43. “Father of the Bob”
(Season 5, Episode 6)
Before season five, all we know about Bob’s dad is that he was a drinker, he forced Bob to work throughout his childhood, and that Bob’s relationship with him is strained. In “Father of the Bob,” we finally meet Big Bob (voiced by Bill Hader), and discover what led to their tense relationship: Big Bob’s overly critical nature and reluctance to allow Bob creative freedom. This makes sense, considering that Bob has a lot of pride in his work—check out how happy he gets whenever telling someone the Burger of the Day—and doesn’t handle criticism well.
While the moments with Bob and his dad (among the most effective of season five) are enough to make this my favorite Christmas episode Bob’s Burgers has done so far, the episode isn’t particularly funny, as seen in the boring B-plot where the kids try to make Bob a last minute Christmas present.
Best moment: When the kids know who to worship.