The Belchers are a loving family. A weird family, but a loving family none the less.
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- The first episode has Linda and the kids reassuring Bob that despite all his failures, the fact that he's pursuing his dream of a burger shop makes him better than Hugo who never had a dream at all.
- Linda's mother telling Mr. Frond that her daughter and Bob are great parents. Sometimes, families just drive each other a little crazy, and that's life. It ends up saving Bob and Linda from Social Services, and once again shows how adept the crew is at making even Obnoxious In-Laws three-dimensional and human.
- Bob proves his dedication as a father right out the gate by bending over backwards for Tina (taking a night job, shaving his mustache) just so his daughter can have the best birthday ever.
Tina: Jimmy Junior isn't gonna make this party perfect. You already have.
- Bob's transvestite hooker friends are shining (and completely deliberate) example of Values Resonance. While there's definitely some ribbing at their expense, they're otherwise depicted as normal, well-adjusted people who take Bob out for drinks and, later, give Tina a much-needed pep talk about how wonderful her father is. Marshmallow even becomes a semi-regular character.
- In that same vein, the fact that so much of Tina's humor comes from how believable a depiction she is of a teenage girl: socially awkward, perpetually horny and even selfish at times (she yells at her father, who worked two jobs to pay for her party, that he doesn't care about her when he won't shave his mustache to get Jimmy Jr. to come), yet an otherwise sweet child just going through a difficult transition. Her weirdness isn't funny because it's the butt of the joke, but rather because it's recognizable.
- Louise crying because Bob and Gene won't hang out with her anymore. Made even more heartwarming because of her usual personality.
- Also Bob and Gene's interaction in this episode, bonding over a series of films.
- There's something sweet about Gene's reasoning for why he couldn't remember the name of the restaurant when given the opportunity to do free advertising. As he describes it: "Well, I call you Dad! I think of it as Dad's Burgers!" That's... actually really sincere for a child Gene's age.
Bob Day Afternoon
- When Bob is given the task of delivering his burgers to Mickey, a man holding people hostage in a bank, he stops to say goodbye to his family. This includes all of his children hugging and holding onto their father. Doubles as Crowning Moment of Funny because they are indirectly yet very loudly interfering with a hostage situation.
- Tina suggests a Hug-o-War as a way to determine who gets the Jawbreaker. Gene instantly squeezes Louise in a big hug yelling, "I love you! I love you!" Louise is unaffected by how sweet this is.
Louise: Wait, wait, no! We can't use strength in this.
Gene: (runs inside) I can yell anything I want! No one can hear me!Gene: (slams door)Gene: [muffled] I LOVE MY FAMILY!
- Later in the episode, when Dr. Yap tells the Belchers that Bob and Linda's room is soundproof...
- Gene and Louise helping their sister get back at Tammy for blackmailing her.
Gene: We're Belchers, from the womb to the tomb!
- Tina's erotic friend fiction ends with her and Tammy hastily making up and going to see a movie. Even after all of the bullying Tammy put her through, Tina just wants to be her friend (though part of that can be chalked up to obliviousness).
Bob Fires the Kids
- Not sure what's better, that Bob fires them because he's afraid their childhood working will be as bad as his was, or that the kids are genuinely disgruntled at not being allowed to hang around the restaurant all day.
- The blink-and-you-miss-it moment in the beginning of the episode, when Louise actually feels sad for Bob upon seeing his box of makeshift toys from his childhood.
- The family reacting when they thought Bob was shot. Even Louise showed emotion.
- Since the kids refused to do Bob's traditional Thanksgiving activities, he felt left out during the dinner. They all hugged him and said they were sorry.
- The beginning of the episode is really wholesome, as it's just Bob deciding to have a father-daughter moment with Tina and let her practice driving in the big, empty parking lot when she helps him out with some errands, because his dad let him do that when he was Tina's age. He has his hands on her shoulder, calling it a "great day" when he gets the idea and even confidently throws her his keys. Of course, Tina's awkwardness then turns the entire rest of the episode into one Crowning Moment of Funny afte ranother, but the beginning is adorable.
- Bob: Just think of it as a perk for running errands with your dad.
- When the kids willingly give up the hard-earned money earmarked for their presents to buy the mannequin from the sex shop owner for their deranged houseguest, who is in love with it. This show makes that heartwarming.
- Gene dressing up like and imitating his father manages to be just as sweet as it is gut-bustingly hysterical: the kid knows his father well enough to not only look exactly like a smaller version of him but say exactly the kind of things he would say, starting with referring to his mother as Lin (something otherwise considered extremely rude for children to do to their parents). The fact that Linda "gets it" and plays along is adorable.
