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The Millie churian Candidate

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Directed by  Don MacKinnon
Production code  4ASA21
Written by  Greg Thompson
Original air date  February 15, 2015
Episode no.  Season 5 Series 79 Episode 12

"The Millie-churian Candidate" is the 12th episode of the fifth season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 79th episode, and is written by Greg Thompson and directed by Don MacKinnon. It aired on Fox in the United States on February 15, 2015.

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Plot

At Wagstaff elementary Tina tries to convince Louise and Gene to help her in Jimmy Jr.'s run for student body president. Louise mocks the process and refuses to help but Jimmy Jr. is unconcerned as his polling numbers show he has a 95-point lead over the only other candidate, Henry Haber.

Henry hands a campaign flyer to Millie who promptly crumples it. He explains that though Jimmy Jr. wants to be everyone's friends Henry wants to be president so he can have power over people to help them. Struck with the idea of power Millie decides to run for president so she can control Louise.

Initially mocking the idea of Millie running, Louise becomes concerned when she has a nightmare where Millie wins the election and forces Louise to befriend her by sewing the two of them together and encouraging the other students to weld them into a metal statue. Louise decides to run Jimmy Jr.'s campaign to ensure he wins over Millie. Louise creates a pro-Jimmy Jr. ad which the students find ridiculous and causes Millie to gain a significant lead. She then changes tactics and creates an attack ad on Millie which further solidifies Millie's popularity. Deciding that a negative attack ad will create sympathy for Jimmy Jr. Louise films one attacking Jimmy Jr, which causes him to slide even further in the polls. Jimmy Jr. decides to quit his campaign as Millie has offered to let him pick the songs for school dances which was his sole reason for running in the first place.

Unwilling to let Millie win, Louise decides to run for office herself. While she fails horribly at gaining traction for her campaign she does learn during one of the debates that Millie plans to institute a besties system which would involve pairing students up alphabetically by first name and that Louise and Millie would be besties.

The day of the election Louise receives an anonymous note that encourages her to look in Abby's permanent record file. Louise forces Gene and Tina to help her break into Mr. Frond's office. They are caught by Mr. Frond, but only after Louise has already located what's inside Abby's permanent record. Louise escapes to the gym, where voting is going on, and congratulates Millie on her upcoming win. She then reveals that Abby's real first name is Mabel and that, since her name comes before Millie's she will be Louise's bestie. Enraged Millie tells Louise that they will becomes besties no matter what even if she has to take out Abby and briefly chokes Abby with her own braid. Mr. Frond disqualifies both Millie and Louise in the race and then announces since there are no more candidates there will be no president. Henry reminds Mr. Frond that he is still in the race and thus becomes the de facto president. Louise tells Henry that he is lucky to have won but Henry reveals that he orchestrated both Jimmy Jr.'s downfall and was the one who sent the tip off to Louise ensuring that she would take out Millie and be disqualified herself. Louise is shocked but ultimately congratulates Henry believing he will be an amazing president.

Reception

Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B+, saying, "There’s some wonderfully insightful character work on display in “The Millie-churian Candidate,” so perhaps it’s not such a bad thing that the episode closes by so proudly tipping its own cap. The reveal that Henry Haber engineered all this allows the episode to underline the point it’s already made about Louise and Millie, and I’ll admit I didn’t find the reveal of Henry’s own Machiavellian brilliance quite amusing enough to justify the huge amount of exposition needed to get us there."

The episode received a 0.9 rating and was watched by a total of 2.01 million people. This made it the fourth most watched show on Fox that night, behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Simpsons and Family Guy, but ahead of Mulaney.

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