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"Brain Grub" is the 16th episode of Season 1 of Chowder and the 32nd episode overall. It aired on June 26, 2008.


Mung attempts to curb Chowder's constant scatterbrained behavior. But it could spell disaster for the kitchen!


Mung thinks Chowder needs something to make him not so scatterbrained so he makes some Brain Grub. At first it goes well, then he became too smart and notices the fourth wall. He turned the show into Cooking Talk with Chowder, a boring intellectual show where Ms. Endive and Panini sing soft rock, Gazpacho is an accountant, and Kiwi sells used cars.


  • In "The Hot Date," when being interrogated, Chowder mentions the events of this episode during one of many confessions.

Breaking down the fourth wall

  • The largest and most notable fourth wall breakage in this episode was when Chowder grew so smart from the brain grub he had consumed that he realized that he, and everyone else, were in a television show. He then proceeded to turn it into a boring, educational cooking show.
  • The other instances include:
    • At some point in the episode, Mung states that an order is going to take a while and Truffles responds with "We've only got 11 minutes." This references the runtime of an average Chowder episode.
    • After transforming the show, Mung tells Chowder that he's making the audience cry.
      • The crying man in the scene following this is Peter Browngardt, a writer and storyboard artist for the show.[1]


  1. "I was rewatching some old Chowder episodes and the episode "Brain Grub" came on. I gotta ask, who is that crying that Mung points to when he tells Chowder he made the viewers cry.", Nerd Armada, Tumblr. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

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Season 1 The Froggy Apple Crumple ThumpkinChowder's GirlfriendBurple NurplesShnitzel Makes a DepositGrubble GumThe Cinnamini MonsterCertifrycation ClassThe Sing BeansThe Wrong AddressThe Wrong CustomerMahjongg NightStinky LoveThe Thrice Cream ManThe Flibber Flabber DietGazpacho Stands UpA Taste of MarzipanThe Puckerberry OverlordsThe ElemelonsAt Your ServiceChowder and Mr. FuguThe VacationThe Sleep EaterSniffleballMung on the RocksThe Heavy SleeperThe Moldy TouchThe Bruised BluenanaShnitzel and the Lead FarfelThe Thousand Pound CakeThe Rat SandwichChowder Loses His HatBrain GrubShnitzel QuitsThe Broken PartThe Meach HarvestBanned from the StandCréme Puff HandsThe Apprentice Games
Season 2 The ArboriansThe Garage SalePanini for PresidentChowder's BabysitterThe Fire BreatherThe Flying Flinger LingonsHey, Hey It's Knishmas!Chowder's Catering CompanyThe Catch PhraseThe Hot DateShopping SpreeThe Party CruiseWon Ton BombsThe Big Hat BiddiesThe Deadly MazeKid ShnitzelGazpacho Fights BackThe BLT'sThe Trouble with TrufflesThe Dinner TheaterBig BallThe Brain FreezeThe Snail CarThe LollistopsEndive's Dirty SecretBig FoodPaint the TownThe BlackoutThe Dice CycleThe Chain RecipeThe GardenSheboodlesGazpacho Moves InMy Big Fat Stinky WeddingApprentice Appreciation DayThe Grape WormA Faire to RememberTofu Town Showdown
Season 3 Hands On a Big MixerThe Blast RazThe Spookiest House in MarzipanThe Poultry GeistThe Apprentice ScoutsThe Belgian Waffle Slobber-BarkerA Little Bit of PizzazzThe Birthday SuitsThe HeistThe PrankOld Man ThymeChowder's MagazineWeekend at Shnitzel'sTaste BudsGazpacho!The TootsChowder Grows Up