Failure is not a Factory-Installed Option
Stan loses his confidence when he gets out negotiated by a car salesman.
Season: 3 Episode: 3
Total Episode Count: 26
Prod. no.: 2AJN07
First Aired: September 24, 2006
Guest Starring: Patrick Stewart, Beau Bridges, Swoosie Kurtz
Featuring: Stan Smith, Francine Smith, Steve Smith,
Also Appearing: Hayley Smith, Roger, Klaus, Jim, Barry, Snot, Toshi, Avery Bullock, Achmed al-Paula Abdul al-Paul Anka al-Casey Kasem bin Shakira, Jenny Bowen, Felix, Judy, Chris, Lt. Eddie Thacker, Mrs. Marylin Thacker, David Mamet, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald
Musical Numbers: The Window Cleaner
Director: Rodney Clouden
Assistant Director: Jennifer Graves
Writers: Etan Cohen
Storyboarders: Steve Fonti, Kevin Thresher
Newspaper Headline: "Despondent Pluto drowns two of its moons"
Plot: Stan was formerly the CIA's best interrogator until he lost his confidence and is suspended from his job when a car salesman gets the best of him in a negotiation. To get even, Stan comes up with an elaborate scam that temporarily costs his family their integrity. He pretends to go crazy to try and earn money leading to Hayley having to sell herself for money, an event which traumatizes her. When Stan finally gets a better deal on the car, he reveals that he actually scammed the car salesman. After learning he pretended to go crazy just for a better car deal, the family is shocked to say the least.
Meanwhile, Roger and Steve set up a makeshift drive-in to try to get to first base with popular schoolgirls who only date men with cars. This however fails, when the eight cars Stan was tricked into buying get repossessed and the girls drive off with the repossessor.
This episode continues the saga of The Golden Turd which began in "Homeland Insecurity". The scene begins with the screen turning to a 16:9 aspect ratio, and we see Jim who agonizes over the fact he killed his best friend for just a golden turd then found out that his fiancée was cheating on him. He drives his car onto the railroad tracks and gets hit by a train.
A cop (Lt. Eddie Thacker) and his partner come to investigate, and, when one of them sees the gold turd, he hides it from his partner and takes it home to his wife. They begin to speak of how it will pay for a great retirement and a house in Boca Raton, but the cop regrets his decision, wants to take it back and face the consequences. He's a week from retirement and afraid that he might get fired if found out. They argue until Eddie starts to believe the gold is affecting them. The wife apparently accepts his decision, but, when she starts making tea, she adds rat poison to his cup. A "To Be Continued" slate appears.