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"Who wants to tell me what is happening?"

Linda: We don't know all the crazy crap our kids are doing.
Bob: We don't wanna know.
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Gene stages an unauthorized musical version of Die Hard to compete with the rival Working Girl musical being run by Courtney Wheeler.


  • As Herself: Carly Simon shows up in the closing credits to sign with the kids.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Ms. LaBonze isn't happy that Doug Wheeler lied about Carly Simon coming to the show.
    LaBonze You probably think this slap is about you!
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In-universe, the hip-hop section of the titular musical.
  • Brutal Honesty: Bob is the only member of the Belcher household who is willing to admit Gene's play was bad, if only because him trying to play all the roles really wasn't working.
  • Crossover: The kids end up combining both plays into a musical crossover between Working Girl and Die Hard.
  • Demoted to Extra: In-universe, in the titular musical, John McClane is a supporting character due to the focus shifting onto Tess Mcgill and Hans Gruber's relationship.
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  • How We Got Here: The episode opens with the Belchers and the Wheelers in Mr. Frond's office, telling their recollection of the events that lead to the fight over the dueling musicals.
  • Mama Bear: Linda is ready to tear Courtney's dad apart when he gets mad at Gene.
    Linda: No one tells my son to stop singing!
  • Musical Episode: Obviously.
  • Not So Different: Tess Mcgill and Hans Gruber conclude they are this due to their ambition.
  • Person as Verb: "Consider yourself Grubed!"
  • Serious Business: Doing the school musical for Ms. LaBonze, or rather, not doing Grease again because she's sick of it.
  • Worthy Opponent: Courtney still thinks the Die Hard musical is amazing despite Gene refusing to let her try out.
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