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Recap / Bobs Burger's S8E2 "The Silence Of The Louise"

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"Some of these I'll have to identify using yarn records."

"This is cray cray cray. It's three crays!"
—Linda
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When a case of mutilated therapy dolls gets a water park field trip cancelled, Louise has to team up with Millie Frock to save it. Elsewhere, Teddy gets into the motivational poster business. With disappointing results.


  • Brick Joke: Linda puts one of the motivational posters over the poster on how to perform the Heimlich maneuver. Bob warns her that it might be inconvenient should someone start choking in the restaurant. During the end credits, Teddy starts choking and Bob has to run to the kitchen and rip the poster so he can administer the Heimlich.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Tina tells Mr. Frond that the faculty could have avoided an excuse to cancel the water park trip by cutting down on their coffee expenses.
  • Death by Newbery Medal: Discussed. After reading Old Yeller, Louise's report ends with her saying that all kids literature is about a cute animal dying.
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  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Louise who has to cooperate with Millie in order to save their water park trip.
  • Enemy Mine: Louise has to work with Millie, her essential arch-enemy, to solve the mystery.
  • I Am Spartacus: Zeke falsely confesses to ripping the dolls so that the kids (specifically Jimmy Jr.) could go to the water park.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Teddy's attempt at an inspirational poster slogan is "Today is Tomorrow's Yesterday".
  • Late to the Punchline: It takes Tina some time to get Gene's "tramp named Oline" joke.
  • Must Have Caffeine: The faculty blew the entire trip money on coffee pods.
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  • Spotting the Thread: Quite literally. The kids take one of the mutilated dolls to Edith, who notices that the yarn was intact, meaning that the dolls were unraveled rather than ripped. This is the first clue that Frond damaged the dolls himself.
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  • Stalker Shrine: Millie's entire room serves as one to Louise, in that she's remade it in the exact image of Louise's room. It's incredibly unnerving to the Belcher kids, and at one point when Louise gets flustered she tells Millie to get out of "My" room. Millie then starts maniacally laughing as she reminds Louise this isn't her room.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Consulting an insane person to solve a crime, plus the title, is a reference to Silence of the Lambs.
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