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Recap / Bobs Burgers S 9 E 6 Bobby Driver

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"Now this is how you quilt!"

"Should we just be a sushi restaurant? Nobody tells Bob, let's just see if he notices!"

A random act of kindness sends Bob on a quilt square theft spree with Edith. While the kids attend a bad birthday party, and Linda tries getting Teddy over his aversion to sushi.

  • Birthday Hater: Holden hates his The Great Gatsby-themed birthday party because it was forced upon him by his parents when he just wanted a simple pizza party. The party was less about him than about his parents having lots of photos for social media because they felt pressure from other parents and the elaborate birthday parties they threw for their kids.
  • Bland-Name Product: The kids' present for Holden is a fake Rubik's Cube, sold as "multi-colored puzzle cube".
  • The Comically Serious: Sgt Bosco's mother is just as hilariously serious as her son.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Teddy mistakes wasabi for guacamole and eats too much - twice in a row. He does it again at the end.
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  • Calling the Old Man Out: Holden, supported by the Belcher Kids, calls his parents out on the fact that the party was more about them taking pictures than Holden himself having fun.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Early on, Holden's parents tell him not to pick his nose while getting his picture taken. Later, he and the Belcher kids sabotage the final photo shoot by putting their fingers up their noses.
  • City People Eat Sushi: Teddy is dating a woman who likes sushi, but is too stubborn to tell her that he doesn't feel the same way about it. Linda tries to get him to acquire a taste for it, but he doesn't quite get the hang of it.
  • Description Cut: Bob says that Linda is probably worried about him. Cut to her trying to get Teddy to eat sushi while saying "This is the only thing I care about in this world right now!"
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  • Does Not Like Spam: It turns out sushi is one of the few things Teddy doesn't enjoy eating.
  • Foreshadowing: At the beginning of the episode, Bob notes that The Great Gatsby is a weird theme for a kid's birthday party. This hints that Colton's parents were the ones who forced him to have the party in the first place.
  • Hidden Depths: The main theme of the episode is that there's more to people than their first impression.
    • Bob's storyline is about him helping Edith despite their mutual animosity. At first he's just trying to be helpful, but then he gets caught in her scheme to get revenge on her quilting group. But then Bob finds out the reason Edith is angry at her quilting mates; they rejected her square of the sideshow freaks she grew up with, feeling that it was part of the town's history and that they were just people like anyone else.
    • The kids feel that Holden is a smug, greedy kid who just wants to get to his presents, and plan to replace their gift with Gene's smelly socks. Then Louise talks to Holden and learns that the elaborate party was his parents' idea and only wants to open his presents sooner so he could get the party done and over with. Louise decides to help Holden by sabotaging the group photo.
  • Ignored Expert: Mort gives Teddy a genuinely helpful bit of advice to just order chicken teriyaki for his date, Teddy instead snaps at him and goes with Linda's not-as-helpful advice of just ordering more sushi to get him to like it.
  • Imaginary Friend: Holden has one named Pete Zapparti. Which is why he wanted a pizza party for his birthday.
  • Insistent Terminology: The quilters call Bob and Edith quiefs (quilt-thieves), much to Bob's annoyance.
  • Noodle Incident: Sgt Bosco previously shot somebody because his mother told him to.
  • No, You: When Teddy fears Caroline will find out he's been lying about liking sushi.
    Mort: Why don't you just get the chicken teriyaki?
    Teddy: Why don't you just get the chicken teriyaki, Mort?!
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Sgt Bosco, surprisingly. He refuses to punish Bob and Edith for stealing his mother's quilt square, instead driving them around in order to calm down his riled up mother.
  • Shout-Out: The title is one to Baby Driver.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To Collateral, with Bob as the taxi driver who unwittingly drives a hitman to his jobs, only the hitman is Edith stealing quilt squares.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Edith blackmails Bob into helping her by refusing to take her medicine when she has fits. When they pick up Harold, however, he lets slip that the medicine is not for fits but for gas. She had been faking seizures to trick Bob.

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