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Friends – “The One Where Eddie Moves In”

Friends Season 2DVD

Original Air Date: February 22, 1996
Starring: Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox
Directed by: Michael Lembeck

Synopsis: Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) adjust to living separately.  Meanwhile Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) records a single and video for her song Smelly Cat.

Featured Feline: Phoebe’s song Smelly Cat was a classic running gag in the series.  After recording the song and shooting the video, Phoebe shows it to the others.  The video begins with a horrible woman (Linda Lutz) throwing a poor scraggly-looking gray long-haired cat out, yelling, “Get out of here, cat!  You stink!”.

Friends - The One Where Eddie Moves In - Smelly Cat video gray long-haired cat thrown out by woman

Phoebe performs the song in the video, singing to the cat.  The others realize that Phoebe’s voice has been dubbed but Phoebe does not notice it.

Friends - The One Where Eddie Moves In - Smelly Cat video Phoebe singing to gray long-haired cat

Friends - The One Where Eddie Moves In - Smelly Cat video Phoebe singing to gray long-haired cat in color

Friends - The One Where Eddie Moves In - Smelly Cat video Phoebe and gray long-haired cat in profile

The cat in the video is so stinky even the bums turn their noses up at it.

Friends - The One Where Eddie Moves In - Smelly Cat video bums hold their noses at gray long-haired cat

A complete version of the video was also released as a bonus on the second season DVD set.

Friends - The One Where Eddie Moves In - Smelly Cat video gray long-haired cat

Friends - The One Where Eddie Moves In - Smelly Cat video gray long-haired cat in front of dancers

Final Mewsings: Smelly Cat, after all these years it’s still not your fault.


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Asleep in the Deep (2015)

Music Artist: Mastadon

Synopsis: A cat enters an underground realm, is worshipped, and then helps to bring about freedom for strange underground beings.

Featured Feline: This video stars cat actor Skye as the kitty in question who is seen going out in the beginning of the video.

Asleep in the Deep - Mastadon - Skye cat on rocker's chest

The cat enters a strange underground realm where odd beings dressed like cats make offerings of milk.

Asleep in the Deep - Mastadon - Skye cat with underground creatures

After coming in contact with a strange, glowing orb, the cat turns into a weird puppet cat and then things get really strange.

Asleep in the Deep - Mastadon - Skye cat as puppet

At the end of the video the puppet turns back into the cat and the cat returns home.

Asleep in the Deep - Mastadon - Skye cat walking down street

Skye’s owner and trainers, Tracy Sargent and Jenn Gagne, work for Star K9.

Asleep in the Deep - Mastadon - extreme close up of Skye cat

Final Mewsings: You have no idea what your cats get up to when they go out.


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Barn Animals (circa 1940’s)

Synopsis: 35mm footage of various barn animals in natural and posed positions.  It’s not clear if this was intended as stock footage or for a specific film.

Reality Cats: This reel of uncut stock footage includes several shots of a mama tabby cat.

Barn Animals - tabby cat coming out from beneath bed

The cat appears from beneath a bed to fetch her kittens.  Oddly enough the mama cat appears to be pregnant again?

Barn Animals - tabby cat mama carrying kitten

We watch as the mama cat carries each of the kittens to a safe place, preferably away from the cameras.  The kittens are so small their eyes aren’t even open.

Barn Animals - group of tiny kittens

Barn Animals - mama cat comes to get kittens

In another segment the filmmakers are seen placing the cat on a board, which she barely tolerates.  The poor cat is clearly nervous about being staged and having her kittens moved around.  At least they did not try to manipulate the cat’s ears with wires as they did some of the other animals in the footage.

Barn Animals - mama tabby cat being posed on board

Barn Animals - mama tabby cat hisses on board

Final Mewsings: Mama cats barely tolerate filmmakers.


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Canon City (1948)

Canon City poster

Eagle-Lion Films
Starring:
 Scott Brady, Phyllis Douglas
Directed by: Crane Wilbur

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

Synopsis: The dramatic telling of a Colorado State Prison break in which twelve men make a run for freedom, filmed at the locations of the actual events.

Kitty Cameo: Late in the film prisoner Jim Sherbondy (Scott Brady) hides in the home of the Bauer family.  While there he sits in a room with the family, playing with the boy’s toy gun.  The flashing gun makes the long-haired cat being held by little Myrna Bauer (Phyllis Douglas) nervous.

Canon City - girl Myrna holding nervous cat while Scott Brady fires toy gun

Canon City - girl Myrna holding nervous cat while Scott Brady fires toy gun animated gif

As Sherbondy tells the family his story, Myrna hands him her cat.  He holds it during his entire monologue.  The cat, which has been nervous, is very still even when he is being held awkardly.

Canon City - girl Myrna holding cat with Scott Brady

Canon City - Scott Brady Sherbondy holds cat while telling his story

Sherbondy hands the cat back to the girl at the end of the scene.  The cat is not seen again.

Canon City - Scott Brady Sherbondy holding cat

Final Mewsings: Cats can calm convicts.


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Four Rooms (1995)

Four Rooms poster

Miramax
Starring:
 Sammi Davis, Tim Roth
Directed by: Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: A collection of four stories told by different filmmakers with the connecting link of Ted the bellboy (Tim Roth) being involved in the goings-on in four different rooms of a hotel.

Kitty Cameo: In the first segment, set in the Honeymoon Suite and entitled The Missing Ingredient, a group of witches gather in the room to cast a spell.  When one witch named Jezebel (Sammi Davis) arrives she is seen riding the elevator to the suite with Ted the bellboy behind her.  She is holding a black cat.

Four Rooms - close up of black cat

Jezebel sings to the cat and cuddles with it.  Oddly enough the cat is not seen again.

Four Rooms - Jezebel Sammi Davis cuddling with black cat

Final Mewsings: They were lucky to have picked a pet-friendly hotel.


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