Turkey Trouble is the sixteenthUS/eighthEU episode from the first season of The Garfield Show.


Jon Arbuckle orders a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, but his plans change when the local butcher, Mr. Gizzard, delivers a live turkey.


While in the fridge, Jon Arbuckle, on the phone, tells Liz Wilson that he is pleased she will be coming for Thanksgiving dinner, but warns her about being late, due to Garfield's appetite. Jon reveals to her that he won a turkey in a raffle, and is waiting for its deliverance. Soon, the local butcher, Mr. Gizzard delivers it to Arbuckle, who is surprised to find the turkey to be alive, and asks Gizzard to take it back. Gizzard refuses to do so, and tells Jon that the bird is now Arbuckle's problem.

Garfield is excited for the turkey, but is told by Jon that they are having lasagna instead, as he doesn't have the heart to slaughter the bird, and doubts Garfield does either. Soon after, both Garfield and Arbuckle end up being so annoyed by the turkey's actions that a chase ensues, which ends up with one of the couches torn open, exposing its feathers. Garfield finds that the turkey is allergic to feathers before Jon continues to try and catch the turkey to bring back to Mr. Gizzard. In the basement, Garfield gets a turkey costume from his costume box, and manages to trick the turkey into following him to Jon, who has a sack.

After Jon mistakenly catches Garfield, he finally catches the turkey and brings it back to Mr. Gizzard, as Arbuckle feels they can't keep the bird around the house. Jon assumes Mr. Gizzard will find the turkey a new home, but finds out that Gizzard plans to butcher it. Jon and Odie feel bad for the bird, which leads to Garfield deciding to save it. After getting into the backroom, Garfield remembers the turkey's allergy to feathers, and uses the costume's feathers to cause an allergic reaction. The turkey gets into a sneezing fit, which makes Mr. Gizzard fear the turkey to be ill. Scared of the turkey contaminating his shop, Gizzard gives Jon back the turkey, who questions what to do after.

Later, Jon serves his spinach lasagna to the guests: Garfield, Odie, Liz and the turkey. Jon asks Liz how the petting zoo will feel about the turkey. She reveals that the children will love it before Garfield suggests that if they can have dinner with him, they can take him to a movie, making everyone laugh.


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  • Garfield, Odie and the turkey dance the same moves from several The Garfield Show shorts.


  • In one of the shots concerning the chicken dance show Jon and Garfield are watching, an unfinished model of a chicken can be seen standing behind the others.
  • One of Garfield's screams is cut-off.

The Garfield Show

Season 1: "Pasta Wars" "Mother Garfield" "Orange and Black" "Freaky Monday" "Bone Diggers" "The Robot" "Catnap" "Agent X" "A Game of Cat and Mouse" "Perfect Pizza" "King Nermal" "Desperately Seeking Pooky" "High Scale" "Jon's Night Out" "Not So Sweet Sound of Music" "Turkey Trouble" "Pup in the Pound" "Odie in Love" "Pet Matchers" "Lucky Charm" "Curse of the Were-Dog" "Meet the Parents" "Down on the Farm" "The Pet Show" "Curse of the Cat People" "Glenda and Odessa" "Underwater World" "Family Picture" "Time Twist" "Time Master" "Fish to Fry" "Little Yellow Riding Hood" "Fame Fatale" "Virtualodeon" "It's a Cat's World" "Mailman Blues" "Extreme Housebreaking" "Heir Apparent" "Caroling Capers" "From the Oven" "Neighbor Nathan" "History of Dog" "Up a Tree" "It's a Cheese World" "Nice to Nermal" "Out on a Limb" "Super Me" "Mastermind" "The Amazing Flying Dog" "The Last Word" "Iceman" "T3000"

Season 2: "Home for the Holidays" (Part 1, Part 2), "Ticket to Riches" "Gravity of the Situation" "The Art of Being Uncute" "Night of the Bunny Slippers" "Blasteroid" "The Big Sneeze" "The Spy Who Fed Me" "Meet Max Mouse" "The Haunted House" "Which Witch" "Cyber Mailman" "Odie for Sale" "Farm Fresh Feline" "Dog Days" "Planet of Poultry" "With Four You Get Pizza" "The Bluebird of Happiness" "Inside Eddie Gourmand" "Fido Food Feline" "Everything's Relative" "Honey, I Shrunk the Pets" "Garfield Astray" "History of Cats" "Black Cat Blues" "Cuter Than Cute" "Great Pizza Race" "Master Chef" "Guest from Beyond" "Depths of a Salesman" "Night of the Apparatuses" "Land of Hold" "Penny Henny" "A Gripping Tale" "Wicked Wishes" "Jumbo Shrimpy" "Pirate Gold" "Me, Garfield and I" "Detective Odie" "Stealing Home" "Full of Beans" "Love and Lasagna" "True Colors" "Mind Over Mouse" "The Big Sleep" "Pampered Pussycat" "Parrot Blues" "Rain or Shine" "The Mole Express" "Unfair Weather" (Part 1, Part 2)

Season 3: "Furry Tales" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) "Kind to Kittens" "Little Angel" "Prehistoric Pup" "Land of Later" "Laugh in a Can" "The Non-Garfield Show" "The Caped Avenger Rides Again!" "The Superhero Apprentice" "Teddy Dearest" "Bath Day" "What a Difference a Pet Makes" "Garfield Gets Canned" "Partners in Mime" "Boris the Snowman" "Long Lost Lyman" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4), "The Golden Lasagna Awards" "Pawparazzi" "It's About Time" "Online Arbuckle" "Muscle Mouse" "The Write Stuff" "Cupid Cat" "The Control Freak" "Every Witch Way" "Revenge of the Cat People" "The Garfield-Only Show" "Filthy Fugitives" "Smartest Dog in the World" "Farmer Garfield" "More Than Meets the Eye" "Fast Friends" "Where's Odie" "Doggone Jon" "The Mysterious Machine" "Fitness Crazed" "Little Trouble in Big China" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) "My Friend, Nermal" "Take a Ferret to Lunch" "Bride and Broom" "Problems, Problems, Problems" "Two Times the Trouble" "The Great Trade-Off"

Season 4: "Lion Queen" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) "Bewitched" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) "The Mean Machine" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) "Glitter Gulch" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) "Against All Tides" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) "Lasagna Tree" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) "Into the Wild" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) "Double Vision" "My Cousin Petunia" "Barking Mad" "Garfception" "For Mice" "The Six-Can Solution" "Silence of the Sheep" "Bulldog of Doom" "Mother Owl" "Home Sweet Home" "Whatever Happened to Aunt Ivy?" "Delicious Donut Day" "Little Miss Mouse" "Stink, Stank, Skunk!" "Jon 2" "My Dog, the Cat" "World Without Me" "Fraidy Cat" "Very Very Long Night"

Season 5: "Rodent Rebellion" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

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