Review: Bob’s Burgers “Some Like It Bot Part 1: Eighth Grade Runner”
Preview (Spoilers below):
When Tina’s cool new horse shirt pokes fun at Jocelyn and Tammy on air, she turns to her friend fiction for help dealing with the emotions. In this fantasy world, she’s a robot who dares to break the mold by speaking out, and she’s not alone. But there are greater forces at play trying to erase his memories. Meanwhile, Bob tries to deal with the negative graffiti on the bathroom wall.
Our opinion :
Bob’s Burgers is back this week with a pretty special episode. No, it’s not another holiday episode, but it’s a rare multi-part tale with an overarching storyline. Some Like It Bot Part 1: Eighth Grade Runner tells the story of Tina’s struggles to fit in (and stand out) with the crowd at her school. And he does it in a way only Tina could use: a friend’s erotic fiction.
Admittedly, it really is more tame than her usual erotic fantasies so far. Basically, it’s a weird mix of some movies that Bob let the kids watch and watch, including Blade Runner. The comparison between elementary school and a robot factory is apt, but certainly not subtle, and none of the fantasy world conflict beats come as much of a surprise. I think the coolest thing about these sequences is seeing the regular characters and seeing them from a different perspective, like Jimmy Jr. in a trench coat.
It’s kind of like the episode sacrificed some of the usual humor for more drama, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think the thematic overlap between Tina’s and Bob’s storylines really helps tie the episode together here, and how Tina’s fantasy world changes to more incorporate her family’s feelings about this incident is nice to see. And there were still some great comedic moments, one of my favorites being Teddy and Bob getting ready to inspect the customer’s fingers for telltale signs of black ink. The song was solid too. I always appreciate a good musical number from Bob.
This whole “graffiti in the bathroom” thing is pretty interesting – I almost feel like saying I’m more invested in this payoff than I am in ending Tina’s fantasy world. The restaurant is generally such a safe space for the Belchers, where they can go to work on their homework or just talk, that having negative Nancys talking about them in their own bathroom feels like a major affront. I’m really curious who might be the culprit – at first I thought it might be one of the kids, but now I’m not so sure.
Speaking of kids, it’s really nice to see more of the Wagstaff gang this week. Tammy and Jocelyn are especially fun with their awful TV segment, and I loved the professor’s vindication. ” We are learning ! Learn that they are mean!
Some Like It Bot Part 1: Eighth Grade Runner is quite unique in Bob’s repertoire as it ends on a cliffhanger with no real sense of satisfaction. We know that Tina has a plan now, which is to smash the touch screen in the school TV room with a hammer which she definitely has…which doesn’t sound like a recipe for success in school, but I guess we’ll see. No matter how this all ends, I just hope that Gene and Louise have this beautiful boba by the end.