High Scale is the thirteenth episode from the first season of The Garfield Show.
After Garfield's checkup with Liz, he is ordered to lose two pounds, according to a talking scale.
Jon looks at his portrait of Liz and says he hasn't seen her for days, then says to Garfield to go to the vet to test him. At the vet, there is nothing wrong about Garfield and Liz decides to show Garfield the scale, to see how much Garfield weighs. Once he was placed on the scale, Garfield was jolted after it said rude things about him. Liz said he has to lose two pounds before the end of the week or has no choice to take him to the Cat Spa. But unfortunately, Garfield at the Cat Spa has a long strict diet. He then asks if he can still eat lasagna, pizza, pork fried rice and bacon wrapped in bacon, and Liz responds by showing him a video about the spa.
Jon and Garfield disagree and Liz made him a deal, while they both shudder. Garfield them eats Liz's lunch because of the video. Later at home, Garfield later anticipates the lasagna, ribs, Chinese food and chocolate cream pie, also roast beef, with a side of roast beef, with a third helping of his second helping...until he gets a lettuce leaf from Jon. He licks the leaf, then eats it by disapproval, he also looks for food in the fridge, while Jon calls with Liz.
Jon witnesses him with the leaf covered with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, Jon hangs up on Liz and gets angry with Garfield. He goes to the scale, and it says he gains another pound. Garfield has to lose three pounds, according to Jon, and he has to go to sleep, getting on it tomorrow. Jon wonders when will he lose weight the next day to take it seriously. Meanwhile, at nighttime, Garfield slumbered himself to sleep that he says the Cat Spa can't be bad.
Garfield is at the Cat Spa, in a black-and-white horror style, except his colour is still visible. He is at the spa, where he was trapped like in Jail and tries to escape, and finds Hector from the spa video. He says Nurse "Psycho" doesn't like the cats scream in terror, and warns him not to tell him about what cats do. Hector reveals that it was him, while Garfield gets scared and pleas for Jon. He tries to get a grip, but the Nurse Psycho appears, accusing him he screamed, he meant he yodelling.
She then makes him lose weight like eating one pea, drinking a drip of water, and doing exercises like gymnastics and Push-ups. Every time he does that, he goes to the scale one at a time, until the scale comes to life, evolving into a spider scale with sharp teeth, eight legs that makes a sound and tells him terrible quotes with a deep voice. Garfield hates the insults, runs away while the scale chases him, Garfield traps him, until the scale stands right in front of him, making Garfield scream. It says to him that ALL his "friends" are here, even though Garfield doesn't see any of his "friends" and the scale shows him his friends (pizza, ice cream, pie, cake, cheese, roast beef, and even lasagna), which are his foods.
In a split-second, a talking cake, a talking ice cream, a talking pizza, a talking pie, a talking Swiss cheese, a talking roast beef and of course, a talking lasagna (similar to the lasagna in Pasta Wars) pops up out of nowhere, and the scale says they're ALL his friends. The "friends" said that they're ALL his friends to Garfield in a toon voice, and he backed away from the alive befriending foods and the scale who were starting to corner Garfield. The scale also makes an evil laugh while he does this thing. Garfield tells all of them that he promised to lose weight as he loses his mind, before he could finish, he falls down into the dark abyss below him, screaming in horror and fear.
Garfield wakes up all of a sudden from his nightmare, found himself slipped out of his bed and worries in dizziness, and tells himself that he has to lose three pounds immediately. Jon was calling Liz, asking her he doesn't know what to get Garfield to exercise, and sees Garfield exercising and Odie as his coach. He ran around, and he even did push-ups. Jon sure he has lost two pounds, and finally, the scale says he still needs to lose two pounds, as the scale laughs evilly, and Garfield loses his mind, realizing his nightmare is coming true.
Jon didn't understand why it happened, and found the problem before revealing that he mistakenly put the switch from the "Portful Pussycat" section to the "Pintsize Parakeet" section, eventually losing two pounds. Garfield was angry and disgraced about this, so, he scares Jon away. He then decides to deliver the scale to the zoo, tests an elephant, and the scale overloads, saying that he's very fat and complains. Garfield then tells a lesson to the viewer about exercise.
- Nurse Psycho/Nurse Maggie
- Talking Pizza
- Talking Ice Cream
- Talking Pie
- Talking Cake
- Talking Cheese
- Talking Roast Beef
- Talking Lasagna
- Odie (Cameo)
- Liz's calendar reveals that this episode takes place in June.
- The talking scale in this episode may be based on the RX-2 in the comics.
- The Talking Lasagna resembles the Space Lasagne.