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Bob Belcher in his fantasy

"Gift Card or Buy Trying" is the eighteenth episode in Season 13, being the two-hundred-and-fifty-sixth episode overall.


When a customer leaves a $100 gift card as a tip, Bob, Linda and the kids go on a $20-each shopping spree, and Gene has an awkward run-in with a former friend.

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At the restaurant, the Belchers are all staring at a $100 gift card for The More Store, in awe and a bit of confusion at how it is the biggest tip they’ve ever gotten from a man who loved the burger he ate and the service there. As they all helped in serving him, they decide to split the card five ways, despite Bob pointing out that they’ve never paid the kids money or parts of the tips, but eventually agrees to split the gift card so each gets 20 dollars. The kids want to leave right then, but Bob says they will leave after lunch.

The Belchers park in the More Store lot, and Louise briefly holds the gift card before Linda take sit back. Tina wants to buy something she will not regret later, while Gene wants a slide whistle for his project, to Bob and Linda’s distress. Bob asks if he already had a slide whistle, but Gene says he left it at Mitchel’s house, and the two are not friends anymore so he cannot get it back. Gene says that he Mitchell annoying and who played the slide whistle in a fast and chaotic way; he notes this is the first time he ever de-friended someone but Mitchell is a lot while Gene is a self-described “simple, peaceful boy.”

The Belchers enter the store and are amazed. Linda tells them to meet at the register in half an hour, and that they only have 20 dollars each, no going over that to spend. Tina finds a DVD box set of Boyz4Now, while Louise tells her to hold off, as it is a big store and they may find something else she likes; but right after Tina puts it back, Louise spots an archery set for 25 dollars and wants it. But with the price tag, Louise tries to talk Tina into pooling their money, which Tina rejects. She hides the archery set while going after Tina.

Bob finds kettlebells and imagines himself beefing up his arm using them, before quickly realizing how heavy they actually are and giving up. Linda tries pillows when she spots the Seam Dream 3000 Stitchinator sewing machine, with a lot of features but costing $99.95. She imagines the sewing machine talking to her to buy it while the sewing machine at their home is broken and doesn’t stitch well, and she becomes convinced to talk her family into it once seeing all the stiches she could do.

Gene spots an electronic drum machine set and begins to play it, before suddenly seeing Mitchell and hiding, and begins crawling away while telling the electronics attendant to keep an eye on the drum set. He tries to disguise himself with a football helmet but is spotted by Linda, who tries to talk to him about how their current sewing machine doesn’t work on his pants when Mitchell approaches, causing Gene to hide again.

Louise keeps trying to talk Tina into buying something cheaper, but Tina sees right through her and notes it’s only to help Louise get the archery set. Louise puts a set of gel pens Tina wants back so they are not broken (and thus not forced to buy them) when they see Gene crawling. Gene explains he is hiding form Mitchell, and that Mitchell was “so much all of the time”, with a “does everyone have to pay attention to you every second of the day” attitude. He goes off while Tina and Louise follow him.

Bob tries a beanie with a headlamp, but is interrupted from his daydream of saving the family with it by Linda, who brings up the sewing machine. Bob is confused, and points out the kids may want toys instead of pooling together for the sewing machine. Bob reluctantly agrees but keeps looking (and is disappointed by the beanie’s low lamp brightness), while Linda goes off to find the girls and Gene to convince them.

The kids are hiding in a circular clothing rack before Mitchell’s dad tell him it is time to leave, relieving Gene, and Tina, who still has 15 minutes to shop. Louise keeps trying to convince her to buy cheaper stuff, but Tina wants to buy a jigsaw puzzle, and follows Gene to the drum set; he wants to play it now that the coast is clear. At the drum set, Gene is ready to for the girls when he bumps into Mitchell at the drum set. The two have an awkward chat, and Gene blurts out that they could both play, to his sister’s fear. The two sit in the cramped stool, and after some halting play, the two being enjoying playing loudly, while Tina and Louise leave to avoid hearing it. Gene and Mitchell try playing the drum set while scatting, while Linda wonders what all the noise is when she sees the girls. Bob realizes the noise is Gene and apologizes to a clerk for his “free sprit” son in order to not get kicked out before asking if the sunglasses he has on look good on him, scaring off the clerk with his awkward talk. Linda tries convincing the girls, who reject her, and Tina rejects Louise’s attempts to convince her to buy a cheaper item again. Just then, Tina sees an English rose garden jigsaw puzzle on the shelf, and wants it.

Gene and Mitchell keep playing, but Gene gets mad at Mitchell for constantly changing the beat he’s playing, which Mitchell denies, and the two try to one-up each other playing louder, until the electronics clerk unplugs the machine. Mitchell says that gene is annoying which he stopped hanging out with him. Gene is confused as he stopped hanging out with Mitchell, and eh two get in an argument, with Gene admitting he left the slide whistle at Mitchell’s house, but Mitchell insults his slide whistle playing and says he never wants to see Gene again before leaving.

Gene meets Linda at the checkout lines, and is upset that Mitchell said he stopped hanging out with him because he was annoying. Bob shows up with socks, which Linda also got, having not gotten the kids on board with the sewing machine. Louise shows up with the archery set, while Tina has the jigsaw puzzle and refuses to buy something cheaper so Louise can get hers. Gene refuses Louise as well, having gotten an $18.95 “Non Stop Bop” game toy, to everyone’s discomfort. Just then, Gene sees Mitchell several lanes away, and says Mitchell is the annoying one for being loud, not being able to play music, and has no idea that everything he does in aggravating.

As he talks and sees Mitchell with a Non-Stop Bop game, Gene realizes he is also talking about himself, which the family denies. Louise says Gene is less annoying than Mitchell, Tina says they love him in a way that sounds like they have to before realizing, and Bob says he remembers Mitchell, who he sees has not matured when the latter hist his toy on a shopping cart. Linda says she didn’t find Mitchell annoying, just a “ball of energy” that burns bright that he and Gene cannot be in the same room. Tina tries to use a puzzle analogy but gets sidetracked by it.

Seeing Mitchell looking over at him, Gene decides to go over and say something. Gene tries to apologize and say he doesn’t think Mitchell is that annoying, and Mitchell says Gene was “a little bit”. Gene says that they’re so amazing that drums and slide whistles that, while they had good times, that it’s too much if they play together, so they will play at their own houses. But Mitchell gets distracted and starts playing the Bop toy, annoying Gene to say goodbye. Back with his family, Bob tells Gene he is proud of him for trying to make peace, but refuses to call Mitchell’s dad for the slide whistle.

Louise points out that if her parents are buying socks, there may be an extra 5 dollars for her archery set, causing Linda to sigh. She talks about all that she wanted to sew, as she loves sewing for the kids, and soon Gene and Tina put back their items for the sewing machine. Bob puts back his socks, but Louise is initially resistant before also going with the sewing machine (but not before saying someone will have to buy the archery set for her birthday). Linda rushes off for the sewing machine before running right into a cart of kettlebells.

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2 The BelchiesBob Day AfternoonSynchronized SwimmingBurgerbossFood Truckin'Dr. YapMoody FoodieBad TinaBeefsquatch
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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
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See also: Episode Guide