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Recap / Bob's Burgers S5E3 "Friends With Burger-Fits"

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Bob tries helping Teddy get in shape, while Linda and the kids have some icey fun in the basement.


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  • Berate and Switch: Linda sounds like she's mad at the kids for freezing the floor of the walk-in freezer and using it to horse around... but she remarks that it actually looks like fun.
  • Best Friend: It takes a long time for Bob to admit it, but he finally accepts that Teddy is his best friend.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: The manager at Dusty's Feedbag repeatedly refers to Bob as "fat Burt Reynolds."
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  • Chekhov's Gun: Gene's jarred fart ends up being used to distract Zeke in the Freezerdome finals.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Linda is way too prepared for Bob saying he's going to kill Teddy.
    Linda: Alright, car's gassed up, that's good. I guess I could homeschool the kids 'cause...
    Bob: No, Lin, the burgers are killing him.
    Linda: What?
    Bob: The ones I give him every day.
    Linda: Oh. Gotcha.
    Linda: What? I'm just being supportive. Good night.
  • Cutaway Gag: Bob and Linda remark that they've only seen Teddy with a briefcase in "that one play". Cut to Teddy and his union buddies doing a production of Glengarry Glen Ross ("Coffee is for closers!").
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • For arguing with him in his restaurant, Kevin (the manager of Dusty's Feedbag) throws Bob through a window.
    • Teddy takes being cut-off from his daily burger... less than well:
      Teddy: Bob, if you take your burgers from me, I will murder you and your mouthy wife!
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  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The Burger of the Day during Bob's dream sequence is the Sub-conscious Burger (comes on a sub roll).
  • Ignored Expert: Teddy ignores his doctor's explicit warnings that if he doesn't change his eating habits he'll die. Teddy insists that he's not ignoring his doctor, he's just not listening to him.
  • Insistent Terminology: Bob insists that Teddy isn't his Best Friend, he's his best customer. He relents at the end of the episode.
  • Is This a Joke?: Teddy has this reaction to Bob cutting him off from his burgers. Bob informs him that it is not.
  • It Only Works Once: Louise tricks Gene into sitting down on the ice in the semifinals, and attempts the same trick on Zeke in the finals. Zeke clearly isn't fooled by it.
  • Jerkass: Kevin, the manager of Dusty's Feedbag, clearly has a few screws loose, insulting both Bob and Teddy's weight.
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  • Karma Houdini: Kevin gets no retribution for tossing Bob out of a window, even though he'd realistically be looking at assault charges because Bob was badly injured in the process (not to mention he did it in front of plenty of witnesses).
  • Literal Metaphor: Bob remarks that Teddy has a big heart, both because he's sweet and because his heart is full of cholesterol.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Teddy does not take it well when Bob cuts him off from burgers, threatening to murder Bob and Linda before breaking down and apologizing.
  • Mega Meal Challenge: Bob tries to stop Teddy from consuming a massive, five-pound, "eat it in half an hour and it's free" hamburger at Dusty's Feedbag.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Bob's role in the A-plot amounts to his feelings of immense guilt for contributing to Teddy's high cholesterol.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Bob has a crazy dream caused by him feeling guilty about his burgers contributing to Teddy's declining health: it involves him getting a call from Teddy's doctor who proceeds to pull his heart out by extending his arm through the receiver and Bob stuffing hamburgers inside the heart without being able to stop and growing extra arms to do so quicker while Teddy just sits and watches as the heart balloons to a massive size.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Linda brings up an incident where Teddy ate a receipt.
    • Louise makes mention of a "kickball incident" that Rudy took part in during P.E. class. Rudy remarks that it was humbling.
  • Not So Above It All: Bob remarks that Gene's bottled fart really is a winner.
  • Papa Wolf: Teddy gets a little too in-character when he's told to pretend Bob is the man who kidnapped his daughter.
  • Ship Tease: Zeke offhandedly implies he has a crush on Tina after eliminating her.
  • Shout-Out: The "Freezerdome" sub-plot is based on Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • As it turns out, eating a burger from Bob's almost every day has had a negative effect on Teddy's health.
    • A single weekend at "Stuntman Boot Camp", including jumping through a window made of Soft Glass, turns out to be of little help when Bob is tossed through a real window by the manager of Dusty's Feedbag. Teddy notes that he lost at least a little blood, and Bob notes he probably needs to go to a hospital.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Teddy loves Bob's burgers and eats them almost every day. When Teddy points out that Mort eats at the restaurant just as often, Mort replies that he doesn't solely order burgers.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Louise feigns having something in her eye to trick Gene into sitting down onto the ice, eliminating him from the tournament with zero effort.

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