Bob’s Burgers recap: Roamin’ Bob-iday is a break from the norm

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

With two weeks of character-driven episodes under their belt, Bob’s Burgers is keeping the formula but breaking the normal routine for Bob.

Week in and week out, Bob’s Burgers gives us a glimpse into the Belchers daily lives and most notably, the life of the restaurant. On almost every single day of the year, Bob is there, flipping burgers and coming up with incredible burgers-of-the-day. With years of experience under his belt, it’s clear that Bob loves his job but we haven’t really seen Bob take a break. This week’s episode looks to change that.

If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Bob’s Burgers, there will be spoilers from “Roamin’ Bob-iday” from this point on!

“Roamin’ Bob-iday” begins with the family having breakfast together and Bob acting differently than normal. Once at the restaurant, Bob continues to act thoughtlessly until Linda realizes that Bob is getting burnt out again. As the day wears on, Bob continues to act strangely so Linda decides to take over and give Bob the day off.

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The following day, the family opens the restaurant without him and sends him away to take a break. Two hours later, Bob is still waiting to be let in until he spots Mr. Fischoeder and the two hang out.  Fischoeder sings a song about how awesome doing nothing is and takes Bob to snail wrestling but Bob leaves to try and find something else to do.

Bob sees his bun delivery guy when he’s walking and goes to check on his buns. He goes to smell them but gets shut in there by the driver. The driver arrives at his next delivery and lets Bob out where he meets Patricia, another business owner. Bob goes into her restaurant, gets a sandwich and sees how slammed she is. Bob agrees to help her and their afternoon goes pretty well with Patricia getting ready for her date until she gets a catering order.

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Patricia says no at first, but Bob convinces her to say yes after agreeing to help. The two work together and finish the order just in time. However, Patricia’s date left and she admits that she’s stood him up 11 times because of work. Bob realizes that the family was right about taking a day off and convinces Patricia to go after Steve.

At the restaurant, Mud Flap comes in and asks if she can have a baby shower there. Since Bob’s not there, Linda agrees and the kids help put it together. They surprise Goldy and she immediately starts crying. At first, she won’t say why she’s upset and ends up having a horrible time at the shower.

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Goldy admits that she’s been having contractions for the past day and she isn’t ready to be a mother. Linda and Mud Flap convince Goldy that having kids is awesome and there’s no right way to be prepared. The episode ends with Bob singing a song about how awesome his job and the family along with Goldy having the baby in the restaurant.

This week featured two plotlines as is customary at this point. The main plotline was Bob taking his day off while the second was the rest of the family hosting Goldy’s baby shower. As per last week’s example, the focus on a central character is what made the episode. Watching Bob deal with his day off was hilarious!

It was a major moment of character development for him, too. His entire life has basically been about working but he realizes how important his family is. Even though they can get on his nerves, he’d rather be with them than working all the time.

The episode went full-circle by the end with Bob being annoyed with the family but still loving them. It’s been a running theme for years after he said “I love you but you’re terrible. You’re all terrible.” As for the secondary plotline, it made for good comic relief. It was nice to see Mud Flap back and it proves that Bob’s Burgers has some of the best minor characters.

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What made this episode so great were the songs. No surprise there but it was awesome to see the show get back to their roots. Overall, “Roamin’ Bob-iday” was another solid episode and the show is now 3/3 since their hiatus. As far as Bob episodes go, this isn’t going to beat out “Glued, Where’s My Bob?” but it could be in the top 5.

I give “Roamin’ Bob-iday” a B+.

What did you think of “Roamin’ Bob-iday?” I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!

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