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American Dad!: Failure is Not a Factory-installed Option

Stan looses his confidence after a car salesman bests him several times.

Meanwhile, Roger helps Steve & his friends get to second base by creating a drive in theater.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x3
Production Number: 2AJN07
Airdate: Sunday September 24th, 2006
Network: FOX

Guest Stars
Beau BridgesBeau Bridges
voiced Lieutenant Thacker
Curtis ArmstrongCurtis Armstrong
voiced Schmuley “Snot” Lonstein
Eddie Kaye ThomasEddie Kaye Thomas
voiced Barry Robinson
Elias KoteasElias Koteas
voiced Jim
John DiMaggioJohn DiMaggio
voiced Car Repo Guy/Priest
Paget BrewsterPaget Brewster
voiced Judy
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
voiced Avery Bullock
Scott LowellScott Lowell
voiced Felix
Swoosie KurtzSwoosie Kurtz
voiced Marilyn
Christine BaranskiChristine Baranski
voiced Homeless Woman
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

The mini-series of the story of the Golden Jwel-Ecrusted turd continues from where we left off in "Homeland Insecurity".

"El burro por los coffee" translates to "the donkey for the coffee."

Stan's outfit is inspired from Steven Seagal's character from 1996's The Glimmer Man

If you didn't notice, the four girls the guys are trying to impress throughout the episode are the female equivalents of (l to r), Barry, Snot, Steve & Toshi.

Episode Quotes
Achmed: It's no use, CIA man. I will never talk. Never!
Stan: Shh! (In his head) Every man has a weakness. What is his? His teeth are yellow, so he's a smoker. The handcuffs around his wrists mean he's in some sort of trouble. The haunted look in his eyes suggests that he doesn't know what Eric McCormack's going to do after Will & Grace either. He's got a wedding ring, but his shirt doesn't match his pants, which means his wife has stopped caring. Gotcha! (To Achmed) Oh, man, another spot on my tie! It's like my wife doesn't even care anymore. I'm sorry. You shouldn't have to listen to my complaints. It's not like you could relate.
Achmed: Actually, you might be surprised. My wife and I haven't been getting along for quite some time now. It's like she's no longer the woman I traded goats for, you know?

Roger: Ah, Steve. Your first grope-fest. You won't truly appreciate the awkwardness of this moment until you're fondly reminiscing as a 35-year-old homosexual.

Steve: Look! It's Jenny Bowen. She's got the body of Lara Croft, the pouty good looks of Resident Evil's Jill Valentine, and the frank eroticism of Rosie O'Donnell.
Snot: God, I'd love to bend Rosie O'Donnell over a buffett table and just let her eat all she wants.
Steve: Yes, Rosie O'Donnell is every teenage boy's Mrs. Right.

Stan: So, what do you think of your new car? Do you love it?
Francine: I told you I wanted the Femwagon. This is the Phallus.
Stan: No, it's the Phallus ES. Felix said it was the last one on the lot. I had to act fast or this other guy was totally going to buy it. (Pauses) Son of a bitch! He mind-raped me! Don't worry, honey. No car salesman is going to get the better of me. (Drives off in the Phallus ES; returns in Francine's original car) Is she a beauty or what?
Francine: Stan, that's my old car.
Stan: Correction: it's your new pre-owned car, and I got it for a sweet ten grand.
Francine: We sold it to him for seven.
Stan: Yeah, but he let me keep the Phallus for no extra charge.
Francine: Because you already paid for it!
Stan: Francine, there's a lot of math - man math - involved in a car purchased that... (Pauses) Damn it!

Francine: Hey, you know how we were talking about getting a new car? Well, I know exactly what I want: The Femwagon. It's a little pricey.
Stan: Hey, you've got one of the CIA's top negotiators on your side. You know, I negotiated my way through negotiator training. I should have failed the hell out of that class. That's how good I am.

Episode Goofs
The terrorist Stan is interrogating has yellow teeth, but has white teeth seconds later.

Roger's attic window is missing in some scenes in this episode.

The neighbor's house has 3 upper windows but they vanish when the blimp is seen in the front yard.

Also, the flag pole is in a different position when the blimp appears. It appears to be farther back although this could be explained as a different angle but the houses don't appear to change orientation in the wider shot.

The details on the side of the house change between shots.
The angled part of the chimney seen in the close-up vanishes in the wide shot, plus the window on the side starts with 8 panes but changes to 6 & then to 10.
The window on the front of the house above the garage changes from 9 panes to 12.

Cultural References
Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option

The episode title is a play on the term "Failure is Not an Option."

Pan Flute Tone

Whenever Stan appears in the scene in his new clothes, we hear a pan flute tone. This sound comes from the movie Kill Bill.

Bullock Playing the Banjo

The scene where Bullock plays the banjo after Stan leaves; he is playing the song "When I'm Cleaning Windows" by George Formby.

The Breakfast Club

The movie that the kids watch, and Roger recites line for line, was taken directly from the movie The Breakfast Club. Even the animation was crafted to look like the real scene from the Breakfast Club, and the voice playing was the real voice from the movie.

Roger: Hey, Algernon, what's wrong with you? Can't you get an idea without saying it out loud?

Roger calling Steve Algernon is a reference to the 1966 novel Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. In the book, Algernon is a mouse who was surgically enhanced to become more intelligent. The first human test subject, Charlie, who is a mentally disabled janitor, also becomes highly intelligent, but slowly loses his intelligence due to a flaw with the surgical procedure.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman
Executive ProducerMatt Weitzman  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerEtan Cohen (1)  |  Michael Shipley  |  Jim Bernstein  |  Kenny Schwartz  |  Rick Wiener  |  David Zuckerman
Supervising ProducerDan Vebber  |  Josh Bycel  |  Jonathan Fener
ProducerBrian Boyle  |  Nahnatchka Khan  |  Kara Vallow
Associate ProducerMark Douglas (1)
EditorBobby Gibis
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterLaura McCreary  |  Erik Durbin
MusicRon Jones (1)
Production AssistantChris Long  |  Ashley J. Long  |  Megan Smithyman  |  Parker Deay  |  Thomas Horvath  |  Adam Catino  |  Ray Valenzuela  |  Tom Welch  |  Tyrone Thompson
Production CoordinatorGlenn Buswell  |  Amy Reynolds
Assistant EditorPaul Mahotz
Post Production SupervisorLaura Stupsker
Story EditorSteve Hely  |  Matt McKenna  |  Chris McKenna (1)
Storyboard ArtistSteve Fonti  |  Kevin Thresher
Supervising DirectorAnthony Lioi  |  Ron Hughart
Production ManagerTanya Calderon
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantTravis Bowe
Assistant DirectorJennifer Graves
Animation ProducerDiana Ritchey
AudioMichael Wittenberg
Storyboard RevisionistJohn Drake O'Day  |  Jeff Rebner  |  Harry Sabin  |  Steve Wong  |  Paul Scarlata
Writing AssistantMatt Fusfeld  |  Keith Heisler
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLaura Hilker  |  Sarah Peters  |  Andy Goldberg
Storyboard SupervisorBrent Woods
Retake DirectorAlbert Acosta  |  Kevin Thresher
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