While it is unclear whether or not Season 8 of Bob’s Burgers has ended, the episodes that it has released already haven’t gotten much coverage. So, in case you missed it, here are the highlights of Season 8, in chronological order.
This episode is not only Bob’s Burgers first, but it is a rarity in television history! 62 fan animators each took it in turn to animate parts of this episode, including about two seconds of a claymation segment. And though some interpretations of the Belchers and their world were…perhaps better than others, one really has to admire the hard work it must’ve taken these amateur animators to draw such fluid segments. In addition, we’re also introduced to Dalton, a new semi-recurring character, and he is adorable!
2. Silence of the Louise
This one is probably my favorite of all the episodes this season. Namely, because I am a huge fan of Silence of the Lambs, which is where the episode draws its title. The story is a wonderful homage to the film, with Louise standing in for Starling and her longtime stalker, Millie, standing in for Dr. Lecter. Someone has sabotaged the school trip to a water park, and Louise is trying to figure out who. So Millie feeds her clues in exchange for play dates. They manage to reference it in so many creative ways, like giving Millie hard candy so she can make the noise Anthony Hopkins used to scare Jody Foster.
The story itself is an intriguing mystery that ends with a very plausible explanation, satisfying everyone who’s been along for the ride.
3. Wolf of Warf Street
The Bob’s Burgers Halloween especially are usually lots of fun and have a strong tradition of seeing that the kids get no candy. Because…reasons! This year, a monster is stalking Wonder Warf, and everyone but the Belchers is too frightened to Trick or Treat. So they end up going on the first of two monster hunts this season. The tension is played up very heavily, only to be cut by well-timed jokes. It’s one of their best specials yet.
4. Sit Me Baby, One More Time
This one is worth it for Kendra and Mr. BoomBoom alone! The actress playing her deserves some kind of award. There are also some great arguments between Tammy and Tina, who are forced to co-babysit.
As long time fans of the show will no doubt know, Bob has some deep feelings about Thanksgiving. So getting a Thanksgiving special that doesn’t surround him and his pseudo-romantic quest to cook the perfect Turkey is a bit jarring. However, this episode pays some special attention to Teddy the handyman, whom despite being on the show since the beginning, hasn’t gotten a real backstory. And while I don’t particularly care about Teddy’s struggle, I know that others will be able to empathize. And hey, Bob still ets to cook, so we get a little of that too.
6 & 7 The Bleakening
This two-part special marks the second monster hunt in one season! How lucky are we? In addition to some really clever obstacles in their search for the Christmas stealing Bleaken, Gene, Louise and Tina get a really great song. In fact, there are a lot of really great musical numbers in this very modern holiday special.
8. V for Valentine-detta
There are a lot of really great moments in this episode, but the best thing about it is, Becky the Limo Driver. She’s incredible, and I think I love her almost as much as Louise does. Also, Jimmy Pesto Jr. wins the Worst Boyfriend of the Year award.