Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

Season 2 Episode 13

My So-Called Wife

Aired Unknown Jul 15, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

A rich benefactor is considering giving money to a charity, and visits Foster's to see if it is worthy. Mr. Herriman gets Mac and Bloo to keep Coco out of the way but in the end it is only when the benefactor mistakes Coco as Mr. Herriman's wife that he considers Foster's, and invites them to his mansion where he will decide which charity gets the money. Mr. Herriman then tries to teach Coco to be sophisticated, while Mac and Frankie teach Bloo sarcasm, since he didn't understand that Mr. Herriman was being sarcastic when he promised them two jet cars. At the mansion it is a competition to see who will win the money. Can Coco and Mr. Herriman win the money for Foster's? And what about Mac and Bloo who enter as 'Jet Cars for Tiny Tots'?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Great parody of Pygmallion.

    I love how this episode is such a great parody of Bernard Shaw's Pygmallion Espeacially the part where Bloo and Coco tried reciting "the sleet in Crete stays neatly on the street." Which is obviously reffering to "the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain." To make the parody even more obvious, the Einsfohiddles as well as Lord and Lady Pickering attended the Gala. It is espeacially appealing to me due to the fact that I studied the play in depth. I love how Bloo is so sarcastic without him even realizing he is. And this is one of a few episodes where Coco is reffered to as a "deranged bird-airplane-plant thing." They should make more stories about Bloo and Coco.moreless
  • When A Benefactor...

    We are shown various peaceful scenes at Madame Foster's home which are disrupted by the eccentric Coco. Later, Mr. Herriman tells Mac and Bloo that he wants them to keep Coco out of sight while a benefactor comes for a visit, as Coco's presence would ruin their chances of receiving a generous donation. Mr. Herriman sarcastically promises them that they would receive Bloo's request of jet cars in return.

    Throughout most of the benefactor's visit, Mac and Bloo are able to keep Coco out of sight until they all end up in the kitchen, where the benefactor walks in on Mr. Herriman and Coco accidentally lip-locked. The benefactor is really taken with Coco and says since Mr. Herriman is married to someone like Coco, they would be able to attend his charity gala.

    Mr. Herriman can't believe it, but the only way for Foster's home to receive a donation is to pretend to be married to Coco; so he has to turn her into a lady. Meanwhile, Mac and Frankie are trying to teach Bloo what sarcasm is, even though he uses it all the time. Mac wants to teach Bloo this, because Bloo doesn't understand that Mr. Herriman really isn't going to give them jet cars.

    After Mr. Herriman gives up trying to teach Coco how to be a lady for the charity gala, she proves to him that she was a lady all along, but she didn't want to be forced to act as such before; she'll gladly help him out. Also, Bloo finally sarcastically remarks: can sarcasm be any easier? Well, Bloo is mad that he isn't going to get a jet car, so Mac and Bloo are able to attend the gala, too, as Jet Cars for Tots.

    At the event, the eccentric benefactor has all the competing charities undergo a series of challenges, which include a potato-sack race, swimming, and Simon Says. Finally, the last event is Coco and Mr. Herriman vs. Mac and Bloo in a jet-car jousting match. Even though Bloo wants to fly off and steal the benefactor's jet car, Mac decides to stay because of a principle that he doesn't really understand himself.

    Mac and Bloo win the competition only to find out this whole thing was a complete sham, and that they're actually trespassing on someone else's property. They're all arrested except for the fraud benefactor who slipped away when he was found out, but eventually released. Mr. Herriman tells Coco that he appreciates everything she's done for him and how much of a dear friend she is to him, but she starts acting crazy again.

    Much later, they're all at the pool reflecting on what they were put through, when Coco lays an egg with even more money than the fake benefactor promised them. Mr. Herriman took the money he needed for the house and even bought a couple of jet cars for Mac and Bloo. Bloo was confused; so Mr. Herriman said he is a rabbit of his word, but then said: could I be anymore sarcastic? It ends with stunned silence.moreless
  • It's better than spectacular!

