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Dinner is Swerved
Season 1, Episode 7
Episode name pun on: the phrase "dinner is served"
Dinner is Swerved title card
Airdate: September 10, 2004
Director: Craig McCracken
See also
"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 pizza, 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. 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 named Charlie Chicken Leg. He mistakes him for Mac, but he is too hungry and he plans on eating him anyway. However, Mac appears behind Bloo, and Charlie is really an imaginary friend. After they discuss the situation, 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. At that time, all of the imaginary friends finish eating and leave. Madame Foster gives Bloo a chicken leg to eat while Herriman isn't looking.

Wilt, Eduardo and Coco end up at the roof when Mac leaves and now have the same problem as Mac and Bloo did.


  • 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.
  • The title of the episode is a wordplay on the phrase "Dinner is Served".
  • 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 it's quite possible that Mr. Herriman knew they don't come down to dinner and simply disregarded them.
  • Madame Foster has no dialogue in this episode.

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