On today’s episode, Gene leads the kids on an adventure to find a two-butted goat (yup). Meanwhile, Bob and Linda partake in some restaurant games that bring out their competitive sides.
Here are some thoughts.
1. I love a good Stephen King adaptation
As my loyal readers (who do not exist) may or may not know, I am a huge fan of Stephen King. As the master of horror, he appeals to me a great deal, as I am what you might call a horror nerd. That being said, I’m a teensy bit tired of people constantly returning to “Stand By Me” which is a movie based on a novella called “The Body” written by King. It’s a good story, but there’s so much more to poke fun at! Oh well, I’ll take what I can get.
2. Gene is so committed to his weirdness
The second Gene finds out there might be a goat with two-butts at a nearby farm, he leaps into action. Gene doesn’t always get the leading role on Bob’s Burgers, but when he does it’s always a hoot. This might be the strongest version of that yet, with Gene consumed with a purpose that is singular and overwhelming. Nothing will stop him from finding the two-butted goat.
3. This is the second episode in a row with Teddy front and center
Teddy is always a welcome addition to any plot he’s a part of. This time, he’s playing the role of referee for Bob and Linda’s weird one-ups-man-ship. Last time, he played the part of pigeon caretaker; so it’s a step up, I guess.
4. Linda really toes the line of annoying this time around
It turns out that Linda is really, really good at throwing balled up napkins at things. This leads to her getting more and more annoying as the episode goes on as Bob gets more and more desperate to beat her at something. It’s always nice to see Linda succeed, but when she’s throwing it in Bob’s face, it’s not fun for anybody. Least of all Bob.
5. I’m not a fan of not seeing intermingling among adults and kids
It’s always nice to see the worlds colliding, but there wasn’t much of that this time around. That being said, I didn’t really mind. The Gene arc was so strong it wasn’t a huge problem.
6. I love Tina
7. Jimmy Jr.’s default is jealous
The whole episode is partially based around Jimmy Jr. believing that he’s going to lose Zeke to Gene (although Gene is oblivious to this). It seems like if the writers want Jimmy Jr. to be motivated in any given episode, he has to be motivated by jealousy. Whether it’s Tina with another boy, his father with… anybody but him, or Zeke with Gene, it seems like he’s always jealous of someone.
8. Zeke gets stuck in an electric fence
One of the best gags of the episode is when Zeke tries to cut through a cornfield and instead gets caught in an electric fence. Zeke’s comedic strong suit has always been physical comedy, and this is no different.
9. The relationships on this show are so strong
It’s always been why this show is so much stronger than a lot of other animated shows on TV. It comes into ply a lot here: Gene and Zeke discover a new camaraderie, while Jimmy Jr. watches furiously; Tina pines after Jimmy Jr.; Jocelyn and Tammy bask in their vapidity; Bob and Linda locks horns, while Teddy mediates. It’s good to see these relationships in action.
10. As it is written, so shall it be
They found the two-butted goat.
Tags: bob's burgers, Fox, stand by gene, Stand By Me, Stephen King