"American Dad!" The Longest Distance Relationship (TV Episode ) - IMDb
A page for describing Funny: American Dad! In "The Longest Distance Relationship" Jeff goes through a wormhole and ends up on Earth 60 years in the future. A page for describing YMMV: American Dad! some episodes he's a teenager with many problems no therapist might help him with (as Roger An online review]] for the episode even went as far as to say that it was "the kind of thing I'd for not retaliating for Roger's act of murder in "The Longest Distance Relationship". This article lists characters from the adult animated series American Dad! alongside . He is consultative and full of sage advice, sometimes even wearing glasses In a Season 10 episode "Longest Distance Relationship," Jeff is able to Debbie loses when an insulting page of her on the Internet is shown around school.
Stan's got a rather large gut although, he alternates between this and a hunky physique, depending on the episodebut doesn't stop him from doing handsprings and being a proficient CIA agent though he sucks at free-running. He is in the CIA as a field agent after all. A significant portion of the episodes' plots wouldn't be possible if Stan actually bothered to remember the dozens of times he learned that lying is wrong, to accept other groups such as gays and foreigners, to never listen to Roger's "advice", and to accept Steve and Hayley the way they are.
It's even been lampshaded on more than one occasion that Stan is completely incapable of learning from his mistakes; Stan himself even acknowledges it multiple times, no less: I'd know that if only I'd paid attention to anything that's ever happened to me before!
There's something you should know about me by now, Roger. I don't learn lessons. Stan thinks it's hot when Francine discusses how she wants to kill someone and got an erection when Scarlett held him at gunpoint.
His thought process runs on Aesop Amnesia and Insane Troll Logicand other characters have outright called him insane on more than one occasion. He suffers these and more often than not they're anus related.
He has good butt insurance from Darkstar. Badass in a Nice Suit: Stan almost always wears his iconic blue suit. One episode revealed that Stan is completely bald, and has been trying to keep it a secret from everyone. Except everyone already knew, and none of them cared. He then decided to keep wearing his wig and no one ever cared enough about it to mention it again afterwards.
Despite this, several episodes before and afterwards blatantly prove this is almost certainly not canon cf. If he were wearing a wig, there'd be no stubble nor would Roger need to scalp Stan. He fits in this tropes perfectly. He's tallest in the family, muscular however it has been shown that he's slighty overweight and there have been many women interested in him. When Stan was a boy, he molested his Catholic priest while away at a summer camp.
And no, that wasn't a typo. He molested the priest. Born in the Wrong Century: It's been shown several times that Stan has wild west values and views, due to his Republican beliefs. In several cases, Stan is shown to dress like a cowboy or address the ideology.
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In "The Magnificent Steven" he forces Steve and his friends to be cowboys. Ironically, in "West to Mexico" when the series is reimagined as the wild west.
Stan is actually out of his element because he lacks direction and steadiness in his hands. Despite his quirks, he seems to be very good at his job or at competent enough to avoid being fired outright by Bullock. Whenever he is caught off-guard when doing something bad as seen by others or when he narrowly avoids problems, he often says fast, "OOH! The entire plot of "I Can't Stan You" revolves around this; within the episode, he ends up having everybody in his neighborhood, including his own family, deported to a roadside motel simply because they kept criticizing and insulting him.
He starts off the series as a Heteronormative Crusaderbut by the time of "Daddy Queerest" he's a full gay rights supporter. Many episode plots center around him trying to control every aspect of his family's lives and freaking out when they won't do what he says. One episode finds him in Heaven trying to save his family from dying on Christmas day, and after nothing goes as he planned, he ends up storming into God's office with a heaven gun that can kill angels, holds god at gunpoint, and demands that he at least be able to go back to Earth to do it himself.
Despite this, he still insists he doesn't try to control everything at first. Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I mean, I can't think of a better metaphor than this. Doesn't hide from his family the fact that he wears panties and if it was socially acceptable, would wear mascara because it makes his eyes "pop like firecrackers".
