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Garbage Stan

  • In the episode "Garbage Stan" how did Steve get away with purchasing a garbage trunk and then driving it around to collect trash. Should not have the police caught Steve driving without a driver's license. As far as I know Steve is currently around 14-15 and is not known to have a learner's permit, let alone a driver's license?
    • It's hard to tell the difference between 15 and 16 at a glance, especially a glance from below (garbage trucks have raised cabs). A 15-year-old who's a good driver may never get stopped at all. (I claim the Fifth on this ...)

Stan's Best Friend

  • In "Stan's Best Friend", Francine reminds Stan that they've had dogs before (Thor [the 19-year-old walking corpse that Stan shot accidentally] in the pilot and Fussy in "Not Particularly Desperate Housewives") as he quickly claims that those were dreams... if that's true then does that mean the Ladybugs that attacked Francine were dreams too?

The Worst Stan

  • In S 7 E 4 - "The Worst Stan," Roger enters a dance club in Miami with Steve and says "This must be what Thomas Haden Church feels like all the time!" I read Thomas Hayden Church's wikipedia article and still don't understand the joke. Explanation?
    • I've seen a fair amount of his work and I still don't get it, unless the joke is that Church is a character actor/B-lister and would be living a comfortable lifestyle instead of a glitzy one.
  • What was the deal with what Hayley saw while spying on Stan in "Honey, I'm Homeland"? She takes pictures of him getting a peace-sign tattoo and giving his clothes to a homeless man, but later in the episode, the pictures apparently depict Stan being robbed by the homeless man, and his tattoo is revealed to be an image of Ronald Reagan. Why was there a complete disparity between what Hayley saw and what (presumably) occurred in reality? Was she going crazy?
    • In this universe, pretty much all wacky, unexplainable hijinks can be explained away by saying "expensive and advanced CIA technology did it". Hayley even accused Stan of use ng hi-tech CIA gear to hack into her phone and change the pictures.
    • Justified in this instance as the entire plot ends up being an undercover CIA operation to test Mt. Rushmore's Missile Defense System. Even though Stan wasn't aware of this the CIA would have gone to any lengths to keep it under wraps and ensure nothing went wrong anyway.



  • Sort of meta, but how does Seth MacFarlane have two shows set in Virginia (this show and The Cleveland Show) and not have bothered researching how the liquor stores work (see For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls; VA has state-run stores that sell only liquor and occasionally wine, not things like cigarettes, beer, or snacks), what the license plates look like (they look like CA plates, VA doesn't have a single plate with the state name in cursive), or even basic geography (Langley Falls is said to be near Langley which is in Fairfax County, but when the location is shown on a map in "100 A.D." it's south of Richmond over a hundred miles away). These are things that don't change the plot so faking them isn't necessary, and they are kind of jarring if you know the state.
    • He probably doesn't know a thing about Virginia. Setting American Dad there makes sense, with the implied joke that Langley Falls is the local residential area for CIA agents working out of Langley. The Cleveland Show being there, instead of someplace Macfarlane actually knows, makes a lot less sense.
  • In the episode when Stan mistakes a nuclear apocalypse drill for the real thing and evacuates his family up to the mountains, why didn't he just tell them he was running a practice drill? I know the episode runs on Rule of Funny, but it always struck me as a pretty obvious solution to his problem.
    • He came into work late. Even the episode itself says it.
      • I think the OP is asking why didn't Stan just tell the truth after Bullock phoned him, but make out he was running the same practice drill with his family?
      • It probably did not occur to him. Or maybe he told them off-screen but they didn't believe him.
      • Probably he wanted to milk the "Stan was right" thing as long as possible. Another thing I don't get about the episode is...
    • After they found out that the "end of the world" wasn't true, Steve mentions that he's addicted to wild berries that make him hallucinate. Um, why didn't the other family members stop him if that stuff could kill him?!
      • One: this is Steve we're talking about. He's not exactly the most loved member of the family. And two: this is a Macfarlane show we're talking about here. Family relations and people's reactions to things aren't exactly as they would be in our world.


  • Doesn't necessarily bug me, as it does puzzle me. What was up with the effeminate dwarf who rides a greyhound in Irregarding Steve? I know most of the episode was a reference to Midnight Cowboy, but I don't really remember anything like that.
    • That's Beauregard, Langley Falls top hairstylist. He appeared in a earlier episode called Star Trek.
    • He's a caricature of Leslie Jordan, his voice actor, who is only 4' 11".
  • Is it Haley or Hayley? I've seen it spelled either way on here, The Other Wiki, and even the TV Guide.
    • Pretty sure it's Hayley. An episode shows her name written out that way on her crib.
  • Why don't the Smiths ever convince the CIA that Roger is friendly?
    • Friendly? FRIENDLY!!! That bastard has killed people and has committed numerous horrendous atrocities. Plus technically the Smiths are harboring a criminal and if the CIA ever found out that they hid the alien from them and the alien has done all sorts of evil things, the Smiths would be severely punished I bet!
    • Well, unless he's killed like one billion people, he can be considered friendly. Besides, it's not like the Central Intelligence Agency is that corrupt(at least in the American Dad! universe).
    • It doesn't matter if he's friendly or not; they're keeping extraterrestrial life a secret. That, and he isn't friendly. His schemes have death tolls in the dozens instead of in the millions due to lack of power and competence, not lack of desire ("Weiner of Our Discontent").


