The Big Cheese
Season 4, Episode 8
Episode name pun on: an alternative name for the boss of a company, and the character Cheese
Title card - Big Cheese
Director: Craig McCracken
See also
"Bus the Two of Us"
"Bloo's the Boss"

"The Big Cheese" is the eighth episode in season 4 of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. The episode aired on August 7, 2006.


Everyone in the house is locked out when a new security system is armed to keep Cheese out and Mr. Herriman doesn't look at the keypad while he's entering the new code to enter the house,and the only one who knows the code is Cheese.


This episode has been widely criticized by fans. As they found Cheese's actions to be extremely annoying, they also found Cheese to be worse than normal, as rather than his antics being harmless he goes as far as to invade everyone's privacy. They also criticized the plot for being too repetitive (such as the joke with telling Cheese to go home and the gag with Wilt going to the store only to come back with some irrelevant to the current situation) and having too much "Idiot Plot" (if they are locked out, why not go in through the Windows?) They also criticized the ending for being extremely mean-spirited toward Frankie, as despite all the frustration she went through the whole episode she's shown as an abusive caretaker in front of the entire news crew due to Cheese pushing her buttons in a very annoying way. Cheese also gets praise for what he does the entire episode.


  • The running gag of this episode is that almost everyone at Foster's that Cheese encounters tells him "Cheese, you don't live here! Go home!", at which Cheese would respond "Okay".
  • This is the second time that Frankie gets locked out of the house (the first time being "Bloooo"). This is also the only time where everyone from the house (except Peas, who remains left inside, as seen in "The Little Peas") gets locked out of the house.    
  • The scene where Eduardo is taking a shower and Cheese comes in and hits him with a carrot is a reference to the 1960 film "Psycho" directed by Alfred Hitchcock.     
  • If you look closely during the news segment, you can see a hole that the friends supposedly made. Everyone could've just climbed in through there and unlocked the doors.
  • Crackers makes a cameo, when everyone goes into the mud.
  • It is unknown how Cheese was able to get in and out of the house, because the doors should've been locked, although he could've picked the lock.


  • When Cheese is sucking on the rock, it appears to be large. When he throws it at Frankie, its the same size as the tiny rock Frankie threw at Bloo.
  • Pirate Pig seems to have changed size in this episode. When the imaginary friends are chasing after Cheese, Pirate Pig is huge.
  • When all the imaginary friends are chasing after Cheese, Eduardo is wearing pants. However for the rest of the time they are stuck outside the house he is only wearing his towel, except near the end when he is shown naked.
  • When Mr. Herriman was making up the code, each time he hit the same button it made a different sound but everyone assumes that each button just makes the same sound.
  • When Mr. Herriman is imputing the code into the key pad for the first time, he is clearly only pressing the 1, 4, and asterisk (*) buttons, yet when Mac is seen imputing the code towards the end of the episode, he is clearly pressing 7's, 5's, 8's and 2's.
  • When Frankie licks her leg, she is shown barefooted. But in the next couple shots, the shoe is back on.

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