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"Gene It On" is the twentieth episode in Season 4, being the sixty-fifth episode overall.


In the twentieth episode of the four season, Tina announces that she has decided to become a cheerleader. Her family (namely Bob)— who know she's not the typical "cheerleading type"— are unsure if it's a good decision, but Linda is all for Tina's new interest. After revealing her own long-held desire to be a cheerleader, Linda tells Tina she should try-out, despite Linda's underlying hostile feelings towards cheerleaders (namely her ex-friend Monica).

When Tina steps up to the stage in front of a pannel of cheerleaders (including teenage diva Tammy, who blackmailed Tina in season three), she embarrassingly takes a spill and hits her head on the table. Gene and Louise, who came to see Tina's audition, both witness the fall and Gene reacts quite dramatically the spectacle. Tammy suggests asking Gene to join the squad, and upon convincing him of the benefits, he agrees. Tina doesn't appear to be upset that Gene got the spot on the squad, but does end up with a swollen tongue and is informed by the nurse that she won't be able to talk for a few days. Louis offers to be her interperator, and (despite Tina's apprehension) gets out of doing schoolwork in order to aid her sister.

Once Gene informs his mother that he made the squad, Linda becomes overjoyed. Though Gene is at first excited to share his love of cheer with his mother, he quickly grows tired of Linda's overly-enthusiastic involvement in his new activity. His irritation eventually causes him and Linda to have a fight about her over-bearing attitude, and it consequently brings up some old feelings Linda has about Monica and her high school days. It is said that Monica was a cheerleader and treated Linda quite poorly during their friendship, often using her for rides to school and various other things which made Linda very angry after their friendship ended. So, when Gene's sour attitude interfers with her excited outlook on his new position as resident cheerleader in the house, it brings back feelings of jealousy and resentment in Linda, who—in anger— tells Gene he's “just like Monica.”

Meanwhile, Tina is becoming increasingly aggravated toward her younger sister, who had used Tina to excuse herself from schoolwork. Throughout her day at school, Louise continues to manipulate what Tina says, only furthering Tina's anger. Eventually, Tina snaps and screams at Louise that she doesn't need her to translate, and instructs her to leave. However, her attitude is quickly swayed with Jimmy Jr., whom Tina is very much in love with, stops by the say hello. Louise, who has ignored Tina's instruction to stop translating, lands Tina a date with Jimmy Jr. at a ritzy dessert restaurant in town. Thus, Tina re-hires Louise as her translator.

When Gene begins cheerleading and proves to be excellent at it, the resident male cheerleader, Todd, on the team becomes jealous. Fueled by the jaded male cheerleading coach, Mr. Ambrose (who wanted the job of drama teacher), Todd plans an attack on Gene to get him booted from the team. Todd challenges Gene to a cheer-off, but ultimately fails when his chants don't hold up to Gene's. So, after his cheering skills fall short, Todd meets with Zeke, the school's best wrestler— and tells him that Gene is responsible for his loss at the big meet a few days prior. Zeke and Todd conspire to force Gene to leave the team, and Zeke attacks Gene in the hallway, threatening that he'll continue to bully Gene unless he leaves. Gene refuses to leave, much to Todd's chargin, and maintains his role as Yell King.

When Mr. Ambrose announces that he jokingly sent a tape to a big cheer competition, and that the Wagstaff team was invited to compete, the students are estatic but find it difficult to invent a new routine on short notice. Gene suggests they do a futuristic-themed routine, complete with robot costumes, the group (except for Todd) excitedly agrees. Upon arriving at the competition, the group is shocked to see another school has stolen their routine. Mr. Ambrose admits he leaked their practice tape, in order to stir up more drama. The Wagstaff group is very dejected, until Gene hesitantly suggests the “Pigwheel”, a dangerous routine Linda created. The group agrees to attempt to routine, but ultimately fail and earn last place.

At the dessert restaurant, Louise continues to talk to Jimmy Jr. for Tina, who desperately attempts to convey what she's actually saying to her date. Eventually, after Louise has spent all of Jimmy Jr.'s money and Tina is past her breaking point, she addresses him directly. She explains that she wanted a simple movie date, and he agrees.

Eventually, it all works out, with Gene and Linda and Tina and Louise.



  • H. John Benjamin as Bob
  • Dan Mintz as Tina
  • Eugene Mirman as Gene
  • John Roberts as Linda
  • Kristen Schaal as Louise

Also Starring


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Season Episodes
The Demo
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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See also: Episode Guide