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For Scent-imental Reasons is a 1949 Looney Tunes cartoon starring Pepé Le Pew, directed by Chuck Jones.

In this installment the Pepe formula starts to fall into place after some Early Installment Weirdness in previous Pepe shorts. A perfume shop owner is appalled to find Pepe, a skunk, inside his store. He sics a girl cat on Pepe. The cat—named "Penelope" in Warner Brothers lore but not actually named in any of the Pepe shorts—happens to get doused with some white hair dye down her back. Pepe sees her, thinks she's a skunk, and chases after her.


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  • Abhorrent Admirer: As in all Pepe shorts. Pepe would probably be quite charming if it weren't for the stink.
  • Art Evolution: Along with standardizing the plot formula, this short was a big step up in the ornateness of the art in Pepe cartoons.
  • Bowdlerized: The bit where Pepe pretends to shoot himself is often cut out when this short runs on television.
  • Driven to Suicide
    • Pepe fakes this, pretending to shoot himself so Penelope will come out of the glass case.
      Pepe: I missed, fortunately for you.
    • Then Penelope flings herself out of the window. Pepe, taking this for a romantic gesture, joins her (after a botched attempt to rescue her).
      Pepe: Vive l'amour! We die together!
  • Handsome Lech: Pepe, as always, chasing after the babes.
  • Heart Beats out of Chest: Happens to Penelope (who was drenched with water) after seeing Pepe covered in blue paint.
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  • Just a Stupid Accent: This short starts the series' trend of having the characters speak faux-French with thick accents.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Pepe fakes a suicide to get Penelope out of a glass case.
  • Maurice Chevalier Accent: Subverted, since Pepe's voice is an imitation of Charles Boyer.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Well, she injured his ego, but being told that you smell isn't really grounds for blowing your brains out.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Pepe's reaction at the end when a soaked, bedraggled Penelope starts chasing after him.
    Pepe: You know, it is possible to be too attractive!
  • Silence Is Golden: The scene where Penelope locks herself in a glass case plays out with no audible dialogue, just a violin in Carl Stalling's score Mickey Mousing their speech and gestures to make their conversation crystal clear.
  • Suicide as Comedy: Pepe pretending to shoot himself.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: The ending. Pepe gets full-body doused in blue paint, thus concealing his smell. Penelope falls in a rain bucket, leaving her looking ragged and soaked and much less pretty, and with a head cold that likely impairs her sense of smell. She sees the manly, non-odorous Pepe and starts chasing him.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Cats have them! Penelope's outer fur seemingly transforms into some sort of dress, allowing her to drop the key down into her Compartment.
  • The Voiceless: Penelope, as always, while Pepe chatters away.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The perfume store owner disappears after sending Penelope after Pepe. He's not even at the front of the store anymore when Pepe re-enters at the end.
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