Bob's Burgers Season 9, Episode 16 Review - Bob's Not-So Day Off Experience and the Biker Baby Shower Extravaganza | yahoo201027's Bob's Burgers Reviews
Well, that episode was something. It feels like this week’s episode was like the writers’ going back to their roots and made it good again…according the fans who now think that the show has finally lost it’s touch since…Season 7, maybe Season 8, don’t know where that came from? Don’t know why? But anyway, in this week’s episode of Bob’s Burgers, Bob, by force coming from both Linda and the kids, has to take a mini-vacation after being way too overworked that may have lose focus while speaking of Linda and the kids, throw a baby shower for the friend of Mudflap in my spoilerific review of the Sixteenth Episode of Season Nine, “Roamin’ Bob-iday”.
So…like with both “I Bob Your Pardon” and “Roller, I Hardly Know Her!”, for the second time in this season alone, we have back-to-back episodes where, no bullshitting here, really good episodes following last week’s episode with Louise being the principal and of course like what happened back in November, an episode after a good one decided to one up that said episode. And this episode may have one up last week’s “The Fresh Princi-pal” by a mile or a mile and a half, mostly coming from the main plot alone of the episode with the family locking Bob out from the restaurant due to concerns of him being overworked and needs to take a vacation, a break for a day, to get the stress and everything out of there so that he can be more focus. And it centers at him. All him.
You could say that we need somewhat of a breather from the hoard of episodes that mostly focuses on the kids since the season began back in September and don’t get me wrong, there were some good episodes in that list coming from them whether if it’s Louise recently being principal for the day or Tina dealing a shit ton of guys when trying to get to her boy toy of the week or even Gene dealing that whole middle school drama and wanting Alex back away from Courtney. One episode, that’s fine. But having like a load of episodes in the first half, this is episode sixteen, we’re now passed the halfway mark, this is where fans now begin to state some issues with the current season. And having a lot of episodes, with the exception of “Bobby Driver”, putting an asterisk on “I Bob Your Pardon”, Dumpster Fire 2k19, and “The Helen Hunt”, with the kids taking center stage is where some fans now say that they have enough. This episode, despite that we’re going back to the kiddie episode of wonder next week, was pretty much a breath of fresh air. And seeing Bob taking a day off was that breath of fresh air.
And the subplot was not that bad with both Linda and the kids planning the baby shower for the friend of Mudflap at the last minute and have the pregnant biker woman going into full on denial and thinks that she’s not ready to embrace motherhood and have both Linda and Mudflap, both mothers of their children, Linda being Louise, Tina, and Gene and Mudflap being Sidecar, somewhat of a nice, little life lesson of being a parent, and a newcomer in that, is not gonna be an easy ride to the park but it will get better as time goes by. So you got to give both Linda and Mudflap credit for convincing that biker woman to deliver that baby in the restaurant, second time in the series that a child was born in the place and it’s from a biker gang. So you get somewhat of a déjà vu vibe from “Ear-sy Rider” from Season 3.
So the main plot of the episode begins of how Bob gets the boot for a day and has to get a break by showcasing that Bob somewhat not focusing on anything in particular. Like beginning with not saying the kids to have a nice day when heading off to school when eating his cereal. And if you think that this is only a one time thing and Bob finally got his focus back? Yeah…no. No. The thing has now gotten worse coming from Bob when trying to refill Teddy’s coffee, only it’s not coffee, but ketchup and this is where Linda finds out what drove Bob into his forgetaboutit stage and him losing focus is that he’s now feeling a thing called a burnout. Where you or someone you know whether it’s a friend, family member, or co-worker going through what Bob is going through, overworked and being overworked equals you or someone else feel like you acting like an idiot like forgetting to turn the water off in the bathroom, mistaking napkins as money, accidentally feeding your dog baby food. And it’s not just the forgetting and accidentally mistaking one object after another. Look at Bob, other than accidentally pouring ketchup onto Teddy’s cup of coffee, there’s also like I said, mistaken napkins as money by placing it into the register and even talking to the burger, which is normal for Bob because…he’s Bob, but it’s different from normal.
And it’s not even a mental problem with how Bob is behaving, because having a burnout can cause some problems for the physical side of the body. Burnout, and I’m NOT even a doctor, but I know where this is coming because it’s pretty much coming from stress. Borderline stress. And I think we know what happens when having trouble dealing with stress. That right kids, it kills. And Bob is a 45 year old man…that can cause some massive amounts of problems when it comes to the body and stress from it can probably lead you to many things from heart attack to a stroke. That and with burnout, think of your body as a phone and what to do with the phone when reached like a low battery? That’s right, charge it. The body needs to charge. It needs something to charge the body all good as new for the next day.
