of American Dad's ability to make its story and characters outshine the broad humour that pops up as a result of those elements. Where its distant cousin Family Guy will often go overtly in the opposite direction, it is this distinct difference that often makes American Dad feel like the original show that it is. With that being said however, Weiner is still a highly amusing episode with some great gags (Groundhog Day, anyone?) and farce, but it is the central stories that are king here. Detailing Roger's entitled-ass syndrome which has been detailed over the past four seasons as a complex derived from his delusion that he is a Decider (an alien sent to decide the fate of humanity), the episode offers some great characterisation for Roger that has been sorely missing since day one. This coupled with some nice Stan moments and a few spots for each of the other characters (even Klaus gets a good moment) plus a brilliant ending, more than makes for one of the season's best "small-time" episodes.moreless
Grace Park

Grace Park

Akiko

Guest Star

Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk

Third Worker

Guest Star

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh

Toshi's Mother

Guest Star

Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong

Snot

Recurring Role

Daisuke Suzuki

Daisuke Suzuki

Toshi

Recurring Role

Matt McKenna

Matt McKenna

Guy / Homeless Guy 3 / Mr. Stashwick / Fat Guy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Stan: (pinning Roger to the wall) You idiot! You may have killed my son!
      Roger: There's still time. Now where did Steve say the hot dog contest is?
      Stan: God, I don't know. He must have told me a thousand times.
      Roger: Yeah, me too.
      Stan: I, I just totally zone out when that kid is speaking.
      Roger: Well, you have to. It's the only way to get through dinner.
      Klaus: Um, Steve's at Toshi's house. That's where the hot dog contest is.
      Stan: What? Why didn't you say something before?
      Klaus: (childishly) Daddy and Roger were fighting and I got scared.

    • Francine: Dinner's almost ready. I'm doing one of Rachel Ray's 30-minute meals, but I'm saving 10 minutes by not being all fake and smiley.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Though this episode introduces that he is allergic to shellfish, Stan ordered shrimp on "Meter Made" and had lobster with his family at the mall on "Family Affair". In addition, Roger should have already known Stan was allergic to shellfish when he obtained all of Stan's memories in "Roger 'n' Me".

    • Roger's opening credits disguise: Laura Vanderbooben from the episode "Stanny Stickers 2: the Legend of Ollie's Gold"

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • MADtv
      When Stan and Roger are waiting for their plane, Miss Swan, a recurring character from this 1995 show, can be seen in the background walking to the plane.

    • Episode Title
      The title is an allusion to John Steinbeck's 1961 novel The Winter Of Our Discontent.

    • The Day the Earth Stood Still

      An alien being sent to Earth to access humanity's impact on the planet and their worthiness of continued survival comes from the plot of the classic 1951 film and its 2008 remake of the same name.

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