- When the "Mad Pooper" is revealed to be Zeke, he explains that while the first few times had been either accidents or for fun, he eventually kept going in order to help Tina's journalism. To make it better, Tina is genuinely touched by this, in sharp contrast to her usual cold attitude toward him.
- Linda gets a new job at a supermarket. Not only does Bob miss her horribly, but between that and the fact that the restaurant's finances collapse without her to sort out the bills (and the thermostat is never set just right), he still gets over his initial bitterness and tells her that if the new job makes her happier he's fine with her keeping it.
- Doubles as Values Resonance. Bob doesn't want Linda to come back because he can't handle familial duties or take care of the kids, as would be the case in most sitcoms. He just misses the woman he loves.
- After Tina meets Josh from the supermarket, it almost seems like they'll never see each other again...until she comes across him walking home. It's nice to see a person who doesn't alienate Tina and Josh is genuinely interested in her.
- Gene's friendship with the high tech toilet. Much like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins," this show makes a silly concept like that charming.
- During Gene and Tina's performance of "Electric Love", Bob takes a moment to admire his son's musical talent.
Bob: Wow did Gene write this?'Linda: God I want what they had, it's so romantic!
- The entire Belcher family rushing to Tina's side, hysterically calling her name, when it looks like Louise's project might have killed her. Louise is horrified that she might have just murdered her sister and Gene's voice quivers like he's about to burst into tears.
- Linda is initially furious with Bob for encouraging her parents to attend a swingers' potluck, but changes her mind when she sees them kissing each other for the first time in twenty years.
Linda: Huh. I guess if you love something, you let it go swing.
- Bob is at his best, showing of all his openmindedness and accepting nature in this episode, even if at least part of his motivation was to avoid Al and Gloria moving in with him and Linda. While Linda is acting stereotypically grossed out at the concept of swinger parties, much less ones for the elderly, Bob at first just finds it amusing, but very quickly sees the good it does for the couples living there and makes it his mission to help Al and Gloria get into the swing of things when he realizes Al is getting cold feet and they're at risk of getting kicked out. Linda is practically being a prudish brat about it all, but Bob looks into the matter and has a heart-to-heart with Al, which eventually convinces him to be open about his balloon fetish to Gloria - and he does it all without at any point being remotely judgmental about any fetishistic activity at the retirement community. This, in turn leads to the above-mentioned first-kiss-in-20-years.
- In the same episode, an elderly woman sends the kids in search of a giant python that ate her beloved chihuahua. In the end they find the dog, safe and sound, and reunite him with his owner, only to have him immediately run off again. Tina consoles the woman by telling her that the dog seemed really happy living in the woods. The last scene of the episode shows the dog and the giant python snuggled together inside a hollow log.
- Louise and Tina have a bonding moment when Louise has her first crush. Louise ends up saying that she thinks Tina is a strong woman because although Tina has crushes all the time (which Louise hates) that Tina can handle herself without freaking out is something she admires.
Tina: I'm no hero. I put my bra on one boob at a time like everyone else.
- The fact that the boy band aren't necessarily angry or annoyed that Tina and Louise snuck onto their tour bus. The only one even initially annoyed is Boo Boo, primarily because a girl saw him in his booster seat. They instead express concern for their safety and that their parents might be worried about them. Boo Boo is even willing to listen to Louise's nervous stammering, and the moment is only ruined when Louise rears back and slaps the crap out of Boo Boo.
- When Louise is snarking with Bob and alludes to herself one day running the restaurant. Bob lights right up realizing that Louise, on some level, actually looks up to him, and Louise's embarrassed denial is just plain cute.
Bob: Hey, I'm glad we ditched. That was fun.Louise: Me, too. Let's do it again sometime. Like, maybe when you're old and senile, I'll close the restaurant and come spring you out from the nursing home.Bob: What?Louise: Sorry, I didn't want to do it, but Gene and Tina put you in a nursing home. And not one of the nice ones either.Bob: No, you said you'd be running the restaurant.Louise: Oh, no, I was just saying...Bob: You're taking over the family business?Louise: (scoffs) Yeah, right.Bob: Ha! Admit it, you look up to me.Louise: No! You are ruining our perfect day right now!Bob: Oh, my god, am I your hero?Louise: (groan) Sick!(at the end of the episode)Bob: So, when you run the restaurant, will you call it Louise's Burgers?Louise: I don't know. Maybe. (hugs Bob) Daddy
- Louise hugging her father at the very end (along with Rudy) adds to the sweetness.
- A blink-and-you-miss-it moment, but as Linda has to land the seaplane by faking a crash the way her instructor did, Gene freaks, grabs his sisters' hands and the three hold on to each other.