Depending on the Writer: I'd know that if I'd paid any attention to anything that has happened to me before! Hayley is either daddy's wayward grownup daughter who he tries to keep on the right his path, or the displaced trouble child he simply gives up on because they have nothing in common.
Steve is both his school-stud son who has hidden geek qualities in his mind's eyeand simply a shake of the head as to where he went wrong raising that boy. Francine is possibly his air-headed housewife who is slightly clueless as to what goes on in front of her, or his air-headed housewife whose rager past is contained by the suburban shell around her.
Stan's competence also varies from episode to episode. In some episodes he is something of a Bunny-Ears Lawyerand despite his shortcomings is a somewhat competent agent whose stunts ultimately prove his worth, or a completely hopeless excess of a human being who is actually far less capable of surviving than his family.
In most episodes where the topic of religion comes up Stan is depicted as deeply and sincerely religious albeit often with a comedic level of ignorance about his own faith and the entire plot of "Dope and Faith" revolves around his fears that his atheist friend will go to Hell due to his lack of belief. In "May the Best Stan Win" on the other hand Stan appears to have no belief in any sort of spiritual afterlife, planning to be cryogenically frozen after death.
Stan, at times, is so adamant about being right, that he absolutely refuses to admit defeat even in the face of overwhelming adversity. A good example occurs in "Less Money, Mo' Problems". Stan makes a bet with Jeff and Hayley— if Stan and Francine can survive for a month on Jeff's minimum-wage salary, Jeff and Hayley have to move out of the Smith's home. Mere days into their journey, Stan and Francine are living in a cheap car with only rice and potatoes to eat.
Francine gives up and goes back home, but Stan continues the bet. He's eventually hit by a car, but can't get treated in a timely manner due to lack of health insurance per the terms of the betso he administers self-first aid with a newspaper and a used hypodermic needle. After his car is towed, he resorts to sleeping under parked cars, and eventually attempts to break in to his house and rob his own family.
At this point, he finally admits that he was wrong and tells Jeff and Hayley that they can live with him for as long as they need to. Didn't Think This Through: In "American Fung", he has Francine put in a mental hospital for a few days, so he can avoid facing her wrath for forgetting their anniversary.
It never crosses his mind that Francine would put two and two together, and figure out who put her there. Stan is personally responsible for Klaus being stuck in the body of a fish, simply because the CIA didn't want East Germany winning the Gold medal for Skiing during the Winter Olympics.
In "Four Little Words", he goes to great extremes to make Francine believe that she killed her friend when in actuality her friend was accidently killed by Bullock during a date gone wrong. He didn't want her say "I told you so".
Dropped a Bridge on Him: This happens to him at the end of "Hot Water" for no real reason, but like Kenny McCormickhe is alive and well in the next episode, mostly because "Hot Water" was a series finale that was rewritten as a non-canon episode when FOX decided to renew the series. Stan also dies in "Rapture's Delight" and gets escorted to his personal heaven, which is identical to the beginning of the episode though Klaus is dead and mounted on the wall.
The commentary for the subsequent episode jokes that everything from then on actually takes place in Stan's personal heaven. No matter what terrible things he does to others, he always expects them to forgive him right away.
Especially since he becomes stupider with each passing season. Family Guy itself has compared Stan to Joe, seemingly just for their large chins and having a government job Joe is a police officer; Stan is a CIA agent. Stan's so uptight that when he enjoys something, he can't stop. Also his "unusual" way of thinking, his arrogance, and pride tends to get him to perform unlikable acts of Disproportionate Retribution and ends up doing horrible things to his own family and is completely willing to put them in danger, lie to them and abuse them for his own benefit or sense of justice.
He thinks that he knows everything and constantly uses an eloquent and authoritative tone when speaking, but it's shown, especially in later seasons, that Stan is every bit an Idiot Hero and a Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
Stan was always something of a bumbling sociopath, but it originated more from his ego and right wing extremities, and at times he diverged from Seth MacFarlane 's traditional Bumbling Dad role by proving to have Hidden Depths and some amount of tact to the point of having spaced moments he was actually right about something.
