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Recap / Bobs Burger S 4 E 20 Gene It On

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Gene joins Wagstaff's cheerleading squad while Louise becomes Tina's translator when she gets hurt during auditions.


  • Battle Rapping: How Gene becomes team captain, beating former captain Todd in a battle of cheering rhymes.
  • Fridge Logic: Invoked. Bob wonders who cheerleaders are rooting for when they take part in competitions.
  • Graceful Loser: Tina isn't insulted at all when the cheerleaders offer Gene the spot she was trying out for.
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  • Informed Flaw: Linda talks about Monica as if she were a terrible person who took advantage of her and abandoned her for the cheerleaders, though Monica herself appears to be pleasant when she remembers her old friend. Either Monica mellowed out or Linda exaggerated what happened between them, the latter seems more plausible given how she treats Gene.
  • The Millstone: Mr. Ambrose, the coach, becomes this when he leaks the squad's routine to a rival team in the regional finals.
  • Nice Girl: Despite what Linda insists, Monica came off as a decent person to her and Bob.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Zeke's "disguise" for purple-nurpling Gene consists of wearing a jockstrap on his face. Gene being Gene, he doesn't see through it.
  • Parental Favoritism: Linda pours this on hard when Gene becomes a cheerleader and does everything she can to get on his good side so she can live vicariously through his cheerleading. She even says Gene's not her favorite anymore after he gives her a reality check, then changes her mind when he tries to do her cheer.
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  • Self-Serving Memory: Linda recalls how her former friend Monica turned into an asshole after she became a cheerleader, taking advantage of Linda until the day she ditched her at the mall. Given how hard Linda tries to butter up Gene in order to be a cheerleader by proxy until Gene finally calls out how overbearing she is, it's likely Linda did the exact same thing to Monica and that's why they stopped being friends. Linda sort of admits it when she says she was "Kind of a cheerleader" because Monica was.
  • Shout-Out: The storefront in the opening is called The Nightlight Zone.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Linda's ego grows massive after Gene joins the cheerleaders, making repeated attempts to sponge off his status to be the cheerleader she never was. When Gene flat out tells Linda to stop because her cheer ideas are stupidly dangerous and that she's not a cheerleader, Linda acts like Gene is the one going through this trope and accuses him of thinking he's better than her like her old friend Monica did.
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  • Stage Mom: Once Gene becomes a cheerleader, Linda tries to take over and live through him. She showers him with attention and openly gushes how great it is he's a cheerleader, giving him all sorts of snacks and incessantly trying to get him to cheer. She eventually resorts to wearing an old cheer uniform and comes up with several terrible routines for Gene to use. Gene quickly tells her to back off when she says "I'm just trying to be part of your cheerleading," and he finally screams at her she's not a cheerleader.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Louise pukes on the window at the revolving restaurant, and they later pass by it a second time.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Linda sees Monica as a terrible person who turned her back on a friend, though Monica herself, after taking a moment to remember Linda, is actually friendly and decent to her.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To Bring It On.

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