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  • Okay. The FUCK? Their restaurant has just been robbed and Linda cares more about her reviews? On that note, the robber is actually CAUGHT and she's put out cause now he can't star in her show? So Bob has to make it up to her?
    • Rule of Funny?
    • Characterization Marches On, I reckon. This was a pretty early episode.
      • Actually, this may be hard to believe but, to answer the first portion of the question, if a business has been robbed, it could affect the number of customers and how well the business stays afloat. Case in point would be that some businesses have either closed or moved after a robbery.
  • How is Tabitha Johansson (a.k.a "Oil Spill" Girl) a parody/tribute/Take That! to Tori Amos?
    • The way she stands up and leans into her piano as she plays it, and the breathy way she sings. You have to be a Tori Amos fan to get it.
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    • The song Oil Spill is also a straight parody of "Icicle" which is a Tori Amos song, clearly with overt sexual overtones, see for yourself:
  • Why do the kids call Jimmy Jr. Jimmy Jr? They aren't on a first-name basis with his dad.
    • Because a lot of times kids who are a Jr, III, IV etc are referred to something different than their father at home, and they get used to it. It's entirely possible Jimmy Jr. always goes by Jimmy Jr.
  • I just noticed something... Why aren't the characters drawn with teeth... but the zombies in Tina's dreams are?
    • Maybe to make the zombies look creepier and more mutilated?
    • You don't see the characters teeth because their gums are in the way. On corpses, the gums are pulled back due to dehydration and decay, exposing their teeth
      • You mean lips, right? I have never seen gums that I would describe as being "in the way" of teeth.
  • Gene being in middle school is already a stretch but Louise? Or is it an elementary school that goes up to grade 7?
    • Uh last I checked, both Gene and Louise are eleven and nine, an age where, in some cases, children might be attending middle school or so I think from experience, as I've attended middle school when I was ten, a year older than Louise and I've had a few friends who was nine and eleven when they've attended. It's kinda regional thing.
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    • It's pretty clearly not a middle school. A lot of kids go to the same school from first to eighth grade.
    • Yeah it's most likely a K-8 School. They're somewhat uncommon to see, but there are a lot out there.
  • The deformities on Mr. Goiter, Lady Big Nose and Henry Human Feet are pretty obvious, but what exactly was unusual about Mr. Down There Hair?
    • Presumably, that horse had some weird production flaw that moved his tail to his crotch, making it look like he had long pubic hair.
  • Bob's clearly a great cook, but terrible everything else. Why doesn't he become a cook in another restaurant? He doesn't look an especially enterprising type, for whom being his own man is an end goal.
    • The main appeal of cooking for Bob is getting to invent his own burgers, something he wouldn't get to do as just an employee—hell, he left his dad's diner over it. Being his own man may not be something he strives for, but the creative freedom that comes with it is.
    • In one episode Bob's wealthy friend invests in the restaurant only for Bob to chase him away when his creative vision becomes compromised. Expression and independence are more important to Bob than success.
  • Tina and Gene even thinking of voting for Millie in "The Millie-Churian Candidate" makes no sense! They also were trapped in the fort during "Fort Night", and thus know full well that Millie is certifiably nuts. It can be somewhat hand-waved in the case of the Pesto twins, who were also there and also stated to be voting for Millie but are also Too Dumb to Live most of the time, and Daryl, the other victim of Millie's fort prank, doesn't show up in this episode. But Tina and Gene are usually at least a bit smarter than that!
    • This might be more on a case of Millie being so similar to Louise, as they do tend to go along with what she does, so it's not that farfetched.
    • If the Belcher kids, kids that aren't exactly the brightest lamps in the store, can notice that Millie is clearly not mentally well, then every kid and faculty member at that school must be an idiot if they don't notice it themselves.
  • How does Bob not know that turkey burgers exist when he specializes in burgers?
    • I think the joke is that Bob claims turkey burgers don't exist because he believes a burger needs to be beef to be a burger. It's a "I have no son" kind of statement.
  • How is Bob in such terrible shape? He works on his feet, isn't noted to have a terrible diet, and doesn't seem to overindulge. People can totally be overweight in that situation, but he's usually floored by a little exertion or a mild injury.
    • I think that's because of those things, however, the other bit to that would be that we haven't really seen him exercise.
  • So if Bob is frequently visited by Jimmy Pesto coming into/around his restaurant to harass and annoy him on a regular basis and Hugo harasses him every time he does an inspection of the restaurant, why hasn't Bob ever secretly set up a tape recorder/Gene's keyboard (which has a sound recorder built into it)/the voice recorder their cell phone almost certainly has (despite being a really cheap, basic model) to record these obvious instances of harassment? Keeping in mind that Pesto is not a paying customer with no intention to order any food and Hugo is straight-up abusing his power as a health inspector. Why doesn't Bob ever do anything about it? Hell, in "Tina-saurus Wrecks," he uses Gene's keyboard to record the bragging of a crooked insurance agent who was trying to extort Bob into committing insurance fraud for him. If he has used this method to stop a harasser before, there is absolutely no excuse to never do that again. He could have gotten Jimmy to back off and leave him alone (or even sue for harassment) and could have gotten the drunk-with-power Hugo fired. Certainly would have solved a lot of problems.
    • May just be a character flaw of Bob's. He has a tendency to not really be the one who wants to further complicate the situation (when he does, it's usually out of anger of others telling him what he can and can't do, and he usually just gets dragged along with his family's schemes) even if it could potentially benefit him, and he may simply consider doing these things a hassle, or the kind of zany nonsense the rest of the family would get up to. Note that in the insurance agent incident, it was TINA who recorded him, without Bob's planning — he was just excited they had proof when he found out. It'd definitely HELP a lot, but Bob seems to prefer keeping things simple, and putting up with annoyances is apparently simpler than long-winded harassment suits to him.
    • Suing for any reason typically costs money. Bob's accountant makes it very clear he does not have a lot of that.
  • So something has been bugging me after watching the older episodes, but how come Linda, who is keen for bed and breakfast's in her house, dinner theater's, and any other weird quirk, was against having a cow in her own house?
    • Partially explained by Early Installment Weirdness; the characterizations in the first season weren't concrete. The other explanation is that Linda likes attention (potential praise from houseguests on her hostess skills), excitement, and the chance to perform (the dinner theatre). Having a cow in their apartment is just a messy inconvenience. That, and its ass was in her face.
  • So regarding Louise, with a couple of examples from the show (being incredible jealous of Tina's skills in go-karting, wanting revenge against a food truck driver who lightly chided her for riding a tricycle at nine, always wanting to be in the right and refusing to admit when she's wrong, ignoring Rudy's pleas to have puppet show on his own birthday, and refusing to tell her parents that a teenage boy stole her bunny ears), could she have a superiority complex, or is it that she wants to act tough and not show weakness?
    • The episodes seem to imply both.

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