In the form of scheduled entertainment, Bouchard showed two clips from upcoming episodes. One was a Christmas special that has the Belcher’s scrambling to get a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. “We got to go get the tree!” Roberts said, referencing his viral video. As a callback to Linda’s origin in Roberts’ aforementioned YouTube short, the overeager mother had bought a tree way too early. By the time Christmas hits it is dead, and needs to be replaced. With the family out on this quest, Bob needs Teddy to look after the ham in the oven. But that puts him in the path of a Santa trap presumably set by the kids. Meanwhile, the Belchers discover they have a yuletide nemesis in a mysterious figure who drives a tractor-trailer shaped like a giant candy cane.
The second clip is from an episode called “Seaplane” that has Linda learning how to fly from a lothario pilot known as “Upskirt Kurt.” In the scene Bouchard showed, Mr. Fishoeder tells Bob about Kurt’s seduction scheme. First, he flies them out over water. Then he fakes engine trouble, telling the “bored wife” that he must perform and emergency landing on a beautiful and remote island, where the “bored wife cheats death, and then cheats on her husband!”
When it came to questions from the audience, most of them dealt with the possibility of crossovers with Adam Reed’s "Archer" and other Bouchard shows like "Home Movies", Dr. Katz and "Lucy: Daughter of the Devil". Of course, there was a "Bob’s Burgers" crossover on "Archer", but Benjamin noted that was Reed’s idea. Bouchard is far less interested in the device, although he said he is open to “soft crossovers.” For instance, Jonathan Katz, who lent his voice to a previous Bouchard/Benjamin animated series "Dr. Katz", will be featured in an upcoming episode, although not as Bob’s father. Instead, he’ll play the dean of a college where Bob gets caught up in a prank war serving as the guest chef for a fraternity.
Off the cuff, Benjamin suggested a soft-crossover possibility, saying, “I always say Archer should drive by in, like, a car chase, like, ‘Aaaaaaaaah!’” Aside from that, there seems little likelihood of crossovers on "Bob’s Burgers".
Asked whether Bob still hangs out with Marshmallow and other the transvestite hookers he met when he moonlighted as a cab driver, Benjamin said, “I hope so, they’re fun. Didn’t he do crack with them? I feel like maybe he’s not doing crack anymore, but he’s still hanging out with trannies.”
Bouchard added we’ll be seeing more of Marshmallow this season. Also likely to return is Bob’s nemesis from the “Sexy Dance Fighting” episode, Jairo. The show’s writers have pitched an episode in which Jairo dies. Bouchard hasn’t committed to that concept, but he’s confident the Capoeira teacher will come back to bother Bob some more.
Roberts’ favorite ridiculous Linda song is “Harry Truman,” wherein she sings “He’s dead in the ground. He’s dead in the ground! He’s dead dead dead dead dead!”
Will Teddy and Mort ever find love, possibly with each other? Bouchard admitted that Teddy and Mort getting married is a popular pitch from his team, but added,”I hope they don’t, only because I like to have the show not grow too much. We gave Tina her 13th birthday, and that’s it!”
Impressed by the show’s sense of spontaneity, one fan asked how much of the final product is scripted versus improvisation. Bouchard explained that the script they initially record with is totally complete, needing nothing to be added from the actors. However, when they record the producers are open to what the actors improvise in the booth, and will work in elements they like.
Asked how they get the show’s family dynamic to feel so real, Bouchard credited the grounded performances of his cast. But Benjamin was quick to give the show’s creator credit, saying, “He really focuses on making it a real family at all times, even in some of the crazier situations that they get in.”
As the panel went on, it devolved from a Q&A into an actual touchy-feely love fest. Aside from touching butts, the panel gave out hugs to three fans who ran up on stage — after asking nicely. When the discussion finally drew to a close, there was a rush to the stage as fans clamored for photos, autographs, or just a chance to share a word with the onscreen family to whom we’ve all grown so close.
"Bob’s Burgers" airs Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
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