Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Bob's Burgers - The Amazing Rudy

As the title suggests, "The Amazing Rudy" focuses not on the Belchers (the first show of the series not to do so) but instead on Rudy (Brian Huskey) and his growing dread for the awkward family dinner later the night involving his equal anxious father, his father's new girlfriend, and Rudy's mother and her boyfriend. Bob's Burgers is a show that is often at its best when embracing awkward moments and there's plenty of those throughout the episode between father and son, Rudy's failed magic trick (and the heartbreaking montage of how his dinner magic once connected his now fragmented family), and the growing concern of the Belchers when Rudy admits he fled the restaurant after the trick bombed and showed up at their home for dinner.

While Rudy provides the heart of an amazingly sweet episode, and Louise (Kristen Schaal) provides the salve by being the friend he needs in a touching final scene, the episode is also notable for a number of gags. We get more additions to the various mall stores which include the puntastic Better Off Head and You've Got to Be Shirting Me, Gene's (Eugene Mirman) crazy dinner creation of baked potato lasagna (which doesn't sound too awful until the family starts digging into its smorgasbord of ingredients), and the offhand remark from the family about Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) needing to take out a loan to pay back Louise joining Rudy's family for dinner. But it's in Rudy's anxiety and pain where Bob's Burgers really hits home providing an unexpected beauty of an episode.

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