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Gene and Bob get a cooking segment on the local daytime talk show, "Get on Up with Chuck and Pam". But as Bob's rivalry with Gene (AKA "Beefsquatch") causes a ratings bonanza, it also threatens their father-son realtionship.

Meanwhile, Tina starts dating a strange boy named Nathan, who is interested in using her VIP credentials to get to the show's hostess.

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  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Gene's fame as "Beefsquatch" quickly goes to his head.
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  • Attention Whore: Gene is even more obsessed with being the center of attention than normal (Louise and Tina blame it on him being the middle child), and he quickly gets hooked on the adulation of his fans.
    Gene: Aargh! Notice me!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pam and Chuck are both more than happy to destroy Bob and Gene's relationship for the sake of their audience.
  • Breakout Character: Gene as Beefsquatch is an in-universe one.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Nathan disguises himself as Tina to try to smell Pam's hair.
  • Cutaway Gag: When Gene insists "This is me now!" while wearing the Sasquatch mask, Louise says she's heard that before. It then cuts to Gene saying the same thing while dressed as a cowboy, then as a glam rocker, and finally as a Buddhist monk.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Nathan is basically a male Tina, only creepier; he even disguises himself as her.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
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    • Tina, who has both a zombie fetish and a butt grabbing fetish, is pretty creeped out by Nathan's obsession with wanting to know what Pam's hair tastes like.
    • While Louise starts out egging on Bob and Gene's rivalry and helping them prank each other, she eventually gets tired of their bickering and washes her hands of the whole thing.
      Louise: I'm out! I'm sick of your dark, twisted games!
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Linda tries to stop the broadcast by cursing on camera, but the words she uses are not as strong as she thinks they are. So she resorts to flashing her boobs.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Bob gets jealous of Gene's popularity in their cooking segment and attempts to take him down.
  • Hostility on the Set: Chuck and Pam are an In-Universe example.
  • If It Bleeds, It Leads: Chuck asks Bob and Gene to physically attack each other on live TV in order to get higher ratings, which is far more violent than anything they ever done.
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  • Insult Backfire: In one breath, Gene says that Bob is gonna wish he'd never been born, which means Gene would never be born.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Chuck's attempt to get Bob and Gene to fight each other for the sake of ratings results in his show getting cancelled.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Pam is less of an asshole as Chuck and, while she doesn't help Linda stop Chuck, it's pretty clear she never thought the whole "Beefsquatch" thing was a good idea and didn't push it as hard as Chuck did.
  • Mama Bear: Linda takes matters into her own hands to stop Bob and Gene from killing each other and gets Chuck's show cancelled by flashing her breasts on live TV.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Chuck and Pam seem like a charming couple on camera, when they've been divorced for years because their fame drove them apart and they really hate each other's guts.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Invoked In-Universe when Linda flashes her boobs on live TV for two minutes straight to get Chuck and Pam's show cancelled.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Louise casually eats a chocolate bar while Nathan, dressed as Tina, tries to get on top of Pam so he can taste her hair.
  • Person as Verb: Beefsquatch is used through the episode, even in the song "You got beefsquatched"
    Linda: He's just sad because Gene beefsquatched all over his big break.
  • Public Exposure: Linda stops the broadcast by flashing her breasts on camera.
  • Pungeon Master: Bob attempts to make this type of comedy, but all his puns get are blank or annoyed stares.
    Bob: The eggplants were freshly laid by the chickenplant.
  • Running Both Sides: Louise helps Bob and Gene sabotage each other. Louise stops doing it when even she gets sick of their fighting.
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  • Small Name, Big Ego: The kids accuse Bob of this, when he believes that a cooking segment will turn him into a celebrity chef.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Tina dates one named Nathan, who is stalking and has a weird fixation for Pam's hair.
  • Status Quo Is God: Gene gets rid of the Beefsquatch mask by the end of the episode, giving it back to the kid that was its original owner.
  • Wild Card: Louise, who helps both Bob and Gene with their mutual sabotage and does it all For the Lulz until she gets sick of it.
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