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Recap / Bobs Burgers S 8 E 8 V For Valentinedetta

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Despondent on Valentine's Day, Louise and Linda try cheering up Tina, while Gene and Bob take their spot at a Valentine's trapeze class.

  • Berserk Button: Mentioning Valentine's Day sets off Tina.
  • Birds of a Feather: Nat the limo driver is basically a grown Louise. Louise is quite happy with that.
    Louise: I knew I'd find my real mom one day.
  • Bland-Name Product: At one point, the girls eat in a place called "Tiramisu Warehouse", which is likely a reference to the Cheesecake Factory.
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  • Drama Queen: Tina has shades of this, although she certainly feels traumatized by Jimmy Jr.'s betrayal.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Nat tries to crawl through the little window in the limo, but finds it's a bit of a tight squeeze and needs the help of the Belcher girls.
  • I Think You Broke Her: After what happened with Jimmy Jr., Tina does nothing but moan. Gene and Louise mention several times that she's broken, with Louise saying that "her puberty operating system crashed."
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Tina wasn't upset just because Jimmy Jr. asked someone else to be his Valentine. It turned out she gave him a handmade picture frame with a photo of the two of them inside, which he then replaced with a photo of Becky.
    • Jimmy Jr. then does this to Becky when he decides to callously dump her in the middle of their date and tries to get back together with Tina.
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  • The Makeover: Linda takes Tina and Louise for makeovers. Louise's is a shark's mouth painted on her face, accompanied by dark eye makeup.
  • Mama Bear: Linda is legit ready to make Jimmy Jr. suffer when she finds out what he did to Tina. She gets even angrier when he dumps Becky and makes her cry.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Discussed. Tina stops her plan to ruin Jimmy Jr. and Becky's date because she realizes Becky didn't do anything to hurt her and thus doesn't deserve to have her date wrecked. Jimmy Jr., on the other hand...
  • Nice Girl: Becky, who didn't do anything to hurt Tina on purpose which is why Tina realizes she shouldn't ruin her date.
  • Nightmare Face: Louise's Oni-like makeover is an almost literal example, since she says it was inspired by her nightmares.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Linda figures out Tina is legit upset over what Jimmy Jr. did when she's so miserable she doesn't even freak out when Nat and Louise discuss scaring him with a dead horse.
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  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Nat spends much of the episode talking Tina into retaliating against Jimmy Jr.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The store next door in the opening is Gloves Actually.
    • Nat mentions that many people got decapitated sticking their heads out of limo sunroofs, blaming the movie Big.
    • At the restaurant where Jimmy Jr. is having his date, Nat says they're going to Goodfellas their way through the back door.
  • Stink Bomb: Nat has several that she keeps just in case. Tina plans to use one on Jimmy Jr., but then decides not to because Becky doesn't deserve to have her date ruined. When Jimmy Jr. breaks up with Becky, Nat and Linda go ahead with the plan and bomb him.


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