  • When Jeff Fisher was discovered to have been killed by aliens and one of the aliens gives up his/her body for Jeff to be revived, then why did the Smiths have Roger convert Jeff back into a human, when Stan could have brought Jeff's brain to the CIA, clone a body for Jeff, and put the brain in the cloned body. It seems like a waste on Jeff's character and the status quo.
    • "Oh, hello, Director Bullock. What am I doing with this brain-in-a-jar, you ask? Well, it's a funny story involving an alien I'm not supposed to be hiding in my attic..."
    • In addition to the risk of getting caught with alien-body Jeff, Stan also probably couldn't be given clearance to use the tech for something so personal, rather than work-related.
  • So, now that Jeff has moved in with the Smiths... Does he know about Roger? We haven't even seen Roger undisguised in the same room as Jeff, but there was recently one brief scene where Jeff comes in and Roger is undisguised, at the table, and Jeff doesn't so much as bat an eye. Has he been told about Roger, or has he done so many drugs that seeing weird aliens and creatures is completely normal to him?
    • Jeff's a stoner with a particularly gullible personality and a brain the size of a pinky ring. I'm pretty sure no one in the house cares whether or not a pot smoking idiot talks about an alien living in his attic.
    • A plot for a future episode could have Jeff discover Roger as an alien.
    • It's implied in "I Am the Walrus" that whenever Jeff meets a new persona of Roger he thinks a new person moved into the attic, and the old persona/person moved out. For example, when he gets a bottle of pills from Roger, he says, "I got them from Ace Chapman, that basketball player who sometimes lives in the attic."
    • On the same subject, is Reginald cool with aliens? In "Family Affair" Roger has no wig on and he does not question it. Is seeing aliens normal to him?
      • Is a homeless man in a koala's body OK with aliens?
      • Well, he does work for the CIA.
      • Then how come Reginald did not report it to Bullock?
      • Perhaps Fridge Brilliance, Reginald was in love with Hayley, and turning in Roger would mean that Hayley would likely have been arrested and disappear into a CIA blacksite.
    • Resolved. Jeff's discovery of Roger resulted in him being Put on a Bus.
      • But that said, The Bus Came Back about three months later.
      • One episode stated that Roger had convinced Jeff he was an imaginary friend (and we get an episode that shows how he does this). When Jeff realized he wasn't an imaginary friend, he gets Put on a Bus.

Jeff's absence

  • Why hasn't Hayley beaten the snot out of Roger for shoving Jeff in a UFO?
    • Probably for the same reason they haven't surrendered him to the CIA for the even more horrible crap he's done, like sending Steve to prison with his "Ricky Spanish" persona. There are times he does these things and I just wish the victim would just lift off his wig in public and say "He's an alien!"
    • Best guess is that its because they care about Roger. Sure, Roger is a Jerkass with some psychotic episodes and can be generally horrible to them, but is nice enough to be a family member in the first place. Imagine you have a murderer for a sibling/loved one-you'd be hesitant to simply send them to prison. Basically Roger hasn't been sold out because of a Draco in Leather Pants effect in-universe.
      • Better yet, why hasn't Hayley beaten up Stan for being in on the plan to send Jeff to space, she knows that he hates Jeff and would've saw it coming that he would favor Roger over Jeff.
      • On the same subject, Roger murdered Millionaire Matt Davis, the one who was supposed to give Hayley a good future... WHY THE FUCK HASN'T HALEY RETALIATED FOR THAT ACT OF MURDER!?! It's one thing that Roger is responsible for sending Jeff to space and didn't retaliated but then this happened... What's holding her back from giving Roger serious hurt? Is she that dumb of a hippy?
      • She was a) probably shocked (the murder seemed random) and b) probably for the same reasons mentioned above.
    • Two words: Creator's Pet. This was the episode that changed my questioning of how they're able to let Roger get away with what he does from "why do they still let him live in their house?" to "why do they sill let him live period?!". Suspension of disbelief can only save you for so long before people like me start to call you out for it (which I've been doing for a lot of things on this show for at least five years).

The Best Christmas Story Never Told

  • In the chapter The Best Christmas Story Never Told, what the hell happened to Martin Scorsese, seeing that he never made Taxi Driver. I suppose that he never made his other classics like Raging Bull or Goodfellas, it's something that almost all ways bug me about this chapter.
    • It doesn't matter as it's irrelevant to the main consequence the lack of Taxi Driver caused.
  • In Star Trek, Stan wants to get Steve's book onto Captain Monty's TV show in order to sell more copies. But only #1 books are featured on Capt. Monty's show, so Stan comes up with a plan to sell more books. Copies fly off the shelves, and the book becomes the #1 seller. So, why did they need Capt. Monty, again?
    • Yeah, books are flying off the shelves, but Stan wants to milk all of the fame and money he can from Steve's book. Just because the book is the #1 seller doesn't mean they can't sell even more books.


  • Why doesn't Toshi ever learn English? His parents and sister all know the language, and he and the rest of Steve's friends all go way back. He should have more than mastered the English language by now! So how has he never learned it?
    • In one episode (the one with the sleepovers, I forget the name) he does speak English, and can understand when it is being spoken. It's probably more that he chooses not to speak it for some reason.
    • Well, if he's been in the country that long, he should NOT have a thick Japanese accent. He should sound, well, American!
      • This troper's Japanese ex has been in the country 35 years and still speaks with a strong accent.
    • It's funnier that way (by the way, in a recent episode, Snot lampshaded Toshi's language skills: "LEARN ENGLISH!").
      • He doesn't generally agree with the group. He can probably speak English well enough, but when you find out secrets easily and are generally insulting towards your friend, would you speak the language your friends can understand?
    • Toshi does know English, he knows what others are saying. He is a Dead Pan Snarker, why should he bother to speak English to them when he can just confuse them with Japanese?
    • Japanese pride and refusal to assimilate is outright stated as being reason by his sister.
  • Why does Toshi hang out with Steve, Snot, and Barry if he hates them?
    • It's been implied that none of the other kids at their school like Toshi either. So he seems to hang out with them purely because they aren't as mean to him and consider him a legit friend.
    • That and, according to a lot of episodes, it's not like he hates them per say, he just finds them annoying.