Speaking of the next day, Bob wakes up and notices that the home is completely empty with no Linda, no kids, in sight when looking at every room at the house. No, this isn’t gonna be like where he’s the last person standing on Earth and thinks that it’s the freaking Rapture. No. It’s nothing like that. Because when Bob head down to another day of being worked out when about to do his job, well the Belcher family decided to lock Bob out and say that it’s for his own good that he needs a break. He needs a break. The family is worried about him being burned out and have no choice but to lock Bob out and give him a mini-vacation…for a day. But Bob doesn’t like that and thinks that he has a backup pair of keys to open himself into the restaurant but Louise holds on to it, meaning that family knew that Bob was gonna use that key to enter the place and probably planned this hours in advance.
So you got to give the Belcher family credit for trying to get Bob to exit out of the restaurant for the day because they’re worried about the guy. And I know, they need the money. They really need the money to make end’s meet but this is more in line of worrying about Bob and his health and focus and that he needs a breather to at least recharge for a day…only to not realize that the backdoor is freaking unlocked as Bob now races to the back to get into the restaurant as Linda and the kids head down to lock the door and make sure Bob doesn’t get in.
However Bob lost that race when Linda reached towards the door of the backdoor and lock it, preventing Bob to get into the restaurant. I’m surprised that Bob didn’t go the full measure and like I don’t know…break the window? Maybe do that to get into the restaurant? Like…Bob…you know you can like break through the window, right? You should’ve done that but of course, few things coming from that it may result to Bob causing some damage to the restaurant, making the burnout even worse from Bob, and of course, the family would like…I don’t know, tie Bob up or get like somebody to help him out deal with his burnout. Maybe have Teddy involve and help out. Something has to give to help Bob out. But nope, he tries to get the door open and tries to reason with Linda to get her to unlock the door and he’s been doing that for two long hours. Two hours…being locked outside. That’s like the equivalent of accidentally locking yourself out with the keys inside the car and looking like a total fucking idiot. Though there might be some of y’all pretty much have dealt with some problems being locked out of the house and not having the house keys around…yeah, that kinda suck going through that. Never went through that but yeah, kind of sucked if I were in that position…yet. So two hours have passed and just as Bob looking like he’s about to pass out, he sensed an opportunity when he sees Mr. Fischoeder driving by and heads over wherever he’s driving to in his Fischoeder-mobile.
Bob asks Mr. Fischoeder when stopping, thanks to Bob, by an intersection to give him the keys so he can enter the restaurant, telling him that Linda and the kids lock him out so that he can get a day off but doesn’t want to do that and want to work nonstop. Mr. Fischoeder then asks Bob to get in his car for a little drive by and show around the town and do something to pass the time.
And he does so…by rolling some oranges…or is it tangerines? Rolling down fruit down the street and probably cause some disruption in nearby intersections. Bob thinks that rolling down the fruit seems like a potential waste of food but Fischoeder thinks that it’s fun to do so. And why is that? Well, this is more of line of Fischoeder agreeing to the idea of what Linda and the kids are doing to Bob, which is for him to take a break and rather than talking to Bob about it, nay-nay, he’s gonna sing about it.
First time since the Roller episode that we have a musical number and out of everybody around the town to have a musical number in place would go to one Mr. Fischoeder. And got to say, not bad. Not bad. The visuals look amazing as the number drags on and you got to give his voice actor, Kevin Kline, some massive amounts of credit where credit is due when singing that musical number. Would say favorite except that there’s another musical number in place later on in the episode in which I’ll get to that later in this review. Fischoeder tells Bob about the things about his work life whether if it’s hiring, firing, or out of nowhere, illegal trash dumping…we’re just gonna leave out there, that it’s mostly all work and no play coming from Fischoeder, who happened to be everyone’s boss around the town, well, other than the mayor, and wish that he could at least get a breath of fresh air, or in this case, a little break from the work that he’s been doing. If you think that being the landlord and being the boss of everyone would be nothing more than being the one who gets to do whatever he or she wants and take a massive amount of breaks, well…nope. Even bosses have to do work and being the pillar of a business. Guy wants to take a break so that he don’t want to do the stuff he’s currently doing. And he has to tell Bob that taking a little mini-vacation isn’t a bad idea and that he should try it just this once. And that right there got Bob at least try it out for once. So thanks Mr. Fischoeder for somehow getting Bob to get into his senses and accept the whole mini-vacation thing.
