(via Behind Bob’s Burgers)
What last night’s episode did right was to perfectly meld subplots into the A story — something Bob’s has been playing with all season, seemingly weighing the pros and cons of doing away from B stories at times. Of course, it’s ideal when they can all play into each other. Felix Fischodeor (Zach Galifianakis) returns to the show with a dream of turning the town into a beachside playground for condo-dwellers, essentially the real estate equivalent of the “high-end” bathroom he slaved over for Bob. His brother doesn’t want to sell the Wonder Wharf in order to facilitate this development — one that would include a high-end burger joint, Bob’s Bistro on the Beach with the Burgers, or so Felix promises Bob. And so Bob, the least persuasive person on the show, becomes the one to convince him to do so, using the rich stage musical tradition of singing for one’s supper (see below). This is, of course, until the cloud of greed passes by Bob’s field of vision, no longer obscuring the nostalgia he feels for the Wharf.
This internal feud is represented by Bob’s loved ones: Linda, who is swayed by the promise of a better life; and Tina, who chains herself to the Wharf’s carousel in protest of destruction. The latter certainly represents Tina’s inability to grow up completely; she has a hard time leaving behind her childhood as her emotions careen toward adulthood. The carousel is a big part of that, while for Bob, the Wharf’s destruction forces him to examine his own life and actively choose to make it better. But he doesn’t necessarily think it’s all been bad; when it all comes down to it, he loves his family and his life. But by leaving off with a cliffhanger, in which Bob’s existence is up for stakes, the writers are acknowledging that doing the right thing could blow up in Bob’s face. Isn’t that the heart of Bob’s Burgers, really? Rooting for the underdog. Making the Belcher rich would ruin the show, but then again, so would killing Bob.
Bonus: Two one-liners from “Wharf Horse” that cannot be ignored
“Does putting a band-aid on a fart make it go away?” — Felix (please make him a regular!)
“You can’t just leave a kidnapping to shop, this isn’t Florida!” — Mr. Fischodeor