    No doubt that this show should win an academy award. It is unimaginable for it not to as it does show some things that are educational and funny at the same time. Coco is the one that livens the whole show before she is transformed to be civilized and after she reverts to herself again. Quick to imagine that Herriman was funny again at times after "World Wide Wabbit." Don't think that this show is a waste of time, once you see some episodes, you would want to see the first and from here on out these shows will be part of your routine. What else Mr. McCracken has on his mind?moreless
  • A funny story.

    This is a very funny episode. Most of the jokes in this story are showcasing Coco's off the wall behavior, so if Coco is one of your favorite characters, then this episode is for you. Just see how everybody reacts to her antics, from those that know her well to those whom have just met her.

    Of course, what would an episode of Foster's be without Bloo? He is kind of funny in this episode with Mac trying to teach him something it seems he already knows everything about. This episode will have you laughing from beginning until the end.moreless
  • Very funny show

    This was a funny show as I was cracking up all over again and again

    Probably one of the better shows

    As Harriman, known for his strict rules and by the book attitude

    Wants Mac & Bloo to watch over Coco

    Because some very "rich" man would be coming in

    Perhaps dedicating money to the home

    But when Coco is mistaken for his wife

    Things get thrown into overdrive

    Very funny show as I laughed over and over again!moreless
Sean Marquette

Sean Marquette


Candi Milo

Candi Milo

Coco/Madame Foster

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Frances "Frankie" Foster/Duchess

Keith Ferguson

Keith Ferguson

Blooregard "Bloo" Q. Kazoo

Tom Kane

Tom Kane

Mr. Herriman

Keith Ferguson

Keith Ferguson

Seals on Wheels Foundation Dude (Alfred Einsfodhiddle)

Recurring Role

Tom Kane

Tom Kane

Prison Guard (Charles)/Announcer

Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Benjamin Edward Factor III/Actual Rich Guy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At the end of the episode when they are in the pool, look at Mac. The water is up to his head, but when Coco jumps in, it's up to his swimming trunks, and when Coco's "nest egg" pops open, the water is up to his waist.

    • After everyone's let out of jail, and Herriman is talking to Coco outside the courthouse, watch Mac and Bloo as they cross the street. You'll see them disappear before they go off screen.

    • When you quote someone, you say "unquote" after you finish the quote. But when Bloo was quoting Mr. Herriman, he just said "And I quote" before he did, but he didn't say "unquote" afterwords.

    • When Coco apparently learned etiquette, she sat down at the table, which was bare. However, when the angle changed, soup, spoons, forks, and knives appeared.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Bloo: Hey Duchess, you're soooo beautiful.
      Duchess: I know.
      Bloo: No, I was being sarcastic.
      Duchess: (Sarcastically) Yes, and you are a genius. This conversation is over.
      Bloo: (To Mac) Did you hear that?! She said I'm a genius!

    • (In jail)
      Mac: (About Ben E. Factor) I can't believe he was pretending to be a benefactor the whole time.
      Dr. Alfred Einsfodhiddle (a/k/a The "Seals on Wheels" Foundation Guy): I can't believe I wasted a whole year of "Simon Says" practice.

    • Mr. Herriman: Sarcastic? Nonsense. I am a rabbit of my word.
      Bloo: Really?
      Mr. Herriman: (Sarcastically) Yes, of course! Could I be anymore sarcastic?
      (Bloo and Mac are stunned and speechless, not knowing what Herriman meant by that last statement)

    • Ben E. Factor: No, I was just being sarcastic.
      Bloo: No, you weren't!! I learned all about sarcasm, and this, my friend, was not sarcasm!!!

    • Mr. Herriman: No! That is not proper English! Anyone can talk like that. Look! (Begins to talk like Coco) Co-C-C-Co-Co.. Ki-Ki-Ki... Ooh, I stand corrected.

    • Mr. Herriman: (Herriman fixes Coco's hair, and straightens her beak) And by the time I am done with you, will will be a proper, high-society lady. That shouldn't be too hard, should it?
      (Coco's beak and hair are suddenly back to the way they were before)
      Mr. Herriman: (Slaps himself in the forehead) Oh, we're doomed.

