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American Dad!: The American Dad After School Special

When Stan reacts negatively to Steve's new girlfriend Debbie, he eventually develops an eating disorder.

Meanwhile, during their breakup, Roger sets his eyes on Debbie.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: 2AJN05
Airdate: Sunday September 17th, 2006
Network: FOX

Director: Pam Cooke
Writer: Dan Vebber

Guest Stars
Azura SkyeAzura Skye
voiced Veronica
David Herman (1)David Herman (1)
voiced Zack/Man
Lizzy CaplanLizzy Caplan
voiced Debbie
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
voiced Avery Bullock
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 introduces the character

Debbie Hyman

Roger's Persona

Lestat de Lioncourt from ‘Interview with a Vampire’

According to this episode's DVD commentary, the Dovetail Buffet is named after a writing term (as well as a carpentry term). A Dovetail is when you have two separate plots meet within a story.

If you didn't notice, The Community Center's sign for the meeting of the
The Anorexic Alliance:
Not a superhero league (in fact we're quite weak)

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Let's Hear it for the BoyDeniece Williams 

Episode Quotes
Stan: Where's Steve? Still caught in Debbie's gravitational pull?

Stan: That's one impressive man. Handsome, fit, the whole package.
Roger: That's great, Stan. Can we stop staring at your reflection in the TV and turn it on now?

Debbie: You had me at lasagna.
Steve: I never said lasagna.
Debbie: Yeah, but I was thinking about it.

Hayley: And this girl actually wants to spend time with you?
Steve: For your information, she said she thinks I'm cute.
Stan: So she lies. Great. That's how you know she doesn't have a penis.
Francine: We can't wait to meet her, Steve.
Stan: You can say that again. It'll be nice to have a pretty girl around the house for a change.
(Hayley continues smiling; Francine frowns)
Stan: I meant a pretty, younger girl.
(Hayley begins to frown; Francine starts smiling again)
Stan: Don't get mad at me. It's called makeup.

Stan: Hayley, are you wearing makeup? You look like a whore.

Hayley: We were just freezing our...
Francine: Tampons!!!
Stan: What?
Hayley: It's a woman thing, keeps them crisp, great in the summer.
Francine: More refreshing than a popsicle!

Francine: Stan, you're being ridiculous. We have a guest out there.
Stan: Please, Francine, show some panic. Our son is dating a fatty.
Hayley: Dad, that's awful. Plus-size women drive our economy with their purchases of Garfield books and Haagen-Dazs.
Francine: You apologize to your son.
Stan: For what? You brought fat into our house.
Steve: You'd like Debbie if you got to know her, Dad. There's a lot more to her than you think.
Stan: There's more of her?!

Steve: How ya doing, Dad?
Stan: Fat and healthy, son. In a few weeks, I'll be a regular Debbie.
(Steve begins to cry)
Stan: Steve, what's wrong? What about the word "regular" set you off? Here, have a Little Debbie.
(Steve begins to cry harder)
Stan: What, now it's the word "little"? You know what? Why don't I put on some Debbie Gibson and we can talk about it?
(Steve begins to cry hysterically)

Steve: Here she comes.
Stan: (looks at Debbie through the window) Where's Debbie? Behind that fat girl?
Steve: No, Dad, that's...
Stan: Is the fat girl going to lead us to Debbie?
Steve: No, that's...
Stan: She's carrying a purse. She must have a map to Debbie in her purse.
Steve: Dad, that's Debbie.
Stan: To the panic room!

Episode Goofs
The orange juice changes color when Stan grabs the glass.

After Debbie tells Steve that he sunk her battleship, she picks it up and shows that it has three red pegs in it.
However, in the game Battleship, the battleship required four pegs for it to sink. The submarine and the cruiser required only three.

When Roger is 'interviewing' Debbie, he has a pad of paper and pencil as seen when he starts to give her a back rub ...

... but after he sees Steve & he rushes Debbie to his seat so she can see Steve, his pad and pencil have vanished.

The utensil Stan was using to clean his desk cannon vanishes.

Cultural References
Francine: He just moved the food!

The scene where Francine falls in the pool and is surrounded by food Stan has hidden is a take off of the 1982 horror film, Poltergeist.
The character, Diane Freeling falls into a pool filled with corpses.

Also, Francine's line "He just moved the food!" is reference to Steve Freeling's line, "You only moved the headstones!" & Hayley's line of "What's happening" was said by Dana Freeling.


The scene where Roger hides as one of Steve's stuffed animals is much like a scene in the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, where the alien does the same thing.

Stan: Here, have a Little Debbie.

A Little Debbie is the brand of a popular chocolate, nutty, snack cake.

Stan: Why don't I put on some Debbie Gibson and we can talk about it?

Debbie Gibson is is an American singer-songwriter.

Fight Club

Stan's "fitness trainer", created by the delusional state brought on by his anorexia, might be a reference to the 1999 David Fincher movie Fight Club.

Stan dances to Deniece Williams's Let's Hear it for the Boy from the 1984 movie, Footloose.

Episode References
The World of Langley Falls:


Dovetail Buffet

Stan freaking out & shooting the roast beef is the same way he disposed of the toast & toaster in the pilot episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman
Executive ProducerMatt Weitzman  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Shipley  |  Jim Bernstein  |  Etan Cohen (1)  |  Kenny Schwartz  |  Rick Wiener  |  David Zuckerman
Supervising ProducerDan Vebber  |  Josh Bycel  |  Jonathan Fener
ProducerNahnatchka Khan  |  Brian Boyle  |  Kara Vallow
Associate ProducerMark Douglas (1)
EditorBobby Gibis
CastingLinda Lamontagne
MusicRon Jones (1)
Production AssistantAdam Catino  |  Parker Deay  |  Tom Welch  |  Chris Long  |  Ashley J. Long  |  Mike Kalec  |  Ray Valenzuela  |  Megan Smithyman  |  Tyrone Thompson
Production CoordinatorGlenn Buswell  |  Christopher Collins (2)
Assistant EditorPaul Mahotz
Post Production SupervisorLaura Stupsker
Story EditorSteve Hely  |  Chris McKenna (1)  |  Matt McKenna
Storyboard ArtistJamie Oliff  |  Shawn Murray
Supervising DirectorRon Hughart  |  Anthony Lioi
Production ManagerTanya Calderon
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantTravis Bowe
Assistant DirectorJoe Daniello
Animation ProducerDiana Ritchey
AudioMichael Wittenberg
Storyboard RevisionistJeff Rebner  |  John Drake O'Day  |  Steve Wong  |  Paul Scarlata  |  Harry Sabin
Writing AssistantErik Durbin  |  Matt Fusfeld  |  Keith Heisler
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLaura Hilker  |  Sarah Peters  |  Andy Goldberg
Storyboard SupervisorBrent Woods
Retake DirectorRonald Rubio  |  Robin Brigstocke
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