Roger's 1601st birthday roast
Great Space Roaster
Roger gets roasted at his Birthday Party.
Season: 5 Episode: 18
Total Episode Count: 96
Prod. no.: 5AJN12
First Aired: May 16, 2010
Also Appearing: Stan, Francine, Hayley, Steve, Klaus, Avery Bullock, Sanders, Jackson, Frank, Earl, Greg Corbin, Terry Bates, Ally, Bunny Sanders
Musical Numbers: The Sign
Director: Joe Daniello
: Shawn MurrayWriters
: Jonathan Fener Storyboarders
: Erik Kuska
, Brian Mainolfi Roger's Disguise
: Kevin Bacon
from "Four Little Words
It's Roger's birthday, but instead of partying at the bowling alley as the family planned, he begs to be roasted. At work, Stan learns that the CIA has been purchased by the CHIAPet corporation and will be sending Sanders and his family into space for a year to test CHIAPet growing there on a space station. At Pricey's Steakhouse, the family gives Roger a brutal roasting and all seems well at first; But when he removes his glasses they see he has been crying. He vows to pull his life together. He gets a new job, sobers up, gets in shape and gets a life coach.
Roger seems to have his act together, and goes out jogging. When Klaus notices the porn channel appears unscrambled, the family rushes into the living room, narrowly avoiding the kitchen blowing up. Their suspicions aroused about Roger, they follow him and all appears normal. Laughing off their suspicions with Roger than night, they again avoid death as the house is shot up. Roger convinces them they are in danger and has them rush to the car to escape when the realize he led them into another trap when the brakes are cut. They are saved only by the car's sturdiness. Confronting Roger, he admits he had tried to kill them and will never stop until he succeeds. Roger attacks Stan but is stopped by a tranquilizer gun from Steve. Stan decides to put him in the most escape-proof place he can think of but Roger soon murders his way back home.
When Roger vows there is no place on earth they can escape his wrath, they find a way to take the Sanders family place in space although they are unaware of Roger clinging to the outside of the space shuttle. Three days later, Klaus comes up missing and Stan sends Steve to find him. Locating Klaus floating in a washing machine, Klaus tries to warn Steve but it is too late as Roger attacks. Roger sets off alarms on the ship warning the family of his presence and they split up to try to make it to the escape pod. Roger catches Francine and Hayley in the kitchen while Stan flees for the escape pod. Just when Stan thinks he has escaped, he punches a button in the escape pod and Roger's yelp of pain is followed by Stan's capture as well.
When they awaken, they find themselves bound on the shuttle as Roger appears and orders them to roast each other so they can feel the same pain he felt. After a tepid start, the family begins to enjoy themselves to Roger's bewilderment. Revealing they can laugh at themselves and each other because they're so close, they make Roger aware that he is part of the family too.