    • Bloo: So, do we get our super awesome jet cars now?
      Mr. Herriman: (Sarcastically) Oh, yes... they're in the mail.
      Bloo: Yes!!!
      Mac: Um, Bloo. I think he was being sarcastic.
      Bloo: Oh. But who cares?? We're getting jet cars!! Jet cars, dude!!!

    • Mr. Herriman: (Sarcastically) Suuure, I'll get you a jet car. No, wait! I'll get you two jet cars!
      Bloo: It's a deal!!! We'll do it!!!
      (Both shake hands, Herriman does so looking sarcastic)

    • (Coco plays the tuba)
      Mr. Herriman: This is simply outrageous!
      Bloo: I know, what key does she think she's playing in? (Shouts towards Coco) It's not a French Horn, sister!!

    • Mac: (To Bloo) Wait, are you being sarcastic?
      Bloo: Man, I don't even know anymore.

    • (After the Seals on Wheels couple is disqualified from Simon Says)
      Ben E. Factor: Seals on Wheels Foundation, you're out! You get nothing. (They leave the game.) Simon says point and laugh at the Seals on Wheels dude as he walks away.
      (Everyone laughs)

    • Bloo: Mac we've got the jet-car, let's just go, they can't catch us!
      Mac: No. This isn't just about a jet car anymore. This is about pride, and honor, and showing the world who the best charity is once and for all!
      Bloo: Dude, what are you talking about?
      Mac: I don't know.

    • Bloo: Hey, Duchess! You look so beautiful!
      Duchess: Thanks, I know so much of you to notice.
      Bloo: No, I was being sarcastic, I meant you look ugly.
      Duchess: Thank you, you're a super genius. This conversation is over.
      Bloo: (To Mac) Hey, she said I'm a super genius!

    • Mac: Frankie, explain sarcasm to Bloo.
      Frankie: What? You don't understand sarcasm?
      Bloo: No.
      Frankie: But you use it all the time.
      Bloo: (Sarcastically) Right, I use it all the time.
      Frankie: See? You just used it!
      Bloo: I did it? Sure I did, Frankie.
      Mac: (To Bloo) You're totally messing with us, aren't you?

  • NOTES (14)


    • Ben E. Factor is an imposter, a fake benefactor, similar to the Wizard in L Frank Baum's Oz books. He even resembles John R. Neill's illustrations of the Wizard.

    • Reference: Jet Cars for Tots
      We find another reference to "Toys for Tots". The charity Mac and Bloo pretend to represent is one they call "Jet Cars for Tots".

    • Charity Names: Seals On Wheels, Habitrails for Hamsters, Robbers For the Ethical Treatment of Pudding.
      The first charity is a pun on the service that delivers hot meals to elderly shut-ins called "Meals on Wheels," the second one a spoof on the home-building charity Habitat for Humanity, while the last group is an obvious jab at the controversial animal rights group People for the Ethicial Treatment of Animals (PETA).

    • My Fair Lady
      There are references to the Lerner and Loewe musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmailion entitled My Fair Lady in this episode. When Mr. Herriman is trying to teach Coco pronunciation, he says "The sleet in Crete stays neatly on the street", which is a play off the song "The Rain In Spain (Stays Mainly On The Plain)." And at the gala, when the Einsfodhiddles and Lord and Lady Pickering were introduced, they were references to Eliza Doolittle's young love interest, who was named Freddy Eynsford-Hill, and Professor Higgins's friend, who was named Colonel Pickering, another reference is Mac and Mr. Harriman exclaiming "By Jove they've got it!".

    • Ben E. Factor: Benjamin Franklin
      Ben E. Factor looks a little bit like Benjamin Franklin, one of America's major historical figures.

    • Mr. Herriman: Who is your favorite gorilla that knows sign language?
      Coco: Coco!
      When Herriman is telling Coco what questions she can answer, he refers to a real life gorilla named Coco who knows over one thousand words in sign language.

    • Episode Title: My So-Called Wife
      This title is a spoof of the title of the short-lived television program, My So-Called Life.

    • n/a: Jet Car Jousting
      The jet car jousting scene - complete with Mr. Herriman's old-fashioned air head-gear - is a modernized parody of the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.