For fans of Roger the alien, the13th season of American Dad really delivered this time. It was a special episode: #250 of the long-running animated series. The best episodes usually focus on Roger and his many personas. This instalment was one of them.
We get a glimpse of Roger’s daily life. He’s busy for an alien. He has so many personas to live, and only 24 hours in a day. The workload must be getting to him. He’s feeling sickly and has a strange lump growing on his ample forehead.
Roger is resistant but the Smith family take him to see Dr. Kalgary, the show’s resident master of the dark sciences. Kalgary removes the lump, a large tumour, and Roger is sent for rest and rehabilitation. Taking a jar with his tumour sealed inside, Roger goes on vacation. So who will handle all his personas while he’s away?
Stan steps up for the recovering Roger, only to find that living the lives of his all personas is hard work! Of course he mucks it all up. To his shock, Roger’s personas were so important that their absences causes the city to descend into chaos and anarchy. When Roger finally returns, he is not alone. It turns out that his species have a way of handling stress. That tumour was not a tumour at all, but a little homunculus named Rogu!* With Rogu’s help, Roger can fix the damage that Stan has done. But not before the return of one of American Dad’s most requested personas: Ricky Spanish! The most hated man in town! Only Rogu can stop him.
When I saw Rogu, I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. The same thing happened the next day when I watched again. For whatever reason, Rogu has tickled my funnybone in a serious way. Roger has, over time, become almost a normal character. There’s little he can do that surprises you anymore. Rogu? That’s a whole new ballgame. The show can get even weirder now. (Rogu is absolutely certain to return, considering an upcoming episode is called “The Hand that Rocks the Rogu“.)
In the second storyline, Steve’s joined the jazz club at school. Playing on the old stereotype of drugged out jazzbos, Steve takes performance enhancing drugs to take his scat singing to the next level! The finals are coming, and Steve brings his scatting to the extreme. Only morphine can stop him.
Fuck yeah, American Dad. I thought maybe the best years were behind. Apparently not. Carry on!
* Not “Grogu”