Mother’s Day is the special day of the year when we celebrate the moms and mother figures in our lives. Of all the moms on TV, there are few who are as musical, funny and loving as Linda Belcher (John Roberts) from Bob’s Burgers. Wife of Bob Belcher (H. Jon Benjamin) and matriarch of the Belcher family, this fun-loving mom makes life on Ocean Avenue livelier. She is set to make her big screen debut in Bob’s Burgers movie information later this month, but before she hits the big screen, let’s take a look at how this spirited mom goes above and beyond to be the best mom for Tina (Dan Mintz), Embarrassed (Eugene Mirman), and Louise (Kristen Schal).
The musical mom of three is the biggest cheerleader in the Belcher family; in fact, when her son becomes a cheerleader in “Gene It On” Season 4 Episode 20, Linda is his biggest fan. Her enthusiasm doesn’t stop there – whether it’s Tina and her writing of zombie fanfics or Louise and her shenanigans, you’ll find Linda in their corner to further their interests, which all the kids have inherited from her. One of Linda’s strengths as a mother is her creativity. She thinks outside the box to solve problems and save the day, even if it’s at the expense of the restaurant. For example, she sells the espresso machine to send Gene to baseball camp and convinces Bob not to fix the fryer to send Tina to horse camp.
Sometimes this creativity can lead to certain questionable tactical. For example, when Louise runs off to hide with Gayle (Megan Mullally) in Season 4, Episode 19’s “The Kids Run Away”, she asks Tina to act as her eyes and ears to push Louise to face her fear of the dentist. Linda eventually pulls out the big guns and asks Tina to suggest Louise eat ice cream, which triggers her cavity. However, from this action, it causes Louise to face her fears and return to the dentist for Dr. Yap (Ken Jeong) to fill its cavity.
Because she wants to protect her children and their activities, Linda is a fierce defender. When children write stories about their school and Mr. Frond (David Hermann) does not include them in the exposition of “The Frond Files” from season 4, episode 12, which it defends for their creative imagination; Linda even steals Gene’s confiscated keyboard from Mr. Frond’s office. She’s as tough as nails. When the town is taken over by rogue turkeys in Season 5 Episode 4’s “Dawn of the Peck,” she willingly steps into the line of fire to save her children from the Scramble Pan, even headbutting a turkey to become the new alpha and lead his family to safety.
Linda Belcher has a deep desire that her children love her and respects her, so much so that she does what she can to look good in their eyes. However, it is often through her vulnerability and her mistakes that her children admire her more. When detained after defecating in public in Season 11, Episode 15’s “Sheshank Redumption,” she tries to make sure Tina, Gene, and Louise don’t find out for fear of being called a hypocrite for not following the rules. In fact, it’s because she recognized her mistakes that they respect her more.
Although Linda Belcher loves all of her children equally, she has a special relationship with each of them that highlights different aspects of her personality. As for Tina, at first glance the eccentric teenager doesn’t seem to have much in common with her mother. In fact, they both share a confident attitude and an overflowing imagination; Linda creates stories for the raccoons living in the alley, while Tina writes holiday fanfics.
Tina also inherited Linda’s common sense to pursue whatever she wants, which usually involves teenagers. While many mothers would worry about their teenage daughters being boy-crazy, Linda supports Tina in her infatuation, such as when she convinces Bob to let Tina dress like a boy and find Damon (Josh Gad) in the Season 9 premiere “Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now”. She sees Tina’s crazy boy as an expression of Tina’s imagination and heart as a hopeful romantic. Linda is supportive of most of the boys Tina has a crush on, but her mama bear instincts kick in the moment one of them breaks her eldest daughter’s heart. When Tina gets her heart broken by Jimmy Jr. just in time for Valentine’s Day in Season 8, Episode 8’s “V for Valentine-detta”, Linda takes Tina to town to cheer her up, even proposing a revenge plan to take another girl on a date. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her tiny tina.
The bond between Gene Belcher and Linda Belcher is the strongest compared to the rest of the Belcher children. They are openly affectionate towards each other, from sharing kisses to sharing food. Linda and Gene even have their own mother-son spa time. When that moment is threatened when Linda begins dating an all-female corporate group in Season 11 Episode 9’s “Mommy Boy,” Gene is jealous and infiltrates the meeting to win her mother back. Linda appreciates this special time with her son and reassures him that even though they have time apart, the love she has for him is not going anywhere. He’s a mama’s boy through and through.
Another aspect of their relationship that sets them apart from other Belchers is their love of performance. It’s clear that Gene inherited his mother’s pizzazz and musical talents. They both dream of turning the restaurant into a piano bar so they can sing show tunes all day, which they do in the afternoons in “The Hurt Soccer” Season 8 Episode 12. She defends Gene against Courtney’s father when he introduces his one-gene show “Die Hard: The Musical” in the Season 5 premiere “Work Hard or Die Trying Girl”. Linda goes above and beyond to see her son’s dreams come true. For example, after not getting a local theater role in “All That Gene” from season 10, episode 9, she makes a deal with the producer to secure her a spot. Even when he blames himself for being too dramatic, she encourages him to say that’s what she loves most about him and will always be his #1 fan.
Although Linda has the strongest bond with her son, she has had more difficulty bonding with her youngest daughter, Louise, who is daddy’s girl. She can go a bit too far to say that her children love her as much as she loves them, especially with Louise. After a fight at family game night in Season 3, Episode 10’s “Mother Daughter Laser Razor”, Linda attempts to strain their bond by enrolling them both in a mother-daughter seminar. Louise openly resists going there, even staging a coup and fleeing with laser tag. Linda isn’t afraid to fight back but confesses that she wants her youngest daughter to love her. Linda’s vulnerability is felt in Louise and gives her the chance to apologize and assure her mother that she loves her.
Along with inheriting Linda’s extra long toe, Louise shares Linda’s zest for life in the form of chaos and danger. When she starts feeling insecure about it in Season 12, Episode 17, “Spider House Rules,” it’s Linda who reminds Louise that it’s part of what makes her Louise – Louise doesn’t. is not just a risk-taker, but also thoughtful and imaginative, traits she shares with her lively mother. Despite her rule-breaking tendencies, Linda strives for Louise to see the good in herself. For example, when Louise is suspended from school after defending someone against a bully, Linda takes her out to reward her good deed with ice cream and reassures her that it is worth doing good deeds. things for others. Whether it’s a pep talk or a messy fling, Linda tends to step in and show Louise that she’s the best version of herself.
The Belcher family is one of the healthiest families on television, and one of the main reasons why Linda Belcher is. She stands up for her kids’ passions, she stands up for their adventures even when they’re wrong, and she puts herself in outrageous situations so her kids see her as the cool mom she is. Sometimes Linda can push a little too hard for their love (or sing a little too much), but there’s nothing she wouldn’t do to assure Tina, Gene and Louise how much they are loved. I pour you a tall glass of wine, Linda!
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