- The Reveal of who was dunking Bob's turkey's in the toilet: Bob himself! His allergy medication caused him to sleepwalk while he had a dream about potty training Tina, subconsciously nervous about her growing up. Not only is the flashback of Bob helping a two year old Tina sit on the potty sweet in itself, Tina then assures Bob that, no matter how old she gets, she still needs him. It convinces Bob to let her sit at the grownup table.
- Bob's attempt to inspire the Home Ec class he's subbing for to learn how to cook, as opposed to just passively watching movies, actually works. In fact, it works so well that he's able to help Zeke gain some self-confidence and realize his talent for cooking, as well as connect easily to the students. They even rip up some popcorn bags in his honor when they learn he has to leave, which moves him to tears.
- During the credits, you see Teddy dressed as Santa carrying Louise around on his shoulders. They even split a cookie! It's adorable, and twice as sweet when you remember that not only is Louise not likely to share with others, ever, but that she was also planning on capturing Santa violently.
- The family giving their Christmas tree and Linda's Dutch baby pancake to Gary, the candy cane truck driver, in spite of him repeatedly trying to run them off the road earlier. They realize he's having an even crappier Christmas than they are.
- There's a cute moment when the clock officially rolls over into Christmas, and the radio DJ wishes his listeners a merry Christmas. Louise wishes him a merry Christmas back in a very cute and innocent manner.
- In a similar vein to "The Kids Rob a Train", "Slumber Party" ends with Louise actually making friends with Jessica, based on respect for her scheming, evidence disposal and pillow-fighting skills. The end credits show a fashion show with all the characters from the episode parading by, ending with Louise and Jessica chasing each other with pillows and laughing.
- Jimmy Jr. and Tina making up after their big fight and winning the award for best on-stage chemistry.
- In all three of the kids' stories, Gene, Tina and Louise remain as close-knit as the are in real life, always sticking together when there's danger.
- In a shockingly selfless act, Louise traps herself with the bratty, incredibly annoying Tammy for several hours so that Tina can steal the spotlight at Tammy's party. She also pretty much ends up taking Tammy hostage at one point, making her promise to invite Tina to all her future parties or be trapped forever.
- Doubling as a Crowning Moment of Funny, before getting trapped she used the headset to convince the original party planner, Janet, to quit and move to New York to be a Broadway actress, pissing off Tammy in the process. Janet is thrilled to be abandoning Tammy's party, and Louise seems genuinely happy for Janet.
- Teddy being recognized as a part of the family, enough to be trusted with the kids' safety.
- It gives us the return of Regular-Sized Rudy, with Louise taking him surprisingly seriously. She puts a lot of stock in his train map, pays close attention to the plan and chides Gene and Tina for "embarrassing her", and assumes Rudy is going to take the chocolate and leave her because that's what she would do. She also shoves him away from the chocolate when she learns he's allergic and completely freaks out when he pretends to be choking. There's definitely still some ribbing involved, but it seems like after the events of "Carpe Museum" she sees him as a real accomplice, which coming from Louise is a big compliment.
Louise: You guys are embarrassing me. In front of Rudy, which is hard!
- On that note, the fact that Rudy helped the Belcher kids with a ridiculously complicated and dangerous heist on a moving train to steal a huge bag of chocolate which he knew he couldn't even eat. The entire thing was so they could eat chocolate and be happy while stuck in the Juice Caboose. That's actually very, very sweet.
- One of the tiny details that most shows wouldn't bother with occurs when the kids are climbing back into the moving train. Louise loses her footing briefly and Tina grabs for her, than steadies her with a hand on her back as she climbs through the window.
- On that note, the fact that Rudy helped the Belcher kids with a ridiculously complicated and dangerous heist on a moving train to steal a huge bag of chocolate which he knew he couldn't even eat. The entire thing was so they could eat chocolate and be happy while stuck in the Juice Caboose. That's actually very, very sweet.
- Once again, Bob is willing to jump through hoops to help his kids, especially when it involves getting back at someone who took advantage of them (not like that): he binge-watches the entirety of a cheesy kids' show in one night, does extensive research on its characters and lore and even puts on an otherwise embarrassing costume just so he can go undercover and retrieve a toy his daughter was swindled out of.
- Much like the depictions of the transvestites in "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?", there's a good share of Values Resonance: the Equesticles are clearly modeled off of Bronies and, to a lesser extent, furries, two kind of people often depicted as perverted creeps. However, with the exception of Bronconius, a smug jerk who bullies his friends and swindles Tina out of her prized toy, the other grown men who avidly enjoy a little girl's show are shown to be perfectly nice, well-adjusted people who just happen to have a quirky hobby. Even the more questionable (read: fetishistic) parts of the fandom are treated as normal, if still considered a little weird.
