Dessert in the Desert is the third segment from the forty-seventh episode of Garfield and Friends.


After Jon gets a flat tire, Garfield and Odie get lost in the desert, where they see mirages.


Jon Arbuckle, Garfield and Odie drive to Cactus Jake's Dude Ranch. Garfield enjoys a snow cone during the ride, mentioning that he has an entire supply of snow cones for the trip. Garfield then offers Odie a lick, which Odie agrees to before Garfield actually licks Odie.

Ten miles from the way point, a tire is blown, with a sound similar to a shooting firearm. Garfield pretends to have been shot, as if in the Old West, while Jon tells him that it was just a flat tire.

Jon goes out to the trunk for a spare tire, only to find Garfield's snow cone supply in lieu of the spare tire. Jon decides to walk back to the gas station they had seen on their way to the ranch and seek help there, cautioning Garfield and Odie to stay out of the sun. Walking through the desert road, an exhausted Jon eventually arrives at the gas station. Jon asks for help, with a cashier in the station explaining that it is a self-service facility.

Meanwhile, Garfield manages to deplete his stash of snow cones in the middle of the desert heat. He then explains to Odie about seeing mirages in the desert. Odie soon spots a swimming pool out in the middle of the desert- the first mirage. He rushes to swim there, not paying attention to Garfield's warnings. When Garfield sees Odie swimming backstroke in the pool, he attempts to jump in with him. The pool disappears just before Garfield lands, while Odie, swimming in the sand, eventually bumps into a rock.

Odie experiences another mirage, this time an amusement park not far away from the "swimming pool". Garfield follows, spotting Odie enjoying a merry-go-round. The illusion disappears after Garfield explains to Odie that it is another mirage. The pets decide to walk back to the car, only to discover that they are lost.

Meanwhile, Jon has managed to find help at the gas station; he comes back to his car in a "Homer's Tow Service" truck with a greedy employee. Jon finds that Garfield and Odie have abandoned the car and apparently gotten lost, judging by the paw prints left behind. He tells the employee to follow the tracks, with the employee responding that it will cost him more.

As the duo continue to wander through the desert, an exhausted Garfield feels that they are done for, when Odie spots what appears to be an ice-cream parlor and attempts to bring Garfield there. After seeing Odie enjoy a drink and ice-cream, Garfield decides to try it, despite figuring that he will get "another sand mouthful" After discovering that it was another mirage, Garfield becomes despaired again. Eventually, a "real" Jon appears, much to Garfield's gratitude.

While the tow truck is driving back to Jon's car, Garfield spots three female cats in bikinis resting around a huge lasagna (which Garfield figures is "the second largest lasagna" he has ever seen). Garfield tries to go after it, with Jon holding him back and telling him that it is just a mirage.

The Homer's Tow Service employee manages to fix the flat tire, while Garfield still desires to taste the lasagna he saw. As Jon hands out the money for everything, the tow truck driver and his vehicle disappear, (with Jon's money landing on the asphalt). Jon, deciding not to ask questions, quickly leaves the area. Garfield still wants to get to the alleged lasagna, with Jon insisting that it is a mirage. It turns out the female cats and their lasagna are real, with the cats amazed with Garfield's apparent disinterest in their lasagna.


Major Characters

Minor Characters

  • Cashier (voiced by Gregg Berger)
  • Homer's Tow Service attendant (voiced by Gregg Berger)
  • Female cats
  • Cactus Jake (mentioned)


  • Odie says "No horsey?" while Garfield convinces him that the merry-go-round is not real.
  • One of the female cats resting around the lasagna looks similar to Lola and Gwendolyn, except with white retinas and blue eye shadow. She is also one of the few cats who speak with moving lips.

Cultural References

  • When Garfield declares that it is the end, among the terms he uses is "That's all, folks", the classic ending line from Porky Pig in the Looney Tunes series.


  • Garfield's original snow cone constantly appears and disappears between scenes.
  • The paw prints left by Garfield and Odie look more like footprints from someone wearing shoes.
  • One of the female cats (the one that resembles Lola) is shown resting on a sunbed at the end of the episode, despite it not being there in the first scene.
Garfield and Friends

Season 1: "Peace & Quiet" "Wanted: Wade" "Garfield Goes Hawaiian" "Box O' Fun" "Unidentified Flying Orson" "School Daze" "Nighty Nightmare" "Banana Nose" "Ode to Odie" "Fraidy Cat" "Shell Shocked Sheldon" "Nothing To Sneeze At" "Garfield's Moving Experience" "Wade: You're Afraid" "Good Mousekeeping" "Identity Crisis" "The Bad Sport" "Up a Tree" "Weighty Problem" "The Worm Turns" "Good Cat Bad Cat" "Cabin Fever" "Return of Power Pig" "Fair Exchange" "The Binky Show" "Keeping Cool" "Don't Move" "Magic Mutt" "Short Story" "Monday Misery" "Best of Breed" "National Tapioca Pudding Day" "All About Odie" "Caped Avenger" "Shy Fly Guy" "Green Thumbs Down" "Forget Me Not" "I Like Having You Around!" "Sales Resistance"

