|Dinner is Swerved|
|Episode name pun on: the phrase "dinner is served"|
|Airdate:||September 10, 2004|
"World Wide Wabbit"
"Dinner is Swerved" is the fourth episode in the first season of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
The episode begins with Mac and Bloo on the balcony, looking at Mac's house. After a while, Mac realizes how late it is and tells Bloo he needs to go. As they both attempt to go downstairs, they keep getting lost and arriving right back where they started. Bloo gets the idea to leave a trail of clothes behind them so they can remember which way they went, which would have worked however there were some complications.
Downstairs everyone is getting ready to eat, but Mr. Herriman will not let anyone eat unless everyone is present, in which Bloo isn't. Mr. Herriman sends Wilt, Eduardo and Coco to go look for Bloo. They stumble across the trail of clothes Mac and Bloo left behind and assume that someone sloppily left their clothes, so they clean it up. This causes Mac and Bloo to become confused as their clothing trail keeps continuously vanishing. Bloo, due to hunger, begins to loose his sanity. They eventually stumble across Duchess' room and after she refuses to help them find a way out, Bloo uses her telephone to order 12 pepperoni pizzas, which still doesn't help them because they have no way of getting downstairs.
In the meantime, Frankie and Madame Foster work together to distract Mr. Herriman while they allow the rest of the imaginary friends to eat. Bloo's pizzas ultimately arrive, but Bloo can't reach them and the pizza man just assumes Mr. Herriman ordered the pizzas. Herriman at first is confused but accepts the pizzas anyways and lays them out on the table. Bloo and Mac steal Duchess's mattress and sheets with intent to use the sheets to climb down and land on the mattress which they drop on the floor. Wilt, Ed and Coco catch onto this and not knowing of Mac and Bloo's plan, the three sabotage Mac and Bloo's attempt to escape when Coco eats up all their sheets and Wilt and Ed pull Mac and Bloo right back into where they started. All the while, Wilt, Eduardo and Coco continue looking for Bloo with no success, in addition to them still not have eaten yet, their endurance has dwindled down, and Coco starts to eat laundry.
Bloo eventually becomes desperate, and in an attempt to find food he chases after a chicken leg who gets scared and tries running away. Bloo mistakes him for Mac, but he is too hungry and he plans on eating him anyway. However, the chicken leg asks who's Mac and that his name's Charlie. Mac appears behind Bloo. After they discuss the situation, Charlie the chicken leg eventually agrees to lead them out of the house, but on the way down, Bloo starts to chase him again, which results in him and Mac getting in a fight and ending up in the foyer. Mac and Bloo exchange farewells and Mac leaves while Bloo goes inside to eat, but now Mr. Herriman makes him wait for Wilt, Eduardo, and Coco.
Unfortunately for Bloo, all the food on the table has been eaten including Frankie's homemade dinner and the 12 pizzas he ordered on phone. Everyone else finish eating and leave. Madame Foster gives Bloo a chicken leg to eat while Herriman isn't looking, and Bloo hides his face (and the chicken leg) under the table to eat it.
Wilt, Eduardo and Coco end up at the roof balcony as they watch Mac return home. Charlie the chicken leg is hanging onto the house's weather vane to hide from Wilt, Eduardo and Coco implying the three chased him into the balcony where Charlie was able to climb to safety. Wilt asks if anyone knows a shortcut to get downstairs as the three are all getting hungry, and Charlie replies "Yeah" only to regret it in horror.
- Running Gags:
- The house is bigger than it looks.
- Bloo and Mac keep ending up back on the roof.
- Everyone talks about how you can see Mac's apartment from the roof.
- The groups talking in conjunction with each other. (ex: Wilt: It's not that awesome. Bloo: I'm so awesome, so awesome!)
- Duchess has a trapdoor in her room that sends those that fall into it onto the roof. This defies the laws of physics as gravity pulls down, not shoot up.
- It is possible that this episode is based on what Madame Foster said in the first episode; (Quote) 'This place is a mad house! Steps, steps! Hallways, hallways!'
- Mr. Herriman states in this episode that everyone must be present at the table before they can eat. However, Duchess, and the food-like imaginary friends are not present. Although Mr. Herriman maybe does know and doesn't care they don't come down to dinner and simply disregarded them, as the food-like friends are vulnerable, while Duchess is a nuisance.
- In this episode it turns out Bloo is able to run and act like a dog when he's hungry.
- If Charlie (the chicken leg imaginary friend) knew how the whole house was organized, then how did he pick a hallway dead end when Bloo was chasing him?
- Madame Foster appears but has no dialogue in this episode.
Pop Culture References
- The title of the episode is a wordplay on the phrase "Dinner is Served".
- Bloo's idea of leaving dirty laundry behind to ensure he doesn't get lost is a nod to Hansel and Gretel where the same was done with bread crumbs.
- Bloo references KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) by telling George the chicken leg "Ohhhh, you look so fingie-lickie good!"
- Eduardo references El Pollo Loco by asking Wilt, "Dónde está ese pollo loco?" which translates to "Where is that crazy chicken?"