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I Only Have Surprise For You
Season 4, Episode 46
Episode name pun on: I Only Have Eyes For You
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Airdate: July 27, 2006
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Director: Craig McCracken
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I Only Have Surprise for You is the 6th episode of Season 4 of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

Plot

When Bloo plans a surprise party for Mac, he decides to ask Mr. Herriman to make sure Bloo doesn't throw him a party because every time Bloo throws a party, he humiliates him. Mr. Herriman agrees, and Mac thinks everything is all right until his goes crazy thinking that everything his friends say or do is a trap. Bloo tells him there's no party, and nothing is going on until Goo walks in the door and says, "Duh! I'm here for the party!" Goo tries to cover up what she said by saying she was here to see her imaginary friend, "Artie." After watching the gang talking about the party, he decides to give them a surprise himself. And he quickly shouts, "It's UN-party time!"

After ruining most of the party, (putting yeast in cake, ruining the decorations, etc.) Mac quickly walks upstairs to ruin the presents. Bloo tries to stop him, but is trapped. Bloo warns the girls (Goo and Coco) but quickly runs back upstairs where he finds the girls tied up and gagged by Mac, who quickly ties up Bloo, destroying all the presents, and Mac says that Bloo humiliated him for the last time. Mac tells him the party is over, and runs off.

Meanwhile, Frankie complains to Mr. Herriman that Mac ruined her cake, Eduardo and Wilt complained that he ruined their decorating, and Bloo and the girls try to tell them that he ruined the presents. However, they were prepared for this and had the "B-team" decorate for them. Mr. Herriman thanks Bloo for watching Mac's every move. He then says that the party is in the library, and overhearing, Mac rushes to the library.

After all the imaginary friends see what Mac has done, they tell him the party isn't for him, it's for Artie. Artie runs away crying, and all the Foster's residents are mad at Mac. Mac tells Bloo he's got to make it up to Artie, and they both re-decorate the party. Bloo tells Mac that Artie loves clowns, and says he should dress up like one for Artie. After Mac totally humiliates himself in front of the imaginary friends, it is revealed that Artie is actually Madame Foster disguised, and the whole house (Except Eduardo, who just went where he was told) was in on him making his own party. Bloo reminds Mac that he's always one step ahead.

End Credits

In the end credits, Eduardo asks Madame Foster where Artie is so he can introduce him to Bongo the Clown who appeared briefly before Goo arrived. Madame Foster shows him her costume and Eduardo thinks Artie has lost his skin and runs away. Bongo says to Madame Foster, "What's wrong with you people?! This isn't Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, it's Foster's Home for Crazy People!" then runs away.

Reception

This episode was widely hated and disliked by fans and critics, and (in fact as of recent is just as hated as Everyone Knows It's Bendy and more infamously Imposter's Home for Um... Make 'Em Up Pals) is considered as one of the worst episodes of the show, as many of them felt sorry for Mac due to the emotional abuse and treatment he suffered and criticized it for being EXTREMELY too mean-spirited, painful, and too cruel. They also heavily criticized for everyone (especially Bloo, since he was responsible for throwing the embarrassing surprise parties for Mac and his manipulation with them, as well as Madame Foster for dressing up as Artie), even Mac's only good friends (such as Frankie, Goo, Wilt, etc.), is completely out-of-character as, for unexplained reasons, they (with the exception of Eduardo, who was just told to went in) all betrayed and lied to Mac by being involved into planning the embarrassing surprise party for him and tricking him into thinking he ruined someone's birthday party and embarrass himself, enjoys Mac's intense embarrassment and misery, and we're not shown to have any care, sympathy, and remorse for him. Because of this fans felt everyone went through extreme amounts of character derailment and that Bloo's actions lost any sympathy they had toward him being Mac's friend, as its considered the worst thing Bloo ever did.

Trivia/Goofs

  • Mac wears boxers that says I Heart FB, a nod to World Wide Wabbit.
  • The "B-team" is a parody of "A-team." The B could stand for birthday.
  • Mac's disguise as he plans on sabotaging the birthday party is a nod to Predator.
  • Two flashbacks show that Mac's family once had a dog.
  • Mac's Rambo-like appearance is featured as an unlockable bonus costume for him in Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion XL.
  • Mac's mom makes 3 short cameos in this episode, One of her sons Terrence makes two.
  • Mac says he hates clowns in this episode, however in "Adoptcalypse Now" he appears to like them, as he likes the clown friend "Jokey".
    • Jokey was an imaginary clown. It's possible Mac doesn't like real clowns.
  • This episode marks the fifth and final appearance of Mac's mom.
  • In the credits, Eduardo is calling for Artie and wondering where he is, even though he was among Madame Foster when she removed her costume.
  • In addition to the Foster's residents, even Mac's OWN mom was also out-of-character as she is shown in the flashbacks laughing and enjoying her son's humiliation and doesn't seem to mind the surprise parties Bloo throws in for Mac.
  • Due to the negative reception of this episode, as well as Bloo's actions and behavior towards Mac in it contradicts his personality in House of Bloos and other early episodes, most fans considers this non-canon.

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