Bob’s Burgers season 9 premiere hits all the right notes

Photo Credit: Bob's Burgers/Fox, Acquired From Fox Flash
Photo Credit: Bob's Burgers/Fox, Acquired From Fox Flash /

For the Bob’s Burgers season 9 premiere, the Belchers went big with music, guest stars and more to celebrate their 150th episode.

After what has felt like an eternity, Bob’s Burgers is finally back. With season 8 receiving a lot of praise, season 9 has a lot to live up to. For the season 9 premiere, the Bob’s Burgers crew knew exactly what to do. They went with one of the strongest characters, Tina, for an episode full of music, guest stars, and pizzazz.

As an Emmy-winning show, we’d expect nothing less from them. Serving as the show’s 150th episode too, it was bound to be big. Coupled with their new time-slot, it’s time for the Belchers to make their debut in primetime…again. With such an exciting episode, there’s going to be a lot to talk about so let’s get into it.

If you haven’t watched the season 9 premiere of Bob’s Burgers, there will be spoilers from this point on! 

The episode begins with Tina watching a news report about Boyz 4 Now, searching for a replacement for Boo Boo. During the report, Olsen Benner explains only boys can audition and not girls. Down at the restaurant, Tina volunteers to go get napkins where she runs into Damon. She seems to instantly fall in love with him, resulting in her daydreaming about their wedding.

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Tina decides to dress like a boy to go find Damon at the audition with Bob and Linda’s permission. Once at the stadium, Tina becomes distracted and starts daydreaming about every single boy she runs into. Each time, her daydreams get more and more cinematic including an 80’s movie parody.

Tina keeps cutting the line to try to get close to Damon. It works until she gets behind a guy named Jesse. She daydreams about him until another girl is caught in the line. Tina runs up to find Damon and meets his best friend, Hayden. She daydreams about Damon and Hayden fighting for her in space.

She explains to Damon that she came to find him and takes off her disguise. She also admits she’s boy crazy and gets caught, resulting in the family coming to get her. The episode ends with the family appreciating Tina’s boy craziness, Boo Boo’s return to the Boyz 4 Now and a short music video featuring Tina and all the boys she’s been crazy about.

Photo Credit: Bob’s Burgers/Fox, Acquired From Fox Flash
Photo Credit: Bob’s Burgers/Fox, Acquired From Fox Flash /

As for the second plot,  Teddy comes into the restaurant with a mystery box. He asks the rest of the family to watch his baby rat and Bob agrees. Teddy calls, explaining they need to rub the rat down including his butt. While they’re taking care of the rat, Hugo pops in for a visit and they start to freak out.

Hugo goes to leave when the baby rat squeaks and he hears it. Bob hides the rat in his pants and the kids chase Hugo out since he can’t find the rat. It ends with Bob explaining that he and Teddy are co-parenting the rat.

Between the two plotlines, Tina’s plotline is stronger and got a majority of the attention. With it being the 150th episode, the rat plotline felt strange. It didn’t really flow cohesively with the rest of the episode. It could have worked but maybe in a different episode. Personally, I think the episode should have just focused on plotline with Tina and her boy craziness.

Similar to the season 8 premiere, the season 9 premiere was highly anticipated and it delivered. It featured multiple songs with individual sequences. With each boy Tina met, they seemed to get better and better. Add in the plethora of guest stars including Josh Gad, Daveed Diggs and Max Greenfield. Even though some only appeared in a scene or two, they stole the show.

Overall, the pros outweigh the cons. Basically, the entire Tina plotline makes up for the lack of substance of the rat plotline. “Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now” was an awesome way to start off the season. With music, an appreciation for Tina and the return of an old favorite, season 9 is going big. This felt like the quintessential Bob’s Burgers episode and continues the show’s trend of celebrating their episode milestones and season premieres.

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I give  “Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now” an A.

Bob’s Burgers airs Sundays on Fox at 8:30/7:30 c. 

What do you think about the season 9 premiere of Bob’s Burgers? Did it live up to the hype for you and what grade would you give it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!