Secrets. Betrayal. Cookies. Bob's Burgers Season 5 Episode 7 featured all these things and not that much more.
The episode begins with Tina announcing that she's quitting her Thundergirls troop, feeling that she no longer fits in due to her more old school methods. That is, until Jenny, her troop leader, confides in Tina that someone in Troop 119 has been giving their girl scout cookie secrets to their rivals, Troop 257.
When Jenny threatens to disband the troop if their cookie sales keep dwindling, Tina decides to don her uniform once again and find the mole.
I have to be honest, I was pretty let down. When I read the synopsis for tonight's episode, I got excited not only because I thought I'd get to see a send up of spy/conspiracy thrillers, but I'd also get to see Tina use her awkward charm and smarts to solve the case of the cookie mole. I was quite disappointed to find out that Louise ended up running the show with her usual chaotic meddling.
Don't get me wrong, I love Louise (I have a soft spot for smart ass rabble rousers) but this is a story tailor made for Tina to shine in, so it's baffling that Louise lead the story instead. That would be like giving an arc typically given to Bob i.e. being annoyed at everyone's crazy antics/trying to hold everything together and giving it to Gene.
Even though Tina does use some clever trickery at the end to being her troop to the restaurant, the fact that she was sideline for almost the whole time makes it seem more tacked on than actually earned.
Feeling equally tacked on was the ending where Linda figures out that Louise's ridicule of the Thundegirls is an attempt to hide her jealousy over how much time Tina spends with the troop instead of her. Even though Louise definitely has a heart, the episode spent very little, if any time setting up this emotional reveal, which makes it feel random rather than a natural part of the story.
Speaking of random, Linda's arc concerning her blonde hair was completely unnecessary. A side plot should at least try to be part of the main plot, but this story was on its own little island. If there is going to be an unrelated side plot, it should at least be somewhat funny and Linda's story was completely forgettable. I actually forgot that it even happened while I was watching it. I almost forgot about it while writing this review.
What did you think of this week's episode?
Were you as disappointed as I was? Were you ever part of a girl scout troop? Do you like cookies?
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