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American Dad!: Escape from Pearl Bailey

When Steve's girlfriend Debbie loses the school's presidential race due to an Internet slam page, he vows to get those responsible.
However, after his revenge is hatched Steve finds out the truth and who his true friends are.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x5
Production Number: 3AJN19
Airdate: Sunday November 09th, 2008
Network: FOX

Director: Bob Bowen
Writer: Dan Vebber

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Comedy Central) Sep 18, 2009

Guest Stars
Brian LallyBrian Lally
voiced Amy's Father
Curtis ArmstrongCurtis Armstrong
voiced Schmuley “Snot” Lonstein
Daisuke SuzukiDaisuke Suzuki
voiced Toshi Hirano
Eddie Kaye ThomasEddie Kaye Thomas
voiced Barry Robinson
Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks
voiced Lisa Silver
Erik DurbinErik Durbin
voiced Various
Gregory JbaraGregory Jbara
voiced Plastic Surgeon
Kevin Michael RichardsonKevin Michael Richardson
voiced Principal Brian Lewis
Lizzy CaplanLizzy Caplan
voiced Debbie
Matt E. MixerMatt E. Mixer
voiced Various
Matt McKennaMatt McKenna
voiced Various
Michelle KrusiecMichelle Krusiec
voiced Nurse / Hooker
Mike Barker (1)Mike Barker (1)
voiced Biology Teacher
Peter PaigePeter Paige
voiced Evan
Scott LowellScott Lowell
voiced Barney
Amanda SeyfriedAmanda Seyfried
voiced Amy
Stacey DashStacey Dash
voiced Janet Lewis
Tim GunnTim Gunn
voiced Himself (The Pricey Hollywood Buffalo Groomer)
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Stan Smith | Roger
Wendy SchaalWendy Schaal
voiced Francine Smith
Scott GrimesScott Grimes
voiced Steve Smith
Episode Notes
Roger's Disguise:

Rashid the Persian from ‘When a Stan Loves a Woman

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Joy DivisionLove Will Tear Us Apart 

Cultural References
When Steve breaks the trophy case with one Debbie's political signs and says to her competition, "You wanna get nuts? Come on! Let's get nuts," he is referencing the 1989 Tim Burton movie Batman when Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) says the same thing to the Joker (Jack Nicholson).

The title of this episode “Escape from Pearl Bailey” is a take off of the title of the 1996 action movie “Escape from New York”, that starred Kurt Russell (1951-)
Some elements of the plot of “N.Y.” are present in this episode as well, i.e., trying to get out of an area where everyone is trying to stop the main character(s).

Snot: “We've narrowed our choices down to viper pilots from Galactica, pre-crime cops from Minority Report or ...”

Snot is referring to the scifi show “Battlestar Galactica” (1978-1978)(2003-2009) and the 2002 science fiction/action film starring Tom Cruise (1962-) and Colin Farrell (1976-), “Minority Report”

Biology Teacher: “Student council shifted money from the science department so they could hire a pricey Hollywood buffalo groomer.”

The pricey buffalo groomer is none other than Tim Gunn (1953-), who provided his own voice for this episode.
Tim may be best known for his role of Fashion Consultant on the Bravo network's (and now Lifetime's) show “Project Runway” (2004-Present)

Debbie: “I may not understand your obsession w/ a 30 year old British TV show”

The show in question is the longest running scifi show in history, “Doctor Who” (1963-Present)

Nurse: “Doctor! Frankie Muniz is on line one”

Best known for his role of “Malcolm” from the FOX series, “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000-2006), Frankie Muniz (1985-) is mentioned in this episode.

Snot: “Who would win in a fight? The Death Star or Carl Sagan's spaceship of the imagination.”

The Death Star is an (obvious) reference to the Star Wars trilogy and Carl Sagen (1934-1996) was a famous American astronomer and author.
his “Spaceship of the Imagination” was simply his conveyance to explore the universe is his TV shows & specials.

Visual: “Peter Pan”

One of the drama students that tries to attack Steve and his friends is dressed as the character “Peter Pan” created by J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) in 1902

Visual: Boat painted “Anything Goes”

The boat cutout with the words “Anything Goes” painted on it is a reference to the 1934 Broadway musical “Anything Goes” and the title song of the same name.

Steve: “Hey Evan, I found your portrayal of Conrad Birdie to be entirely too contrived.”

“Conrad Birdie” is the title character in the 1960 Broadway musical (& 1963 film) “Bye Bye Birdie”

Snot: “It smells like a Depeche Mode concert.”

The British group Depeche Mode (1980-Present) is mentioned in this episode.
They may be best known for their songs, 1984's “People Are People” & 1989's “Personal Jesus”

Debbie: “You shall not pass”

Debbie uses a quote the character “Gandalf” says to the balrog in the first movie of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, 2001's “The Fellowship of the Ring”

Steve: “If we're lucky, we might even take a few of them with us”

Steve's quote may be a reference to a line made by the character “Lando Calrissian” from 1983's “Return of the Jedi”. Lando's line is “We'll last longer than we will against that Death Star and we might just take a few of them with us.”

The episode ends with a freeze frame of Steve, Snot, Barry and Toshi jumping from the bus and turning a sepia tone.

The DVD commentary for this episode reveals it is an allusion to the 1969 film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, starring Robert Redford (1937-) & Paul Newman (1925-2008)

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