BOB’S BURGERS “Burger Wars” Review

BOB’S BURGERS Burger Wars Episode 10 (9)

BOB’S BURGERS “Burger Wars” Episode 10 – After hearing the fantastic news that Bob’s Burgers was picked up for a second season, I was finally able to watch an episode without the anxiety lurking in the back of my mind that the show would get canceled before I had my fill. Tonight’s episode came together wonderfully and I felt like the details that were put into characters in earlier episodes worked to make the unusual community around Bob’s Burgers come to life tonight.

It turns out that Bob’s beef with Jimmy Pesto is a long standing feud between the two patriarchs. This is the second episode that focuses on Bob’s rivalry with Jimmy Pesto and I like that it seems to be an unresolved issue that will likely reappear in later episodes. Bob, who uses high quality ingredients and treats his burger making as a craft, is offended by Jimmy Pesto’s model of running a restaurant like a business. Besides being a generally obnoxious person, Jimmy’s restaurant is always filled with customers who show up for his gimmicks and deals which just makes Bob even more upset.

Kevin Kline returns to voice Mr. Fischoeder, Bob’s eccentric landlord who presents Bob with an option to pay his rent in full or face eviction to make room for a Jimmy Pesto gift shop. Apparently paying the rent on the restaurant is also a regular problem for the Belchers, but after tasting a sample sized “Meatsiah” burger – beef tartar inside a burger medium well, inside a burger wellington – Mr. Fischoeder sees that Bob has a passion for burgers, calling him a “beefartist” and extending their lease on a month to month basis with a rate increase. It’s not the greatest news, but at least Bob still has the restaurant.

Laura and Sarah Silverman also return to voice the bizarre Pesto twins, Andy and Ollie. When we first met them, they were strangely affectionate with one another and somewhat timid. It appears that after becoming friends with Louise, they’ve let their unabashed craziness out. Louise only seems mildly interested in them, but they’re fascinated by her and Bob’s Burgers, so she’s happy to have a captive audience for her voodoo experiments.

Speaking of voodoo, Gene had a rattail!? I about died laughing, when he whipped that long skinny braid out from behind him to give his hair to Louise for her voodoo doll. Gene was a crack up all night and his annoying triangle music actually got stuck in my head at the end of the episode. Louise’s voodoo also seemed to have worked bringing Tina and Jimmy Pesto Jr.’s slow dancing skills together for some seriously awkward laughs.

I fall in love with Linda more and more each episode. Her annoying musical theater habit that was set up in an earlier episode, came back when she kept referencing West Side Story and singing terribly to try and convince Bob that they were living an exciting drama.

I really appreciate that all these characters are being developed with traits that are not abandoned after each episode. It’s nice to have that consistency from episode to episode so that even the characters that seem minor in their introduction end up having some depth. On top of that, every time I watch Bob’s Burgers, there are so many great lines that I want to remember, but as I scramble to write things down, I’m hit with another hilarious moment. Bob wears the tiny burger costume, exposing his hairy backside; the kids suggest hitting Mr. Fischoeder in the crotch to stop him from choking; the Pesto twins rub their eyes together to get pink eye; it’s just all too funny.

I’m so happy we’ll be getting a second season of Bob’s Burgers and I’m looking forward to what future episodes will bring. In the meantime, I’ve got to figure out how to work my favorite line from this episode into casual conversation: “When I die, I want you to cremate me and throw my ashes in Tom Selleck’s face.” Linda, Bob might think it’s a ridiculous request, but I sure hope he honors your wishes.