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Recap / Bobs Burger S 6 E 3 The Hauntening

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When Louise claims that she can't be scared, Bob and Louise decide to prove her wrong by having a haunted house. But things take a turn for the worst when the house doesn't go to plan...


  • Batman Gambit: The rest of the family successfully pulls this off to scare Louise.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Played with, when it first looks as though the Belchers are about to be killed with the irony being Louise is finally getting scared like she claimed she wanted. Then it turned out no one was in any danger and Louise gets exactly what she wanted with no horrible consequences.
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  • Call-Back: Louise still has a crush on Boo-Boo.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Linda feels the need to defend the crappy haunted house she pulled off with Bob to lull Louise into a false sense of security, despite they made the first one crappy on purpose.
  • Creepy Doll: While trying to find a place to hide in the house, the Belchers stumble upon a room containing a baby doll with sharp tree branches jammed in its eyes. They decide not to hide in there.
  • Epic Fail: Bob and Linda try to put together a haunted house to scare Louise. To put into perspective how badly they did, the kids managed to put together a more convincing scare in five minutes compared to the weeks Bob and Linda spent planning the house. Subverted when it turns out they invoked this trope in order to scare Louise with the real haunted house they had planned.
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  • Kubrick Stare: The old man with the gardening shears gives off a number of these to the Belchers.
  • The Radio Dies First: Bob claims his cellphone has no signal when they need to call for help.
  • Ring of Fire: Part of the haunted house.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The Boyz4Now song "I Love You So Much (It's Scary)" is very similar to the Backstreet Boys song "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)".
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Louise denies that she cares or even knows about Boo-Boo's birthday the previous week. In that order.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The Belchers heard a horrible, demonic screeching in the basement that later turned out to have come from Mort. When the Belchers ask how Mort managed to make his voice sound like that, he reveals he made the noise when he threw his back out and was actually howling in pain.
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