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Recap / Bobs Burger S 7 E 20 Mom Lies And Videotape

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The old family camcorder breaks down, forcing the Belcher kids to describe an exaggerated version of their Mothers Day pageant to a sick Linda. Louise regales Linda with the wild west story of "The Town With No Moms", Gene tells the mythology-influenced story of the creation of the first mother, and Tina whips up a crazy crossover between Freaky Friday and Aliens.

  • Blatant Lies: The kids version of the play is blatantly blown up in quality and production. Linda isn't totally fooled, but she appreciates the effort anyway. At one point, she questions how they paid for everything, and the kids claim they fired a Gym Teacher and had a bake sale to pay for it.
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  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: During Louise's play.
    Louise: I told you, I was out on business!
    Rudy: You were in jail!
    Louise: In jail on business!
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Tina's telling of Aliens takes a sudden turn when Sigourney (what Tina calls Ripley) switches minds with the Xenomorph queen because of "scientific anomalies".
  • Genre Shift: Tina's story starts of with the plot of Aliens, then suddenly turns into a body switching comedy.
  • Missing the Good Stuff: Bob fails to record the kids' performances because of his old camcorder. First he misses Louise's because he needed to rewind the tape. Then the battery dies out when Gene comes on stage and he has to find an outlet. Finally, he is set to record Tina when the camcorder malfunctions.
  • Railing Kill: In Louise's version of the story, Millie falls over the railing of the saloon after getting "shot".
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  • Sadly Mythtaken: Gene claims his play was based on mythology, but it's clear he's just making stuff up. When asked which mythology it's based on, Gene says it's a mix of Greek, Roman, Pokémon and Tex-Mex.
  • School Play: The school assembly is every bit as lame as one would expect. The kids' retelling becomes absurdly elaborate, which is Lampshaded often.
  • Shout-Out: Gene asks if Bob's old camcorder is the flux capacitor.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Gene tells how he was playing in sync with the other players.
  • Two Decades Behind: Bob is still using a '90s era camcorder, while the kids point out that there are more convenient devices available for recording video. The camcorder proves to be completely unreliable when Bob tries to record the kids' performances.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Tina's story starts out as Aliens, but halfway through it turns into a "Freaky Friday" Flip.

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