American Dad is back!
It’s too bad that American Dad never got the kind of attention Family Guy did. Even after thirteen seasons, it’s still got it. It’s not just funny but genuinely surprising how it plays with its own established formula. This most recent episode is a perfect example of that.
The B story in "Whole Slotta Love" plays out like any common American Dad set up; Roger gets way too involved with his latest scheme and takes things too far, as he is prone to do. In this case he becomes a flight attendant for the purpose of being the “funny” one at work. Other storylines following this template include;
- Roger wants a Dean Martin style “roast” from his family. He gets offended by their jokes and tries to kill them all,
- Roger wants to be a limousine driver. When some frat guys ditch him without paying, he runs them all down one by one. They owed him something like $20.
- Roger reluctantly plays an old Dreamphone board game. He falls madly in love with the first “boy” who calls him. He tracks down the model who posed for the photo of the “boy”. When it turns out the model’s personality is nothing like the fictional character he represented, Roger kills him.
Most of these Roger-obsession-revenge stories end violently or almost violently. And yes, in this episode Roger does take things too far when another, funnier, flight attendant draws attention away from his increasingly desperate comedy routines. It’s weird how things not ending up in violence is not only still funny but genuinely unexpected.
We also have Francine inviting some of her “girls” over after a few sips from her secret XXX private reserve. Her incoherent ramblings result in some of the best Francine dialogue. And let's appreciate to graduate Stan’s glasses, cargo shorts and bright red “dad” golf shirt. The fanny pack just ties the rest of the ensemble together. How else would he carry around all those tiny screws?!
I really recommend checking this episode out even if you aren’t a fan or haven't tuned in for a while. And I should also mention that there were some valuable travel tips in this episode. That's right Daders, American Dad Cares!