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Overview

The Kitty Council is the first segment from the eightieth episode of Garfield and Friends.

Synopsis

Garfield has to appear before the "Kitty Council", who want to make sure he is living up to his expectations of being a cat.

Plot

The episode begins with the door bell ringing prompting Jon to think it's for Garfield, who believes it to be pizza the latter is expecting. Much to Garfield's dismay, the character turns out to be a feline courier, who gives Garfield a letter. It turns out that the "Kitty Council" has ordered Garfield to appear at the next sunrise for an examination. After throwing the letter, Garfield panics and recovers it. He becomes frightened by the letter's command and begins predicting his own doom.

Garfield's breakdown is so severe that he initially refuses to eat the cake Jon had baked for him. While Jon and Odie remain amazed, Garfield claims to be so doomed that he has lost his appetite before swallowing the cake. When night comes, Garfield suffers from insomnia, stating that he is "one doomed pussycat" before leaving home for his trial. Odie wakes up and decides to follow Garfield.

In the downtown, the Kitty Council begin handling Garfield's case, who is directly thrown through the door for the meeting, and forcibly given a place to sit. The council chairman explains that Garfield has been charged with "conduct unbecoming a cat". At the same time, Odie finds the council's meeting area. The chairman asks Garfield how many mice he has eaten in the week which Garfield counter-attacks by asking a philosophical question. The chairman maintains the pressure, now asking about the mice Garfield was supposed to eat in the month and the year. Garfield reveals that he doesn't really care about mice, due to his preference of lasagna. Concentrated interrogation reveals that Garfield has never eaten a mouse in his life, which confuses the council members.

The next question is about Garfield's approach to dogs, if he has tormented them and caused them misery. Garfield claims that dogs hate him due to his tricks, before Odie appears and shows his compassion to Garfield in a typical manner. The council members are amazed that Odie seems to be Garfield's friend, despite the latter mentioning kicking Odie off the table. Garfield loses his will to defend himself and begs the council, on his knees for another chance to prove himself: "a normal cat", promising that he can change.

After a brief confer, the council decide to give Garfield a chance; he is given one hour to find a mouse, bring it to the council and eat the rodent in front of them. Garfield and Odie quickly leave the council in search of a mouse, despite Garfield admitting that he has no idea, how to do that. Garfield starts looking into a public telephone book, only to find out that there are no mice restaurants with home delivery in the town. "The old-fashioned way" of seeking mice does not help either - the holes and garbage cans Garfield examines are all abandoned. A visit to the pet store ends up with Garfield thrown out of the shop by the shop keeper.

Back at home, Garfield feels broken due to failing to find any mouse, not even finding them in cheese stores. The enlightenment comes when Floyd appears and states that he would like more appearances on the show. Garfield tells Floyd that he has a role for him before both go to the Kitty Council. Floyd tells Garfield that he has good taste prompting Garfield to say that he hopes so while Odie follows them.

Back at the Kitty Council, Garfield is ordered to eat Floyd in front of the council members as Odie watches through the door. Floyd asks for his script before being silenced by Garfield. When told to have Floyd as a meal, the mouse gets frightened and Garfield suddenly breaks down. The statement about Floyd being Garfield's friend causes disappointment among the council. Floyd breaks the tirade, taking Garfield's side and explaining that Garfield's cat nature is proved by his regular amounts of sleep. It turns out, that the average cat sleep of 19-hours a day is just a short nap for Garfield, which is testified by a TV set, handled by Floyd. Garfield explains the issue of getting food, saying that Jon is said to be trained to provide better quality food than mice.

Garfield's case ends up being dismissed before getting apologies from the chairman. On their way home, Garfield admits being Floyd's debtor and apologizes to him for the thought of eating him before Floyd decides to ask for more frequent appearances in the cartoon.

Characters

Main Characters

Major Characters

Minor Characters

  • Jon Arbuckle
  • Feline Courier
  • The Kitty Council members
  • Pet Store Owner

Mentioned

Trivia

  • When told that there is mail for him, Garfield asks in French "pour moi?"
  • Garfield responds to the accusation of "conduct unbecoming a cat" in Dixie manner, saying "lil ol' me?"
  • The Kitty Council chairman speaks with moving lips, unlike the rest of the animal characters in this episode.
  • Floyd has brown fur instead of gray in this episode.
  • When met for the first time, Floyd mentions that Cactus Jake and Binky the Clown have more air time than he does in the cartoon.
  • One of the council members looks more like a lion than a domestic cat.
  • When the council chairman says, that a cat is supposed to sleep 19-hours a day, Garfield shows his amazement by asking "Only nineteen ?"

Goofs

  • Garfield leaves the house for his trial in the night and when Odie finds the meeting, it becomes dawn. While looking for the mouse, it seems like night coming to an end, and when Floyd is found, the time is cloudy day.
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"