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American Dad!: The Best Christmas Story Never Told

After being disillusioned with Christmas thanks to political correctness, the Ghost of Christmas past returns Stan to a simpler time, but Stan alters the past eliminating Christmas and America.

Meanwhile, Roger finds the disco cassette tape that falls from Stan's jacket and proceeds to 'invent' the disco era.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x9
Production Number: 2AJN14
Airdate: Sunday December 17th, 2006
Network: FOX

Director: Albert Calleros
Writer: Brian Boyle

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Mar 13, 2008

Guest Stars
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Greg Corbin
Chris DiamantopoulosChris Diamantopoulos
voiced Donald Sutherland | Robert Deniro
Mike Barker (1)Mike Barker (1)
voiced Terry Bates
Lisa KudrowLisa Kudrow
voiced Michelle
Rick HoffmanRick Hoffman
voiced John Hinkley Jr. | Caroler
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

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Van McCoy and the Soul City SymphonyThe Hustle 

Episode Quotes
Donald Sutherland: (to Jane Fonda) You know, you should get involved in politics. Let's talk about it over drinks. Maybe at my place?
Stan: (to Himself) Let's talk about it over your brains. Maybe all over the place? (Laughs) Delightful.

Francine: Well, isn't that cute. Roger's making a snow angel...a face down snow a pile of angel vomit.
Hayley: He's passed out, Mom. He's been binge drinking since Thanksgiving.

Stan: Have you seen Donald Sutherland?
Martin Scorsese: You might want to check between Faye Dunaway's legs.

Stan: Francine, I'm going to completely lose my Christmas cheer if I don't get someplace where they understand this holiday pronto.
Francine: We can stop by church.
Stan: I don't need to be bored, Francine. I need to be reminded of what Christmas is all about. To the shopping mall!

Stan: Ah, this is more like it. Two teenagers sitting on an old man's lap as a midget snaps a picture. If that doesn't commemorate our Savior's birth, I don't know what does.
Hayley: This year, Santa smelled like whiskey and the midget smelled like pot.
Steve: I know! When did they change it up?

Stan: One of your items, please.
Clerk: How about this cassette?
Stan: Is it 99 cents?
Clerk: It's $1.07 with tax.
Stan: You ever think about changing the sign?
Clerk: It's not really up to me.

Stan: Well, Merry Christmas.
Clerk: Happy holidays.
Stan: I, uh, said Merry Christmas.
Clerk: Happy holidays.
Stan: Just say Merry Christmas.
Clerk: Management doesn't want us saying that.
Stan: (Pulls out his gun and puts it to the clerk's mouth) Just say it!

Francine: Stan, did you remember to get a gift for Roger?
Stan: Roger? He's not a Christian. You think he cares that 2,000 years ago our Lord and Savior was born in a mangler?
Francine: Uh, I think you mean "manger."
Stan: No, no, honey, you're thinking of "manager."

Episode Goofs
Stan's purchase at the 99 Cent Store totals $1.07 for a sales tax rate of eight percent. Not only is the tax rate in Stan's home state of Virginia not eight percent-- at the time of the premiere airing, it was 5%-- but no state in the United States of America (as of 2009) has a sales tax of 8%.

The alternate past shown to Stan contains a major historical error. President Walter Mondale is shown surrendering the United States personally to the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (identified by his often caricatured bushy eyebrows and squarish head). Brezhnev had died in 1982 and was succeeded by Yuri Andropov. The Soviet leader at the surrender should have been Konstantin Chernenko who ruled the USSR from February 1984 to March 1985. Of course, this could have been the result of the Butterfly Effect, in which a small change in the past leads to major changes in the future, and thus, due to Stan tampering with one past event, Brezhnev was revealed to still be alive in 1982.

In 1970, Roger is asked about his audition for Ryan's Hope by a fellow employee at "Elaine's," but Ryan's Hope didn't premiere until 1975.

Michelle takes Stan back to Christmas 1970 and causally mentions Jane Fonda is filming her Oscar Award winning film, Klute, which causes him to run off to find her.

However, Klute wrapped filming on September 11th, 1970.

The porch has 2 columns right across from the front door, but when Stan is talking to the carolers, the columns appear to be missing.

When Stan buys the Disco cassette, there is a green design on the back, but when Roger finds it in 1970, the green design has vanished.

When Michelle misses 1970, in the background, there are 2 Brontosauruses in the water, but when the Tyrannosaurs Rex chomps the small dinos, the Brontosauruses have vanished.

Clive Davis is featured in the 1970's w/ Roger, however, Clive looked nothing like his animated representation.

John Hinckley, Jr. leaves his popcorn on the seat when he leaves the theater, but when Michelle talks about how she can't go back to the tooth fairy guild, the popcorn has vanished.

Cultural References
Roger: This tape is from the future!

Roger becoming rich in the future from finding something in the past from the future is much like a side-story in the 1989 film Back to the Future II.

Langley Falls Post front page headline: "Exclusive Photos! Santa Exits Sleigh, Flashes Crotch."

The headline is a funny reference to many pictures taken of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton in 2006 of them exiting their cars with no underwear on.

Ghost of Christmas Past: You have to help me. I'm the Ghost of Christmas Past and I took your husband back to 1970 and he bolted on me.

The whole "Ghost of Christmas Past" taking someone into the past to show them the error of their ways story is taken from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Fellow Employee: So how did the Ryan's Hope audition go?

Ryan's Hope was a popular American soap opera that ran from 1975-89.

Stan: Have you seen Donald Sutherland?
Martin Scorsese: You might want to check between Faye Dunaway's legs.

Donald Sutherland and Fay Dunaway both stared the the 1984 film Ordeal by Inocence.

A signifficant part of this episodes revolves around the movie Klute (Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland both star in this movie, we also visit the set) and we also see the shooting of Taxi Driver with Rober Deniro.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Matt Weitzman
Executive ProducerMatt Weitzman  |  Mike Barker (1)  |  Seth MacFarlane
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Shipley  |  Jim Bernstein  |  Kenny Schwartz  |  Rick Wiener  |  David Zuckerman
Supervising ProducerDan Vebber  |  Josh Bycel  |  Jonathan Fener
ProducerKara Vallow  |  Brian Boyle  |  Nahnatchka Khan
Associate ProducerMark Douglas (1)
EditorBobby Gibis
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterLaura McCreary  |  Erik Durbin
MusicWalter Murphy
Production AssistantAshley J. Long  |  Mike Kalec  |  Parker Deay  |  Megan Smithyman  |  Thomas Horvath  |  Tom Welch
Production CoordinatorTyrone Thompson  |  Amy Reynolds
Assistant EditorPaul Mahotz
Post Production SupervisorEli Dolleman
Story EditorMatt McKenna  |  Chris McKenna (1)  |  Steve Hely
Storyboard ArtistEric J. Fredrickson  |  Paul Lee
Supervising DirectorRon Hughart  |  Anthony Lioi
Production ManagerTanya Calderon
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantHeather Shannon
Assistant DirectorTim Parsons
Animation ProducerDiana Ritchey
AudioMichael Wittenberg
Storyboard RevisionistPaul Cunningham  |  Steve Lenze  |  Jessie Romero  |  Harry Sabin  |  Steve Wong
Writing AssistantKeith Heisler  |  Matt Fusfeld
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLaura Hilker  |  Travis Bowe  |  Andy Goldberg  |  A. Spencer Porter
Storyboard SupervisorBrent Woods
Retake DirectorAnthony Agrusa  |  Albert Acosta  |  Kevin Thresher
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