A Matter of Conscience is an episode from the seventh season of Garfield and Friends.
A cricket looking for work talks Garfield into letting him be his conscience after showing him the book "Pinnochio". However, Garfield's new-found conscience gets him into more trouble.
Garfield checks off his to-do list in his book, one item at at time one day, namely, "Kick Odie off the table," Mail Nermal to Abu Dhabi," "Sharpen Claws on furniture," and "Eat everything in the refrigerator." However, Jon catches Garfield doing just that, and he chases him around the house. He eventually catches Garfield as he adds "Get kicked out of house; land in heap in geraniums" to his list, prompting him to do just that.
Presently, a cricket named Ichobod, claiming to be a conscience, drops by with a book: Pinocchio, and requests Garfield to read it; however before he can get too far, he is told that he wouldn't want a letter from one of the lawyers who works with Disney.
Meanwhile, Jon puts Odie outside while he tries to recook the food Garfield ate. At first, Garfield doesn't want to play with him, but his "conscience" urges him to do it, prompting Garfield to play rocket launch with Odie. However, Odie is in the makeshift rocket, and using a seesaw, Garfield blasts Odie into the house and into the newly baked lasagna, causing Garfield to run away.
In another part of town, Irving Burnside grumpily finishes shopping and drops his big steak, which attracts Garfield's attention. Just as he is about to eat it, however, the cricket stops him again and tells him to return it to Mr. Burnside; however, the result is Mr. Burnside falsely accusing him of swiping the steak, and a chase ensues. The cricket also gives Garfield problems for he tells him not to cross when the sign says "don't walk." Just after the sign changes, Mr. Burnside catches Garfield and they both get into a major fight; however, Garfield somehow escapes into the Elm Street dog kennel.
Garfield, exhausted, remembers something about Pinocchio, and turns to the page where the cricket should read. Seeing that the wooden boy crushed the cricket, he cringes in fear as Garfield prepares to do the same to him using a rake; fortunately, or unfortunately, he misses, and he chases the cricket all over the neighborhood as the cricket begs for mercy.
- Ichobod shows Garfield the original story of Pinocchio (written by Carlo Collodi). Garfield reads it until Ichobod stops him to avoid dealing with Disney lawyers (referring to the Disney movie version of the story).