Bob's Burgers: Speakeasy Rider
January 12, 2015 10:56 AM - Season 5, Episode 9 - Subscribe

The kids discover the high speed/high stakes world of go-kart racing. Meanwhile Bob, Linda and Teddy have a yeasty secret.

Business next door: I've got crabs - Hermit crab emporium
Exterminator: My Fair Spray-dy
Burgers of the day:
Blue is the warmest cheese burger
Three beets to the wind burger
The grand brie burger
(and one at 6am where I couldn't make out more than Gou??? B???, probably something with gouda)
posted by bjrn (6 comments total)
That was a fun episode, and I liked seeing more of the Tina/Louise dynamic. And I was really glad that everything turned out well. I was slightly dreading a Family Fracas redo with Tina & Louise losing the race & their cart and the parents getting busted by Hugo.
posted by bjrn at 11:06 AM on January 12, 2015

I wonder if baking-bread part of Bob's plan was in any way intended as a stealth Breaking Bad reference. Because that's how it played to me, although I really admire how the writers resisted doing a straight-up parody, if that was the intention. It would be really easy for Bob's Burgers to turn into a nonstop movie-parody machine, but they almost always keep things focused on character.
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:26 AM on January 12, 2015

This was a fun episode, but not necessarily having the same emotional impact of the earlier strong episodes from this season. Still fun to watch though.
posted by mathowie at 2:21 PM on January 12, 2015

I felt like we learned a lot about Tina and Louise in this episode.

It's really interesting to me to see how Tina expresses aspects of the personalities of both her mother and father. In the end though, she's a nurturer.

Louise is a classic underachiever, having the need to win but not the physical or emotional tools to actually accomplish it.

It was another episode where the B-story was almost entirely unnecessary to enjoying it though.
posted by ob1quixote at 12:17 PM on January 13, 2015 [1 favorite]

I liked the B(eer)-story :-)
posted by Pendragon at 3:24 AM on January 14, 2015

They did a really good job of finding things for each of the kids to do in the main story that made sense for their characters.

I like to think Jeff Gordon talks to his car the same way Tina does.
posted by drezdn at 4:51 AM on January 14, 2015

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