For the first time since 2014, we got introduced to another member of the Fischoeder family in the form of the cousin of both Calvin and Felix in Grover. Who is also their lawyer, so…uh…family looking out for each other? Y-yeah, let’s go with that. Don’t want to imagine a court case with Fischoeder standing on trial with this guy, Grover, being the defendant and pretends like that thing never happened. Bob question the three Fischoeders why they are at this particular place in this side of the town and Calvin answers Bob’s question about the location and what they’re about to do down the stairs of what appeared to be an underground room and what they’re about to do in that room is them performing…a snail race. Yeah, no bullshitting here, the Fischoeders alongside the others in that room are racing snails, the slowest animals in like the entire planet. I’m no lawmaker but uh…yeah, pretty sure underground activities with animals are pretty much a big no-no. And Bob rather not step in to do illegal snail racing and accepts what he said and about to head out and leave the brothers and cousin be as they now prepare to mark their engines, or in this case, snail shells. Something tells me…
The Fischoeders got the idea from watching the DreamWorks movie “Turbo” and wanting to do a full on snail race. So good for you Bob for not partaking in illegal animal racing like it’s a cock fight. Cock fights are pretty much an underground chicken fight that people gamble on to see who’s chicken kills who, just if anyone is asking and it’s very, very wrong over that.
We then cut over to Bob taking a stroll around town since leaving Mr. Fischoeder behind to do his snail race thing and taking a breather and seeing things around the town and you got to give credit to the animators for somewhat quality visuals whether if it’s from some shots of the town to the two musical numbers, I think we’re in for what looks like a very good episode. Have a good main and sub plots would make it a triple threat. Will it be a triple threat, well, it’s too early to say in this very review, so let’s continue on. Bob strolls around the town and if you’re thinking that we’re gonna get a second number coming from Bob about the wonders of taking a stroll and enjoying what could be the day of his lifetime outside the restaurant? Well…
Yep, just as he was calling it quits for a day, the buns decided to drag him back in. Yep, Bob spotted a bread delivery truck and it looks like…it’s not even a full day and Bob decided to hop back to the work addiction board and hop on to the bread truck and smell the sweet and savory bread only to end up being locked in the back without the driver notices and drives to his next destination.
Over at the sandwich shop when spotted by the sandwich shop owner named Patricia (voiced by Tiffany Haddish) and the truck guy, oh so now you decided to spot Bob in the back of the truck? Where were you the first time when Bob got into the truck after falling flat on the day off’s face? Yeah, oh and found out that both Bob and Patricia know each other and the delivery guy calls Bob a “bread perv”, in which Bob denies of being a so-called “bread perv”. Okay…um…the term “bread perv”…at first, I thought to myself when the episode first aired like, “Okay…t-that cannot be a real thing.” But when Bob lend somewhat of a helping hand for Patricia to get the bread to her restaurant, them and the driver spotted a random individual and if you think that’s just a normal, run of the mill person just there in the background minding his own business…until…
Look at that guy’s face…seeing the bread coming out in front of his own eyes, seeing the bread as three, Bob and Patricia heading to her restaurant and the driver locking the back up and heading back to the driver’s seat, skedaddle when that guy saw the bread and it looks like he’s about to have an orgasm, can’t believe I’m using that word in this review of all places, when he sees the bread…I think that’s worse. S-so apparently, the whole “bread perv” thing is actually a thing and whether if you want to call it bullshit or not, but I think that’s worse. Didn’t even found out that’s a real fetish. Like…I thought it was bullshit at first but then you see the guy and…wow…wow…okay, two things for that person: 1) Keep it in your pants, man. Keep it in your pants when seeing bread. Think there’s a reason you’re like banned from a lot of bakery shops across town. And 2) G-go…go get some help dude. Go get some help. Therapy would probably be the answer. Counseling, that works as well. Finding Jesus…um…that’s a whole different story. But put that on in the list. Point is, you need some help man. You need some help.
