For most of the recent history of American Dad, the show has been using Roger to function as, essentially, a new guest star every week, so it’s nice to see, in “The Adventures of Twill Ongenbone and His Boy Jabari,” an episode that actually deals with Roger as Roger. Of course, it’s also about the way he constantly cheats and disguises his way into everything, but that’s Roger’s main character trait. It also lets him be despicable, but also, by wanting so badly to prove to Francine that he can accomplish something, he’s not entirely deplorable, which is a nice shift.
Of course, it’s still American Dad, so Francine ends up murdering Cuba Gooding Jr. with a stalagmite, and we get an extended scene of Stan describing his sex life to his son’s friends over the phone. And we have absurd gags throughout the episode, like the constant returning to Cuba Gooding Jr., who Stan inexplicably loves and admires, and, my personal favorite, Roger trying to take a picture of himself posing on the hood of his car, until his camera gets stolen and we get a brief, weird montage of the life of the dude who took it.