Season 2: "Pest of a Guest" "The Impractical Joker" "Fat and Furry" "Rip Van Kitty" "Grabbity" "The Big Catnap" "The Great Getaway" "Scrambled Eggs" "Hansel and Garfield" "The Sludge Monster" "Fortune Kooky" "Heatwave Holiday" "One Good Fern Deserves Another" "Goody-Go-Round" "The Black Book" "The Legend of the Lake" "Double Oh Orson" "Health Feud" "Binky Gets Cancelled!" "Show Stoppers" "Cutie and the Beast" "The Lasagna Zone" "Sleepytime Pig" "Yojumbo" "Pros and Cons" "Rooster Revenge" "Lights! Camera! Garfield!" "Polecat Flats" "Hogcules" "Brain Boy" "Maine Course" "No Laughing Matter" "Attack of the Mutant Guppies" "Robodie" "First Aid Wade" "Video Victim" "The Curse of the Klopman" "Mud Sweet Mud" "Rainy Day Dreams" "Basket Brawl" "Origin of Power Pig" "Cactus Jake Rides Again" "Binky Goes Bad!" "Barn of Fear" "Mini-Mall Matters" "Attention-Getting Garfield" "Swine Trek" "It Must be True!" "Arrivaderci, Odie!" "Gort Goes Good" "Feeling Feline" "The Bear Facts" "Nothing To Be Afraid Of" "The Big Talker" "Cactus Makes Perfect" "Hogcules II" "Crime and Nourishment" "T.V. of Tomorrow" "Little Red Riding Egg" "Well-Fed Feline" "Invasion of the Big Robots" "Shelf Esteem" "Housebreak Hotel" "First Class Feline" "Hamelot" "How to Be Funny!" "Mystic Manor" "Flop Goes the Weasel" "The Legend of Long Jon" "China Cat" "Cock-a-Doodle Dandy" "Beach Blanket Bonzo" "Lemon Aid" "Hog Noon" "Video Airlines" "The Mail Animal" "Peanut-Brained Rooster" "Mummy Dearest"

Season 3: "Skyway Robbery" "The Bunny Rabbits is Coming!" "Close Encounters of the Garfield Kind" "Astrocat" "Cock-A-Doodle Duel" "Cinderella Cat" "Ship Shape" "Barn of Fear II" "Break a Leg" "Twice Told Tale" "Orson Goes On Vacation" "Wedding Bell Blues" "Clean Sweep" "Secrets of the Animated Cartoon" "How the West was Lost" "Binky Gets Cancelled Again!" "Orson's Diner" "Flat Tired" "Return of the Buddy Bears" "Much Ado About Lanolin" "Reigning Cats and Dogs" "Fit for a King" "Ben Hog" "Dessert in the Desert" "Hounds of the Arbuckles" "Read Alert" "Urban Arbuckle" "Odielocks and the Three Cats" "Quack to the Future" "Beddy Buy" "Count Lasagna" "Mystery Guest" "Rodent Rampage" "The Feline Felon" "The Legal Eagle" "The Cactus Saga" "D.J. Jon" "Cornfinger" "Five Minute Warning" "Wonderful World" "The Orson Awards" "The Garfield Workout" "All Things Fat and Small" "Robin Hog" "Hare Replacement" "Stick to It" "Orson in Wonderland" "For Cats Only" "Mistakes Will Happen" "The Well Dweller" "The Wise Man" "Star Struck" "Election Daze" "Dirty Business"

Season 4: "Moo Cow Mutt" "Big Bad Buddy Bird" "Angel Puss" "Trial and Error" "An Egg-Citing Story" "Supermarket Mania" "The Legend of Cactus Jupiter" "Birthday Boy Roy" "Jukebox Jon" "Squeak Previews" "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Wade" "A Tall Tale" "Frankenstein Feline" "Weatherman Wade" "Fill-in Feline" "Polar Pussycat" "Over the Rainbow" "Remote Possibilities" "Night of the Living Laundromat" "Fast Food" "Cash and Carry" "Speed Trap" "Flights of Fantasy" "Castaway Cat" "Mind Over Matter" "Orson at the Bat" "The Multiple-Choice Cartoon" "Galactic Gamesman Garfield" "Sly Spy Guy" "The Thing That Stayed Forever" "Bouncing Baby Blues" "The Ugly Duckling" "Learning Lessons" "Robodie II" "For Butter or Worse" "Annoying Things" "Guaranteed Trouble" "Fan Clubbing" "A Jarring Experience" "The Idol of Id" "Bedtime Story Blues" "Mamma Manicotti" "The Pizza Patrol" "The Son Also Rises" "Rolling Romance" "The Automated, Animated Adventure" "It's a Wonderful Wade" "Truckin' Odie"