American Dream Factory

  • In "American Dream Factory" why didn't Stan simply produce his holiday bears for every holiday year round so when the right holiday came up he had bears ready. Instead he produced bears for the next holiday coming up. I understand that it's part of the plot but it always bugged me.
    • Stan believes that the bears would be a huge success and in high demand when released, he didn't want to leave it to chance that he could run out if that scenario ever played out, so, he does a complete overhaul with the intent of making a constant cash cow - yes, it'd be better working on a smaller portion but it's not Stan's thing.

The Poker game

  • In "42-Year-Old Virgin" Roger apparently loses a poker game, but aren't you supposed to win if everyone else folds?
    • It's not that he lost the game, it's that he won it too soon. Yes, if everyone folds, you win, but it doesn't really matter if nobody bets.
    • Throughout the entire scene, he's complaining loudly about the crappy hands he's being dealt. So when he's suddenly eager to play, he gives away the fact that he has a great hand, which causes everyone else to fold, meaning he only wins a little bit of money.

Stan crying

  • In "Every which way but lose", Steve mentions that he never saw Stan crying. Looks like he's forgotten what happened to them during their time in Africa in "Camp Refoogee" or the writers made a little goof.
    • While the show doesn't have Negative Continuity to the extent of Family Guy, they still don't tend to care about small contradictions like that. Or, if we have to have a Watsonian answer, "Steve forgot".

Rough Trade Manual.

  • In "Rough Trade" when Stan get his manual, did he read it? Because he didn't know what to do with the exo suit.
    • The manual was damaged when Stan got it back, so the part he needed must not have been legible.

Stanny Get Your Gun

  • In the episode "Stannie get your gun," Hayley inadvertently shoots Stan in the neck. first of all, he STARTS TALKING EVEN THOUGH A BULLET JUST WENT THROUGH HIS WINDPIPE. then at the hospital, he is told that the bullet got lodged in his spine, turning him into a quadriplegic (still no mention of the serious other injuries that occur thanks to a bullet through the throat). later in the episode, a sniper shoots Stan IN THE EXACT SAME SPOT ON HIS NECK. refer to my earlier complaint about injuries. he goes to the hospital and is told that the second bullet knocked the first bullet out and he is completely healed. WHHHAAAAATTT?!?!!?!!?
    • Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think it went through his windpipe. IIRC it just hit a major spinal nerve or something like that. As for how he healed, yeah, it makes no sense, but that's what makes it funny. It's such an absurd Ass Pull that you can't help but laugh.

Fear of Needles

  • In the episode American Dream Factory, Stan says Francine has a fear of needles yet in Helping Handis she is seen with a needle sewing socks. Is it a goof?
    • Hypodermic needles and sewing needles are different. A fear of needles usually refers to hypodermics, and many (if not most) people who have a phobia of them don't mind sewing needles.
    • It's generally easier to say "fear of needles" than "fear of syringes"
    • But Francine's fear of needles are brought up as the reason she doesn't help him with his holiday bears which means he was talking about sewing needles.
    • Maybe she got over it.
    • Probably necessity. While Stan, Steve, Roger and Hayley are all capable of sewing it's not at all in character for any of them to devote time to doing so as a chore. Still, Stan is the only breadwinner in the family and has been said to have a crappy paying job, so Francine gets over her fear simply because she has no choice; they can't just keep buying new things.

Fake IDs

  • Another question. In "A Smith In The Hand", why does Hayley need a fake ID yet in "Stan Knows Best" she said she was eighteen?
    • Legal drinking age is 21 in the US.

Con Heir continuity

  • In Con Heir, Stan is excited to see his father but how come in some episodes he bemoans on how he left him at a young age, and in Jack's Back does not trust him (initially)?
    • Because there's a little thing called continuity. Stan's dad abandoned him as a child. He has daddy issues. He's eagerly wanted to please him all his life. Then it turns out he's kind of an evil jewel thief. After that he no longer trusts him.

Stanny Boy and Frantastic

  • In Stanny Boy and Frantastic, Stan is unable to free-run. However he can do James Bonds moves. So why is he unable to free-run? Also how can his shinbone come out of his leg?
    • Rule of Funny and a compound fracture?
    • Also, it's implied that they were not only hanging out with their new friends and doing crazy stuff with them constantly, but they were also drinking a lot as well. There's only so much Stan can handle over a short period of time.

Music Choice

  • In the Episode "Stan Time" one of Stan's Co-Workers mentions that Christopher Lloyd could have played Col. Mustard in place of Martin Mull. I'm wondering 2 things, who would then play Professor Plum, or is he suggesting a Dual Role?

Flirting With Disaster

  • In "Flirting With Disaster" Stan is seen flirting with Lorraine. So does that mean Stan has gotten over his hatred of fat people? Part of me seems to think he has, but I can't trust it completely.
    • It's probably because he knows Lorraine well. He actually did start to like Debbie, Steve's girlfriend, when he spoke to her some and found they had some common interests.
    • How is Lorraine fat?
      • Well, she does teeter on the heavier side and her doctor said it was part of the reason her ankle was hurt.

Rapturing Hayley

  • Ok this still confuses me but in Rapture's Delight... why was Hayley raptured? I mean she is a atheist, why was she raptured? It doesn't make any sense! Is there a DVD Commentary or a Deleted Scene that explains this? I also wonder what would her vision of heaven be since we saw Steve's.
    • Well, first, the episode was non-canon, so that might explain it. But second, we don't really know how god in the American Dad! universe works. As you can tell by people in real life, everyone interprets God in different ways. Maybe the god in the American Dad! universe doesn't punish someone for not believing in him.
    • In "Tears of a Clooney", she mentioned that she "promised God" that if she beat her cancer, she would report Roger for exploiting foster children. Maybe she found religion while she was ill?

