Season 10 Episode 10

What's Cooking? / Buster's Special Delivery

Aired Daily 4:00 PM May 26, 2006 on PBS



  • Trivia

    • Real-Kids Segment: A group of kids do cooking with the real Ming Tsai, including his son.

    • Binky reads the title card for "What's Cooking?" It's the one where an egg cracks open to reveal the gang, but they're scared away by a giant bird. Francine reads the title card for "Buster's Special Delivery." It's the one where a spaceship lands and the occupant removes its alien head --- to reveal that it's actually Buster.

  • Quotes

    • Buster: I'm too tired to eat.

    • Arthur: Tired?
      Buster: Well, of course I'm tired! Do you know what kind of stress I'm under at work?

    • Mr. Higgins: Can I impart some words of wisdom to you --- one mailman to another?
      Buster: Sure.
      Mr. Higgins: This is the creed we all live by --- neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom sways these carriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
      Buster: What does that mean?
      Mr. Higgins: It means nothing stops us from delivering the mail.

    • Mr. Haney: What are three adjectives that describe the "real you?"
      George: Uh --- quiet, shy, afraid of you.

    • Arthur: It's important not to give up on something you like to do.

    • Ming: (in real-kids segment) You can't have fried rice without rice.

    • Muffy: (regarding Ming) Even though he's famous, he's friendly.

    • Ming: (in Muffy's "American Chef Idol" fantasy) I have to say, Muffy, that bite of quiche was a complete waste of taste buds and saliva.
      Paula Abdul Spoof Judge: (slaps Ming) Ming, you awful brute. How can you say such a thing about Muffy's quiche? Muffy, your quiche lorraine was delicious.
      Ming: It was vomitrocious. It was an absolute disgrace. Muffy should be forbidden from cooking ever again.
      Muffy: But I didn't even make this quiche. My cook did.

    • Arthur: I hope Ming Tsai is nice.
      Muffy: I wouldn't count on it. Ming Tsai was voted one of the fifty most beautiful people in "Famous Faces" magaznie.
      Buster: So?
      Muffy: So, he's not only famous, he's glamorous. What if my quiche lorraine doesn't have enough glamor?

    • Mr. Read: Nothing makes a cake taste less sophisticated than extra sugar.

    • Mr. Read: A great chef always has a signature. Something that makes his recipe unique.

    • Arthur: I already know what I wanna make. Chocolate cake. I love chocolate cake.
      Mr. Read: I have a terrific recipe for chocolate brandy cake with roasted hazelnut filling.
      Arthur: I just want a simple chocolate cake, Dad. And I wanna make it all by myself, with no help.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • In "What's Cooking," Muffy fantasizes American Chef Idol, a spoof of American Idol. Ming Tsai speaks much as Simon Cowell would and there's another judge intended to be like Paula Abdul.

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