Episode 16 | Flat-Top O’ the Morning to Ya

Bob is going to a restaurant liquidation auction in search of some inexpensive dishware. The auction, which he attends with his children, appears to be the ideal venue for him to save money. They meet a suspicious character who is snooping about while they are there.

They realize that this man is the former owner of the restaurant, and that he intends to take his prized flat-top.

With the help of the kids, Bob assists the previous owner in attempting to steal the appliance from under the auctioneer’s nose. When they are apprehended, however, Bob realizes that owning a restaurant is a prescription for disaster. Though the children assist him in seeing that the burger establishment is more than just a business, it is also a dream come true for him.

Linda, on the other hand, is looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day. And, with Bob gone for the day, she’s on her own to turn the beer, ketchup, fries, and burgers green. Linda realizes she’s gone too far and gathers as many St. Patrick’s Day revelers as she can to keep the business afloat just in time for Bob to witness the triumph.


It’s all too easy to forget about Bob’s Burgers. The oddball show is without a doubt one of the greatest on television. This happy family full of oddballs has provided us with ten years of funny episodes. And, every now and then, we forget how deficient television was before we were given the gift of this show. If you’re ever having a terrible day, I promise you’ll feel better after watching a Bob’s Burgers marathon. Unfortunately, it appears that the show will follow in the footsteps of other animated megahits. Shows like King of the Hill, Futurama, and others have demonstrated that this show will end one day, and only then will we know how vital it is. Thankfully, every now and then, an episode comes along that reminds us how great and impactful the program can be. One of those episodes is this one.

Spending quality time with Bob’s children is a recipe that always seems to work for the show. As wonderful a father as he is, he frequently finds himself in over his head when he is around his children.

This episode is no exception, as Bob goes from looking for cheap dishware to attempting to steal a flat-top grill from a restaurant’s front door. While the kids are always getting themselves into these scams, it’s much more entertaining to witness their father’s reaction, especially when he’s caught in the middle of it.

Furthermore, Linda’s B-plot in this episode deals with the same storyline. Linda, against Bob’s desires but with Teddy’s encouragement, goes all out for St. Patrick’s Day. When she recognizes her error, the same concern of the restaurant’s impending failure motivates her to correct the issue. With the restaurant buzzing with new customers, the episode’s last moments are glossed over, but it was significant that it ended this way. Finally, the entire family will do all it takes to keep the business afloat. And, well, that’s lovely or something.

This was easily one of the best episodes of the season, if not the entire series. Bob’s Burgers is one of the few series in the Animation Domination lineup that doesn’t rely on pop culture or relevance to stay alive. Bob’s Burgers is able to tell timeless and lovable storylines that are unique to their world.

This is precisely what episodes like this one remind us of. It’s shows like this that we’ll miss every day when they’re no longer on the air. So keep an eye out and never take anything for granted again.


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