Mistakes Will Happen is an episode from the third season of Garfield and Friends.


Garfield and Odie watch an episode of Garfield and Friends to look for any mistakes.


Garfield interrupts the beginning of the cartoon to address- and dismiss- the notion that his show has any mistakes. He and Odie then proceed to watch an episode to compile any mistakes shown.

The episode begins with Jon, Garfield, and Odie having a cook-out. Following that, Jon cautions Garfield and Odie about going into the woods, which is said to be haunted. The two pets head into it anyway, with Garfield scoffing at the idea of haunted woods. Jon, dismayed, decides to teach the two a lesson. Meanwhile, the cops are on the look out for an escaped convict, who is hiding in the same woods. Upon discovering the pets, the convict figures that people might be around as well. He then plots to scare them away to avoid having his cover blown.

As Garfield and Odie continue their journey, they become spooked by an owl. Afterward, Garfield invites Odie to a "snack", where he throws out an entire picnic from his backpack (Odie thinks this is a mistake, to which Garfield says "That's how much food I always pack"). After eating, Garfield then notices Jon disguising himself as a ghost with a white sheet, realizing that he's trying to scare him and Odie. Jon soon blindly walks into a tree branch, knocking him out. The convict discovers Jon and decides to use his idea (and sheet) to scare off the pets.

Garfield and Odie encounter the "ghost" (whom they still think is Jon, as opposed to the convict) and run away from him. Following a few entanglements with Garfield, the convict hides in a cave, which turns out to have a wolf inside. He runs off and chases after a police car, begging to be brought back to prison.

Upon finding Jon ("You make a lousy ghost, fella", Garfield tells him), the three head home. In the car, Garfield (who is somehow driving) becomes concerned when he hears about the escaped convict on the radio, only for Jon to assure him that "we have pretty boring lives. We never run into people like that" just before the end of the cartoon.

With the cartoon over, Garfield asks the audience how many mistakes they saw. He then states that there were three, and goes to show them by playing back the scenes with the supposed mistakes (none of were even present). Odie tries to tell him of the other mistakes, but Garfield denies this, proclaiming "there were just those three and I promise we'll never make another mistake on this show again". He then tells Odie (who appears as Marmaduke) that it is 10 AM, thus "time for a midnight snack".


Major Characters

Minor Characters


  • This episode has more mistakes than any other episode of the series, although they are generally intentional.
  • The intention of having numerous mistakes throughout the episode led to confusion during the production process.
    • In particular, actual mistakes were confused with intended ones, and some intended mistakes were accidentally left out, requiring them to be restored.[1]

Cultural References

  • Tom Selleck is mentioned by Jon after he runs into a tree.
  • Odie appears as Marmaduke, another comic strip character at the end of the episode.
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Taj Mahal, and the Eiffel Tower are all shown as mistakes.


