Original Air Date: January 8, 1993
Starring: Bob Newhart, Cynthia Stevenson
Directed by: Michael Zinberg
Synopsis: Bob (Newhart) hates birthday surprises and the singing of the birthday song at the best of times, but even moreso when he has a crushing headache.
Featured Feline: Otto the cat makes two of his classic appearances in this episode. At the beginning Kaye calls down to Bob to let Otto inside. Bob walks out through the kitchen door and calls to Otto to come. But Otto is inside the house and approaches the door, then leans against it to lock Bob outside. If you look closely you can see the treat placed on the door to make the cat actor push on it.
Otto runs upstairs and Kaye calls down, “Never mind, Bob! Here he is!” Bob is still locked outside and points out it wasn’t funny the first time.
Later Bob is lying on the couch feeling miserable with his daughter Trisha (Cynthia Stevenson) trying to comfort him. Otto jumps up on his chest and Trisha cooes, noting how Otto always seems to know when Bob is sick. Bob asks Trisha to remove Otto because “He hurts!”
Final Mewsings: Cats can play pranks on us but still love us.
Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about Otto in this series!