Season 1, Episode 6
Episode name pun on: The bust sculpture along with the term "in trouble"
Busted title card
Airdate: September 3, 2004
Director: Craig McCracken
See also
"The Trouble With Scribbles"
"Dinner is Swerved"

"Busted" is the fourth episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.


The episode starts with Bloo peacefully waking up in the morning, but, immediately, Mr. Herriman starts bossing him around. This goes on through breakfast and agitates Bloo more and more every time. Finally, Bloo can't take it anymore, and demands to know what this is all about. Mr. Herriman informs Bloo that he has already broken a house rule by not being able to be adopted, so if Bloo breaks anymore rules, he won't be able to live there anymore. This scares Bloo, and he vows to stand still so he won't get into trouble.

But when Mac, Wilt, Coco, and Eduardo ask him what he's doing, they can't understand what he’s saying. Bloo, being frustrated, starts moving all over the place and ranting, so he doesn't see Madame Foster's bust until it shatters on the floor after he bumps into the stand it was resting on.

Well, obviously Bloo just broke a rule and prepares to leave until he thinks that he can break more house rules to cover up the fact that he broke a house rule and will be able to stay. This takes the five of them on a wild ride trying to repair and replace the bust that Bloo busted, which makes many messes that Frankie has to clean up, even though she was already assigned to fix a problem in all the bathrooms.

As a last resort they ask the real Madame Foster to mime her bust. For that, they cover her in flour, making a mess in the kitchen. When Mr. Herriman comes along, she successfully stays still and the plan seems to work, but they notice that they can't let Madame Foster stay there forever. After Mr. Herriman leaves they cause Madam Foster to sneeze and blow her cover, so they need to find another way to re-construct the bust.

Finally, they retrieve glue from Mr. Herriman's office where Frankie catches them and finds out that they were behind all the messes she's been cleaning up all day and why they made them. She decides to tell off Mr. Herriman, because all of his rules are driving everyone crazy. Eduardo panics, knocks Frankie unconscious and throws her into a closet, so she can’t argue with Mr. Herriman.

In the end, though, it turns out the bust gets broken so often that it isn't against the rules to break it, and there's a whole closet full of them. Unfortunately, that’s the closet Eduardo threw Frankie in, and when she regains consciousness, she accidentally breaks them all. Then when Herriman tells her to clean up the mess, she attacks him and chases him around in his office.

Episode Quotes

  • Mac: Hey, Wilt, why did the toilet paper roll down the hill?
  • Wilt: Why?
  • Mac: To get to the bottom!


  • Mr. Herriman's prized possession is a bust of Madame Foster.
  • Mr. Herriman owns at least a hundred of Madame Foster busts to replace them when broken.
  • This episode shows every Imaginary Friend in the entire house has their own set of chores and responsibilities. This is later forgotten just to have Frankie do everything.

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