Note: Due to the nature of the episode, all of the following can be assumed to be intentional. All goofs occur for one scene only, except where noted.
  • The title card reads "Mistake Will Happen", and features Odie with Garfield's head.
  • When Jon flips a steak on the grill, one of the other steaks becomes a shoe.
  • Jon's spatula is replaced with a microphone as he calls Garfield over for macaroni.
  • Garfield is wearing running shoes as he walks over to the grill.
  • Jon (dressed in a tuxedo) states that Garfield likes having pizza with everything on it.
    • Although he initially offers a steak, Jon ends up serving Garfield a fish.
  • Garfield finds his meal to be too big, and reminds Odie that he doesn't like to eat too much.
    • Odie is wearing a cowboy hat as he affirms the above.
  • When Jon warns Garfield and Odie about the woods, he is shown wearing a scuba diving suit in the first scene, then a ballerina outfit in the second.
    • During the former sequence, he refers to Odie as Fido.
  • Odie's ears are replaced with flowers when Garfield asks "haunted?"; the Leaning Tower of Pisa is also shown in the background.
  • When Jon says "That's right, haunted. Be real careful," the sky switches from day to night (staying that way for the rest of the episode), Garfield is wearing a backpack (which also remains throughout most of the episode), and the grill is replaced with a pinball machine that Jon plays as Garfield and Odie head into the forest.
  • Garfield refers to Jon as Pete.
  • Odie states clearly "I don't know, I'm kind of scared".
  • Garfield and Odie walk past the signature of Jim Davis.
  • During a close-up, Garfield is wearing sunglasses.
  • Afterward, two Odies are shown following Garfield, as well as two moons in the background.
  • Jon has a mustache when he talks about having warned Garfield and Odie.
  • When Jon sneaks away, he is wearing boxer shorts and bunny slippers instead of his usual pants and shoes.
    • Also, Binky is shown in the background holding a sign that says "LOOKING FOR WORK".
  • A cop (Charlie) rides a police car in the forest instead of on a road.
  • An elephant is shown in the police car during the exchange between Charlie (who has Garfield's voice) and a police chief on the radio.
    • The cop speaks into a can on a string.
  • The robber claims that "there's not another cop within one hundred miles of here," only to walk past two other cops as he looks for a hiding place.
  • Odie is wearing a tuxedo at the beginning of the scene where Garfield scoffs at Jon's claim that the forest is haunted.
  • Garfield messes up the line "In all the years I've lived with Jon, I can't recall anything so foolish," resulting in a re-take with the director; the clapboard says "Take 1" when it's really Take 2.
    • During this scene, he is wearing a ski cap and moving his lips.
    • Possibly a goof: the clapboard identifies Davis as the director. Davis created, but did not direct, the episode.
  • Nermal replaces Odie when Garfield mentions that Jon thinks that there are ghosts around, and agrees by saying "That's ridiculous, Garfield."
  • A fish swims around the forest (as if it were full of water) when Garfield claims that they're alone.
  • Garfield maintains that they're alone after the Buddy Bears appear out of a cave.
  • The robber walks on the surface of a pond (which is deep enough for a frog to jump into) and wears a different shirt.
  • The robber is naked when he hides behind a pair of bushes, as well as when he notices Garfield and Odie (who both have antlers on their heads, with Odie's ears missing).
  • When the robber notes the presence of the two pets (and potentially people as well), he has a derby hat and a monocle (but regains his prison outfit).
  • Garfield and Odie are in a blizzard (both wearing parkas and snowshoes) when Garfield says that "Fred" (i.e. Jon) is wrong.
  • When Garfield and Odie are frightened by a hooting owl ("Who...Who...Where...Where...When...When..."), Garfield is merely shown as an outline.
  • Garfield enters a house inside a tree, but keeps Odie from getting inside, saying, "Go away. We don't want any."
    • Later on, Garfield is outside of the house, inviting Odie for a snack (or at least his idea of a snack).
  • Jon says "Garfield's been a very bad dog lately. I'm going to teach him a lesson she'll never forget."
    • Jon also walks by U.S. Acres (with Wade, Orson, and Roy shown).
  • Odie has rabbit ears during the second scene where he's knocking on the door of the tree Garfield was in.
  • When Garfield first notices Jon, he is wearing blonde curls and a pink bow on his head.
  • As Jon puts on his ghost sheet, he states "This will scare the pants off those three, or my name isn't June Arberkle".
  • Garfield has a visor cap on when he realizes what Jon's up to.
  • The scene where Garfield informs Odie about a visit with a "ghost" is shown upside down.
  • Jon has a beard after he is uncovered by the robber.
  • When the robber decides to take Jon's idea, he is wearing a sombrero.
    • The sheet has eye holes even though it didn't when Jon was wearing it seconds before.
  • Garfield and Odie have duck bills for mouths before they notice the robber disguised as a ghost.
  • When they do notice him, Odie gains four arms, while Garfield has a farmer's hat.
  • When the robber first chases Garfield, they pass by an igloo.
  • Garfield tricks the robber with a door in the forest which leads to a basement (there's also no basement background when shown from the outside).
  • For much of Garfield's fight with the robber, he is colored blue.
    • When Garfield says "That phony voice doesn't fool me," his voice is provided by a woman's (Julie Payne).
    • When Garfield chases after the robber, he also wears an explorer hat.
  • The cave that the robber goes into has a barber pole nearby.
  • The police car (now back on the road) has a smoking chimney in place of the siren.
    • Also, the Taj Mahal can be seen in the background.
  • Garfield has a superhero outfit when he figures that he "showed Jon".
    • Afterward, an animal is heard, which Garfield and Odie take to be a rhino.
  • When Garfield and Odie meet up with Jon, Garfield is carrying an umbrella.
  • As the trio walk away, Odie's legs become chicken legs.
  • Garfield drives the car in the forest (but is later back on the road).
  • Jon refers to Garfield as Kermit.
  • While on the road, the trio pass by the Eiffel Tower.

According to Garfield, there were only three mistakes in the episode he and Odie watched:

  • Garfield is not eating during his first appearance.
  • There's no mustard at Garfield's picnic.
  • Jon's car has no gas during the final scene.

