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American Dad!: Tears of a Clooney

Francine decided the one thing she wants for her birthday is to kill George Clooney.

Meanwhile, Roger uses child labor to work on his vineyard in the backyard and Hayley succumbs to an illness.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x23
Production Number: 2AJN04
Airdate: Sunday May 14th, 2006
Network: FOX

Guest Stars
André SogliuzzoAndré Sogliuzzo
voiced George Clooney
John DiMaggioJohn DiMaggio
voiced Sergei Petkov
Mike Barker (1)Mike Barker (1)
voiced Delivery Man
Paget BrewsterPaget Brewster
voiced Raina Markovitz
Adilah BarnesAdilah Barnes
voiced Social Worker
Brad GunbergBrad Gunberg
voiced Various
Bruce BoxleitnerBruce Boxleitner
voiced Himself
Kate JacksonKate Jackson
voiced Herself
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

This episode spans one year, it opens on Francine's 39th birthday and ends on her 40th.

We find out that Francine used to be on the show Scarecrow and Mrs. King with Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, and George Clooney.

Stan's has a "Cheney/Quayle '08" on his SUV's bumper sticker.

According to the commentary, the character of Franz is based on Steve Hely, Staff Writer & Story Editor for American Dad

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
JewelWho Will Save Your Soul18m | 09s
Seth MacFarlaneI've Got You Under My Skin12m | 50s

Episode Quotes
Stan: Time for cake.
Klaus: I get the piece with the rose on it. I called it. You heard me.
Steve: Mom, cut me and end piece.
Hayley: How can you even think about eating that cake? Do you realize how many innocent cows were raped, or as you say, "milked," to make that cake?!
Stan: Shut up, Hayley.

(In Stan's car)
Francine: I have a new dream now. You want to know what it is? You really want to know?
Stan: Eh.
Francine: My dream is to destroy George Clooney. That arrogant, overrated, limo-riding bastard! He's not even an actor! He just does the same cheesy move every time. Looks down, then looks back up, squinting underneath his eyebrows. And everybody's buying it! God, if I just had the chance I know exactly how I'd bring him down. You see, Clooney's never fallen in love. It's always a fling here, a fling there. Well, I'd make him fall in love with me, and then I'd break his heart... and watch him cry until his eyeballs bleed!
Stan: Francine, I'm sorry, but that's the craziest, most unsettling thing I've never heard in my entire life...
(Scene changes; Stan and Francine are now on an airplane)
Stan: ...and we're totally gonna make it happen!

Stan: (About George Clooney) According to my intel, he starts production tomorrow on a new movie called Dr. Love. He plays a brilliant heart surgeon.
Francine: Let me guess. The only heart he can't heal is his own.
Stan: Look at that, word for word.
Francine: That knuckle-dragging son of a bitch!

Airplane Pilot: We are now beginning our descent into Prague.
Stan: And now George Clooney begins his descent into hell.
Airplane Pilot: Please put your seat-backs and tables in the upright position.
Stan: Please put George Clooney's heart in the... in the... in the sad-right... position. Should've ended with that whole descent into hell thing.

Francine: Stan, what's going on?
Stan: Francine, we're here to break George Clooney's heart. This is war. And no war is won without a crack squad of murderers and thieves.
Franz: Ahem.
Stan: And rapists. Sorry, Franz.
Franz: Thank you.

Petkov: (To Francine) The final key to Clooney is resisting his charm. Men and women alike find it irresistible and kiss his ass until they are sucked inside. But if you stay out of his ass, he will pursue you until he is all the way up yours.

George Clooney: Here, I got you a pipe.
Stan: Thanks, but I don't smoke pipes.
George Clooney: No one does. I'm bringing them back.

Roger: That's right, foster children: hard work builds character!
Kid: Water break, boss?
Roger: Oh, honey, don't call me "boss." That makes me feel like some kind of monster. Call me "Dad".
Kid: Water break, Dad?
Roger: No.

Episode Goofs
In this episode, Hayley says she prayed to God to cure her cancer, but in "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man", it's strongly implied that Hayley is an atheist.
Of course, it is reasonable to assume she found religion when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Francine drops the two bags of groceries when the paparazzi surround her but when Stan drives off, the bags have disappeared.

