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American Dad!: With Friends Like Steve's

Stan is disappointed when Steve is no longer interested in Stan's job but is thrilled when Steve's friend Barry takes a liking to him.
However, Stan convinces Barry not to take his 'vitamins' which turns Barry into a cold calculating madman.

Meanwhile, Roger joins a fraternity at Hayley's college.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x22
Production Number: 2AJN03
Airdate: Sunday May 07th, 2006
Network: FOX

Director: John Aoshima
Writer: Erik Durbin

Guest Stars
Eddie Kaye ThomasEddie Kaye Thomas
voiced Barry Robinson
Matt McKennaMatt McKenna
voiced Drill Sergeant
Alex BreckenridgeAlex Breckenridge
voiced Various
Chris KleinChris Klein
voiced Gary | Rick
Craig FergusonCraig Ferguson
voiced Evil Barry
James DeBelloJames DeBello
voiced A.J.
Reno WilsonReno Wilson
voiced Drill Sergeant
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Stan Smith | Roger
Wendy SchaalWendy Schaal
voiced Francine Smith
Scott GrimesScott Grimes
voiced Steve Smith
Rachael MacFarlaneRachael MacFarlane
voiced Hayley Smith
Dee Bradley BakerDee Bradley Baker
voiced Klaus Heissler
Episode Notes
Langley Falls Post Newspaper Headline

Apparently, Steve and Stan can speak Dolphin.

We find out that Barry takes some kind of vitamin/medication to keep himself in a "retarded" state.

When we see Francine buried underground, the scene pulls back to reveal music notes across the landscape of Langley Falls.

These notes are the actual music playing during the scene.

Episode Quotes
Barry: Hey, Steve. Somebody left this on your front porch. (shows Steve the doormat)
Stan: Great, it's the fat one.
Steve: That's a doormat, Barry.
Barry: Who's Matt Barry?
Stan: God, I hate you so much!
Steve: Mom, can Barry stay for dinner?
Francine: If it's okay with his parents.
Barry: Oh, they won't care. They never care.
Stan: Good people. My kind of people.
(Barry's watch beeps)
Barry: Oh, time to take my vitamin. May I have a glass of water?
Stan: Fatty can use the garden hose!

Stan: Here we are, Steve, the most important building in the world. You excited?
Steve: For my eight billionth installment of "Look How Awesome My Dad Is"? How could I not be?
Stan: You couldn't. I was just making conversation.

Stan: Steve used to really look up to me, but now it's like he's not into me anymore.
Roger: Wow, that's really, really boring.
Stan: I'm serious, Roger. I'm opening up to you here. It's like my son's rejection is bringing up all kinds of feelings I don't understand.
Roger: Oh, okay. Uh... not sure what to say here.
Hayley: Well, I'm off to petition my college for an Eskimo studies program.
Roger: What?! They don't have one? I'm sorry, Stan, I'd love to help you, but the Eskimos, their plight, that's the real stuff here.
Hayley: You care about the Eskimos?
Roger: Yeah, yeah, I love their pies. Keep going. Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk.

Francine: Are you still moping about Steve? Come on. He's just going through a phase. It's like Steve is America and you're Arrested Development. It doesn't mean you're bad, it just means he's not interested in you.

Stan: Steve, do you still want to go to the Franklin Mint this weekend? The new Clara Peller commemorative plates are in. "Where's the beef?" (Laughs) Good question. Where was that beef? Nobody knew.
Steve: Oh, my God! The Franklin Mint?! Yeah, I'd rather die.

Steve: Oh, you two went to the Mint together?
Barry: Sure did.
Stan: Barry has a knack for it, too. He can spot the difference between a plate and a platter. You either know that or you don't. It's like sexing a chicken.
Barry: You hear that, Steve? Your dad knows my name. My name is Barry, and he knows that.

Stan: So, Barry, want to wind down by watching the best movie ever, Red Dawn?
Barry: I'm Barry!

Stan: Oh, you're off the hook, Steve. I know you never bought into the whole Nicaraguans-Russians-and-Cubans-invading-Colorado thing. Besides, I've got Barry now. I don't need you per se.
Steve: You don't need me?
Stan: Per se, Steve. Geez, doesn't anyone appreciate Latin anymore?

Barry: Stan, can we stop by church on the way to breakfast? Before I take my first sip of O.J., I like to take a big gulp of Jesus.

Steve: Hey, that's my dad's Tara Reid collector's plate. You can't touch that. You know how much that'll be worth in a few months when she's dead?

Stan: Careful, Steve! He's as mad as he is fat.

Barry: Thanks for driving me home, Mr. Smith. We're going faster than people.
Stan: Quiet, fatty fat-fat fatty!

Episode Goofs
Barry is seen wearing a watch that sounds an alarm when he needs to take his “vitamin”, but he's never seen wearing a watch in any other episode.

The blue chair turns brown between shots.
Also Stan is suddenly holding the bow differently.

Cultural References
The episode title “With Friends Like Steve's” of course is a take off of the phrase, “With friends like these, who needs enemies”

The walk-through full body X-ray machine is (possibly) an homage to same device seen in the 1990 scifi movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947-), “Total Recall”

Stan: “No, no, I'm an obsessive Oingo Boingo fan circa 1985”

Stan mentions the new wave band Oingo Boingo (1972-1995).

