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[S7E5] Large Brother, Where Fart Thou

  • When Tina gets detention in order to get closer to a crush, Gene and Louise are left home alone, where they accidentally provoke the wrath of Logan Barry Bush. Meanwhile, Bob and Linda go to get their taxes done and accidentally get stoned with their accountant.Large Brother, Where Trope Thou: Ambiguously Bi: One of the things Gene tries to do to scare off Logan is claiming he has a boyfriend who's about to come home any minute.

  • Big Brother Instinct: The crux of the episode is that Gene doesn't really have one. He comes through when Logan corners the two of them.

  • Brick Joke: Early in the episode Louise states that she doesn't really think of Gene as her "Big Brother" so much as her "Large Brother," since he doesn't do stereotypical "Big Brother" things like defend her from bullies or call her nicknames like "Shrimp." At the end, after Gene does protect her from Logan, Louise hugs him and calls him a "great large brother," to which Gene replies, "Anytime, Shrimp."

  • Continuity Nod: This episode takes place during the town's annual celebration of Lobsterfest, and Bob once again expresses his distaste for the event.

  • Chariot from "The Equestranauts" appears during Tina's musical fantasy sequence.

  • A Day in the Limelight: The first (and so far only) episode to place the main focus on Louise and Gene's dynamic without Tina in the picture.

  • Detention Episode: Tina's storyline involves her purposely getting detention so she can try to hook up with a boy there.

  • Disproportionate Retribution: Discussed; Bob thinks that the Belchers' accountant will remove a dependent from their taxes if they don't laugh at his jokes.

  • Logan had a right to be mad at Louise for pelting him with a moldy cantaloupe, but threatening physical assault and later following through on it was too far.

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Gene getting the "Reverse Norwegian Stink-Hold" is framed as a murder scene.

  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Logan thinks of the "Reverse Norwegian Stink-Hold" as this.Logan: It'll only take a minute, but you'll remember it for the rest of your life!

  • Imagine Spot: Gene gets one when explaining to Louise what the Reverse Norwegian Stink-Hold is.

  • Intoxication Ensues: Gerald accidentally gives Bob and Linda pot-laced cookies, and all three go through a freak-out.

  • Karma Houdini: Logan gives Gene the Stink-Hold and doesn't get punished for vengefully terrorizing him and Louise over a petty prank.

  • Lame Pun Reaction: Bob and Linda don't really like Gerald's terrible accounting jokes, but laugh anyway in order to be polite.

  • Loving a Shadow: Tina thinks that just because a boy threw a glance her way, that he's romantically interested in her. She learns the hard way that he wasn't, and had thus spent a whole day in detention for nothing.

  • Mature Younger Sibling: Louise views herself as this to Gene, to the point she can't properly view him as her older brother.

  • Mood Whiplash: Gene is given the Stink-Hold while Louise is Forced to Watch, with appropriately dramatic music. Cut to Bob, Linda, and their accountant sitting quietly in their couch fort.

  • Nice Guy: Bob and Linda's accountant is a bit loose and kooky, but otherwise a neat dude.

  • Noodle Incident: The moldy cantaloupe originated from an incident three years prior to the series when Linda put it under her shirt and pretended she had a third boob, which then forced her to buy it.

  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Louise actually starts crying when Logan corners her, something she's only done once before in the series. It's acknowledged in-universe; Logan is quite surprised to see this (it doesn't stop him from trying to give her the Reverse Norwegian Stink-Hold, though).

  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Frond actually tries to reverse Tina's detention when she apologizes for knocking over the books and insulting his mother, because she's usually a good kid. However, because Tina wants detention, she insults him again to make him change his mind.

  • Riddle for the Ages: How Logan got the Belchers' personal phone number is unknown.

  • Sanity Ball: Gene actually hesitates to toss the moldy cantaloupe, knowing that it could get him and Louise in trouble if it hits something or someone (which it does). He especially freaks out when he sees that Louise is trying to target Logan. After the damage is done, Gene even suggests they just apologize and not piss Logan off further, and Louise ignoring this advice is what causes Logan to decide to give her the Reverse Norwegian Stink-Hold.

  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Logan giving Gene the "Reverse Norwegian Stink-Hold" is staged this way.

  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Gene tells Bob during their call that no melons were thrown. Because Bob is currently high, he doesn't pick up on it.

  • Take Me Instead: Gene offers to get punished by Logan instead of Louise. Logan tries to get him to move, but Louise ultimately gets spared at the cost of Gene's sense of smell.

  • Take That!: When their accountant remarks that he was gonna do stand-up comedy as a backup plan if accounting fell through, Bob remarks that he could do bad stand-up and claims "that's really popular".

  • Tears of Fear: Louise sheds a few when Logan corners her.

  • Throwing the Distraction: Logan tricks Gene and Louise into opening the front door by throwing his shoe through the kitchen window, making them think that he was inside the house.

  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Gene and Louise's plotline is pretty much only because Tina gave herself detention to ogle a boy, leaving her unable to babysit her siblings.

  • Your Mom: Tina insults Mr. Frond's mother as the final straw to give herself detention.

[S7E5] Large Brother, Where Fart Thou



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