10. Spice Rack! Linda, “Topsy”
Sorry, Bob, but Linda’s adaptation of your invention has a better name, and just makes more sense. The spice rack already exists (just in a different way), so Linda’s pun goes into homophone territory. Also, why would anybody want to put small bottles of things that spill around an arm when chests are far less likely to cause spills in the kitchen?
9. My porcelain horse, Horselain! Tina, “Bad Tina”
There are puns in which people substitute words, and then there is this pun where Tina substitutes sounds. In this episode, Jimmy Jr. knocks Horselain off Tina’s dresser after drinking too much margarita mix, and Tina’s reaction—and phrasing—is sincere. She panics, and the first words that come out of her mouth happen to be clever and delivered skillfully. This sentence is great because Tina previews the sounds she’s mashed together (“My porcelain horse,”) for the audience before she actually says “Horselain.” Fantastic execution.
8. And I’m Kate Bush. Regular-Sized Rudy, “Carpe Museum”
When characters hide behind a plant, they usually give themselves bad aliases. Not Regular-Sized Rudy. Unlike Louise’s plant name, “Leafy Greenbriar,” Kate Bush sounds believable because, well, Rudy took it from a real person. Then, there’s the way he says it—while Louise looks confused, Rudy stays confident, making his new plant identity that much better.
7. I’m literally grasping at straws! Bob, “The Deepening”
In the face of death by mechanical shark, Bob found himself in the presence of a real-life idiom while looking for something to throw. The pun is perfectly executed, assisted by the image of Bob reaching towards a box of straws.
6. You son of a snitch! What’s your favorite movie? Squeal Magnolias? Louise, “Topsy”
After Jeremy blabs the purpose behind Louise’s science fair demonstration to Mr. Dinkler, she gives us a doozie. She draws the audience in with “You son of a snitch!” and then goes in for the kill. “Squeal Magnolias” would have been great on its own, but it’s Louise’s opener that really allows the pun to shine.