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When Burgerphile mistakenly gives Dan a burger with cheese on it, he stages a protest by chaining himself to the counter. The manager, Jeff, is determined to prove that Dan ordered wrong. But Dan finds an ally in the plucky counter girl Hortense. Eventually Dan has almost everybody on his side.

The protest comes to an end when franchise owner Jeremiah Burger shows up, and Burgerphile accidentally goes up in flames. Dan and Jeff put aside their differences - briefly - to save it.


This episode provides examples of the following Tropes:

  • Adorkable: Hortense
  • Bait-and-Switch: It looks like Jeff is going to stab Dan to death, but it's revealed he's just cutting onions near his eyes.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Dan and Jeff in response to Crunchy lampshading Not So Different.
  • Burger Fool: Hortense specifically.
  • Buried Alive: One of Dan's revenge fantasies.
  • Callback: In a previous episode, Dan has Burgerphile on his List.
  • Chain Pain: Dan chains himself to the counter in protest, and later, Hortense is inspired to join him.
    Dan: Sweet! Get in my chains!
  • Continuity Nod: Chris and Elise eat at Cafe Puree, from "Dan Vs The Fancy Restaurant". Also, the New Age Retro Hippies from "Dan Vs The Beach" show up to assist Dan with his protest.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Jeff cuts onions near the eyes of a chained-up Dan.
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  • Denied Food as Punishment: Jeff's strategy to get Dan to abandon his protest.
  • Foreshadowing: Dan fantasises early in the episode about burning the joint down.
    Chris: This place is like 70% of your diet. If you burn it down you'll probably starve to death.
  • Hartman Hips: Hortense.
  • Honor Before Reason: Hortense offers to buy Dan a replacement burger. Even Elise offers to do that. However, Dan refuses as a matter of principle.
  • Human Hummingbird: Dan and Jeff when they are lunging violently at each other.
  • Hypocrite: Jeff refuses to fix Dan's order because he's more concerned with his 100% customer service record than actually serving the customers.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Dan for Hortense.
    Dan: We'll always have heavy chains!
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  • Irony: When the building catches fire, it looks like Dan and Jeff will team up to put it out. Jeff tells Dan where to start, but Dan deliberately shoots the fire extinguisher in Jeff's face.
    "Now, you know how it feels when someone gets your order wrong!"
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  • Jerkass: Jeff, who refuses to fix Dan's order because of his obsession with his perfect record.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: One of the few episodes where Dan is 100% right.
  • Large and in Charge: Jeremiah Burger.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Jeff.
  • Not So Different: Dan and Jeff, and it's lampshaded by Crunchy.
  • Parental Substitute: Jeff refers to Jeremiah Burger as the closest thing he has to a father.
  • The Perfectionist: Jeff, who refuses to fix Dan's order because it'll mess up his 100% perfect service record.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word:
    Dan: Enshackle me!
    Chris: "Enshackle" is not a word!
  • Pet the Dog: Dan is considerably nicer to Hortense than anyone else. In fact, it's arguably the nicest he's been up to this episode.
  • Place Worse Than Death: "Anywhere but Maryland! Anything! Send me to jail! Just don't make me go back to that awful place!"
  • Police are Useless: Invoked. They politely ask Dan to leave, and when he refuses, they give up. To be fair though, there was something more important that they were called away to deal with.
    Dan: Ooh, the police! I'm so scared! What are they gonna do, lock me in chains?
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The police arrive when Jeff calls but can't do anything other than politely ask Dan to leave because he hasn't done anything illegal.
    • Jeff threatens to throw out any customers that give Dan food and forbids his employees to give him any, all in an effort to drive him off by starving him. Dan points out how long it takes for the human body to starve to death, so he still has plenty of time to cause trouble.
    • Dan shoots some condiments into Jeff's eyes... which does nothing because he's wearing glasses.
    • Jeff's actions get him fired when all is said and done.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Jeremiah Burger. Unlike Jeff, he recognizes the first rule of their profession: the customer is always right.
    • Also the police. Dan is just exercising his right to protest so they just be civil with him.
  • Skewed Priorities: When it's all over, Jeremiah Burger chastises Jeff for forgetting about the importance of customer.
    "Also, you nearly killed me, which is irksome."
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Dan and Hortense grow closer throughout the episode, eventually declaring their love for each other. But at the end, Hortense is promoted to Regional Manager, which requires her to move to Santa Monica. She and Dan both treat this as an eternal separation, even though (as Chris points out) Santa Monica is only a twenty minute drive away.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: The Channel 32 reporter actually agrees with Jeff about Maryland.
  • Telepathic Sprinklers: Averted, as Burgerphile has No OSHA Compliance, and Jeff hasn't checked the sprinklers regularly. They don't go off until operated manually.

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