The Discount of Monte Cristo is an episode from the seventh season of Garfield and Friends.
Orson reads the story of "The Count of Monte Cristo", but Aloysius warns that it is an expensive story.
Tonight, Orson is reading the story of The Count of Monte Cristo to Roy and Wade, but before they can imagine it, Aloysius comes in and tells them not to do it as it is a very expensive story to tell. Orson tells him they're just gonna imagine the story. Aloysius replies by saying that it has to be drawn and animated by the show's staff team. Roy and Wade think they should tell a different story if that's the case, but Orson insists on telling Monte Cristo.
As the story begins, Orson tries to tell it with his friends playing certain roles. But every time something comes up, Aloysius points out many costly aspects he doesn't like and complains about the budget being used up for these elements in the story, such as the costumes, the guards having speaking roles and thus getting a paycheck, a huge courtroom wasted for a quick trial scene, an exiling boat across an ocean to an island prison, and the fancy food that Roy and Wade eat instead of something simpler. He then starts cutting out some things to save money such as firing actors in certain roles, canceling Orson's musical number, reusing the same background for Orson's jail cell as the one for the neighboring prisoner's, firing the painters thus leaving everything in black and white and forcing Roy and Wade to double as the undertakers.
Orson can't take it anymore and decides to stop the story altogether and blames Aloysius for all of his penny pinching. To get back at him, he decides to cast Aloysius in the story of Robinson Crusoe as the title character and cut out important elements like Robinson's partner Friday and the ship that comes to save Robinson later, leaving Aloysius stranded on the island.
- This episode was created in response to CBS trying to cut the show's budget, which is part of the reason the show ended. 
- When Orson says "Just leave me alone, I'll get through this!", Aloysius' bowtie disappears.
- Whe Aloysius begins to take off Orson's costume, his notepad and pencil fall on the floor. They are not seen again after this shot.
- The episode title is a play on the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo.
- At the end of the episode, Aloysius asks for Cub Scouts on a raft and Flipper to come and rescue him.
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