Patricia, with the help of Bob, carried the bread inside the restaurant and when the deed is done, he asks her of the whole 77 sandwiches thing that she has on her menu and the namesake of the restaurant. Questioning that if she really does 77 different sandwiches. In which Patricia answers his question that she can only do 34 out of the 77 sandwiches, hence the name of the restaurant. It’s the sandwich that even make Subway restaurants jealous. That and of course, other sandwich shops like Blimpie, Quiznos, Schlotzsky’s, or if you live some Southern States like Florida and Georgia for example, Publix. I mean, I used to live in Georgia in like almost eleven years in my life, that’s my childhood right there, and been to a Publix time to time because it was nearby to get groceries around the Atlanta suburbs, within Gwinnett County, and didn’t even recognize that Publix was in the sub making business over at the deli counter. If I were ever to head back over to Georgia for like Summer vacation once this season is over with, yeah, I think I should head down to Publix and get myself a sub. Bob decided to try the sandwich for himself by ordering a number 47, which contains turkey, onions, dill cream cheese, not regular cheese or Philadelphia cheese, dill like in pickle, cucumber, roasted peppers, and hummus on a black pepper roll bun. Transitioning later on to what appears to be a busy lunch rush for Patricia with Bob eating the sandwich for himself and notices that Patricia is busying all by herself taking care of the restaurant and wanting to help out, she accepts Bob’s offer and handing him the apron, so apparently Patricia the Bob in this establishment to…don’t want to say Bob the Linda, more in cline of Teddy if you remember back in Season 7 with the whole…go to my “Helen Hunt” episode review to see that comparison. I know, I know, it’s reused and no one wants that. Tell that to other shows that been somewhat reusing their own stuff like it’s fucking Throwback Thursday. And…there goes the whole Bob taking a break thing because just as he needed a break from the restaurant, he gets to work for another even if it’s for a day, only to help someone out. So…uh…shit, would say step out because you might end up getting burned out again and of course, the whole health problem thing going to bite you right in the butt, but if it’s for helping a friend out, then uh…guess we have to like…let this one slide then, huh?
So as Bob begins to work for Patricia, we get to introduce to a guy named Steve, who, like Bob, has somewhat of a history with Patricia but unlike Bob, he somewhat appears to be a regular, so technically, Steve’s the Teddy. He is the Teddy of this little establishment but unlike him, found out that these two are currently dating because Steve awaits for two things, a sandwich since he is a regular but also waiting for Patricia so they can head out for their date and at a ferris wheel over at the Wharf. So we’re being introduced to Patricia in this episode and already we know about, other than the whole sandwich business thing, is that both Bob and her know each other, him being a customer and all, and of course, her love life with Steve. I know that she’s gonna end up being a one-off character and deem to never to be returned again, but…can we have more of her? Please. Bring her back after this one? And don’t say movie, though I don’t know if she is gonna appear in the mov…yeah, she’s mostly gonna be in it, but in the background. As the lunch rush continues with Patricia making Steve a sandwich as Steve awaits for Patricia to end her shift for the day, the restaurant get a call…
And Bob picks up the phone for her while she’s making the thing when asked what that person wants, which is nothing more than your run of the mill catering order for something like a party over at…well, possibly over at an office building, but it could also be like at a home party like a birthday party or maybe even a baby shower. Found out that the catering order coming from the caller…77 sandwiches. 77 sandwiches. The whole entire goddamn menu. And the person expected to pick up the order in less than 40 minutes. So making 77 sandwiches in less than 40 minutes? Let me put this out there…77 sandwiches, the whole goddamn menu…in less than 40 minutes…unless you have either the powers of going fast like the goddamn Flash, telepathic powers, or making time your bitch, that’s gonna be freakishly impossible to do that task. And Patricia is pretty much a one-woman band when it comes to the restaurant and one person doing the entire menu, that’s enough for her to have a burnout. So Bob, again, decided to help her out. You think that Bob would like get out and enjoy the rest of the day or going back to the restaurant but nope, can’t leave her hanging and decided to help out her. In which Patricia can’t say no to that offer and accepts Bob’s help to make the 77 sandwiches. So like Jigsaw from the movie “Saw” once said, “Let the games begin.”
