Stan enjoying his extra time
Stan takes a pill that allows him to stay awake all night.
Season: 4 Episode: 9
Total Episode Count: 67
Prod. no.: 4AJN02
First Aired: February 8, 2009
Guest Starring: Paget Brewster
Featuring: Stan Smith, Francine Smith
Also Appearing: Roger, Steve, Hayley, Klaus, Dick, Helicopter Perry, Phillipe Monday, Mia & Sandy, Trung, Benny
Musical Numbers: Three AM
Director: Joe Daniello
Assistant Director: Shawn Murray
Writers: Jonathan Fener
Storyboarders: Erik Kuska, Paul Scarlata
Roger's Disguise: Professor Baxter from Iced, Iced Babies
Plot: Stan finds himself lacking free time after work. Eventually, Dick tells him about pills developed by the CIA laboratory that make him feel as though he just had an eight hour sleep. Stan begins taking the pills himself, and with his newfound energy at night, Stan finishes The Hunt for Red October (and promptly throws it in the trash), learns to play guitar, and becomes obsessed with a video game called "Beet Man". However, he inadvertently reveals the pills to Francine, who wants in, promising to leave him to his own time.
Francine tries to mix "Francine Time" with "Stan Time", but Stan refuses. Realizing she has no interests, Francine then realizes her interest in fish and begins studying marine biology. Her interest and research spawn a published article in a scientific journal of note and soon earn her international recognition regarding her theories on the habitat of the colossal squid. Her article is given so much praise that she is invited on an expedition to locate the squid.
Stan manages to win first prize at a Beet Man competition, but after noticing the couples around him, he realizes how much he needs Francine. He walks in a scuba suit all the way to Antarctica, where Francine had found the colossal squid, only for Stan to shoot it in a panic (though he insists it is only a "baby" and that he passed five more much larger ones on the way over). He expresses his need for her and Francine denies to her crew that she found the colossal squid.
Meanwhile, Roger and Steve attempt to write porn films. However, Roger's "old school" ideas (involving pizza delivery boys) and Steve's far-out sci-fi ideas (involving robots) twice fail to garner the producer's approval. While trying to visualize in a diner, they still are unable to come up with a cohesive script, completely ignoring the sexual antics of two young blonde waitresses. Ultimately, they decide to create a romantic comedy film instead, one involving pizza delivery boys and robot butlers in turn of the century England.