Bob's Burgers: Sliding Bobs
September 27, 2015 7:37 PM - Season 6, Episode 1 - Subscribe

The kids imagine three alternate universes where Bob and Linda's meet-cute (her engagement ring got stuck in his mustache) was... different.

Gene goes first, and imagines a Robocop scenario, where Bob dons a bionic mustache (the bionic ding-dongs were buggy) to drive people out and allow Mr. Fischoeder to build his dream amusement park.

Louise's idea is more werewolf-y, with Bob using a Big-style wish to grow a mustache, but it backfires, and he ends up a freak on the boardwalk.

And finally, despite insisting that Fate is great, Tina turns her family into a Hugo-centered one, making herself not interested in boys, Gene shy and withdrawn, and Louise obsessed with princesses and helping her dad at the restaurant; while Bob is a mustache-less health inspector who reveals Hugo's terrible secret.

Shop Next Door: The Outlet Outlet (electrical supplies)
Exterminator: Of Mice and Men Who Kill Mice
Burger of the Day: none (there is a prosaic hot dog selection in the Hugo's Hot Dogs version of the restaurant)
posted by Etrigan (9 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This episode was the most beautiful episode of television I've seen for a while that wasn't a supermodel prostitute.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:41 PM on September 27, 2015 [5 favorites]

What I liked was the fact that none of the stories had a happy resolution; too many other sitcoms would take this concept and make everything work out no matter what.

But then again, even Bob's testicles are failures, so there are no happy endings even in the real universe.
posted by nubs at 11:00 AM on September 28, 2015 [6 favorites]

We finally got to (sort of) see Ginger.
posted by drezdn at 11:08 AM on September 28, 2015 [1 favorite]

No happy endings in the Bob's Burgers universe but yet still a place I want to live.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:54 AM on September 28, 2015 [1 favorite]

Bob was adorable as a wolf-man.

Also, I love how this episode really revolves around something important: Tina is anxious about her family's well-being. It wasn't just them sitting around, spitballing ideas. Instead, there was also an important emotional thread throughout. Poor Tina, who feels so deeply.
posted by meese at 2:27 PM on September 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

I saw this air while visiting a friend and liked it well enough. I went to rewatch it last night to clear it off my Hulu queue, but I didn't last five minutes into the episode. Something about it rubbed me the wrong way that I can't quite put my finger on. It seemed… mean? That's not quite right, but it's as close as I can get.
posted by ob1quixote at 10:14 PM on September 29, 2015

I have to say that this made me laugh for a long time for no good reason:

Bob: Let's change the subject.
Gene: Sure. Sports - what are they?
posted by ilana at 12:37 AM on October 1, 2015 [3 favorites]

It seemed… mean? That's not quite right, but it's as close as I can get.

There's been a mean streak on the show before - my least favorite is the Christmas in the Car episode where everyone's horrible to Bob for no real reason - and I think it's not necessary, exactly, but it is part of the texture of family relationships (especially families that spend so damn much of their time together) to occasionally rub one another the wrong way.

That said, I didn't really think this episode went there. Linda has a callous side, Bob has a squeamish victim/martyr complex, Tina's neurotic, Gene's unthinking, and Louise is a psychopath, which were all on display to some degree... but I don't think the storytelling was that unpleasant.
posted by psoas at 10:32 AM on October 1, 2015

I love that when Bob gets angry and yell you can really hear Archer in his voice.
posted by numaner at 3:30 PM on October 12, 2015

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