Bob’s Burgers Nude Beach Episode Gets It Right (Nearly) ‘m a huge fan of the popular cartoon sitcom, Bob’s Burgers. Parents Bob and Linda Belcher are raising three kids: Tina, Louise and Gene.
The show is funny, original, and most surprisingly, sex-positive. (The sex-positive attitudes reveal through the three youngsters characters in addition to the parents’ attitudes towards sexuality.) The show is now entering its 5th season on Fox, and I wanted to review an episode from season 3 that is particularly important to us nudies. It’s called “Naked Beach.”
In this episode, Bob has issues with his eatery health inspectors and at precisely the same time, a naked beach opens up in town. It starts out with Hugo, his customary nemesis health inspector, who gives bob’s burgers a “C” rating after Bob fails to reveal his “hand washing certification.” The family requests Hugo and his partner who they are going to harass next when the subsequent dialog ensues:
Hugo: “Good Bob if you must understand perhaps you have heard our town has become home to a disgusting unclothed beach! There have already been reports of sellers there serving food while n-n-nude.”
Tina: “That is how the sellers served food in the Bible.”
Hugo: “Don’t bring religion into this!”
The Bible opinion is funny, but I know it does not appear like we’re off to a great start. We’ve got the customary “ew, gross” opinion about naked people at a naked beach. But it gets better!
Linda looks happy about the naked beach and asks Bob when they’ll get to go. Bob answers, “Unclothed beaches are filled with overweight, out of shape old bodies and I don’t wanna go there and realize I appear just like that.”
A lot of times folks are uneasy or express disgust with nude bodies because they’re ashamed of their own naked bodies.
Tina needs to go visit the unclothed beach and offers to choose her mom Linda for a fun “mother daughter nudity day.” But Bob says he is pretty confident children are not permitted there.
Linda ends up going to the beach with her friend Gretchen. They come upon a sign that says the plage is for age 18 , and this is a peculiar assumption, as most nude beaches don’t have an age constraint. It’s also regrettably reinforcing the idea that naturism is an “adult” action and not appropriate for kids. (In reality many families and children frequent unclothed beaches.)
American television can’t even free the nipple on cartoons. Sad. Jpg: Fox
The sand scene is otherwise an exact portrayal. There is a variety of people sunbathing, playing sports, socializing etc. But even though it is a cartoon, they avoid showing any genitals. I also found it a little surprising how they reveal male nipples but not female nipples. All the background 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 scared to lose their sponsors over two dots? Or is this the FCC shielding everyone from cartoon dots? It’s pretty outrageous either way.
Meanwhile, Tina, Louise and Gene go to check out the plage from a distance. They see that it is located underneath a cliff, and crafty Louise gets an idea. Gene says, “It Is like the Internet but outside!” This is a fine wink to the fact that kids are not permitted at the beach, but nude people and even porn is so readily seen online.
Gretchen points out the hot men in the drum circle at the nude beach. Jpg: Fox
While the children are busy with their master plan, Linda and Gretchen are hanging out at the sand. They see a drum circle and Linda is shocked to recognize one of the drummers – it’s Nude Hugo! The health inspector discovered he loved the nude beach.
Back at the restaurant, Linda tells Bob about Hugo, and the children casually reveal their strategies for earning money off the bare beach. Here the parents express their tacit acceptance of the children seeing nudity. While they abide by the plage’s 18 rule, they don’t have any difficulty with the kids looking from a distance. Bob only wishes them good luck.
At school, the kids work on enticing their classmates into seeing the naked people at the nude beach. They also gain a fresh partner, Daryl, who has a telescope they can use. The next day they have a line of children prepared to pay $1 each to get a peak. Gimme the green, see some peen.”
Photo: Fox
Yet once the other children get a glimpse, they’re disappointed in seeing “gross” old people. Louise takes charge of the situation and changes their outlook with a great sales pitch: “You guys! You’re looking at this the wrong way! You wanna see fine bodies, get a magazine. This really is real, folks! Check out that man! What is that, is that a 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 activity is still somewhat voyeuristic, but now the kids are excited to see the nude bodies they don’t get to see otherwise. Typical nudity in films and magazines is limited to one body type and one fake homogenized appearance. Here, paradoxically, the kids have to watch a unclothed beach from afar and through a lens to see actual bodies.
The Belcher kids and their classmates see the nude beach through a telescope. Pic: Fox
Back at the restaurant, Bob is fighting with latest nudism video who shuts him down and starts blackmailing him. He ends up competing with Hugo in the “Nudecathalon” – their naked Olympics at the naked beach, with 27 tasks that contained a two-legged race, long jump, yank-a-war and wrestling.
Up on the cliff, the Belcher children get a surprise in seeing their own dad naked on the sand. Louise is disturbed and radically covers her eyes. Tina notes “I believe father looks pretty good considering he’s had 3 children.” But they keep watching the Nudecathalon and soon they’re swept up in the excitement and cheer on Bob to win.
Bob and Hugo wrestle in the closing Nudecathalon activity. Image: Fox