Season 5: "Home Away From Home" "Rainy Day Robot" "Odie the Amazing" "Taste Makes Waist" "The Wolf Who Cried Boy" "Day Of Doom" "Home Sweet Swindler" "Forget-Me-Not Newton" "The Great Inventor" "Country Cousin" "The Name Game" "The Carnival Curse" "The First Annual Garfield Watchers Test" "Stark Raven Mad" "The Record Breaker" "Renewed Terror" "Badtime Story" "Tooth or Dare" "The Kitty Council" "The Bo Show" "Bad Neighbor Policy" "Canvas Back Cat" "Make Believe Moon" "The Creature That Lived In The Refrigerator, Behind the Mayonnaise, Next to the Ketchup and to the Left of the Cole Slaw!" "Dummy Of Danger" "Sooner or Later" "Jumping Jon" "Cute for Loot" "The Caverns of Cocoa" "Dream Date" "The Worst Pizza in the History of Mankind" "Jack II - The Rest of the Story" "The Garfield Opera" "Airbone Odie" "Once Upon a Time Warp" "Bride and Broom" "The Cartoon Cat Conspiracy" "Who Done It?" "The Picnic Panic" "Sound Judgment" "Gross Encounters" "The Perils of Penelope" "Ghost of a Chance" "Roy Gets Sacked" "Revenge of the Living Lunch!" "Super Sonic Seymour" "A Mildy Mental Mix-up" "The Garfield Rap"

Season 6: "A Vacation From His Senses" "The Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster" "Dread Giveaway" "The Wright Stuff" "Orson Express" "Safe at Home" "Jon The Barbarian" "Uncle Roy to the Rescue" "The Kitten and the Council" "Next Door Nuisance" "What's It All About, Wade?" "Bigfeetz" "Canine Conspiracy" "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs Part 1" "The Genuine Article" "The Best Policy" "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs Part 2" "Fishy Feline" "The Pie-Eyed Piper" "Fine-Feathered Funny Man" "Sweet Tweet Treat" "The Floyd Story" "How Now, Stolen Cow?" "The Second Penelope Episode" "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse" "Payday Mayday" "How to Drive Humans Crazy" "Date of Disaster" "A Little Time-Off" "The Longest Doze" "Stairway to Stardom" "Return of The Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster" "The Life and Times of the Lasagna Kid" "Magic, Monsters, and Manicotti" "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere's Duck" "Unreal Estate" "Lost and Foundling" "Winter Wonderland" "Films and Felines" "The Garfield Musical" "Mind Over Melvin" "Madman Meets His Match" "Knights and Daze" "Holiday Happening" "Jailbird Jon" "The Third Penelope Episode" "Hare Force" "Garfield's Garbage Can and Tin Pan Alley Revue"

Season 7: "The Legend of Johnny Ragweedseed" "Grape Expectations Part 1" "Catch As Cats Can't" "A Matter of Conscience" "Grape Expectations Part 2" "Top Ten" "Change Of Mind" "Temp Trouble" "The Perfect Match" "My Fair Feline" "Double Trouble Talk" "Half-Baked Alaska" "Puss In High-Tops" "Egg Over Easy Part 1" "The Beast From Beyond" "Model Behavior" "Egg Over Easy Part 2" "Another Ant Episode" "The Guy of Her Dreams" "The Discount of Monte Cristo" "The Fairy Dogmother" "The Stand Up Mouse" "Daydream Doctor" "Happy Garfield Day" "Sit on It" "Kiddie Korner" "Brainwave Broadcast" "Suburban Jungle" "The Thing in the Box" "The Feline Philosopher" "Thoroughly Mixed-Up Mouse" "The Old Man of the Mountain" "Food Fighter" "The Jelly Roger" "The Farmyard Feline Philosopher" "Dogmother 2" "Alley Katta and the 40 Thieves" "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Alpha Centauri" "Clash of the Titans" "Canned Laughter" "Deja Vu" "The Man Who Hated Cats" "The Horror Hostess Part 1" "Newsworthy Wade" "The Horror Hostess Part 2" "Arbuckle the Invincible" "The Monster Who Couldn't Scare Anybody" "The Ocean Blue"