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Recap / Peg + Cat S1E37 "The Three Friends Problem"

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Peg, Cat, and Big Dog are playing in the garden while Peg keeps score with bar graphs. They are playing wacky games such as "shoop-a-dooping" (which is sort of like juggling), "ka-borphing" (hopping on one foot with the tongue sticking out) and "crackulating" (making Peg laugh with their tails). Big Dog cannot shoop-a-doop but he is good at ka-borphing and while he cannot technically crackulate because his tail is too short, he excels at making Peg laugh in other ways.

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Peg starts to sing the Problem Solved songnote , but notices Cat seems a bit off: his ears are droopy, he cries briefly, he way less enthusiastic, and he only sings two words of the song.

As the Neighbor Ladies jog past, Peg is concerned and sings about how "something's up with Cat". The Neighbor Ladies suggest that he exercise to cheer up, along with Ramone and Pig. It works at first, but Cat becomes gloomy again when Big Dog joins in and is praised at his skill.

The Neighbor Ladies worry that Cat is getting sick and Peg puts him to bed and reads him Puss in Boots. When Big Dog pretends to be Puss, Cat loses interest in the story, which is very out-of-character for him so Peg "totally freaks out", but this time, it is Big Dog who does the signature "snap out of it" gesture rather than Cat. Cat notices this and yells at Big Dog for doing "his job". Peg asks if Cat is acting weird because he thinks she likes Big Dog more than him. Cat replies yes, and draws it on a graph, but Peg reassures him that she doesn't love him any less and informs him that things like love cannot be measured. Then, they sing a song about it.

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This episode provides examples of

  • 20% More Awesome: Averted. There is a whole song about how love is an abstract concept and therefore can't be measured.
  • An Aesop: Love is intangible and true friendship doesn't lessen with new friends.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Averted for Big Dog and Pig, but played straight for Cat, who is dark bluish purple.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Big Dog is a large dog playing around with his friends.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Or Big Dog, rather. Also, Pig and Cat.
  • Filthy Fun: During his comedy act, Big Dog falls into mud.
  • Friendship Song: The final song is sung between Peg, Cat, Big Dog, and the Neighbor Ladies about how "I wouldn't love you any more, I'll never love you less."
  • Funny Animal: Cat and the Pig are anthropomorphized, although Cat to a lesser extent.
  • Jumping-to-Conclusions Diagnosis: Downplayed. While sitting quietly and appearing unhappy is not a very good basis for assuming a cat is sick, uncharacteristic behaviour is.
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  • Nearly Normal Animal: Big Dog is mainly a normal dog but occasionally does something human-like, most notably him doing "Cat's job" of snapping Peg out of her freak-out.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Peg and the Neighbor Ladies become very concerned when Cat begins to act less enthusiastic.
  • Shout-Out: Peg reads from Puss in Boots.
  • Sick Episode: Subverted. Cat is thought to be sick, but it turns out he is just sad.
  • Single Tear: When Cat is sad, he cries at one point, but only has one teardrop.
  • Undying Loyalty: There is a whole song about the friends' loyalty to each other.

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