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The eighteenth episode of the third season of Tiny Toon Adventures, and the ninety-sixth episode overall.

Elmyra attempts to recapture Furrball.

Short One: "Little Dog Lost"

Tired of Elmyra's abuse, Byron runs away into the care of an attractive lady. At first Byron tries to ensure his stay, but he goes back to Elmyra realising how much she loves him.

Short Two: "Party Crasher Plucky"

Plucky convinces Shirley to let him come with her to a celebrity party, but keeps getting kicked out.

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Short Three: "Homeward Bound"

Furrball is miserable having no place to go. He manages to enter the rich couple and their daughter's apartment inhabited by a cat couple and their kitten but he is unwanted and in the end sticks around with a poor couple and their son.

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  • Credits Gag: Sherri Stoner's favorite gag - That John Candied-Yam bit.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the opening wraparound, Elmyra tries to catch Furrball with an ACME Super Duper Magic Trick #5. Furrball falls for the trap, but manages to escape it just in time, and Elmyra somehow ends up getting caught in it.
  • Three Shorts

Little Dog Lost:

  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Byron runs away from Elmyra in this short, and does everything in his power to ensure that he stays with his new owner. Towards the end of the short, he remembers the good times he and Elmyra had, thanks the Kindly Lady for taking care of him by licking her face, and reluctantly runs back to Elmyra, who is overjoyed to have him back. Byron ends up regretting running back to Elmyra.
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  • A Day in the Limelight: For Byron Basset.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Byron eats the milk carton with his picture on it so his new owner won't notice.
  • Face on a Milk Carton: When Byron runs away, Elmyra puts his picture on milk cartons to try to get him back. The picture of Byron she uses looks like he's trying to break out of jail. When Byron sees this milk carton, he eats it so his new owner won't notice.
  • No Name Given: The name of the kindly lady is never revealed.
  • Pet Dress-Up: This short begins with Elmyra dressing Byron in a purple dress and high-heel shoes. This is what causes Byron to run away from her.
  • Pet the Dog: When Byron feels guilty about making Elmyra cry, he remembers the day when he first became her pet, when Baby Elmyra chose him (sleeping a short distance from his family) over the rest of the (more lively) litter. He also remembers the good times they had together, such as when they played fetch together, and when she used to rub his stomach.
  • Shout-Out:
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    • When Byron hits the Kindly Lady's car window when she stops near her apartment, car window toys resembling Roger Rabbit and Bart Simpson can be seen on the truck next to them.
    • Byron puts on a Batman mask to disguise himself so Elmyra won't recognize him. It works, as Elmyra says, "My dog was drawn better".
  • Signs of Disrepair: Invoked; Elmyra takes to the skies in a plane to write "I'M ELMYRA. HAVE YOU SEEN MY DOG?". Byron is aware of this and orders an ACME rocket launcher to shoot Elmyra's plane out of the sky before she can finish the message, which now says, "I'M ELMYRA HAVE YOU SEEN MY DO".

Party Crasher Plucky:

  • Be the Ball: When trying to get into a party with Shirley, Plucky is not on the list. The person who held the list, called the "bouncer" is dressed as a basketball player. He squishes Plucky into a ball and dribbles him down the walkway, and then tosses him into a hoop. After being shot in the hoop, Plucky says, "So that's why they call them bouncers."
  • The Cameo: Gotcha Grabmore appears as one of the party guests.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: This short premiered on the short-lived spin-off, The Plucky Duck Show on September 26, 1992, before airing on Tiny Toon Adventures on November 16, 1992.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Shirley MacVaine is a parody of Shirley MacLaine, who served as the inspiration for Shirley the Loon.
  • Off-Model: When Buster attempts to hide a pin-up in his locker from Babs, for a split second, the locker door is still open as he tries to close it.
  • Porn Stash: Buster has a pin-up on the back of his locker door, which he tries to hide from Babs.
  • Real Vehicle Reveal: When Plucky and Shirley ride a car to the party, it looks as if they are riding inside the car when it is shown from the right side. When the car's left side is shown, they are actually riding on the car's fender.
  • Shout-Out: Plucky's impressions to get into Shirley's party include Rocky Balboa, Dirty Harry, and Pee-Wee Herman. Unfortunately, none of them are convincing enough for the doorman to let him in.
  • Take That!: When then-Disney studios head Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Disney executives pass by Plucky, discussing their future plans, Plucky disguises himself as Mickey Mouse and says, "Sometimes, you just gotta swallow your pride in this business.".

Homeward Bound:

  • Bittersweet Ending: Having been kicked out of the rich girl's apartment, the short ends with Furrball befriending the poor boy and sharing his food with him.
  • Cardboard Box Home: Furrball is shown to live in one at the beginning of the short, but because it rains, the cardboard box falls apart.
  • Cats Are Mean: Played straight with the kitten's parents, but inverted with Furrball and the kitten.
  • No-Dialogue Episode: Much of the short is this, with the only spoken dialogue coming from the rich girl and her parents near the end.
  • Rich Bastard / Rich Bitch: Played straight with the rich parents, who refuse to let their daughter keep Furrball and pull the window shade down on the poor boy when he waves to her, but averted with the rich girl.
  • Trash Landing: Furrball lands in a trash can after the rich girl's parents kick him out of their apartment.
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