The Third Penelope Episode is an episode from the sixth season of Garfield and Friends.
Garfield and Penelope imagine what their lives would be like if they were married.
Garfield and Penelope are in Momma's Pizzeria, where Penelope is passing Garfield various meals, asking which ones Garfield wants to eat. He eagerly agrees for everything: lasagna, linguine and pizza. When Penny asks Garfield for marriage, he eagerly agrees at first, just because he heard "marinara" instead of "marriage". While Momma is cooking more meals for Garfield, he leaves the restaurant, excusing himself to have appointments and taking sandwiches.
Penelope is amazed, how could Garfield agree for marriage and flee so quickly. Momma explains her, that "living with the man is like life with an elephant - fun, until you have to clean after it." Meanwhile, Garfield runs away home and builds a shelter from wooden planks around his bed, telling Odie to testify, that Garfield left and nobody knows where and for how long. Meanwhile, Penelope is having her palm read by Momma about Penny's possible relationship with Garfield, all she understands is that Garfield shares reluctance to marriage like most of men are said to be.
Penelope's dream begins with marriage scene, spoiled by Garfield simply avoiding the ceremony, which caused him being taken to the church by Jon. Having been lead to the altar, Garfield refuses to answer preacher's question about marrying Penelope, claiming that he is waiting for better terms. Following the dream, Momma predicts Penny being perfect housewife maintaining the entire household with Garfield not caring about it at all. When Penelope hears about raising children with Garfield, she gets frightened and flees from the restaurant. When Poppa asks Momma, why did he hear cats screaming, Momma explains, that Penelope realized she is not grown up as she thought.
Garfield is also badly experiencing possible marriage with Penny, just the only reason is horrible mother-in-law moving to live with them. Penelope's mother easily takes over control upon Garfield by screaming at him, forcing her son-in-law to exercise and find work to maintain Penny's large family. Garfield stands up, declares that he prefers long distance running to push-ups and flees, leaving Penny weeping and Mrs. Pussycat being mad at him. After awakening from the nightmare, Garfield leaves home to find Penelope and explain her, that they cannot marry.
Both cats meet up at the suburb Garfield lives in and explain each other, that they cannot marry themselves, since they would not be happy in fixed relationship. The episode ends with Garfield and Penelope declaring themselves friendship, even if Penny never wants to get married and even when she leaves the pizzeria she lives in. Garfield agrees, despite the perspective of have no more free food makes him worried.
- Penelope has two different fur colors: in parts in the pizzeria and her live with Garfield, her fur is more gray; in Garfield's dream and the end of the episode, her fur tone changes into more beige.
- Humor in this episode revolves around having own family seen from both sides: Penelope imagines her home with patriarchal family system, where she does the whole chore and Garfield just sits in armchair like Homer Simpson and commands; while Garfield's dream shows reversed family system, where mother-in-law rules the male part of family using the regime of iron hand.
- It turns out, that Penelope doesn't want to have family with Garfield at all, since their possible offspring (based on Nermal's appearance) would inherit appetite after their father.
- Garfield proves himself to dislike strong women and that he's maintaining relationship with Penelope only due to free food he has in Momma's Pizzeria.