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Maybe it's just the Magic Marker smell making me dizzy, but I'm into this!
Arnold Evans about Soul Breezers

"The (Raccoon) King and I" is the seventh episode in Season 14, being the two-hundredth-and-sixty-seventh episode overall.

Plot[]

During a neighborhood block party, Linda makes a mistake that could threaten the life of her favorite alley raccoon.

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Bob and his kids are looking out of the restaurant, watching people set up an enormous stage in front of Bob's Burgers for Ocean Avenue's block party. Bob is upset because he won't be able to look at the musicians performing on the set since they were initially building it by Mort's mortuary. While drinking coffee at the counter, Teddy states he believes Mort bribed the people in charge of the event. Bob was looking forward to the block party because of the Soul Breezers performance, which started in the '70s and only produced one hit (which Bob remembers so well). Louise is also upset about the stage because she sold tickets to kids in her class in exchange for candy so they could watch the event from their apartment: Regular Sized Rudy, Andy and Ollie Pesto, and Arnold Evans. Gene adds he's helping Louise so he can get ten percent of her share. Louise mentions the only way to watch the performance upstairs is by "squeezing your face against the window in Gene's room and closing one eye while you stand on tiptoe." Unlike her dad and the rest of her siblings, Tina remains optimistic. She wants to attend the concert and become a 'cheerer' instead of a 'clapper' at these events. She tries 'whooing,' but her whoo's don't impress Louise. Bob tries cheering himself up by telling himself the block party will attract people to the restaurant, and he will still hear the Soul Breezers play, even if he won't see them. As Bob pours Teddy more coffee, Linda enters the restaurant from the back. She declares she's getting buns for Little King Trashmouth and a coffee for herself. Tina asks if the raccoon is fine since Linda's been in the alley the whole time. Linda says there's something wrong with the King's paw, but she needs to figure out the specifics. As Linda finishes compiling her supplies, Teddy finishes his coffee and goes out with Linda to see Little King Trashmouth. Gene and Louise leave after wiping down the menus and return to the apartment to fix up Gene's room for their guests. Bob tries getting them to return since Linda is also gone, and he needs help running the restaurant. However, they ignore him, and Tina also tries sneaking away from Bob to see Little King Trashmouth. Tina hurries out before her father can get her to stay.

In the alley, Linda, Tina, and Teddy watch Little King Trashmouth lick his broken paw after they fed him a burger bun in the crevice between the dumpster and the restaurant's exterior walls. Their neighbor, Mr. Huggins, in the apartment behind the restaurant, claims he saw the King limp in the space. Tina asks where Gary, the King's husband, is, but Linda is uncertain. Linda notices that Little King Trashmouth doesn't like the bread, so she returns to the restaurant to find something else for him to eat and pee.

Meanwhile, Regular Sized Rudy comes to the Belchers and gives Louise candy so he can watch the concert. He's the first to show up, so they head to Gene's room. Gene and Louise have put chairs in Gene's room so Rudy and the other kids can watch the concert. However, Rudy looks out one of Gene's windows and notices he won't be able to see the band there. Louise mashes Rudy's face to the window and tells him he can watch the event like this, convincing him it's a 'premium experience.'

Linda returns from the restaurant with a pickle in hand. She tosses it to Little King Trashmouth and tells Tina and Teddy she called animal control to help them. Teddy starts getting nervous because he thinks they will kill the King, especially since he's a raccoon. As Mr. Huggins confirms Teddy's suspicions by talking about television shows with animal control in them, the block party starts, and the first band starts playing. Tina tries wooing, but it doesn't satisfy her. She also urges Linda to call animal control back. Linda calls them and tries convincing them there's no raccoon to call off the hit, but the respondent doesn't believe her and hangs up. Linda, Tina, and Teddy decide to catch Little King Trashmouths themselves and hide him so animal control won't take him. Linda, Teddy, and Tina return to the restaurant, and as Bob serves burgers to the customers, she tells her husband she's getting a "raccoon box from the basement." Teddy sees Bob cooking fries and asks if he can order some, but he refocuses and goes to the basement with Linda. As he goes, an older man enters the restaurant and asks for the Burger of the Day. Bob asks if the person is one of the people performing for the block party, and the man reveals himself as part of the Soul Breezers. The man tells Bob he's Ian, the band's road manager. Bob compliments Ian's group, telling him it's inspiring how they're still "doing what they love." However, Ian laughs because the Soul Breezers are miserable and broke, and so is he. Bob lets Ian take some of his napkins since he wants them to clean up spills on the bus and use them as toilet paper.

Linda, Tina, and Teddy return to the alley with a blanket, not a box, since they couldn't find one. Linda makes her and Tina stand on each side of the dumpster so Little King Trashmouth won't escape, and she plans to trap him with the towel. Teddy pulls back the dumpster so Linda and Tina can go through the opening. Mr. Huggin returns to watch and warns them that the raccoon will bite them, and Tina starts making her nervous groans. While looking at Little King Trashmouth, Linda notices that the cause of his pain is a splinter in his foot, and he manages to get it out with his licking. When Linda tries to jump the King, the raccoon escapes between Linda's feet. Linda gets concerned again because of the impending arrival of animal control. Still, Tina becomes optimistic, thinking that they won't be able to find Little King Trashmouth since he can run again.

