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"Ain't Miss Debatin'" is the fifteenth episode in Season 7, being the one-hundred-and-twenty-second episode overall.


When Tina is recruited by the debate team, she finds unexpected success and an even more unexpected relationship. Meanwhile, Louise and Gene convince their parents to help fund a stop-motion movie focusing on a surprising subject matter.


At lunch at Wagstaff, Henry and Todd approach Tina and ask her to join the debate team, as their female member previously quit. Tina however says she has social commitments, namely a patch of on-again with Jimmy Jr, until she sees him trying to impress another girl named Tamica with his elbow-kissing skills, and despite her fear of public speaking, she joins up. At the first meeting, she meets the team and Mr. Desanto, and learns that the next debate topic is on the US switching to the metric system, but despite her thinking it a good idea, they have been assigned the negative, and she will have to pretend to strongly believe in it. During prep, Henry coaches her on finding how to get passionate about something, something to get mad about during her delivery in the debate (like how he thinks of how the show Firefly was cancelled).

At the debate tournament, Tina is doing poorly in arguing, with DeSanto openly saying she is a dud, while Henry tries to tell her to "find her Firefly", at which point Tina visualizes Jimmy Junior flirting with Tamica, and she gives a passionate performance against the metric system as un-American. After the debate, Henry blurts out that he thinks she is beautiful and proposes that they go out on a date. Using a debate exercise between the two of them, Tina manages to accidentally convince herself. That night, Henry arrives for the date at the Belcher home, taking Tina out for a night to stargaze (which mostly is him using the telescope). Tina is meanwhile not attracted to him but goes along since he's "boyfriend material"(as in made of the same material as a boyfriend).

Tina manages to help the team win debate after debate, and soon they are upset against the King's Head Island team on an overnight weekend debate to possibly win the first trophy the school has ever had. At a club meeting, they learn the topic, "should a robot be president", and examine video of the opposing team: The only good debater is Sasha Whiteman, who Tina has previously met, another guy on the team west stress hiccups, the girl member has her braces lock up, and the last member is an exchange student from New Zealand named Duncan with a thick accent. However, his habit of saying that rebuttals in New Zealand are called "buttle rubbies" instantly attracts the butt-obsessed Tina. She is conflicted, as she cannot break up with Henry before the debate since it would break his heart, and they would lose as a result. Linda suggests that Tina get through the 24 hours, avoid Duncan and then gently break up with Henry the next Monday.

Avoidance proves impossible as the teams are put in a mixer event at the island hotel, with Henry encouraging getting closer to intimidate hem. Tina's obvious awkward attraction to the naive Duncan, who offers her a chest hair, gets Sasha's attention, and he changes the debate plan to have Duncan as his number two, with the hope of throwing Tina off. Later that evening in the hotel, Tina in her room watches Duncan body surf before panicking, then gets a taunting call form Sasha about how Duncan needs toweling off and being charming. After she disconnects he hotel phone, Sasha pulls the fire alarm to get her down to the beach. After the fire department calls the all clear, Tina bumps into Duncan and they watch the sunset. Duncan says that in New Zealand, turning off the light is called "turning on the dark", Tina impulsively kisses him, and again not be sure before running back to the hotel while Duncan stands confused.

At the debate match the next day, Tina is still upset about what she did and jumpy when Henry asks if she did tongue exercises for the debate, while Sasha keeps using Duncan's presence to taunt her. When giving the First Negative, Tina keeps slipping up and eventually confesses to kissing Duncan to the audience. When a shocked Henry asks, she also says she's breaking up with him. Duncan's argument mostly consists of him saying awkwardly that he likes kissing (and a robot president could turn into a plane), and Henry uses his time to cry at how long it will take to find another girlfriend. Sasha uses his time to argue for an emotionless robot resident, pointing to the devastated Wagstaff team as a sign of what emotions can do. Tina is given the rejoinder, and argues against logic, citing dating Henry as logical but the wrong decision, and that the brain and heart need each other, a president with feelings and physical attributes. Wagstaff is declared the winner. Afterwards, Henry says she did great and that he is ahead fo his dating schedule.