It’s the race against the clock for the sandwich making duo of Bob and Patricia making the 77 sandwiches as it looks like they’re at their thirty-fourth going on thirty-fifth sandwich and making a mess behind the counter as Steve watched the whole thing from beginning to where they are at now as he now prepares to exit out and head back to his work and leave them be as the two continue on to do the order of the entire goddamn menu. Onto the 50s, the 60s and finally to the 70s with number 77 being the last one, they finally got the whole menu done and ready to be picked up. And so the person who ordered the whole thing from the menu arrive in time and of course, sees the mess with his own eyes as he now take the box full of the sandwiches onto his car and begins heading off. You could call it a victory for the two because they worked like there was no tomorrow with the 77 sandwiches to make for that catering order and with some help adding in to the mix, they did made it through and got the thing on time despite making a mess and now have to clean the place up before tomorrow comes. But also somewhat of a defeat and why I say that? Because…
Yeah, the two received a note from Steve that he wrote for Patricia on why he has to leave and there’s more than just heading back to work. So according to the note that Steve put, he wrote that although he thinks that Patricia is a wonderful person to be around with and would’ve gone out with her like with that ferris wheel date and all, but stated that for Patricia, she put the responsibilities of working at the restaurant as the first thing on the list and decided to not bother her. So in a way…Patricia stood him up and put work over everything else in her entire life. And this isn’t the first time she done that. It was revealed that this is the eleventh time that happened. Eleven times. It’s like you and that special someone have some plans to head out for a date but that someone some how out of nowhere got a massive task to do like working on a huge project that worth like 45% of the grade for the semester or preparing for the upcoming SAT exams to get into a good college or has to stay after school to do club activities or going out to do some volunteering and it’s day after day, you were hoping for that open spot in the schedule to be filled to be with that person but whenever you have the opportunity, life decided to like take a massive dump to you to the point that make the assumption that you got stood up because of that busy schedule.
And this is where we get to the point of the connection is that Patricia, like Bob, would rather not take a break and has to take care of the restaurant. That’s with Bob earlier in the episode with the burnout thing. Even though Patricia, in this episode, didn’t dealt with a burnout of her own, Bob has to finally agree with the family that he needs a break for a day from the restaurant but instead of doing that, instead of following the instructions from the family and from Fischoeder, he ended up being at the other restaurant and blames himself for spreading it to Patricia. And telling her that the family only give Bob a day off and lock him out from the restaurant is that of course, they care for him. They’re worried about him. It’s not an easy thing to do but it’s for his own good. Don’t knock till you try it. And ask Patricia to head out, find Steve, and apologize for standing up to him various times and putting her job over everything, leaving Bob to close the place up for the night. Not clean up the place and closing it after that. Nope, close it. Just close it and she’ll deal with it the next day…despite fears that leaving mess like that could lead to an invasion of things like cockroaches and rats and all that, just FYI.
And then we get to the end of the main plot, in song, and this is why…out of the two numbers that we had in this episode has to be my favorite…possibly for this season, as Bob walks down after closing down the place for the night, of course, putting the key down the mail hole of the door, he sings about his love for working over at the restaurant and that although he should like at least sit back and relax for a bit, serving random people over at the restaurant is what matters when it comes to making himself happy. To him, working at the restaurant, smelling the smell of grease from the fryer and the smell of the beef being cooked on the hot grill is pretty much like it’s Fourth of July every day. If you don’t live in America, we pretty much cook out when celebrating a national holiday of our nation’s independence, but of course, the working part is not what sold it for me, that goes to the ending of the song when he sees the Linda and the kids waving and that right there, other than the visuals and the singing coming from H. Jon Benjamin, is what sold the song for me in this episode and possibly the season. Although he’s glad that he can be in the kitchen and be behind the grill and serve the customer, his family is what important to him. You could say that they do worry about him and care for him and that he shouldn’t ignore them. I know that the family has to make end’s meet with Bob being the breadwinner of the family, but there has to be time that, how should I put this…sometimes, the breadwinner needs a little vacation to make he or she relaxed and recharged for what life might throw. You got to love that family dynamic coming from the Belcher family and to be honest, you can’t probably beat that. It was well written coming from Bouchard and either compare it to like earlier seasons of The Simpsons or even to the current age to like…Gumball, there’s something. There’s something that Bob has an amazing family that he created with Linda and I hope we can more of that, feels like we’re rewatching earlier seasons of the series like taking a trip back and feel the nostalgia in the air and I know that people are like wanting originality and not wanting things to be reused in the series, the writers did do their best to making original ideas for episode and whether if it’s good, or somewhat mediocre, the series for me in general does not disappoint. Don’t get anyone who said that they lost interest in the fandom, but…don’t know how long this series is gonna last but until then…looks like I’m not going anywhere. Oh…and the whole family waving thing, found out they were not waving at Bob coming back. They were at something else in over at the subplot, in which we’ll get to that right…about…now.
