American Dad “Toy Whorey” Review

I’m not sure I knew that Steve had such a vivid imagination until I saw his abilities in tonight’s episode of American Dad, “Toy Whorey.” I have to admit that I was confused when the episode started out with Steve riding alongside a pink Gumby, battling monkey trolls in an alien forest. I was worried that the entire episode was going to be a psychedelic trip with a barely understandable plot, so it was a relief to discover that this was merely the workings of Steve’s imagination.

Of course, Stan couldn’t stand the sight of Steve playing with toys, so he resolved to cure Steve of his immaturity. His first plan of attack was to get rid of all of Steve’s toys. Steve’s relationship with his toys runs far deeper than Stan could have anticipated and Steve was easily able to fend off his CIA trained father with a well planned booby trap.

Stan’s second plan of attack was to get Steve to grow up by taking a trip to a Mexican whorehouse. I loved Steve’s calm confusion when Stan walked into Steve’s class with the announcement that he was being pulled from class to go to Mexico to get laid.

The first whorehouse they went to in Mexico featured what might just be the most grotesque vision of a prostitute I’ve ever seen. The second whorehouse was simply a man with two painted hands that sounded just like South Park’s taco flavored kisses pop star, “Jennifer Lopez” (maybe Mexican hand puppets all sound the same?) I can’t even imagine what was in the third whorehouse that caused everyone in town to experience a vomit sequence reminiscent of the famous Family guy ipecac pie scene – but then again, I’ve never been in a Mexican whorehouse and I don’t have Steve’s vivid imagination.

While Stan and Steve were running around Mexico, Roger was on a mission to track down a final bottle of “Rain Duck” wine to go with the steaks Francine was preparing for dinner. After finding out that Terry and Greg had picked up the last bottle, Roger made multiple attempts to trick them out of it. Roger is usually pretty successful at his cons, so I’ve got to hand it to Terry and Greg for being able to dodge Roger’s schemes for as long as they did.

Ultimately, Francine played right into Roger’s plan. She walked right over, slapped Greg and Terry with her burger spatula and picked up the Rain Duck from their coffee table. Right as she’s about to sit down to dinner with Roger, she’s taken out by a preposterously large wrecking ball that Roger had set up so he could eat Francine’s steak. It was completely ludicrous, but I appreciated the classic cartoon feel that both Roger’s Rube Goldberg device and the wrecking ball ending brought to the scene.

Stan and Steve were abducted and held as hostages for “8 Mexican days” until Steve’s powerful imagination was used to lure their captors into his imaginary world. Steve’s toy, Pedro, which was made of a cockroach, toilet paper roll and dead rat bones took on a life of it’s own and his final “Bye, have a beautiful time!” was a great little meta joke.

What Stan couldn’t realize until the end of their adventures, was that while Steve still enjoyed using his imagination and playing with toys, he was not necessarily immature. Steve is interested in girls, he’s got friends, and he’s got hobbies. Still, in keeping with the typical American Dad structure for plots that revolve around Stan, he was incapable of realizing these things until he had put everyone through hell so he could learn that lesson on his own terms.