Directed By: Albert Calleros
Written By: Neal Boushell & Sam O'Neal
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Scott Grimes, Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker ...
Running Time: 30 min
Air Date: 29/01/2006
Werewolves, a muffin kiosk, and an eco-terrorist who thinks he's a tree ... only Seth MacFarlane could bring all these elements together on the same show.
Steve and his friends manage to gain entrance to a terrifying werewolf movie called "The Soiling", and on the way back he is attacked and given a minor injury by a wolf. They then of course become suspicious that he will change into a werewolf, and when Roger adopts the wolf as a "pet" and brings it home, circumstances convince them that this is the case. Meanwhile, Francine opens up a muffin kiosk in the mall as a business venture, and Klaus the fish finally manages to get himself transplanted into a human body.
Okay so "American Dad" is, essentially, "Family Guy # 2". Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I'm guessing that this show went into production once Family Guy was cancelled after it's third season (before it was resurrected), and was intended to replace it. There are some more subtle differences in the format and the type of gags, but the general look of the show, the appearances of the characters, the style of humour, all of it is pretty much identical. Without question Family Guy is the better show, but American Dad does have it's moments once you get into it, and this particular episode is a pretty good example.
In "Finances with Wolves", Steve and his friends go and see a movie called "The Soiling" ("the werewolf movie so scary it'll make you SOIL YOURSELF"). We see them watching a transformation scene from the movie, which is pretty neat with some nice referential shots, and it's clear that the animators did some homework there. Aman in the middle of a forest turns into a red-eyed biped wolf man (see top photo). Later, while the kids are walking home in the middle of the night, Steve is leapt upon by a wolf who's natural habitat has been destroyed by a new extension to the mall, which ties in neatly to another of the plots in this episode, and his friends immeadiately suspect that he is a werewolf.
They tie him Steve up on the night of the full moon in order to be safe, but unfortunately his mother Francine unties him and Roger's new pet wolf gets loose, giving the appearance that Steve is actually a werewolf (see bottom photo). He then asks his friends to shoot him with a silver bullet (don't ask where they got it ...), but they miss and assume that the bullet just grazed him, apparently curing his curse.