AMERICAN DAD “Hot Water” Review

AMERICAN DAD “Hot Water” Season 7, Episode 1 – The seventh season of American Dad opened up with a Little Shop of Horrors 80’s pop-opera parody that – as Cee-Lo Green explained – was a cautionary tale regarding casual hot tub purchases.

This American Dad episode skipped the normal opening and loaded the rest of the half hour with consecutive musical numbers. Honestly, every song was really catchy. As expected, the lyrics were absurd, but somehow they worked to tell the tale of Stan’s purchase of an “anything goes” used hot tub.

Cee-Lo Green was a brilliant choice as the voice of the hot tub and even as the plot kept getting more and more strange, I was happy to hear the hot tub sing whatever it wanted to sing.

As usual, my favorite scenes from the night involved Roger and maybe my only real complaint is that there wasn’t enough Roger in this episode. I loved when he climbed into Principal Lewis’ car and spiraled into the school as he attempted to drive himself to soccer practice.

My favorite musical number was “Daddy’s Gone” which featured Roger and Steve singing together about the void left in their life after Stan had abandoned them. Their mini-music video was just so wonderfully melodramatic with the two of them dressed all in white with their chiseled six pack abs on display in the middle of a barren desert.

All the characters in this episode had their little numbers and I can’t remember if Francine had not sung in any previous American Dad episodes or if I just forgot how bad her singing voice was. I couldn’t tell if her terrible singing was intentional but when they auto-tuned her last couple of phrases in the song with Stan and the hot tub, I totally cracked up.

The plot line quickly went from somewhat standard American Dad fare to just plain crazy as we discovered that the hot tub was alive and had escaped from a mental institution. I would not have thought twice about this development if this had been a Halloween special, but I was definitely not expecting everyone to die at the end of the episode.

As far as cautionary tales go, there’s no way I’ll forget this ridiculous episode of American Dad and if I ever find myself in the market for a hot tub, I’ll be sure to remember the moral of this story and not pick up a sentient used tub with a homicidal history.