AMERICAN DAD “A Pinata Named Desire” Review

AMERICAN DAD A Pinata Named Desire

AMERICAN DAD “A Pinata Named Desire” Season 7 Episode 11 – In tonight’s episode of American Dad, Roger discovers that Stan is a terrible actor which, in the world of the C.I.A. apparently, means that lives are lost. Trying to help him out, Roger invites Stan to his acting class where he hopes to help him hone his craft.

Anytime Roger and Stan are given the opportunity to butt heads on American Dad, you know there’s bound to be some golden comedy moments. Roger is already such an obnoxious know-it-all, so setting him in the world of theater just gives him all the tools necessary to be an exaggerated version of his normal hilarious self. He tutors Stan in the art of acting using a scene from War Games. It’s totally predictable, but Roger breaks down Stan’s acting block and it turns out Stan has a natural knack for the stage. Of course, the minute Stan’s insecurity is cured by the realization of his latent talent, he plows head first into Roger’s theater world with his usual arrogant attitude and thus the scene is set for Roger and Stan to play hardball, thespian style.

Meanwhile, Steve and his friends come to the realization that they’ve moved into a place in their adolescence where sleepovers are no longer appropriate and decide to organize one last shindig before saying adieu to the activities of their youth. They go about the planning process like they’re organizing a wedding. Steve is trying to micromanage every aspect of the final slumber party like a sleepover-bridezilla and his friends, like a team of overburdened bridesmaids, finally snap. They have a hilarious breakdown blowout in the pizza shop and suddenly it may not only be the end of their sleepovers, but the end of their friendship altogether.

Steve deciding he doesn’t need any friends to stay entertained is alone in the tree house practicing some questionable advanced yoga moves when he’s interrupted by his friends. It turns out their long lost friend, Ronnie, had returned and reunited the group for the final sleep over and to face their oncoming adulthood together.

Back on the stage with Roger having sabotaged the leading lady and her understudy, Stan and Roger duel it out in front of the whole audience. What initially is an incredible show of great talent, quickly becomes a showdown of machismo and sex appeal gone wrong. Just as Hayley had predicted earlier in the episode, Roger and Stan become friends again only after they release their pent up sexual tension with one another.

At times the episode felt a little bit slow, but having Roger in the main plot around to frequently interject his random humor helped to pick up the pacing especially earlier in the plot. Overall a good episode of American Dad which maintained a good balance of strong laughs and gags in the main storyline, and featured a subplot that was strong on its own.