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"He'll dance at MY party!"

Written by Julie McNally Cahill, Tim Cahill, and Guy Toubes
Teleplay by Guy Toubes
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Upon hearing Penny's one-year anniversary at The Littlest Pet Shop is near, Pepper and Zoe both decide to host a party. However, after Blythe suggests for the two of them to work together, they dash off in opposite directions.

Blythe, left to groom Penny, excitedly anticipates how great the party will be with Zoe's sense of style and Penny's flair for fun. Vinnie overhears this conversation and announces his joining in with a dance number. As he's performing it, he collides with a stack of pet food cans and loses his tail when he emerges. Blythe tries to calm him down by looking it up online and letting Vinnie know this is common among geckos. Unfortunately, Vinnie continues to panic when he realizes he pulled off his own tail in the confusion, telling the others that his tail gives him balance when he dances. Russell tries re-attaching the tail, but it crumbles to dust the second he picks it up, sending Vinnie into tears. Russell begins searching for a doctor when Sunil blurts out that his parents wanted him to be a doctor. To Russell, this is close enough, and Russell drags Vinnie and Sunil elsewhere.

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Zoe emerges into the day camp room dressed like an aristocrat and Pepper like a rodeo clown. Blythe notices something wrong instantly and questions if they're truly working together as she had hoped. Blythe asks Pepper what she intends to do, and Pepper describes a hoedown with lots of laughs, a rubber chicken rodeo, and throwing pies at Zoe. Before Penny can offer her words on Pepper's idea, Zoe butts in and describes her "High Societea" idea, an elegant tea party where everyone dresses in fine outfits, everything matches, and Pepper sits atop a dunking booth. Zoe and Pepper ask Penny whose idea she likes better. Penny is too timid to say anything worthwhile, so Blythe steps in and says they're both great. Each takes Blythe's words to mean that Blythe liked her idea better, and they each take off in opposite directions again.

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Russell and Sunil try attaching a drinking straw, a chocolate wafer (with Buttercream's suggestion), a pencil, a tape measure, and a bottle of soda, all of which end in disaster.

In Blythe's room, Zoe and Pepper arrive, one after the other, requesting wardrobes for their parties. Each time Blythe asks if either ran her ideas through the other, they hastily change the subject and return to the day camp room. Vinnie heads to Blythe's room too, depressed that all the tail substitutes have failed. Blythe asks if Vinnie had even tried dancing since his tail got detached, to which Vinnie gives it a shot and gets overjoyed that he dances even better without it.

By now, Pepper and Zoe have divided the room in half, with a big red line down the middle. Vinnie dances right on the demarcation showing his neutrality, to which Pepper and Zoe now want Vinnie to themselves. With the party about to start, Blythe arrives, who is not happy with Pepper and Zoe. When Penny enters the room Pepper and Zoe fight over where Penny should be and quickly degenerate into squabbling. Rejected, Penny retreats into the pet slide, to which Blythe steps in and makes Pepper and Zoe play a game about saying good things about each other. They both admit jealousy for each other and realize they forgot about Penny. Having come to terms, they ask Penny which party she'd like to go to and that they'll both be fine with her decision, to which she chooses both.

Meanwhile, Vinnie's tail has grown back, and he is once again down. Penny comforts Vinnie saying that his dancing was good before he lost his tail, and overjoyed, he starts dancing again—he's constantly tripping, but he always gets back on his feet and keeps going.

This episode contains examples of (YMMV entries go here):

  • Accidental Art: Vinnie inadvertently draws the Mona Lisa on the floor when rolling around on the ball—modified to fit this show's art style, of course.
  • Artistic License – Biology: While gecko tails can really detach like Vinnie's, it certainly doesn't turn to dust or grow back to full size the following day. (For that matter, they don't grow back to full size at all.)
  • Bottle Episode: The entire episode is set indoors, between The Littlest Pet Shop and Blythe's room.
  • Call-Back: This episode builds on Zoe and Pepper not seeing eye to eye when forced to confront each other from "DUMB DUMBWAITER."
    • Numerous times prior (and afterwards), Vinnie attempts a fast-paced dance routine, only to trip over his tail and fall. Without his tail, Vinnie can now dance unhindered by it.
  • Continuity Nod: Zoe seems to have problems getting along with other pets when her aspirations are involved. From the same episode, we also have another case of two pets with clashing ideas.
  • Education Mama: Sunil's parents hoped he would study medicine.
  • Feud Episode: Between Zoe and Pepper, who cannot see eye to eye about what they consider a good birthday party at the expense of Penny Ling.
  • Imagine Spot: This time, Sunil imagines himself as a surgeon helping Vinnie grow a new tail.
  • Just for Pun: High Societea.
  • Leitmotif: Specific for this episode, Zoe gets a waltz song and Pepper gets a bluegrass track.
  • Literal-Minded: Sunil's medical instruments include a tuba, which he promptly starts playing while dancing around Vinnie on the operating table. The most delicate part of this operation involves putting the bell on Vinnie's head and blowing into the tuba as hard as possible.
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: Vinnie and Pepper say "Entertainment" and "Game" are their respective middle names. Apparently they're actually Alfonso and Mildred.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Sunil's Imagine Spot operation ends with Vinnie sprouting a peacock tail.
  • Mr. Exposition: After Vinnie loses his tail, Blythe does a bit of research and finds out that geckos losing their tails is perfectly normal. She did not read to Vinnie about them growing back, however, and causes Vinnie unnecessary worry.
  • One-Word Title
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Zoe and Pepper both try it to persuade Blythe simultaneously.
  • Reset Button: Vinnie spontaneously grows his tail back at the end of the episode.
  • Retcon: In ''What Did You Say?," Sunil doesn't know what a veterinarian for a human is called. In this episode, he talks about his parents wanting him to be a doctor. Possibly explained through Sunil being an Unreliable Narrator.
  • Shout-Out: Buttercream mentioning a "rumble in my tumble" is likely a reference to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh song "Rumbly in My Tumbly."
  • Skyward Scream: Vinnie utters one when he realizes his tail has been detached from his body. It's loud enough to send a flock of birds flying away.
  • Team Mom: Blythe has this role in this episode. Signs point towards Blythe having been in the situation before that Zoe and Pepper are in.
  • This Is My Side: Zoe and Pepper have to eventually draw a red line dividing the room between the parties..
  • Unreliable Illustrator: Buttercream talks of attaching a cookie to Vinnie's butt with vanilla frosting. When she gets around to it, she attaches a chocolate wafer with pink (most likely strawberry) frosting. Subverted in that this was not the cookie tail she was speaking of, and she intended to attach that one on later.

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