Stan's personal heaven

  • Speaking of Rapture's Delight, Word of God touched on in the DVD commentary of the notion that every episode after it is Stan's personal heaven. Then there's the episode For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls, which came after Rapture's Delight. In other words, why would the Smith Family be fighting Santa and his elves in Heaven?
    • Well if this is Stan's "personal heaven" then how can he be killed by the hot tub in that one episode, it's impossible to die in heaven... well that and Nemo the Anti-Christ exists in this "Personal Heaven"... kinda shows there is something wrong with Stan.
      • In the next episode, Stan is tricked by Roger into- ahem- some fairly intimate dealings with a horse. A few episodes later, Steve has Stan's childhood bully beat the crap out of him. After that, Stan is seen defecating into a swimming pool by dozens of party-goers. I think at this point it's safe to say that the post Rapture's Delight episodes are not Stan's "personal heaven", and that Word of God was just messing with us. That, and Klaus is alive in subsequent episodes.
      • The recent episodes also damper the theory of it being Stan's personal heaven. For example, he meets Cleveland and Peter Griffin in the Hurricane episode, so that would then imply the characters from those two shows are also just part of Stan's personal heaven. And in the hot tub episode where he dies, the producer said that if the show was not going to be renewed, then it would have been Stan's actual death. It is possible Word of God has since abandoned the idea of it being Stan's personal heaven.
    • Stan's desire at the moment he stepped into his personal heaven was that things would go back to how they were before the Rapture, so that's the form his personal heaven took. Now either Stan is unable to change the terms of his personal heaven, or part of going back to normal involves Stan losing his memory of being in heaven, so he doesn't change reality to suit him because he doesn't know he can.
    • Doesn't explain why Klaus is a mantelpiece at the end of the episode.
    • OR Stan eventually found himself getting bored with his initial personal heaven and decided that he'd be happier if his life had continued on without the Rapture happening. And he wanted to think/act like he would if that were the case. So we have Stan, forgetting he's in his heaven on a conscious level, living his life how he imagines it could've gone otherwise. Which would explain all of the snap back/ really weird happenings later on.
He really did like his life as it was, Klaus alive and Roger in his attic included, and he's got a crazy imagination.

The Heroin Snowglobe

  • Some hair-splitting just for fun... the heroin snow-globe in Con Heir. How is this possible, heroin being famously soluble and all?
    • Because you touch yourself at night.
  • How can Stan have sperm stored away since the Reagan-era if he never masturbated until recently?
    • Masturbation isn't the only way to get a sperm sample, it's just one of the more pleasant. It's perfectly possible to get a sample via a hypodermic needle inserted into the scrotum. Stan must have been very committed to his non-masturbation vow...
    • That noise you just heard? The knees of all the males reading this slamming together.
  • In The Vacation Goo, why didn't the ship's staff take their stuff back?
    • Who said they didn't?

Dealing with Roger.

  • After tonight's episode I finally decided to wonder, with all of the messed up horrible things Roger does to the Smiths (especially what he put Steve through in tonight's episode) Why haven't the family decided to just reveal Roger's true identity to the CIA and the public? Oh sure they will get their memories erased but it's bound to be less worse than having to put up with that annoying alien's crap!
    • Because no matter how jerkish/sociopathic he is, the family still loves him.
      • So the family are masochists and they enjoy the suffering he gives them?
      • I'm not saying they enjoy his mistreatment, I'm just saying they love him with all his faults.
    • Part of it is that the CIA would do horrible things to Roger, They Would Cut You Up and all. Also, it's been mentioned multiple times that since Roger saved Stan's life once, he feels he owes him so he's willing to put up with Roger's crap.
    • That and the the fact that if Roger isn't a complete bastard it will literally kill him so I guess they can put up with it if he needs to be like that to live.
    • It's also been stated that whoever is harboring the alien will be punished rather harshly. They may not want to risk the CIA doing 'butt stuff' to them.
    • One episode did in fact have him leave and things were actually worse without him. They needed one of his personas to keep their family together.

  • If Stan hates gay people so much (at first) why doesn't he seem to mind Roger being interested in men and women?
    • Roger is an alien, so gender might be different for his species.
    • Plus Stan doesn't seem to care what Roger does as long as he won't be found out as an alien and it doesn't harm the Smith family.
  • In season one it's established that Roger isn't supposed to leave the house at all for fear of being exposed but he constantly keeps leaving the house in disguise, just why did Stan change his mind about Roger leaving the house as the show progresses? At least the people are too dumb to realize that's a alien in a Paper-Thin Disguise.
    • Stan has a government job, a family, and his own wants/needs. Once he realized that Roger is good at disguising himself, he may have stopped caring and/or found that it's just not worth it to argue with Roger all the time.

  • How would Stan react to Roger murdering Millionaire Matt Davis? The one guy he wants Hayley to marry and provide a good future that Jeff sacrificed his trip back to Earth for, and Roger ruined it! I bet this would be enough for Stan to surrender Roger back to the CIA.
    • Probably anger, but you have forgotten why he had to hide Roger from the CIA. If he surrenders Roger, he could come around and say the Smiths have been harboring him and they may get brutally punished.

  • Why does Steve continue to trust Roger whenever they do their schemes that involve either money or getting Steve a girlfriend when 99% of the time Roger would just betray Steve anyway? I hope "Not learning lessons" isn't hereditary!
    • Steve is just probably so desperate to get a lasting relationship to keep going with Roger's schemes.

  • One of the major plot points of American Dad is that Roger cannot be discovered as an alien, lest unpleasant, possibly butt-related, fates befall the Smiths courtesy of the CIA. At the same time, Klaus the fish and Reginald the koala can interact with the public without raising an eyebrow. It's been established in Seth McFarlanverses that anthropomorphic animals exist because. But unlike Brian and the family of bears in The Cleveland Show, we know that Klaus and Reginald take on their human characteristics because of CIA tinkering. If the CIA is desperate to cover up an alien that can disguise himself so well that he can walk into CIA headquarters and get a management job there, why would they turn a blind eye to Klaus being a talking fish in public and flat-out allowing Reginald to take Hayley to the Shaggy (SHAGGY!) concert as a fully-outed agent in a koala's body?
    • The CIA believes that aliens are more threatening than talking animals which they created.
  • If Rodger is (somehow) able to fool the humans with his costumes and disguises for decades then how the hell did the CIA catch him in the first place?
    • In "A.T. The Abusive Terrestrial" he blacks out drunk and wakes up in that kid's backyard without his disguise. Change "random eight year old child" to "adult with a fully functioning brain" and you got what seems as good an explanation as any.