So while Bob is out trying his best to get a day off, which it looks like it’s failing miserably like a baseball team going through a rebuild gone horribly wrong, Linda and the kids get a visit from one of their friends Mudflap, who asks Linda to do a little request for her, which is to throw a baby shower over at the restaurant. But not for her, she’s not the one who is pregnant since she already has Sidecar, which we didn’t get to see the return of the child of both Mudflap and Critter, which also haven’t made a return since “Wag the Hog”, point is, the baby shower is not for Mudflap. It’s for a friend of Mudflap, named Goldie, and she’s from another biker gang named the Easy Beavers, interesting name, not questioning it, and asks Linda to throw a baby shower for Goldie. In which she agrees…only to find out coming from Mudflap that it’s last minute and she and the kids have an hour to set everything up for the incoming guest of honor. So…I don’t know who has the most trouble when it comes to the whole last minute planning and shit, Linda and the kids throwing a baby shower in less than an hour or Bob and Patricia making 77 sandwiches in less than 40 minutes? You decide.
Cutting past through the hour with the Belchers and Mudflap setting up the finishing touches to the party with the biker gangs, both from the One-Eyed Snakes and the Easy Beavers, attending the party and sitting on the tables as they await the guest of honor to arrive to the restaurant with the kids bringing in their own stuff for entertainment purposes with Louise carrying the stuff that includes a butternut squash, a Halloween skeleton that plays the guitar for decoration, Gene’s pillow, and of course, dolls that she found from Tina. And that questions me and some people because in the Season 7 episode “The Laser-inth”, Tina seems to be afraid of dolls when her, Linda, and Louise visit Gretchen over at the show’s parody of an American Girl shop. Even though she used to own them back in Season 3, twice, one for carrying when dressing up as a mummy’s mommy in “Full Bars” and cut the head for the hair when disguising Ollie as Gene to trick that toilet hunter in “OT: The Outside Toilet”. Yeah…that seems really confusing coming with that idea. Used to own them only to be lost and later damaged and then gets afraid over it…I think Tina just stumbled into watching horror films that include killer dolls that triggered her fears like Annabelle or even Chucky from Child’s Play. Do you hear that it’s getting a reboot? Yeah…didn’t even noticed that was a thing.
The guest of honor finally made it to the restaurant with everyone yelling surprise like it’s a surprise birthday party but it looks like Goldie here doesn’t look so happy as it looks like there are tears now coming out from her eyes. Did we mention that girl pulled out a switchblade like she’s about to get attacked? And those aren’t tears of joy as Linda stated. That more of line of her being in denial. Like she doesn’t want the party to come into play. More of don’t want to embrace the whole idea of going into motherhood. Either that or mood swings and you can get mood swings while being pregnant. Again, not a doctor. Found out that they, i.e. Goldie and Mudflap, planned this party for months and doesn’t want it to go through waste and everything must go on as planned and kick off the party. Oh yeah, and we get a callback to that moment from “Ear-sy Rider” when Mudflap called back to the moment of when she gave birth to Sidecar at the restaurant. So who doesn’t like callbacks…to like the thousands of people who fell off the boat after like…Season 6? Maybe 7? Hmm…you’re somewhat missing out.
So the baby shower continues as planned as everyone now partake in the diaper changing competition, now on it’s final lap with Linda judging the competition as she sees Goldie’s when her doll…having a diaper on it’s head, it’s her first attempt, she’s trying. It’s not like she’s about to go into labor or anything, right? Well it looks like no one won that little diaper race, but Linda gives it to Goldie mostly because she’s the guest of honor. It’s her baby shower. So she gets the special treatment. Goldie gets herself a little victory moment until she feels a bit of pain coming from her stomach in like it’s her trying to say that her water is about is break. So she has to lie to not get people in a frenzy and making her worries even worse by thinking that she has diarrhea and has to go to the bathroom. Linda points to the bathroom only to realize that someone else is using it and not using it to do drugs or something like that, so she points to the employee bathroom in the back and that’s where she’s heading towards. Yeah…something tells me at this point of time, we’re gonna have ourselves an Ear-sy Rider 2.0 and about to have ourselves another biker baby being born in the restaurant and I know, I know, y’all are probably tired of the whole rehashing thing being used but then again, some shows and movie does the whole rehash thing and I don’t see you questioning it.