Andy, Ollie, and Arnold are back in the apartment in Gene's room with Rudy. They're discussing asking for a refund with each other, and Louise and Gene are observing them without alerting them. The guests go to Louise and Gene, telling them they'd rather watch the concert from outside, like everyone else. When they ask for their candy back, Louise gets desperate and leads them to the living room, showing them they can see backstage from where the "real stuff" happens. Louise's friends still need convincing, so Louise offers them free snacks. Louise sways Andy and Ollie when she allows them to sleep in her bathtub later. Rudy and Arnold Evans stopped voicing their concerns and returned to watching the people backstage. Gene brings the seat from his room over, in addition to the Belcher's "cushiest seat cushions" or Bob and Linda's bed pillows.

Back at the restaurant, Linda is 'chopping' onions while looking at the alley door, nervously waiting for animal control to arrive. Bob asks his wife if she wants to be at the counters instead of the kitchen, but Linda refuses. When Linda sees their van pull up, she and Teddy go to the alley to meet them. Linda, Tina, and Teddy try convincing the officer to leave by telling a story about a dog. While they're lying, the officer sees Little King Trashmouth limping behind them from a distance. The officer returns to her van to get her catch pole and a cage, and she heads for the raccoon. Little King Trashmouth disappears, but it doesn't stop the woman from trying to catch him. When the animal control officer is out of earshot, Tina suggests she, her mom, and Teddy split up to find the King, and she could follow the officer and shout if the woman sees him. They all follow Tina's plan. Meanwhile, Ian continues to talk to Bob about how depressing his and the Soul Breezer's jobs are. Ian's speech affects Bob, and the Belcher starts thinking about his career, worrying he'll end up like Ian and the Soul Breezers.

In the apartment, Louise's guests continue watching the block party backstage crew. Gene makes 'merch' for the guests by finding old t-shirts and writing on them with a black Magic Marker. Rudy buys one with some of his candy, and Andy, Ollie, and Arnold follow.

Linda, Teddy, and Tina remain split up, trying to find Little King Trashmouth. Tina sees that the animal control officer has found the raccoon, so Tina shouts to get her mom's and Teddy's attention. Linda can't get to the King because of a fence, so she goes through Barry's alcohol store, asks Barry if she can borrow one of his empty boxes, and gets to the alley through Barry's backdoor. As the officer is about to catch Little King Trashmouth, Linda traps him in a box and takes him with her. She runs back to the restaurant to hide the King.

While Bob is back in the kitchen, cooking burgers, he can't help but think about what Ian said to him. He pictures himself aging as he continues to cook burgers for the rest of his life, but Ian snaps him out of it, telling Bob that Soul Breezers is playing "Gas in My Car" onstage right now, Bob's favorite song of theirs (and their only hit). Louise's friends enjoy the Soul Breezer's hit in the apartment and begin dancing.

The animal control officer returns to her van, unable to find Little King Trashmouth. Linda emerges from hiding as the woman leaves in her van, and she, Tina, and Teddy cheer. They see Gary from a distance, and they let the King out. Gary and his husband reunite, and Tina whoos. Teddy compliments Tina's cheer, and they head inside the restaurant to give Little King Trashmouth and Gary some privacy.

As Ian eats the soft serve that Bob made for him, Bob looks out of the window and points out that the Soul Breezers look like they're having fun. Ian agrees. Bob is confused because Ian told him they were miserable. Ian doesn't argue with Bob, but he tells the restaurateur that there are "moments" that make their professions worth it. Bob looks at the Soul Breezers again, seeing them enjoying themselves. Bob's concerns are over, and he starts dancing to the band's music. Gene and Louise come down from the apartment to get snacks for their guests. Bob continues dancing as Linda, Tina, and Teddy come in, and Teddy orders a burger and fries for himself and the raccoon couple.

Back at the alley, Little King Trashmouth and Gary leave together to the distance.

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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 ErrorsSo You Stink You Can DanceApple Gore-chard! (But Not Gory)Ready 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 OnWhat a (April) Fool BelievesCrows Encounters of the Bird KindGift Card or Buy TryingCrab-solutely FabulousRadio No You Didn'tMother Author Laser PointerAmelia
14 Fight at the Not Okay Chore-ralThe Amazing RudyThe PickleoretteRunning Down a GeneBully-ieve It or NotEscape from Which Island?The (Raccoon) King and IWharf, Me Worry?Fraud of the Dead: Zombie-docu-pocalypseThe Nightmare 2 Days Before ChristmasMission Impossi-BobJade in the ShadeButt Sweat and Fears
15 TBA
Unknown season (order subject to change) The Big StieblitzkiThe Tina Table: The Tables Have Tina-edThe Right Tough StuffTo Catch a BeefDon't Stop Be-cheesin'For Whom the Doll ToesThey Slug Horses, Don't They?Hope N' Mic NightBoogie DaysDog Christmas Day After AfternoonAdvice Things Are Ad-NiceMr. Fischoeder's OpusLike a Candle in the GymSnackfaceThe Place Beyond the PineconesThe Lost City of AtlanticInsomnibobWild Steal-ionsThe Shell GameThe Dead Bo-ats SocietyDad-urday Kite FeverMr. Safebody
See also: Episode Guide
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