|Ticket to Rod|
|Episode name pun on: The Beatles: Ticket to Ride (song)|
|Airdate:||October 5, 2007|
"Affair Weather Friends"
"Nightmare on Wilson Way"
Ticket to Rod is the 9th episode in season 5 of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
Bloo discovers that radio stations have contests where they give away prizes, and the one he has his sights on is tickets to Rod Tango's newest movie, Out of Ammo II: Miami Nights. At first, Bloo tries to trick Boomer, a friend in the shape of a boombox, into tuning to the radio station by staging a party, but Boomer readily agrees after Mac explains the situation and asks him to help.
Bloo, Boomer and Mac play games while they are waiting to hear the chime that signals when it is time to call in, but eventually Mac has to leave. Bloo and Boomer stick it out, though the constant exposure to showtunes causes Bloo to begin singing them.
Through the night, Bloo has been drinking juice and cola to stay awake so that he won't miss the chimes. He begins bouncing around the room, both from being driven crazy by the music and by his full bladder. In the morning, he can't wait any longer and gets Frankie to stand in for him. While he's in the bathroom, the "Take Two to Tango" contest chimes are heard. Quickly, she calls in, and with a little help from Mac, answers the trivia question correctly.
Bloo returns and learns that Frankie won the contest. Immediately, there is a dispute over who should get the tickets: Bloo, who put in the effort, Frankie, who was eligible to participate and won the tickets, or Mac, who knew the answer. Each has their own reasons for wanting to go, and when Frankie offers to take Mac because it would be "a little date", he becomes all wibbly and has all the more reason to want to go. Bloo has a case of sour grapes, telling Eduardo that the reason why Frankie chose Mac is that he's human and she "hates imaginary friends". Eduardo is upset by this and Frankie says it isn't true, she just needs time to decide who to take with her.
The next morning, Bloo tries bribing Frankie with breakfast in bed, but winds up eating most of the hastily-assembled junk food himself. When she wants him to stop, Bloo considers sabotaging the efforts of anyone else who might also sweet-talk her, but Frankie nixes that. As Mac arrives, Bloo has planted himself in the hallway, frustrated that he can't be good or bad, due to wanting the tickets.
Mac brought a DVD of a Rod Tango movie called Suntan Man, knowing Frankie likes how awful Tango's movies are. They head off to watch it and are soon having a grand time. Bloo hears the laughter. He is distraught over how they are disrepecting Rod Tango's movies and acting ability, but determines that if he can make Frankie laugh more than Mac, she'll take him to the movie. He overdoes it and Frankie picks Mac.
As Bloo lies in the hallway after his defeat, Madame Foster walks up to see what he is doing and tells Bloo how much she likes Rod Tango, calling Tango a "babeous maximum rex". Bloo finagles her into helping him by saying that he knows Rod personally, and the two devise a way to get the tickets.
Just before Frankie and Mac leave for their date, Frankie learns that Madame Foster has gone missing, so she gives up her tickets. Bloo and Madame Foster celebrate, but Frankie and Mac discover their disception. However, Mr. Herriman confiscates the tickets and holds a call-in contest to decide who should have the tickets, adopting a radio announcer's voice that is a little more free-wheeling than his usual demeanor. Boomer wins the contest and Madame Foster gives him a ride to the movie.
Bloo consoles himself by drinking many apple juice boxes. He gives Jackie Khones a summary of what's happened, so Jackie offers to call in a favor that Rod owes him. After a quick call, he and Bloo have two tickets to Rod's movie, so they head off to see it. Unfortunately, the tickets are to a previous movie called Last Summer's Wine, a drama instead of the action-packed Out of Ammo II that Bloo was expecting to see, so he sets out to crash that movie's premiere.
Bloo succeeds in getting in, but Jackie phones Rod to alert him of the party crasher. Rod stops the movie, offended that someone would take advantage of repaying a personal favor. Bloo is also offended, not realizing that Rod is talking about him. Rod personally ejects Bloo from the theater, which Bloo interprets as he is now an official part of the Rod Tango lingo. Bloo goes a little crazy describing all the things he can now be a part of relating to Rod Tango's works and businesses. Rod sums it all up with one word: "Wacko".
This episode has been criticized by fans for being mean-spirited and Madame Foster once again going through some serious character derailment. In fact some cite this as her worst episode the main point of content people have is that Madame Foster's actions resemble the ending scene in Foster's Goes to Europe where Madame Foster swiped Mac's tickets away. Well here she does the exact same thing, only they took that ending and made it the entire conflict of the episode. In this episode Madame Foster and Bloo team up to Sabotage Frankie and Mac, which many fans found to be extreme out of character as Madame Foster Sabotages/Cons Frankie Her own Grandaughter, and when Frankie calls them out Madame Foster feels no remorse for basically conning them. To make matters worse she instantly turns on Bloo and gets to see Rod Tango while Bloo is mean-spiritedly thrown out. So Madame Foster gets away with conning two people and turn against another. Its also been criticized for the plot twist of Jackie calling Rod Rango serving no purpose other than to have Bloo be thrown out in a mean-spirited way.
Bloo shares his favorite Rod Tango movies with the "airdancer" atop the car wash.
- Coco is absent in this episode.
- Frankie is wearing the same black dress from "Frankie My Dear". She would wear her black dress one more time in "Fools and Regulations".
- Madame Foster goes through some character derailment yet again. This time its against, Mac, Frankie and Bloo. She basically teams up with Bloo and sabotages Mac and Frankie simply to get the tickets to meet Rod Tango. Madame Foster is willing to sabotage Frankie her own granddaughter and shows absolutely no remorse for it! Madame Foster even states herself that she didn't regret doing it. Then later after Bloo is mean-spiritedly thrown out by Rod Tango himself Madame Foster just acts like a complete Jerk toward Bloo and gets away with basically conning two people and literally dumping the other one simply to get her place to see Rod. It's basically them taking the ending of "Fosters Goes to Europe" and making it into a full episode.
- The events of "Foster's Goes to Europe" were mentioned in this episode.
- The episode's title is a parody of The Beatles song "Ticket to Ride".
- Bloo mentions the aborted trip to Europe. ("Foster's Goes to Europe")
- Mac still has a crush on Frankie and is dating her. ("Frankie My Dear")
- Pizza Party´s music: Talk to The Jeans, can be heard in this episode. ("Schlock Star")
- The title is a reference to The Beatles song Ticket to Ride. Bloo parodies a line from the song when he says "Make no mistake. She's got a ticket to Rod, and I do care."
- Several showtunes are heard while Bloo is listening to the radio station:
- Rod Tango may be an allusion to Sylvester Stallone, an actor that has appeared in many action movies, including Tango & Cash where he played a detective named Ray Tango.
- Bloo says "Two tickets to Tango-dise" after learning Frankie won the contest, a reference to the Eddie Money song, Two Tickets to Paradise.
- Rod's line in Suntan Man of "I'm getting too gold for this" is an allusion to the famous Danny Glover line from the Lethal Weapon series of films.
- One of the people walking on the red carpet at the Out of Ammo II premiere looks like Steven Spielberg.
- During the red carpet sequence, the same set of people can be seen in the background along the carpet several times. This may not actually be a goof, since many cartoons have background images that repeat continuously.