It's Good to Be Queen

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"It's Good to Be Queen"
American Dad! episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 12
Directed by Rodney Clouden
Written by Alison McDonald
Production code 1AJN19
Original air date February 26, 2006
Guest actors

Jon Cryer as Quacky
Ioan Gruffudd as Medic
Mike Henry as Donnie's Dad
Jeremy Sisto as Mitch
Alison McDonald as Betty Sue

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"It's Good to Be Queen" is the twelfth episode of the second season and the nineteenth overall episode of the animated comedy series American Dad!. It aired on Fox in the United States on February 26, 2006, and is written by Alison McDonald and directed by Rodney Clouden.[1]

In the episode, it's Francine's 20th high-school reunion, and Stan, who was a geek in high school, wants to bask in her reflected glory. At home, Steve and Roger play a practical joke on a pizza-delivery guy, and receive gentle wisdom in return.

Plot[edit]

The episode begins with a flashback to Stan's high school years, when he was tricked by three mean guys who assure him that the Homecoming Queen wants to dance with him. However, they pull a prank on him by dropping pigs on him (the boy in charge of obtaining pig's blood never finished reading Carrie, only to stop mid sentence after the word pig's). Humiliated, Stan swears one day he will get back at them by bringing his own Homecoming Queen.

In the present, Stan comes close to realizing his dream, planning to attend Francine's reunion - Francine was voted Homecoming Queen of her school, winning by one vote. Stan proudly attends Francine's reunion, where various items from their high-school years are brought out of storage. Among them is the Homecoming ballot box, which contains two previously uncounted votes for Francine's opponent, Betty Sue. Francine graciously concedes victory and gives her crown to the real queen, but Stan is furious to have his dream of going to a high-school reunion with the Homecoming Queen taken away from him. He starts overreacting by getting rid of anything "queen" in their hotel.

Francine is annoyed at Stan's reaction, and sarcastically suggests that he should take the real Homecoming Queen to the reunion instead of her. Stan, unsurprisingly, takes her seriously. Francine is angry at him, so to save his marriage, Stan sends his CIA double Bill to take her out to dinner while he goes to the dance with the Queen. The plan backfires when Francine decides to go to the reunion with the double. Stan realizes that Francine is what is important in his life and abandons Betty Sue before they enter the dance. He races to the restaurant where Bill took Francine only to find they have already left. He hurries back to the reunion. When Francine sees two Stans she becomes furious and steals Stan's gun. However, she is unable to tell the two Stans apart. One of them tries to calm her by apologizing and telling her he loves her, so Francine assumes the other Stan is the real one and shoots him. But it turns out that the apologizing Stan was the real Stan, and Francine is so touched by the unexpected display of emotion that she forgives him. As his double is being taken into a medical copter, Stan tells Francine that he tipped the pilots to shine their light on them while dancing (with INXS's Never Tear Us Apart).

In the meantime, Steve and Roger play water balloon pranks with Stan's mortar. They then encounter a charismatic philosopher pizza delivery man named Mitch, who greatly resembles Jesus and shows great deals of wisdom. When Roger "accidentally" destroys his car, they allow him to use Francine's car without Hayley's knowledge (she, Klaus and her boyfriend Jeff are inside the house getting high on marijuana brownies). Steve gains personal wisdom from Mitch at each delivery. However, when Mitch takes Roger on a delivery and imparts wisdom to him, Steve feels betrayed. In anger, he throws all the pizzas into the river. Upon arriving home, he learns that Mitch has lost his job. Steve gets the real picture; that Mitch did not fail him, he failed Mitch. With the lesson learned, Mitch walks down the street and disappears. Yet Steve believes he will be back in three days (to move his car for street sweeping.)

Reception[edit]

The episode was watched by a total of 7.70 million people, this made it the third most watched show on Animation Domination that night, losing to Family Guy and The Simpsons with 9.51 million.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Dad! Episode Guide 2006 Season 2 - It's Good to Be the Queen, Episode 12". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC. February 28, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2011.