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The Big Cheese (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends)

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Not to be confused with the Dexter's Laboratory episode with the same name.
The Big Cheese (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends)
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"I FOUND A CARROT!"
Part of Season: 4
Episode Number: 8
Air Date: August 7, 2006
Writer: Lauren Faust
Director: Randy Myers
Eric Pringle
Previous episode: Bus the Two of Us
Next episode: Bloo's the Boss


The Big Cheese is an episode from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, it is the eighth episode of season 4 and is overall the forty-ninth episode of Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends series.

Summary

On the day of the interview, the Residents of Fosters get locked out of the house, and only Cheese knows the code.

Why It Should Get Locked Out

  1. Very misleading title: The episode's title gives off the impression that this episode would be something about a cheese (as in food, not the character Cheese) or a camera, but in truth, it's actually an interview episode.
  2. Much like "Imposter's Home for Um... Make Em Up Pals" previously, this episode is infamous for being a cruel Frankie torturer episode (albeit less saver.).
  3. Cheese is at his worst when it comes to his annoyance, which is especially infuriating because Cheese is usually pretty funny in most of his relatively few appearances.
  4. The scene where Cheese, Frankie, and the Foster’s residents licked their own feet is flat-out gross.
  5. Somewhat bland filler, such as the montage of Cheese being with that person, only for that person to say "Cheese, you don't live here...go home!".
  6. Massive plot-hole: Why can't the Foster's residents just go through any of the windows or any of the secret passages the house has or simply use the back door to the house?
    • Given that some of the imaginary friends who reside at Foster’s have the ability to fly, they could have flown up to any of the balconies and opened the doors there or go through the chimneys like Santa Claus but these ideas were never though of and it’s not explained why.
  7. We have one of the most infamous moments in all of Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends history that made that episode so hated: Mac is about to press the button after the code has been heard, only for Cheese to pop his head upright in front of Mac, only to be push back and press all of the buttons. This causes Frankie to snap and yell to Cheese "Go home!" and get this idea; the interview gang has arrived here just at the moment, and thus, Frankie now looks like an abusive mother in front of everyone, much like that baby scene in “Imposter's Home for Um.. Make Em Up Pals”. This is one of the worst moments in the series.
    • To make matters even more unfortunate is that Cheese doesn't even react to how Frankie yells at him.
  8. Erin, Todd and co. are also very unlikeable, not to mention, rude. An infamous example is how they recorded Eduardo, who is naked, and even move the camera when Eduardo tries to move away, sheesh, talk about nosy!
  9. Bad Ending: Frankie gets a new code for Fosters, but Cheese still knows and gets inside of Fosters, which perverse Frankie to yell at Cheese to go home. This basically means that it reverts back to where they started.
  10. While Cheese does become a better character later on in the show (namely in the series finale episode, "Goodbye to Bloo"), he wasn't given a chance to redeeming or even apologize to Frankie and/or the Fosters co. for outright ruing Fosters' reception and humiliating them, this is due to Cheese not having a major role for the rest of the Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends series.
    1. On that note, while Erin, Todd and co. also become better characters and even somewhat became new staples for the series, like Cheese before hand, they never redeeming or even apologize to Frankie and/or the Fosters co. for their actions on them.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. At least in the end, Frankie did redeem herself to the interview gang and the Foster's residents do get the door open.
  2. There are a few funny moments, such as the rock scene.
    1. On that note, Cheese also has one of the funniest lines in the whole series: "I. FOUND. A. CARROT!!!!"
  3. Goo is a tolerable character and she does try to help get the code from Cheese by dancing (until Cheese took over it).

Reception

The Big Cheese received largely negative reviews by fans and critics alike, with fans criticizing Cheese's frustrating actions to the Foster Residents, Frankie unfairly getting mistreated though out the whole episode, its plot holes and Cheese receiving no comprehend for his actions and getting all the fame and glory.

Alongside "I Only Have Surprise For You", this episode was widely considered as one of the worst episodes in Season 4 and is overall one of the worst episodes in the entire Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends series, and much like the previous six episodes, it was later soon declared non-canon to the rest of the Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends series, with the actions that Cheese cause never chronologically happening, in adition to that, Cheese would also never have a major role in an episode for the rest of the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends series due to his poor reviews.

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