Hamburger Dinner Theater

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"Hamburger Dinner Theater"
Bob's Burgers episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 5
Directed by Wes Archer
Written by Dan Fybel & Rich Rinaldi
Production code 1ASA05
Original air date February 20, 2011
Guest actors
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"Hamburger Dinner Theater" is the fifth episode of the first season of the animated television series Bob's Burgers. "Hamburger Dinner Theater" originally aired on the Fox Network in the United States on February 20, 2011.

The episode was written by Dan Fybel & Rich Rinaldi and directed by Wes Archer. It received positive reviews from critics[by whom?] for its character interactions, humor and storyline. According to Nielsen ratings, it was viewed in 4.87 million viewers in its original airing. The episode featured guest performances by Toby Huss, Larry Murphy, Andy Kindler, Jerry Minor, Sam Seder, Holly Schlesinger and Wendy Molyneux.


Linda says she's getting ready to go to a strip club with her friends, but Bob realizes she's really going to a dinner theater. Bob hates dinner theater, especially since every time Linda sees a show there, she sings everything she says. The next morning, favorite customer Mort (Andy Kindler), also a fan of dinner theater, tells Linda since she works at a restaurant she could set up a dinner theater of her own. Linda is excited, but Bob objects, finally relenting as long as it's only three performances.

Linda concocts a mass murder-mystery-musical-love story set in a morgue and titles it "Dreamatorium." She casts the kids, Mort and herself in the play, but Bob refuses to take part beyond making the food. Tina is cast as a tree due to a history of stage fright. The kids make the set and Mort creates the props. On the night of the play, Mort's death is accompanied by gory, overly realistic fake blood and organs, and the audience is appalled, some even calling the police, who briefly investigate the show.

Linda decides to do another performance, much to Bob's dismay. Tina wants to say a line to conquer her stage fright, but during the performance she freezes, and Louise says her line. At the climax, Linda reveals that she committed the murders, although in the prologue she said her character wasn't the killer; she says it's a twist ending, but the audience angrily disagrees. Suddenly a robber (Toby Huss) appears with a gun and demands all the money in the cash register. Realizing that they're putting on a show, the robber sings beautifully to Linda, who improvises lyrics in return. Bob protests that the robber isn't part of the show, but no one believes him. Even the police drive by, see the robbery, and drive on, assuming it's staged for the play. The robber leaves with the money as everybody praises his performance.

Bob reports the crime the next day to Officers Julia and Cliffany (Jerry Minor & Sam Seder) while Mort reads positive reviews to Linda. A blond man walks in the restaurant, asking about the robbery. Once the police are gone, he reveals himself to be the robber and offers to appear in the show again for the third and final performance. Linda is all for it, but Bob calls 911, so the robber produces the gun, robs them again, and flees, only to be caught by Officers Julia and Cliffany. Linda is disappointed and upset with Bob. She's dispirited during the last performance, especially since the audience can't wait for the "twist ending" of the robbery. When the play finishes, the viewers are disgruntled when the special star doesn't appear. Bob disguises himself and performs the role of the robber, and he and Linda improvise a brief song, concluding to discover everyone has left the restaurant. Tina finally spits out her one line, and declares that she's cured of her stage fright.


"Hamburger Dinner Theater" is the fifth episode of Bob's Burgers and was written by Dan Fybel & Rich Rinaldi and directed by Wes Archer who used to direct the Simpsons episodes.[1] It feature guest stars from recurring guest stars Larry Murphy and Andy Kindler as Teddy and Mort. Jerry Minor as Officer Julia and Sam Seder as Officer Cliffany guest star in their first appearance. Former King of the Hill actor Toby Huss plays the robber. Staff writers Holly Schlesinger and Wendy Molyneux play audience members Barbara and her friend, respectively. This episode carries a TV-PG for suggestive dialogue (D), offensive language (L) and graphic violence (V).

Burger of the Day[edit]

  • "Totally Radish (with radish)", a play on the saying, "Totally rad".
  • "Onion Burger Grilled to Death! (with onion)".
  • "Last of the Mo-Jicama (with jicama)", a reference to the film, The Last of the Mohicans.


In its original American broadcasting, "Hamburger Dinner Theater" was viewed by an estimated 4.81 million viewers and received a 2.7 rating/4% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49, an increase than last week's episode.[2]

The episode received positive reviews, Rowan Kaiser from the A.V. Club, gave it a B+ (the highest of the night). He praised its humor, but mostly praised its storyline compared to the earlier episodes, and found it an improvement on the earlier stories.


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