At the end of the episode:

  • Garfield, having just declared they'll never make any more mistakes on the show, says that it's 10 A.M., and thus "time for a midnight snack."
    • Odie is also replaced by the title character of the comic strip Marmaduke.
Garfield and Friends

Season 1: "Peace & Quiet" "Wanted: Wade" "Garfield Goes Hawaiian" "Box O' Fun" "Unidentified Flying Orson" "School Daze" "Nighty Nightmare" "Banana Nose" "Ode to Odie" "Fraidy Cat" "Shell Shocked Sheldon" "Nothing To Sneeze At" "Garfield's Moving Experience" "Wade: You're Afraid" "Good Mousekeeping" "Identity Crisis" "The Bad Sport" "Up a Tree" "Weighty Problem" "The Worm Turns" "Good Cat Bad Cat" "Cabin Fever" "Return of Power Pig" "Fair Exchange" "The Binky Show" "Keeping Cool" "Don't Move!" "Magic Mutt" "Short Story" "Monday Misery" "Best of Breed" "National Tapioca Pudding Day" "All About Odie" "Caped Avenger" "Shy Fly Guy" "Green Thumbs Down" "Forget Me Not" "I Like Having You Around!" "Sales Resistance"

Season 2: "Pest of a Guest" "The Impractical Joker" "Fat & Furry" "Rip Van Kitty" "Grabbity" "The Big Catnap" "The Great Getaway" "Scrambled Eggs" "Hansel and Garfield" "The Sludge Monster" "Fortune Kooky" "Heatwave Holiday" "One Good Fern Deserves Another" "Goody-Go-Round" "The Black Book" "The Legend of the Lake" "Double Oh Orson" "Health Feud" "Binky Gets Cancelled!" "Show Stoppers" "Cutie and the Beast" "The Lasagna Zone" "Sleepytime Pig" "Yojumbo" "Pros and Cons" "Rooster Revenge" "Lights! Camera! Garfield!" "Polecat Flats" "Hogcules" "Brain Boy" "Maine Course" "No Laughing Matter" "Attack of the Mutant Guppies" "Robodie" "First Aid Wade" "Video Victim" "The Curse of Klopman" "Mud Sweet Mud" "Rainy Day Dreams" "Basket Brawl" "Origin of Power Pig" "Cactus Jake Rides Again" "Binky Goes Bad!" "Barn of Fear" "Mini-Mall Matters" "Attention-Getting Garfield" "Swine Trek" "It Must Be True!" "Arrivaderci, Odie!" "Gort Goes Good" "Feeling Feline" "The Bear Facts" "Nothing To Be Afraid Of" "The Big Talker" "Cactus Makes Perfect" "Hogcules II" "Crime and Nourishment" "T.V. of Tomorrow" "Little Red Riding Egg" "Well Fed Feline" "Invasion of the Big Robots" "Shelf Esteem" "Housebreak Hotel" "First Class Feline" "Hamelot" "How to Be Funny!" "Mystic Manor" "Flop Goes the Weasel" "The Legend of Long Jon" "China Cat" "Cock-a-Doodle Dandy" "Beach Blanket Bonzo" "Lemon Aid" "Hog Noon" "Video Airlines" "The Mail Animal" "Peanut-Brained Rooster" "Mummy Dearest"

Season 3: "Skyway Robbery" "The Bunny Rabbits is Coming!" "Close Encounters of the Garfield Kind" "Astrocat" "Cock-A-Doodle Duel" "Cinderella Cat" "Ship Shape" "Barn of Fear II" "Break a Leg" "Twice Told Tale" "Orson Goes On Vacation" "Wedding Bell Blues" "Clean Sweep" "Secrets of the Animated Cartoon" "How the West was Lost" "Binky Gets Cancelled Again!" "Orson's Diner" "Flat Tired" "Return of the Buddy Bears" "Much Ado About Lanolin" "Reigning Cats and Dogs" "Fit for a King" "Ben Hog" "Dessert in the Desert" "Hound of the Arbuckles" "Read Alert" "Urban Arbuckle" "Odielocks and the Three Cats" "Quack to the Future" "Beddy Buy" "Count Lasagna" "Mystery Guest" "Rodent Rampage" "The Feline Felon" "The Legal Eagle" "The Cactus Saga" "D.J. Jon" "Cornfinger" "Five Minute Warning" "Wonderful World" "The Orson Awards" "The Garfield Workout" "All Things Fat and Small" "Robin Hog" "Hare Replacement" "Stick to It" "Orson in Wonderland" "For Cats Only" "Mistakes Will Happen" "The Well Dweller" "The Wise Man" "Star Struck" "Election Daze" "Dirty Business"

Season 4: "Moo Cow Mutt" "Big Bad Buddy Bird" "Angel Puss" "Trial and Error" "An Egg-Citing Story" "Supermarket Mania" "The Legend of Cactus Jupiter" "Birthday Boy Roy" "Jukebox Jon" "Squeak Previews" "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Wade" "A Tall Tale" "Frankenstein Feline" "Weatherman Wade" "Fill-in Feline" "Polar Pussycat" "Over the Rainbow" "Remote Possibilities" "Night of the Living Laundromat" "Fast Food" "Cash and Carry" "Speed Trap" "Flights of Fantasy" "Castaway Cat" "Mind Over Matter" "Orson at the Bat" "The Multiple-Choice Cartoon" "Galactic Gamesman Garfield" "Sly Spy Guy" "The Thing That Stayed Forever" "Bouncing Baby Blues" "The Ugly Duckling" "Learning Lessons" "Robodie II" "For Butter or Worse" "Annoying Things" "Guaranteed Trouble" "Fan Clubbing" "A Jarring Experience" "The Idol of Id" "Bedtime Story Blues" "Mama Manicotti" "The Pizza Patrol" "The Son Also Rises" "Rolling Romance" "The Automated, Animated Adventure" "It's a Wonderful Wade" "Truckin' Odie"

