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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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

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.