They may be best known for their title song from the 1985 movie “Weird Science”

Francine: “He's just going through a phase. It's like Steve is America and you're Arrested Development. It doesn't mean you're bad. It just means he's not interested in you.”

Francine mentions the fellow FOX show, “Arrested Development” (2003-2006).

This critically praised and award winning series was canceled after three seasons (56 episodes) because it just couldn't find an audience.

Stan: “The new Clara Peller commemorative plates are in. 'Where's the beef?' Good question, where was that beef?”

Clara Peller (1902-1987) achieved national attention & fame when at 81, she starred in commercials for the Wendy's fast food chain.

The commercials would show three elderly ladies inspecting a non Wendy's hamburger that was all bun and a very small meat patty in which Clara would utter her catch phrase “Where's the beef?”

Stan: “October 30th. We were pinned down by the enemy and I'd just learned Johnson was going to the USO Halloween party as Ms. Pac-Man which means I had less than 24 hours to up with a whole new costume”

Stan and Johnson were both dressed as the character from the sequel to the Pac-Man video game, “Ms. Pac-Man”.
Her video game was essentially the same game as Pac-Man, it was released in 1981.

Stan: “So Barry, want to wind down by watching the best movie ever, Red Dawn”

“Red Dawn” is a 1984 movie featuring an all star cast, Patrick Swayze (1952-2009), C. Thomas Howell (1966-), Charlie Sheen (1965-) & Lea Thompson (1961-).

In it the residents of a small town must fight to protect themselves when World War III starts and their town is invaded by Soviet, Cuban & Nicaraguan soldiers.
A remake of “Red Dawn” was in the works for a 2010 release but due to production problems has been pushed back to 2012.

It is referenced again later in the episode when Barry and Stan emerge from trap doors in the ground shouting “WOLVERINES” as is done in the movie.

Steve: “He...he was talking like Gary Oldman”

British actor Gary Oldman (1958-) is mentioned in this episode.

Evil Barry is actually voiced by Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson (1962-) who's the host of The Late Late Show (2005-Present)

Visual: “Frat Guy w/ the red Theta Sigma shirt”

According to the DVD commentary, this character is fashioned after the character “Ogre” played by Donald Gibb (1955-) from 1984's “Revenge of the Nerds” & 1987's “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise”

Steve: “Hey! That's my dad's Tara Reid collector's plate”

Actress Tara Reid (1975-) makes an appearance in this episode, at least her photo does.

The title on the plate, “Lost in Taradise” is an allusion to a show she had on E! called simply “Taradise” (2005) where she would travel the globe and drink.
“Taradise” was actually the final season of the show “Wild On” (1997-2003). It was renamed when Tara became the “host”.

Drill Sergeant: “If any of you were thinking of breaking into a musical number, think again! I'm the only one who sings on this rig!

Food glorious food, Hot sausage and mustard,
While we're in the mood, Cold jelly and custard”

The lyrics the drill sergeant sings are from “Food, Glorious Food” written by Lionel Bart.
It is the opening song from the 1960s musical and 1968 movie “Oliver!”

Barry forces Stan to play the Parker Brothers board game “Sorry”

The dialog between Barry and Steve when Barry is deciding which drink to take is very similar to a dialog in the 1987 fantasy movie “The Princess Bride” between the characters “Westley” & “Vizzini”

Episode References
For the third time, Roger wears his Rastafarian disguise he originally wore in Season One's "Francine's Flashback" & re-wore in "Stannie Get Your Gun".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman
Executive ProducerMatt Weitzman  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Shipley  |  Kenny Schwartz  |  Rick Wiener  |  Jim Bernstein  |  David Zuckerman  |  Etan Cohen (1)
Supervising ProducerJosh Bycel  |  Jonathan Fener  |  Dan Vebber
ProducerNahnatchka Khan  |  Brian Boyle  |  Kara Vallow
Associate ProducerMark Douglas (1)
EditorBobby Gibis
CastingLinda Lamontagne
MusicWalter Murphy
Production AssistantMegan Smithyman  |  Tyrone Thompson  |  Ray Valenzuela  |  Ashley J. Long  |  Chris Long
Production CoordinatorAmy Reynolds  |  Christopher Collins (2)
Assistant EditorPaul Mahotz
Post Production SupervisorLaura Stupsker
Story EditorMatt McKenna  |  Chris McKenna (1)  |  Steve Hely
Storyboard ArtistJansen Yee  |  Jim Shellhorn
Supervising DirectorAnthony Lioi  |  Ron Hughart
Production ManagerTanya Calderon
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantTravis Bowe
Assistant DirectorBob Bowen
Animation ProducerDiana Ritchey
AudioMichael Wittenberg
Storyboard RevisionistJeff Rebner  |  Steve Wong  |  Harry Sabin  |  Paul Scarlata  |  John Drake O'Day
Writing AssistantErik Durbin  |  Matt Fusfeld  |  Keith Heisler
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLaura Hilker  |  Andy Goldberg
Storyboard SupervisorBrent Woods
Retake DirectorRonald Rubio  |  Robin Brigstocke
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