Cultural References
This episode title “Tears of a Clooney” is of course a take off of the phrase “Tears of a Clown”.

This episode also revolves entirely around Oscar© winner and 2 time Oscar© nominee, American actor George Clooney (1961-)

(voicing themselves) Bruce Boxleitner & Kate Jackson reprise their “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” (1983-1987) characters, Lee "Scarecrow" Stetson & Amanda King for this episode.

Paparazzi: “Is it true you're dating Usher?”

Musician and singer Usher (1978-) is mentioned in this episode.

Francine: “What do the Coen brothers see in him?”

Francine is referring to Ethan Coen (1957-) & Joel Coen (1954-).
They directed George Clooney in the 2000 movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and 2003's “Intolerable Cruelty”.
They received an Academy Awards nomination for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in 2001.

The character “Sergei Petkov” was inspired by the serial killer profiler from the 1995 TV movie “Citizen X”

When Roger is having the kids work in the vineyard; he is dressed as the head guard from the 1967 movie “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman (1925-2008) & George Kennedy (1925-)

George Clooney's co-star in 2001's “Ocean's Eleven”, 2004's “Ocean's Twelve” & 2002's “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, Oscar© winning & 2 time nominated actress Julia Roberts (1967-) is mentioned in this episode.

During the Clooney/Francine montage, Seth MacFarlane sings “I've Got You Under My Skin” written by Cole Porter in 1965 and made famous performed by the legendary Frank Sinatra (1915-1998)

Visual: “Night vision w/ Stan”

This scene is a reference to the 1991 horror/thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” starring Jodie Foster (1962-).

In the scene, Stan replaces Foster's character, “Agent Clarice Starling” and Francine, who's wearing the night vision goggles replaces the character “Buffalo Bill” played by Ted Levine (1957-)

Roger: “Why that's absurd. These children are merely playing 'Happy Fun Vineyard' from Milton Bradley”

The Milton Bradley Company is an American game company established by Milton Bradley in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860

Steve: “I let you kiss each other while I watched and this is how you repay me?”

When Steve says this line the 2 girls are strangling him with chains in the same manner the character “Princess Leia” strangled “Jabba the Hut” in 1983's “Return of the Jedi”.
The slave outfits the girls are wearing are also modeled afte the outfit worn by Leia.

Oscar© winning actress Susan Sarandon (1946-) is mentioned in this episode.

Oscar© winning actress Catherine Zeta Jones (1969-) is mentioned in this episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman
Executive ProducerMatt Weitzman  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerEtan Cohen (1)  |  Jim Bernstein  |  Michael Shipley  |  Kenny Schwartz  |  Rick Wiener  |  David Zuckerman
Supervising ProducerDan Vebber  |  Josh Bycel  |  Jonathan Fener
ProducerNahnatchka Khan  |  Kara Vallow  |  Brian Boyle
Associate ProducerMark Douglas (1)
EditorBobby Gibis
CastingLinda Lamontagne
MusicWalter Murphy
Production AssistantChris Long  |  Ashley J. Long  |  Megan Smithyman  |  Tyrone Thompson  |  Mike Kalec  |  Ray Valenzuela
Production CoordinatorSheikh 'ubi' Ubaid Mahmood  |  Amy Reynolds  |  Christopher Collins (2)
Assistant EditorPaul Mahotz
Post Production SupervisorLaura Stupsker
Story EditorMatt McKenna  |  Chris McKenna (1)  |  Steve Hely
Storyboard ArtistJennifer Graves  |  Kevin Thresher
Supervising DirectorRon Hughart  |  Anthony Lioi
Production ManagerTanya Calderon
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantTravis Bowe
Assistant DirectorChris Bennett
Animation ProducerDiana Ritchey
AudioMichael Wittenberg
Storyboard RevisionistHarry Sabin  |  Jeff Rebner  |  Steve Wong  |  Paul Scarlata  |  John Drake O'Day
Writing AssistantMatt Fusfeld  |  Erik Durbin  |  Keith Heisler
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLaura Hilker  |  Andy Goldberg
Storyboard SupervisorBrent Woods
Retake DirectorRobin Brigstocke  |  Ronald Rubio
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