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Recap / Bob's Burgers S6E11 "House Of A 1000 Bounces"

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"It's our bounce house now, Dahlia!"

"God this is a disaster."
—Sylvester Stieblitz about the party

Louise takes over Rudy's birthday party, and attempts to steal the bounce house from a rival party. Meanwhile, a pigeon gets into the restaurant, revealing that Bob is terrified of birds.

  • Absurd Phobia: Teddy once had a fear of babies.
  • Alpha Bitch: Dahlia, who refuses to share her birthday bounce house with Rudy's party.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Sasha is able to tell that Rudy's father is divorced just by looking at his outfit and teeth, even able to tell how many days he'd been whitening them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rudy's freakout at Louise at the ranger's office.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • One of the attendees at Rudy's party is Jeremy, the kid who sold out Louise to Mr. Dinkler in "Topsy".
    • Ranger Dainko returns near the end of the A-plot, and he's just as insistent about paperwork as before.
  • Call-Back: Sasha references the events of "Speakeasy Rider" when greeting the Belchers, more specifically how Tina threw the King's Head Island Grand Prix at the end.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Bob seriously thought that when he had to give the pigeon a bath, he had to take a bath with the pigeon.
  • Confirm Before Reveal: When Teddy is eating at the restaurant for the last 20 minutes, he finally ask Bob and Linda if the pigeon sitting on their restaurant TV is real. When Bob and Linda are confused with Teddy's question, he reveals there's a pigeon inside their restaurant sitting on their TV, which they now just notice. Teddy was worried he was seeing things because he got pretty drunk at the lodge before coming here.
  • Crying at Your Birthday Party: Poor, poor Rudy...
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: More specifically, a pigeon. Bob goes nuts when it goes near him.
  • Enemy Mine: Sasha helps Rudy's party steal the bounce house because he really doesn't like his cousin, although he has to help Dahlia retake the bounce house to maintain deniability.
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  • Face Your Fears: Bob slowly does this over the course of the episode. Finding out his phobia is just based off an Alfred Hitchcock movie helps.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Sweet, nice Rudy explodes when Louise gets him and the others in trouble and ruins his party.
  • Pet the Dog: Louise decides to make amends with Rudy by offering to do his spoon puppet play.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: The title is a reference to House of 1000 Corpses.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Dahlia gets back her bounce house, but it's soggy and useless after having been pushed onto (and deflated on) the lake.
  • Sanity Ball: Linda and Teddy hold this together when they explain to Bob his so-called traumatic experience is a garbled memory of watching The Birds when he was younger, even as he insists he's not talking about a movie.
  • Skewed Priorities: When the kids enact their plan to move the bounce house, Gene turns back to grab the birthday cake, forcing him to make a leap of faith when the bounce house makes it onto the lake.
  • Unfortunate Names: Sasha's aunt thinks he's insulting the Belchers when he refers to them by their surname.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Although she did have her own interests in mind, Louise also wanted the bounce house for Rudy's enjoyment, spurring her to steal it from Dahlia.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Bob's memory of being attacked by a bunch of pigeons in a dark room is a shot-for-shot remake of Tippi Hedren getting attacked in The Birds. Linda and Teddy even explain to Bob he's remembering something from a movie.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Bob is apparently terrified of pigeons because of a traumatic experience he had as a kid. It turns out he's remembering a scene from The Birds but got confused and thought it happened to him in real life.

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Is That a Real Pigeon?

After 20 minutes, Teddy asks Bob and Linda if the pigeon sitting on their TV is real. When Bob and Linda are confused with his question, Teddy points out the pigeon to them.

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