A Smith in the Hand

  • It just came to me, in A Smith In The Hand, if sex ed is required for graduation why isn't it made compulsory?
    • A lot of schools will give alternatives to the class, like doing book work, if a student's parents have objections to the class.

Roger's Drug habits

The Hurricane

  • In The Cleveland Show's part of the "Night of the Hurricane" crossover, the hurricane is said to hit Stoolbend, then pass through Quahog, and then finally end up in American Dad Land. The episodes were aired that order, but from a geographical point of view... the hurricane went from Virginia, to Rhode Island, and then back to Virginia. It went 450 miles to Rhode Island, AND THEN BACK AGAIN! ...why?
    • Rule of Funny, in order to correspond with the shows' time slots.
      • Then again, I guess it could have been an initially strong hurricane with 256 mph winds and it had circled back instantly because of its speedy direction.
    • In-universe? Maybe God was just like "Fuck Virginia in particular!"
    • We're only shown the events in that order because of the time slots. Who's to say that the events of all three shows weren't happening simultaneously? Granted that would require an obscenely massive hurricane, one with an eye somewhere in New Jersey, but that's the most plausible explanation for something like this.
      • I forget which headscratchers page it was (it was either the one for the Cleveland Show or Family Guy) but one troper mentioned a hurricane that "left and came back" with which states it hit (New Jersey and then the Gulf states again) and, indeed, there are some hurricanes that did "loop" (Ivan, Jeanne, Ginger, and Gordon but Gordon in particular), so it's possible that the Hurricane in those episodes "looped" from Virginia to Rhode Island and back again.

Hideki's Sex doll

  • Why wasn't Toshi's mom concerned about the fact that there was a sex doll in her closet? All she asked her husband was if it was clean or not. Wouldn't she have wondered why it was even there or why he had it in the first place?
    • I think the joke was that they both use it in their sex play.
    • She probably already knew about it. The joke was that she didn't have a problem with it.
    • I took it as a "better it than me" kind of thing.


  • In "Haylias", why didn't Dill just tell Stan that he was gay, instead of constantly dropping not-so-subtle hints about his homosexuality?
    • He probably didn't want his dad to know.
    • Dill's dad clearly states that Dill won't get his inheritance unless he marries a woman and settles down. Dill must be going along with the marriage to get his inheritance, with either the intention of divorcing Hayley after a suitable amount of time or just continuing to get man-action on the side.

Spaceship Note

  • That note in Roger's ship explaining that he was a crash test dummy, how could Stan read it? Is the alien language also English?
    • The aliens left that note for whoever found the wreckage, so presumably it was in English.

Gold Turd

  • Whatever happened to the golden turd?
  • In the Rapture episode, when Jesus/Stan ask Roger to fly them to the Anti-Christ, he says the ship needs precious metals/gems for power. So Jesus whips out what looks suspiciously like Roger's solid gold/jewel-encrusted poo-pile. Did Roger want off the planet so badly he forgot he craps gold and jewels?
    • I'm pretty sure he never knew to begin with, considering he didn't seem aware of his crapping gold ability.
      • If I remember correctly, Roger was ill during the episode that led to the golden turd. Maybe it's just something that happens to his species when they're (that particular kind of) sick?

The Orientation Device

  • In the episode "Dope and Faith", apparently the CIA has a device that can change a person's sexual orientation as Stan used it to change Brett Morris' wife into a lesbian, so if Stan hates gays so damn much, why doesn't he used this device to change Greg and Terry straight?
    • Maybe the device was not invented around the time Stan discovered they were gay. Also Stan has learnt to tolerate gays.
    • Not to mention that said device is still likely to make the target's head explode (or something), so Stan only used it on Brett's wife because he was really desperate
      • The device that projects an image of god into your head was the thing that made your head explode. The orientation swapper seemed to work without a flaw.

Hayley's age

  • Is Hayley really only supposed to be 19-20 years old? The episode "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" gives her conception year as 1992. Am I the only one who thought she was older? The characters in this show don't really seem to age much, so I always just assumed she started out in her early-to-mid twenties (definitely at least 21). It doesn't really make sense to me for her to be so young.
    • No you're not the only one who thinks she is older. For a long time I thought she was eighteen. I think the writers made a goof.
    • Hayley is in community college, and it's kind of implied that she's in her earlier years of the school, but for the most part, her exact age has been left up to interpretation.
      • It's been mentioned that she's 18.
    • No, she was conceived in 1996. I was born that year, and I'm 17.
    • Writers Cannot Do Math. However, you could presume that the episode where this comes up actually takes place after 2012.

Stan's Potty Faliure

Stelio Kontos

  • While overall the episode Bully for Steve is good and Stelio Kontos along with his music is awesome; why does Stan, A CIA agent who has previously been seen to assassinate people and handle himself pretty effectively in fights against his boss and other highly trained agents, get so totally beaten up by a guy who works at Klinkos?
    • Maybe Stelio is just that powerful.
      • In Francine's Flashback Francine beats up Stan for forgetting their anniversary. My guess is that Stan's strength depends on the writer.
      • Possibly a situation where a man and a woman get into a fight, the woman gets violent, and the man refuses to fight back. Stan is old-fashioned and conservative, so he probably believes in stereotypical gender roles (thus assuming that he's "not supposed" or "not allowed" to strike Francine under any circumstances)— he's also much bigger and stronger than Francine (and is a trained fighter), so he may have been legitimately concerned about hurting her if he fought back.
    • Alternately, he was overwhelmed with traumatic memories at the sight of his childhood bully and was too shocked to fight back.
      • This is further evidenced by the fact Stan didn't even put up a token resistance

Stan's wrestling record.

