Hot Water (American Dad!)
|American Dad! episode|
|Episode no.||Season 8
|Directed by||Chris Bennett|
|Written by||Judah Miller
|Original air date||September 25, 2011|
|List of American Dad! episodes|
This episode, narrated by Cee Lo Green, is a parody of Little Shop of Horrors. Stressed out by his family and his obligations, Stan allows Principal Lewis to take him shopping for a hot tub at the Little Shop of Hot Tubs. Stan is drawn to a used hot tub in the store's back room that the salesman, Margarite, tries to talk him out of purchasing. Stan ignores him, buying the hot tub and taking it home with him. There, he learns that the hot tub can talk, tempting Stan into using it (Dip a Toe). This eventually leads to him and Francine having their most intense sex ever (Hot Tub of Love).
Francine starts to worry about the hot tub's effect on Stan, and orders him to stay out of it. That night, the tub draws Stan to it, leading Francine to give Stan an ultimatum: the tub or her (Do Whatever You Like). When Stan chooses the tub, Francine packs the rest of the family and leaves for her parents' house (Daddy's Gone). Still unable to shake his suspicions about the hot tub, Margarite investigates its past, learning that it came alive after being struck by lightning and killed its original owner. It later escaped from a mental hospital (Research).
Margarite and Principal Lewis go to Stan's house, where the hot tub swallows Lewis and causes an escaping Margarite to crash his car, killing him. The hot tub then draws Francine back home, imitating Stan on the phone. Stan discovers the deception and returns home just as the hot tub swallows Francine. After the hot tub explains its first killing spree, Stan unsuccessfully tries to recover Francine. The hot tub jettisons Stan through the roof, leaving him sprawled on the pavement across the street (Psychotic Hot Tub).
At the last moment, Stan remembers the "Spa Down" given by Margarite for "calming down" his tub; unfortunately, he succumbs to his wounds. Cee Lo announces that Stan is dead, ending the episode abruptly.
This episode was written by Judah Miller and Murray Miller and directed by Chris Bennett. This would be the second season premiere to be written by the Millers, the first being "In Country...Club".
During the "Evening with American Dad" panel with the show's staff that took place at the Paley Center on September 22, 2011, executive producer Mike Barker revealed that there was a time that they thought that the show was not going to be renewed and thought that this was going to be the final episode. To quote Barker: "We thought, 'What better way to end the series? Kill the main character!'" The songs and music score were written and composed by Asa Taccone, brother of Jorma Taccone from The Lonely Island fame.
The A.V. Club graded the episode a B+, stating "This wasn't, perhaps, the gut-bustingly funny American Dad that the show can be at its best, but audacity in musical form is just about as good. American Dad used tonight's season premiere to establish itself as the weird middle sibling of the Fox animated shows. Right now, it's probably also the best of them".
- Kaiser, Rowan (2011-09-25). "“Hot Water”". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-10-03.