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Recap / Bobs Burgers S 10 E 4 Pig Trouble In Little Tina

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Tina's fears of being haunted by a fetal pig threaten to ruin her plans for a romantic night with Jimmy Jr. at a haunted hayride. Meanwhile, Linda gets a little too into helping Bob with his earwax problems.


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  • Asleep in Class: Tina nods off during her anatomy exam, leading to another encounter with the pig ghost.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Tina wakes up screaming in class after her second encounter with the pig.
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  • Dumpster Dive: In order to perform a banishment ritual against the pig ghost, Tina has to go into the school dumpster to retrieve the pig and its organs.
  • Ear Cleaning: Played for laughs, as Bob is a little weirded out that Linda tries to make cleaning out his ears into a sexy couple's bonding thing.
  • I Can't Hear You: Bob's earwax problem gets so bad it starts to affect his hearing.
  • The Insomniac: Tina starts to lose sleep from her constant nightmares.
  • I Taste Delicious: Dream Gene turns himself into applesauce, and then tastes himself.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: During Tina's final nightmare, Dream Louise gives herself nine extra arms, as well as arms for legs.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Tina has a series of nightmares about being haunted by the ghost of a pig.
  • Noodle Incident: Mr. Ambrose claims that he spend most of his twenties being haunted by a pig-demon.
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  • Outfit Decoy: Tina plans to trap the fetal pig by disguising a pop-up skeleton as her so that the pig gets trapped inside the skeleton's coffin when he tries to haunt her. It works, except that the pig then drags the real Tina in with him.
  • Pinch Me: To prove to Tina that she isn't dreaming, Louise slaps her. In Tina's final nightmare, Louise's slaps don't even wake her up, proving that she's just dreaming her siblings being with her.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: The ghost pig eventually admits he's just a figment of Tina's imagination, brought on by feeling guilty about bowing to peer pressure and making fun of a dead pig.
  • Serious Business: Linda becomes almost obsessed with cleaning out a bit of wax stuck in Bob's ear.
    • Giving in to peer pressure is this for Tina.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The episode's title is a nod to Big Trouble in Little China, and the episode ends with a parody of the movie's theme song.
    • The plot of Tina being haunted in her dreams by a ghost who makes bad puns is a nod to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), especially the scene where the pig haunts Tina in the bathroom and says "I'm your toilet now, Tina!" The hayride tractor driver also wears a fedora and green-and-red striped sweater like Freddy Krueger's Iconic Outfit.
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  • Visual Pun: As usual, the kids put on pun-based costumes for trick-or-treating; Louise dresses as Jason Bourne wearing a Baby Bjorn ("The Bjorn Identity"), while Gene goes as Fiona Applesauce.
  • Yokai: The pig ghost is said to be a fictional yokainote  knowns as a seishin dobutsu.note 
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