|Setting a President|
|Episode name pun on: the phrase "setting a precedent"|
|Airdate:||February 17, 2006|
"One False Movie"
"Room with a Feud"
"Setting a President" is the 12th episode of Season 3 of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. In this episode, everyone is tired of Mr. Herriman's rules, so Frankie decides to run for house president. After hearing that any house resident is allowed to run for president, Bloo decides to run as well. Eventually, Frankie does win, leaving Mr. Herriman jobless.
SPOILER: Plot details follow.
The elections for house president are coming up, and everyone is sick of Mr. Herriman's strict rules and regulations. To Herriman's surprise, Frankie and Bloo decide to enter. Whereas Herriman runs everything responsibly though often unfairly, Frankie promises fairness and care for all imaginary friends, and Bloo just acts immature and silly, claiming that "there aren't gonna be anymore rules!" and offering free candy and cash to any friend that votes for him. He also insults Frankie and says a vulgar comment about Herriman. Wilt can't make up his mind who to vote for. Eduardo and Mac both build a television out of a cardboard carton and act as reporters to provide news about the election. Herriman tries to team up with Bloo, admitting that without his job he'd have nothing else, and Bloo helps him create a smear campaign to make Frankie look stupid and trashy, using a catchy but rude song, photos of pigs and inaccurate, biased statements. Nonetheless, most of the friends vote for Frankie, leaving Mr. Herriman out of a job. Frankie finds Herriman sadly packing up the last of his belongings and feels sorry for him, but soon finds herself preoccupied with her new position.
Herriman searches for work in town, but most of the jobs are either discriminatory against rabbits and imaginary friends, or downright dangerous. He is finally able to find work bagging groceries at a market. Meanwhile Frankie is really making progress at Foster's, turning everything around and giving new privileges to the imaginary friends, although she demotes Bloo to scrubbing out toilets and wearing a dunce cap, much to his annoyance. While out buying groceries, she runs into a depressed Herriman working there and he tells her that having a role in the workforce makes him feel useful, although he doesn't seem to enjoy bagging groceries. Frankie tells Madame Foster that she feels bad for Mr. Herriman and Madame Foster tells her that the job as president was his whole life. She then pays Frankie and Frankie realizes that her pay is much lower than the pay she was making at her old position (and the president's bonus is a bundle of carrots). She offers the job back to Herriman to get her old pay back, and Herriman gratefully tells her that it's the nicest thing anyone's ever done for him.
Spoilers end here.
- Mac mentioned that Bloo has caused large amounts of trouble since he came to Foster's. This includes:
- Breaking a bust of Madame Foster in "Busted"
- Opening a secret door and releasing all of the scribbles that wreak havoc on everyone in "The Trouble With Scribbles"
- Uploading an embarrassing video of Mr. Herriman which humiliated Mr. Herriman himself in "World Wide Wabbit"
- Sabotaging a date Frankie had in "Frankie My Dear"
- Throwing a wild party against house rules in "Partying is Such Sweet Soiree"
- Flooding the house in "Everyone Knows It's Bendy"
- Blowing the roof off the house in "Cookie Dough"
- Destroying a beloved toy elephant in "Squeakerboxxx"
- Ruining Mac's reputation at school in "Bye Bye Nerdy"
- In the beginning with Two-Head Fred, the hat of The Man With The Yellow Hat from Curious George can be seen.
- Mac broke the fourth wall when he said "We'll be back after these commercials.", and an actual commercial break started. Then when the episode resumed, he said "Welcome back from those commercials."
- From the total number of votes counted for all three candidates, it was revealed that at the time of the episode there were about 1,343 residents (including Mr. Herriman, Frankie, and Bloo) in the home, assuming all the others voted.
- Mac states that Bloo threw a wild party against house rules in "Partying is Such Sweet Soiree", but Madame Foster said in that episode that it's okay to have wild parties as long as she's part of it. Mac also became in on it when he was given sugar.
