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'Bob's Burgers' extra-rare performer of the week: Scream Queen Louise

Season 6 | Episode 3 | “Hauntening” | Aired Oct 18, 2015

Welcome, Bob’s Burgers fans, to this weekly post, where a member of the Belcher family or a supporting character (looking at you, Teddy and Jimmy Jr.) is crowned the Extra-Rare Performer of the Week! We hardcore fans of the animated sitcom know there is always one breakout performer in every Bob’s Burgers episode, so let’s celebrate that standout character!

I promise that it won’t be Tina Belcher each week, but, I mean, she is kind everyone’s spirit animal.

To briefly summarize what went down in the Bob’s Burgers annual Halloween episode, “Hauntening”: The Belcher family and friends are getting into the Halloween spirit at the restaurant when little Louise admits that she has NEVER been scared. No real surprise from that fact, since Louise does most the scaring in Bob’s Burgers. Still, Louise does find it unfair that she can’t be scared like Tina, Gene, and even Teddy.

Louise is living with a curse, but that is all about to change—because Bob and Linda have planned the perfect haunted house to scare Louise. So the Belchers head out to an old-person neighborhood, and Bob and Linda begin their haunted-house tour for the kids. No surprise that Bob and Linda create the lamest haunted house, and it takes the kids all of five minutes to turn the tables and scare the s–t out of their parents.

The Belchers are ready to throw in the towel when they head to car and find a flat tire. Bob tries to call a towing company, but his cell phone has no service. This is beginning to turn into a solid horror film.

Linda and the kids notice a creepy old man standing at the end of the driveway with scissors. The Belcher family heads back into the house, lock the door, and call a towing company. During this time, Linda lets the kids know that the house belonged to one of Mort’s clients, aka a dead person!

Things happen very fast after that: The power goes out, an odd noise is coming from the basement, they enter the basement, they find a cloaked ghost, they run upstairs, and then they hide in bathroom! Louise reassures the group that she’s totally not scared. The cloaked ghost person starts to head upstairs and stands outside the door. The Belchers climb onto the roof, where Bob gets cell service … then drops the phone!

Louise starts to freak out a little. Then three cloaked figures appear in the front lawn, and a ring of fire surrounds the house. Now everyone, including Louise, begins to freak the freak out! Louise turns back to the window and finds Oldy Scissorhands there. Louise screams like she has never screamed before! Gene snaps a picture, and the Belchers have finally done it—they scared the s–t out of Louise. This was all thanks to the help of Teddy, Mort, Mort’s mom, and, playing Oldy Scissorhands … Arthur, Mort’s mom’s new boyfriend!

Back at home, the Belchers watch the newest Halloween-themed music video from Boyz 4 Now, “I Love You So Much (It’s Scary).” It’s the PERFECT way to end another perfect Bob’s Burgers Halloween episode!


And now, the Extra-Rare Performer of the Week is: Scream Queen Louise

It may be wrong to state this, because technically speaking, Louise Belcher is a little girl—but it was very enjoyable watching Louise scream out of fear. We have seen Louise do devilish and wicked things through out the past five seasons, but I do love when Bob’s Burgers reminds us that Louise, though smart and mischievous, is still just a little girl.

Louise Belcher is by far the biggest badass on Bob’s Burgers, and without a doubt one of the biggest badasses on TV … which leads us to disassociate her from her age. In this episode, we get to see two Louise moments, which reminds us that sometimes Louise can be soft. Throughout “Hauntening,” we watch as Louise’s fear factor slowly escalates to complete fear for her life. After realizing what her family has done, Louise is overjoyed that her family was able to scare her. Louise’s joy is so pure that it is, dare we say it, adorable.

Another perfect Louise moment from this episode would be when she was watching the new Boyz 4 Now music video. Little Louise blushes when her favorite band member, Boo Boo, pops up on the screen. Louise even recalls that last week was Boo Boo’s birthday, not like she remembered.

Don’t worry, Louise, you still scare the s–t out of us!

Until next week, stay fresh, Bob’s Burgers fans.

Bob’s Burgers airs Sundays at 7:30/6:30C on FOX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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