Bob’s Burgers recap: P.T.A. It Ain’t So puts Linda in the spotlight

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

In an unofficial Mother’s Day episode, Linda Belcher is at the forefront of this week’s Bob’s Burgers when she takes on the PTA.

Somehow school drama always seems to follow people even if they’re adults. For the Belchers, it’s been a mainstay from season 1 of Bob’s Burgers. Whether it be spaghetti dinners, lying to a certain guidance counselor or seeking revenge on a rival, the Belcher family has done it all. Of the entire family, Linda usually seems to get involved most but could it spell trouble in this week’s episode?

If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Bob’s Burgers, there will be spoilers from “P.T.A. It Ain’t So” from this point on!

“P.T.A. It Ain’t So” starts with the family and Teddy working together in the restaurant. Linda says that she has to leave for her P.T.A. meeting and explains that she wants to become best friends with the president. At the meeting, Linda suggests an idea for a fundraiser and is upstaged by her old rival, Colleen Caviello.

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Once she gets home, Linda gets a call from Joanne and gets invited to breakfast with her, a shoo-in to get what she wants. The following day, Joanne tells Linda that she wants her to run for the PTA board. Linda goes along with her to do some fundraising and finds out how awesome being a member of the PTA is.

At the next meeting, Linda’s fundraiser theme is chosen and she ends up being elected treasurer over Colleen. Linda talks to Joanne after the meeting and finds out that she’s stealing items meant for the PTA auction. Later that night, Linda has a nightmare and decides that she’s going to talk to Joanne the next day. Joanne gives her a PTA pendant and Linda confronts her about stealing from the PTA. Joanne feels bad but doesn’t decide to give up what she’s doing.

While Linda is working on the PTA’s finances, she finds out that Joanne is buying the science kits from the company her husband owns. The whole family goes to the PTA fundraiser and Joanne gives Linda a bunch of credit. Linda goes up on stage and explains that Joanne bought the science kits from her own company. The episode ends with Linda and Colleen working together to take down Joanne and getting her voted out.

Meanwhile, at the restaurant, Teddy invites Bob to go to a family-owned hardware store. While at the store, Teddy introduces Bob to the owner and talks to him while Teddy looks around. Bob makes a joke to the owner about his bird flying away and he laughs until Teddy tells him that his bird did just fly away.

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The next day, Bob sends the birds of paradise to Mr. Kim to apologize but only makes it even more upset. Teddy loses his contractor discount while the kids and Bob try to make it up to Mr. Kim. The kids create a flyer to help Mr. Kim find his bird. A few days later, a guy shows up to claim that he’s found the bird but it’s actually just a pigeon. The next day, Teddy and Bob fight to replace Mr. Kim’s bird but realize he went out and bought a new one.

As per usual, it’s time to look at the episode’s plotlines. For “P.T.A. It Ain’t So,” the show features two plotlines. The main plotline was obviously Linda trying to become more proactive in the PTA while Bob, Teddy and the kids try to cheer up Mr. Kim. Even though Linda’s plotline was stronger, I can see why they decided to include the plotline with the kids, Bob and Teddy.

Even though I’ve mentioned it over and over again, Linda Belcher is so underrated. It’s so rare to see an episode focusing on her. Regardless, “P.T.A. It Ain’t So” was an incredible episode as it featured a plotline many parents can relate to. The PTA can be intimidating and I think that Bob’s Burgers did a good job of showing that. What really impressed me was that the show brought back Colleen Caviello but didn’t make her the villain.

As for the secondary plotline, it was pretty goofy but one that worked for the rest of the family. I especially love when they make Bob go the extra mile for people he barely knows. It’s such an adorable quirk to his character. Even though Bob’s Burgers didn’t announce it, this feels like the perfect Mother’s Day episode and one that many mothers can relate to!

I give “P.T.A. It Ain’t So” an A-.

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What did you think of “P.T.A. It Ain’t So?” Where does Linda Belcher rank among your favorite TV moms? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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