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Jeff seeing his father for the first time

Joint Custody
Stan and Roger act like bounty hunters and try to catch Jeff but lose the bounty.

Season: 3 Episode: 19
Total Episode Count: 42
Prod. no.: 2AJN24
First Aired: May 20, 2007

Guest Starring: Richard Gant
Featuring: Stan Smith, Roger, Jeff Fischer
Also Appearing: Hayley, Steve, Francine, Klaus, Henry Fischer, O'Shamus McPherson, Kevin
Musical Numbers: Shoop, Sister Christian

Director: Joe Daniello
Assistant Director: Shawn Murray
Writers: Keith Heisler
Storyboarders: Jamie Oliff, Paul Scarlata

Newspaper Headline: 'Popeye insists: "Olive Oil Ain't No Virgin"'

Plot: Stan becomes annoyed with Hayley's boyfriend Jeff, a bohemian who lives in his van, which he keeps parked right in front of the Smith house. Since Stan cannot legally have the van towed, as it is not on his property, he has it destroyed. However, this leads to Jeff moving in with the Smiths, so that he begins to annoy Stan more than ever. Hayley explains that he has nowhere else to go, as he had not spoken to his father for years and "his mother ran away before he was born." Roger does some searching on the Internet, and discovers that Jeff is wanted in Florida for possession of marijuana, but that he had skipped bail. Stan decides to turn Jeff in. Roger wants to do so as well, if solely for the money, so he can buy more disguises but Stan takes off with Jeff without Roger, incurring the alien's wrath.

Stan and Jeff travel across the country on the pretext of taking Jeff to a baseball game, and as they go Jeff talks about how he had been in some "trouble" at one point but has not talked to his father since, afraid to disappoint him. Roger catches up to them, and reveals to Jeff Stan's plan to turn him in; Jeff manages to escape from both of them, and Stan goes in pursuit, after disabling Roger's motorcycle.

Jeff flees to his father's farm in Raleigh, North Carolina, and calls Hayley, she and Francine decide to go and try to stop Stan. Klaus overhears, and calls both Stan and Roger to tell them where Jeff is. Meanwhile, Francine cannot find the keys to her car, so Steve volunteers to hotwire it.

Stan tracks Jeff to his father's farm, but Jeff asks to spend one night with his dad before Stan takes him away. Stan meets Mr. Fischer, who goes on long rants praising Jeff, but is obviously sarcastic about the whole thing, which Stan finds rather cruel. Roger shows up again, and again reveals Stan's plan, this time to Mr. Fischer; Mr. Fischer ties both up, and declares that he intends to turn in Jeff himself for the reward money. He also reveals a startling fact that he had grown the marijuana Jeff was found with on his farm and sent Jeff to bring it to Florida, though Jeff had been totally unaware of any of this. He leaves the two tied up and brings his son away to Florida, telling Jeff that he knows about the drug incident but that he intends to prove him innocent. Meanwhile, Stan and Roger manage to escape, but only after setting the barn full of cannabis on fire; as a result of smoke inhalation, the two become high and, while they go to rescue Jeff, they find themselves easily distracted.

Stan eventually realizes that the two are inebriated from the drugs, but they come to a DWI checkpoint. Stan refuses to abandon his quest to save Jeff as Stan had not known his own father growing up, he felt a connection and sympathy for Jeff. They reach the checkpoint and end up on a high-speed chase. They end up in Florida, but Mr. Fischer has already turned Jeff in, and openly admits that he cares more about the money than his son. Stan, however, proves Mr. Fischer's guilt, because he had been wearing a wire during his confession as he always wears a wire, for his job. Mr. Fischer is taken away for the drug charge and for attempting to murder Roger and Stan. Jeff is crushed, but Stan talks to him and explains that, although nobody can pick their fathers, they can pick their own father figures. Jeff says that he has someone in mind to be his father figure, and Stan thinks Jeff is talking about him. However, Jeff tells him he was actually talking about an uncle, leading to an awkward moment before the two return to Virginia.

Meanwhile, Steve attempts to hotwire Francine's car, but winds up getting electrocuted. When he claims afterwards to be able to "see" things, including the location of Francine's keys, she attributes this to delirium from his accident. The medical workers and firefighters believe that he has gained psychic powers from the accident, and help Steve over Hayley and Francine's objections to tear open the walls and floor of the house, where Steve believes the keys are. They find nothing, but Steve ends up electrocuting himself again from wires in the walls, which leads him to "lose" his gift which he then realizes it was a curse.

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