As time passed however, the necessity for Stan to learn An Aesop every episode led to him becoming increasingly moronic and childish, and his badass CIA agent qualities have been increasingly degraded in favor of making him a borderline Straw Loser for the rest of the Smiths.
Basically Stan evolved from a slightly smarter right wing Peter Griffin to just being another if not deadlier Peter Griffin. Stan was extremely unpopular in his childhood due to his nerdy ways. As a result he bullies Steve for also being nerdy hoping to break him of said habits, in order for Steve to have the life he didn't. Additionally, his father, Jack, was an alcoholic who was never around and was later revealed to be a con artistwhich didn't exactly help in being a father.
Meanwhile his needy mother made Stan take his place, leading him to try take all adult responsibilities prematurely and not grow up naturally. Despite acting like a general idiot and doing incredibly stupid things, he is a weapons expert and the best field-agent on the CIA. He was even able to outsmart Francine several times in episodes like "Franny " and "Widowmaker".
This would eventually disappear in later seasons since Stan has been relegated into a full-blown idiot. Stan has a strong tendency to do this; lampshaded by Francine in "Stan of Arabia".
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To Francine, but they have an equal amount of neglect and unfaithfulness with love. Played with in "Stan's Night Out. However, Francine has absolutely no problem with Stan spending time with his friends away from her and is surprised he thought he was "stuck" there. He gets better as time goes on. In fact, accepting gay lifestyles is the only lesson Stan remembersprobably because a relapse into homophobia wouldn't fly under the radar as easily as his other forgotten lessons.
To the point where he even once gives a Patrick Stewart Speech that while Republicans might not accept gays or support gay rights, they shouldn't hate Gay Republicansbecause they're on their side and it's a waste of perfectly good hate that should be reserved for Democrats!
His father left him when he was young and his mother forced Stan to fill his role as provider despite being too young to do so.
His mom also lied to Stan, saying that his pet dog was sick and needed to be shot to put him out of his misery turns out she did it because the apartment they were moving in to didn't allow dogs. Generally, he dislikes being proven wrong by others on his ideals. He steals the idea of a telethon from Roger to save a torturing program for terrorists, but when many wonder if he really came up with the idea, Stan lies and claims he did, which makes Roger go after him to ruin the telethon.
Stan stupidly believed Roger got angry at him for not calling him for dinner. Stan is so into the thrill of winning that when he actually lost to Steve's team in a game of football, he attempted to commit suicide because of the shame he felt for losing. It also turns out that Stan never was able to express sadness properly either. The initial reason he agreed to risk his career and possibly even life to protect Roger from the CIA, considering himself to be honor-bound to repay Roger for saving his life from Unfriendly Fire at Area He trained up Steve by masquerading as a school bully to toughen him up.
When Steve asks him what Stan did to get rid of his bully, he simply laughs it off by saying his bully moved out so there was never a closure there. Several plots such as "Seizures Suit Stanny" revolve around Stan being deeply against something, then by circumstance or his own choice trying it for himself, and becoming obsessed with it and usually trying to cover his hypocrisy around his family.
These episodes more often then not tend to portray Stan at his most unlikable, especially with the lows he'll sink to in order to cover his tracks. Stan often derides Steve for being a geek and a "wuss", despite the fact that he was the same or even moreso at his age, and constantly tries to "make a man" out of him. But several episodes such as "Chimdale" have shown that, when push comes to shove, Steve can be more of a man than Stan is. In "Bully for Steve", Stan acted as a bully to Steve, constantly telling him that he needed to stand up to bullies.
But when Steve brings in Stan's childhood bully, Stelio Kontos, to do the fighting for him, Stan doesn't even try to fight back, letting Stelio beat him to a pulp. In "Big Stan on Campus", he looks down on the campus security team, believing them to be "unprofessional", even though he himself saw his temporary employment there as being like a "vacation", and wanted the students to see him as a " Cool Uncle " rather than an authority figure.
