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American Dad!: Roger 'n Me

After a bachelor party in Atlantic City, a drunk Stan & Roger share an intimate moment that they think will bond them but Stan just wants to forget the whole thing.

Meanwhile, Steve and Hayley team up to break up a couple.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x20
Production Number: 2AJN01
Airdate: Sunday April 23rd, 2006

Director: Anthony Lioi
Writer: Rick Wiener

Guest Stars
Mike Barker (1)Mike Barker (1)
voiced Terry Bates | Frank
Jennie GarthJennie Garth
voiced Trudy
Peter ScolariPeter Scolari
voiced Himself (Best Buddiez Host)
Peter ScolariPeter Scolari
voiced Himself (Best Buddiez Host)
John TorbettJohn Torbett
voiced Bobo Peterson
John TorbettJohn Torbett
voiced Bobo Peterson
Laura LinneyLaura Linney
voiced Doctor Gupta
Laura LinneyLaura Linney
voiced Doctor Gupta
Peter FacinelliPeter Facinelli
voiced Miles
Wendie Jo SperberWendie Jo Sperber
voiced Herself (Best Buddiez Host)
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Stan Smith | Roger
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Stan Smith | Roger
Wendy SchaalWendy Schaal
voiced Francine Smith
Scott GrimesScott Grimes
voiced Steve Smith
Scott GrimesScott Grimes
voiced Steve Smith
Dee Bradley BakerDee Bradley Baker
voiced Klaus Heissler
Episode Notes
Langley Falls Post Newspaper Headline

Wendie Jo Sperber starred as a guest voice, and recorded her lines right before death in late 2005. The episode was dedicated to her.

According to the commentary, the character “Hideki Obayashi” is named for a friend of Mike Barker.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Edie BrickellCircle14m | 08s
Pet Shop BoysWest End Girls12m | 33s

Episode Quotes
Roger: Stan might be an insensitive feelings-hurter, but he'd never cheat on you.
Francine: It's not Stan I'm worried about. It's the female "entertainment" I don't trust. Men throw a little cash out 'em, they'll do anything. Then sometimes when you're on the floor with another girl, guys'll throw money, then pick it up and throw the same singles out there again. Like I'm an idiot. Like I don't have peripheral vision.
(Awkward silence)

Greg: That clip was provided by the fun new game show Best Buddiez!
Terry: That's right, Greg. And next week, Best Buddiez! is taping right here in Langley Falls with a grand prize of $200,000.
Greg: And your favorite anchor-partners are gonna be contestants. Because after all, we are just buddies... according to the government. And Terry's father.

Stan: All right! I'm packed and ready to party! Party time! Enjoy your last look at my ass, 'cause I'm gonna party it off!

Roger: (gasps) You got a best buddy? Can I be your second best buddy?
Stan: Let's see, how do I hang an air freshener on this? You are a total waste of space. I often dream of killing you. (inhales) Ah, Mountain Pine.

Francine: Come on, Roger. He'd never let you go.
Roger: Oh, I can be very persuasive.
(New Scene; Stan opens his luggage; Roger tumbles out)
Roger: Surprise!
(Stan points handgun at Roger)
Roger: (Weeping) Look in your heart! I'm praying to you! Look in your heart! You can't do this. It's not right. It's a wrong situation. I couldn't help it, it's my nature. Somebody hands me an angle, I play it. I don't deserve to die for that! Do you think I do? This is not us! This is some hop dream! I'm praying to you! I can't die! I can't die out here in the woods!
Stan: What the hell are you talking about?
Roger: It's from my favorite movie, Miller's Crossing. Bravo, Joel and Ethan Coen. I mean, there are some proud parents, huh? Some nachas for the Coens?

Stan: Bobo, you crazy ol' herpes spreader! There's Lieutenant Herpes! Or is it Captain Herpes now? (Laughs)
Bobo: Stan? I haven't seen you since college. What are you doing here?
Stan: What do you mean? I'm here for my best friend's bachelor party! I got your eVite.
Bobo: Oh, my secretary must have accidentally sent that.
Stan: "Accidentally sent..." Get outta here, you crazy ol' herpes spreader!
Bobo: Will you please stop calling me that?
Stan: Oh, I got a present. It's an Asian sex doll. Huh, remember in college? You were always talking about climbing the Great Wall of Vagina? (Laughs)
Bobo: Uh, Stan, this is my future father-in-law, Reverend Hideki Obayashi.
Stan: Oh...

Stan: Why the hell can't you just let this go?!
Roger: Because you were my first! (Weeps)
Stan: Oh...I had no idea.
Roger: I wanted a buddy, but now I never want to see you again! (Leaves car)
(Stan starts to drive away; Roger comes back)
Roger: You were supposed to come after me!
Stan: What?! You crazy psycho-bitch! Leave me alone!

Dr. Gupta: Hello, I'm Dr. Gupta. Yes, I'm a woman. I suppose you have a problem with that.
Stan: Uh, no. Is my wife gonna be okay?
Dr. Gupta: Are you questioning my competence?
Stan: No, I'm just concerned about my wife.
Dr. Gupta: Really? 'Cause the way you're looking at me, it seems like you're concerned with something else. (Opens her shirt)

Dr. Gupta: When you ran over your wife - twice - it caused her brain to detach from her central nervous system. She's what we, in the medical profession, call "a husk."
Roger: I've heard of that.
Dr. Gupta: We can reattach her brain, but it's an experimental procedure your insurance won't cover.
Stan: That's my wife. I don't care how much it is, I'll pay it!
Dr. Gupta: It's $178,000.
Stan: What if I don't need her to talk?

Peter: Okay, Terry, what is Greg's favorite appetizer?
Terry: Oh, that's easy. It's... potato skins!
Greg: No, it's wasabi tuna in a raddichio sauce.
Terry: Even I think that's gay.