  • In The Wrestler, Steve gets Roger to beat up Barry in order to prevent him from beating Stan's high school wrestling record. However, Roger mistakes Snot for Barry and beats him up. Um, what? Wasn't there like a whole episode last season with extended interaction between Snot and Roger, Jenny Fromdabloc? How could he make that mistake?

The Kidney Killer

  • In the episode where they go back in time to see who Hayley's real father is why don't they just go back a few hours to stop Hayley from going to the bar and killing her kidneys in the first place.
    • Maybe they were so worried about Hayley that they weren't thinking straight (plus, it wouldn't be much of an episode if they resolved it that easily).
    • She may not have listened. Francine warned her beforehand that the drinks were pretty intense.

Stan's mental health

  • Just what kind of mental illness/disorder/disability does Stan Smith have? His way of thinking is abnormal, he's hurt his own wife either by accident or on purpose on several occasions, he let a lion attack a model, he ate a baby's umbilical cord thinking it's beef jerky, he thinks fire island is actually a island on fire, it took him a long time to realize Greg and Terry are gay. WHAT IS WRONG WITH STAN? Geez when Peter acts like a idiot it's funny but when Stan does it's just sad.
    • One of Stan's major traits is that he's oblivious and ignorant, that explains some of those things. Also, Rule of Funny.
      • How can it be Rule of Funny if Stan's way of thinking is just plain sad, at least Peter's stupidity is officially explained that he is a "little person" (Peter thinks that's a nicer term for retard) yet Stan never outright explained his own stupidity or confirmed he is a "little person" unless he is one and we just don't know it yet.
    • In Shallow Vows, Stan says Alzheimer runs in his family. Also most of his actions can be traced to his terrible childhood, his father leaving him, having to shoot his dog and having to skip his childhood due to his father leaving. These things had negative effects on him. Plus most of his actions are well intentioned.
    • In Real Life, there are people who think it's a good idea to read while driving and post their children's Social Security Numbers on the Internet. Some people really do just have a ridiculously low amount of common sense.
    • Like most comedies, certain personal qualities are taken Up to Eleven for Rule of Funny.

Toshi's Mom

  • So... Is Toshi's mom dead now? It seemed like his dad wanted her dead right out of left field.
    • Stan and Roger didn't kill her so no.
    • IIRC, she appeared in episodes after that.

Big Trouble In Little Langely

  • This troper and his best friend are having a debate about Stan's actions in "Big Trouble in Little Langley". I think Stan hates Francine's adoptive parents because they are Chinese and liked her real parents because they are white. She thinks Stan hates Francine's adoptive parents because they are annoying and liked her real parents because they are rich and everything Stan could wish for until he finds out how shallow they are and oh my god the first one opens a can of Unfortunate Implications so who is right here, Stan being racist or Stan annoyed by the adoptive parents?
    • He is annoyed by them because every time they show up, they take over the house with their stuff and boss him around in his own home.

Cyborg Stan vs Regular Stan

  • In "May the Best Stan Win", why did Francine stay with Cyborg Stan when he said that he went back in time to make sure she and present Stan broke up. She was right there and he said he lied about everything so they would break up.
    • Ideally, they would break up, but Cyborg Stan proved to Francine that he cares more about her than the original Stan, so that's why she stayed with him. (for a while anyway).
    • Original poster: How did Cyborg Stan prove he was better than Present Stan? All he did is say Present Stan doesn't care about Francine because he was training to fight robots in the future which was because of Cyborg Stan's lies that he was the chosen one.
    • You're missing the point completely. Lying about a future war was a pretense to get Stan out of the way, a pretense he EAGERLY accepted, leaving Francine alone with a veritable stranger. Cyborg Stan time traveling in itself is the "proof" that he's better. He had lived without her long enough to truly understand her value to him.

Hayley's paternity

  • In "The Kidney Stays In The Picture", Stan and and Francine say that they have to get the man from the bar to have sex with past-Francine because he might be Hayley's father. They say this because Stan stopped them from having sex, meaning that potentially, Hayley might not exist in the present day. Why don't they return to the present and see if Hayley is still alive? If she is, then Stan is her father, and there's no problem. If she isn't, then the man from the bar is her father, so all they need to do is go back in time again and prevent Stan from stopping the sex. Still no problem.
    • It depends on how time travel works in the series, but... if the man in the bar was Hayley's father and Stan and Francine stopped the sex and went back to the present, Hayley would exist. That might mean that after returning to the present, Stan and Francine would never even know Hayley existed. It's also possible that time travel can't be done constantly. We saw what happened to Agent Duper when he returned two minutes late.

Klaus Being a Fish

  • Why doesn't Klaus ask to be upgraded into a more capable animal (like an eagle, for example)? Yeah, he'd rather be in a human body, but the CIA is all out of them. No one would mind if he got put in said eagle.
    • According to Word of God, they wanted to change Klaus to something at least more mobile and even keep changing what he was every so often to keep him interesting, but Executive Meddling made it impossible (what would FOX would do with all the merchandise that has Klaus as a fish on it?). Though considering this plan was supposed be acted out in "Finances with the Wolves" way back in season one, I think changing him at that point should have been fine.


  • Whose funeral happened in "The American Dad After-School Special"? I originally thought it was just a family that had hair like Stan, Francine (only shorter, possibly - the hair, that is), and Hayley, in addition to a couple of other people, but in a later rewatching it's clear that it's Francine's voice actress who later screams "Why did he have to die!?"
    • Likely just some random person who has never appeared alive on the show. Plus it was just a trick before revealing that Steve survived for dramatic effect.

