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"I know that little Sweet Cheeks loves his life in my purse…The truth is I know what all pets are thinking." "Each and every one of them?" "You see, I'm a pet psychic!"

Written by Corey Powell
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The episode opens with Blythe running late for school, leaving her with no time to hang out with the Littlest Pet Shop pets. As she rushes out the door, a woman comes in for a large order of Nummy Nuggets for Sweet Cheeks, her sugar glider. When Mrs. Twombly tells her she seems to be in tune with her pet, she claims to be a pet psychic, who always knows what pets are thinking. When Mrs. Twombly unintentionally presses her further regarding her abilities, the psychic diverts the topic back to Nummy Nuggets, upon which Mrs. Twombly confesses that she doesn't carry them but places a special order for her.

Mrs. Twombly leads the psychic into the day camp room and asks about the regulars. The psychic labels all of the pets as the exact opposite of their actual personalities and tells Mrs. Twombly that the spiky thing (Russell) requests to make the room messier. Mrs. Twombly furiously jots down notes as Russell, overhearing the psychic, becomes confused. Among the psychic's observations is that Zoe hates getting dressed up, so Mrs. Twombly removes Zoe's signature beret, causing her to cower in embarrassment. Mrs. Twombly is so pleased with the psychic that she asks for her to work in the Littlest Pet Shop in her own section. The psychic happily obliges, retrieving all of the necessary items from her car as the pets look on concerned.

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By the time Blythe returns, she sees the day camp in chaos, with the likes of Sunil fumbling around on a skateboard and Zoe in hiding. When Blythe asks Pepper what's going on, she says that a psychic named Finola had made assumptions about the pets, with Mrs. Twombly providing the pets with materials she believes the pets wanted. Russell comes up and tells Blythe that they have to behave this way because Mrs. Twombly expects them to, so Blythe heads to the main shop area and sees Finola has set up a stand with a long line. An infuriated Blythe confronts Mrs. Twombly about the Finola about the pets being highly dissatisfied, but because she has to keep her ability to talk to animals a secret, she is unable to stop Finola or Mrs. Twombly. Mrs. Twombly interprets Blythe as being jealous and reassures Blythe that Finola is a professional, also pointing out that business has increased dramatically.

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Blythe finds Roger's hat and puts it on Zoe as a temporary substitute and discusses with the pets how to expose Finola as a fraud without offending her. Blythe tells them to pretend that Finola is right, but the pets object to that, particularly Russell, who's at his limits, but she says to only do so until she can come up with something.

Not long after, Blythe gets in Finola's line, overhearing the woman in front being told to buy Nummy Nuggets for her cat. When it's Blythe's turn, she tries asking Finola for advice on how to be a psychic too, but Finola brushes her off and says that it can't be learned. Finola immediately starts helping the next person in line, and in that moment of distraction, Blythe sees Sweet Cheeks in Finola's purse desperately seeking help from Blythe. Blythe makes off with Sweet Cheeks without Finola caring and heads off to the park. Blythe finds a bench and lets Sweet Cheeks out of Finola's purse, when Blythe finds out that Finola treats him like an accessory, never letting him out of her purse. To this end, Blythe allows Sweet Cheeks to play around in the park and see the sights for the first time.

When Blythe heads back to the Littlest Pet Shop, she sees a Nummy Nuggets truck parked in front of it and Finola's line going out the door. Upon walking in, she notices the storefront stuffed to the ceiling with boxes of Nummy Nuggets. Blythe asks Mrs. Twombly about what's going on, and she tells Blythe that Finola has discovered a massive hankering for Nummy Nuggets among all pets. Blythe covertly asks Sweet Cheeks about this, and Sweet Cheeks tells her they taste terrible. Now sure of a connection between Finola and Nummy Nuggets, Blythe lets the pets know about it and introduces them to Sweet Cheeks. The pets less-than-enthusiastically say hello to Sweet Cheeks, and Blythe heads up the dumbwaiter with Sweet Cheeks in the purse.

Before long, the massive line has shifted to Mrs. Twombly's front counter with angry people demanding refunds for Nummy Nuggets. Blythe, in disguise, makes her way into Finola's line again with Sweet Cheeks. Towards the front, she spills a bag of Nummy Nuggets to bring Mrs. Twombly over to clean it up and thus within audible distance. When she reaches the front of the line, she asks Finola what the name of her "pet" sugar glider is, Finola no longer caring enough to even look up. When Finola makes an incorrect guess, Blythe takes off her wig and accuses her of not being able to recognize her own pet. In a panic, trying to cover for herself, she spills her purse on the floor. Blythe discovers her Nummy Nuggets employee card and shows it to Mrs. Twombly and everyone else in the pet shop. With this revelation, Mrs. Twombly demands Finola take her Nummy Nuggets and remove them from her pet shop, and Finola literally crawls away.

