Roger discovers that one of his personas has taken on a life of his own. Back at home, the Smith family becomes addicted to the 1970s electronic game "Simon."




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Episode credited cast:
Francine Smith (voice)
Steve Smith (voice)
Hayley Smith / Judy Panowitz (voice)
Klaus (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Supervisor (voice)
Hitman (voice)
Clerk (voice)
Matt McKenna ...
Homeless Guy #3 / Mr. Stashwick (voice)
Jewelry Clerk (voice)
Lew Schneider ...
Nerdy Radio Host #1 & #2 (voice)
McCreary (voice)


Roger discovers that one of his personas has taken on a life of his own. Back at home, the Smith family becomes addicted to the 1970s electronic game "Simon."

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Animation | Comedy




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5 October 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Judy works at C.J. Neppey's, which is a spoonerism of J.C. Penney's. See more »


After Roger stabs his alter ego Sydney to death, he puts on the black gloves and says "Sorry Syd. You're a good egg, and that cramps my style." But then he walks out of the dressing room and tells Judy "Beat it! Sydney is gone and this guy only looks out for numero uno." while gesturing with his bare hands. See more »


McCreary: You're familiar with the first line of "Genesis," right?
Roger the Alien/Sydney Huffman: Well! I should say I am, sir, I should say I am!
McCreary: Does this sound right? "In the beginning God created the Heavens and a transvestite who pooped mozzarella dinosaurs."
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References The Glenn Miller Story (1954) See more »

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The One That Got Away Review
17 March 2014 | by (Lagos, Nigeria) – See all my reviews

Arguably the best American Dad episode I've ever watched, the plotting, twists and voice acting were all top notch. Delving deep into Roger's twisted facade we see he truly is a fractured being, but deep down a decent one. His use of security passwords to cover up his earlier mistakes is a masterstroke. From the off, we're thrown deep into a world of double speak and deceit, but once roger knuckles down and tries to find who is ruining his life, he realizes only one person can be at fault. The reveal isn't obvious, but all the signs are there from the start, the writers do an excellent job to pace the episode. With well timed jokes from his neighbors and showing roger's affections for a store clerk. The length at which Roger decides to go to steal something so trivial is a joy to behold and stamps his character into TV Folklore. The B story ties in minimally, but is passably funny which is what it needs to be as a lot of time was needed to Flesh out the excellent A-story. A definite viewing for newcomers to the series.

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