AMERICAN DAD “Virtual In-Stanity” Review

AMERICAN DAD “Virtual In-Stanity” Season 7, Episode 5 – Tonight Stan realized that he hasn’t been living up to the role of greatest American Dad. When he looks back on the milestones in Steve’s life and is horrified to discover that he’s missed them all, he decides he’s going to do whatever it takes to get to know his son.

As far as Steve is concerned, it’s a little late for Stan to be trying to do the father-son bonding thing. Luckily the new avatar program at the CIA gives Stan an opportunity to spend time with his son without Steve thinking he’s wasting time with his dad. Phyllis, the new transfer student in Steve’s class is actually Stan’s avatar and sweet, naive Steve doesn’t for a moment suspect anything unusual with the idea of a gorgeous blonde walking into his school and asking him out on a date.

I really liked that Steve ended up having feelings for his friend, Chelsea who was actually compatible with him. It was nice to see that Steve wasn’t completely shallow, even if he did end up ditching his plan to take Chelsea to Homecoming after Phyllis/Stan promised to have sex with him. Hey, nobody’s perfect, and judging by Steve’s daily calendar, sex is his major Achilles heel.

Stan’s dance scene in the virtual avatar booth was pretty amazing. I had no idea Stan could get so down and dirty like that. It was a bit awkward considering that he was dancing with his son like that, but without a doubt, it was hilarious. American Dad has a rather good track record for funny dance scenes in their episodes and this one is probably one of my favorites.

Thankfully, Francine comes to the rescue in a battle mech to take down Phyllis/Stan and stop him from taking Steve’s virginity. The two had an epic battle on the playground, destroying everything around them, but Francine ultimately beat some sense in to Phyllis/Stan and got him to break things off with Steve.

There was a little b-story following Roger and Klaus in their limo business venture. After being stiffed on a $20 fare, Roger goes on a hunt to kill all the punks that were in his limo that night. Klaus is initially shocked that Roger would go so far for $20 until Roger reminds him that he killed six people the week before for $19. The moral of the story being, never mess with Roger.

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.