Pilot (American Dad!)
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|American Dad! episode|
Just one of the normal side effects of living with an alien
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Ron Hughart|
|Written by||Seth MacFarlane
|Original air date||February 6, 2005|
"Pilot" is the first episode of the American animated television series American Dad!. It originally aired on Fox on February 6, 2005. It follows a similar plotline from the American Dad! short from Fever Pitch, with noticeable changes to the animation of Steve. It was written by series creators Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman, and directed by Ron Hughart. The pilot introduces the Smith family, father Stan, mother Francine, daughter Hayley, son Steve, pet goldfish Klaus, and alien Roger. It guest stars Carmen Electra, Chris Cox, Jeff Fischer, and Natasha Melnick. It is also one of the few American Dad! episodes that features random cutaways (like creator Seth MacFarlane's other television show, Family Guy).
During breakfast Steve Smith announces that he plans to ask out Lisa Silver, the head cheerleader at his school, and his mother Francine puts Roger, the alien who is living with the Smiths, on a diet, fearing that he may be getting fat. Steve is rejected by Lisa but on the way home notices a girl attracted to a man with a dog, he therefore decides to ask his parents for one. His father Stan gets him a 19-year-old dog (133 dog years old), thinking it has character (because it lived during Ronald Reagan's presidency). Later that night Stan accidentally shoots it thinking it was an intruder. At the funeral, Steve's sister Hayley chides Stan for killing the dog because conservatives oppose gun control, but Stan replies by trying and failing to fart.
Hayley agrees to provide Roger with junk food when he offers to write her English papers for her. However, he has a sugar crash and passes out without doing one of Hayley's papers the night before it is due. Hayley is able to come up with an excuse to get an extension, claiming her dog died, and she decides to discontinue her agreement with Roger.
Stan rigs the school election so that Steve becomes the school president, framing another candidate for an affair, and Steve's new position impresses Lisa Silver, so they begin dating. However, Lisa breaks up with Steve when he tries to kiss her and Steve barricades himself inside the school. Stan breaks in and tells him that he was unpopular in high school as well. He also cheers him up by having the Silver family deported. At the end of the episode, Roger persuades Steve to get him junk food in return for advice on talking to girls.
- "Pilot (American Dad!)". tv.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
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