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"What's up with all those partitions?"

Louise: There's only one thing to do: half-ass it.
Gene: That still sounds like a lot of ass.
Louise: Then quarter-ass it is.
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Tina tries to be the bridge between workers and leaders on a school business venture, but soon begins to lose herself in the role. Back at the restaurant, Bob and Linda deal with a dine and dasher.


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  • Break the Cutie: Poor Rudy gets it worse that the others as part of the Wood Chuck production line. His job is to sand the blocks, which aggravates his asthma, and his request for a mask goes ignored. In the end, he starts hallucinating.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Being made a middle-manager goes to Tina's head rather quickly. The kids accuse her of being a "Business Monster" for how ruthless and greedy she's become.
  • Eureka Moment: Tina seeing googly eyes stuck to the seat of Gene's pants gives her the idea of selling the eyes so customers can make their own Chucks out of anything they want.
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  • Eye Am Watching You: Edith does it to Tina, first with her eyes, then with googly eyes.
  • Fake Twin Gambit: The third time the dine-and-dasher comes to Bob's he pretends to be his own twin apologizing for his brother's actions, which Bob doesn't buy. When he tricks Bob into giving all his money back while making change, Linda thinks both twins are evil.
  • Funny Background Event: The dine-and-dasher takes off one last time during the closing credits.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: Louise refuses to help Tina save the company, but in telling her so she accidentally gives her the idea of having someone invest money in it. She then accidentally gives her the idea of getting Teddy to do that.
  • I Think You Broke Him: Louise yells at Tina that she broke Rudy after he starts hallucinating Wood Chucks everywhere.
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  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Inverted by Gene, who puts googly eyes on his shirt so he can say "My eyes are down here."
  • No OSHA Compliance: The working conditions for making the Wood Chucks are just a notch above a sweatshop. Asthmatic Rudy gets no mask to protect him from sawdust, there is no ventilation for varnish fumes, and management is more concerned with getting snacks than the well being of their subordinates. It eventually gets to Rudy, who basically goes insane, and the others go on strike. Justified in that they're all middle-school students, but Mr. Frond, who is teaching the class, offers no supervision whatsoever.
  • One Born Every Minute: Tina plans to get the $100 she owes Edith by having Teddy be an investor in her failing company. At the last moment she changes her mind and feels bad about bilking Teddy, but Teddy is oddly insistent in giving his money, even when told it's a scam. In fact, the kids have to resort to holding down a crying Teddy and stuffing the money back into his pockets.
  • Quality over Quantity:
    • When the Wood Chucks company is established, Tina gets promoted to manager and convinces the others to up production, which can only be achieved by cutting corners. The resulting product is shoddy and gives people splinters, so kids stop buying them. In desperation, Tina makes smaller versions and brand them as Wood Chucks 2.0, thinking that customers will be stupid enough to fall for it. They're not.
    • Early in the episode, Bob gives the kids a speech about not compromising quality. The subplot with the dine-and-dasher, in a weird way, proves this, as he's only going back time and time again because of how incredibly good Bob's food is.
  • Refuge in Audacity: A guy pulls a dine-and-dash in Bob's restaurant in full view of the only staff members, then comes back to do it again twice. He just like the burgers that much.
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  • Supreme Chef: Turns out the dine and dasher repeatedly hit the restaurant because Bob's burgers are that good.
  • Suspect Is Hatless: Teddy tries to draw a facial composite of the dine and dasher based on what he and Linda can remember about his looks. All they can remember is that he had two eyes and a nose.
  • Young Entrepreneur: As part of a class project, the kids have to come up with a business and then run it. Jimmy Jr. comes up with Wood Chucks, wood blocks with googly eyes. He, Tammy, Jocelyn and Zeke name themselves management, leaving the Belchers and Regular-Sized Rudy as manufacturing. Tina goes to complain about the working conditions and is made a middle manager to shut her up. She ends up ruining the company by forcing the workers to double production, which leads to shoddy products that lose demand, then by owing Edith for buying too many googly eyes.
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