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When they made it clear they didn't see him that way, he attacked them all with pepper spray. But when Hayley ends up taking the blame for the damage he caused to the town's beloved mural while attempting to restore it, Stan does nothing to correct that belief, and is perfectly willing to let his own daughter suffer rather than publically admit his failure.
He frequently finds fault with others, expecting them to just stand there and take it, but he himself Can't Take Criticism at all. Stan forbids Steve to go out with Debbie, an overweight girl, while his family points out that he isn't quite thin himself. With Stan being extreme like he usually is, he takes the fat comments too close to heart and starves himself to the point where he becomes anorexic.
At one point, he basically sends Francine to the woods because she has a spanking fetish to "recover" from her deviancy, despite the fact that he's obviously got a foot fetish himself.
All played for humour, of course. Stan is able to hide it by use of an eloquent and authoritative tone, but only just barely. While deeply arrogant and self-assured, Stan is also very insecure, and craves the validation of others.
In "I Can't Stan You", learning that he was not as beloved by his neighbors as he believed he was caused him to break down, eventually driving him to have the whole neighborhood and his family relocated so he wouldn't have to endure their "criticisms".
This trait is also brought up in "Chimdale" and "An Incident at Owl Creek", with Stan even stating in the former his belief that other people's opinions of you matter more than anything. He's allegedly such a Control Freak that God Himself called him on it, but it's shown time and time again that he actually has very little control over his life.
He doesn't want another baby: Francine tries to rape him. It's reached the point where the family does the complete opposite of what he says the moment he says it although it's possible that his Control Freak tendencies are actually a result of the lack of control he has in his life. Stan's logic when it comes to fixing things he perceives to be broken. How he does he stop Francine from thinking he's too boring and leaving him? He'll poison Roger so Francine will be too busy taking care of him.
How does he get Steve to stop playing with toys? Take him to Mexico to lose his virginity to a whore. How does he believe he'll "fix" Christmas after he's perceived that liberals have ruined it? Go back in time and try to kill Jane Fonda. How does he plan to make up for forgetting his and Francine's anniversay again? He has Francine put in a mental hospital, just long enough for him to put together a poorly thought out gift.
In "Crotchwalkers", he steps on a rake, which swings up and hits his groin so hard that his testicles allegedly retreated up his scrotum, leaving him with an embarrassingly high-pitched voice.
Ironically, it's right when he accepts it to help Roger, Klaus and Hayley's Russian folk band that his balls drop back down. It's All About Me: While he does care about others, Stan is still completely willing to put them in danger, lie to them and abuse them for his own benefit or sense of justice. Despite his aim at protecting his family there are times where he is completely willing to put them in danger, lie to them and abuse them for his own benefit or sense of justice, this was lampshaded in "Hurricane!
It didn't help he shot Francine a couple times during the whole ordeal. Most of the time. His Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments are usually overshadowed by some of his crueler acts, such as a scheme to get back at a car salesman that happened to involve abandoning his own family as prerequisite.
Jerkass Has a Point: The episode "Less Money Mo' Problems," depicts Stan as being in the wrong for considering Hayley and Jeff freeloaders for living with him and Francine instead of being out on their own.
While the episode had some valid points about how hard it is to make a living on just minimum wage, Stan was actually justified for getting frustrated with them; what with Jeff waking him up in the middle of the night to watch Bonesgoing to the bathroom while Stan was still in the shower, and pouring out an entire bottle of syrup onto his pancakes after Stan asked him to pass it. In "The Old Stan and the Mountain," Stan is depicted as wrong for going behind his elderly coworker's back and stealing an assignment to demonstrate a new Urban Assault Vehicle.
While, yes, it was kind of a dick move, Stan points out that the coworker who was supposed to demo it was clearly exhibiting signs of senility, citing how just the other day he mistook a sponge for a Hot Pocket. You microwaved it for thirty seconds, flipped it over, and then microwaved it for another thirty seconds.
