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The Big Cheese
Season 1, Episode 9c
Episode name reference to/pun on: The term "big cheese", another name for a boss.
The Big Cheese
Air date December 4, 1996
Production number 108c
Written by Andy Bialk & David Fassett (Model Design)
Butch Hartman (Background Design)
Andy Clark (Background Color)
Storyboard by Charlie Bean
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

The Big Cheese is the third segment of the ninth episode in season one of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on December 4, 1996.

In this episode, Dexter forgets to study for a French test he has the next day as he works in his lab. To mitigate this, he uses the Subconscious Discographic Hypnotator, an invention that allows him to learn French as he sleeps. The record, however, repeats the phrase "omelette du fromage", making it the only thing Dexter can say.


During the evening, Dexter goes into his lab to work on breaking the DNA code. Before bedtime, Computer reminds Dexter that he hadn't studied for his French test. To mitigate this, Dexter orders Computer to bring him the Subconscious Discographic Hypnotator, which he attaches to his head the moment he leaves the lab. Lastly, Dexter finds an old French record and places it inside the player. He then goes to sleep listening to the French lessons, but the record skips the line "Omelette du fromage" repeatedly.

The next morning, Dexter goes to the kitchen to eat breakfast and is greeted by Dee Dee taunting him. When Dexter shouts "Omelette du fromage" at her, Dee Dee takes note that is the only thing he says and starts teasing him for it. Later at school, Dexter is in his French class taking his exam. Before it begins, his French teacher explains to the class that the curriculum has been reduced to a single question. Dexter answers it and passes the exam. Later in math class, Dexter answers "Omelette du fromage" to his teacher's question. His teacher realizes the answer and writes it down, leaving Dexter confused.

Later on the playground, Dee Dee walks by Dexter teasing him. Dexter shouts at her and unknowingly attracts two girls. When he says "Omelette du fromage", several girls gather around him in awe. However, three bullies walk toward Dexter and he pleads for them to go easy on him. The bullies misunderstood his intentions, leaving Dexter smiling.

Over time, Dexter's only phrase makes him a brief celebrity, but his moment of happiness is cut short when Dexter is unable to enter the lab due to it being password protected and subsequently entering a meltdown process. Dee Dee appears once more to taunt him for only saying "Omelette du fromage."



  • Running gag: Dee Dee saying "That's all you can say!" in a singsong manner as a response to Dexter being able to only say "Omelette du fromage."

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Dexter's Omelette Du Fromage restaurant in comparison with the Downey California Golden Arches McDonald's restaurant.

  • Dexter's password for his laboratory is "Star Wars", a reference to the widely popular science fiction franchise.
  • During Dexter's algebra class, a picture of the Eiffel Tower can be seen.
  • Dexter's basketball dunking pose is a reference to then-former professional basketball player Michael Jordan, a Chicago Bulls player known for dunking basketballs with his tongue hanging out.
  • After Dexter dunks a basketball, a card with "Just Dü It" appears, referencing Nike's slogan "Just Do It."
  • Dexter's restaurant "Omelettes Du Fromage" is a reference to the Golden Arches McDonald's that originated in Downey, California.
  • While looking for a record to learn French, the "Steven Hawks Sings" record cover is a reference to the late scientist Stephen William Hawking.
  • "Omelette Du Fromage" incorrectly translates to "Cheese Omelet" in French.
  • The game show Dexter was on references the long-running game show Jeopardy! hosted by the late Alex Trebek.


  • Dexter is seen playing tic-tac-toe by himself, but when Mom tells him it's time for bed, the paper is no longer in front of him.

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