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Foster's Goes to Europe
Season 3, Episode 6
Episode name pun on: Unnamed pun
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Airdate: November 4, 2005
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Director: Craig McCracken
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"Foster's Goes to Europe" is the sixth episode of the third season of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

Synopsis

Mac wins a trip to Europe and decides to take his friends with him, however, as Mac tries to get everyone ready, things don't go as planned and he gets blamed for the whole thing.

Plot


SPOILER: Plot details follow.


One afternoon, Bloo is giving misleading lessons about Europe and teaching his students French, even though he just using a fake accent, but clearly understanding what he says. When Mac arrives, he sees that nobody is ready to go to Europe. Eduardo states he's ready, but he had twelve trucks full of his stuffed animals. Mac tells him that they'll be unable get all of them on the plane. Upon hearing about planes, Coco panics. Wilt says that Coco scared of flying, despite being part plane and part bird. Mac orders Ed to pack what he needs and pick one stuffed animal, but Wilt will help him. As for Bloo, he isn't too sure about Europe, but he assures himself that he will amaze people with his French skills, but the rest don't seem to impress him. Mac assures that it will be an excellent experience and mentions that they have a Super Fun Land Amusement Park, that got Bloo excited and packing. An imaginary friend named Eurotrish (who has a habit of singing, albeit horribly off-key) comes to Mac, explaining that she dreams of going to Europe to see her creator and family, but Mac only has seven tickets and Bloo says, in his fake accent, that she can't attend. Mr. Herriman approaches Mac to show him that he made a schedule to spend time at Europe, but he to redo cause of time zones, much to Mac's frustration. Meanwhile, Frankie Foster, is giving Madame Foster instructions of taking care of the house, but doesn't seem to be paying attention, even going far as to untie balloon friends. Mac finds Coco hiding, he assures her that plane is safe and there's more of a chance getting in an accident on the Foster's bus than getting in a plane crash, which calms her down. When Bloo is about to finish packing, Mr. Herriman gives him a schedule because he won't have anyone run amok on the trip. Frankie shows Madame Foster that games are in closet, precooked meals to last, and dessert. Madame gives Bloo a cookie, which makes him begin to have second thoughts. Mac comes into the bedroom and sees that neither Wilt nor Ed are ready. Ed is having trouble picking which animal to take, so Mac picks for him and fills Wilt's suitcase, telling them they need to go. Mac waits at the front, and Mr. Herriman gives him an updated schedule. Frankie is making sure that Madame is taken care of Coco, Wilt, and Ed, who is a wearing a seemly stuffed coat. But the only one left is Bloo. Just then, the doorbell rings. It is revealed to be Madame Foster's arch-rival Jerkins and her friends. Bloo arrives, but tells Mac that he's not going, but staying with Madame Foster's, so he gave his ticket to Eurotrish.

Frankie closes the door, realizing that her grandmother is going to throw a wild tea party. With Eurotrish taking Bloo's place, Mr. Herriman takes all the schedules to redo them again. When Mac orders everyone else on the bus, Coco runs off. Wilt points out that Mac said that there's more of a chance for Coco getting an accident on the bus than the plane. Wilt goes back upstairs to finish packing, and Ed assures he's ready to go, but then his stuffed animals fall out the coat he is wearing, so he tells Mac that choosing was impossible. Bloo catches Frankie on the phone and tells her order pizza, but she's calling for a sitter, because Madame can't be trusted alone. That's when Madame admits it while running in the hall with scissors. Bloo complains that a sitter will spoil his good time. Eurotrish waits on the porch singing about going to Europe, but Bloo interrupts her and takes back the ticket. Mac finds Mr. Herriman in his office working on the schedule. Mac says that they won't need schedules if they're late, but Mr. Herriman assures that having a schedule will be needed in order to have a successful trip and it will take a moment. Mac decides to help to speed things up, but Mr. Herriman isn't sure what to add. Wilt is in the bedroom straightening up his suitcase, but ends up discarding everything. Eurotrish comes in and sadly reports that she is unable go to Europe, because she doesn't have any tickets. Wilt gives her his, stating that he has no room, which cheers her up. Bloo tells Madame that he doesn't do well with sitters. Madame understands, but at that point, Madame's sitter, the very elderly Mrs. Treemont, has arrived. Madame tells Bloo that she has a remedy to put the sitter to sleep, which makes Bloo change his mind again. Mac and Herriman are finally finished with the schedule and hand out the copies. Wilt says that he won't be going, and Ed has picked his stuffed bunny Paco and has Bloo's ticket. Mac takes it and gives it to Wilt. Bloo is in a room watching TV. Mac finds him and tells him that there might be a Super Fun Land in Europe, but Bloo says he'll go to the one down the street, and according to him, they take real money. Mac says in Europe, they have desserts made from their own states and tea time. Bloo finds Eurotrish and takes the ticket again. Everyone gathers in the front. Mac collects the tickets, but he sees that Wilt is only bringing a pair of shoes (until he discarded the bag). Frankie makes sure that Mrs. Treemont is settled. Ed comes down with a trunk with Paco in it. Coco reports that she has gotten over her fears. Mac has all the tickets and asks everyone if they need anything else. Everyone has go to the bathroom, and then make a quick lunch, but have to use the bathroom again. Soon, everyone is on the bus and ready to go, but the bus won't start. Wilt checks the hood and finds that the spark plugs are gone, meaning someone sabotaged the bus.

