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Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 1 Episode 6

The Alchemy Exam

Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Dec 11, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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The Alchemy Exam
Ed and Al finally arrive in Central City. Needing a place to stay, Mustang places the boys under the supervision of 'Sewing-Life Alchemist' Shou Tucker. Awed by Tucker's mansion and vast library of Alchemy books, the brothers spend some happy days of study and good fun. All their work leads up to one event -- the Alchemy Exam.moreless

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  • Meet Nina Tucker, a sweet little girl with a horrid future.

    This is the episode where the Elric brothers move into a temporary home where they can study for the alchemic exam. Mustang takes them to the Tuckers' home. He tells them about the family. There is Shou, the Sewing Life Alchemist, and his four year old daughter, Nina. Ed asks about Shou's wife, which Mustang ignores. HINT! It's important later. ;) OK, so Ed opens the door, and gets flattened by Nina's giant dog, Alexander. They are greeted, and Ed and Al run to the library to study. Later, Major Hughes invites Ed, Al, and Nina over to his house to celebrate Ed's 12th birthday. They meet Gracia, his wife, who is heavily pregnant. During the festivities, Gracia goes into labor. Hughes runs to get the doctor, while the boys and Nina help her. She ends up having a little girl, Elicia, who happens to be the pride and joy of Hughes's life, up until his death three years later. Then Ed and Al take the Alchemy Exam. I don't remember if that's in the episode or not though...moreless
  • Good episode that answers a lot of questions viewers may have been wondering up to this point.

    This episode not only sets up for the following episode, but also answers a lot of questions people watching up to this point may have had, like why Ed passed the exam and not Al, not to mention it had a good mix of humor!

    While the following episode I find to be incredibly depressing and hard to watch, the writers did do a good job setting up for the next episode. Speaking of 'well written,' the writters did a great job as well to answer many questions into this episode! It was great to see Ed in action at the alchemy exam, and why he was so different from all the other alchemists. With the humor of Ed and Al freaking out while Gracia tries to give birth to her baby and having no idea what do was priceless! 'Child birth isn't alchemy you dope!' XD

    Overall, great episode! If this is your first time watching this episode, enjoy it and prepare yourself for the following episode, its hard to watch in a sad way.moreless
  • Ed and Al prepare to enter an exam to become State Alchemists. They are sent by Mustang to live with the Tuckers for preparation. "Episode 6: The Alchemy Exam - Nothing like Naruto's exam!"moreless

    Another personal favourite, Ed and Al arrive in Central to become State Alchemists by attending a special exam. Colonel Mustang sends the boys off to live with the Tuckers in preparation for the exam. Nina Tucker, her father Shou Tucker (the Sewing-Life Alchemist) and their bodyslamming dog Alexander debut in this fantastic and funny episode. The best moments involve Hughes inviting Ed, Al and Nina to his house to celebrate Ed's 12th Birthday, but his wife Gracia goes into labour during the party. Hughes rushes out to fetch the doctor leaving the kids to look after Gracia in a hilarious scene. I've watched it in Japanese and it had be in fits of laughter.

    This episode also properly debuts Ed's ability to use alchemy without a transmutation circle.moreless
  • how did Ed pass the alchemy exam ? ? and why didn't AL ? ? all is being shown in this episode..

    this episode continued the flashback of how did Al be a state alchemist .. i think it was nice because it tells you why Al wanted to be the state alchemist, it's because he wants to bring back his brothers buddy..and Al didn't complete the test because there was a health examination and as we know , there is nothing inside al's armor..this episode doesn't have any fight but i don't know why i liked it ..the story is so cool and also the soundtrack...i think this show is really gonna make me feel happy :) hope that u all will like it..moreless
  • It was a hilarious flashback episode.

    Ed, Al, and Nina help deliver Gracia's (Maes Hughes' wife) baby. They all started freaking out so badly while she's irritable and in pain. Lol. It was so hilarious. So finally the baby's born. Now Maes how something else to brag about. Great.... Ed's performance at the alchemy exam was incredible. I wonder how he learned how to perform alchemy without a transmutation circle? Either way, it's cool that he's such a skilled alchemist at such a young age. (He's only 12 in this episode right?) So, of course, he's the one chosen to become the state alchemist that year, and he receives the infamous name of "Full Metal" Alchemist.moreless
Brina Palencia

Brina Palencia

Nina Tucker

Guest Star

Sonny Strait

Sonny Strait

Maes Hughes

Recurring Role

Chuck Huber

Chuck Huber

Shou Tucker

Recurring Role

Lauren Goode

Lauren Goode

Gracia Hughes

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ed: Listen she's not dead, she just fell asleep!
      Al: I don't know... if you think of it like alchemy, making a life's expensive. You'd have to give something up!
      Ed: Child birth is not alchemy, you dope!

    • (Ed and Al are discussing the physical examination)
      Ed: We could always stuff Alexander in there and pretend you're a talking dog.
      Al: I don't think that's very funny...

    • (Alexander jumps on Ed)
      Nina: You know that's bad Alexander!
      Shou Tucker: Oh my, I'm so sorry.
      Ed: No prob... just don't say... "roll over".

    • Al: How did you use alchemy without a Transmutation Circle?
      Ed: I don't know! I just used my head!
      Gracia: Arguhhhh! I can feel it's head now!

    • Gracia falls to the ground.
      Gracia: It's here.
      Hughes: The tea?
      Gracia: The baby!

  • NOTES (1)


    • Cultural Allusion: Japanese "honorifics" when dealing with two or more people:
      As noted in "To Challenge the Sun", the use of "honorifics" comes again into play when Nina addresses the Elrics.

      Normally, the politeness marker attributes to age; however, because Nina can't tell Ed and Al's ages, she simply addresses them using politeness markers attributed to size. Hence, she shows politeness by referring to Ed as "Little Big Brother" (the smaller of the Elrics, but older than her and deserving of respect), and Al as "Bigger Brother" (older than her, much taller than she or Ed, and deserving of respect).

    • Central City: Flash
      In the DC comic Flash, one of the cities protected by the Flash is named Central City.

    • Ed reading a book: Japanese style of reading
      In most Western countries, sentences are read from left to right. In Japan and other Eastern countries, however, sentences are read the opposite way, from right to left. This style of reading from right to left is carried over when Ed is quickly reading a book from the library; his eyes are scanning the page from right to left.

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