- Bloo says that all the mishaps Mac mentioned him doing in previous episodes were because of Mr. Herriman's rules, although that's only true for the episode "Busted", where Mr. Herriman made Bloo strictly conform to the former's house rules, and so he made Bloo so emotionally unstable that it caused Bloo to break the Madame Foster head bust.
- A plot error Mac brings up is when he references "Busted" as a moment where Bloo got in trouble for breaking Madame Foster's head bust. However, in the episode, it is revealed Mr. Herriman always buys and replaces the bust and has a closest of them in his office. It's revealed to Bloo that the Bust actually breaks too often, so it isn't against the rules to break them. Bloo and his friends thought he was going to get in deep trouble in that episode, but he never got in trouble by Herriman. Herriman just gave Bloo a new head bust, and was told by him to just go and replace it. So technically speaking, that doesn't count as a moment that Bloo got in trouble with Herriman.
- Mac criticizes Bloo's not qualified to run for president with one of the reasons being that Bloo ruined Frankie's date in "Frankie My Dear", even though Mac conspired and collaborated with Bloo in doing so; along with the help of Chris and Prince Charming. Also, Frankie said that they ended up doing her a favor. Bloo never got in trouble for it.
- Mac does criticize Bloo for opening the secret door and releasing all of the scribbles that wreak havoc on everyone from the episode "The Trouble With Scribbles". While it seemed like Bloo did break the rules for opening the secret door, he did show that the scribbles can show responsibility and because of that, Herriman did get people to adopt all of the scribbles, even though he originally suspected the scribbles were do nothing imaginary friends. It was trouble at first for Bloo, since he did break rules and opened a door he wasn't supposed to open. One good side to it was that the scribbles did learn household chores, but the downside, caused all the imaginary friends to become lazier. That seemed to have gotten all turned around by Mr. Herriman due to his realization that these scribbles can actually be worth something for adoption. So technically speaking, that moment of trouble for Bloo wasn't technically a long lasting one, since it helped to make Foster's Home some more money and have some more space in the house.
- Mac blames Bloo for ruining his reputation in the episode "Bye Bye Nerdy", however, Mac disregards a few ot the important aspects to it. First being the fact that that is more in regards to Bloo's selfishness and not causing any lasting trouble or danger onto the house. Another fact, technically speaking, Mac too was still partially at fault as well for choosing to embarrass himself by going along with Bloo's plan to make him "cooler". Mac chose to go along with Bloo's plan. Mac haf also chose to hang out with Jamez Withazee and not arrive at Foster's to make sure Bloo is protected from adoption. Because of this, it almost led Herriman causing Bloo to become an adopted friend; which had went against Mac's moal code to try to keep up and visit Bloo as often as possible at Foster's. That issue of itself, didn't cause any trouble or danger for the house. The only trouble it caused was just for Mac's reputation and almost risked Bloo being forever taken away from Mac. It also only caused some temperory tension between Bloo and Mac; not a long term tension between Bloo and the house. So that point seems kinds irrelevant in regards to what is really Bloo's "trouble" at Foster's.
- When Frankie feels sympathy for Herriman losing his job at Foster's, Madame Foster tells her, "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" which is a nod to Spider-Man.
- Mac criticizes Bloo for getting in trouble for the uploaded video to Foster's website in "World Wide Wabbit", which is partially true since Mr. Herriman did find out about the "Funny Bunny Video" and was angered about it; but there is still more context to look at it and see what properly defines "trouble". In that episode, Mr. Herriman did find out about the video leak and wanted to get back at Bloo, Mac, and Frankie since he was embarrassed about it. However, Herriman soon realized that the video helped to promote fame and attention to Foster's Home and helped to increase adoption sales of imaginary friends. It did more good for the business rather than bad, and Herriman accepted the existence of the video. Also because of that, Bloo wasn't in trouble any longer and neither were Frankie and Mac at that point, since they helped Foster's. So looking closer at this point, it shouldn't technically be considered by Mac a moment of long term trouble for Bloo; since, technically speaking, his video that he filmed had helped business.
