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Pepé Le Pew is visiting New Orleans in the hopes of finding a bride. At the same time, Penelope Pussycat, (here called Fabrette) has been cursed with natural white stripes, which ruins her chances with the local toms. A skunk would be the perfect match, if she didn't mind the smell. Unlike in most Pepé episodes, here Penelope is interested in Pepé, but only his smell gets in the way. Pepe, trying to win her love, attempts to make himself dainty after realizing how much his smell is getting in his way. Unfortunately, Penelope tries something similar to deal with the problem as well.


This short provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: In this short, it’s only the smell that the cat finds abhorrent and she desperately spends most of the short trying to deal with it so she can have a real relationship with Pepe.
  • Act of True Love: Upon discovering the meaning of “pew” and realizing that this is the reason why the cat is avoiding him, Pepe genuinely tries to get rid of his odor for her sake. Unfortunately, Fabrette has resigned herself to life as a skunk and locks herself in a Limburger cheese factory to acquire the appropriate scent.
  • Attractive Bent Species: Fabrette's birthmark makes her look like a skunk and makes all the other male cats reject her, but Pepe (a real skunk) believes she’s a skunk and wants to be with her.
  • Christmas Cake: Fabrette is so desperate to avoid this that she is even willing to try and tolerate Pepe’s odor.
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  • Desperately Craves Affection: Pepe and Fabrette are both guilty of this to different degrees.
  • Driven to Suicide: The lonely cat is so depressed over her failed romance with Pepe that she nearly drowns herself. The narrator convinces her to try a different tack, since "if you can not beat them, join them."
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Pepe and Penelope both have this to degrees, Fabrette being much more tragic example.
  • Love at First Sight: Unusual for the Pepe cartoons, Fabrette (the cat) actually notices Pepe first and, smitten, rushes to his arms. It's only when she gets a whiff of his odor that things go south.
  • Lemony Narrator: This short has a female narrator discussing the action, and even giving Fabrette encouragement and advice.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The pussycat here is named Fabrette, while her official name is supposed to be Penelope.
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  • New Orleans: The setting where this short takes place.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Granted it was mostly because Pepe lost his odor and Fabrette now reeks but Pepe ends up running away from her amorous advances.
  • Not Goodwith Rejection: Fabrette is a heavy case of this, especially in the end of the short.
  • Skunk Stripe: A white stripe birthmark for Fabrette.
  • Smelly Skunk: As per usual in the Pepe cartoons, but treated much more tragically as the cat genuinely wants to be with Pepe but the stink is making it impossible.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: The ending. Pepe actually has himself de-scented to make himself desirable to Fabrette. Unfortunately, Fabrette has spent time marinating in Limburger cheese to become a true skunk. The result? The tables are turned on Pepe as Fabrette chases after him, which no intention of letting him get away or taking “no” for an answer.


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