The Most Adequate Christmas Ever

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"The Most Adequate Christmas Ever"
American Dad! episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 8
Directed by John Aoshima
Written by Jim Bernstein
Production code 3AJN12
Original air date December 16, 2007
Guest actors

Jane Lynch as Doctor
Paget Brewster as Michelle
John DiMaggio as Bouncer
Tim Dadabo as Waiter
J.K. Simmons as Judge

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"The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" is the eighth episode of the fourth season and the fiftieth overall episode of the animated comedy series American Dad!. It aired on Fox in the United States on December 16, 2007, and is written by Jim Bernstein and directed by John Aoshima.[1]

In the episode, Stan dies on Christmas Eve while trying to find a perfect Christmas tree, then wreaks havoc in heaven trying to return to Earth to save his family who were dragged along on his quest from freezing to death in the woods.


After Stan comes home from another dangerous mission on Christmas Eve, he discovers the rest of the Smith family has spent the day decorating the house. Stan berates their efforts and insists that they find a better tree. After Stan ridicules their suggestions, Francine accuses him of thinking he knows everything. The rest of the family return to the car while Stan climbs a mountain to retrieve a tree, only to be crushed to death when the tree falls on him.

Stan finds himself in Limbo, where he is to await an assignment to Heaven or Hell. Stan insists that he should not have died and demands a second chance. As a regulation, he must undergo a trial to determine whether he should return to life. Stan is taken to the Court of Limbo, where he is assigned to an incompetent lawyer named Michelle. The cherubic prosecutor proves that Stan has refused to admit that anyone else was ever right, and the judge rules against giving Stan a second chance. Stan learns that because he took his car keys when he separated from his family, they are currently freezing to death on Earth and will be joining him soon. Stan attempts to hold the court hostage with his gun. When he is informed that weapons from Earth cannot harm them he steals a "Heaven gun" from a bailiff and takes Michelle hostage, declaring his plan to escape to Heaven to talk to God. At Heaven's gates, Stan unsuccessfully tries to bluff his way past St. Peter. Michelle knocks St. Peter out, explaining she wants to help Stan save his family and drink God's alcohol. As a result Stan, who before had mocked her and felt no sympathy for her problems, feels sorry for her.

The two make their way to God's house, where Jesus is having his birthday party; they sneak in and Stan tracks down God's office, demanding that God either return him to life or at least save the rest of the Smiths. God insists that he has a divine plan that Stan cannot understand, and that he will not alter it for Stan. Stan points his gun at God's head and demands he help the others. God points out how arrogant Stan is and demands to know whether Stan honestly believes he knows better than God. Stan admits he does not and resigns himself to God's will. God reveals that his plan was to force Stan to show some humility and says he will restore him to life. God also agrees to Stan's request to give Michelle wings. Stan finds himself back in his home at the moment he arrived that day. He tells the family how much he loves the decorations, and the family celebrates a happy Christmas while Michelle flies by to look in the window.


Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B, saying "The downside of the plot though, is that it required a lot more emphasis on Stan than on the rest of his family, and as usual, the wacky-patriarch routine didn't stretch quite far enough–I wanted more of Roger's Christmas Club Mix '07, but instead I got a battle sequence between Stan and the archangels. The courtroom scene was successful in that respect, because it allowed for some inter-family moments via the "evidence" against Stan's life, but the third act fell a little flat (though I did enjoy Stan accidentally walking in on the Holy Spirit in the bathroom). I'm beginning to think Stan works better as a foil to his family than as a central figure–which isn't exactly an ideal way for a show's central character to function."[2] The episode was watched by a total of 7.17 million people, this made it the fourth most watched show on Animation Domination that night, losing to King of the Hill, a repeat of Family Guy and The Simpsons with 10.15 million.[3]


  1. ^ "American Dad! Episode Guide 2007 Season 4 - Most Adequate Christmas Ever, Episode 8". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  2. ^ Koski, Genevieve (2007-12-17). ""Dreamweaver"/"The Most Adequate Christmas Ever"". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  3. ^ T. Calabria, Rosario (December 17, 2007). "Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, December 16, 2007". Your Enternainment Now. Retrieved March 24, 2011.