I got a kick out of watching Stan and Francine try and keep up with their new friends. And I got a sadistic laugh out of Francine kicking Steve while he was down, but WOW I couldn't help but cringe at the dog fetching Stan's exposed shin bone.
That plot with Steve, Roger, and the B-plot sounds like something they wrote on a napkin. But HOLY CRAP, Beverly Billingsley! Definitely didn't expect that. Klaus making his escape was the big highlight of the episode for me, though.
Haley: Guess what? I won tickets to the new Cirque de Soleil show, Cirque de Hey Hey HEY! Francine: Oh, based on Fat Albert? Haley: Oh, I said it wrong, it's Cirque de Hey HEY Hey! Stan: We'll take those! Haley: Hey! (struts) Turkeys.
"You wear a disguise to look like human guys, but you're not a man, you're a chicken, Boo!"
The fact it was one of the few episodes that had Rodger somehow lose at the end and his epilogue was worth it. Francine beating up Steve and Steve remaindering her of it was classic. I did like the suicide trap door.
There were enough major names in the best director race that you figured a couple of them were going to be snubbed, but the consensus was that Spielberg/Affleck/Bigelow were the three locks in the category.