Stan coming out of his safe place
Francine gets Stan to try to open up with his emotions.
Season: 3 Episode: 12
Total Episode Count: 54
Prod. no.: 3AJN10
First Aired: February 17, 2008
Guest Starring: Sandra Bernhard
Featuring: Stan Smith, Francine Smith, Roger, Julie
Also Appearing: Hayley Smith, Steve Smith, Klaus, Toshi, Barry, Snot, Jeff Fischer, Father Donovan, Principal Lewis, Linda Memari, Bob Memari, Terry Bates, Greg Corbin, Christie White, Chuck White, Ma Ma Ling, Avery Bullock, Jackson, Dick, Jack the 4th of July Bear, Bad Larry, Captain Monty, O'Shamus McPherson, Clifford, Marty, Craig & Pyung
Musical Numbers: It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
Director: Bob Bowen
: John O'DayWriters
: Keith Heisler Storyboarders
: Eric Fredrickson
, Paul Scarlata Newspaper Headline
: Optimistic Nerd's Glasses Half On Plot
When Julie's CIA husband Craig goes missing from a mission, she surprises Francine with the admission of their openness with each other. While Stan regards Craig's disappearance as a possible hazard of the job, Francine pushes him to be more open with her. Roger appears, posing as a psychiatrist. Stan isn't impressed but takes Roger over paying a real psychiatrist. Roger's methods seem to validate Stan's impression as he tries to escape. However, Roger eventually gets to Stan and he begins to open up to Francine. Stan shares everything with Francine to her delight until he reveals he was forced to kill Craig and bury the body to her horror. At bedtime, Stan reveals that Craig was killed on orders from the CIA because of his openness with Julie, thereby designating himself a blabbermouth. This revelations which shocked and horrifies Francine. The next day, Francine finds Stan laughing with Julie, who is oblivious to Craig's fate. When Francine confronts Stan, he points out it was her fault for wanting him to share. When Francine questions if she is aware of Craig's death, Stan declines telling her for fear that he too would be targeted for assassination. When Francine confronts Roger to figure out a way to keep Stan from opening up to Julie, they come up with a plan to make Julie see Stan's flaws. By setting them up to meet at the fountain in George C. Scott Park, Francine hopes to capitalize on Stan's fear of water fountains which he had previously confessed to her, when he beheaded a duck in fear. But when she arrives at the park, she finds Stan and Julie cavorting in the fountain. Stan points out it was her idea for him to open up but is interrupted with orders to travel to Laos to take care of another CIA leak and rides off with Julie. The next day, Julie brings over some fruit for Stan and Francine's jealousy boils to the surface. When Julie tells Francine it isn't her fault that Stan tells her everything, Francine blurts out that Stan killed Craig. When Julie threatens to go to the police, Francine, fearing that the CIA may kill Stan, knocks Julie unconscious and ties her up in the basement. When Stan calls to say hello, Francine hopes the CIA can be reasoned with so they don't see a need to kill blabbermouths but Stan dismisses that hope. He then hangs up after seeing a monkey snatching his plum. When Francine tells Roger that Julie is tied up in the basement, his first reaction is for Francine to kill her. Francine suggests Roger try to use his psychiatry skills to reason with her where he suggests she kill herself.
When Stan arrives, Francine tells him what's going on and that Roger is in the basement with Julie. Just then, Roger appears and announces that Julie is dead and they rush to the basement to find Julie hanging from a noose. Stan shoots the noose, freeing Julie. Julie claims she wants to die until Stan confesses that Craig is actually alive. Turns out, Stan and Rogers had plotted together a scheme to pretend to open up with Francine before he dropped the false-murder secret, thereby convincing her to stop all the "sharing nonsense". Craig, in fact, has relocated to Laos to get away from Julie's constant nagging, having fallen for a cucumber farmer named Piung, who doesn't speak English. Stan only befriend Julie to distract her while Craig retrieved his National Geographic collection, on which Piung is featured on the cover as a child. Francine realizes that she nags too but Stan opens up to her a little bit about his favorite colour. Still concerned with what to do with Julie, who is crushed that Craig left her, Stan and Francine turn her over to Roger who gets tired of the psychiatry game in mid-session with Julie and rushes off to play fireman.
Meanwhile, Steve continues to linger over the bees that were part of a science fair project long past to Hayley and Klaus' disgust. When Hayley kills the queen bee, Steve gives her an elaborate funeral send-off and vows revenge. Hayley soon finds him with a full-scale beehive which he secretly admits to the bees is for his winged army of vengeance. When Steve tries to prod the bees into attacking Hayley and Klaus by the pool, the plan backfires and the bees attack him instead.