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Recap / Bob's Burgers S8E5 "Thanks-Hoarding"

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When the Belchers help a panicking Teddy prepare for Thanksgiving, they discover he's a secret hoarder.

  • Down in the Dumps: Teddy hides inside the dumpster with all his discarded stuff after freaking out.
  • Epic Fail: Bob went out of his way to write instructions and tape them to each specific dish, and even allowed Teddy to photograph him in the process of preparing said dishes. Come Thanksgiving and Teddy's totally messed up his kitchen and got confused over the photos he insisted on taking to make things easier to understand. In fairness, Teddy is having a protracted nervous breakdown over having his hoarding disrupted but, then again, he wasn't doing well with the cooking even before the breakdown.
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  • Freudian Excuse: Teddy's desire to fix things comes from his parents fighting on Thanksgiving, and him wishing he could fix it.
  • Lethal Chef: Even after Bob prepared all the dishes and left simple instructions on how to cook them, and even with the aid of Polaroids, Teddy still makes a mess of Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Likes Older Women: It's implied that Teddy's mother's new boyfriend is a great deal younger than her.
  • Nervous Wreck: Teddy spends the entire episode in a near constant state of panic, from having to deal with his family visiting his place for Thanksgiving, from Linda and the kids sorting through and throwing away most of the stuff he spent years hoarding, to his inability to follow Bob's incredibly simple instructions on how to heat the food.
  • Pyromaniac: Naturally, Louise suggests burning everything the Belchers decide to throw out from Teddy's hoard.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When realizing that Teddy is a hoarder, Bob suggests they call either a therapist or a tv show.
    • The Burger of the Day is the "Catch Me If You Cran Burger".
    • Bob calls his second "Redemption Thanksgiving Dinner" for Teddy "Turkey 2: Judgement Day".
  • Supreme Chef: Bob's "Redemption Thanksgiving Dinner" is so good even Louise can't bring herself to make a serious attempt at mocking it.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After eight seasons of Bob trying to cook The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner but being sabotaged by his family's antics, Bob finally gets to serve his "Redemption Thanksgiving Dinner" at the end of the episode, and his family is amazed by how good it tastes. Even the Belcher kids, who're still stuffed with a subpar first Thanksgiving dinnernote , remark that they'll try to grow a second stomach to make room for the second one.
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  • Trash of the Titans: Teddy is revealed to be a hoarder. Specifically, he collects things with the intent of fixing them, but never gets around to do so.
  • Twitchy Eye: Teddy develops one (along with twitchy fingers) after all of the stuff he hoarded is put into a dumpster.