Welcome back Bob’s Burgers, you have once again delighted us by returning to the tube with new adventures surrounding the Belchers. Before we kick off this review of the premier of season 9, I wanted to provide a little background information of the show.
Bob’s Burgers is an animated TV show that offers relate-able life situations, comedy and the occasional music number. Bob Belcher is the owner of Bob’s Burgers (a burger joint) who runs the establishment with wife Linda and their three children, Tina, Gene and Louise, in a sea side town. Despite the seemingly ordinary surroundings, the colorful characters manage to find themselves in countless scenarios that involve finding resolutions in their own way. With that brief introduction, lets talk about the latest episode, “Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now”, that released on FOX September 30th.
Through out this episode, like most, we follow two story lines. Bob, Linda, Gene and Louise are asked by Teddy (a frequently reacquiring character seen through out the series) to watch a baby rat he found while Tina meets a boy named Damen whom she immediately finds herself attracted to. The two share a brief conversation before he states that he is on his way to try out for Boyz 4 Now. The rest of the plot takes her to a center where Boyz 4 Now auditions to replace Boo Boo are currently taking place. To fully appreciate Tina’s story line, you need to gain a better understanding of previous events in the show that help create perspective on characters backgrounds and highlight some of Tina’s personality traits.
Tina insists that she is meant to be with this boy but her family appears less then interested. After asking about their lack of belief in her love at first sight claim, her family finally tells her that she is a boy crazy girl who often finds herself “falling in love” with a large portion of attractive teens she meets (and maybe a mannequin or two). Possessing a strong desire to prove her family wrong, Tina decides to adopt the persona of Dino to infiltrate the auditions to find Damen. Unfortunately, Tina continually becomes infatuated with multiple other boys along the way (with each boy getting his own musical number). After spending the day fantasizing about boys, Tina has a realization, she know fully understands and accepts that she is boy crazy.
On the other side of the spectrum, the rest of the Belcher clan continue to fulfill Teddy’s request to watch the baby rat. The main points around this focus on proper care for the rat while trying to ensure Hugo (the less then friendly health inspect that shares bad history with the family) doesn’t find the creature.
I don’t want to give to much away but the episode ends on an interesting plot twist and, you guessed it, another musical number.
Overall, I thought the Tina story-line was the most interesting and brought a lot of the series’s past back around which many fans could love but leave those just tuning in a little confused. Bob, Linda, Gene and Louise’s story was less gripping, the baby rat was adorable and the intentions behind their care were sweet but it lacked a real sense of suspense in my opinion. It may be to early to make a prediction on how this series is going to turn out but this was not a bad way to start the season long journey.
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