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Season 6 | Episodes 11 & 12 | “House of 1000 Bounces” & “Stand by Gene” | Aired Apr 3, 2016

Welcome, Bob’s Burgers fans, to this weekly post, where a member of the Belcher family or 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 yeah, we should 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 this week’s back-to back episodes of Bob’s Burgers, let’s start with “House of 1000 Bounces.” It is Regular-Size Rudy’s birthday party at the park, and the Belcher kids are ready to party in the promised bounce house. One problem: The bounce house was overbooked, and birthday brat Dahlia—who is sharing the park space with Rudy—is hogging the bounce castle. Rudy doesn’t seem to be bothered by the lack of bounce house at his party because he is pretty pumped to do a spoon-puppet show later. Louise, on the other hand, is obsessed with getting inside the bounce house, and proposes a bounce-house heist.

Meanwhile, back at the restaurant, Linda, Bob, and Teddy discover that a pigeon is inside the restaurant. Bob literally freaks out; he is not a fan of birds at all. Linda and Teddy are able to catch the pigeon while Bob hides out in the basement. Linda and Teddy both think it would be best if Bob confronts his fear head-on and brings him the pigeon. Of course, that doesn’t go well, and the pigeon begins to fly around the basement, forcing Bob to run back upstairs. While in conversation with Linda and Teddy, Bob has a flashback to why he has a fear of birds. It turns out that Bob’s flashback is actually him just recalling a scene from The Birds, but Bob ain’t no Tippi Hedren.

With the help of inside man Sasha, the Rudy Party is able to gain control of the bounce castle, and actually end up getting the bounce castle floating on the parks pond. Now the Rudy Party is bouncing, floating, and eating cake. It does not take the Dahlia Party long to get a fleet of rowboats and approach the bounce castle! The Dahlia Party deflates the castle, the park ranger shows up, and ALL the kids are in trouble.

Now that Bob knows his fear for birds is not real, he captures the pigeon, which is now covered in olive oil. Since it wouldn’t be right to just let the pigeon go like that, Bob and Linda decide to give the pigeon a bath. Though to Bob, that seems to translate to taking a bath with the pigeon. Yep, no more fear.

The kids get taken to ranger jail. Rudy finally expresses his feeling about what just happened. Rudy could care less about the bounce house; all he wanted was to perform a spoon-puppet show, and now that won’t happen. To make it up to Rudy, Louise starts collecting objects around the ranger’s office that can stand in for the spoons in Rudy’s script. Now Rudy finally gets the birthday he wanted.

Let’s move on to “Stand by Gene.” Since the restaurant is having a slow day, Bob gives the kids the day off. The kids set off to do the normal, same-old same-old stuff they always do on days off: Collect coins from under the boardwalk, boardwalk, candy, rides, throw up, and repeat. Though Gene expresses disappointment in the routine, his sisters seem to be set in their ways. While under the boardwalk, Gene overhears two teenagers chatting about a two-butted goat that lives on a farm past a cornfield off route 6. This causes Gene to have a full-on freak-out. After sharing the news which his sisters, both Louise and Tina are still not interested in diverting from their plans.

To add some excitement to their day, Linda and Bob decided to play a little game of HORSE with napkins. But the competition starts to get pretty heated between the pair. So much so that both Teddy and Mort just sit and watch the game before even ordering their lunches. Linda ends up kicking Bob’s butt at HORSE. This leads to Bob creating a new game, which is pretty much just HORSE, but a wet napkin has to stick to a surface. Bob loses at his own game, but the revolving door of regular costumers all show up to challenge Linda. In the end, Bob’s love for Linda wins out, and he is unable to root against his wife.

The Belcher kids run into the rest of the Wagstaff kids on the boardwalk. Gene shares the news that there is a rumored two-butted goat on a farm off route 6. Even though Louise is not pleases, all the kids decide that they have to find out if the two-butted goat is real. After stopping by the gas station to get a map, the group of kids start to embark on their journey.

During their walk along route 6: Gene and Zeke remain positive they will find the two-butted goat, Louise stays negative, Jimmy Jr. is crazy jealous of Gene and Zeke bonding, and after reading her boardwalk fortune, Tina is seeking her destiny (spolier alert: she doesn’t find it). The group hits a roadblock when they come across a giant patch of poison ivy that gets between them and the farm. At this point, half the group decides to stay behind while the other agrees to move forward. Gene sacrifices himself to the poison ivy by carrying everyone across the patch. Nothing gets between Gene Belcher and the possibility of a two-butted goat—not even poison ivy!

The group reaches the farm and only finds a one-butted goat. While Gene is making his failure speech, a two-butted goat appears behind him! Gene is not a failure, and they really should have brought a camera.

The day off is well spent for all the Belchers!

And now, the Extra-Rare Performer of the Week is: Gene the Poison Ivy Hero

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So far, season six has not been too Gene-heavy. Gene, of course, has wonderful one-liners in every episode, but he has yet to really have a solo moment this season—that is, until “Stand by Gene.”

Gene shows that he has a passion for breaking the norm from the very beginning of this episode, but it is learning that there could be a two-butted goat out there that gets his need for adventure really going. The simple fact is, why spend the day doing something you have done a million times before when you could discover something new? That’s a motto we should all live by when we’re given a surprise day off.

As much as Gene wants the two-butted goat to be real—he is so infected with poison ivy at the end of this journey—he is pleased simply to be experiencing something new and different.

Gene Belcher, you should be everyone’s day-off spirit animal. Even if that means we would have to walk through some poison ivy.

Since we got two new episodes of Bob’s Burgers this week, it would only be appropriate to have an honorable mention. So here is the character who almost took the title, but just wasn’t there: Birthday Boy Rudy!

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

Bob’s Burgers airs Sundays at 8:30/7:30C 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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