|American Dad! episode|
|Episode no.||Season 8
|Directed by||Shawn Murray|
|Written by||Jordan Blum
|Original air date||November 20, 2011|
|American Dad! (season 8)
List of American Dad! episodes
"Virtual In-Stanity" is the fifth episode of the eighth season of the animated comedy series American Dad!. It aired on Fox in the United States on November 20, 2011. The episode plot mainly revolves around Stan making a desperate attempt to bond with his son, Steve by creating a busty blonde bombshell.
This episode was written by Jordan Blum and Parker Deay and directed by Shawn Murray. This episode generally received positive reviews.
While playing poker with the guys, Stan observes Dick trying out his avatar "Black Dick" to work out some frustration from losing. Dick does this by entering a virtual reality machine and, hooked up to sensors, dictates the movements of an android. Francine calls and warns Stan that he is about to miss Steve's birthday yet again. Stan rushes home with a stuffed rabbit full of cocaine from evidence as a gift. Over home movies, Stan realizes he is not in any of them because he was always busy with other things. After Steve gives him the brush off from an invitation to a baseball game, Stan starts worrying that he may miss out on a chance to bond with Steve. Stan makes a desperate attempt to bond with his son by creating a busty blonde bombshell avatar, Phyllis, whom he sends Steve’s way. But as Stan feels uncomfortable with making out to his son through Phyllis, Steve feels the relationship is going no where and decides to take a girl named Chelsea to the school dance instead.
In desperation, Stan makes an offer through Phyllis to have sex with Steve if he goes to the school with her that the boy gladly accepts. On the night of the dance, upon learning what her husband is up to when she arrives to the CIA building, Francine attempts to intervene. But unable to get into the avatar chamber, Francine takes a power lift mecha to the school and uses it to pin Phyllis down while Steve is in the bathroom trying to ready himself. Convinced by Francine that he should just accept his life with Steve the way it is, Stan has Phyllis break up with Steve. When Steve attempts to hook up with Chelsea again, he finds she is no longer interested in him and runs home where he gets comforted by Stan. Though Francine points that that he caused the grief for his son, Stan is more focused on the fact that he was there for Steve.
Meanwhile, Roger steals a limo and starts his own limo service with Klaus joining on the venture. But when a group of disrespectful fraternity guys “drive and dash”, ignoring their antics in hope of being paid twenty dollars, Roger goes on a murderous manhunt to get his revenge starting with one of the guys almost immediately. Roger later runs down two others at his first victim's funeral and then the fourth while he is in the stall. The last survivor tries to flee on an airplane, only to look out the window in mid flight to see Roger's limo on the wing. Roger runs him down as well, causing the plane to explode and killing mostly everyone on board. As he and Klaus pass a surviving stewardess in a parachute, getting addicted to his murderous bloodlust, Roger kills her by undoing her chute before he and Klaus crash land in their own parachutes.
This episode was written by Jordan Blum and Parker Deay and directed by Shawn Murray. Seth MacFarlane, the creator and executive producer of American Dad!, as well as its sister shows Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, served as the executive producer for the episode, along with series veterans Mike Barker, Rick Wiener, Matt Weitzman, and Kenny Schwartz. In addition to the regular cast, Sarah Michelle Gellar guest starred in the episode also appearing in this episode was Geller's former co-star Alyson Hannigan. David Koechner, who appeared in The Office and Saturday Night Live, reprises his role of Dick Reynolds in this episode.
Rowan Kaiser from The A.V. Club rated this episode a Grade A-, saying: "This one's for the nerds. It had regular guest star Patrick Stewart joined by Alyson Hannigan and Sarah Michelle Gellar, as well as references to Aliens, Avatar and The Terminator (at least). Despite having many opportunities, American Dad generally resisted the impulse to pander, with the possible exception of Francine climbing into an exo-suit and saying “Stay away from him, you bitch!” This meant the episode managed to focus on doing what American Dad does best – being funny. So this episode had everything it needed to be a success, and it built on that. From the initial “Race riot!” joke in the opening, it did what American Dad does best – it maintains a constant level of humor, with a high point of Stan getting low to “Get Low” using his avatar. It's a great episode for fans of Roger, Stan, Francine, and Steve, which I'm pretty sure encompasses pretty much every American Dad fan."
- "American Dad : Virtual In-Stanity". Zap2It. Retrieved October 22, 2011.