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Recap / Bob's Burgers S8E21 "Something Old, Something New, Something Bob Caters for You"

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Bob caters a wedding for a young couple who had their first date at the restaurant. But his stress, Linda's skepticism and wedding pratfalls make it a challenge.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Bob keeps calling the groom Carlton instead of Connor. During "I Do", he doesn't even bother trying to come up with the right name, instead calling him "What's-His-Name".
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: Apparently both Farrah and Connor thought that keeping butterflies in tiny separate boxes with no food or air would be a great idea. The result is a few dozen boxes full of dried butterfly corpses.
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  • The Bet: The Belcher kids make a bet over who got into the most wedding photos where the loser has to clean the grease trap. Tina ends up winning the bet and Gene barely gets second place after he appears reflected on a woman's sunglasses, while Louise ends up on grease trap duty.
  • Brick Joke: Farrah's childhood blanket blows away in the strong wind. At the end of the episode, the Belchers notice that it washed up on the rocks below.
  • Call-Back:
    • Linda comments on her love of chanting, which was first introduced in "Carpe Museum".
    • Bob comments they don't usually cater events, and aren't very good at it when they do, probably referring to the events of "Mazel-Tina".
  • Continuity Nod: Louise makes a bet where the loser has to clean something restaurant-related, only for her to lose her own bet to Gene at the last possible second. She probably should've learned from the last time she made such a bet.
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  • Carrying a Cake: Bob falls on the wedding cake while looking for cheese for his burgers. Linda patches it up as best she can.
  • Counterpoint Duet: Bob and Linda sing "I Do", where Bob sings how he'll do his best to ensure Connor and Farrah's wedding will be great and Linda telling Bob this wedding is a disaster and he's taking it too seriously.
  • Finagle's Law: Everything that can go wrong with the wedding does. From the dead butterflies to the crushed wedding cake to the flying baby blanket, pretty much the only thing that goes right about the wedding is that the bride and groom stay together at the end of it.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Linda scoffs all day at the mere three months Connor and Farrah dated before getting married, thinking they haven't had any real arguments or crises within such a short timespan. She ends up changing her mind after the wedding turns out to be a huge disaster as described below and them still wanting to go through with it, considering it to be their first real trial to their relationship.
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  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bob needs the kids to clean the grease trap but none of them wants to do it. Louise decides who gets to clean it with The Bet on who gets into the most wedding photos where the loser has to clean it. In the end, Louise ends up losing her own bet and has to clean the grease trap while her siblings watch her.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: Linda takes Bob's laptop away because he's reading about Doctors Without Borders and feeling worthless. He warns her not to look at the other tabs he has open. She does, but seems to like what she sees. Amusingly, she probably wouldn't have even noticed the tabs if he hadn't said anything.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Bob's dilemma in this episode is the fear that he isn't making the most out of his life with his burger business. It's this fear that fuels his desperate desire to offer the best catering service possible for the couple so they can remember him.
  • Late to the Punchline: Tina gets the Farrah/"farro salad" pun about a minute later than everyone else.
  • Personality Swap: Bob and Linda's roles as Only Sane Man and Wide-Eyed Idealist are reversed, as Bob thinks Connor and Farrah are made for each other, while Linda thinks they're marrying too fast.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Discussed by Linda during "I Do":
    Linda: The way those two rushed into this, you'd think it was a shotgun wedding!
  • Shout-Out:
  • Wedding Episode: The Belchers get to cater a wedding under a tight schedule. It does not go well with the bad weather, equipment failure, decorations being blown away, and Bob accidentally crushing the wedding cake. But the fact that Connor and Farrah stick together throughout all of it makes Linda realize that they'll be just fine as a couple even if they weren't dating that long beforehand.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Although she primarily focuses on how Farrah and Connor likely won't last long, Linda tries to make it clear to Bob that he doesn't need this wedding to succeed for his career as a chef to be validated.