“In the case of episodes exploring Louise’s feelings, Bob’s Burgers certainly has grown a very strong way of telling the story and saving the most important stuff for the end. Strongest louisefeels episodes usually seem to go like this : Louise finds something she wants to get involved into > cue over-the-top Louise scheme > after everything unfolds, either Louise herself, or somebody else reveals the emotional reason for Louise to have acted the way she did — which usually isn’t what everyone was expecting, as people usually just expect Louise to seek chaos for the mere sake of chaos.
…Well, actually, I said “has grown”, but that kind of storytelling was kind of there since season 1, with “Spaghetti Western and Meatballs”, which remains one of my favorite episodes. Except in “Spaghetti Western and Meatballs”, Louise’s emotional point of view had been revealed pretty obviously from the get-go. The kind of emotional digging the show has perfected so much lately must have happened several times since (“Carpe Museum” had at least shades of this), but the first time it struck me was in “Tina Tailor Soldier Spy”, as I was genuinely taken by surprise by Lin’s lampshading of Louise’s actions, although in hindsight, it makes perfect sense.
This kind of storytelling fits Louise’s character very well. The little girl lives her life in an armor of toughness, wit and cynicism, and it takes only her family, or herself to crack it open and reveal just how genuine and strong her feelings and concerns are. It’s something she rarely shows, and she doesn’t really want to show it as it might be associated with some weakness, but when she does show it, she truly shines.
Of course it works somehow even better when SHE’s the one letting such reveals slip, like what happened in last night’s episode when, while in the middle of the reconciling process, she suddenly broke character at the sheer depressing thought that a father and a daughter can stop talking to each other for decades, and the fear that it might happen to her and Bob someday.
Don’t you worry, though, Louise. You’ll be a little girl forever. You’ll never have to face the concerns of terrible adult life. And even if you did, your family is so freaking perfect anyway. Nothing that bad would ever happen to you. You keep enjoying it, and I’ll keep letting my heart grow three sizes at each sight of you guys.”
“This line got to me really hard. As a child, I figured, “this is me. I won’t change.I know who I am”. But everyone changes. Everyone see’s their parents differently when they’re adults. You stop seeing your parents as “parents”, and you start seeing them as humans. Humans who can make mistakes, who aren’t perfect. Your parents are just as lost as you are. They’re bluffing their way through being a grown up just like you are, and in the same way you’ll pretend to know what you’re doing when you have kids. It’s sort of freeing in a way. Knowing everyone is drifting through life the same way you are. Find me one person who has a complete grip on life, the way it should be, and how you should live it, and I’ll take back everything.”