10.01.2006

urgent question

Does anyone here watch "American Dad" besides us?

In last week's episode, there was an extended movie allusion, and for the life of me I can't remember what movie it's from. It's on the tip of my tongue, but I can't retrieve it from my swiss-cheese-like brain. "A Simple Plan"? Maybe?

If you saw the episode, it's the scene where a police officer finds a "turd made of pure gold," his lust for which causes him to do evil. The scene ends with his wife pouring rat poison into his coffee. Is it from "A Simple Plan"? I think so, but I'm not sure. None of the American Dad fan sites picked up the reference yet. (And why not??)

I was so annoyed with myself for missing out on taping two weeks worth of new Simpsons/Family Guy/American Dad. I know they'll be re-run incessantly, but I won't know when. Damn.

And by the way, it's not really urgent. Lately people don't understand my lame sense of humour.

17 comments:

MattInTO said...

I'm a Family Guy and American Dad nut! The golden turd reference, at least within the confines of the American Dad series, is actually a reference to an episode from the first season of American Dad. The episode "Homeland Insecurity" showed a little film-within-a-film in which a Department of Water and Power worker kills his partner in a fit of greed over a golden turd they both find. Assuming he'll now live happily-ever-after, ironically, he arrives home to find his wife is having an affair. He cries in the direction of the heavens, while the words "To be continued" appear.

It certainly seems as if the original concept is for another film but I only recall it from that first season.

It's a shame my mind is occupied by such useless trivia. Think of the great work I could do if it wasn't so clouded.

L-girl said...

I'm a Family Guy and American Dad nut!

Yay :)

I loved Homeland Insecurity, that's one of the greatest episodes. But this is an allusion to an actual movie. I can see the movie in my mind.

Driving me nuts.

It's a shame my mind is occupied by such useless trivia. Think of the great work I could do if it wasn't so clouded.

What he said. And in my case I often can't even retrieve the trivia.

L-girl said...

You know, after going back to read about Homeland Insecurity at Wikipedia and Planet American Dad, I'm starting to wonder if what I was so sure was a movie reference was indeed only from that earlier episode - and it just stuck in my mind, incorrectly, as a movie. No one mentions a movie allusion, and obviously someone would.

I'm losing it, aren't I? Tell the truth. It's early-onset Alzheimer's, isn't it?

Scott M. said...

Are you leaving pans in your desk? Bringing home the 20th box of milk?

L-girl said...

No. Thank you for that, Scott. Plus you made me laugh.

My grandmother (and probably my great-grandmother as well) had Alzheimer's. My mother lives in dread of it.

We always say, If you forget where you put your keys, don't worry. If you forget what your keys are for, and you try to brush your teeth with them, be concerned.

Wrye said...

The story does sound familiar, but it could just be drawing on a multitude of similar myths, right back to Cain and Abel. Maybe it might have been a Twilight Zone episode, originally...

Sigh, just got back from Japan, and my TV is broken. Curse you, golden turd!

Lone Primate said...

I don't know what it is a reference to, but it's sure no reference to A Simple Plan, which is probably in my top 20 faves. At least, if it is, it's extremely oblique.

L-girl said...

I also love A Simple Plan. The reference would not be oblique, but you'd have to see the American Dad clip, it's impossible to explain.

L-girl said...

Maybe it might have been a Twilight Zone episode, originally...

Do you know, I thought of that? There was something about it that said Twilight Zone.

Maybe I'll look in an annotated Bible under Golden Turd. :)

L-girl said...

it's impossible to explain.

I should say, impossible for me to explain in a way that would make sense.

Lone Primate said...

Maybe I'll look in an annotated Bible under Golden Turd. :)

You could try goodling it, but you'd likely just come up with Pauly Shore movie references.

L-girl said...

Hee hee. The golden turd is the American Dad part. The we-found-this-valuable-thing-and-now-it's-ruined-our-lives-with-our-greed-and-we-keep-murdering-people is the movie reference part.

L-girl said...

Oh, hi Wrye! Welcome back. :)

Rory said...

Yes, it is a part of a film! I remember watching the original film, no one seems to have picked up on it on any sites i can find and i really want to know the film name!!

Can't remember at all the name of the film, but certainly remember seeing it.

Mary said...

Did anyone ever figure this out? I've been beating my brains out all night and I still can't think of the name of the movie.

laura k said...

Most people say it's not from a movie, it's strictly a Family Guy thing. I don't know about that. But no, we never came up with a movie - and I don't watch the show anymore so I fortunately I stopped thinking about it!

BHopeE said...

So frustrating! I am racking my brain after seeing this episode! Its an exact scene from the movie!