Debuted in 2015
Plot in 3 Sentences: The Belcher kids kick a man out of a massage chair at the mall and then realize he’s the mall Santa. He threatens to report them to the real Santa so they come up with the idea to stage an ice show at the mall that will showcase how good they’ve all been this year. But Louise succumbs to her conscience and admits that she’s lying about the good she’s done, telling Santa that Gene and Tina are both good and Santa acknowledges that there’s good in her, too.
Fun Fact: Due to a scheduling issue, this episode aired a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving instead of during the actual Christmas season.
My thoughts: Sometimes I watch a Christmas episode of a show I’ve never seen and end up watching the show regularly. Bob’s Burgers is one of those shows and now I’m a big fan. They’ve had several Christmas episodes and I think this is one of the best ones. It’s probably not a coincidence that it’s an episode centered around Louise, who is my favorite main character. Her complex personality is truly showcased here and she manages to be devious but also genuine, child-like but also mature and cynical but also hopeful. Several of the supporting cast members lend a hand with this bizarre ice show, including the Fischoeder brothers, hilarious as usual, and Teddy, who is my favorite non-Belcher character. I love that the mall Santa’s approval means so much to Louise and that it’s the support of her friends and family that actually means the most to him. Of course, that doesn’t mean she gets what she was asking for, but that’s probably because she was asking for a shark. This is a fun episode of a really great show.
Individual Superlative: Ayyyy, Santa! – Santa is voiced here by Henry Winkler, who rose to fame playing the Fonz on Happy Days. Nothing makes you feel older than when the sex symbols of your youth are cast as Santa.
Want to Watch it? Bob’s Burgers: Nice-Capades is available on iTunes and YouTube and will probably show up in reruns during the holiday season.