Virtual In-Stanity

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"Virtual In-Stanity"
American Dad! episode
Episode no. Season 8
Episode 5
Directed by Shawn Murray
Written by Jordan Blum
Parker Deay
Production code 6AJN16
Original air date November 20, 2011
Guest appearance(s)
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"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 an avatar in the form of a teenage girl.[1]

This episode was written by Jordan Blum and Parker Deay and directed by Shawn Murray. This episode generally received positive reviews.

Plot[edit]

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 nowhere 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 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 boys "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 boys almost immediately. Roger later runs down two others at his first victim's funeral and then the fourth while he is in a bathroom 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 flight attendant 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.

Production[edit]

Sarah Michelle Gellar guest starred in this episode as Phyllis.

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 Gellar's former co-star Alyson Hannigan.[2][3] David Koechner, who appeared in The Office and Saturday Night Live, reprises his role of Dick Reynolds in this episode.

Reception[edit]

Rowan Kaiser from The A.V. Club gave the episode an A-, saying: "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. 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."[4]

Dyanamaria Leifsson of TV Equals gave the episode a positive review, saying "Even though the reality of what was happening in both story lines was actually quite sick and twisted, I enjoyed this episode of American Dad. Putting aside the fact that Stan was trying to seduce his son in exchange for quality father-son time and the fact that Roger was murdering guys for what amounted to $4 per person, I thought the premise was clever and there were a ton of great laughs throughout."[5] The episode was watched by a total of 4.82 million people, this made it the third most watched show on Animation Domination that night, beating The Cleveland Show and Allen Gregory but losing to The Simpsons and Family Guy with 6.02 million.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Dad : Virtual In-Stanity". Zap2It. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sarah Michelle Gellar Is Stan's Avatar Girlfriend for Steve on 'American Dad' (VIDEO)". Aoltv.com. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  3. ^ "AMERICAN DAD "Virtual In-Stanity" Season 7 Episode 5 | TV Equals". Daemonstv.com. 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  4. ^ Kaiser, Rowan (2011-11-21). "American Dad: "Virtual In-Stanity"". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  5. ^ "AMERICAN DAD "Virtual In-Stanity" Review". TV Equals. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  6. ^ Gorman, Bill (November 22, 2011). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'CSI:Miami,' 'Amazing Race,' 'Family Guy' Adjusted Up; '60 Minutes' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 

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