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"Homeland Insecurity" is an episode of the TV animated series American Dad!. This episode parodies the mistreatment of Middle Easterners in the post-9/11 era. The episode title is a parody of the United States Department of Homeland Securitymarker namesake itself.

Plot

Francine decides to throw a block party to get in touch with the neighborhood. Stan learns his new neighbors are Iranianmarker, and immediately suspects that they are terrorists. He turns his house into a detention camp and keeps them inside. When the neighbors complain, Stan puts all of them in the detention camp, too. Luckily, Francine manages to convince the neighborhood that the whole thing is just a block party with a "terrorist detention camp" theme.

Also in this episode, Roger tries to discover any hidden powers he may have. It is revealed that his hidden power is the ability to excrete gold and other precious metals after eating certain foods. A rather long tangent from the plot line, presented letterboxed, follows this: two men discover the gold left by Roger, and one of the men kills the other. He hides the dead body in the back of his truck and drives away. He is stopped by a police officer, and fears he may have been discovered, but the police officer simply talks to him for a while and drives away. Then the man stops at a gas station to call his wife to let her know that they're now rich. The phone is answered by another man, and he learns that his wife is having an affair. As the man screams in anger, "To Be Continued..." flashes at the bottom of the screen, and the episode then reverts back to its normal plot. This storyline is continued in the episode Failure Is not a Factory-Installed Option.

Notes

  • This episode had a viewer discretion advisory before the beginning of the episode on FOX.
  • The original broadcast of this episode on FOX scored a 4.3/7 rating, bringing the total viewers for the episode to 6.88 million.
  • According to the DVD commentary, character actors William Fichtner and Elias Koteas were cast for the episode's dramatic interlude to give it a more "filmic" quality.
  • The man who phones his wife is named Jim, and his wife is Abbey. These are the same names as the couple that moves into the Griffin's house in the Family Guy episode "A Fish Out of Water"
  • In the U.K. it aired on July 20 , 2005 and had 2.1 million viewers. It was #3 in its timeslot and was #26 for the week.
  • Stan tells Steve that there are plenty of kids to play with in heaven. His cousin, Billy, and the little girl from Poltergeist, Heather O'Rourke.
  • The pose Francine pulls at the end of the episode (pictured above) is a reference to the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse photos.



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