|American Dad! episode|
|Episode no.||Season 7
|Directed by||Bobby Bowen|
|Written by||Laura McCreary|
|Original air date||April 17, 2011|
"Jenny Fromdabloc" (spelled "Jenny Frömdabloc" on the DVD release) is the sixteenth episode of the seventh season of the animated comedy series American Dad!. It first aired on Fox in the United States on April 17, 2011. This episode mainly centers around Steve, who tries to comfort his friend, Snot, after facing rejection from Hayley. Snot goes into a deep state of depression after realizing that Hayley does not have any feelings for him. Steve devises a plan that requires Roger to impersonate a teenage girl from New Jersey. Roger ends up developing a deeper relationship with Snot, much to the frustration of Steve. He begins to feel threatened, as Snot develops into a charismatic and arrogant individual that Steve's friends look up to. Meanwhile, Stan wishes to start drinking some martinis, only for him to pass out on several occasions and run around Langley Falls in a drunk tangent.
This episode was directed by Bob Bowen and written by Laura McCreary. It received critical acclaim from many television critics, with much of the praise stemming from the main storyline and the cultural references. According to the Nielsen ratings, the episode was viewed by 4.70 million viewers and garnered a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic during its initial airing. It featured guest appearances from Edward Asner and Carl Reiner, as well as several recurring voice actors and actresses for the series.
Ten years ago, Snot attains a crush on Hayley, which persists to the present day. In the present, while Steve is proposing an idea to his friends of tasting 31 ice cream flavors at Baskin-Robbins, Snot professes his love for Hayley, despite her marriage to Jeff Fischer. Hayley rejects Snot, leaving him depressed, so Steve and Roger devise a plan to cheer him up. Roger dresses up as Steve's teenage cousin from New Jersey, Jenny Fromdabloc, and Snot falls in love with her at a video arcade, where Steve, Toshi, and Barry all leave the two alone to connect. The next day, at Pearl Bailey High School, Snot announces to Steve and his friends he and his date went to the beach and had sex there, much to Steve's horror.
Back home, Steve becomes outraged at Roger and start fighting, until he finds Roger washing a stress ball he used for another persona. When Steve questions him on why he is cleaning it, Roger reveals he is using it in order to have sex with Snot. At the Wild West Land amusement park, Steve spills the news to Snot, showing the stress ball as proof. Devastated, Snot ends his relationship with Roger, which upsets Roger as well. Steve brings back up his original 31 flavors idea, but Snot still remains depressed from his broken relationship. Steve devises another idea to get him and Roger back together. In his Jenny disguise, Roger meets Snot again and apologizes for his past actions, and Snot accepts him back into their relationship again, at least until Roger gets hit and killed by a bus, much to Snot's depression once again until Steve tells Snot he has gotten closer to having sex with someone than anyone in the group has ever been. Roger shows up again at the scene in another disguise and tells Steve that he faked his death, explaining his ability to move very fast as he sets up a decoy of his Jenny persona right before the bus hits it.
Meanwhile, Stan decides to live life like a man from the 1960s after watching an episode of Bewitched. When he wants to start drinking martinis, Francine objects since he cannot handle his alcohol. However, she gives him a chance, only to subsequently chase him running down the street in only his underwear. Francine then disbars the arrangement, but Stan decides to get drunk again, causing him to pass out repeatedly and believe that Francine is a witch.
"Jenny Fromdabloc" was directed by series regular Bob Bowen, in his fourth episode of the season. This would be the first episode that Bowen would direct since the season six episode "A Piñata Named Desire". This episode was written by series regular Laura McCreary. This would be the second time McCreary has written an episode for the season, having also written season six episode "Stanny Boy and Frantastic". McCreary is also notable for writing for television shows such as Kim Possible and As Told By Ginger. 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, Nahnatchka Khan, Michael Wittenburg, and Kenny Schwartz. Diana Retchey was the animation producer for the episode, in her thirteenth episode of the season. Amanda Bell served as the production manager, and this episode would be Bell's thirteenth episode of the season where she served as the production manager.
