Bob's Burgers

Season 1 Episode 8

Art Crawl

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Mar 20, 2011 on FOX
7.8
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Linda's sister displays her art work at Bob's Burgers leading to a war between Bob and The City Art Council.

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  • Best episode of Bob's Burgers right now.

    10
    Linda's sister displays her art work at Bob's Burgers leading to a war between Bob and The City Art Council. I thought this was a perfect episode of Bob's Burgers. This is really the best episode I've seen in this show. There were no problems (maybe the lady, but it is not a huge problem here), as well no annoying characters here. Louise was even funny and likable in this episode. Her plot in the episode was so drop dead hilarious when she was taking care of three kids. The art plot was very funny as well and I thought the paintings were hilarious. Overall, an excellent episode of Bob's Burgers that had a bunch of funny moments. It is the best episode right now. 10/10moreless
  • It's a great feeling to be there when a show filled with potential suddenly fulfills it.

    10
    It's a great feeling to be there when a show filled with potential suddenly fulfills it. First off, because you can get the feeling that you're special for being one of the few million who was actually there, live, when Bob's Burgers went from good to great. Second of all, because you can't stop laughing at how ridiculously good "Art Crawl" is. Bob's Burgers has been developing several different threads, and they all work really well here: the ineffectual liberal antagonists, Bob's stubbornness when things don't work the way he thinks they should, Gene and Tina's absurd asides, Louise's megalomania, and Linda's intense willingness to make sure everything goes smoothly.



    There's also a new world record for number of times the word "anus" is uttered on a major network over the course of half an hour.



    There's an "Art Crawl" in Bob's neighborhood, and Linda's sister is hanging up art in Bob's Burgers. The art consists entirely of animal anuses. The kids, naturally, love it. Bob and Linda hate it, as do the customers, but when the Art Crawl chairperson comes and censors it, well, Bob will have none of that. So he turns his shop into anus painting central. Meanwhile, Louise sees how well the crap on the Art Crawl is selling, so she turns Gene and Tina into sweatshop laborers to turn a quick buck. When they fail, she finds a few really weird neighborhood kids and puts them to more successful work. One predictable twist aside, that's the bulk of the plot, but it's not the plot that makes this episode work.



    The key difference between this and earlier episodes is that the brakes get taken off Bob's character. We saw some of this two weeks ago when he befriended the transvestite hookers. He's moved out of the protective, small-c conservative dad and into a slightly deeper, slightly more flawed, and much, much funnier character. His rampage in the competing art store is one of the best scenes the show has done, because it makes perfect sense for the character, yet it's absolutely absurd in practice-egged on by his kids, he slaps anuses on every painting in the place.



    One of its strengths as its willingness to get really weird while maintaining a strong emotional core. The weirdness is in full, excessive force in this episode, though the emotional core is a little low. That makes me worry a bit that this might be a similar situation to early Family Guy, which built humor over the corpse of character-building. But Bob's Burgers has been reasonably consistent with its characters and could be on the verge of something consistently special.moreless
Larry Murphy

Larry Murphy

Edith

Guest Star

Megan Mullally

Megan Mullally

Gayle

Guest Star

Sam Seder

Sam Seder

Harold

Guest Star

Andy Kindler

Andy Kindler

Mort the Mortician

Recurring Role

Jerry Minor

Jerry Minor

Officer Julia

Recurring Role

Larry Murphy

Larry Murphy

Teddy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Louise: (gestures towards Tina and Gene) I've been honest with these two since the day Gene got fat.
      Gene
      : I remember the ice cream sandwich that did it. I regret nothing!

    • Bob: (gestures to the picture Gene drew) I've never met Ken. Is he real or imaginary?
      Gene
      : He's real and he does improvised hip-hop.
      Bob
      : Okay, how old is he?
      Gene
      : He's twenty-eight.
      Bob: You can't have a twenty-eight-year-old albino friend!
      Gene: YES I CAN!

    • Louise: I heard she ate her lipstick once because she wanted to feel red inside.
      Gene: And she made a dress out of live shrimp and wore it to Mass!
      Louise: Oh, and she shaved her cat.
      Bob: Come on, Louise, you know none of that is true. Except for the cat shaving... maybe the shrimp... and the lipstick.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Dumbo (1941)


      Linda's nightmare sequence is an homage to the dream sequence in the 1941 Disney animated film Dumbo where Dumbo and Timothy become drunk and start seeing elephants. In this episode, Linda visualizes a series of animal butts dancing and then surrounding her face and blowing up, just like in Dumbo. Even the music sounds very similar.

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