The Boring Identity
Francine gives Stan a mental makeover.
Season: 8 Episode: 16
Total Episode Count: 149
Prod. no.: 7AJN14
First Aired: April 21, 2013
Guest Starring: Wayne Brady, Alan Tudyk
Featuring: Stan Smith, Francine Smith
Also Appearing: Steve, Roger, Hayley, Klaus, Avery Bullock, Dick, Sanders, Osama bin Laden, Mr. Aids, Dennis, Mr. Capalini, Cooper, Brenda, Theo, Delroy
Musical Numbers: Takin' Care of Business
Director: Jansen Yee
: Megan KellyWriters
: Erik Sommers Storyboarders
: Jee Hyun Yoo
, Mary Hoffman Roger's Disguise
: Cleshawn Montegue from "A Piñata Named Desire
At the store, Francine meets an old friend Brenda, who is getting married and calls Stan an embarrassing jerk that Francine was supposed to fix and is happy that she waited to meet Mr. Right. And as Francine considers, Stan fits the part, acting in his normal, oafish manner. Francine tells Stan that they were invited to the wedding and he ignores her to be his self-indulgent self, singing and dancing to his favorite song. On a mission to catch Osama bin Laden, working as a manager as a Doug & Busters, Stan is thrown off of a video game while celebrating the capture and loses his memory. Francine decides to use the opportunity to give Stan a mental makeover into a caring and sensitive man for the wedding.
Stan takes to the retraining, despite evidence in the house to the contrary, but when he is ready to return to work, Francine frantically gets him a job as a futon salesman to keep him from his coworkers. Klaus doubts the scam is going to work, but Francine refuses to worry, especially after Stan's retraining appears to be permanent. His new personality soon starts to wear on Francine, but she can't resist showing Stan off to her friend, causing him to faint from embarrassment. His crying during the wedding gets on Francine’s nerves, but when she asks him about it, he says that she is too crude and mean to people and leaves her. She approaches him at the reception and tells him the truth about the makeover, calling him a jerk. She tries to trigger his identity, but her punches to his face fail to bring back his memory. Stan calls his boss at the futon store, who sends him off to go have a fling with a Navajo woman. As Francine fears she has ruined her marriage, she spots Stan dancing with the woman and takes the stage, confessing and singing his favorite song until it brings back his memory. Stan confronts her over her betrayal, but she admits they belong together. Stan then stalks off to be alone.
Steve asks Hayley for money for a soda squirter and she turns him down. Roger offers Steve and chance to make money working a paper route with him. After meeting Mr. Capalini the manager, Roger arrives as a blinged-out hood and teaches Steve the scams he does to bulk up his profits. Although reluctant at first, Steve agrees to join in. However, after three weeks of work Roger cheats him. Steve goes to Mr. Capalini to tell him the truth but Roger accuses Steve of joining in. Mr. Capalini acknowledges knowing about their scam after following them for weeks. Puzzled, Steve wonders how and Mr. Capalini reveals that he is really a fairy, the last of his kind after the others perished from a lack of human honesty and newspapers, both of which the fairies need to survive. As Mr. Capalini points out that he is humanity's last hope for survival, Roger smashes him with a newspaper.
At home, the family waits for Stan to come home as he appears in a commercial for the futon store.