- The lengths the family (plus Teddy) go through to help Louise get through getting her cavity fixed. Extra props to Dr. Yap for being so very accommodating. The entire session is staged to make Louise feel as though she is in the middle of a dire mission to save the universe, complete with a "microchip" being implanted in her teeth and enemy combatants breaking in. If only all dentists had been willing to do this.
- Gayle's role in the episode in particular. When Louise is wracked by the pain of her cavity as well as her fear of getting a filling, Gayle comforts her in a remarkably empathetic fashion. Made especially heartwarming since Gayle tends to be eccentric comic relief.
- A few things from "Gene It On":
- The fact that Bob doesn't have any problem with Gene being a cheerleader and no one else raising any issue with it despite being a boy. Bob's only complaint is just that he thinks cheerleading in general is stupid, but doesn't have a problem with his kids trying it out nor does he try to discourage them. Linda's ecstatic about Gene joining, but it's for the sake of trying to be a cheerleader-by-proxy.
- Tina doesn't have any problem either even though she was the one who initially tried out, and Gene didn't accept the offer to join the squad right away because he was there to cheer Tina on. She even gives Gene her support when he's offered the spot.
- Despite Louise using Tina and Jimmy Jr.'s date as an excuse to pig out on pie in a fancy, revolving restaurant, Tina's able to have a nice romantic moment and enjoys a kiss with Jimmy Jr.
- The memories Tina had riding the carousel in "Wharf Horse, Part 1". Ever since she was a baby, she loved being on "Mr. Goiter", even though she always fell off. In fact, Tina loved all the horses in spite of their deformities, and even after the carousel was torn down, she still got to keep Mr. Goiter's head to remember him by.
- The flashbacks of Bob, a proud new father, taking photos of his little girl on the carousel and catching her as she falls off every time.
- In "World Wharf II: The Wharfening", the Belchers find themselves about to drown together. They do what any loving family would do: exchange I Love Yous for as long as they can. Even Louise!
Bob: Oh god! I'm sorry I got us into this. Kids, I love you, and Linda, I love you too, almost as much as the kids, but not—Linda: Oh, Bobby. I love you too. I'm sorry I was mad at you about the stupid condos.Gene: I love you, Mom! And you, Dad!Louise: I love you all! But that's just between us.Tina: I love everyone! I love you, Mom!Linda: I love you too, honey. *group hug*Felix: What are they all doing?Calvin: I have no idea.Bob: I love you guys!Gene: I love you Dad!Tina: I love you Mom!Calvin: Oh god, they're starting again.
Louise: Tina! Thank God! You beautiful four-eyed son of a bitch! (hugs Tina)
- After part of the wharf crashes down on the family, and they're forced to swim for their lives, when they come up for air Louise is the first to spot her sister and say what are probably the most heartwarming words she's ever spoken:
Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl
- In the end, Courtney and Gene make up, and together with all the other kids, combine both of their plays.
- When Louise and Gene decides to help Tina get back at Tammy for lying, instead of going trick-or-treating.
- The fact that it's Louise who's first to say that they need to help Tina, since she knows it's her fault for causing the events in the episode, and does truly want to make up for it.
- Bob doing all he can to help Teddy get healthy, since it's him eating Bob's burgers everyday that is causing his cholesterol to become too high.
- The ending, where Bob finally tells Teddy that he isn't his best customer, but his best friend.
- The part where Louise and Zeke are fighting each other in their ice-wrestling tournament in the basement, it seems like Louise is going to lose, but Gene helps her win despite getting beat by her earlier.
Gene: You might have beaten me Louise, but blood is thicker than ice...but not actually.
- Earlier in the episode, when Bob has to wake up earlier than usual, both Gene and Tina come in, and join Linda in bed, and once Bob's gone even Louise joins in sleeping with her siblings and mother. Even though it only lasts for a few seconds, it's still really sweet.
- Subtle, but the fact that Louise and Linda are getting along well. From Louise willingly joining going to be with her mother with her siblings, the "Gotta love that woman" line, and both of them doing a chant of sorts when Louise wins the contest. They've come a long ways from "Mother Daughter Laser Razor".
- Gene finally being able to focus, so he can get his dad the black garlic.
- This line:
Bob: Listen Gene, you may get distracted from time to time, but I love you and I love who you are.
Gene: I've always admired you (referring to Bob)!
- This line from Gene is brief, but also counts:
- Ron helping the Belcher kids get the black garlic to Bob.
- Even though Bob only came in second, tons of people are lined outside his restaurant, including the winner Skip Marooch, who smelled the burger Bob was cooking, and wanted to try it.
- After an episode spent fighting, Bob and his father, Bob Sr., reconcile and return to Big Bob’s Diner to find Linda and the Belcher children running the restaurant.
Bob Sr.: You got happy kids. Weird, happy kids. That's nice. You're a good dad, Junior.
