Best Episodes Where Louise Belcher Goes Too Far

Louise may be the smallest and youngest of the three Belcher children, but she makes up for it by being a fearsome force of nature — she’s even managed to scare a few adults over the years, which is saying something for a 9-year-old. Nevertheless, the character is endearing because she has a strong sense of family loyalty and a desire to protect her loved ones at all costs, even if she torments them herself regularly. What typically makes Louise a fan favorite, however, is her street smarts, tenacity, and rebellious streak, which incidentally are attributes that also place the young girl in a constant position as the trio’s grand architect when it comes to schemes.



As a result, Louise’s plans frequently get the Belcher children into trouble, but she also has a knack for getting the family out of their predicaments just as quickly, so she makes up for it in a way. Nonetheless, it’s safe to say that her attitude and antics are a big part of why Bob’s Burgers fans love the series. That aside, though, there still have been a few instances where Louise has gone too far when trying to achieve something, and specific episodes highlight this fact better than others.


10 Destroying the Family Sofa in “Sacred Couch”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 6, Episode 9

2016

Louise, in fairness, thinks she’s acting on Bob’s implied orders. After all, her usually supportive father put the thought into her head. The situation, either way, isn’t helped by Linda’s overattachment to the family’s well-worn and disgustingly stained couch, mainly since she’s unwilling to let anyone else get rid of it and buy a new one despite their pleas. Still, that doesn’t negate that Louise destroyed a costly piece of furniture by sawing through one of its support beams.

Given the Belchers’ track record with finances, the item, sadly, isn’t something they can readily replace. At least, not without causing a monetary pinch or needing a crucial bill to go unpaid, so despite the scene’s hilarity, it’s still a big deal for the family. Granted, none of this probably dawned on Louise, but Bob’s hesitance to even sit on the floor model at the furniture store after he’s told the total retail price indicates that. Lucky for them, though, the display version did come at a great price.

9 Jeopardizing Tina’s Safety in “Topsy”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 3, Episode 16

2013

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Mr. Dinkler may have been right in unknowingly dashing Louise’s plans to reuse an old school project for her entry in the upcoming science fair. That said, though, he does cross a line by stomping on her volcano and forcing the young girl to do an assignment about Thomas Edison, naturally earning Louise’s ire. Either way, despite a reasonable justification for revenge, her scheme to get back at him still goes beyond the pale.

Acknowledging the substitute teacher’s pedestaled obsession with the inventor, Louise devises a plan to reenact the infamous electrocution of the circus elephant, Topsy, specifically to discredit the man’s hero. Yet, things turn dicey when Louise convinces Teddy to build a real-working Van de Graaff generator and persuades Tina to perform as the unfortunate animal. Although her sister was unharmed during the enactment, there was still a good chance she could have been since Teddy gave Louise precisely what she asked for: “huge sparks and lightning bolts.”

8 Louise’s Prank To Scare Her Siblings Almost Gets Bob Killed in “Weekend at Mort’s”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 1, Episode 11

2011

There are bound to be hijinks when one takes three rowdy and curious children to a funeral home for a few days. After all, a morgue is arguably full of novelties to entice any kid’s desire to investigate and play, and the Belchers are no different. Even so, Louise’s decision to utilize their surroundings to frighten her siblings turns what would usually be considered a harmless prank into a near-death experience.

When Bob has to close the restaurant for 48 hours per Hugo’s orders to deal with a green mold infestation, Louise uses the opportunity of the family staying with Mort to give Gene and Tina a good scare. The only problem is that she riles them up enough that the adolescent-aged trio almost kills their father by attempting to cremate him because they think he’s a zombie lying in a coffin and out to get them. The whole situation isn’t strictly Louise’s fault — despite being drunk, Bob should’ve had better sense than to take a nap inside an empty casket, especially at a funeral parlor — but none of it would have happened if Louise had stopped terrifying her siblings while she was ahead.

7 Starting a Rumor About the Restaurant Serving People in “Human Flesh”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 1, Episode 1

2011

Although Bob’s Burgers‘s initial episode, “Human Flesh,” is the audience’s introduction to Louise, her brand of humor, and her need to be the best no matter what she does. While Louise has done worse over the years, her attempt at making a spectacular show-and-tell presentation still deserves recognition since it creates a rumor that her dad’s restaurant serves burgers made of people. The joke, nevertheless, takes things too far because the gossip comes with severe consequences.

Bob’s restaurant, as a result, is not only in jeopardy of being shut down because of the grave accusations, but if proven true, he could have gone to jail for a long time because it’s a crime against society and nature. Bob was naturally innocent and spared any harsh repercussions. Still, it cost them a lot of revenue over the weekend and a broken glass window — which Louise is ultimately responsible for. Luckily, Bob makes up for the losses through a little false advertisement at the end of the day.

6 Traumatizing Teddy With Costume Performers in “Bed & Breakfast”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 1, Episode 7

2011

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To her credit, Linda’s idea of starting a bed and breakfast inside the family’s home to earn some extra income is a good plan, but given her management of the accommodations, it’s no surprise that things go awry. Either way, the circumstances worsen once she crosses Louise and offers Teddy her daughter’s room as lodging after he shows an interest in being a guest. This occurrence naturally rubs Louise the wrong way, of course, so she decides to take matters into her own hands and tries to get him to leave. Her initial plan fails, however, mainly because Teddy’s a good sport about most things.

