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Mommy Boy (Bob's Burgers)
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Series: Bob's Burgers
Part of Season: 11
Episode Number: 9
Air Date: December 6, 2020
Writer: Jon Schroeder
Director: Simon Chong
Previous episode: The Terminalator II: Terminals of Endearment
Next episode: Yachty or Nice


"Mommy Boy" is the 9th episode of the 11th season of Bob's Burgers, and the 203rd episode overall.

Plot

Linda signs up for a club for 10 weeks, but the club's meeting is the same day as her and Gene's spa day.

Why It’s Not Mommies Boy

  1. The conflict is questionable and weird: Gene doesn't want her mom to leave for the club meeting because the meeting is the same day as their spa day, where the two get in the bath together with cleansing masks. This itself is pretty odd, especially for a main conflict, and would be more fitting as a Family Guy conflict rather than a Bob's Burgers conflict.
  2. Gene, the titular "mommy boy", is an unlikable character in this episode, as he becomes overly possessive of Linda, and the once wholesome relationship the two had is ultimately ruined in the viewer's eyes.
  3. A handful of uncomfortable scenes, such as Gene standing with a cleansing mask holding a radio up in the air, or Gene and Bob sitting in the bathtub together.
  4. Gene becomes so desperate to have Spa Day with Linda that he hosts Spa Day at Linda's meeting, ultimately embarrassing her in front of her friends and the meeting holder.
  5. Gene gets no comeuppance for being overly possessive and weird, and his redemption at the end feels rushed as it was put in at the end of the story arc.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The side-story with Louise and Tina learning to box is much more enjoyable.
  2. Bob, Linda, Louise, Teddy, and Tina are likable characters.

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