- Big Bob keeping the first review of Bob's Burgers
Big Bob: Listen, I know why you had to go. I can be...not great to work with. It was tough without your mom around. You did great on your own, you should be very proud.
- In the flashback, Big Bob changing his restaurant to Big Bob and Son's Diner, as Bob's Christmas gift. Although his relationship with his son was rocky, he did try to bond with his son and wanted to work together as a team, as a way of showing his love.
- Louise wanting to help Tina find the mole in her Thundergirls troop, creating the "Mole Patrol".
Tina: Louise you could always come back to troop 119Louise: Nah, Thundergirls is your bag, and if I had to I'd probably join troop 257. But if there's a murder or a drug sting, call me.Tina: Well I made this friendship bracelet for you.Louise: Ah, you know I'm not really a jewelry person.Tina: You don't have to wear it.Louise: No, I'm gonna wear it forever, back off.
- When Tina returns to her troop after finding the mole, Louise compliments her, and expresses brief sadness over no longer needing to be a team. Linda deduces that Louise was jealous of the Thundergirls taking her sister away from her.
- Compared to the season one episode "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs" where Louise had a hard time finding a way to bond with her mother and sister, here, she finally found a way to bond with Tina.
- At the end, When Bob sees Gene using the trash he gathered from the Thundergirls they were spying on as clothes, he admits that he actually likes how Gene looks and asks Gene to pick him out something next time. Gene asks him what he'd like to smell like, and Bob says to surprise him. Kinda squicky, and doubles as a funny moment, but it is a sweet brief moment of bonding for the two.
- The reason why Zeke wanted the mascot costume? Because his grandma loves mascots, and he wanted to entertain her before her surgery.
- Tina having faith that Zeke was telling the truth, even to the point of saying that if Mr. Frond's wrong, she doesn't want a promotion, she wants Zeke's punishment lifted. If he is lying then she'll have 1 month's detention, and turn in her vest. In the end Zeke was telling the truth.
- A blink and you'll Miss it moment, but after Zeke jokes around that he and Tina will get married someday, Tina makes a little smile.
- Tina decides that rather than win herself and beat Bryce, she pushes Louise with her to the finish line so that they can both beat him together.
- There's also Louise admitting that Tina is the better driver and deserved to win. In the end, and the credits we see them both holding and sharing the trophy they both won..
- Louise deciding to let Wayne take care of the chinchilla. She even tells him that the chinchilla missed him.
- Louise and Wayne's bonding throughout the episode.
- When Tammy helps the kids get into a High School party, not only do she and Tina show that they're not so different, with how they freak out at seeing a high school boy, but when Tammy gets so scared that she's about to fart, Tina helps her by carrying her to a window , so no one would notice. Tammy actually thanks her, and even though it seems like she's about to double-cross Tina, it turns out she was only kidding.
- The fact that she does stay and help the kids throughout the rest of the episode.
- Bob and Linda's scheme to cheat on trivia night goes haywire, they're found out and kicked out of the club. As soon as they're out, Linda kisses Bob and asks them to cheat on karaoke on their next date.
- The kids apparently make breakfast for Linda every year on her birthday. They spend practically the whole first minute of the episode joking around that they are "looking at their mom, but this lady is obviously too young" RIGHT after the episode started with Linda muttering to herself about being uncomfortable with her age. And this year, they planned an entire surprise spa day to boot. Everyone in this family clearly loves eachother a lot.
- Louise and the puppy. It's adorable to see her acting her age and revealing that she does have the same interest as a lot of younger kids. She merely acts in a crazier manner as a cover for her insecurities and an attempt to look cool.
- Bob and the kids spend the entire episode looking for Linda, and Bob learns that she has all sorts of (odd) acquaintances all over the town that she visits regularly, and that he knew nothing about. Instead of being annoyed by this, he's just delighted to learn more about the love of his life.
Bob: "Lin, I gotta say, I learned some new things about you today. Stuff I didn't know. Stuff I respect. Kind of. And I'm glad to say, after all these years, I'm still finding little surprises".
- On top of that, there's just Linda's absolute joy over "having kicked today's butt" after having a SURPREMELY crappy birthday, yet still making it home on her own to enjoy the spa day her family set up for her.
- The whole damn thing! Louise and Bob go out of their way to help the father-daughter stars of their favorite movies reunite and reconcile out of sheer respect and good-will. Dominic the theater usher goes through hell to not only get an original print of the film but hold the festival gurrila-style when his boss won't let Bob rent the theater, all while Kojima is friendly and complacent. Not only does this succeed in reuniting Kojima with his daughter, but their make-up and embrace is met with a standing ovation from the crowd.
Bob: Wow, that ended up working way better than I thought it would.
