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Recap / Bob's Burgers S9E9 "UFO No You Didn't"

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"Our science project might have just destroyed Earth!"

"That's really dumb, dad, but I love you!"

Tina and her new science partner create a device that allows them to communicate with aliens, but their excitement turns to fear when they receive a dangerous warning message — which is actually Henry, Gene, and Louise trying to sabotage the project as Henry thinks reaching out to aliens will destroy humanity. Meanwhile, Bob attempts to sell coat racks he bought online when it turns out that they're mini-sized.

  • Aliens Speaking English: Defied. Susmita thinks aliens wouldn't understand English, so she suggests sending the message in Morse code as a baseline.
  • An Aesop: While we may still get hurt when we open up to others, it's important to take that chance or else we can't get help, solve the world's issues, or find the courage to ask somebody out.
  • Apology Gift: When Gene and Louise confess about the project sabotage, they give Tina the Fro-Yo-Mama gift card Henry bribed them with (while claiming they were the ones who paid for it) in order to mollify her.
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  • The Bus Came Back: This episode is Mike the Mailman’s first speaking appearance since Season 6.
  • Continuity Nod: The gift card Henry gives Gene and Louise is from Fro-Yo-Momma, which has been visited in several previous episodes.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: Susmita suggests sending the message to the aliens in Morse code, since they most likely wouldn't understand English. Later, she and Henry speak to each other in Morse code.
  • Last Day to Live: Thanks to the sabotage, Tina and Susmita think an Alien Invasion will happen the next day. As a result, Tina goes around kissing every boy at school and telling everybody she loves them, while Susmita decides to write a love letter to the boy she likes (although she decides not to give it to him).
  • Meaningful Background Event: When Tina and Susmita are talking about their project in the cafeteria, Henry can be seen listening to their conversation when they start talking about aliens.
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  • My God, What Have I Done?: Gene and Louise eventually feel guilty for helping Henry sabotage Tina and Susmita's radio telescope; as a result, they confess and give Tina the frozen yogurt gift card Henry paid them off with.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Thinking aliens were going to destroy Earth, Tina goes around kissing as many boys as she can, starting with Jimmy, Jr., followed by Zeke. After she finds out no aliens are coming and confesses to the class, Zeke asks for another kiss.
  • Science Fair: The plot involves Tina and her assigned partner Susmita building a radio telescope for the fair.
  • Ship Tease: Tina, thinking the world is ending, runs to kiss Jimmy Jr. She also passes by Zeke and decides to kiss him as well. The ending of the episode has Zeke hitting on Tina back.
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  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Gene and Louise confess to helping Henry sabotage Tina's project, and give her the frozen yogurt gift card Henry bribed them with, Gene claiming that it was bought with their own money.
  • We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: Tina and Henry disagree on whether contacting aliens is a good idea or not. Tina believes aliens would be kind and help mankind with their problems; while Henry thinks aliens would most likely be hostile and contacting them would lead to an Alien Invasion, and tries to sabotage her project to avoid that.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Tina gives this one at the end of the episode, pointing out how several of the projects at the fair are about world issues (bees dying, overpopulation, sea levels rising, etc.) and that alien civilizations may have the technology to help resolve those issues.
    Tina: So, yeah, if we make contact with aliens, they might kill us. But what if we reach out and the aliens help us? [...] The thing you're afraid of could be our only chance at survival. In conclusion, if we open ourselves up, yes, we might get hurt. But if we don't open ourselves up, we die alone.


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