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Yeah, I don't even wash that towel ever. That's not a pattern—that's just stains.

"The Helen Hunt" is the twelfth episode in Season 9, being the one-hundred-and-sixty-second episode overall.


The Belchers make it their mission to help Teddy get his dream girl, but Tina is convinced she's found a better match for him.


Another lazy day at the restaurant, Teddy comes in, with Linda noticing they haven't seen him in a while. He explains that he's been working at the beach house of Helen, with some of his crush on her still evident in his speech. The Belchers try to convince him to ask her out, which he refuses on account of not believing he has a chance. Bob asks what kind of work he's been doing, and Teddy says it is mostly looking in places to find something valuable her late husband Larry hid: an old Japanese netsuke worth a lot. He brings up Larry's investments, like netsukes, typewriters, and an apartment building called the Dumont several blocks for the restaurant. Louise wonders if the netsuke is at the apartment building, and the family (over the protests of Bob of closing early) convinces him to go and look in order to find it and have a chance with Helen.

At the Dumont, the plan is set to search every vent and chimney. Bob and gene are sent to the third floor, where they are mistaken for handymen by an old blind tenant complaining about the hot water in the kitchen, and due to miscommunication agree to check the pipes. On the first floor, Teddy, Linda, Tina and Louise all check in the apartment of an Irish woman named Kathleen, and as she and Teddy display a natural chemistry, Tina suggests to the others that they should work to get Teddy and Kathleen together, while Linda is adamant that they find the netsuke to get Teddy with Helen. Just then, Helen arrives at the apartment building.

Teddy explains that they were looking for the netsuke, which Helen is somewhat peeved at learning has been shared to so many people, but agrees to give Louise a reward for finding it. Kathleen sees she is Larry's widow, and lets slip that Larry had an apartment on the third floor. The group finds it and and see it is a secret man cave filled with items he was not allowed to have at the beach house such as board games and a guitar. In Larry's apartment, Tina awkwardly tries to find out if Kathleen is single, and she reveals her husband died year earlier after being hit by a train, and Teddy sympathizes but Linda tries to get him and Helen closer on the other side of the room. Kathleen leaves to go back to her apartment, while Tina and Louise follow. Meanwhile, Bob and Gene continue to fail in fixing the hot water, and are outside the other apartment trying to find where a pipe on the wall goes as Tina and Louise ask.

At Kathleen's apartment, Tina and Louise share cold pasts with her, and while Louise goes to look around, Tina asks Kathleen what she looks for in a man, before calling Teddy down to help in the apartment. While rushing down, Teddy gives Bob and gene several tools to help with the pipes without explaining. In Kathleen's apartment, Tina tries to get Teddy and Kathleen to look into each other's eyes, before Linda calls Teddy back upstairs to help open a door on the second floor with Helen, into an apartment that is currently occupied. Tina stays in the apartment still trying to convince an oblivious Kathleen that having a handyman around could be good. Kathleen mentions that decrepit state of the building, and that Larry would even nail loose stairwell boards and did plumbing upstairs. At hearing this, Louise gets an idea and takes Tina back to the third floor. After looking at the pipes, she sees they are dunned apes that go nowhere, and opens them up to find a little bag with the netsuke inside.

Louise wants to get the reward money, but Tina still wants Teddy and Kathleen to have a blossoming romance, so after some convincing (and agreeing to do Louise's chores for a month), they hide the netsuke in order to later claim the reward after making Teddy and Kathleen fall in love 9while Linda is lighting candles as teddy and Helen look in a laundry room). Meanwhile, Bob finally manages to get the hot water running after a while, and as the two celebrate, the faucet explodes and sends water everywhere. Back in Kathleen's apartment, Tina marches in and gets a dish towel dirty with pasta sauce, eventually just pushing Kathleen into the laundry room where teddy and Helen are. Lind sees something is odd, and pulls the girls aside, where Tina's suspicious denials help her realize they found the netsuke already. She rushes to grab Teddy and show him, but as she insects the item, Helen calls and startles her, causing the netsuke to drop onto the roof of the old caged elevator.

Teddy tries to step onto the elevator roof to get the netsuke, but in the process it drops, with Teddy grabbing onto the counterweights in order to not fall, but starts losing his grip. Bob and gene, having cleaned up the water and screwed the faucet on enough so hopefully a real plumber can fix it, find everyone outside the elevator cage and see Teddy, who explains that there is a lever on the roof that can release the counterweights and lift the elevator back up. On the roof, Bob and Gene try pulling various levers, eventually finding the right one, but are told to stop by Helen, who is concerned only that her netsuke could fall off. Seeing Helen run off and dismiss the chances Teddy could fall off, Linda says Helen is horrible and Tina agrees. As the elevator lifts, Helen manages to swipe the netsuke, and Teddy falls onto the elevator roof at a short distance without injury. Helen doesn't give the reward, due to having no cash, and starts to leave, before falling on a loose floor board on the stairs, then getting attacked by a stray cat, causing the netsuke to break. In Larry's apartment, Linda and Tina apologize to Teddy, and send him back to Kathleen's apartment as water appears under the door.


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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