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Recap / Bobs Burgers S 11 E 9 Mommy Boy

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When Linda joins a women's business group, Gene gets possessive of her time; Louise and Tina want to learn how to fight.

  • An Aesop: Your parents aren't just "Mom" and "Dad" by default, but people who have the right to exist outside of those roles.
  • Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: Bob takes Linda's place in Gene's "Spa-turday" routine while Linda is at the workshop. Although Bob tries and even starts liking it, Gene is unsatisfied.
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  • Boxing Lesson: Inspired by Ham and Egger, Tina and Louise ask Bob to teach them to box. Bob only took a week of boxing when he was much younger, so the lessons don't go very well, mostly because they refuse to listen to even his most basic advice.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Upset by her skipping Spa-turday, Gene calls Linda by her name, which shocks her and the other women. He says that he prefers "Mom" over "Linda" because "Mom" pays attention to him.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Bob mentions having taken boxing lessons at the YMCA at the opening. This later leads to the Belcher daughters enlisting him as their boxing coach.
  • Expy: The In-Universe movie Ham and Egger is a blatant rip-off of Rocky, which Bob points out at every turn. He's especially annoyed by the theme song, "The Look of the Lion" (an Expy of "Eye of the Tiger").
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  • Heroic Second Wind: Parodied when Bob and the Belcher daughters try to make a burger for Teddy. They do horribly.
  • Ignored Expert: Downplayed; Bob is far from a boxing expert (as he acknowledges), but he knows more than his daughters. Them ignoring his basic advice doesn't go well.
  • Improvised Training: The meat punching scene from Rocky is spoofed on Ham and Egger, where the title character punches giant thread spools at the textile factory he works in. Bob tries to show the girls the "right" way to do it by having them punch a bag of hamburger meat.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Gene enjoys playing spa with Linda.
  • Inner Thoughts, Outsider Puzzlement: The other business women at the seminar all stare at Linda as she sings to herself about where to put her nametag.
  • The Mockbuster: The Ham and Egger series is one for the Rocky franchise, right down to its theme song, "Look of the Lion". Bob is appalled that his daughters like it.
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  • Momma's Boy: Gene is worried that with Linda at the business group, she won't have time for him anymore and that she'll move to New York to become a successful business entrepreneur. Out of desperation, he tries to lock her in the janitor's closet and force her to do their spa day.
  • Musical World Hypotheses: All In Their Heads Hypothesis - Linda sings a song about being in the women's business group (and deciding where to put her name tag) under a spotlight. Cut to the other women looking strangely at Linda as she sings to herself.
  • My Beloved Smother: Inverted, with Gene being the one to smother Linda when he starts getting possessive. He realizes just how bad he is being when he says his desire to have her around whenever he feels like it and Edith Cranwinkle calls him clingy.
  • Overly Long Gag: Linda's song about her name-tag, especially in the credits.
  • Parents as People: Discussed and justified. Bob tries explaining to Gene that Linda isn't just a mom, but a person who has a right to enjoy things for herself. Linda herself assures Gene that she loves being a mom and loves being his mom, but she needs to be able to do other things beyond that role.
  • Protagonist Title: Parodied in-universe; the main character of Ham and Egger is literally named "Ham and Egger".
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  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Gene's description of his Spa-turday routine with Linda ends with "and I definitely don’t pee in the tub, even a little bit."
    • When Linda goes to Gene's room to talk about going to the business seminars, Gene says "I'm not eating from my secret roast beef stash!"
    • After making Teddy a burger, Tina pats Bob on the arm and says "That'll do, pig" before lampshading that it's not from a boxing movie.
  • Wimp Fight: When the time comes for Bob, Tina and Louise to start sparing, all three hurt their hands on their first punch. And they were all heavily padded at the time!


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