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Recap / Bobs Burger S 5 E 13 The Gayle Tales

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To get out of a grounding from a miffed Linda, the kids hold a writing contest to escape with Gayle to a night out.

Gene produces The Ballad of Gayle and Jo-Gene. A tale of country singers and snakes.

Tina gives us Lady Chatter-teeth's Love. A Victorian romantic epic...kind of.

And Louise produces Gayle Of Thrones. An adventure through the dangerous lands of Catsteros.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: Somehow, Louise writes a full on GoT parody while having no clue what it even is.
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  • Adaptational Heroism: To earn her interest, each of the kids write Gayle in a more flattering way. Depicting her as humble, caring, responsible and all-around wonderful, a far cry from the selfish, emotionally unstable, lazy and borderline insane mess of a woman she actually is.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Linda's the bad guy in all three stories because the kids are mad at her.
    • In Gene's story she's "Lindette," Jo-Gene's ex-partner who dumped him and tried to sabotage his performance with Gayle. She ends up losing to them and is forced to marry a drunken barfly (Bob).
    • In Tina's story she's Lord Bob's horribly obnoxious American fiancee whom he's marrying for money. Tina mentions at the end they're also cousins and had a kid with a tail.
    • In Louise's story she's the evil hag "Lindaria," and eventually gets thrown into her pit of ravenous porcelain babies after mistreating her servant Bobdor too many times.
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  • The Reveal: Near the end of the episode, we find out what the kids did to get grounded. They pulled a small prank on Linda at the supermarket that ended with her tumbling into a display of maxipads and farting in front of several people.
  • Running Gag: Gayle demands Scott Bakula. And the kids find ways to insert him into their stories. Although in Louise's case she just shoehorns him into the end with no explanation why.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: None of the kids end up leaving with Gayle, as her date is able to un-cancel at the last minute and she goes with him instead.
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