BOB’S BURGERS “Sexy Dance Fighting” Review

BOB'S BURGERS Sexy Dance Fighting

BOB’S BURGERS “Sexy Dance Fighting” Episode 4Bob’s Burgers tonight had Tina abandoning her restaurant duties to partake in Brazilian capoeira classes in “Sexy Dance Fighting.”

Since tonight’s episode revolved around Tina, it was a good opportunity to figure out what role she plays in the Belcher family. Seeing the way the rest of the family reacts to Tina’s dramatic heartache after one of her many crushes moves out of town, you get the feeling that when Tina was Gene and Louise’s age, she was nowhere near as bright or precocious. She was probably a sweet, soft spoken, naive kid and it’s only now that she’s having to cope with her out of control adolescent hormones that she has also become awkward and really, really weird.

Bob doesn’t exactly know how to deal with Tina’s pubescent changes but obviously he still sees daddy’s little girl in her and ultimately tries to hold onto that when he’s dealing with her. The montage of Bob’s thoughts imagining Tina’s future beside him at the grill and going through her major life moments is at once hilarious and touching. And later, when Tina is denied advancement in her capoeira class, Bob is willing to face humiliation and physical pain to defend his daughter. It all works to really make the characters in Bob’s Burgers feel like they’re really family and not just a group of randomly assembled funny characters.

I also loved Linda in this episode. She has some totally great mom lines that made me crack up. I laughed out loud when she called out to Gene and Louise to go to “Tina’s karate concert” when they were headed to the capoeira cord ceremony. Linda has a proud motherly interest in all the things her kids are doing, but she’s clueless enough about everything to not realize all the ridiculous things she says.

We got some great Louise and Gene moments tonight too although they weren’t featured as much as in previous episodes. Louise and Gene are close in age, so I liked that they spent their free time together exploring the town and being intrigued by random stuff as if everything they encountered was the best thing to ever be discovered. It reminded me of my relationship with my brother when we were kids. Louise of course, is quite a bit more maniacal than I could have ever been, and Gene is definitely more like the kid that ate paste and paint chip sandwiches than my brother, but like many siblings that are close in age, they’re childhood partners in adventure. They seem to enjoy spending time together and I like their relationship.

Since the pilot, there has been less potty humor in every episode. I think that when they totally eliminate any unnecessary bodily function gags, we’ll have Bob’s Burgers at it’s best. The funniest parts of this show are in the characters, their relationships and the way they speak and interact with one another. Sometimes the poop gags seem out of place as if they’re throwing in a joke for the lowest common denominator audience just in case they’re watching. I feel like those are usually the only gags that don’t work very well.

In any case, each episode continues to get better and I keep falling more in love with the Belcher family and the community they’ve got around their burger joint. Not only does Bob’s Burgers make me laugh, but I’m left with a good feeling after the show is over that makes me look forward with anticipation to the next week.