Everyone blames Coco, as her eyes moves back and forth suspiciously. Mr. Herriman points out that the schedule does not call questioning and leaves once again to redo them. Coco lays an egg which contains plane tickets. When Eurotrish sees them, she sings that she wants a ticket, but Bloo says that they don't need more tickets and tears them all. He then goes back inside, Wilt takes Ed to the bathroom, and Frankie says that she'll be back. When Mac turns to Coco, she is gone, and Mac gives up. He tells Frankie that he'll call his mother to pick him up, stating that no one is interested on the trip. Mac was looking forward for everyone to have a good time, but Frankie assured everyone is officially ready, and she called a shuttle bus to take them to the airport. Mac bids Madame Foster goodbye, but insisted on getting a big hug. The gang finally departed. When they reached their gate, Mac realizes that the tickets are missing. Everyone returns home in a huff, and they blame Mac for losing the tickets, Mac sworn that he had the tickets in his backpack. Frankie finds Mrs. Treemont sleeping on a chair, and she says that Madame is in bed. Frankie comes into the room to tell Madame that everyone is back, but finds her bed filled with Ed's stuffed animals. It turns out Madame Foster swiped the tickets while giving Mac a hug, and she gave the other tickets to Jerkins, her friends, and even Eurotrish.

Credits

Eurotrish finally arrives in her family's hometown. She sings in front of their house for a warm welcome, but her irritated creator throws open the shutter, telling to stop singing, which was the reason they sent her away in the first place, then closes. Depressed, Eurotrish returns to America.


Spoilers end here.


Reception

This episode received very negative and hated reviews by many critics and fans alike, due to numerous reasons.

Fans and critics were bothered and saddened by the harsh mistreatment Mac gets and the ending were Madame Foster swindles Mac's tickets. Fans and critics had claimed Madame Foster's actions as "way out of character" for her and suggested that while she may act a bit crazy and goofy, she wouldn't be as cruel as this.

Fans had also criticized the immense amount of mistreatment that Eurotrish gets as well as the cruel ending credits where it is revealed she was rejected all this time by her family and that her creator had wanted her gone.

Critics and fans alike even complained about the fact that Mac, Bloo, and the rest of their group (excluding Madame Foster) do not end up going to Europe; when the episode, itself, is titled "Foster's Goes to Europe". Many fans and critic claimed that the title/title card used for this episode was misleading and false advertising on the part of the writers; especially since it's only Madame Foster going to Europe with her friends and Eurotrish... Not with Bloo, Mac, Eduardo, Wilt, Coco, Mr. Herriman, and Frankie.

