Stan of Arabia: Part 1

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"Stan of Arabia: Part 1"
American Dad! episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 5
Directed by Rodney Clouden
Written by Nahnatchka Khan
Original air date November 6, 2005
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"Stan of Arabia: Part 1" is the twelfth episode of the first season and the twelfth overall episode of the animated comedy series American Dad!. It aired on Fox in the United States on November 6, 2005, and is written by Nahnatchka Khan and directed by Rodney Clouden.[1]

In the episode, when Stan ruins his boss's party, he's reassigned to Saudi Arabia.


Stan and his cohorts meet at a park to discuss planning a surprise 25th anniversary for Bullock. Bullock, of course, is spying on them and Stan takes all of the credit for the party idea. Bullock is pleased. At home, Stan tells Francine the good news: She’s in charge of planning Bullock’s party for Saturday. Except that’s the same night Francine is appearing in a play. Meanwhile, Hayley and Steve take in the new Michael Moore movie which features him making love to Angelina Jolie. Hayley is outraged by his selling out. It’s Saturday night. Stan is getting ready for the party. Francine is dressed for her play. She’s ignoring Stan’s demands declaring marriage to be an equal partnership. At the party, Stan breaks Jay Leno's neck when he insinuated to Stan that Francine wears the pants in the family, due to Francine's absence and has to perform the roast by himself. It goes horribly wrong and Stan is thrown out. Then Stan begins singing a song about how he doesn’t want an equal partner but wants a wife who will listen to his every demand, managing to dance his way into a family's house and trash their dinner in the process.

The next day, Bullock relocates Stan and his family to Saudi Arabia as a punishment for the roast. The family seems to like a chance to experience new things but Roger freaks out that Saudi Arabia bans alcohol. Meanwhile, Stan receives his new mission: overseeing guards protecting a pipeline that’s being built. As the family adjusts to the new culture, Francine finds that she likes the neighboring women although she doesn’t like how they cater to their men. Stan, however, learns about the country’s strict moral codes from his new co-workers and finds that he loves it. And Steve is thrilled to find out that, not only is he considered a man, he can shoot guns whenever he wants. Stan begins throwing orders around but Francine resists. At the same time, Hayley is begging Steve to accompany her to the bazaar so she can leave the house. Roger, hidden in a burka, goes with them. At home that night, Stan introduces Francine to his new second wife. Back at the bazaar, Steve sells Roger to a man who thinks Roger is a woman.

With his new money, Steve buys a Mercedes, sunglasses and grenades. During a dinner party, Stan enjoys his new friends even accepting a robe as a gift. But Francine engages in a brutal fight with Stan’s second wife. Bullock calls and tells Stan he can have his old job in the States back but Stan says he kinda likes Saudi Arabia. As for the family, well, Steve just crashed his Mercedes into an oil derrick in the middle of nowhere, Roger is being taken to a remote location by his new husband, Hayley is running from the morality police and Francine is being smacked with the dishwasher by her rival. Stan angrily tells Bullock he renounces his American citizenship and burns the family's passports. He’ll be staying on the Arabian peninsula.


The episode aired on Fox in the United States on November 6, 2005, and was written by Nahnatchka Khan and directed by Rodney Clouden.[1] In 2006, during an interview with MovieWeb, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman named it their favorite of episode of the season, saying: "You're asking us to pick a favorite... I gotta tell you it really is tough to pick a favorite. I'm really fond of the "Stan of Arabia" two parter. It was actually intended to be a one hour special when we kind of pitched the idea to the network. They said, "Go for it! We can do that." And then suddenly it's like, "We can't do that. As a one hour it was really nice and pure and clean, and now it's a two parter but I think it still works really well."[2]


Ryan Budke of AOL TV gave the episode a positive review, saying "Last night's episode was one of the best that I've seen. Stan's musical number about wanting a "wife" and not a "partner" was pretty funny and almost everything in Saudi Arabia was spot-on."[3] The episode was watched by a total of 7.30 million people, this made it the fourth most watched show on Animation Domination that night, losing to King of the Hill Family Guy and The Simpsons with 11.63 million.[4]

This episode, along with its sequel Stan of Arabia: Part 2, was banned by the Government of Saudi Arabia for promoting Islamophobia and Anti-Arabism.