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The restaurant faces a hard time when Mr.Fischoeder states that unless they pay their rent on time, he will sell the space to Jimmy Pesto.

Meanwhile, Louise uses voodoo to help her father's business, Tina's love life and Gene's music career.

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  • Bait-and-Switch: It looks like Linda is about to compare Tina and Jimmy Jr.'s romance to Romeo and Juliet, but she thinks it's closer to West Side Story.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Louise states that the various potatoes, cigars and stuff she asks are for a English project, even though it makes no sense.
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    • She lies again to Jimmy Pesto to get his hair, stating that it's for victims of Mustache Cancer.
  • Brick Joke: The Couch Gag building next door is a raccoon sanctuary. Bob tries complaining about the noise to Fischoder near the end of the episode.
  • Combat Breakdown: The fight between Bob and Jimmy Pesto devolves into the two of them exhausted and awkwardly grappling with each other. Mr. Fischoeder calls it a draw.
  • The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: Eerie as it may seem, Louise using Voodoo has seemingly worked.
  • Foil: Jimmy Pesto and Bob are this for each other. Jimmy's restaurant works because he is a good business man, even if his cooking skills are awful enough to make him even cry while tasting his own hamburger; Bob is a downplayed Supreme Chef, but he is not a good business man, that's why his restaurant struggles even with the good food.
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  • A God Am I: Louise, in the end, when she realizes everything she tried to make with voodoo worked.
    Louise: "I AM A GOOOD!!"
  • Godzilla Threshold: Linda considers "The Meat-siah" to be a downplayed version of this, as Bob's successfully cooked it only once according to her, and now he's not only trying it again, but trying to get it down to bite-size proportions so he can pass them out as samples at Jimmy Pesto's.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Jimmy calls Bob's kids "freaky", but as Bob points out his twin sons are at least as weird as Bob's kids.
  • Man in White: Mr. Fischoeder.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's not clear if Louise's voodoo potatoes actually had any effect on the preceedings of this episode. At one point, she tears off a piece of the potato representing Jimmy Pesto while he and Bob are fighting to seemingly no effect, however it's also the case that Gene and Tina both extend pretty substantially outside of their comfort zone to achieve their desires, almost to the point of being slightly out-of-character.
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  • My Greatest Failure: Jimmy cries tasting his own hamburger out of how awful it is.
  • Obviously Evil: Louise describes Mr. Fischoeder as looking like he's "one white cat away from being a super villain".
  • Papa Wolf: Bob was angry enough at Jimmy Pesto throughout the episode already, but then Jimmy just had to go and insult Bob’s kids.
    Jimmy Pesto: Hey, you know what? You should keep your freaky kids locked up in your own place!
    Bob: What did you say about my kids?
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