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Recap / Bobs Burgers S 8 E 20 Mission Imposslugble

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Louise goes to great lengths to recover her LaBonze confiscated Burobu cards. While Bob attends a funeral where he's not very welcome.

  • Bland-Name Product: Averted. One would think that Burobu was meant to be this to Pokémon with its theme song and card game, but the first thing Tina says reveals that the popular Nintendo franchise exists in their world. Meaning Burobu is just a knockoff property and happens to be popular with the kids at Wagstaff.
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  • Captain Obvious: The Burobu theme song begins with, "There's only one way to win this fight: beat the other guy. The one rule to climbing the highest heights is to climb up really high."
  • Drinking Game: LaBonz makes up one involving the confiscated Burobu cards.
  • For Want of a Nail: The whole A plot wouldn't have happened had Louise gone with her original plan of trading the cards after school. Instead, she gets impatient and tries to do it during study period, leading to her getting caught and the cards confiscated.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Frond isn't invited to the staff's Martini Tuesdays.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Bob has been asked to do the eulogy for Harry the pickle seller, even though they had a falling out due to a pickle-throwing incident. After Bob delivers a surprisingly touching eulogy and apologizes, Harry's lawyer tosses a pickle at Bob and says he's even, as per Harry's wishes.
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  • Negative Continuity: Frond apparently doesn't drink alcohol and judges people who do, which is why he's never invited to Martini Tuesdays. However, way back in the fourth season Frond was seeing purchasing a martini glass set. It's possible this is another example of Frond's hypocritical tendencies if he secretly does drink yet judges others for it for the sake of the moral high ground.
  • Person as Verb: When Tina and Gene go over to LaBonz to try and convince her to return the cards, she first assumes they're going to Clueless her and set her up with another teacher.
  • Produce Pelting: The "pickle incident", where Harry throws pickles at Bob because he said they were too sweet, leading Bob to throw one back at him.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Tina's explanation of why she gave Louise up includes an embellished flashback with Ms. LaBonz repeatedly slapping her.
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  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: Louise brought some fake Borubu cards to trade for real ones. Everyone points out that they look blurry and smell like gasoline.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Mission: Impossible: Along with the episode title, both Louise and Tina lower themselves by a rope (actually a hose) to retrieve the cards, as Ethan Hunt famously did in the first movie.
    • To Lethal Weapon: Murthagh's Catchphrase "I'm getting too old for this shit" is referenced twice; first by the store next door in the opening (I'm Getting Too Old For This Schvitz saunas for the elderly) and by the first Burger of the Day (The I'm Getting Too Old For This Shishito Burger).
    • To The Godfather: Linda scolds Tina for telling on Louise, saying that "You never go against the family!", to which Bob responds "Easy now, Don Corleone."
    • The second Burger of the Day is the Don't Dream it's Okra Burger.
    • Rudy points out that one of the counterfeit Burobu cards has a Minion on it.
  • Spiteful Will: Harry's will actually stipulated that Bob get a pickle thrown in the face at his funeral.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Tina tells on Louise when LaBonze confronts her after the fourth graders disappeared. Louise spends the rest of the day mad at her for her betrayal, until Tina makes up for it by taking the blame and also getting the cards back.
  • We Need a Distraction: Louise needs to distract the teachers so she can get the cards. Fortunately, she catches Mr. Frond spying on them and encourages him to make a scene by dancing to "Groove is in the Heart".

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