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Recap / Bobs Burger S 5 E 12 The Milliechurian Candidate

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A madcap race for class president begins at the school. And Louise tries sinking her mortal enemy Millie's chances.


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  • Attack of the Political Ad: One of Louise's attempts to keep Millie from winning was to launch a negative attack ad against Millie. Everyone thinks it's mean and feels sorry for Millie.
  • Chained Heat: In her Catapult Nightmare, Louise dreamed that Millie would have the Home Ec class sew their clothes together after winning the election.
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  • Chekhov's Gunman: Abby, who was only seen briefly during an interview, turned out to have a very important role in Henry's plan.
  • The Chessmaster: Bland, boring Henry Haber plays the entire school like a set of spoons. Getting Louise to tank Jimmy Jr's campaign, and getting both her and Millie disqualified. Leaving him the winner.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Henry Haber was the only one in the running that everyone believed had no chance of winning, but thanks to his elaborate Batman Gambit with Louise and Millie, he ends up winning.
  • Decided by One Vote: Henry was naturally the only vote for himself. It pays off.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Most of the students don't see anything wrong with Millie and think Louise is the crazy one, up until Millie snaps and tries to strangle Abby with her own braid.
  • Didn't Think This Through: To test which tool was better, Bob's knife and Teddy's hammer, Linda has them compete. Her first challenge was to have Bob chop 10 tomatoes and Teddy nail 10 hammers. When the finish at the same time, she has them switch stations; Bob free the nails with his knife and Teddy hammer the tomatoes back together. They both question her on how that's even possible and Bob asks how Linda spent all day coming up with her challenge.
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  • Epic Fail: Every single thing Louise does to get support for Jimmy Jr. fails miserably.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The first video ad for Jimmy Jr. was so bad even a nice kid like Regular-Sized Rudy felt he deserves to get slapped.
  • Imagine Spot: Louise has a dream where Millie wins the election and uses her power to force them to be best friends. It's what drives Louise to try and stop her.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: After her first Jimmy Jr. campaign ad fails, Louise tries to claim that most of the students probably liked it, only for a news bulletin to report that Millie gained 30 points on Jimmy Jr.
  • Narm: In-universe, the pro-Jimmy Jr. video is considered this to the school. This was the very first reaction:
    Regular-Sized Rudy: Oh barf.
    Ms. LaBonze: I wanna slap that kid.
    Regular-Sized Rudy: I know, right?
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  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Louise completely derails Jimmy Jr.'s campaign within minutes.
    Tina: You turned Jimmy Jr. from hero to zero! It's not supposed to work that way!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Jimmy Jr. quits the campaign after Louise completely ruins his chances, and because Millie offers to let him pick the songs at the homecoming dance (which is all he wanted to do in the first place).
  • Signs of Disrepair: Millie removes the "I" and "U" from Louise's name on her campaign ad. Pretty obvious what it spells
    Gene: That was in Louise's name all along, and we never saw it!
  • Springtime for Hitler: Louise tried to invoke this trope by posting an attack ad against Jimmy Jr, believing that everyone will blame Millie for it. It doesn't work.
  • Unwitting Pawn: It turns out Millie, Louise, and even Abby were all pawns of Henry Haber in his scheme to get rid of Jimmy Jr. in the election. Bonus points because Louise even lampshades this trope when she cries "We were pawns?!" plus the chess motif Henry used for his campaign.
    Louise: You can't be this smart!
    Henry: Chess I can.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Ms. LaBonze's first response to the first Jimmy Jr. ad video is her desire to slap him.
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