This episode featured two guest appearances from Edward Asner and Carl Reiner, as well as several recurring voice actors and actresses for the series. Asner previous made an appearance on the episode "There Will Be Bad Blood", serving the role as Grandpa Smith. Curtis Armstrong, Daisuke Suzuki and Eddie Kaye Thomas guest starred as Steve's friends in the episode, while Kevin Michael Richardson would return to play his part as Principal Lewis. Jeff Fischer returns to resume his role as Hayley's husband. All Armstrong, Suzuki, Thomas, Fischer, and Richardson previously reprised their roles in the season six episode "License to Till".
This episode contains several references relating to music, media, film, and other pop culture phenomenon. The title of this episode is a reference to the Jennifer Lopez song "Jenny from the Block". The stress ball that Roger uses to fake sex with Snot is a promotional item for the Fox sitcom Sons of Tucson, which was subsequently canceled after replacing American Dad! for a month. When putting the stress ball in the washer, it is noted that Roger is whistling the theme song. Steve shows in interest in going to Baskin-Robbins and trying out all 31 flavors, a reference to the creation of the company in 1945. In a flashback Steve and his friends visit Dennis Quaid and his brother Randy Quaid.
Hayley's favorite song is revealed to be "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio. Stan and Francine agree to act out the 1960s television series Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. The scene in which Stan hallucinates and imagines a witch flying on a broom is shown in a similar fashion to the opening sequence of Bewitched. The woman then crashes into a building, a reference to the September 11 attacks. Roger excitedly mentions that he wants a pair of cigarette jeans, a looked first popularized and endorsed by Forever 21. Roger, as Jenny, compares Snot to a "young Paul Reiser" whereas Steve says on his best day he is Rob Morrow. While setting up the Jenny dummy, Roger receives a text from Bob Saget. Principal Lewis attempts to sell two belts, one containing a bird that closely resembles Tweety Bird and the other containing a lyric from the Janet Jackson song "Nasty". Snot's basement is designed in a similar fashion as the basement of Eric Foreman from That '70s Show. The final scene during the ending credits of the episode is a reference to the 2010 science fiction action heist film, Inception.
"Jenny Fromdabloc" was first broadcast on April 17, 2011 as part of the animation television night on Fox. The episode aired on the third spot of the line-up, a spot generally taken by Bob's Burgers. It was preceded by a rerun of The Simpsons, and succeeded by its sister show Family Guy and The Cleveland Show. It was viewed by 4.74 million viewers upon its original airing, despite airing simultaneously with America's Next Great Restaurant on NBC, Amazing Race on CBS, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC. The total viewership of the episode was on par with that of The Cleveland Show, but significantly lower than that of Family Guy. It achieved a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic, according to the Nielsen ratings. Ratings for the episode were slightly below that of The Cleveland Show, while significantly lower than that of Family Guy. The episode's total viewership and ratings were significantly up from the previous episode, "License to Till", which was viewed by 3.35 million viewers upon its initial airing, and garnered a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The episode's ratings and total viewership were also the highest since the season six episode "I Am the Walrus", which was viewed by 4.99 million viewers and acquired a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
"Jenny Fromdabloc" was met with critical acclaim from television critics. Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club gave the episode a positive review. In his review for the episode, he opined: "This was as good as I've seen American Dad." Kaiser praised the character development taken place in Roger, going on to write, "This was the Roger showcase I'd been waiting for, where he gets the chance to be shocking and witty, as well as using his character costumes to fantastic effect. Steve's friend Snot is obsessed with Hayley, who [...] isn't interested. In order to break him out of his rut, Steve convinces Roger to play a teenaged girl who's interested in Snot. Naturally, Roger goes too far, and it's fantastic." He went on to give the episode an "A" grade, the highest rating of the night, scoring higher than the Family Guy episode "Brothers & Sisters" and The Cleveland Show episode "Back to Cool".
The Parents Television Council, a television watchdog group and a regular critic of American Dad! and other Seth MacFarlane-created and produced shows, named American Dad! the "Worst TV Show of the Week" during the week of April 22, 2011 for this episode, citing sexually lewd content coming from Roger's persona, Jenny Fromdabloc. The review compared E.T. from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with Roger, noting, "[E.T.] taught us a few things about humanity, while the latter [Roger] specializes in profanity."
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