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Recap / Bob's Burgers S7E9 "Bob Actually"

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It's an adventurous V-Day for all. As Bob tries giving Linda a nice surprise, Gene develops a kiddie crush on a substitute lunch lady, Tina fights diarrhea and Louise fears Rudy wants her to be his Valentine.


  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Louise won't admit it, but she likes Rudy enough to kiss him, even if only because the girl Rudy really loves won't give him one.
  • Berserk Button: When Louise finds out Chloe is using sweet Rudy to get good grades, she flips out.
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  • Big Beautiful Woman: Gene is infatuated with Isabella, the plump Italian substitute lunch lady, especially when he tries her dark chocolate.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Louise gives Rudy a whopper of one. Followed by a slap and a threat if he tells anyone.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Chloe Barbash is just exploiting Rudy's feelings for her to get quiz answers.
  • Dance Off: Bob and Teddy take a hip-hop dance class and get challenged to a dance-off by the teacher's son. As the dance battle begins, the son hurts himself, so Bob and Teddy win by default before they even make a move.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Everyone. Gene bonds with the substitute lunch lady over making chocolate, Bob manages to impress Linda with his dance lessons, Rudy gets a Valentine's Day kiss from Louise, Speedo Guy gets with the mermaid he's been crushing on, and Tina gets that Big Damn Kiss with Jimmy Jr. in spite of her diarrhea.
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  • Everyone Has Standards: Louise is horrified that Chloe is just using Rudy for quiz answers.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Louise isn't interested in returning Rudy's supposed crush on her until she learns he actually has a crush on Chloe, after which she actually gets mildly upset about not being Rudy's Valentine.
  • Growling Gut: Tina suffers a rumbling stomach throughout the episode due to a base case of diarrhea.
  • I Can't Dance: Bob's Valentines Day gift to Linda was supposed to be that he took dance lessons for her. Unfortunately, the only dance class available is for hip-hop. Nevertheless, his dance routine at the end touches Linda, if only because he made the effort.
  • Imagine Spot: After trying dark chocolate, Gene fantasizes about marrying Isabella and opening a dark chocolate factory, which is having its "Grand Re-Re-Opening."
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  • Kiss-Kiss-Slap: Pretty much literally: Louise slaps Rudy's face immediately after kissing him. He's so wowed by the kiss that the slap only elicits a quiet "Ow."
  • Love Letter Lunacy: Louise thinks Regular-Sized Rudy is going to give her a valentine, which she dislikes. She is somewhat relieved that it's for Chloe, but when she finds out that Chloe was just using Rudy, she becomes defensive about him.
  • Nice Girl: Isabella the substitute lunch lady, contrasting the jerkass she's replacing.
  • Noodle Incident: The ballroom dancing class is cancelled because the teacher died.
  • Potty Emergency: Tina spends most of the episode stuck on the toilet, after a victory in chili-eating comes back to haunt her.
  • Precocious Crush: Gene gets one on the substitute lunch lady.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Well, white gal, but the hip-hop teacher Bob takes lessons from definitely counts. So does her son.
  • Red Herring:
    • Louise (and the audience) assume that Rudy has a crush on her. Then it's revealed that he instead has a crush on Chloe and was only approaching Louise so she could give Chloe his card and love weed. Then the ending all but states that he does in fact have a crush on Louise.
    • Ms. Selbo's boyfriend is initially set up to be a jerkass who broke up with Selbo recently for no reason, but it's later shown that Selbo is the nutty one and they broke up a year ago.
  • Running Gag: Ms. LaBonz keeps getting shown stealing school supplies and claiming she's bringing them from home. By the time she shows up with a printer, she just claims she's taking it home to fix it.
  • Ship Tease: The episode overall and especially the ending gives a ton for Louise and Rudy.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Ms. LaBonz is seen carrying off several toilet paper rolls, and later some coffee filters, all of which she brought from home and not the other way around.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To Love Actually, from the Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title to the format of multiple plot lines happening in parallel.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: During the hip-hop battle, the dance teacher's son hurts himself when he tries to do a chair tilt and falls flat on his face, meaning Bob and Teddy win without even lifting a finger.
  • Yandere: Ms. Selbo has been obsessed with her ex-boyfriend after their one-year break-up to the point of stalking him by camping outside his home and stealing his pet dog.