Bob’s Burgers: Which Season 9 episode is most underrated?

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

Bob’s Burgers Season 9 just wrapped in May but it’s never too early to look back and see which episode didn’t get as much love as it deserved.

After two whole months of looking at underrated Bob’s Burgers episode, this series has finally come to an end. It’s bittersweet but gives us even more time to appreciate Season 9. Considering that it wrapped up in May, it’s not even been six months but there are a few episodes that don’t get talked about nearly enough.

A running theme is that the series always has a few standout episodes, maybe one or two bad but is mostly made up of good episodes. With each season, the series has a handful of underrated episodes. Since the series is on hiatus, what better time to look through each season and find the most underrated episode?

Before getting into this series, there will be spoilers for Bob’s Burgers. This week is all about Season 9 so you will be spoiled if you haven’t watched Season 9. As per all these lists, this is only my opinion. If you don’t agree, feel free to share your thoughts or what episode you consider the most underrated from the said season.

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As with the previous weeks, Season 9 has a few milestones worth nothing. It started off with a bang as it served as the show’s 150th episode. Entitled “Just One of the Boyz 4 Now,” the episode was recently nominated for the Outstanding Animated Program Emmy. A major theme for Season 9 was bringing back characters who were in previous seasons including Helen, Up-Skirt Kurt, and Colleen Caviello.

Considering that Season 9 aired recently, it’s pretty easy to look back and see which episodes weren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Looking at the start of the season, there was one episode didn’t get as much attention as deserved.

First is “The Taking of Funtime One Two Three.” Serving as the second episode of the season, the episode followed the kids and their friends as they tried to win a huge prize at an arcade. It manages to both show how ingenious Louise is but how quickly everyone is able to adapt when it comes to getting what they want.

Moving to the middle of the season, there are two underrated gems. “Roller? I Hardly Know Her!” was one of the best Gene-centric episodes the show has ever produced. Not only did it bring depth to Gene’s character but also brought back some of Gene’s friends and combined them all together. It also featured roller-dancing as part of the main plotline which is incredibly rare.

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

Another underrated gem from the middle of the season was “Every Which Way but Goose.” It feels like Bob’s Burgers always has a ton of Tina episodes but Season 9 wasn’t as Tina-heavy and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The episode follows Tina as she befriends a goose after being rejected by Jimmy Jr. It’s a fun episode and somehow makes Tina befriending a goose not actually that weird.

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Moving to the end of Season 9, I’d be remiss to not mention “P.T.A. It Ain’t So.” It’s pretty rare for Linda to be in the spotlight. However, “P.T.A. It Ain’t So” did a great job of giving us a Linda-centric plotline that still connected with the kids via their school. The episode wasn’t anything overly exciting but it was fun and a cool way to include a character from the past. It might not have been for everyone but that’s why it made the underrated list.

Unlike previous weeks, there aren’t going to be any honorable mentions this time. As for the most underrated episode of Season 9, it has to be “Lorenzo’s Oil? No, Linda’s.” The episode follows Linda as she agrees to sell essential oils until Gayle finds out and recruits the kids to stop her before it’s too late. Even though Linda acts a bit uncharacteristic, it’s nice to see Gayle teaming up with the kids and to see the role reversal with the two sisters.

Overall, “Lorenzo’s Oil? No, Linda’s” managed to capture a cultural trend without making fun of it and still relating the episode back to the characters. Personally, I found the episode to be both funny and heart-warming without taking itself too seriously.

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