You had a lot of opportunities to see that it wasn't food. Generally, though most episodes usually depict Stan as in the wrong, he does make some legitimate points, even if he goes about them the wrong way, such as Roger being a lazy Fat Slob who acts like he's better than everyone around him "Weiner of Our Discontent"and being irritated that Francine's adoptive parents drop in uninvited and completely take over his house "Big Trouble in Little Langley". Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Arguably Stan's callousness has been toned down or at least been placed in more well-intentioned light in later seasons.
It is a rule for the creative team that, in his own mindset, Stan's actions are for the well being of his family and country. No matter how insane or immoral they are. Jock Dad, Nerd Son: A constant source of contention between he and Steve. Stan constantly tries to help his son with various "masculine" activities to avoid letting Steve repeat the same poor experience Stan had in high school. In "The Mural of the Story", he's put in charge of the restoration project to restore the town's mural.
But before it even starts, he ends up wasting the entire project's budget on a pre-party leaving him the sole person to fix it but only ends up making it worse. When the mural is unveiled, everyone assumes that Hayley was the one who made it worse and Stan Decides to just let them continue thinking that thereby completely throwing her own daughter under the bus and ruining her reputation.
While he does eventually own up to his actions at the second unveiling of the mural which is now entirely repainted in tribute to Hayley due to the aforementioned's revenge ploy of making him think that all his earlier actions led to her being involved in a serious car crash and in critical condition so that she and Klaus could plot to blow it upnobody besides Hayley calls him out for selling her out the way he did nor does he receive any punishment for wasting the initial project's budget before it could even get off the ground.
Kissing Under the Influence: With Roger during their trip to Atlantic City. They won't, looks at camera and smiles because they're awesome! The Golden Turd plot has been revisited quite sporadically ever since it was introduced early into Season 1 often taking several years before another installment is featured in an episode. After the first installment in "Homeland Insecurity", the next time we'd get an installment of it would be in Season 2's "Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option" a little more than a year later.
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And not counting its appearance in Season 5's "Rapture's Delight", the 3rd part wouldn't happen until Season 10's "Blagnarst: A Love Story" which first aired a little more than eight years after the 2nd installment! The latest installment in the Season 13 premiere "Father's Daze" is two years after the 3rd part and doesn't seem to show any signs of ending soon and it's pretty uncertain as to when we'll be seeing the 5th part.
The "Jeff in space" arc was dragged across several seasons, lasting over several years, and most of the episodes post-Jeff's A Day In The Lime Light were dedicated to putting the Reset Button on all of it's plotpoints, making it feel rather tiresome to many.
Some fans consider Roger's Freudian Excuse of his species needing to let out their bitchiness in order to keep from dying as this in retrospect.
Later seasons make it feel like the writers came up with this as a lazy way of justifying his actions that normally would classify him as a borderline Scrappy and lack of development.
Many fans have seen Roger's ability to move super fast in "Jenny Fromdabloc" as this. This is mostly due to Roger not seen using this ability in other episodes outside of the non-canonical "West to Mexico"especially in episodes where Roger is running away from Stan very slowly.
Another complaint is that this ability that came out of nowhere was also a very lazy way to resolve the episode's main plot. The ending of "White Rice" can be seen as this, especially since what wraps it up is also what kickstarted it in the first place making the whole thing feel pointless. Francine wanting Stan to lose his wrestling record in "The Wrestler" because she hated the museum he kept over it, for the handful of times she's shows up in the episode she never hints that the museum bothered her this conflicts with her being in the museum and later saying she likes going there every few weeks before then.
The episode's Halfway Plot Switch could also count since the episode goes from being a Stan and Steve episode to another repetitive Stan vs. Roger episode which plagued the show in it's final FOX seasons. The entire "Daesong Heavy Industries" two-parter could be considered this as both episodes end up having nothing to do with one another after forcing viewers to put up with the first part being the show's answer to the likes of "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" only to never follow-up or conclude any of the plot points of the aforementioned.
There has never been a clear divide between Steve and Snot about their financial situations in any other previous episode so Snot feeling happy that the two could finally be equals comes out of nowhere.
