Escape from Pearl Bailey

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"Escape from Pearl Bailey"
American Dad! episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 5
Directed by Bob Bowen
Written by Dan Vebber
Production code 3AJN19
Original air date November 9, 2008
Guest actors
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"Escape from Pearl Bailey" is the fifth episode of the fifth season of American Dad!. It aired on Fox in the United States on November 9, 2008. This episode centers around Steve Smith and his friends Snot, Toshi, and Barry, who all plan to escape Pearl Bailey High School, when all the cool kids sought to get back at them because of Steve's revenge scheme.


At Pearl Bailey High School, Steve gets back together with his ex-girlfriend Debbie, making his friends jealous, while Lisa Silver is running for Student Council President. Steve persuades Debbie to run against her after Debbie learns that Lisa spent the school's money for fetal pigs and for hiring a Hollywood hairdresser and a live buffalo. As he garners support for Debbie, Steve neglects his friends. Debbie seems to be winning the election until a slam page is posted online, causing her to lose. Determining Lisa and her friends caused Debbie to lose the election, Steve executes an elaborate revenge scheme on three of them: he feeds laxative to a buffalo which excretes on Amy, fills Janet's leg with fat during a liposuction procedure, and allows a prostitute to infect Lisa's teddy bear so Lisa develops herpes from snuggling with it. Debbie is horrified by Steve's acts and ends their relationship. Steve learns that his friends posted the slam page; they wanted him to spend time with them rather than devoting all his time to Debbie. Angered that they have caused him to hurt three innocent girls and drove Debbie away from him, Steve ends his relationship with his friends.

As soon as they learn that Steve is the culprit, everyone in the school, including Principal Lewis because Janet is his daughter, chases down Steve's group. After reconciling with each other, Steve and his friends try escaping from the school, while Lewis offers a $500 reward to anyone who catches them. The four manage to get past everyone until they stumble into an area filled with goth students. After Steve tells everyone the reason he sought revenge on the girls was he genuinely cares for Debbie, she tells the goth students to let Steve and his friends go. The four make it outside, and Steve spots Francine in her car waiting for them. The cool kids cut them off and corner them in a bus. Steve tells his friends the only way out of their situation is to face the students head on. They leap out of the bus to go out in a "blaze of glory".


Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club gave the episode an B+, saying "I can't say I didn't find myself wishing for a brief reprieve from Steve's whine about halfway through the episode, but it maintained momentum thanks to the episodic structure of Steve's revenge on the popular crowd following their (supposed) attack on Debbie's student-council election, and the obstacle-course structure of the gang's escape from the angry hordes of students looking to avenge said revenge. And even though there was a lot going on–there were really three different stories being told–it didn't overshadow quite a few good gags. (My favorite: Debbie reaching out to the underdogs in her speech, calling out the Dr. Who fans, the Christian weight lifters, and the league of red-headed gentlemen.)"[1]

The episode was watched by a total of 6.54 million people, this made it the fourth most watched show on Animation Domination that night, losing to King of the Hill, The Simpsons and Family Guy with 8.47 million.[2]


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  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 11, 2008). "Top Fox Primetime Shows, November 3–9". Retrieved March 25, 2011.