Bob’s Burgers Nude Beach Episode Gets It Right (Almost)

I’m a huge fan of the popular cartoon sitcom, Bob’s Burgers.
The show is funny, first, and most surprisingly, sex-positive. (The sex-positive attitudes reveal through the three kids characters together with the parents’ attitudes towards sexuality.) It’s called “Naked Beach.”
In this episode, Bob has issues with his restaurant health inspectors and at exactly the same time, a naked beach opens up in town. It starts out with Hugo, his usual nemesis health inspector, who gives bob’s hamburgers a “C” evaluation after Bob neglects to reveal his “hand washing certification.” The family asks Hugo and his partner who they’re going to harass next when the following dialog ensues:
Hugo: “Well Bob if you must know maybe you have heard our town is currently home to some disgusting unclothed beach! There have been reports of vendors there serving food while n-n-nude.”
Tina: “That’s how the sellers served food in the Bible.”
Hugo: “Don’t bring religion into this!”
The Bible remark is amusing, but I know it doesn’t look like we’re off to a good beginning. got the usual “ew, gross” comment about naked folks at a nude beach. But it gets better!
Linda seems happy about the unclothed beach and inquires Bob when they’ll reach go. Bob responds, “Naked beaches are full of heavy, out of shape old bodies and I do not wanna go there and realize I seem just like that.”
Lots of times people are uncomfortable or express disgust with naked bodies because they’re ashamed of their own naked bodies. It reminds them of how they themselves do not measure up to society’s beauty standards. (Of course this is still propagating the myth that everyone on the unclothed beach is old and ugly by society’s standards, but you will find more body-favorable moments ahead.)
Tina needs to go visit the bare beach and offers to go with her mom Linda for a pleasure “mommy daughter nudity day.” But Bob says he’s fairly certain kids aren’t permitted there.
view ends up going to the plage with her friend Gretchen. They come upon a sign that says the playa is for age 18 , and this really is a strange assumption, as most bare beaches do not have an age limitation. It is also unfortunately reinforcing the notion that naturism is an “adult” action and never appropriate for children. (In reality many families and kids frequent bare beaches.)
American television can’t even free the nipple on animations. Miserable. Jpg: Fox
The strand scene is otherwise an accurate portrayal. There is a number of individuals sunbathing, playing sports, socializing etc. But even though it is a cartoon, they avoid showing any genitals. Additionally , I found it a little astonishing how they show male nipples but not female nipples. All the backdrop characters assumed to be girls are covering their torsos in some way or they’re strategically blocked. We’re talking about two flesh-colored dots. Is the Fox network fearful to lose their sponsors over two dots? Or is this the FCC shielding everyone from cartoon dots? It’s fairly absurd either way.
Meanwhile, Tina, Louise and Gene go to have a look at the sand from a space. see that it’s located underneath a cliff, and crafty Louise gets an idea. Gene says, “It’s like the Internet but outside!” This really is a fine wink to the fact that kids aren’t permitted at the sand, but nude folks and even porn is so read ily seen online.
Gretchen points out the hot men in the drum circle at the naked beach. Pic: Fox
While the kids are busy with their master plan, Linda and Gretchen are hanging out at the plage. They spot a drum circle and Linda is shocked to recognize one of the drummers – it is Nude Hugo! detected he loved the unclothed beach.
Back at the restaurant, Linda tells Bob about Hugo, and the kids casually reveal their plans for earning money off the naked beach. Here the parents express their tacit approval of the kids seeing nudity. While abide by the sand’s 18 rule, they don’t have any problem with the kids looking from a distance. Bob just wants them good luck.
At school, the children work on enticing their classmates into seeing the naked people at the naked beach. Additionally they gain a brand new partner, Daryl, who has a telescope they are able to use. The following day they will have a line of children ready to pay $1 each to get a peak.
Louise sells her classmates on “nudity tours.” Image: Fox
However once the other children get a glimpse, they are disappointed in seeing “gross” old folks. Louise takes charge of the situation and changes their outlook with a wonderful sales pitch: “You guys! You are looking at this the wrong way! You wanna see fine bodies, get a magazine. This is real, folks! Have a look at that guy! What’s that, is that the liver spot? Is that the birth mark? Is that a third nipple? Who understands! You can’t write this crap!”
Her pitch revives interest, and the youthful customers line up to see real life naked folks. The action continues to be a bit voyeuristic, but now the children are excited to see the nude bodies they don’t get to see otherwise. Typical nudity in movies and magazines is confined to one body type and one fake homogenized look. Here, paradoxically, the children need to monitor a unclothed beach from afar and through a lens to see real bodies.
The Belcher kids and their classmates see the bare beach through a telescope. Pic: Fox
He ends up competing with Hugo in the “Nudecathalon” – their nude Olympics at the naked beach, with 27 tasks that comprised a two-legged race, long jump, tug-a-war and wrestling.
Up on the cliff, the Belcher kids get a surprise in seeing their own father nude on the playa. Louise is upset and radically covers her eyes. Tina remarks “I believe father seems fairly great considering he’s had 3 kids.” But url keep seeing the Nudecathalon and shortly they’re swept up in the excitement and cheer on Bob to win.
Bob and Hugo wrestle in the final Nudecathalon task. Photo: Fox