With the mess regarding Nummy Nuggets over and the boxes being moved back to the company, the pets go back to how they were before, happier than ever. Meanwhile, Finola has returned to the Littlest Pet Shop to apologize and to inform Blythe that all the Nummy Nuggets will be returned to the company but that she's been fired. As she goes looking for work, Blythe suggests she spend some quality time with Sweet Cheeks at the park. When Finola asks if Blythe really is a pet psychic, Blythe just says she's a good listener.

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

  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: When Finola is finally unable to recover from pressure from both Blythe and Mrs. Twombly at the same time.
    Blythe: You pretended to read pets' minds so that Mrs. Twombly would have to buy your company's pet food.
    Finola: I... prefer to think of it as creative salesmanship.
  • Bland-Name Product: MacBooks and MacBook Pros have appeared in previous episodes with the Apple logo replaced by a circle—this episode introduces the iPhone equivalent, which Finola uses to alleviate boredom at the shop.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Inverted. Pepper now wears thick glasses and can't see where she's going, crashing and tripping into things.
  • Brick Joke: Zoe playing with a squeaky chew toy was her way to pass the time in Act 1. It becomes her sole way to keep her sanity by Act 3.
  • Call-Back: Finola calls Mrs. Twombly by her first name, Anna.
  • Continuity Nod: Pepper, Penny, Vinnie, Sunil, and Minka seem to be watching My Small Squirrel on the TV.
    • This isn't the first time that a male pet takes offense at being mistaken for female.
      • Also from "Russell Up Some Fun," Russell becomes a slob. This time, however, he does so reluctantly.
      • Once more from "Russell Up Some Fun," we have a nervous "Yes" as a confession.
    • Blythe's replacement for Zoe's missing beret is Roger's airplane pilot hat.
    • Vinnie, upon getting his TV back, tunes in to Shake-A-Leg.
  • Foreshadowing: Finola stumbles at backtracking when Mrs. Twombly asks about Sweet Cheeks's thoughts in the Cold Open and when she assumes Sunil is female in Act 1. This sort of stumbling allows Blythe to catch her for who she is in Act 3 and also sets up the fact that Finola in fact knows very little about Sweet Cheeks.
  • Funny Background Event: Among the things spilled from Finola's purse is a set of false teeth.
  • Gratuitous German: Vinnie in Mrs. Twombly's Imagine Spot (see below).
    Vinnie: Ich bin eine sehr, sehr kluge Eidechse! (I am a very, very clever lizard!)
  • Imagine Spot: This time from Mrs. Twombly, rather than any of the pets. Russell talks like a beatnik, Pepper talks like a Valley Girl, Sunil talks like a stereotypical gruff trucker and is a Deadpan Snarker, Penny Ling communicates via opera, Vinnie only speaks German, Minka behaves like a stuffy British lady, and they all love showering Mrs. Twombly with praise. It is unknown how Mrs. Twombly thinks Zoe speaks and behaves.
  • Just for Pun: Somewhat horrifying if taken literally.
    Finola: You don't understand what the pet food business is like! It's dog-eat-dog!
  • Nice Hat: Roger's hat, which Blythe puts on Zoe's head. However, she has to take it off as long as Mrs. Twombly is convinced Zoe dislikes hats.
  • Recurring Extra: Blythe's classmate in the orange snow cap can be seen in Finola's line after Blythe discovers the truck.
  • Sanity Slippage: Russell, regarding his new living conditions. The other pets suffer this too to varying extents, but not quite as hard as Russell.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Russell sarcastically tells Zoe that he hopes his napping isn't interrupting her playing with a squeaky chew toy. Zoe says it isn't. See Brick Joke above.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Sweet Cheeks is a sugar glider, a somewhat obscure marsupial. Averted within the franchise itself, however—sugar gliders are a mainstay of the toy line.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Finola.
  • Stealth Pun: When Blythe tells the pets she's pieced everything together, the now-covered-in-garbage Russell tells her to spill it.
  • Take That!: Zoe freaking out about not wearing her beret may be a jab at the toy department's adamant refusal to ever give Zoe a hat.
  • Take That, Audience!: Vinnie, a TV show character whose defining characteristic is a lack of intelligence, is associated with watching TV.
  • This is No Time to Panic: Russell's thoughts towards the middle of Act 2 while lying on his trash-covered beanbag.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: The man behind Blythe in Finola's line looks very much like his terrier.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: No discussion is made regarding Finola finding a new job, only that she loses her current one. We also never see Zoe get her trademark black beret back.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Blythe, in order to expose Finola as a fake.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Finola thinks Sunil is female. Sunil takes offense to this, but Mrs. Twombly quickly corrects her.

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