Black Mystery Month

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"Black Mystery Month"
American Dad! episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 13
Directed by Brent Woods
Written by Laura McCreary
Production code 2AJN20
Original air date February 18, 2007
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"Black Mystery Month" is the thirteenth episode of the third season and the thirty sixth overall episode of the animated comedy series American Dad!. It aired on Fox in the United States on February 18, 2007, and is written by Laura McCreary and directed by Brent Woods.[1]

In the episode, while researching a paper about George Washington Carver in celebration of Black History Month, Steve uncovers a conspiracy that's been going on since the Civil War and strives to expose it to the public. Meanwhile, Roger stalls during a game of Jenga with Hayley.

Plot[edit]

While researching a paper about George Washington Carver, in celebration of Black History Month, Steve uncovers a conspiracy that's been going on since the Civil War. When the curator of the Smithsonian Peanut Museum reaches out to tell Steve the truth, he's mysteriously murdered, and Steve and Stan are tracked by a secret society called the Illuminuti (parody of Illuminati) that will stop at nothing to keep this scandalous secret of American history a secret.

At one point Stan rescues Steve. Stan explains that the true inventor of peanut butter was Mary Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln's wife, as a means of keeping away evil spirits. Shortly before the end of the Civil War, when "the North's victory over the South was imminent", Lincoln feared that the South could only be forced into abolishing slavery, and never of their own accord, and this would lead to further conflict. He then realized that the butter would be an ideal method of making the Southerners accept blacks as their equals - by introducing the delicious snack to the South and crediting the invention to a black person. However, before the plan could be put into action, John Wilkes Booth, who "despised legume based racial harmony", shot Lincoln.

In 1896, 31 years later, the plan was revived by President Grover Cleveland. Cleveland heard of a young black botanist, Carver, who had invented over 300 uses for peanuts, but amazingly, "mashing them up and eating them wasn't one of them". Cleveland gave a jar of peanut butter to an unknowing Carver, who received the credit for the invention. Stan further explained that there was a legendary "Jar of Proof" that had evidence proving that Carver had not invented it, but an organization called the Illuminuti was dedicated to finding the Jar and destroying it, fearing that the truth would cause the country to descend back to racism and hatred.

Steve decides that the truth has to be revealed, and Stan agrees. After following several clues, they find a monocle, a pole from a strip club and an oddly shaped flower pot. Steve figures out the puzzle and they go to Lincoln's statue where they put the "pole" (Lincoln's cane), the monocle, and the flower pot (Lincoln's hat) on the statue. The statue's legs lift up revealing an underground tunnel; after some exploring (also a cloud of green gas, which was started by a huge fart) they find a lake of lava, with a small rocky island in the middle, with the Jar of Proof on top.

Stan strains to reach the Jar, and as he does, Steve sees the Illuminuti symbol tattooed on Stan's back, marking him as one of them. President Jimmy Carter shows up. Carter and Stan both explain to Steve that the American people can never know the truth about peanut butter, because it will lead to the end of racial harmony. Steve denies this, convincing Stan that America is grown up and can handle the truth; Stan winks and gives the backpack with the Jar to Carter. Shortly afterwards, Carter is hit by falling debris and falls into the lava lake along with the backpack. Stan and Steve then escape the collapsing temple and then realize that Stan failed to switch the jars (as he believed that it was a magic backpack that automatically switched the jars).

They don't actually have the Jar of Proof, so Steve decides that there is one place where a person can put out crazy information with no evidence and millions will accept it as true, and writes an article called "The Truth About Peanut Butter" on Wikipedia. Stan also agrees to take the Internet blocks off Steve's computer. A subplot involves Hayley and Roger playing Jenga. Roger takes forever to make a move, thinking, getting an engineer for advice and making a second stack to test his move beforehand (the company said it violated the "spirit" of the game but not the actual rules); finally he makes a move, and then screams at Hayley as she hesitates a moment before moving herself.

Reception[edit]

The episode was watched by a total of 7.06 million people, this made it the fourth most watched show on Animation Domination that night, losing to King of the Hill, Family Guy and The Simpsons with 8.74 million.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Dad! Episode Guide 2007 Season 3 - Black Mystery Month, Episode 13". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. February 21, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2011.