Season 13, Episode 1, To Bob, Or Not To Bob”

Bob Burger

Bob Burger
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Bob Burger It’s been a low-key national treasure since its premiere in 2011. Like many others on Fox’s adult animation list (The Simpsons, A man who loves family lifeking of the hill), the Lauren Bouchard series that follows a working-class American nuclear family. But what sets it apart from the rest is that retirees are not passive: they may be what society calls losers, but they love each other unconditionally. Considering today’s television landscape is largely populated by families who would soon have sold each other over the river rather than share a hug, Bob It is a welcome deferment.

Earlier this year, the series It settled when he got the big screen treatment. So there’s a good chance that, in his first season since becoming a cinematographer, Bob You will get a stream of new viewers. And thanks to the episodic nature of the show, beginners will have no trouble navigating at any point in the story.

They may also start with the season 13 premiere, “To Bob, Or Not To Bob.” Written by Brothers Writing Team Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux Loughlin, the episode is Bob Burger A classic that combines some of the series’ trademark elements: financial anxieties, mutual support, frustrated ambition, theatrical jokes, and of course Louise’s fantasies about high-end weaponry.

And like the series’ best premiums, the stakes are objectively low but personally high. Because when you’re a struggling restaurateur who manages to pay your rent on time for the first time in years, it doesn’t look like much from the outside; But anyone who is cash-strapped knows that on the inside, it means a lot.

That’s the case for the Belcher clan at the start of the episode, as they watch the latest flash-in-the-pan business next door close up shop. And since Bob’s Burgers is just barely solvent (for the moment, at least), Linda has an idea: Why not expand into the empty storefront?

Enter the Belchers’ flamboyantly wealthy landlord Calvin Fischoeder, striding through the door with an elaborate scheme. Years ago, he lost a trophy that his father won for “Best Businessing in the Bay,” and he’s convinced that his brother Felix stole it. Each year on the anniversary of the trophy’s disappearance, Fischoeder tries and fails to get Felix to confess. But he’s got a new idea this year, inspired by a production of Hamlet he saw by mistake: He wants the Belchers to act in a play he’s penned about the supposed crime, hoping that watching it will provoke Felix into revealing his guilt, Claudius-style.

Fischoeder offers to waive a month of rent if they help him out; but Linda proposes that instead, he could let them use the empty storefront for free for a month. Fischoeder says yes, but Bob, who’s never seen an opportunity he isn’t at least a little afraid of, nixes the idea.

That night, a ghost (the sheet kind, complete with badly cut-out eye holes) visits Bob in a dream, which is what happens in your unconscious when you half-hear the plot of Hamlet. The ghost warns him that Bob is murdering his own business thanks to his lack of ambition. So the next morning, Bob caves and tells Fischoeder that the deal is on.

Now it’s time for rehearsal, which I was almost as excited about as Linda is about directing the play (hilariously entitled Hamlet, But Good This Time). In the 20 minutes of rehearsal time they have before the restaurant opens, we get a delicious glimpse of the Belchers as a theater company—involving, among other things, Linda negging Bob’s acting skills; Tina stumbling around half-blind in a homemade eyepatch; and Louise contributing her Kuchi Kopi toy (in a wig, of course) as a prop version of the pilfered trophy.

Bob’s Burgers

Bob’s Burgers
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That night, Bob is still vibrating with anxiety about the expansion. In his dreams, the ghost shows him a vision of the high-end restaurant he could open next door, complete with a classed-up version of himself sporting chef’s whites and a full head of hair. But a burger patty forgotten on the grill pleads with him as it burns to ash: “Don’t you love me anymore?”

And then it’s Day of the show, all of you.! The tiny house is full of Fischoed tenants he blackmails into coming, plus the always supportive Felix and Teddy. The costumes are a regional theater kid’s dream (notably Fischoeder’s mini Tina suit and Gene’s “Buxom German maid” getup), and the dialogue is as subtle as you could possibly wish for (“Come on, my biggest and best son!”).

But Bob’s mind is a million miles away from performing. like karmy in The bear, He’s a chef torn between his love of food and his fear of success. And standing on stage in a plastic tiara and intimidating make-up, he spoils his confession: he doesn’t want to expand.

Fischoeder finally obtained an admission of guilt from Felix, who had thrown the cup into the “swan pond.” With the two brothers out, pursued by the audience, Bob apologizes to his wife—for ruining the play and his lack of ambition. But Linda told him that she pushed the idea of ​​the new space only because she thought he is He was excited about it. Bob says he loves what the restaurant is now, and it doesn’t need to be any more. As they spit in the face of capitalist orthodoxy, the Belchers continue to have the most supported marriage on TV.

There’s also a neglected Chart B (but why on earth would she want to get rid of it?) about Louise trying to persuade Bob to let her use a restaurant knife sharpener, complete with seeing the youngest Belcher sitting on an iron throne made of kitchen knives. Eventually she pressures Tina to show her the ropes, and Louise uses her new skills – and a sharp blade in “where you least expect it” – to carve a mustache on Bob’s tomato doll. The kids present him as a “best dad who’s also very good at business” trophy, and the Belchers (and Teddy, of course) share a family hug.

stray notes

  • Burger of the week: We got four! I love the walnut and I can’t lie burger, the Dirty Rotten Tendrils Burger, the Cauliflower Me Maybe Burger, and All the World’s a Sage Burger.
  • Next door: Tan in real life, screaming for one of the forgotten greats middle aughts rom-coms.
  • pest control truck: The Merchant of Vermin, one of Shakespeare’s many references in this episode.
  • Best Guest Actor of the Week: Theater and vet Adam Godley, a nominee for Tony, voices the ghost who haunts Bob’s dreams. He was once a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company – where he never did, ironically village.
  • The huge hole that opened in front of the restaurant inside it Bob Burgers movie A summary appears in the opening credits interval. This business has been through a lot over the years, right?
  • Previous tactics Mr. Fischoeder tried to convince Felix to steal the cup included hypnosis, beating, and whipping his food with LSD.
  • As usual, each of Linda’s lines is in gold: “That’s what village Around? I thought it had to do with Romeo and Juliet.” “Was it a football dream with bars everywhere?”
  • Nobody in this episode has a better time than Jane. He takes the opportunity to go up on stage dressed in a German maid and rock his “bazonga,” which leads Linda to affectionately describe him as her “pretty little baby.” (Jin’s joy in Violation of gender norms– And how supportive his family is about it – it might as well Bob Burger“The most beautiful contribution to the pop culture scene.)
  • “To Bob, Or Not To Bob” joins a great tradition Bob Burger Episodes that revolve around theater – “Topsy,” “All That Gene,” “Hamburger Dinner Theatre,” and “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl,” to name a few.
  • It was Jay Johnston, who voiced rival restaurateur Jimmy Pesto Sr. kicked out of show Last year after it was revealed that he was part of the January 6 Capitol riot. The character was not in the twelfth season, and he did not speak in the film. Will we see the return of nemesis Bob with a new voice actor this season?

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