Snot's Crush on Hayley

  • If I'm not mistaken but, in the episode when Snot started to date Hayley and then got bored, didn't he tell her he was gay? Because in "Steve and Snot's Test-Tubular Adventure", they were talking about how they were gonna make sex clones of girls and she acted like it was normal unless this wasn't canon?
    • The reason Hayley even considered dating Snot was because she was still a mess after losing Jeff. By the time "Steve and Snot's Test-Tubular Adventure" came around, she was probably over Snot and had moved on to more swarthy, chiseled "benefits".


  • Speaking of "Steve and Snot's Test-Tubular Adventure" and it's canon but the cloning machine that created Glitter and Honey... is it the same exact one that created Stevearino? So now I'm wondering why Stan wanted to "Unclone" Glitter and Honey yet he's perfectly ok with using that device to create a clone of Steve that turned out to be a cat murdering psychopath?
    • Well first off Stan probably wanted to unclone them since presumably he had clearance for Stevearino and probably didn't want the CIA to know two 14 year-olds one being his son snuck in to a government facility and the cloning machine is probably not the same one since the clones were supposed to die once they reach the age of the person they're cloned from and Stevearino was around at least a few months.
      • Maybe Stevearino was a different kind of clone?


  • Ever notice how in Seth Mac Farlane cartoons, the kid who's the butt of more social outcast jokes (Meg, Steve) always has more friends than the other kid (Chris, Hayley)? What's up with that?
    • It's possibly because nerdy people tend to only talk to a small group of friends, whereas popular people are by default friends with everyone.
      • Except Chris Griffin explicitly said he doesn't have any friends, and the only people her own age we see Hayley with are people she sleeps with. Okay, that was poorly worded, but does she have any friend friends?
      • Nope, Hayley only ever interacts with her family, Jeff, random guys she meets before marrying Jeff or recurring characters who are connected to Stan or Francine.

Vacation Goo

  • In Vacation Goo, Stan mentions that the goo makes women sterile and warns the woman removing it that it will rot out her womb. Despite being exposed to the goo for years, Francine becomes the surrogate mother for Greg and Terry's baby with no ill effects.
    • To be a surrogate, you use a donor egg and sperm, so unless Francine's uterus is completely useless and unable to have someone else's fertilized egg implanted on its walls, she should be fine. That or Negative Continuity.

Stan talking to his past self

  • So, in "The Kidney Stays In The Picture" Stan tells his past self that they had gone back in time before being told that Back to the Future had already come out by this point; thus, Stan could have just explained it as "like Back to the Future" instead of a long ramble about the mechanics of time travel. Yet, in the episode with the Delorean, Stan says, more than once, that he has never seen Back to the Future, does not get its jokes, and has in fact never heard of it. So...?
    • My theory is is Stan knows the premise of Back to the Future but never saw it since in "Delorean Story-en" he knows it's a time based comedy but never watched it and Past!Stan may know about from TV commercials.

Man in the Moonbounce

  • In Man In the Moonbounce, if Francine is so concerned about the garage door and the taxes while Stan is in jail, why doesn't she do those tasks herself instead of pawning them off on Steve? She's a grown woman, is she completely helpless?
    • "Is she completely helpless"? Most likely. Either that, or she acts that way because she doesn't want the responsibility of caring for a family outside of menial housewife duties. In "Shallow Vows", she clearly states that she "Got married to be taken care of."
    • She has said once that she "can't handle much" where housework is concerned. Also, "There's just... so much laundry, Stan!"
    • Not to mention that the taxes look hard to do, when Steve was doing them he is stressed to the point of looking like an old man. Steve is also, in all likelihood, the smartest member of the Smith family (Hayley being his only competition).

Steve's personality

  • It may or may not be the case of Dependingonthewriter but what is the deal with Steve Smith's personality changes from episode to episode? Some episodes he really wants a girlfriend, some episodes he's a horndog, some episodes he's a teenager with many problems no therapist can help him with (as Roger puts it) and some episodes he acts like a immature spoiled brat... does Steve have multiple personalities or what's the deal with that... or is it like how Homer Simpson puts it "You'll never know what kind of person I'd be this week!"
    • Probably the former.
    • Sounds like a typical teenager to me...

Culling Chicks

  • When Steve and Roger were working in their local Chinatown as chicken sorters, dividing the females to lay eggs and the males to be killed for meat, what the bleeding hell did Steve think they meant by "culled" (for context, he envisioned the male chicks getting tophats, waistcoats, and canes and dancing like they're on Broadway; the actual definition of "cull" is to pick animals out of a group and kill them as population control, and Roger mocks him about this later)?
    • It is possible that he simply did not know.
      • Most likely that he didn't know. A lot of people don't really know how some farms operate unless they actually see it.
    • Actually, "culling", in general, means to "selectively remove individuals (of animals or plants) from a population" or, in some forms animal husbandry, to "selectively remove from the breeding population", so he probably heard the word and figured it would be something like "soft culling" (where the animals aren't killed; just either rehomed or not used), instead of "hard culling" (where specific ones are selectively slaughtered). Also, "culling" (or "cull") isn't really a word that a lot of people outside of specific circles would use, so it's also possible the episode was the first time he heard it and just knew it had something to do with the male chicks but not what it really meant.

Steve's Girlfriends

  • What happened to the Steve/Akiko relationship? The ONE time Steve actually gets a girlfriend (besides Debbie, who broke up with him last time I saw) and we get no continuation or resolution.
    • Status Quo Is God. It was also likely getting harder for them to have Grace Park come back (and I honestly much preferred Grey DeLisle).
  • After so many failed relationships and attempts to get a girlfriend (or sex) ruined, why doesn't Steve realize nor lampshade this streak of bad luck and do anything about to prevent it from happening... are the Smiths THAT Genre Blind?
    • Giving up is a bad idea in general. But he has lampshaded it on occasion. Most notably in the first appearance of Lindsay and Jewel, when Lindsay offers to go back to his place and make out and Steve responds by dejectedly saying he understood and walking out of the restaurant in sorrow. He figures it out eventually though.
  • If Steve wanted to lose his virginity so bad, why didn't he have sex with his only girlfriend Debbie when he had the chance?
    • She may not have been willing to do so before getting to know Steve more.

