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Recap / Bob's Burgers S5E7 "Tina, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

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"Anyone of them could be the mole."

Jenny: I'm here because Troop 119 has a mole!
Tina: I thought Katie just had a beauty mark.

Thundergirling gets intense as Tina hunts for a mole from a rival troop. Meanwhile, Linda gets her hair dyed blonde.

Tina Troper Soldier Spy:

  • Apple of Discord: Louise spreads discord among the group in an attempt to smoke out the mole, even if it means destroying the troop in the process.
  • Beneath Suspicion: Ginny knows that Tina can't be the mole because she quit before the mole struck. Louise is also exonerated the instant she joins the Thundergirls because she joined long after the mole struck.
  • Brutal Honesty: When Linda insists that being a blonde is making her dumb, Bob points she's always been kind of dumb.
  • Call-Back:
    • Louise talks about the Thundergirls like it's a cult, reflecting her belief on the organization from "A River Runs Through Bob". Additionally, Tina quit the Thundergirls in that same episode, and she's still an ex-member at the start of this episode.
    • When planning her mission, Tina uses her horse figures to represent members of her troop. Gene uses Tina's Chariot doll to represent himself.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Troop 257's secret handshake winds up being what exposes the mole.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Tina feeds the mole by telling each member of her troop a different lead. Troop 257 arrives at the restaurant, causing her to identify Rena as the mole. But Rena points out that it's her family's restaurant, so she could just as easily be the mole, prompting Ginny to suspect Tina as wellnote .
  • Dumb Blonde: Linda believes she's becoming one of these after her dye job, emphasized by her messing up several orders. Bob points out that she's no smarter or dumber than before, but her focusing almost entirely on her hairstyle is causing her to get distracted.
  • Feed the Mole: How Tina identifies the mole. She gives each member of Troop 119 a cookie lead for a different location on Ocean Avenue. When Troop 257 arrives at Bob's Burgers, she knows that Rena is the mole.
  • Informed Attribute:
    • Tina mentions that Linda's now-blonde hair matches her teeth. On the rare occasion Linda's teeth do appear, they're clearly white.
    • Katie apparently has a beauty mark, but at no point do we actually see where it is even though it's obvious enough in-universe for Tina to know about it.
  • Metaphorically True: Linda believes becoming a blonde has made her dumber and it's kind of correct, since whilst Bob says it hasn't made her dumber, it might as well have because she's been way too distracted by her new hair colour to get any work done.
  • The Mole: The plot of the episode revolves around one in Thundergirl Troop 119. Louise herself later becomes one within Troop 257.
  • Noodle Incident: Troop 119 had a former member who didn't have a pinky and later moved away.
  • Not So Above It All: When Gene completes his garbage attire, Bob compliments it and asks him to pick something out for Bob himself next time. Bob can be seen wearing his own garbage attire in the credits.
  • The Reveal: Rena is the mole.
  • Secret Handshake: Troop 257 has one, which is how Louise finally smokes out the mole.
  • Serious Business: Troop 257 treats cookie-selling like a criminal racket. Even their adult chaperone is a little scared of them. Bob and Gene both lampshade that they're a bit crazy about it.
  • Sexy Secretary: After dying her hair blonde, Linda acts like this to Bob while he's cooking, speaking in a seductive voice, calling herself his assistant, and proclaiming her desire to strip.
  • Snap Back: Louise claims she'll wear Tina's friendship bracelet forever, but she's never seen with it in any future episode.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Rena reflexively reacting to 257's secret handshake is what gives her away.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • Louise quits both troops of the Thundergirls at the end with no intention of coming back unless there's a murder or drug sting. Additionally, after having quit prior to the episode, Tina rejoins at the very end.
    • Linda's blonde hair doesn't last past the episode.
  • Token Good Teammate: 257's adult chaperone, who isn't in on their vicious cookie-selling war.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Louise only joins the Thundergirls for the purpose of sowing chaos during the mole hunt.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: To Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Alternative Title(s): Bobs Burger S 5 E 7 Tina Tailor Soldier Spy