BOB’S BURGERS “Hamburger Dinner Theater” Review

BOB'S BURGERS Hamburger Dinner Theater Episode 5

BOB’S BURGERS “Hamburger Dinner Theater” Episode 5 – So now we know where Tina, Gene and Louise get their kooky personalities from; their mom, Linda. Tina’s got her mom’s awkward sense of romance, Gene has her love of showbiz, and there are definitely a few moments in tonight’s episode of Bob’s Burgers where it seems like Linda and Louise share a very similar twisted sense of humor.

In the past, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Linda. I thought that she could sometimes be a little over the top, but as soon as her undying love of dinner theater was revealed it all fell into place. Her loud character made sense, I embraced it and she made me laugh. A lot.

I loved that she was trying to lie to Bob about going to dinner theater by telling him that they were going to a strip club. The montage of Linda singing everything after a night spent at a dinner theater made me sympathize with Bob, but love Linda even more for her attraction to musical drama despite her lack of talent. It made me think of other animated moms in their musical moments who end up having a pretty decent vocal performance abilities but unlike those moms, Linda is absolutely awful which makes her singing all the more funny.

Since Mort encourages Linda to set up a show in their restaurant she immediately gets to work on her plan. Gene finally has an outlet to legitimately use his creative keyboard talents and puts them to good use as a score for Linda’s murder mystery show. Tina’s role allows her to confront the stage fright she never realized she had and in a series of flashbacks, she realizes all the moments in her life where her stage fright has led to disaster. That odd grunting groan noise that she’s made ever since she was a baby is so strange but I like that it’s totally a part of Tina’s character that comes out in all of her moments of anxiety. Louise becomes totally preoccupied with her thespian duties and treats the production with all the seriousness that Linda is giving to it including a backstage diva breakdown.

The whole family gets involved in the show except for Bob who is only allowing this show in his restaurant to let Linda have a moment to live out her dream. Obviously he’s more concerned with selling burgers and running the restaurant, but he’s a nice husband and he loves his wife so as annoying as it is for him, he’ll put up with it if it makes her happy. Linda tries to get Bob involved by having him try out some improv with her, but they both end up being completely horrendous and awkward. Bob knows this, but Linda is just so wrapped up in her dream show that she’s completely oblivious.

The community shows up for the show and Teddy is back at the restaurant on opening night. The relationship between Bob and Teddy gives me a good feel for what Bob’s relationship is with most of the members of his community. Bob probably talks to his neighbors every day and counts them as customers and while he’s not exactly friends with Teddy, Mort and the local police, he’s known them all long enough to allow himself to become outwardly annoyed with them. Teddy has made appearances in a couple of the earlier episodes and every time he’s onscreen, his offbeat rambling makes me chuckle. The more annoyed Bob gets, the funnier Teddy becomes.

Linda’s show is terrible and the kids and Mort are terrible performers. The customers call out all the failures of the show up until the place is robbed which the customers think is all part of the show. Being robbed by musical theater loving, smooth singing criminal was an unexpected twist in the episode and it happened to be just what Linda’s show needed. Of course, no one seems to be too bothered by the violent musical intruder, much to Bob’s annoyance. The robber coming back to the scene of the crime drawn by his love of performance made things even better. The confusing back and forth between Bob, Linda, Mort, the cops and the robber talking about being “a hit” and being “hit” was great.

In the end, Bob puts his pride on the back burner to come through for Linda in a horrible crowd clearing musical number at the end. Each episode reveals a little bit more about each of the characters. The more I know about them the funnier they become, and the more I come to appreciate all their annoying quirks and habits. This oddball family puts that awkward cherry on top of the sweet family story that I love from Bob’s Burgers.