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"Maybe I'll shoot a hostage!"

"This is gonna be fun you guys."
—Mickey
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Bob begins an unlikely friendship with a bank robber when he gets stuck in a hostage situation on the bank at his street.


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  • Affably Evil: Mickey. He's genuinely friendly to the Belchers, even treats the hostages (relatively) well, and he's noticeably kinder than even some of the hostages (namely the bank teller, Mr. Frond, and the Casanova Wannabe).
  • Ambiguous Situation: Whether Bob stole the money or whether Mickey planted the money on him. Bob himself claims the latter, Linda is unsure, and everyone else believes the former.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When Bob is assigned to deliver burgers to Mickey, his family desperately grabs onto him and begs him not to go.
    • Early in the episode, Louise explains that her school essay has to be about someone important to her. Later, amidst all the chaos of Bob delivering burgers to Mickey, she reveals that she initially planned to write about Bob.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Shortly after Mickey receives the pizzas from Jimmy Pesto, a number of gunshots are heard from the bank, implying that he had lost his temper and started shooting people, but it turns out he instead hated Jimmy's pizzas so much that he shot each box multiple times and then proceeds to throw them out of the bank and yell to the crowd outside how much Jimmy's pizzas suck.
  • Blatant Lies:
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    • The bank employee that attends Bob states he will take a call now, even though he only grabs a piece of paper.
    • Gene lies about his account in an attempt to get some money to himself.
  • Brutal Honesty: When Bob gets caught up as a hostage, he learns that Mr. Frond is also a hostage. When Mickey asks if the two know each other, Bob rather bluntly states that he hates Mr. Frond (though he frames it as mutual hatred). Mr. Frond is mildly upset.
  • The Cameo: Hugo and Mr. Fischoeder each make brief appearances behind the police barricade, and the latter even talks to the former.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Based on the Greek letters seen on the shirt of "Seth" (the robot seen in Gene's Imagine Spot), he belongs to a fraternity named Delta Pi Omega.
  • Funny Background Event: When Louise screams "It's my daddy!" at Bosco, an officer who is listening to the Belcher-Mickey phone call can be seen pulling his headset away over how loud Louise is.
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  • Group Hug: The Belchers celebrate the end of the hostage situation by hugging Bob.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Bosco assigns "fatty" as a codeword for Bob, even though Bosco is visibly more out-of-shape.
  • Jerkass: One of the hostages, who constantly hits on a girl who is clearly uninterested and who almost drives over Bob.
  • Lethal Chef: Jimmy Pesto's pizza is so bad that Mickey not only sends it back, but shoots the boxes multiple times to get his point across.
  • Little Girls Kick Shins: Louise kicks Bosco in this manner. He kicks back.
  • The Mole: Sergeant Bosco tells Bob to be his man in the inside when Bob gets stuck as a hostage.
  • Odd Friendship: Between Bob and his family with Mickey, the lovable bank robber.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Linda keeps making hostage jokes 2 weeks past the whole situation.
  • Only Sane Man: Bob is this to the entire situation. Both Sergeant Bosco and Mickey seem to be insane and incompetent at what they are attempting to do.
  • Pet the Dog: Mickey not only gives Tina her savings, he adds over a hundred dollars to it.
  • Police Are Useless: Sergeant Bosco is very crazed on his job and is unable to make Mickey release a single hostage. He is also more prone to annoy Mickey than to try to keep him calm, even teasing him to shoot a hostage. Gene and Louise actually get better results than him while trying to reason with Mickey.
    Bosco: Go ahead, do it, big man, shoot a hostage!
    • When the police and hostages swap locations, the police somehow forget that they planted tear gas in the bank until the cannister goes off, causing them to inhale the tear gas and run out of the bank in agony.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • When the police set up base in the restaurant and set up snipers on the roof, Linda is worried they're going to see their filthy gutters.
    • While her father is in a hostage situation, Louise's main worry is getting her report on Mickey finished. Except she doesn't even turn it in at the end.
  • Split Screen Phonecall: Originally between Bob and Louise. Then the other Belchers and Sergeant Bosco all enter the conversation.
    Bosco: How many extensions do you people have!?
    Tina: Four.
  • Tempting Fate: Bob claims he'll be able to apply for the loan. Cut to his banker saying no.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bosco shin-kicks Louise and threatens to punch Tina.

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