“Bob’s Burgers” – Bob Day Afternoon EPISODE REVIEW
Written by Jambareeqi
In this episode of “Bob’s Burgers”, the bank across the road from Bob’s restaurant is taken hostage by a robber called Mickey. Bob himself is first sent in as a burger deliveryman for Nicky, but he soon becomes a hostage.
“Bob’s Burgers” is an animated sitcom that I’ve been getting into more during quarantine, and this is definitely the funniest episode I’ve seen so far. The plot maybe a simple robber Vs. cops stand-off, but the inclusion of Bob and his family is what makes it absurd. Most normal families would be scared in this situation. Bob’s family aren’t normal though, and they actually get a kick out of the excitement of confronting a criminal.
It’s really hilarious how nonchalant his kids act! This isn’t a horrifying predicament to them at all, because they see it as an opportunity to interview a robber or learn about police procedures. That’s the major charm of these children as characters; they are really blunt and unapologetic about their curiosity or feelings.
I do also like how the episode subverts hostage stories. The cops are portrayed as trigger-happy nut jobs without compassion or common sense. Meanwhile, Mickey comes off as a lost, lonely, and confused individual who needs guidance. It’s the first time that Mickey has committed a robbery without his partner – which really shows.
Mickey is so clueless about robbing that he ends up turning to his own hostages for help. Most of the hostages are too scared or upset to calm things down, but Bob steps up to be a voice of reason and someone to sympathise with Mickey. Bob is an average Joe caught between two dangerous sides. He ends up being the most sensible person in this whole mess, because he is a down-to-earth guy who just wants to do the right thing.
The episode is very humour driven, but it backs it’s comedy up with genuine tension. “Bob Day Afternoon” executes the intensity of a realistic confrontation with legitimate levity, and this helps create a believable situation to be transgressively poked fun at. Darkly comic jokes grow naturally out of the tense narrative, because there’s a normality and set of expectations to be deconstructed.
To Conclude, “Dog Day Afternoon” is an episode that had me laughing until I couldn’t breathe. It takes a lot of skill to make a hostage negotiation side-splittingly funny, and the show’s writers manage to approach the premise with a tongue-in-cheek earnestness. The episode tells the riveting story of a rubbish bank robber wanting to fail with humility, and how a schlub like Bob can relate to that; all while staying true to the show’s silly nature.