The three generations of the Smith Family
Stan needs to find his dad to resolve problems stemming from his childhood.
Season: 4 Episode: 13
Total Episode Count: 71
Prod. no.: 4AJN07
First Aired: March 15, 2009
Featuring: Stan Smith, Jack Smith, Steve Smith
Also Appearing: Hayley, Roger, Klaus, Francine, Michael, Sanjay Bhudapar
Director: Rodney Clouden
Assistant Director: Chris Robertson
Writers: David Zuckerman
Storyboarders: Patrick Kochakji, Eric Fredrickson
Roger's Disguise: Lance (from Pulp Fiction) from Frannie 911
Plot: The episode starts with Steve signing himself and his father up for a bicycle racing tournament, in which Stan refuses to participate. It is revealed that Stan never learned to ride a bike, mostly because his father did not want to spend father-son time with him. As a result, Stan grew up more effeminate in his actions and didn't know how to do certain things (such as riding bicycles or fishing).
When Steve finds out about this, he decides to reunite Stan with his father and lures him to the jail where Jack, Stan's father, is serving his last sentence. After Stan and Jack reconcile, Stan paroles his dad until the next trial and brings him home. However, Stan is still uncertain about trusting Jack, especially since he wasn't there for him when Stan was growing up. Eager to reunite his father with his grandfather, Steve suggests all three of them go camping.
After Stan discovers that Jack is using Steve to appeal to him so that he would provide a character reference for Jack during the trial, Stan gets mad and provokes Jack until Steve himself interferes threatening to leave the house forever. Later the same night, Steve shares his thoughts with his grandpa wishing to run away. Jack seconds the thought and they steal Francine's car. During this time, Steve starts to find a father figure in his grandfather, which makes Jack feel guilty as he knows that he is not the person Steve thinks he is.
Jack decides to appear at his trial instead of running away. At the same time, he suggests Steve get back home and spend time with Stan because he still might need his own father as a father figure. When Stan finds out about this, he rushes to the courthouse in order to speak on Jack's behalf, but his car breaks down leaving Stan with no other choice but to ride his bike to the courthouse suppressing his fear.
Stan arrives too late and Jack is sentenced to five more years of prison. Steve consoles Stan by saying that he is a good son after all, and Stan passes a kick in the groin received from Jack as a father's gesture against weakness over to Steve.
The episode also involves a struggle between Hayley and Roger. Hayley is looking for an employer to host her internship for college. Roger's bar turns out to be a good place to work, but Roger soon begins making it hard for Hayley treating her badly as well as refusing to sign Hayley's form for the internship. When Klaus advises her to play along in order to get his signature, Hayley invents the character of Constance Mathers, a government worker pressing charges against Roger for his negligence of Hayley's work-related demands and his refusal to sign Hayley's internship attestation.
Roger gets back at Hayley by dressing as a member of the Armenian mafia who killed Constance after being hired as a mercenary by Roger himself. Hayley then dresses as the matriarch of the Armenian mafia to get back at him once again. A set of parody dress-outs follows eventually ending with Roger dressing as Hayley who in turn dresses as Roger, then tricks Roger into signing the attestation as "Roger Smith" as an attempt to forge his own signature which successfully achieves her goal.