Louise, nonetheless, eventually learns about Teddy’s only genuine fear: his aversion to costume performers. Using this to her advantage, Louise orders several of them to visit him, which is also when things get out of hand. The experience unexpectedly rehashes some traumatizing memories for the handyman, and as a result, Teddy takes them all on in a fight. Granted, it’s still a humorous scene, but even then, messing with other people’s phobias is just plain wrong.

5 Blowing Up the Thanksgiving Play Turkeys in “The Quirk-Ducers”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 7, Episode 6

2016

In fairness, the plot of Tina’s Thanksgiving play is already dark, but Louise’s scheme to turn it into a grotesque debacle to get a half-day off from school takes the performance to another disturbing level. In a finale reminiscent of the bloody theater scene in The Addams Family, Louise uses an air compressor and pounds of offal to blow up the turkey costumes’ heads into a literal mess of organ meats that splashes all over the stage and onto those in attendance.

Louise’s plan, however, isn’t over the top because of the wanton destruction of the production itself. Instead, she oversteps because she strains her relationship with her sister by almost deliberately ruining Tina’s hard work in making the show a reality. To make matters worse, even after Tina finds out about the ruse and tries to stop Louise ahead of the performance, she sways her sister into thinking it’s in her best interest to let it happen, regardless of how Tina feels about it.

4 Starting an Illegal Gambling Den in “The Kids Run the Restaurant”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 3, Episode 20

2013

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In most cases, the episodes usually involving Louise’s get-rich-quick schemes consist of side hustles that only bend the rules to take advantage of the Belchers’ friends and acquaintances and the children’s school chums. In this sense, her ploys are relatively harmless since they tend to be more of a nuisance than anything else. “The Kids Run the Restaurant,” unfortunately, is a different story. For instance, in this episode, Louise starts an underground and highly illegal casino in the restaurant’s basement.

Even worse, once Calvin Fischoeder comes onto the scene, Louise finds herself and the entire family, by extension, in a lot of real monetary debt, which is a big deal. After all, Mr. Fischoeder is a significant gambler with deep pockets who intends to collect his winnings after cleaning the Belcher children out. The trio, fortunately, had Bob bail them out unexpectedly, but it could have gone a lot differently otherwise, considering who they were dealing with.

3 Louise Tries To Sell an Illicit Item on the Black Market in “Ambergris”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 4, Episode 18

2014

Ambergris is probably a rare find. With that in mind, it’s hard to blame Louise and her siblings for wanting to cash in on their discovery, especially after realizing how much that “smelly lump” is worth. The issue, though, is that it’s illegal to sell, buy, collect, or keep the substance on a federal level due to it coming from an endangered marine mammal. As a result, most people would more than likely notify the authorities or leave the expensive sperm whale byproduct where they found it, but the Belcher children tend to go against the grain.

Still, one thing that can be said about the three is that they do their research. Knowing full well that they wouldn’t be able to legally transform their ambergris into a payout, Louise hatches a plan to use the children’s relationship with Mickey, their on-and-off again criminal friend, to find a buyer on the black market. The whole thing, of course, is bold for a 9-year-old, particularly since the endeavor would likely alert a few agencies in the process.

2 Inciting a Riot at the Food Truck Festival in “Food Truckin'”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 2, Episode 5

2012

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On the surface, what happened at the food truck festival was more or less a collective effort. After all, Tina lied to the crowd about what they were selling, Linda became a monster behind the wheel, Bob’s winner speech didn’t do much to appease the angry masses, and Gene antagonized them even further. Louise, however, was the catalyst that brought everything to fruition.

For example, Louise takes it upon herself to make Bob’s food truck look more appealing by putting a negative spin on the competition’s fare over a restaurant rating site to garner more foot traffic. The tactic ostensibly works since it gets the restaurant’s mobile extension more business, which ultimately helps Bob win the festival’s contest. Still, there are better ways to go about it, particularly since Louise’s actions kick off a chain of events that leads to a full-blown riot that puts the family in real danger as the mob takes their anger out of them and their truck.

1 Louise Sends a Biker Gang After Her Bully in “Ear-sy Rider”

Season and Episode Number

Year of Release

Season 3, Episode 1

2012

It was probably the only way for Louise to regain her iconic bunny ears from Logan, especially since she tried everything else, such as going to his parents and attempting to retrieve them on her own beforehand. Sicking a biker gang on a teenager with sticky fingers, nevertheless, is definitely overkill, particularly when their grand entrance invokes a real sense of fear, even for adults.

Either way, no one can say Louise doesn’t have style and a sense of theatrics. Her monologue on revenge and fury is evidence of that, mainly because she backs it up with a threat of dismemberment. Granted, Critter makes a point to emphasize that they wouldn’t have actually hurt Logan later, but just because it was an idle threat doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any real potential danger.

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Bob’s Burgers

Release Date
January 9, 2011

Creator
Loren Bouchard

Cast
H. Jon Benjamin , Dan Mintz , Eugene Mirman , John Roberts , Kristen Schaal , Larry Murphy , Andy Kindler

Rating
TV-14

Seasons
11

Studio
Wilo Productions, Buck & Millie Productions (seasons 1-10), 20th Television (seasons 1–11), 20th Television Animation (season 12–present)

Main Characters
Bob Belcher, Linda Belcher, Tina Belcher, Louise Belcher, Gene Belcher

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