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#46 -- November 23, 1993

Turkey Jerky
The inevitable Thanksgiving episode begins with the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock--literally. It's time for the first Thanksgiving feast, but none of the Pilgrims can decide what to serve. Enter Miles Standish, who declares they shall eateth of the native bird...the turkey.

Miles goes out hunting with his musket and finds a rather goofy turkey that normally wouldn't have stood a chance--if it hadn't been the pet of the Warners, who are in this cartoon as Native Americans. One "marital dispute" with Dot, one psychiatric evaluation and one scene where they literally steal the scenery later, Miles relents to a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Not only that, the Warners have driven him so crazy that from this point on, he thinks he is a turkey.

Now we know why Priscilla Mullins married John Alden instead.

Cameos: Slappy Squrrel, Skippy Squirrel, Elmer Fudd.

Wild Blue Yonder
Nicholas Hollander wrote this one-shot about a mother bluebird who leaves her nest for one minute to gather food. Within that minute, one of the chicks hatch with the voice of young Cody Ruegger, an F-14 stealth jet flies over the tree, and the baby mistakes it for his mom. The mistake lasts for the next six minutes. Not as pratfall-laden as one might think--as with most one-shots on this show, this cartoon is just here to be cute.

The little blue bird returns in "My Mother the Squirrel," from season 3.

Miles: I used to haveth a hamster. I calledeth him 'Petey Pajamas.' I lovedeth him so. I tooketh him to bed with me every night, you know."
Yakko: "GOODNIGHT EVERYBODY!"

Miles: "Now give me the bird!"
Yakko: "We'd love to, really, but the Fox Censors won't allow it."

SAG stands for the Screen Actors Guild. Paying members of the acting community can, among other services, receive a pension plan. When you start to sag, it's time for SAG.

"Turkey Jerky" is a solid Season 1 cartoon with many unexpected gags and laffs, as well as that usually-amazing TMS animation. About as good as I've ever seen from a Thanksgiving episode.

As for "Wind Blue Yonder," is it cute? You bet it is. But is it funny?........not so much.

WE'RE ANIMAN-E, TOTALLY INSANE-Y: Eisenhower, Mamie.
WHEEL OF MORALITY: Don't eat with your mouth full.
KATHRYN PAGE: Doormat.
ENDING TOWER GAG: "Set three extra places...WE'RE COMING OVER FOR DINNER!"