Trivia

  • It is revealed that Coco is scared of flying, which is ironic considering she looks like a plane mixed with a tree and a bird. Her origin to her fear of flying isn't ever explained.
  • This episode is a spoof of road trip and vacation films across many countries. However, unlike those road trip/vacation films, no actual trip is shown in the episode.
  • As previously stated in the reception and also going back to the previous bullet point; the title of this episode is very misleading, seeing as the Fosters never go the Europe. Only Madame Foster is seen going to Europe with her friends and Eurotrish in the end. The group, involving Mac, Bloo, Wilt, Coco, Eduardo, Mr. Herriman, and Frankie; don't end up going to Europe and no European Vacation Trip is ever shown.
  • In futher regards to the case as the title, there is no follow up episode of the Foster's actually going to Europe, nor is there any desire or discussion for the group to still want to go to Europe in later episodes. There also isn't any anger shown towards Madame Foster by any of the group in the later episodes for stealing the tickets.
  • We learn in this episode that Frankie hates airport food.
  • Wilt states that Mac got permission from his mom to go to Europe with his friends at Foster's and Mac says at one point that he's calling his mom to come pick him up, even though in "Infernal Slumber", Mac says that his mom doesn't know he visits Foster's every day and that if she found out, she would never let him go there again. It is unknown as to how Mac got permission from his mom to go to Europe with his friends at Foster's, since this is not property explained.
  • This is the first appearance of Eurotrish.
  • Eurotrish sings a total of 4 times throughout the episode, and gets cut off each time by an upsetting moment. The first singing moment she had was when Bloo gave away his ticket to Eurotrish. Eurotrish sings happily about finally being able to go back home, before getting cutting by Bloo taking back his ticket and telling her he changed his mind. The second time she sang is when Wilt gave away his ticket to her. She sings happily once again about being able to go back home until she was cut off again by Bloo taking it back. The third time is when Coco lays an egg that has more plane tickets, which Eurotrish tries to take one while singing, only to have Bloo cut her off once again, this time by ripping up all the spare plane tickets. The fourth and final time Eurotish sings is during the credits when she finally arrives back home to her own country. She sings happily about arriving home, hoping to be greeted back with loving and open arms by her creator and her family, only to be yelled at by her creator to stop singing and shut up.
  • Eurotrish's name is a play on the term "Eurotrash," a slur common in North America that refers to Europeans who they find condescending, avant-garde, or otherwise different and unpleasant.
  • The reason to Eurotrish ending up at Foster's is revealed at the end of the episode. It is shown that her creator and her creator's family didn't have Eurotrish leave because of her creator growing up or even that she was just taken away from her creator against her will. It is instead revealed that her creator and her creator's family had sent her away because of her annoying singing.
  • The actual name of Eurotrish's creator is never explained.
  • While it is known she is European, the actual ethnicity type of Eurotrish is never truly revealed. It can be assumed by her thick accent that supposedly sounds Italian. But her accent still makes it confusing since she has braids, yellow clogs, a plaid beret, and a dress with the UK flag on it. It also becomes a bigger blur as to what country she originated from when she does arrive home. The houses in the area resemble to those country side village houses that are usually found in West Europe bordering into East Europe (i.e. Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary).
  • No one translates Coco's story of how Mac got permission from his mother to go to Europe with his friends at Foster's, though Wilt says it's a crazy story when she finishes.
  • Mac and the rest of the Foster's group doesn't specify what countries in Europe they were actually, specifically, heading over and going to see. They make slight references like the Effiel Tower and Stonehenge (locations obviously in England and France). Mr. Herriman does say "transcontinental excursion", however, they still just say Europe as a whole; which is very confusing when realistically speaking about Europe. In reality, there are at least 50 countries in Europe. They don't specify whether they were primarily heading to or how they will travel from country to country. Whether it was only towards Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Middle Eastern Europe, Mediterranean Europe, or if the group was just going to travel around the entire European continent; they don't give a specified list as to where exactly in Europe they were going towards.
  • Even though there Bloo stands in front of a backdrop of Paris at the airport, the only time we see any of the Foster's characters actually in Europe is in the credits, and that one character is Eurotrish. Europe is only shown once when Eurotrish arrives home; hoping for a warm loving homecoming from her creator and her family. We don't see any other character physically present in Europe, not even Madame Foster who had stole the tickets from Mac.
  • Bloo is seen watching a Deo commercial from "The Sweet Stench of Success" at one point in this episode, strangely after they were proven "false advertisements" and also as dangerous product to make people "smell worse"; the man who was behind the ads and the promotion of tbe fake product, Kip Snip, had gotten arrested afterwards for openly claimed to the world the truth about this products. It is also presumed in the end of that episode that Kip Snip is currently spending time in prison. Knowing these facts, it is extremely confusing as to how those Deo commercials were not pulled off the television; or even how the fraud product is still advertised and possibly still sold in stores instead of being recalled and pulled off shelves in the Foster's universe. Especially when the owner and marketer of the product is currently held in incarceration. Its not known either if this was live TV Bloo was watching, or a recording of his Deo commercial days. This aspect to the commercial or the lore surrounding Kip Snip currently properly explained here in this episode.