American Dad!

Season 4 Episode 12

Widowmaker

3
Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Feb 17, 2008 on FOX
8.8
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Francine pushes Stan to open up to her emotionally, but she gets more than she bargained for when he tells her that he killed her best friend Julie's husband. Meanwhile, Roger plays psychiatrist to help them work through their issues.

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  • Perfect

    10
    Francine pushes Stan to open up to her emotionally, but she gets more than she bargained for when he tells her that he killed her best friend Julie's husband. Meanwhile, Roger plays psychiatrist to help them work through their issues.

    overall a perfect episode

    10 out of 10
  • superb

    9.0
    What I liked: Roger as a psychiatrist, and then at the end, fireman, Stan revealing his master plan at the end, him opening up to Francine about his favorite color being orange, amongst other things.



    Pretty good. I kind of suspected Stan was lying to Francine (especially the fountain scene when you know… he wasn't scared), so it was in a way predictable, but the execution was great. Roger was really funny and I liked and enjoyed the plot, so my final grade is going to be a B+ or so, I think is fair for this episode. Superb outingmoreless
  • Brilliant episode once again

    10
    Another funny well written episdoe of American Dad that keeps you intrested in the story.I don't think i'v ever seen an episode of American Dad i haven't liked unlike Family Guy the shadow American Dad wrongly have to live it.American Dad is just as good if not betteer than Family Guy.It has a well written and timed plot that is intresting a easy to follow it gives all the characters equal and well timed air time plus it has a more origional old style of comedy which isn't so obvious unlike Family Guy whic h relies on flashbakcs and LOL pop culture refrecnes to provide laughs.American Dad is a great show with great story lines ,characters and jokes and doesn't get the time and attention it deserves if the show keeps going the way it does with constant 10/10 epsidoes every episode than i think it has a bright future.I reocn it should have easly over 100 episodes maybe to about Season 6 1210-1211 and if things are still going as good as they are now which there not for Family Guy which is in its 6th season than carry on to 10 i say.ps Family Guy needs to sort its characters plot and jokes out instead of relying on random joke after jokemoreless
  • Great episode, great story, great plot twist and great laughs. American Dad is becoming more appealing to more people so much that Family Guy may be overshadowed soon.

    8.9
    Daps to Seth. An overall good episode but the subplot involving Steve and his bee's was alittle weak and wouldn't have been worth the time had not been for Clause's line "Dont cry over a whore!... (crying) Mama!". The plot was good and very unpredictable as most plots should be. Rodger is slowly becoming my favorite character as this time he shows that he "becomes" different things such as a doctor or fireman when he wants to and quickly changes when he is bored. The twist at the end was for the most part, satisfying, complete with the touching moment at the end.moreless
  • Stan finally opens up to Francine, and his secrets pour out. To bad you can't plug up the drain!

    8.5
    When Francine's friend's,Julie, husband goes missing, she assumes he is dead.

    As it turns out, her husband works for Sam and they're friends. When Francine realizes that they open up to each other, she wants Stan to open up to her.

    So, Roger provides some counsiling.(Which had to be my favorite part of the episodes)

    Stan open up to Francine.........and reaveals a terrible secret. He killed Craig,Julie's husband, because he was a blabbermouth. He couldn't keep secrets, so the CIA ordered Stan to kill him.

    After this shock, Francine is sick of Stan telling her everything.

    Stan, wanting to tell someone,finds that Julie is perfect for the job. They become great friends, because Julie feels like she has her husband back.



    Francine is fed up when Julie boasts that Stan tells her everything, and she spills the beanson Julie's husband. Afterwords, Julie wants to go to the CIA to report Stan. Francine knocks her out, and puts her in the basement.



    There, Roger talks her into suicide. Stan saves her, and reveals this was all a clever plot for Francine to quit nagging Stan to share his feelings.

    Craig went to the tropics due to Julie's nagging, and Stan hung out with her so Craig could steal his things from the house.

    Stan, after Francine realizes that some men can't open up, finally shares something with her;his favorite color.



    Great character development, and I liked it more than the Family Guy episode.



    American Dad! certainly is getting better each episode!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • You can also see in the background in the basement the Statue of Liberty wood burning Stan made in the episode "A Smith in the Hand".

    • In the background of the basement you can see one of Stan's 4th of July "celebeartion" bears from the episode "American Dream Factory".

    • This episode has a mock celebration of American Dad's 1000th Vagina Joke" after Roger jokes about the look of a pomegranate. Roger gives a short speech to commemorate the moment during the celebration of most of the series characters behind the scenes.

    • Julie was shown hanging herself and the chair was on the ground. Logically, the chair would be high enough to when kicked under, the person's neck would be snapped and that would kill them instantly, therefore shooting the rope would have just dropped a corpse on the ground.

    • Langley Falls Post front page headline: Optimistic Nerd's Glasses Half On

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Stan: Let go of me! This is stupid!
      Roger: (as psychiatrist) You're stupid! I'm sorry, that was unprofessional. I've been a bit consumed with one of my other patients. He's a complicated teenaged drug addict who's being molested… by me.

    • Klaus: Never cry over a whore, Steve. Never! (starts crying) Mama!

    • Francine: Did you tell your new best friend your deep, dark secret?
      Stan: Are you kidding? She'd go straight to the CIA. They'd designate me a blabbermouth, kill me, grind me up, and mix me into the local bologna supply. Not... not that the CIA does that. You should keep eating bologna. It's good for you.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Willard
      The subplot of this episode, where Steve tries to control a swarm of bees, is a parody of this 1971 film.

    • Stan: ...my favorite movie is The 'Burbs.
      Wendy Schaal played the role of Bonnie Rumsfield in the movie The 'Burbs.

    • Roger: In nature, a horse will not offer you his hoof until you gain his trust.
      This is a reference to the Sandra Bullock movie 28 Days, about an alcoholic who enters rehab.

    • Roger: You like staring at those long gams, don't you, Mr. Soprano?
      This is a reference to the character of Tony Soprano, who was a mobster that visits a psychiatrist on HBO's The Sopranos.

    • Steve: ...the pride of the hive, Queen Jamie Bee Curtis. Rumor has it she was born a drone.
      This is a reference to the long-standing rumor that Jamie Lee Curtis was born a hermaphrodite. To this day, Curtis will not address the rumor, so its validity has not been confirmed.

    • Klondike 52487
      The fake phone number 'Klondike 52487' that Roger gives Stan refers to the 'golden age' of TV (and telephone service) when you actually called an operator and gave her the 'name' of a calling area and then five numbers. KL-52487 would be 555-2487 in the 7-digit manner we use today.

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