Louise: Eh, it went about exactly the way I thought it would.
- Bob assuring Louise that they will never grow apart as they get older.
Louise: Am I gonna turn into someone completely different someday? Is that what happens when you grow up? You-you grow apart?
Bob: Listen, what happened to Hawk and Chick will never happen to us. This Hawk and this Chick will never not talk for 30 years.
Louise: You promise?
Bob: Yes, of course, Louise.
- Linda shaming the mob when they come for her husband, reminding them that he stuck up for all of them and that, because of this silly game, the family would go broke and live on the streets. While not all of the tenants necessarily likes Bob, they're not willing to ruin his family's life and throw down their water balloons.
Jimmy Pesto: Ah, I wanted to throw a balloon at Bob. Fine, I'll throw something at him later. A meatball.
- Bob finally consoling Mr. Fischoeder one on one instead of having everyone rally against him. Mr. Fischoeder admits that he wants to be the kind of landlord that you can be friends with, and deciding to hold back the rent hike for at least a year.
Jimmy Pesto: You'll be out of business by then, Bob.
- After all that, Bob say they all should celebrate by having a regular water balloon fight while a "Bob's Burgers"-style cover of "99 Luftballons" plays the show out.
- The Belchers are stuck in the bathroom as someone they think is a murderer is walking up the stairs. Gene takes the time to tell Bob about how well he's doing as a dad and that Gene's having a good childhood.
Gene: Not right now, but overall.
- Louise enthusiastically telling her family they're the best in the whole world after their attempt to frighten her on Halloween succeeds.
- The Belchers all dancing and singing along to "I Love You So Much (It's Scary)" by Boyz 4 Now in the credits.
- Doubles as Crowning Moment of Awesome: The fact that the whole family, as well as Teddy, Mort, Mort's mother, and Mort's mom's new boyfriend, all pulled together what was basically a real-life horror movie, solely so Louise would actually have a good time at a haunted house for once.
- Gayle, who's at her worst to the point of being an outright sociopath in this episode, eventually realizing all the hell she's put Bob through just for attention and showing her gratitude by pulling him the rest of the way home.
- Bob and Gayle's toasts, both basically saying that it's okay for family to drive you crazy, because that means you have family.
- Gene's good deed was giving Rudy the last Taco on Taco Tuesday once. And he LOVES Taco Tuesday.
- After Louise realizes that her lies for being so good that year were out of desperation, she says that they weren't true, and is also sure to ask the Mall Santa to put in a good word for Tina and Gene, since they've both deserved it.
- Her whole family telling her that she actually is nicer than what she makes herself think.
- Louise hilariously asks Santa for a pet shark for christmas. On christmas morning, Bob and Linda leave an extra present under the tree for her from "Santa" - a goldfish.
- The Mall Santa gives her an especially heartfelt talk, telling her that she has the heart of a leader.
- Mr. Frond and Gayle are pretty much perfect for each other, with their odd insecurities bouncing off each other. As Tina says it best;
Tina: They're both so crazy, it just might work.
- As creepy as it was, the doll Mr. Frond gave to Gayle was also pretty sweet.
- Louise finally giving in to accepting Gayle and Mr. Friend's relationship once she realizes that Gayle is happier that way.
- After neglecting Teddy the whole episode, Bob finally asks him to come up for dinner. However, Teddy declines since it's so late.
- Gene and Courtney are a pretty cute couple when they're dating, even if it does get in the way of their job, which makes their break-up all the more bittersweet.
- Gene's speech saying that just because you don't have someone, doesn't mean you can't be happy.
- Bob and Linda admitting that they were too busy helping Tina to get each other something for Valentines Day, then shrugging it off to go make out somewhere. It's a small reminder that their relationship is stronger than something frivolous like a holiday gift.
- Courtney's Character Development from an obnoxious brat whom Gene dreaded into a much nicer and clearly creative kid, albeit one who still has a few hangups, and one of Gene's best friends.
- Gene and Courtney dancing together over the credits.
- Despite the couch being in bent up shape, the whole family tries to get it back after saying that the couch gave them too many memories to lose it.
- Mere inches from getting out a library window and escaping the school nurse trying to shave her and a bunch of other kids and burn her beloved hat with Tammy, Louise has a (very) reluctant change of heart and decides to go back to help them. She also makes Tammy go back with her, despite Tammy's many protests.
- Tina locking in Mr. Frond after he admits he's seeing others besides Gayle, proving that no one upsets her aunt.
- After neglecting Rudy's wishes the entire episode, Louise makes sure that he gets the puppet show that he wanted.
