Broadcast Wagstaff School News
|"Broadcast Wagstaff School News"|
|Bob's Burgers episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Jennifer Coyle|
|Written by||Greg Thompson|
|Original air date||January 27, 2013|
"Broadcast Wagstaff School News" is the 12th episode of the third season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 34th episode, and is written by Greg Thompson and directed by Jennifer Coyle. It aired on Fox in the United States on January 27, 2013.
Tina decides to audition for the Wagstaff School News, a school news program taught by Mr. Grant the Video Comm Teacher. When Tammy, her former icon/best friend from "Bad Tina," manipulates Tina into talking excessively slower than usual, she ends up as Staff Intern, making Tammy the anchor, Andy and Ollie Pesto the field reporters, and Zeke the sports broadcaster. When she sees that the Wagstaff School is all about gossip instead of expected news, she is left with no choice until she finds out about a series of defecations committed by a "serial pooper," classified by her as the "Mad Pooper," but to Linda as "The Butt-ler." As a result of this, she makes her own newscast called Tina News to share to the public about the Mad Pooper, drawing more attention to Tina News than the Wagstaff School News, angering Mr. Grant and Tammy.
When the WSN makes a reenactment showing Tammy dressed up as Tina taking a "#2 in the library," the whole school believes that the culprit is Tina, resulting in her being sent to the principal's office. Though when Tina believes that the Mad Pooper will strike at the anti-smoking assembly in the gymnasium, Louise distracts the school secretary, Tina makes a run for it and confronts the Mad Pooper, who is revealed to be nobody else than Zeke. He claims he was responsible for being the Mad Pooper so he could stimulate the attention towards Tina News and then poops in the gymnasium. Louise, who also is in the gym, pushes Tammy towards the falling turd, but it doesn't strike her. Back at the Wagstaff School News, Tammy hails Louise as a hero "for saving her hair" and claims that Zeke "is not in trouble because his family moves around a lot." Mr. Grant, on behalf of the WSN, apologizes to Tina for making the school think that she was the Mad Pooper and presents a new WSN special, the Tina Table, hosted by Tina herself.
Meanwhile, Louise tricks Gene into thinking that he will grow up to look like Bob, so she makes him look like Bob, making Linda impressed and Bob feeling impersonated. Over the next few days Gene continues to copy his father, further angering and annoying Bob and making him feel more impersonated. When the Belchers run to the anti-smoking assembly after being called to the school (because Tina was sent to the principal due to the accusations made by the WSN), Gene changes back into his own self due to his ambition of seeing someone poop in the school, resulting in Bob being glad that he is normal again and Linda sad because she will miss her "muppet baby Bobby."
Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club gave the episode a A–, saying "Here's the thing: Tina's plot hinges on Louise being smart about everything and equally willing to cause trouble. She can't record her investigations without a camera—which is uncovered by Louise. She can't get airtime without Louise's semi-accidental skill at blackmail. And she can't get away from the principal's office without Louise getting in trouble to get there then springing Tina with expert manipulation. Louise's presence can smooth over any aspect of Bob's Burgers. It ain't a secret weapon, but it's a damn effective one." The episode received a 2.0 rating and was watched by a total of 4.12 million people,. This made it the fourth most watched show on Animation Domination that night, beating The Cleveland Show but losing to Family Guy with 5.63 million.
- List of Bob's Burgers episodes
- The Mad Pooper, an unidentified woman who defecated in public places while jogging in a Colorado Springs, Colorado, neighborhood during the summer of 2017.
- "Bob's Burgers Episode Guide 2013 Season 3 - Broadcast Wagstaff School News, Episode 12". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
- Kaiser, Rowan (January 28, 2013). "Broadcast Wagstaff School News". The A.V Club. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
- "Sunday Final Ratings: 'The Mentalist', 'Family Guy' & 'American Dad' Adjusted Up; 'The Simpsons' Adjusted Down". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved 2015-06-04.