The Deepening

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"The Deepening"
Bob's Burgers episode
Episode no. Season 3
Series 28
Episode 6
Directed by Bernard Derriman
Written by Greg Thompson
Production code 2ASA11
Original air date November 25, 2012
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"The Deepening" is the 6th episode of the third season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 28th episode, and is written by Greg Thompson and directed by Bernard Derriman. It aired on Fox in the United States on November 25, 2012.[1]


Mr. Fischoeder's new pier attraction, a mechanical shark, goes haywire and terrorizes the town, and it falls to Bob and the family to catch it.


Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B+, saying "This sweet, hilarious confusion helps Bob’s Burgers to operate at the two levels it requires during the course of the episode. The character work keeps it grounded as an episode of Bob’s Burgers. Meanwhile, the monster-movie parody works in large part because, as everyone plays it straight, there’s Tina in the corner, defending a mechanical shark on the grounds that it was used in a movie to depict a confused shark. Bob tries to tell her that she’s wrong by comparing it to a toaster, but Tina’s empathy knows no bounds: 'Our toaster is also confused. It doesn’t know why we put bagels in it.'"[2]

Ross Bonaime of Paste gave the episode a 8.3 out of 10, saying "The Deepening” is one of the more fulfilling episodes of Bob’s Burgers’ third season, making the family one singular unit against the shark (even though Tina’s allegiances are split), and having the family forced against the town is a familiar scenario, but it still works well. “The Deepening” has one focused storyline instead of splitting the family into several that don’t feel fully fleshed out, and that makes for one of the funniest episodes so far this year."[3] The episode received a 2.0 rating and was watched by a total of 4.66 million people. This made it the fourth most watched show on Animation Domination that night, beating The Cleveland Show but losing to The Simpsons with 7.46 million.[4]


  1. ^ "Bob's Burgers Episode Guide 2012 Season 3 - The Deepening, Episode 6". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  2. ^ Kaiser, Rowan (January 7, 2013). "The Deepening". The A.V Club. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bonaime, Ross. "Bob's Burgers Review: "The Deepening" (Episode 3.06) :: TV :: Reviews :: Paste". Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  4. ^ Bibel (November 27, 2012). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time', 'Family Guy' & 'The Cleveland Show' Adjusted Up; 'The Good Wife' & '60 Minutes' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 28, 2012.