That, and the episode forcibly portrays Snot as being more poverned than he is normally such as sleeping on a "Pillow" that's nothing more than a trash bag full of old newspapers in order for this plot to work even though it doesn't. The reveal that all the murders in "Death By Dinner Party" were staged as a way of getting back at Roger for usually acting like a childish jerk.
What makes this qualify is the fact that earlier in the episode there are several scenes of the other characters acting scared that they could be the next ones to die when they have no reason to do so since Roger isn't present for most of them.
The Schoolhouse Rock parody in the episode with Ollie North's gold. All the songs in Hot Water. Helps that they got Cee Lo Green to play the hot tub. The Summoner's song to bring out the Majestic in "Lost in Space". Roger and Klaus to a lesser extent is either hilarious or annoying. His Flanderization and oversaturation in later seasons don't do him much favors. He's either an Adorkable nerd who idolizes his father or an unsympathetic pervert and inconsiderate brat in later seasons anyway.
Despite garning a number of detractors in the later seasons, he does still have a number of fans who enjoy the character, much like with Stan. This being due to not only the continued increase of focus on his more unlikable qualities which is best highlighted in episodes like "Seizure Suit Stanny", "Father's Daze" and "The Mural of the Story", but also the complete Flanderization of his character devolving him from a slightly smarter Peter Griffin to just another clone of him who is just as if not more retarded and dangerous to everyone around him.
Badass hyper-competent CIA Agent who can spy with the best of 'em and manages a daring parkour-esque escape from Steve in a shopping mall. Attempts free-running, falls and breaks his leg open, gets beaten up on a regular basis and has proven completely incompetent at protecting his family. Much like Family Guythis show has a lot of extended scenes, unbleeped-out language, and cruder lines of dialogue that only the DVD version can provide. Unlike Family Guythey don't come by the boatload.
A key factor in why many consider the show to be a complete Family Guy clone in the later seasons. The "All art is gay" sequence from "Portrait of Francine's Genitals". Earlier seasons still had their own moments. The 1,th Vagina Joke and Mind Quad stand out, as well as a gag that depicts the cast as Animated Actors where Stan walks off the set because he thinks the B-Plot he and Francine are in doesn't make any sense, storming off past a giant version of Klaus in front of a green screen.
Granted, these moments were fewer and far in-between and nowhere near as out there and bizarre as some of the stuff in the later seasons like the aforementioned "All art is gay" sequence. In that episode's defense, it was supposed to be the last episode of the entire series because the writers were afraid FOX was going to cancel the show. When they discovered that FOX wasn't going to cancel American Dad, the episode was put on as a season seven premiere and the deaths were written off as non-canon.
In actuality, it was the st episode to air. Stan, Francine, and Steve don't appear at all outside of the opening recap which consists of old footage and even then, Stan is the only one of the three who speaks in said recycled footageHayley appears very briefly in the beginning and another character briefly morphs into her later on and she in turn is the only major character to have an actual appearance Roger appears briefly as well, but it's in a scene that's in another character's mind.
The episode focuses mostly on Jeff Hayley's stoner husband and is more of a sci-fi adventure with some comedic overtones and music provided entirely by the band Wax Fang. The final episode on FOX, where the whole story and possibly the series turns out to be a story told by Stan about how Kim Kardashian was born which, in the American Dad! The ending involves Fung selling the show to another Asian billionaire who transplants the show to China, and the new American Chinese Dad! It culminates in most of Langley Falls barring the Smith Family turned cannibal going to war against every last persona Roger has ever made given form from the aforementioned Collider incident before their fight is interrupted by a mutant, monstrous Klaus.
While episodes of this series that feel like rejected scripts from Family Guy have been a semi-regular occurrence since the season, "The Mural of the Story" easily takes the cake in terms of how un-American Dad! Nearly every character in the main plot is an unlikable douchebag Francine for example is at her most Lois Griffin-esque in terms of how bitchy and uncaring she is and contains what is arguably the worst Gorn scene to ever come out of any of the Seth MacFarlane based shows which also slightly doubles as an Overly Long Gag in a very misguided attempt at Dark Humor.