Everyone Knows It's Bendy (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends)
Everyone Knows It's Bendy is episode 3b of the second season of BTSW.
The parents of a boy named Gregory explain to the people at Foster's that his imaginary friend, Bendy, is constantly misbehaving, but Frankie and Mr. Herriman don't believe them. During his stay, Bendy proceeds to break a vase, eat chips while leaving crumbs on the floor, touch a cake, get Wilt's shoes all muddy and walk on the floor with them and then write all over the walls with a permanent marker. Bendy also frames other imaginary friends for his actions whenever he almost gets caught. Fed up, Bloo comes up with a plan to get Bendy caught by catching him stealing a cookie with a camera. Bendy tries to get rid of the evidence but ends up causing a much bigger mess which ends up resulting in the entire house getting flooded. Unfortunately, Bloo reveals that he set the whole scenario up and gets blamed for flooding the house. Mac then shows up in the end, where he asks what has Bloo done, resulting in Bloo replying: "Bendy did it!".
Why It Sucks
- Much like "Arnold Betrays Iggy", this episode is very mean-spirited from start to finish due to how Bendy frames the innocent Imaginary Friends.
- Speaking of Bendy himself, he is a very horrible character whose characterization only consists of framing people and other imaginary friends for no explainable reason whatsoever and gets away scot-free; he even makes that nasty grin whenever he is about to do something bad like framing someone for his misdeeds and getting away scot-free after framing said someone. He also has an ear-piercing voice (courtesy of Jeff Bennett) which is very annoying to hear. (To add insult to injury Jeff Bennet himself has never apologized or shown any remorse for voicing the character)
- Frankie and Mr. Herriman are completely out of character in this episode, believing Bendy over the other imaginary friends who lived in the house longer than he has. They even believe Bendy over Wilt, who is a very nice, caring and kind imaginary friend who doesn't lie at all and hates lying. If they were only like this towards Bloo it would actually make sense since Bloo himself is a huge troublemaker and they would plausible doubt to not believe him.
- Horrible pacing; sometimes, the episode goes way too fast and sometimes it goes on way too slow.
- Many scenes can get very frustrating, one of the most noticeable examples is how Bloo unwittingly lets himself get accused, such as taking the marker Bendy used to write on the walls, picking up the bat after Bendy runs from the scene only to have Coco accidentally take pictures of Bloo holding the bat and then leaving the victims' room to order Frankie and Mr. Herriman to come to the foyer by the way of the intercom, only for Bendy to run away while Bloo gets framed once again.
- The scene were Bloo, Wilt, Eduardo and Coco try to get Bendy framed by attempting to take a picture of Bendy breaking a giant window with a baseball and baseball bat are rather pointless, and just an excuse to show how cleaver Bendy is.
- Some jokes can get very cruel, one example is how Bendy uses Bloo's toothbrush to clean the toilets; that alone is beyond mean, not to mention disgusting.
- Horrible ending where Bloo gets framed for flooding the house, even though it was Bendy that did it, they don't even yell at Bendy for eating Frankie's cookies, making it feel like they're yelling at Bloo for "flooding the house" is a half-ass excuse just to have Bloo get in trouble and Bendy get away scot-free once again, granted Bloo did technically set Bendy up that cause the house to get flooded, but that's still very frustrating.
- This episode which was originally going to be 22 minutes long having been shortened to 13 to 14 minutes long, which resulted in forming major plot holes, most notably on why Bendy frames all the imaginary friends for no real reason whatsoever in this episode.
- This episode is just basically a cliche where when one character does something wrong and the character who calls them out on it is the jerk and ends up getting crap throughout the episode while the character who committed the wrong act gets pleasure and never learns a lesson.
- Despite this, it is actually also wasted potential, in which the idea of an episode of a person though to be nice when they are really naughty was an interesting idea; the problem was that the episode didn't handle it very well at all.
- The beginning of the episode is nicely well-handled much like any other episode of the show.
- Bendy's design is pretty decent but not that great as previously mentioned.
- There are some funny moments, such as the scene were Bloo and Bendy have a laughing contest as well as the scene where Bendy attempts to draw on the picture on his hand with a pen, only for it to squirt ink all over his face.
- Bloo at least gets his revenge on Bendy by putting him through the idea he has, despite making a bad move in front of him, breaking it.
- While harsh, Bloo did technically deserve it after his cruel portray in the previous episode " Where There's a Wilt There's a Way ".
It is considered by many fans to be the worst episode of the series. After a massive fan outcry, Lauren Faust personally apologized for writing the episode and said that Bendy would never appear in the show again.
- This episode is known for its odd running-time of thirteen to fourteen minutes, which is three to four minutes longer than an average eleven-minute long episode. This is because this episode was originally going to be twenty-two minutes long, but when Cartoon Network made the decision to switch from a half-hour episodes to a quarter-hour episode for unknown reasons, several key moments had to be dropped, such as Bendy actually getting his comeuppance.
- Due to negative reception of the episode, Bendy never reappeared in any episode of the show after his episode. Despite this, his signature was seen in Mac's "Goodbye" card in the series' finale episode "Goodbye to Bloo".