19. “Ear-sy Rider”
(Season 3, Episode 1)
“Ear-sy Rider” has one of Bob’s Burgers‘ most overwrought plots. Here’s the gist: a biker gang has a funeral at Mort’s mortuary, and they go over to Bob’s for drinks afterwards, giving him a card that he can cash in for a favor whenever he needs one. Louise gets her bunny ears stolen by bully Logan (voiced by Kurt Braunohler), and continuously fails in her attempts to get them back. She cashes in the card from the bikers, who then get her ears back by threatening Logan. The town’s parents angrily march into Bob’s Burgers, calling it a “biker bar,” before Logan’s mom Cynthia (voiced by Lindsey Stoddart) angers the bikers by ripping their leader’s jacket. The bikers prepare to attack the parents, but then their one female member goes into labor. Luckily, Logan’s dad is a doctor, and he helps deliver the baby, resolving the situation.
The first time I watched the episode, I definitely thought the plot went in too many different directions and, through several re-watches, I still do. But it’s definitely ambitious, revealing where the show would go in season three. Even better, it’s a tremendously funny episode, and that it makes you laugh throughout makes the plot easier to take.
Best moment: When Tina is out of control.