American Dad, Season 8, Episode 5: Why Can't We Be Friends, Review

Review Robert Bernstein 12/3/2012 at 8:03PM

American Dad is one of the funniest animated series going, definitely in the Top Three, despite being little cousin to Family Guy.

In this episode of American Dad, Stan sees Steve and Snot elaborately playing air guitar in his garage. Stan is irritated by their antics and tries to break the pair up. He forbids Steve to hang out with his friend, but the pair keeps playing together, despite Stan’s wishes. Stan devises an elaborate plan to separate Steve from Snot. First, Stan apologizes to Snot and takes him out for ice cream. While out for ice cream, a mobster attacks the ice cream shop, killing two men. He aims to kill Steve, but Stan rescues him. We find out that Stan had the entire scene staged, in order to scare Snot into joining the Witness Protection Program. Stan calls Snot’s mother pretending to be Snot and tells her that Snot has joined NASA. 

Stan stays at Snot’s house one night after Snot invites him in for some casserole. Stan and Snot have a sleepover and chat like best friends do and Stan quickly befriends Snot.

Steve discovers Stan has not sent any of Steve’s letters. He goes to Snot’s hideout only to discover Stan has become Snot’s new best friend. Snot tells both Stan and Steve that he is able to hang out with both of them. So, Steve and Snot head to a pizza shop. Stan interrupts their get together and invites himself to hang out with them at a carnival. Once at the carnival, Steve feels left out due to Stan’s overpowering personality and he leaves Snot and Stan to hang out alone. Snot notices his friend missing and becomes depressed and also the carnival. Snot then shows up at Steve’s house and plays an air guitar version of a Joe Satriani song.

Roger has Jeff, Hailey’s boyfriend, clean Roger’s attic for some cash, but then jumps him after he leaves to get the cash back. He does this three more times. Eventually, Jeff stands up to his masked assailant and shoots him repeatedly. In any show not created by MacFarlane, we would be able to assume that Roger has just been killed off. However, we are sure to see Roger’s return in next week’s episode of American Dad, as characters in MacFarlane’s world never truly die.

American Dad continues to include awesome music every week. One episode gave us a glimpse into the world of My Morning Jacket and other episodes included songs by Sam Cooke, Third Eye Blind and Queen. This episode delightfully added Joe Satriani to the mix, with "Always With me, Always With You."

American Dad is one of the funniest animation series on television today. While still remaining the little cousin to Family Guy, American Dad carves out its own place among the top three animated series still running. Seth MacFarlane has created a truly outrageous character in Roger. We never know what Roger will do next. This creates a very unique dynamic in the show, because MacFarlane can just throw in a couple scenes with Roger to make an otherwise-not-so-funny episode comical. This was not the case in last night’s episode, however, as the entire episode was an all around treat.

Tonight’s episode receives an 8 out of 10 rating simply because Stan was shown dressed in glam-rock attire, which was hilarious.

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