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Recap / Bob's Burgers S9E11 "Lorenzo's Oil? No, Linda's"

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"Get those vials back to Angie."

"Deluxe Distributor Package!? No!!"
—Tina
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When Linda gets involved with essential oil sales, Gayle fears she's being scammed. Elsewhere, Bob and Teddy help a nice old man move a bed.


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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Subverted by Angie. Turns out she doesn't realise that everyone else has trouble selling on the oil packages she sells to them for $600, she's just used to not having any difficulty doing so herself because of her likeable nature.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Louise once again completely melts in the presence of a puppy.
  • Favors for the Sexy: People are very willing to buy from Angie and invest in her product, essentially just because she's friendly, young, and attractive (even people who aren't literally attracted to her, as they want to be like her). Linda is mentioned to have a a beautiful "friend" in high school who exploited her much more maliciously, constantly pressuring her into Taking the Heat for breaking the school rules.
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  • Foreshadowing: When Teddy takes a look at Angie's oils, he immediately buy the first one she shows, which was meant to improve ovulation. Angie tries to point out that wouldn't help him, but Teddy says not to talk a customer out of a sale. It's a big hint that Angie takes advantage of people even if she doesn't mean to.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Tina bonds with Angie's son Reggie over a love of jigsaw puzzles, which Louise and Gene find boring.
  • Obliviously Evil: Angie gets dozens of people over their head trying to sell essential oils, but not because she's willing to damage them financially for her own profit. She assumes it's a genuinely great product that anyone can sell as easily as she can, and none of her sellers have the heart to admit they can't.
  • Overly Long Scream: Gayle when the kids tell her Linda is at an oil party. A quick montage shows her screaming all the way to picking up the kids.
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  • Ponzi Scheme: Subverted. Angie selling people oils for others to sell seems like a way for her to profit from the other's expense, especially to Gayle. Turns out there is no scam; Angie is just oblivious to how her natural charisma makes her an excellent seller, and is genuinely surprised that others are having trouble selling oils. Granted, Angie is probably working for a multi-level marketing company, which are increasingly regarded as Ponzi/pyramid schemes, but she is an unaware part of that scheme.
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  • Snake Oil Salesman: Angie sells essential oils that supposedly treat a wide variety of things, from constipation to ovulation. Angie sincerely thought they work, either because of the Placebo Effect or her buyers being unwilling to tell her otherwise.

Alternative Title(s): Bobs Burgers S 9 E 11 Lorenzos Oil

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