Meanwhile, without Tina having around after school, Gene and Louise hang out in the restaurant basement with their parents, where Gene accidentally leaves his backpack on the ground for Bob to trip on, causing a tray of hamburger meta to hit the floor. Louise is strangely drawn to the meat, and despite Bob's reluctance he agrees to let them play with it. While playing around with the meat, Louise crafts a human-type doll, and they decide to take a picture with Linda's phone. Louise realizes that they can make a stop-motion film by repositioning the meat figure in between photos. Later, they show the mini-film to their parents, as a sizzle reel to make a full movie in the restaurant, convincing Bob and Linda by desiring the characters (Meat Man and Lorna) in flattering ways relating to them.

Later in the restaurant, the Belchers and Teddy begin filming, with Louise writing the script and directing. As the days go on though, they notice that Meat Man is graying and attracting flies, with Louise refusing to "recast" with more meat, and decides to end the film with Meat Man with firecrackers gotten from Teddy. At that moment, Hugo and Ron show up for a surprise inspection, with Hugo aghast at them planning to blow up rotten meat in the restaurant. However, he reconsiders when hearing that they are doing a movie. Hugo proposes that Meat man ride off into the sunset, which Bob rejects, and Hugo agrees on the condition they do a deep clean and give him a grateful acknowledgment in the credits. Everyone pulls out their phone cameras for the one shot, and soon gray meat is everywhere in the restaurant, and in Hugo's headphone jack. Later in the night, the family watch the completed film, with Bob even crying at the end.