- Mac criticizes Bloo for destroying the rubber elephant in the episode, "Squeakerboxxx" as a point of his trouble at Foster's. However, that wasn't a long term troubling damage for the house since Mac was able to buy a new one (before Bloo swallowed it). It wasn't any trouble for the house, just a point for Bloo to learn some personal responsibility for his actions. While they imaginary friends did cherish it, it should be noted that toys are just minute material possessions, and can usually be replaced. That wasn't a point of trouble for Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
- The Santa Claus in the mall looks exactly like the first imaginary Santa that arrived at Foster's in "A Lost Claus".
- Another error, or poorly explained point Mac maked in the episode is when it seems he had made reference to the episode, "Everyone Knows It's Bendy". It appeared that he criticizes Bloo about flooding the house. In the episode, the antagonistic character Bendy continously frames Bloo, Wilt, Eduardo, and Coco for things that they never did, and they keep getting in trouble and unfairly punished by Mr. Herriman and Frankie. As an act of revenge, Bloo tried to get back at Bendy by flooding the house and to frame it on him, only to end up getting in trouble for it himself by Herriman and Frankie in the end, and Bendy once again walks away scot-free. In regards to Mac's statement about Bloo flooding the house though, this is a strange point to bring about because Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust had both declared that episode and even the character Bendy to be no longer canonical to the series. This was done after the episode, and the character Bendy, had gotten extremely poor and extremely hated reviews from fans and critics. Faust and McCracken have also stated to the fans and critics that they too had also despised the episode and the character as well; and wished they had done better. Bendy was tossed aside from the series, and wouldn't be in any future episodes of Foster's as a result to the backlash. "Everyone Knows It's Bendy", in this sense, isn't considered as a canon episode to the series. So even though that episode is declared to no longer have relevance and relatablity to the series; Mac, however, seems make a reference to that moment. However, it could also be assumed by the viewer(s) that Mac wasn't talking about the situation involving Bendy at all (if Bendy was still considered as non-canon up to this point of the show). Mac could have been talking about a never before seen incident with Bloo flooding the house (one that did not involve trying to get back at Bendy), because if Bendy is not canon, it would have to be an entirely different antic caused by Bloo. Whether Mac was talking specifically about that episode and referencing Bendy, or talking about an entirely different incident involving Bloo's crazy antics that the viewers had never seen is left uncertain.
- Continuity wise and evaluation wise, the only undisprovable and most valid criticism that Mac makes in regards to Bloo causing trouble at Foster's is the point when he had blown off the brand new roof in the episode "Cookie Dough". He did get in trouble for using Madame Foster's cookie recipe. He also tried abusing his friends to work for him, treated everyone horribly, got beyond greedy for money and material possessions, and he also destroyed the roof to the house in his own ignorance and selfishness. Because of that trouble, he had to work for Madame Foster to pay it off and Madame Foster, as punishment, keeps all the expenses possessions that Bloo had earned from making money off her cookie recipe (which is still justifiable). This is the only criticism in the presidential debate that Mac brings up that makes sense as a long-term trouble at Foster's caused by Bloo; because Bloo, in that scenario, was forced to take responsibility for his actions and fix the mess he made. It even makes sense as what actually defines "trouble".
- Mac: If you were house president, what would you change?
- Mr. Herriman: Not a thing, everything is perfect as it is.
- Imaginary Friend: (coughes) Loser!
- Bloo: Herriman smells like poo!
- Mr. Herriman: He's just mud-slinging!
- (Bloo throws mud at Mr. Herriman's face)
- Mr. Herriman: I should have seen this coming...
- Bloo: Just punch here, right next to Mr. Herriman's name.
- Eduardo: But I think I want Seniorita Frankie to win.
- Bloo: But in this, you punch who you don't want to win.
- Eduardo: Oh! (punches Bloo in the face) I like voting!