Goldie finally got out of the bathroom in the back and finally made back to her seat as Tina prepares for the next activity in the form of a baby food eating contest…in which you have to eat baby food coming from the three bowls, all mashed and with the bandanas on the table, looking like you have to eat it blindfolded. So technically, it’s basically what appears to be a taste test and guess the food or brand or whatever rather than an eating contest. Just as the thing from the bowl about to take place, the pain returns from Goldie and everyone thinks that it’s the diarrhea calling again to get her back to the bathroom, but nope, she has to come clean to everyone in the restaurant, the water has broke, the baby is coming. And she didn’t say anything before and during the event that she having contractions for the past 24 hours, signaling that she’s now going into labor. And she has reasons why she didn’t tell everyone in the restaurant. Didn’t tell her group. Didn’t even bother to tell Mudflap about all of this because she’s afraid. The reason why she was in tears when she first stumbled into the restaurant is because she is not ready to give birth to her baby. Thinking that she’s ready to become a full fledged mother and raise the baby. And let’s be honest, and this is coming from me, someone who is NOT a parent and still single as fire, parenting is not an easy thing to do. Next to paying taxes, managing your health, finding a job with better pay, parenting is one of the brutal tasks to deal with if you’re an adult because like taking of care of a pet when you were a child, taking care of a child takes massive amounts of responsibility. Bathe them, feed them, change them, watch over them, looking out for their safety, everything…this isn’t like with…remember Baby Alive? That doll from the 2000s, or was it 1990s? I think it was 2000s, where you have to buy your daughter that and the purpose of that doll is to pretend to be mother and you have to treat it like it’s your own child like practice to getting ready when that day comes. Goldie thinks she’s not ready to deal with motherhood, thinking that she’s not ready to take the responsibilities she’s going to have to deal with.
And that’s where both Linda and Mudflap decided to make her change her mind because they went through this. Linda went through it three times when she gave birth to Tina, Gene, and Louise and tells Goldie that she was once in her position of not ready to become a mother. Saying that they may be little annoying pieces of shit that you have to deal with for the rest of your life, but those little pieces of shit is and are gonna be one of your proudest achievements in your lifetime. Mudflap also went through that when carrying Sidecar in her stomach. She, before giving birth to him, was not ready to become a mother and ready to bear the responsibilities but once after Sidecar was born in the events of “Ear-sy Rider”, she now has to bear the responsibilities of taking care of him and make sure nothing bad would ever happen to him. Goldie kind of misinterpret that parenting would be easy as, guess in biker terms, changing the seats, I don’t know, but Linda has to say that yeah, parenting, not an easy thing but with the help from an app and some parenting books, parenting wouldn’t be as hard as she looks and thinks. And all of that…finally got Goldie to change her mind and finally decide that it’s time to give birth to the baby.
Minutes, if not, an hour have passed since Goldie changed her mind and ready to give birth, everyone is waiting for the ambulance and the paramedics to arrive to take Goldie to give birth over at a hospital but it looks like time might have other ideas because rather than waiting for the ambulance to arrive, well…looks like for the second time in almost seven years since we had Sidecar being born, we’re gonna have another biker baby being born in the restaurant. At this rate, Bob’s Burgers might as well turn into the place where you don’t only get burgers, but also giving birth to biker babies while waiting for an ambulance to come in like the same time as the pizza delivery guy. Yeah, our health care is pretty much shit as of this moment. This is why we need Medicare for All people, come on! It’s not that fucking hard.
Going back to the end of the main plot where you see Bob seeing the family waving at the end of the song, thinking that they’re waving at him. Yeah…they’re not waving at him and instead, waving at the ambulance to come towards the restaurant because Goldie just gave birth to a wonderful baby…baby. Didn’t get the gender of the baby so uh…don’t want to assume gender. Bob sees a lot of biker women going around Goldie with her new baby and the family, mostly Linda, explains Bob what happened while he was out and sees the aftermath of the birth and that’s how the episode ends with both the main and sub plots coming together to close things out.
So all and all, what do I think about this week’s episode of Bob’s Burgers? Um…quoting my Roller episode review, wow. Again, a very good episode…a really good episode that we got and again, the main plot pretty much made the thing good to watch over, but the subplot did not disappoint this time around even though it was pretty much a rehash of Season 3 but with another person giving birth to a baby and of course, over at the restaurant.