Season 5: "Home Away From Home" "Rainy Day Robot" "Odie the Amazing" "Taste Makes Waist" "The Wolf Who Cried Boy" "Day Of Doom" "Home Sweet Swindler" "Forget-Me-Not Newton" "The Great Inventor" "Country Cousin" "The Name Game" "The Carnival Curse" "The First Annual Garfield Watchers Test" "Stark Raven Mad" "The Record Breaker" "Renewed Terror" "Badtime Story" "Tooth or Dare" "The Kitty Council" "The Bo Show" "Bad Neighbor Policy" "Canvas Back Cat" "Make Believe Moon" "The Creature That Lived In The Refrigerator, Behind the Mayonnaise, Next to the Ketchup and to the Left of the Cole Slaw" "Dummy Of Danger" "Sooner or Later" "Jumping Jon" "Cute for Loot" "The Caverns of Cocoa" "Dream Date" "The Worst Pizza in the History of Mankind" "Jack II - The Rest of the Story" "The Garfield Opera" "Airborne Odie" "Once Upon a Time Warp" "Bride and Broom" "The Cartoon Cat Conspiracy" "Who Done It?" "The Picnic Panic" "Sound Judgment" "Gross Encounters" "The Perils of Penelope" "Ghost of a Chance" "Roy Gets Sacked" "Revenge of the Living Lunch!" "Super Sonic Seymour" "A Mildly Mental Mix-Up" "The Garfield Rap"

Season 6: "A Vacation From His Senses" "The Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster" "Dread Giveaway" "The Wright Stuff" "Orson Express" "Safe at Home" "Jon The Barbarian" "Uncle Roy to the Rescue" "Kitten and the Council" "Next Door Nuisance" "What's It All About, Wade?" "Bigfeetz" "Canine Conspiracy" "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs Part 1" "The Genuine Article" "The Best Policy" "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs Part 2" "Fishy Feline" "The Pie-Eyed Piper" "Fine Feathered Funny Man" "Sweet Tweet Treat" "The Floyd Story" "How Now, Stolen Cow?" "The Second Penelope Episode" "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse" "Payday Mayday" "How to Drive Humans Crazy" "Date of Disaster" "A Little Time Off" "The Longest Doze" "Stairway to Stardom" "Return of The Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster" "The Life and Times of the Lasagna Kid" "Magic, Monsters, and Manicotti" "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere's Duck" "Unreal Estate" "Lost and Foundling" "Winter Wonderland" "Films and Felines" "The Garfield Musical" "Mind Over Melvin" "Madman Meets His Match" "Knights and Daze" "Holiday Happening" "Jailbird Jon" "The Third Penelope Episode" "Hare Force" "Garfield's Garbage Can and Tin Pan Alley Revue"

Season 7: "The Legend of Jonny Ragweedseed" "Grape Expectations Part 1" "Catch As Cats Can't" "A Matter of Conscience" "Grape Expectations Part 2" "Top Ten" "Change Of Mind" "Temp Trouble" "The Perfect Match" "My Fair Feline" "Double Trouble Talk" "Half-Baked Alaska" "Puss In Hi-Tops" "Egg Over Easy Part 1" "The Beast From Beyond" "Model Behavior" "Egg Over Easy Part 2" "Another Ant Episode" "The Guy of Her Dreams" "The Discount of Monte Cristo" "The Fairy Dogmother" "The Stand Up Mouse" "Daydream Doctor" "Happy Garfield Day" "Sit on It" "Kiddie Korner" "Brainwave Broadcast" "Suburban Jungle" "The Thing in the Box" "The Feline Philosopher" "Thoroughly Mixed-Up Mouse" "The Old Man of the Mountain" "Food Fighter" "The Jelly Roger" "The Farmyard Feline Philosopher" "Dogmother 2" "Alley Katta and the 40 Thieves" "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Alpha Centauri" "Clash of the Titans" "Canned Laughter" "Deja Vu" "The Man Who Hated Cats" "The Horror Hostess Part 1" "Newsworthy Wade" "The Horror Hostess Part 2" "Arbuckle the Invincible" "The Monster Who Couldn't Scare Anybody" "The Ocean Blue"

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