- Noteworthy in that, unlike many, many other episodes where Louise pretended to care for someone just to get what she wanted (being Tina's "translator" in "Gene It On" comes to mind), Louise seems to genuinely want the bounce house just as much for Rudy's sake as her own, evidenced by how even once she's gotten the bounce house, she keeps asking Rudy if he's enjoying his birthday and when it turns out that he isn't after all, she wastes absolutely no time in working hard to make sure Rudy has a good birthday by organizing the aforementioned puppet show
- Bob taking a bath with the pigeon is also pretty cute.
- Despite it pissing off Jimmy Jr., Gene and Zeke bonding was pretty sweet.
- When the journey comes to a halt at a field of poison ivy, Gene decides to individually carry everyone else on his back to safety so that he's the only one that has to endure the poison ivy.
- When it seems as though the two-butted goat might not be real, Louise earnestly apologizes for always doubting him, because after all he went through that day, he deserved to see the goat.
- Bob deciding to not sabotage Linda at the end due to their constant competing with each other, after seeing what it made him, and just looking at Linda made him smile.
Bob I can't do it, Teddy. That's my wife!'''
- The entire town cheering for Bob after the man from Coasters magazines refuses to do an interview, claiming that there's nothing special about the restaurant. It's telling that even Jimmy Pesto gets in on it, and seems genuinely to be in Bob's corner!
- The magazine does end up doing an article about the restaurant, and says that even though it's a regular burger restaurant, it obviously is a special place for many people in the town, and that makes it special enough for Coasters.
- When Teddy hears that Bob's stuck on the toilet, he immediately cancels his therapy session and rushes over to check on him.
- Louise, who otherwise goes out of her way to put herself above literally everyone else, especially her father, proving once and for all that she's a Daddy's Girl when she fantasizes Bob giving her a huge kiss on the cheek and happily letting her ride on his shoulders after getting unstuck.
- The Curtain Call ending where virtually every character who's appeared on the show thus far joins in a reprise of the bathroom song is already pretty awesome and kind of sweet, but the best part is the close-up on Bob and Louise facing one another during their point-counterpoint... and we zoom out and see that Bob's been holding her in his arms the whole time. Awwwww!
- The fact that Skip Marooch is still 100% in Bob's corner, as he's the one who sets up the Coasters interview in the first place. He even apologizes for putting Bob on the spot and reassures him that he's a great chef and a funny, charming person who can totally ace the interview, and in the end his words are proven right.
- Tina's pure excitement when Bob and Linda put off fixing their deep fryer to get her to horse camp like she wanted. Granted, said horse camp turns out to be crap, but it was a nice gesture, and Tina is super excited and immediately runs to hug her parents as thanks.
- While Tina is at Horse Camp, Linda turns the restaurant into a "Restaurant Camp" for Gene and Louise, and as usual, Bob is less than ehtusiastic about the idea. When Linda overhears the kids calling Restaurant Camp boring and that that they just do it to get out of work, she 'cancels' the last day, and Bob sends the kids upstairs... where they immediately get bored and say they miss Camp. When they come back down, Linda comes up with the idea of treating the whole thing as an 80ies Summer Camp movie, pegging Bob as "mean Old Man Belcher" who wants to shut down the camp unless they put on a show. And what does Bob, who wasn't even that fond of the idea the whole time, do? He plays along, makes a "grumpy man voice" and plays the beats of a grouchy camp owner being won over, just to help his family have some fun.
- The fact that Louise still has a crush on Boo Boo and is finally willing to admit it at the end in order to convince a group of angry Boyz 4 Now fangirls not to puke on him as they'd originally planned, is both adorable and surprisingly selfless.
- The fact that Boo Boo remembers Louise from the slapping incident and is genuinely happy to see her again (even after being slapped again as a reminder) and gives her a chipper "Oh my god, how are you?" when he recognizes her.
- Tina deliberately defying the Boyz 4 Now fan club, even getting kicked out of it, solely to help Louise come to terms with her feelings for Boo Boo.
- Louise's whole family working together to fix the ruined toy, and her forgiving them in the end.
- One of the most heartwarming moments in the whole series - Louise originally states to her parents that Gene doesn't really feel like a big brother to her because he doesn't do stereotypical "big brother" things like call her nicknames or fight off bullies for her. Later, when Louise is so afraid upon being cornered by an enraged Logan that she actually starts to cry, Gene throws himself in front of her, takes the punishment in her place, and on the way home Louise hugs him and thanks him for being a good big brother.
- "Anytime, Squirt."
- The main plot of the episode is Louise and Gene trying to put on a horribly offensive Thanksgiving Play to get a half-day off school the day before thanksgiving by having it shut down. Louise rigs the finale to involve exploding turkey guts all over the audience, and realizes too late that this was taking it too far, especially when Tina, whose story of a "quirky turkey" Louise based the play on, gets furious at her for having used her. When Tina then manages to turn the play around and into a success, even sharing a deep stage kiss with Jimmy Jr., Gene and Louise seem to approve.
