BOB’S BURGERS “Torpedo” Review


BOB’S BURGERS “Torpedo” Episode 13 – I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of actual baseball, but I absolutely love baseball themed movies and TV, so tonight’s episode of Bob’s Burgers was totally a home run in my book. This finale brought the season full circle, putting Gene back into the burger suit and standing outside of Bob’s Burgers making fart noises with his bullhorn. This time, Bob is shutting down the restaurant to take his family to a local Minor League baseball game. Truth be told, Bob isn’t doing it to spend quality time off with his family, but to get a glimpse of his advertising dollars at work.

It was great seeing how the kids all reacted differently to their first time at a baseball game. Much to Bob’s dismay, they had little interest in the actual sport but since there’s never a dull moment with these kids, they quickly found other things to be excited about. Tina was immediately fascinated by all the butt touching and Louise takes it upon herself to convince Tina that it’s “the braille of baseball.” I totally identified with Gene as he slumped in the stands and grumbled about being bored during the long game and I laughed out loud when the mascot race came on and he exclaimed “where has this sport been all my life?” There’s something at the stadium to entertain every one of the Belchers, even if Bob is the only one with any interest in the actual game.

Bob’s interest in the game is really only sustained because his idol, Torpedo Jones, happens to be playing for The Wonderdogs. Torpedo Jones, hilariously voiced by Robert Ben Garant, is a sketchy minor league player whose famous “Skadooch” pitch made him a legend in Bob’s mind when Jones was playing in the Majors. I liked the way Bob reacted like a little kid to Torpedo Jones’ attention and I thought it was great that Louise teased her dad about having a role model that was the same age as him, only to have Torpedo Jones rip on Bob for the same reason later.

Gene’s mascot races were awesome, and I couldn’t stop laughing when he was up on the mound with Mr. Fischoeder accepting the medal for his win but couldn’t remember the name of his dad’s restaurant. Bob flailing in the background having a fit and screaming “Bob’s Burgers!!!” while Gene struggled to remember was so classic.

I also loved Tina working as the ball girl for the team. She attended to every request the players had and all she expected in exchange was that she be allowed to smack them on their backsides. The players seemed confused, but that didn’t stop her. Her conversation in Spanish with the Cuban player, Angel, was hilarious and she summed up her feelings about the team when she asked Phenom, “is it possible to be in love with 25 people at once?” This was pretty much her dream job and when her gig was up, she made sure to keep a valuable memento – Angel’s smelly jock strap.

Bob struggled to make a choice between setting a good example for his children, and following Mr. Fischoeder’s example of entertainment as a lie. You’d think that Bob would have already learned that if your kids are Tina, Gene and Louise, you can’t leave even the smallest loophole in any sort of moral lesson. The kids had apparently lived their entire lives thus far with an understanding that cheating was wrong. They had adhered to that principle, but the moment they were told there was an exception in the rule for entertainment, they banded together and were ready to exploit it in an instant. After the roller coaster collapsed, Bob tried to backpedal and explain to Gene that the destruction was a result of cheating, but Gene’s backwards little mind could only see things in his special light and he exclaimed, “Cheating is amazing!” It’s going to take Bob a lot of work to undo the damage of this one little slip up.

Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric fame) and David Herman also contributed their vocal talent to some of the minor characters tonight and I’d be thrilled if any of the guests from this episode were to return to Bob’s Burgers in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed this season finale of Bob’s Burgers and I’m already lamenting the painfully long break without Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene and Louise until they return in 2012 for season two. I can’t wait!