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"Lift! LIFT!"

"Dad, you get so weird about roller dancing."
—Courtney
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Gene's friend Alex is stolen by Courtney Wheeler to be her rollerdancing partner. Back at the restaurant, Bob, Linda and Teddy deal with a stalker sitting in her car.


  • Bait-and-Switch: Teddy tells a story of how he thinks the woman's husband died. The Imagine Spot begins with the man walking towards a piano being hoisted up a building... only to then get mauled by a tiger out of nowhere.
  • The Bus Came Back: Alex from the previous season returns, having officially become friends with Gene.
  • Call-Back: Teddy claims Bob answers to Bob Belcher or Bob Burgers. Bob disagrees.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Courtney calls Doug out on his selfishness, exclaiming she wants to skate with Gene and Alex and that she didn't even want to skate in the first place.
  • Calvinball: Robo-Wizard Quest, the game Gene and Alex made up. It involves hopping on numbered circles without exceeding the number rolled, or else the wizard (a mop with a wizard hat) will curse you.
    Louise: Circles and math. It's the perfect game.
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  • Everyone Has Standards: When the girls overhear Doug convincing Gene to trigger Alex’s sesame seed allergy, Louise is just as shocked as Tina is that Gene was willing to sabotage his friend like that.
    Louise: I can't believe you're gonna give Alex diarrhea. I mean, it's hilarious, but I thought you liked him.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Bob briefly tickles Linda's feet after she asks him to rub them.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Gene is upset that Alex is spending all his time with Courtney, especially when he learns he really does "like-like" her.
  • Mama Bear: Alex's mom loses her shit when she learns Doug tried to make Gene give Alex an allergic reaction, and she starts chasing Doug around the roller rink.
  • Plot Allergy: Alex's sesame allergy is mentioned early and becomes relevant later when Doug wants to trigger it to sabotage his performance.
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  • Potty Failure: Invoked by Doug, who wanted Gene to sneak some sesame in Alex's drink to make him get diarrhea in the middle of the routine.
  • Rule of Three: The number of times Alex almost drinks the hummus-laced soda. The first two times, he pauses to give Gene heartfelt speeches about their friendship. The third time, he just coughs.
  • Serious Business: Doug and rollerdancing...and he's the only who really takes it serious.
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  • Stage Mom: Doug is super gung ho about Courtney roller-dancing, and tries to guilt trip Gene into helping him give Alex diarrhea so Courtney's performance will go perfectly.
  • Takes a Third Option: Rather than either Alex or Gene performing with Courtney, they decide to perform together as friends. While this gets them disqualified (since they were in a couple's competition), they're glad to be friends again.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Alex tells Gene he’s Courtney’s new roller dancing partner, then gets in the car with Doug Wheeler, who drives him away. In his anger, Gene wails, “THAT MAN TOOK MY FRIEND,” causing a passerby to think Alex is being kidnapped.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When Gene gives Alex the soda laced with hummus, he ultimately can’t bring himself to give his friend diarrhea so he knocks the soda out of his hand and confesses. Note that nobody, not even his sisters (who both disapproved of this) or Doug (who pressured Gene to do it in the first place) was watching this. Gene stopped it by his own free will.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Brenda, the woman sitting in the car across from the restaurant, turns out to be agoraphobic; she's deathly afraid of being in public spaces, and her attempts to get in the restaurant are a form of aversion therapy.
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