The main plot…I feel like that the leash has been off from the writers to make this episode a very good one to gloss over. People think that this episode would almost bear similarities to the subplot last week with Bob dealing with the yips but that’s mostly coming from Teddy’s big mouth and it’s not like this time around. That’s mostly because he has a massive burnout and the family worries about him and like they don’t even have a choice but to lock Bob out the next day in order for him to get a break. But what sold me when it comes why I like this episode are mostly because of things that are added to blend in.
The songs in this episode, got to give both Kevin Kline and H. Jon Benjamin massive amounts of credit to make the musical numbers in this episode enjoyable. The Bob one at the end was mostly the favorite out of the two and I know that there might be some massive amounts of disagreement coming from some fans but do like the Bob one at the end of the episode, mostly coming from the end of that piece where you see Bob seeing the family waving at him, even though they’re not waving at him, they’re at the ambulance to come over when Goldie gave birth to her child. But it was the most heartwarming one of the episode, if not, coming from this season alone. Could say too early to declare that the best one to take the season by storm but we’re now passed through the halfway mark, meaning that and with only a few weeks left until the season wraps up in May, it’s anyone game, so for now, I know that seems confusing, but cut me some slack, I like the second one rather than the first.
Tiffany Haddish as the character of Patricia was pretty much a thumbs up coming from the casting department. To put it short, Haddish did an amazing job voicing the character and speaking of the character, seriously people, when do you think the character is going to make a comeback because that character did not disappoint when we were first introduced. Got some development from her, though other character did that, and she, other than Calvin, was pretty much the supporting role with Bob and also the similarities mostly because Bob was pretty much overworked and pushed everything aside. Same for Patricia, but that’s mostly because she’s a one-woman band and dealing with some customers all by herself was not an easy thing to do. So having Bob around for a day to help her out and help her out indeed when it comes to the whole catering, sandwich making the whole menu in less than 40 minutes, was technically somewhat of a fine idea even though the main plot is mostly Bob dealing with his problems with being overworked and his addiction of working. So seeing Patricia going through the same thing as Bob was something and also you might as well say it was sort of dragged down, but there’s no problem seeing Patricia in this episode and hoping we can more of her in future episode, even though she may end up being a one-off and might never come back.
The subplot was rather somewhat enjoyable even though this feels like we’re watching “Ear-sy Rider” again with the whole biker baby being born in the restaurant again. Though it’s nice to see Mudflap again despite that she’s been pushed to the background throughout the whole baby shower, but you do have to give her and Linda some credit when trying to convince Goldie once her water broke to start giving birth and using their experiences to change her mind, stating that they’re not ready for motherhood when they were pregnant but time later after giving birth, they may annoy you for like the rest of your life, but those annoying little shits are pretty much your greatest achievements in your life. So you might as well call this a little life lesson to new and coming parents who don’t want to bear the responsibilities because they’re not ready to deal what life might throw at them with the new baby. But it does take time, again, NOT a doctor, to catch on and gaining some experience like how both Linda and Mudflap went through when giving birth to their children. So it was nice to see that. You could say “Ear-sy Rider”, but…yeah, almost looks like it but when a few differences to make sure it doesn’t look like it.
So here’s the thing to finally settle the score in this episode, the scoring. To me, what I think about this episode was pretty much a nice, little breather from the bombardment of episodes what mostly focuses on the kids and don’t get me wrong, there were some episodes with the kids that are good to watch, it was nice to get at least a break from it for once and with Bob being the center focus. The visuals along with the two musical numbers and Patricia with the voice of Haddish pretty much sold the episode along with both Linda and Mudflap convincing Goldie to reconsider the fear of being a mother with their experiences, this was a pretty good episode to watch over like something you see from Season 3 of all seasons of the series. So I’ll give “Roamin’ Bob-iday”…
…a 9.5 out of 10. This was a very good episode to watch over. You could say that this episode was pretty much pure cheese with the main plot, taking a breather and have Bob taking the spotlight. Seeing the whole family heartwarming thing being perfectly written over the idea of why Linda and the kids locking him out for his own good, not because they want to. But they are worried for him and they care for him. And I hope we can see more of that in future episodes in the series. And yeah, I say breather and y’all kind of wish that we more of like what we get except we’re getting another kid episode, but it’s with Gene this time as he tries to convince both Tina and Louise to save a blob of plankton from being threatened by a yacht club in the seventeenth episode of season nine, “What About Blob?” So don’t miss that episode out.
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