48. “Christmas in the Car”
(Season 4, Episode 8)
For a show that handles sentiment so well, Bob’s Burgers has never completely pulled off a Christmas episode. All three of the show’s Christmas episodes have been good, but none of them are nearly as effective as the great Thanksgiving episodes from seasons three and four.
“Christmas in the Car” borrows a lot from Christmas Vacation, from the family getting a tree to them almost being killed by a deranged truck driver. While the episode isn’t entirely successful, it’s interesting that they choose to spend the majority of a Christmas episode placing the Belchers in danger. It all culminates in an ending that emphasizes compassion during the holidays, especially towards those less fortunate than you.
The B-plot, where Teddy gets trapped in the Belchers’ fridge by the kids’ booby trap, is marvelous in its simplicity, and proves that Teddy is a character capable of making you laugh just by being on screen.
Best moment: When Linda refuses to bullshit her kids.