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Overview

Rolling Romance is the third segment from the seventy second episode of Garfield and Friends.

Synopsis

After Jon's car crashes into the house's garage, he buys a secondhand car from Madman Murray, only for the car to become attracted to him.

Plot

Garfield and Odie are sitting inside, both excited to watch the premiere of King Kong Gets a Mohawk Cut. Odie hands Garfield the remote, which fails to change the channel, frustrating Garfield. He soon realizes why it is not working— he actually has the garage door opener, and his frantic button pressing has caused Jon to crash through the garage door. Jon walks into the room in a daze. He laments to his pets that he totaled his car and cannot afford a new one; to make matters worse, he has a date with his new girlfriend, Marsha, scheduled for that night.

At that moment, a commercial comes on, advertising Madman Murray’s new used car dealership, in which Madman Murray makes fallacious claims about the price of his cars. Jon is the only one who actually believes this commercial, and declares his immediate departure to Madman Murray’s. Garfield and Odie run after Jon, neither of them trusting the ad and hoping to stop Jon before it is too late. As they leave, Odie reminds Garfield of what Madman Murray previously did to Jon.

Unable to stop Jon, Garfield and Odie find themselves at Madman Murray’s, both spectating in uncertainty as Madman Murray shows Jon a pink convertible named Abigail. Garfield takes this moment to educate Odie on the true meanings behind misleading salesman lingo. Madman Murray’s assistant tries to interrupt the sale at that point, with Madman Murray ignoring him. He proceeds to show Jon a quote so high, he faints. Jon ends up buying it anyway, although he is still upset about the high payments.

Before they go, Madman Murray informs Jon about the computerized voice alert system installed in the car’s dash, which instructs Jon to fasten his seatbelt and turn off his headlights, among other things. Jon immediately loves this voice alert system, while Garfield is unimpressed with it. After the three leave the dealership in Abigail, Madman Murray’s assistant expresses his concern about how the car’s previous owner traded it in when it fell in love with him. Madman Murray dismisses the notion.

As they return home and get out, Jon is grinning from ear to ear, saying he really loves his new car. He is about to walk inside when he swears he hears the car’s voice alert say his name and tell him it loves him too. He decides he must be hearing things and starts to prepare for his date with Marsha. Garfield bets Odie two cheeseburgers that Jon is not home by 9:15.

That night, Jon takes Marsha out on a date at Chez Louis. As they are getting out, Marsha calls Jon’s new convertible very attractive, and Jon lovingly tells her that so is she. The voice alert responds to this in an unusual manner—it tells Jon that his date dyes her hair. Although Marsha is clueless as to where the voice is coming from, she is not amused, and is swift to refute the voice’s claims. The voice alert then insists that Marsha is lying, causing Marsha to get out of the car and start to walk away. Jon runs after her, growing increasingly puzzled as the car continues to insult Marsha until she storms home in a rage.

Jon finally deduces that something must be wrong with his car, which becomes autonomous and tells Jon that Marsha was not good enough for him and that his car loves him. Putting the pieces together, Jon breaks down and makes a mad dash for home, as Abigail chases him. He makes it inside and breathlessly tells Odie and Garfield about everything that happened. His pets conclude that his story is quite silly, yet not unbelievable. Having lost the bet, Odie gives Garfield his two cheeseburgers.

Jon skids into his room and slams the door, only to find Abigail inside. She continues to pursue him, slowly pinning him to the door, until he gives up and climbs up a lamppost across the street. Abigail quickly finds him and resumes begging him to marry her. Garfield manages to convince Abigail that a human and a car are incompatible. This leads Abigail into reminiscing about her “true love”, which deserted her long ago. Garfield starts asking her for more information.

Later that night, they pull into the parking lot of the municipal airport, where Abigail shares a heartfelt reunion with Steve, the airport’s PA system. Garfield gushes a little over the fact that they had a happy ending, right before a policeman drags Jon away for parking in the white zone. Jon tries in vain to tell him all about how his car fell in love with him. Garfield notes that it was almost a happy ending, and he and Odie abandon Jon at the airport to go “have a joyous reunion with some pasta”.

Characters

Main Characters

Major Characters

Minor Characters

Trivia

Cultural References

  • The episode is loosely based on the book/movie Christine.
  • Steve can be heard announcing “The white zone is for loading and unloading of passengers only” and “No stopping in the white zone.” Both are quotes from the PA system of the 1980 film Airplane!

Goofs

  • Near the end of the episode, Garfield erroneously labels Abigail (a sports convertible) a “late-model sedan”.
Garfield and Friends
Episodes

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 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" "Hound 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" "Airborne 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 Mildly 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 Jonny 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 Hi-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"