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Recap / Bob's Burgers S8E20 "Mission Impos-slug-ble"

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Louise goes to great lengths to recover her Burobu cards which were confiscated by Ms. LaBonz. Meanwhile, Bob attends a funeral where he's not very welcome.


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  • Bland-Name Product: Subverted. One would think that Burobu was meant to be this to Pokémon with its similar theme song and accompanying card game, but the first thing Tina says reveals that the franchise exists in their world, meaning Burobu is just a knockoff property and happens to be popular with the kids at Wagstaff.
    Tina: So Burobu is like Pokemon, but just, everybody's a slug?
    Louise: Uh, yeah.
    Gene: Finally.
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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."
  • A Day in the Limelight: While she's made plenty of appearances, this is arguably Ms. LaBonz's largest role in the series thus far, as she's the main antagonist of the episode and the second half of the episode largely takes place at her house.
  • The Drag-Along: Rudy makes it clear numerous times that he's not comfortable going along with Louise's attempts to get her cards back.
    Rudy: (Hyperventilating after hearing they'll be sneaking into the Teachers' Lounge) I need to sit down. Where's my inhaler? Where's my inhaler?
    Louise: It's right...You're holding it.
  • Drinking Game: LaBonz makes up one involving the confiscated Burobu cards. Much to Louise's fury, the teachers don't know the rules.
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  • Expy Coexistence: Turns out that Pokémon exists alongside Burobu.
  • For Want of a Nail: The entirety of the 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.
  • Got Volunteered: When Louise is unable to reach the cards while hanging from a tree, she makes Tina do it cause she's got "freakishly long arms".
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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.
  • Neutrality Backlash: While mad at Tina, Louise told Gene to choose a sister. Gene declared he didn't want to pick sides, so Louise declared he was dead to her as well.
    Gene: (To Tina) Looks like we're sleeping on the couch.
  • Nobody Likes a Tattletale: Louise and Rudy swap Burobu cards during a study session. Ms. Labonz comes in and asks Tina where all the fourth graders are. Tina tries not to tell her, but eventually spills the beans. Ms. Labonz confiscates their cards and Louise spends most of the episode angry at Tina for spilling the beans.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: When Louise gets Rudy to come along on her mission to steal back their cards, he bemoans that, "this is everything they've warned me about in that after-school special, Peers of a Clown..."
  • 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 threw multiple small pickles at Bob because he said they were too sweet, leading Bob to throw a single, much larger one back at him that knocked off his glasses.
  • Punny Name: The name "Burobu" is essentially a Japanese pronounciation of "blob", which is fitting considering the direct comparison to Pokémon and because all the creatures are various types of slugs.
  • Sadist Teacher: Confiscating contraband cards is one thing, but LaBonz intending to use them to pick up her neighbor's dog droppings is crossing a line or two. Even Tina is a bit disturbed.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Tina's explanation of why she sold out Louise includes an embellished flashback with Ms. LaBonz repeatedly slapping her.
  • 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: Murtaugh'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, 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 LaBonz 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.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Ms. LaBonz at one point tells her students that she's going outside "to NOT smoke several cigarettes."
  • 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".
  • You Bastard!: Louise says this about the teachers when she sees they intend to use her Burobu cards in a Drinking Game.

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