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Sesame Street – “My Kitten”

Original Air Date: November 13, 1969

Synopsis: A little boy plays with his new kitten Dusty.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The little boy explains how he played with his new Siamese kitten Dusty the first day he got him.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - opening drawing of cat class=

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty

Sesame Street - My Kitten - little boy playing with Siamese kitten Dusty

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty

Later the boy leaves the room and Dusty explores. The boy explains different scenarios of the kitten pretending he is something else. First he says Dusty thought he was a lumberjack and knocked down a vase of flowers.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty knocking over vase of flowers

Then Dusty thought he was a miner and played in a paper bag as if it were a deep hole.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty playing in paper bag

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty

Next Dusty discovered Timmy the goldfish and thought he was a goldfish, too.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty looking at goldfish

Then Dusty becomes a lion in the jungle while playing among the flowers. The kitten topples when the flowers fall over, but look closely and you’ll see the hand of the person who knocked them over!

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty with tongue blep

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty lying on flowers

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty on flowers being knocked over by hand

Finally Dusty plays with some yarn and decides he is just a kitten.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty playing with red yarn

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty being held by little boy

Final Mewsings: Little boys and kittens both have big imaginations!


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Shameless – “I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing”

Shameless Season Six DVD

Original Air Date: January 10, 2016
Starring: William H. Macy, Steve Howey
Directed by: Christopher Chulack

Synopsis: In the Season 6 opener, Frank deals with loss while Debs deals with pregnancy.

Purr Blur: In one scene Kevin (Steve Howey) is roused from bed by new neighbors who want him to sign a petition. As the women talk, a tuxedo cat can be seen crossing the street behind them.

Shameless - I Only Miss Her When I'm Breathing - tuxedo cat crossing street behind new neighbors at Kevin's door

Shameless - I Only Miss Her When I'm Breathing - tuxedo cat crossing street behind new neighbors at Kevin's door

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t typically sign petitions, especially without reading them first.

Many thanks to Dadilus for spotting the cat in this episode!


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Hawaii Five-0 – “He kama na ka pueo”

Hawaii Five-0 Season 9

Original Air Date: April 12, 2019
Starring: Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan
Also Starring: Lili, Ghost
Directed by: Jerry Levine

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan) investigate a mysterious death while also trying to find a home for Mr. Pickles the cat.

Featured Feline: The episode begins with McGarrett and Danno attending the reading of the will of a rich woman whose apartment they previously used for a stakeout (see episode Kuka’awale). There they meet Ricky Schiff (Charlie Saxton), the shiftless dude they met during the stakeout who was hired to take care of the woman’s precious white Angora cat, Mr. Pickles. As it turns out, the woman has left her priceless glass cat collection to the officers while Ricky is given custody of Mr. Pickles.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat in carrier with Ricky Charlie Saxton

Because Ricky is currently on probation, the lawyer suggests a new home be found for Mr. Pickles. McGarrett, who likes cats, points out that he has a dog named Eddie that doesn’t play well with small animals. Danno, who insists he hates cats, does not want Mr. Pickles. They end up driving both Ricky and Mr. Pickles back to their headquarters where Ricky is given the job of finding Mr. Pickles a permanent home by the end of the day.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat in carrier in car with McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin and Danno Scott Caan

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being held by McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin

McGarret and Danno are not impressed with the first ad Ricky designs for the internet.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat with scary red eyes in internet ad

Ricky tries to get involved in the latest case but is quickly shot down.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat held by Ricky Charlie Saxton with McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin and Danno Scott Caan

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat on desk with Ricky Charlie Saxton

Later Ricky accuses Dano of being a secret cat lover, but Danno adamantly denies it.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being petted by Danno Scott Caan

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being held by Ricky Charlie Saxton

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being held by Ricky Charlie Saxton closer shot

In the end when no home can be found, McGarrett ends up taking Mr. Pickles home where he seems to be getting along fairly well with the dog Eddie. It isn’t until the last seconds of the show that we are told (rather than see) that Mr. Pickles is heading to Eddie’s food bowl. McGarrett has to leap from the couch to try to catch the dog while the cat screeches offscreen and Danno cringes.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat on floor looking at dog Eddie

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat on floor looking at dog Eddie

We believe that cat actors Liy and Ghost, trained by Sue Chipperton of Check the Gate, a Hawaiian-based company for animal actors, reprised their roles for this episode.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being held by Ricky Charlie Saxton closer shot

Final Mewsings: Make sure to provide for your animals in your will!


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The Good Wife – “Pilot”

The Good Wife Season One poster

Original Air Date: September 22, 2009
Starring: Julianna Margulies, Karin Konoval
Directed by: Charles McDougall

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: In the pilot episode of this acclaimed series, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) returns to work after a scandal involving her husband.

Cat Cattle Call: Alicia’s first case is pro bono work defending a woman whose murder trial previously ended with a hung jury. She soon learns the one holdout was a crazy cat lady named Mrs. Duretsky (Karin Konoval). Alicia calls on the woman to hear her reasons for insisting the defendent is innocent and is surrounded by the woman’s cats as they discuss the trial.

The Good Wife - Pilot - long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies looking at long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval sitting in chair with tabby and white cat

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies and Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in room with two cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies in room with three cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in bedroom with four cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval picking up Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Crazy cat ladies are not always so crazy!

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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Jason King – “That Isn’t Me, It’s Somebody Else”

Jason King DVD

Original Air Date: April 28, 1972
Starring: Peter Wyngarde, George Murcell
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

Synopsis: An international crime boss named Bonisalvi (George Murcell) invites Jason King (Peter Wyngarde) to visit his home in Italy, but a rival crime syndicate decides to send an imposter to gain access to the reclusive mobster.

Kitty Cameo: Bonislavi owns a long-haired ginger tabby cat which is usually seen sitting on the man’s lap or being held in the man’s arms.

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat being held by Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat being held by Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

When the man stands up, he often sets the cat down on the desk.

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on desk

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on desk in front of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on desk in front of Bonisalvi George Murcell

The cat seems somewhat uncomfortable and often tries to move from the man’s lap. But the actor manages to keep the cat in place through most of the scenes.

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat fidgeting in lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Final Mewsings: Cats have apparently graced the laps of bad guys all over the world!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this episode!


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