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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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Leave My Pussy Alone (2017)

Music Artist: Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia

Synopsis: The official video for Jayne County’s song featuring Jimi LaLumia.

Kitty Cameos: The song, despite the obvious double entendre, features some of the best shots of cats in recent video history and is very much about the protection of cats!

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - ginger Bengal tabby cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - close up of tortoiseshell cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - long haired calico cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - close up of ginger Bengal tabby cat

This is understandable when you know that Jayne is a lover of cats and cares for numerous kitties in her home, many of whom require significant care. The royalties from her music and art help pay for the continued care of her cats.

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - Siamese cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - ginger Bengal tabby cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - ginger Bengal tabby cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - brown tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Cheers to those who look out for cats!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this video!


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Another Wild Idea (1934)

Another Wild Idea poster

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Charley Chase, Frank Austin
Directed by: Charles Parrott

Synopsis: Charley (Chase) is in love with Betty (Mack) but unknowingly becomes the target of one of her father’s (Frank Austin) kooky experiments.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The first part of the short finds Charley and Betty returning home from a masquerade party with Charley dressed as Henry the 8th. Before they get home, we see Betty’s father putting out a tabby cat and an empty milk bottle.

Another Wild Idea - Betty's father Frank Austin in nightshirt putting out empty milk bottle and tabby cat

Another Wild Idea - Betty's father Frank Austin in nightshirt putting out empty milk bottle and tabby cat

Another Wild Idea - Betty's father Frank Austin in nightshirt putting out empty milk bottle and tabby cat animated gif

Through an odd circumstance, Charley finds himself stuck on Betty’s doorstep with part of his costume caught in the door. He ends up spending the night there, asleep on his feet. The tabby cat returns home and steps up onto the porch.

Another Wild Idea - tabby cat on porch

Another Wild Idea - tabby cat on porch

Another Wild Idea - tabby cat on porch

Seeing Charley, the cat hisses and runs away. It’s interesting to note that the cat who is first seen in this shot is completely different from the cat who hisses and runs away!

Another Wild Idea - tabby cat hissing on porch

Another Wild Idea - tabby cat running off porch

Another Wild Idea - tabby cat steps on porch, sees Charley Chase as Henry the 8th sleeping standing up and runs away animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cat acting is a team effort!


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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 John Cusack, Kevin Spacey
Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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

Synopsis: Writer John Kelso (John Cusack) finds himself embroiled in a murder case when the subject of his article, Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) is accused of murder.

Featured Feline: Williams owns a tabby cat named Shelton. Shelton is first seen with Williams as he is talking to Kelso in his home.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Jim Williams Kevin Spacey petting tabby cat Shelton

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Jim Williams Kevin Spacey sitting on chair with pet tabby cat Shelton on sofa

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Jim Williams Kevin Spacey sitting across from John Kelso John Cusack with tabby cat Shelton on couch

Right after the murder, Kelso enters Williams’ house and Shelton runs in after him.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - tabby cat Shelton running in through door

Shelton is then seen on Williams’ lap as the body is being removed from the home.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Jim Williams Kevin Spacey petting tabby cat Shelton on his lap in chair

Later during the court case, Shelton becomes a key point in the defense case as Williams’ lawyer Sonny Selier (Jack Thompson) points out how the crime scene was far from secure if the cat (and Kelso) could get in and walk around.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - crime scene photo showing tabby cat Shelton near dead body

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t know from crime scenes.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

Memoirs of an Invisible Man poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah
Directed by: John Carpenter

Synopsis: A freak accident renders a man named Nick Halloway (Chevy Chase) invisible and also makes him the target of an unscrupulous CIA agent (Sam Neill).

Kitty Cameo: Going into hiding, Nick ends up at the vacation home of his friend George (Michael McKean). Several scenes show his life there and in one shot he is playing tennis by himself as a dog and a cat watch.

Memoirs of an Invisible Man - cat and dog sitting side by side

Memoirs of an Invisible Man - cat and dog sitting side by side

Memoirs of an Invisible Man - cat and dog sitting side by side watch invisible man playing tennis with himself

Final Mewsings: People are usually invisible to cats unless they want to be fed.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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