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Recap / Garfield And Friends S 5 E 02

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Taste Makes Waist


One fine afternoon, Jon is serving food for Garfield, when Sylvia's Diet Food program tells him that she is selling some diet food meals which taste like real food. Tempted, the guys buy a week trial pack of food, but when they return home, they realize they've been had as the food portions are way too small and the food itself doesn't even taste that good.

Jon asks for a refund, but Sylvia refuses. Jon is determined to get a refund, but is thrown out by the bodyguards. Garfield, seeing that Sylvia desires junk food, decides to go back stage and get the refund for Jon. While Odie and Jon watch another commercial for Sylvia's diet food, Garfield uses the smell of fast food to make Sylvia confess on live television that this is a scam. Jon is surprised that Garfield managed to pull it off while Sylvia thanks Garfield, promising she'll give Jon and all the other people who ordered her diet food their money back while feasting on junk food with the cat.

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Taste Makes Waist contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: As Garfield notes at the end of the episode, "It's okay to eat healthy—just as long as you eat something."
    • You could also interpret that advertisers on TV aren't always honest, so you need to watch out for con artists who try to sell you overpriced and worthless things.
  • Balloon Belly: Jon has one in this episode as a consequence of overeating off-screen. It's likely that he overate because of the influence Garfield has on him.
    • It's possible Sylvia will develop one by getting fat after this episode ends, given how much food Garfield's bought her.
  • Big Bad: Sylvia, but she makes a Heel–Face Turn when she agrees to refund Jon and everyone else she scammed to show gratuity to Garfield for buying her so much junk food.
  • Big Eater: Sylvia, who happens to eat just as much and unhealthy as Garfield does.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sylvia.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Junk food, in general. After Jon purchases a package of her "health" food, Sylvia demands her assistant go buy her a cheeseburger with fries. Garfield then figured that Sylvia must love junk food as much as he does and uses that to lure her.
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  • Coincidental Broadcast: This happens to Jon. He asks, "How come my TV always knows what I'm thinking?"
  • Diet Episode: Jon goes on a diet in this episode seeing that he has a visibly ballooned belly having put on weight.
  • Dull Surprise: Jon isn't too surprised to observe that Garfield pulled off exposing Sylvia as a fraud.
    Jon: (unsurprised) I don't know how he does it. (to Odie) Do you know how he does it? I don't know how he does it.
  • Dumb Blonde: Sylvia, for blowing her cover calling her own food awful LIVE ON TV.
  • Hypocrite: Sylvia, who on TV tells people to eat only healthy food, but in real life she's a junk food addict who stuffs her face with cheeseburgers, pizza, Chinese food, etc. And being a hypocrite is her best quality. Her worst quality is being a gluttonous con artist who scams people of their money.
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  • Pun: The episode's title is a nod to "Haste makes waste".
  • Violin Scam: Sylvia is a con artist; she sells expensive take-home meals that are allegedly delicious and healthy but are ridiculously cheap and taste awful. Jon had the turkey, but he moved a cranberry and there it was.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sylvia's is assumed to be a jumbo cheeseburger with chili fries.


The Wolf Who Cried Boy

A wolf has been lurking around the farm so Orson tells everyone to ring a bell he made if they see the wolf as a signal to tell everyone to come running over to stop it. But Roy gets the idea to perform a practical joke similar toThe Boy Who Cried Wolf.

The Wolf Who Cried Boy contains examples of:

  • Crying Wolf: Roy repeatedly fools the others with false alarms, so naturally when a real wolf shows up, the others think that his attempt to warn them is another practical joke. Luckily, after reading the story of "The Wolf Who Cried Boy", Orson realizes that Roy just might be telling the truth this time and hurries off to help him.


Day of Doom

One Monday, Jon makes Garfield go for a walk with him (otherwise he will have to stay with Nermal) and they find a wishing well, so Garfield wishes that Mondays would disappear. His wish comes true, but he soon learns that his actions have had negative consequences.

Day of Doom contains examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Turns out Monday is the day that everything important in Garfield's life happens.
  • Wishing Well: Garfield makes a wish in a well for no more Mondays. At the end, it turns out that the well is actually part of a race of aliens that happen to look like wishing wells.

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