Monday, November 16, 2020

Bob's Burgers - Fast Time Capsules at Wagstaff School

Playing on the title of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, time capsules are the thing in "Fast Time Capsules at Wagstaff School" as Tina (Dan Mintz) is put in charge of the Wagstaff School time capsule project. Determined to make it better than the capsule the school just dug up, and drunk on her own power, not a single submission is good enough to make the cut. It doesn't take long for Tammy (Jenny Slate) to start a far more inclusive time capsule project. The two other threads of the episode involve Louise (Kristen Schaal) becoming obsessed with getting her hands on tickets to Boyz4Now's One Two Boo Boo My Shoe Tour (which dovetails into Tina's storyline when two tickets make their way into Tammy's capsule), and Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and Linda (John Roberts) becoming hyper-competitive after Bob teases his wife about her inability to whistle.

The time capsule storyline ends smartly with everyone being disappointed with the outcome, but not before sisters nearly come to blows, and we see a surprising amount of counterfeiting taking place within Wagstaff School. Mr. Frond's (David Herman) complete disinterest in the entire endeavor (except when he gets upset at Tina not accepting his entry) fits well with the humor of the episode, as does his idle wondering why children are allowed to play on the grass at recess. The parents' storyline feels a bit more like filler, but, like the main storyline, does provide some laughs as the situation escalates to ridiculous levels.

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