Original Air Date: March 12, 1981
Starring: Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Holland Taylor
Directed by: Tom Trbovich
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains spoilers for this episode!
Synopsis: Kip (Tom Hanks) and Henry (Peter Scolari) suffer through a night at their boss Ruth’s (Holland Taylor) home then realize that perhaps her invitation meant more to her than they first realized.
Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): The subplot of the episode involves Sonny (Donna Dixon) finding some kittens in the alley. She brings them into the women’s residence in a box and at first Isabelle (Telma Hopkins) and Amy (Wendie Jo Sperber) are against it in but once they see the silver long-haired cuties they can’t resist.
Amy is holding one of the kittens when Kip and Henry (dressed as Buffy and Hildegard) come in after a long night of work. The girls tease them, thinking they have caught the girls in a walk of shame. Lilly (Lucille Benson) the landlady appears and Amy tries to hide the kitten she is holding in her robe. “I taut I saw a puddy tat!” Lilly exclaims. Amy explains that they are just furry donuts.
Later Amy and Sonny are playing with the two kittens who are left from the litter. One of the kittens hooks Amy’s robe and has to be coaxed to let go (Wendie Jo actually has to pretend the kitten has hooked her).
Kip and Henry come in after being entertained by Ruth and they laugh about the strange evening. Sonny points out that maybe Ruth is lonely and went to a lot of trouble for them. Amy agrees that Sonny may be right.
Feeling bad, the boys pay a surprise visit to Ruth later bringing her beer and a pizza. She is angry at first but slowly warms up, especially when they say they’re brought her a present. Kip opens his coat to reveal one of the kittens.
Ruth is thrilled with the kitten. When asked what she will name it, she does a quick (and very cute) sex check and then says she will name the kitten “Ruth.”
Ruth holds the kitten through much of the scene until finally she stands up and holds the kitten up. “Oh Ruth, my darling,” she cooes as she sets the kitten down on the floor, “Here’s a seven thousand dollar playground. Have a wonderful time.” The kitten Ruth is not seen again.
Final Mewsings: Cats love playing with expensive furnishings!