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American Dad Season 8 Review “Spelling Bee My Baby”

It’s clear that “Spelling Bee My Baby” was written during the “Tiger Mom” frenzy of the news cycle. And while it’s fun watching Francine go (suddenly) bananas over Steve’s chances at college acceptance, Mrs. Yoshida is pretty much just a caricature for the entire episode, and a bit of an uncomfortable one at that. Does she have to also be a ninja, American Dad? It’s not all that clever, and I didn’t really laugh at it, especially not the climactic sword fight. Also, why weren’t Francine’s Chinese parents brought in earlier? I’m not sure. At the very least, Francine’s off-the-cuff confession (“I put her in a cage”) made me laugh, so this whole thing wasn’t meaningless. READ MORE...

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