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1 Human FleshCrawl SpaceSacred CowSexy Dance FightingHamburger Dinner TheaterSheesh! Cab, Bob?Bed & BreakfastArt CrawlSpaghetti Western and MeatballsBurger WarWeekend at Mort'sLobsterfestTorpedo
2 The BelchiesBob Day AfternoonSynchronized SwimmingBurgerbossFood Truckin'Dr. YapMoody FoodieBad TinaBeefsquatch
3 Ear-sy RiderFull BarsBob Fires the KidsMutiny on the WindbreakerAn Indecent Thanksgiving ProposalThe DeepeningTinarannosaurus WrecksThe Unbearable Like-Likeness of GeneGod Rest Ye Merry Gentle-MannequinsMother Daughter Laser RazorNude BeachBroadcast Wagstaff School NewsMy Fuzzy ValentineLindapendent WomanO.T. The Outside ToiletTopsyTwo for TinaIt Snakes a VillageFamily FracasThe Kids Run the RestaurantBoyz 4 NowCarpe MuseumThe Unnatural
4 A River Runs Through BobFort NightSeaplane!My Big Fat Greek BobTurkey in a CanPurple Rain-UnionBob and DeliverChristmas in the CarSlumber PartyPresto Tina-oEasy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercialThe Frond FilesMazel TinaUncle TeddyThe Kids Rob a TrainI Get Psy-chic Out of YouThe EquestranautsAmbergrisThe Kids Run AwayGene It OnWharf HorseWorld Wharf II: The Wharfening
5 Work Hard or Die Trying, GirlTina and the Real GhostFriends with Burger-fitsDawn of the PeckBest BurgerFather of the BobTina Tailor Soldier SpyMidday RunSpeakeasy RiderLate Afternoon in the Garden of Bob and LouiseCan't Buy Me MathThe Millie-churian CandidateThe Gayle TalesLi'l Hard DadAdventures in Chinchilla-sittingThe Runway ClubThe Itty Bitty Ditty CommitteeEat, Spray, LindaHousetrapHawk & ChickThe Oeder Games
6 Sliding BobsThe Land ShipThe HaunteningGayle Makin' Bob SledNice-CapadesThe Cook, the Steve, the Gayle, & Her LoverThe Gene & Courtney ShowSexy Dance HealingSacred CouchLice Things Are LiceHouse of 1000 BouncesStand by GeneWag the HogThe Hormone-iumsPro Tiki/Con TikiBye Bye Boo BooThe Horse Rider-erSecret Admiral-irerGlued, Where's My Bob?
7 Flu-ouiseSea Me NowTeen-a WitchThey Serve Horses, Don't They?Large Brother, Where Fart Thou?The Quirk-ducersThe Last Gingerbread House on the LeftEx MachTinaBob ActuallyThere's No Business Like Mr. Business BusinessA Few 'Gurt MenLike Gene for ChocolateThe Grand Mama-pest HotelAquaticismAin't Miss Debatin'Eggs for DaysZero Larp ThirtyThe Laser-inthThelma & Louise Except Thelma is LindaMom, Lies, and VideotapeParaders of the Lost FloatInto the Mild
8 BrunchsquatchThe Silence of the LouiseThe Wolf of Wharf StreetSit Me Baby One More TimeThanks-hoardingThe BleakeningV for Valentine-dettaY Tu Ga-Ga TambienThe Secret Ceramics Room of SecretsSleeping with the FrenemyThe Hurt SoccerCheer Up, Sleepy GeneThe Trouble with DoublesGo Tina on the MountainAre You There Bob? It's Me, BirthdayBoywatchAs I Walk Through the Alley of the Shadow of RampsMo Mommy Mo ProblemsMission Impos-slug-bleSomething Old, Something New, Something Bob Caters for You
9 Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for NowThe Taking of Funtime One Two ThreeTweentrepreneursNightmare on Ocean Avenue StreetLive and Let FlyBobby DriverI Bob Your PardonRoller? I Hardly Know Her!UFO No You Didn'tBetter Off SledLorenzo's Oil? No, Linda'sThe Helen HuntBed, Bob & BeyondEvery Which Way but GooseThe Fresh Princ-ipalRoamin' Bob-idayWhat About Blob?If You Love It So Much, Why Don't You Marionette?Long Time Listener, First Time BobThe Gene MileP.T.A. It Ain't SoYes Without My Zeke
10 The Ring (But Not Scary)Boys Just Wanna Have FungusMotor, She BoatPig Trouble in Little TinaLegends of the MallThe Hawkening: Look Who's Hawking Now!Land of the LoftNow We're Not Cooking with GasAll That GeneHave Yourself a Maily Linda ChristmasDrumforgivenA Fish Called TinaThree Girls and a Little WharfyWag the SongYurty Rotten ScoundrelsFlat-Top o' the Morning to YaJust the TripTappy Tappy Tappy Tap Tap TapThe Handyman CanPoops!… I Didn't Do It AgainLocal She-roPrank You for Being a Friend
11 Dream a Little Bob of BobWorms of In-Rear-mentCopa-Bob-banaHeartbreak Hotel-oweenFast Time Capsules at Wagstaff SchoolBob Belcher and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad KidsDiarrhea of a Poopy KidThe Terminalator II: Terminals of EndearmentMommy BoyYachty or NiceRomancing the BeefDie Card, or Card TryingAn Incon-Wheelie-ent TruthMr. Lonely FartsSheshank RedumptionY Tu Tina TambiénFingers-looseSome Kind of Fender BenderfulBridge Over Troubled RudySteal Magazine-oliasTell Me Dumb Thing GoodVampire Disco Death Dance
12 Manic Pixie Crap ShowCrystal MessThe PumpkineningDriving Big DummySeven-tween AgainBeach, PleaseLoft in BedslationStuck in the Kitchen with YouFOMO You Didn'tGene's Christmas BreakTouch of Eval(uations)Ferry on My Wayward Bob and LindaFrigate Me KnotVideo Killed the Gene-io StarAncient Misbehavin'Interview with a Pop-pop-pireThe Spider House RulesClear and Present GingerA-Sprout a BoySauce Side StorySome Like It Bot Part 1: Eighth Grade RunnerSome Like It Bot Part 2: Judge-bot Day
13 To Bob or Not to BobThe Reeky Lake ShowWhat About Job?Comet-y of ErrorsApple Gore-chard! (But Not Gory)Dance Dance Re-EvaluationReady Player GenePutts-givingShow Mama from the GraveThe Plight Before ChristmasCheaty Cheaty Bang BangOh Row You Didn'tStop! Or My Mom Will Sleuth!These Boots Are Made for StalkingThe Show (and Tell) Must Go On
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