Animals – “Cats”

Animals Season One poster

Original Air Date: February 19, 2016
Starring: Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Eric André
Directed by: Wes Archer, Mike Luciano, Phil Matarese

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

Synopsis: Two pampered cats allow an alley cat into their home; a Canada goose tries to pass himself off as a swan.

Cartoon Cats: The episode begins showing the two cat brothers, Phil (voiced by Phil Matarese) and Mike (voiced by Mike Luciano), left in their New York City apartment by their human owners and planning how to spend their day.

Animals - Cats white cats Phil and Mike planning day

The brothers have a strangely close relationship.

Animals - Cats white cats Phil kisses Mike on the nose

Their planning is interrupted when an orange alley cat knocks on their window and asks if he can come in and use their sandbox. He says he lives next door and has been locked out.

Animals - Cats white cats Phil and Mike see orange alley cat Alex outside window

Animals - orange alley cat Alex outside window making hand sign

Phil and Mike let the alley cat, whose name is Alex (voiced by Eric André) inside and show him around their home.

Animals - Cats white cats Phil and Mike with orange alley cat Alex

Alex is really there to steal whatever he can get his paws on, including the cats’ prescriptions.

Animals - orange alley cat Alex looking in medicine cabinet

Animals - orange alley cat Alex with bottle of Purrcocets

Phil and Mike talk Alex into staying for some food and catnip. They use a bong to smoke the catnip, which Alex has never had before.

Animals - Cats white cats Phil and Mike talk orange alley cat Alex into smoking catnip

Alex trips out and has a flashback to when he was a kitten and the only one of his litter not adopted. He was left in an alley to fend for himself.

Animals - kittens inside cage

Animals - orange alley cat Alex as a kitten abandoned

Alex wants to leave but it turns out Phil and Mike have a sadistic bent. They lock Alex in the “shot box” and threaten him.

Animals - Cats white cats Phil and Mike with knife

Animals - Cats white cats Phil and Mike in sadistic gear with orange alley cat Alex in shot box

Eventually Alex escapes and goes clean, writing a book about the harrowing experience that changed his life.

Animals - orange alley cat Alex doing book signing in alley

Final Mewsings: You really have no idea what your cats get up to when you’re not home.


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