Episode Goofs
When Roger falls on his back in the mud wrestling ring his entire back from head to foot is covered in mud when we see him leaving the club, however Stan falls in the mud on his stomach but when we see him leaving the club, the front of his shirt and pants have only a little mud on them.


When Stan first falls in the mud, on his T-Shirt the 'D' in 'Federal' is completely covered with mud but after we see the bouncers running towards them, the 'D' is uncovered and then covered again when Stan leaves the club.

When Stan and Roger are driving home Roger is wearing Stan's 'Federal Boobie Inspector' shirt.
When Roger says the line “Huh, you didn't get any of my memories?” the 'S' in 'Inspector' is missing.

Francine makes a sandwich and cut into quarters for Stan and Roger.

Roger picks up two quarters leaving half on the plate but ...

... when Roger gets up to leave and he thanks Francine for the sandwich, there is only one quarter of it on the plate.

It could be assumed Stan ate one of the quarters but he didn't have the time to do so as the scene plays out.

When Doctor Gupta opens her shirt to show Stan her boobs, her doctor's coat should have opened as well.


Her shirt has button holes on one side but is missing the buttons on the other.

Stan has one can of beer at his shoulder but suddenly another can appears out of nowhere.

This was probably done for dramatic purposes, however, Roger's attic window does not overlook the Smith's driveway.

When Roger discovers Stan is selling his items, specifically his porcelain poodles, an empty salt shaker momentarily appears on the table next to the computer.

Cultural References
Roger 'n' Me

The episode title is a reference to the 1999 Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me. The documentary featured Moore trying to speak in person with then-CEO Roger Smith of GM, about the company laying off massive amounts of American workers.

Roger watches the game show “Best Buddiez”. This is an allusion to the “The Newlywed Game” (1966-1974)(1977-1980)(1985-1989)(1996-1998)(2009) which has had several incarnations since 1966.

Singer/Songwriter Edie Brickell (1966-) is mentioned in this episode.

Her 1988 song “Circle” is played later in the episode so Klaus can have a good cry.

Roger: “It's from my favorite movie 'Miller's Crossing'”

“Miller's Crossing” is a 1990 movie written by the Coen brothers starring Gabriel Byrne (1950-), Marcia Gay Harden (1959-) & John Turturro (1957-)
Roger's lines, “It's the wrong situation, it's my nature, somebody gives me an angle I play it. I don't deserve to die for that, Do you think I do? This is not us. This is some hop dream. I can't die! I can't die out here in the woods!” were spoken by Turturro's character “Bernie”

The song that plays during Stan and Roger's montage is 1979's “Don't Stop Me Now” by Queen from their 1978 album “Jazz”

Stan: “Whoa, wait, You know this may be a little too... uh..uh.. OH! Say can you see!”

Stans sings the opening line of “The Star Spangled Banner”

During the doctored phone message Steve creates, he uses a quick audio clip of the 1984 #1 song (in 1986) “West End Girls” by The Pet Shop Boys (1981-Present)

Roger: “I will not be ignored Stan!”

This line is a quote from the 1987 thriller “Fatal Attraction” starring Michael Douglas (1944-), Glenn Close (1947-) & Anne Archer (1947-).

The line is actually “I will not be ignored Dan!” spoken by Close's character Alex Forrest referring to Douglas' character, Dan Gallagher.

Visual: The “Big Buy” Store

This is a combination of the 2 retail chains, “Big Lots” and “Best Buy”

Roger: “What are Gypsy Rose Lee and Mama Rose doing here?”

Roger named his two ceramic poodles after Gypsy Rose Lee (1911-1970), the famous American burlesque entertainer, actress and writer & her mother “Mama Rose” aka Rose Thompson Hovick (1890-1954).

Lee's memoir about her life and her mother became the stage musical & film “Gypsy”

During the montage from the Best Buddiez game, some of the answers are author Frank McCourt's 1996 memoir “Angela's Ashes”, Princess Di's funeral, the 70s/80s musical group “REO Speedwagon”, landmark 1973 Supreme Court abortion case “Roe vs Wade”, the TV show “thirtysomething” (1987-1991), new age Irish vocalist & instrumentalist Enya (1961-), the advertising mascot “The San Diego Chicken” & comedienne Kathy Griffin (1961-)

Episode References
“Barb Hansen”, the realtor from “Threat Levels” returns in this episode and did indeed get her hand chopped off during her stay at Guantanamo Bay.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMike Barker (1)
Executive ProducerSeth MacFarlane  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman
Co-Executive ProducerKenny Schwartz  |  Rick Wiener  |  Michael Shipley  |  Jim Bernstein
Supervising ProducerDan Vebber  |  Jonathan Fener  |  Josh Bycel
ProducerNahnatchka Khan
Associate ProducerMark Douglas (1)
CastingLinda Lamontagne
MusicWalter Murphy
Production AssistantMegan Smithyman  |  Ashley J. Long  |  Chris Long
Production CoordinatorChristopher Collins (2)  |  Amy Reynolds
Assistant EditorPaul Mahotz
Post Production SupervisorLaura Stupsker
Story EditorSteve Hely  |  Chris McKenna (1)  |  Matt McKenna
Storyboard ArtistJamie Oliff  |  Joe Daniello
Supervising DirectorAnthony Lioi  |  Ron Hughart
Production ManagerTanya Calderon
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantTravis Bowe
Assistant DirectorColin Heck
Animation ProducerDiana Ritchey
AudioMichael Wittenberg
Storyboard RevisionistPaul Scarlata  |  Steve Wong
Writing AssistantMatt Fusfeld  |  Erik Durbin
AssistantAndy Goldberg
Retake DirectorRobin Brigstocke  |  Ronald Rubio
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