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"The Deepening" is the sixth episode in Season 3, being the twenty-eighth episode overall.


Mr. Fischoeder buys a mechanical shark that was used in a movie shot at Wonder Wharf. Teddy, who worked on the movie when he was young, has to battle the shark when it threatens the town's safety.


Another day at the restaurant, Bob uses the ice cream machine to give Mort a small soft serve he ordered, but the machine malfunctions and starts endlessly dispensing until Bob manages to unplug it. Hugo arrives to tell Bob to remove a bike locked up outside the restaurant after 24 hours, as Bob is now block captain (while Hugo has made up the title of quadrant captain and and himself new business cards to prove it). After the owner of the bike arrives and moons Bob thinking he was stealing the bike, Bob complains about the role of block captain. Mr. Fischoeder arrives, looking to test out some new attraction ideas for Wonder Wharf with the Belcher children as a focus group. After showing several bizarre concepts (such as Scare-ousel, a carousel where one rides on real horse skeletons), Bob states the town has a history with movies, like a 1980s shark move called The Deepening 3D. Teddy mentions that some of the locals, including himself, worked o the movie, where he was credited as "Handsome Lifeguard # 3", to Bob's surprise at how he looked before. Louise uses Fischoeder's laptop to find the actual mechanical shark from the movie on sale at a prop house, and Bob encourages him to buy the shark. Teddy though is reluctant, and doesn't want to talk about it.

Later, at the Wharf, after Mort gives a bad standup performance, Fischoeder publicly unveils the shark prop, which after starting up grabs onto and throws around the prosthetic arm of a shark attack survivor who had been brought to the ceremony. Teddy watches the shark and notes "it begins." At the restaurant, the Bechers, teddy, and patrons are watching the film on the wall-mounted TV, with Bob noting that he wants to see the shark in its prime, while Linda notes the other things it has attacked, such as a dog and a juggler's balls. After teddy points himself out in the film (with everyone looking at him due to the difference between himself now and the muscular, long-haired him in the film), Bob finds there are many risqué scenes in the film to skip over (such as a topless car wash and nude hot tub). Tina asks why the shark is attacking a submarine. Bob explains that in the lot, the CIA is training sharks to attack Soviet subs and are holding the sharks baby hostage to do so. Tina begin thinking the shark is misunderstood, and heads to the wharf to see the shark. Gene and Louise arrive too, with Louise planning to use Gene to cut off the shark prop's fin to sell, but in the process tips the shark over and the shark begins flopping around, destroying everything.

Fischoeder refuses to turn off the shark, both because it's the top attraction at a packed park, and because it can't be turned off unless it urns out of gas. The shark soon break the walls at Wonder Wharf, with police and fire crews getting in an argument over who gets to take over. Bob calls a block meeting as the shark starts destroying the street. At the meeting, Fischoeder pins all the blame for lack of safety measures on Bob before running off, while a guilty Tina blurts out that the kids knocked the shark over. As the townspeople get angrier and turn against the Belchers, Teddy gets everyone's attention (pretending to scratch on the chalkboard, but he doesn't have any fingernails) and tells bOb it was a bad idea to get the shark, and now they have to join together to stop it.

The townspeople brainstorm several ideas for stopping the shark, despite Tina's objections that the shark is confused and wants to go home, despite Bob pointing out it's a machine. Every plan fails: a spike strip only gets attached to the tail and chases more damage thrashing around; an oil slick makes it faster; and a hook on a cable attached to a truck lift up and hits a power line, electrifying it. Finally, they dig a big hole in the street with construction vehicles, trapping the shark under the dirt dug up in the process. As they celebrate, there's a rumbling under their feet, and the ground starts cracking towards the restaurant, indicating the shark is tunneling into the basement of Bob's Burgers. Bob, Mort and teddy all go in to face it.

Inside, it is quiet, and Teddy wants to cut the shark prop into pieces. He explains to them why he hates eh shark so much: while filming the movie, he was chatting up a cute surfer girl who also had a role, when the shaker prop nudged him from behind, causing Teddy to spill his drink on her and be told off about it. He hit the rafts services table after that. Bob however points out that he should probably blame the chuckling shark operator who pulled the prank, but Teddy still thinks the shark made the operator do it. Teddy blames the incident for his weight gain, and reveals he wears a "boy-die" men's girdle. Soon, the shark comes up through the floor and Mort falls through the hole created into the basement. The shark starts destroying more, engulfing the ice cream machine, and nearly biting Teddy, who is only saved by his boydle. He mentions the ending of the film, where it was killed by pouring wet cement down its throat, and when Bob points out they don't have a cement mixer, Tina comes in and notes the ice cream machine. Bob stretches to reach a wall outlet, which starts filling the shark with ice cream, allowing Teddy to escape. After the chaos is over, Mort is shown alive coming out of the basement, while Fischoeder says he will be out of town and runs when Bob asks about repairs. Hugo is seen on TV taking credit for stopping the shark.



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

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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
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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