- Gene: "Do you think they'll make us clean this up??"Louise: "Yeah, I think they will."'Gene: "We're not getting that half day, are we?"Louise: "Nope. Worth it."Gene: "Totally worth it."
- Where to start - Tina and Jimmy Jr.’s now basically official romance with one hell of a Valentine’s Day kiss, then there's Bob and Linda having a sweet moment after the deeply silly hip-hop dance gift, plus a few of the town’s other assorted weirdos get a chance at romance. Even Speedo Guy.
- Louise standing up for Regular Sized Rudy when she finds out that Chloe Barbash was just flirting with him for quiz answers, and even kisses him, complete with a slap of course.
- Even better when you remember that Louise had initially been disappointed to think that Rudy wanted her to be his Valentine, and then goes through a Green-Eyed Epiphany, and outrage when she figures out that Chloe was just using Rudy. Then, when Rudy thinks that he won't get his wish of a Valentine's Day kiss, he not only gets it, but from someone who actually likes Rudy for who he is.
- Tina making a friend at the hotel, completely effortlessly, just sitting down to talk. No attempt at a new persona (outside of a bit of initial awkwardness), no big scheme. She just genuinely connects, and it takes all of five minutes for the two to want to room together. Considering how often Tina is shown as super-awkward and other kids go out of the way to exclude her from just about anything, this is really sweet.
- Linda and Tina making up at the assembly, when Linda admits that her horrible behavior was a result of being afraid of losing Tina and that they would never be close again. They hug it out, and Linda is content leaving the hotel and letting Tina hang out with Dillon after this.
- Tina: "Mom, I don't think it's weird to be close to you. You did embarrass me last night. And a lot, right now. And I'm sure a lot more in the future. But I'm lucky to have a mom I'm close to, and I don't ever want that to change."Linda: "Awe' my teeny Tina!"
- The kids going along with their parents' massive egg-hunting contest every year because it makes their parents happy, even though the kids hate it (they aren't allowed their candy baskets until it's finished). When they finally admit that the egg hunt isn't fun because it takes too long and their parents' competition makes it too difficult, they compromise that they can still do the egg hunt, but scale it back to only a few eggs.
- Bob and Gene bonding over Zentipede in the car, due to Gene being too scared of the laser show.
- Louise taking a liking to a doll at the doll store/cafe Gretchen works at, and working together with Gretchen to keep the doll from getting thrown away after being discontinued. Louise even keeps the doll for herself at the end!
- Tina putting her fear of dolls on the back burner for Louise so she can take the doll home. And this is after Louise agreed not to keep the doll because of how much it disturbed Tina.
- Bob and Gene resolving to go back into the laser show, jumping through hoops to sneak in when they're denied reentry, and Bob helping Gene deal with his discomfort so he can have a good time. They don't get a lot of father-son bonding time because Bob's not great at connecting with people and Gene is a Mama's Boy, so this is incredibly sweet. Also, Bob sacrificing his birthday plans when he was willing to take a terrified Gene out of the laser show.
- Louise standing up for Pocket-Sized Rudy. She is visibly disgusted with the bullies for playing keep-away with his lunch, and is equally disgusted with everyone else for their Bystander Syndrome. Furthermore, she's genuinely upset that she's being punished for helping someone.
- When Louise expresses bitterness that she's being punished for pantsing a bully, with no attention payed to the fact that she only did it to stand up for the bully's victim, Linda jeopardizes her spot as head of the school bake sale to break Louise out of detention and take her out for ice cream as a reward for the "good part" of what she did. When Louise states that the meeting with Mr. Frond proved that No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, and therefore altruism is inherently bad, Linda takes the time to set her right. Louise later pays her back by making the run to the school solo so Linda won't be implicated.
- After Bob's crappy old camcorder prevents him from filming the kids' Mother's Day pageant for Linda, who has the flu, the kids agree to tell her what their class performances were about. The kids put their traditional wildly creative spins on it, since the real performances sucked and they wanted to impress her. To Linda's credit, she at several points seemed to have guessed that the kids were lying to her, but she let it slide because they were such good stories.
- And when Linda finds out a video performance was uploaded online, she decides against watching it because she feels she has already lived the experience.
- The kid's stories all have sweet moments in them. Louise has her own character sacrificing herself for her son (Regular-sized Rudy), Gene's character is a god who wants to have a mom, and Tina's character switches bodies with the alien queen to learn what motherhood is like. It's all very sweet and shows how much they appreciate Linda and everything she does for them.
- When a member of the US Women's Gymnastics Team expressed her desire to binge-watch the show after the Olympics, the show's creators created a special image just for her.