Janet Lewis

  • In "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" where Stan wishes to swap lives with Principal Lewis so Stan wakes up in Lewis' home, where was Lewis' daughter Janet at the time?
    • Janet does not live in Lewis's home. Lewis may just have partial custody or at least visitation rights. Remember that Stan wished for a world where he does not have a family.
      • One episode established that Lewis was divorced, so it's most likely he has joint custody.

Klaus' Soul

  • What happened to Klaus's soul?
    • Huh?

American Dad Jesus vs Family Guy Jesus

  • If American Dad and Family Guy take place in the same universe, why are there two different designs for Jesus?
    • I think Family Guy is a tv show on American Dad's universe. Stan mentions that Brian is his favorite fictional dog and in one Family Guy episode when Brian becomes conservative it cuts to Stan watching TV saying "Good job, Brian!" OR, just different storyboard artists, I dunno.
    • He's the Son of God, he can change his appearance however he wants.
    • In the crossover with The Simpsons, it was shown that James Woods could make more of himself. Presumably, so can Jesus.

Klaus' body

  • Why doesn't Klaus ask to put his mind in another animal. Sure, he can't get a human body, but being, say, an eagle, is a step up from goldfish.
    • Much of the humor with him has being a fish, plus they wanted to change it but couldn't because of Executive Meddling
    • I'd suggest placing his mind in a dog, but seeing what bad luck the Smiths have with them ("Pilot", "Stan's Best Friend", perhaps that's not the best idea. Also, Klaus is a dick who has shown on occasion to match even Roger in murderous sociopathy, so giving him a body with legs would prove disastrous.

Oedipial Panties

  • Did it occur to Betty that her son was scrubbing her vag in "Oedipus Panties"?
    • Do we even want to know?

The 200th episode

  • the 200th episode canon? Do all other episodes take place before it?
    • Nope. It's non-canon just like "Hot Water" and, possibly, the Christmas episodes.

Time Paradox

  • In the episode "The Longest Distance Relationship", Jeff tells Hayley to wait for him and uses a black hole that brings him to earth, but its 60 years in the future. Millionaire Matt Davis is still alive in this future, but after Hayley dies and Jeff feels bad for making her waste her life waiting, he goes out the same black hole and tells her to move on. Jeff changes the timeline, but then Roger enters Hayley's room followed by Matt who roger kills so. Jeff's decision couldn't have changed Roger or Matt's to enter the room, thus a time paradox. I have a few theories but they make little sense, What happened?
    • Well, first off, Hayley didn't die, actually, she just had a heart attack and fell comatose. Second, from what I got, Matt was most likely healthier than the former. Also, time went faster in the wormhole, so it would be 60 approximate regular time years.

Religious Beliefs

  • In "I can't Stan you" Deputy Director Bullock is handing out various illegal items for his agents to take home and hide before a congressional inspection, one of which is God's signature. All of the agent's eagerly put up their hands to volunteer but when Bullock says "Protestants only." all the agents except Duper put their hands down, including Stan! But the Smiths are protestant - they're Episcopalian. So, was that just an oversight by the writing staff or what?
    • The Episcopalian Church self-describes as "Protestant, yet still Catholic", with a pretty wide range within it. Maybe the Smiths (or at least, Stan) are from one of the more Catholic denominations with the Episcopalian community and thinks it is strictly Lutheran or Presbyterian?

Roger's Bar

  • How do customers get into Roger's bar without noticing (or being noticed by) the rest of the Smith household on the way?
    • According to a few episodes, they do know he runs a bar up there but it's possible he does that when everyone isn't home, likewise. there's probably other entrances to the attic.

Hayley's breakups

  • In "Pulling Double Booty", where we learn that Hayley enters an Unstoppable Rage if her boyfriend dumps her... despite having no hesitations doing the dumping herself. now why did the episode proceed to treat any man interested in her as preemptively at fault for having the potential to dump her but NOT ONCE did Stan nor Francine ever attempt to address Hayley's temper let alone call her out on being a disgusting Hypocrite?
    • That's...the whole point? Stan and Francine never examined what Haley's problem was, which is why we get the reveal that Stan never tells her he loves her even when she clearly indicates that's what she wants to hear, so she unhealthily takes her hurt and anger out on those who reject her.
      • It's possible that they tried and it ended bad.
      • Considering what we know about "Project: Daycare", it's possible that's where the rage and violence comes from.

Idiot Plot

  • In The Kidney Stays In The Picture, Stan and Francine have to go back in time to identify a man who may be Hayley's father, since Hayley drank so much she needs a kidney transplant while Francine only has one and the rest of the family may not be compatible. The question is, instead of going back to see if the man is Hayley's father, why not go back in time and just stop her from drinking to the point where she has kidney failure?
    • That question has already been asked before and it has been answered.

Memory Neutralizer

  • Why did Stan planning on killing either Jeff or Roger after the former discovered the latter is a real alien when he could've just taken Jeff to the CIA's secret lab and had his memories of Roger erased?
    • If I remember this right, in an earlier episode, Stan tried to erase Francine's memory in the secret lab and, while it did work, her memory was able to come back, so it might not completely work if there's something to trigger the memories. A reason why it might have worked with those two girls Steve brought in because neither of those two girls interact with the Smith family on a regular basis to have triggered memories of Roger.

Hideki putting a hit on his wife

  • Why did he want her dead in the first place?
    • He probably found her hard to deal with and got sick of her.

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