World Without Me is an episode from the fourth season of The Garfield Show.


Garfield, suddenly feeling depressed, believes he has not made a difference in the world. To cheer him up, Paddy the Leprechaun teaches Garfield about his importance.


On a rainy day, Garfield is feeling depressed and more gloomy than usual. Jon tells Liz that he is worried about how Garfield has been acting lately, so Liz suggests trying to find a way to cheer him up. To make Garfield feel better, Jon tells Garfield that he will be making sausage lasagna, which Garfield is not enthusiastic about hearing.

Garfield is depressed because of how unexciting his life is and thinks that he has not made a difference in the world because all he does is eat, sleep, and throw the stick for Odie to fetch. He then decides to go for a walk as the rain lets up. When the rain stops, Garfield notices a rainbow and decides to follow it. On the other side is Paddy the Leprechaun. Garfield explains to Paddy that he is feeling useless and wishes he never existed, so Paddy decides to help him see how important he truly is.

Paddy shows Garfield shadows of a world where he does not exist, with all his friends apparently having better lives without him; Jon and Odie are fabulously wealthy since Jon does not have to pay for feeding Garfield, Arlene and Bruno are happily in love, and Odie has a butler to play fetch with him.

Upon seeing his friends' lives without him, Garfield believes that he truly is useless, until Paddy shows him that the lasagna aliens from Planet Parma are invading Earth because there is no one to defend the planet from them, since nobody loves lasagna as much as Garfield. Paddy briefly makes Garfield visible to the rest of the universe so he can stop the aliens, then makes him invisible again after he stops the invasion. 

Despite saving the alternate universe, Garfield still feels useless, so Paddy takes him back to his friends to see how they truly feel without him. First, he shows him that Jon and Odie are bored and lonely without another member of their family. Although they try to adopt a cat, there is no cat that could make their lives more interesting and fun. Then, Paddy shows Garfield that Arlene and Bruno broke up because Arlene wants a boyfriend who is unique with a dry sense of humor and likes lasagna, which Garfield is. Next, Paddy then shows Garfield that Vito’s pizza place is out of business because Garfield’s insane gluttony is what kept the store in business. Paddy finally shows Garfield the most important reason for his existence: his fans. If he did not exist, his fans would be completely bored and disappointed because he was not around.

Realizing how truly meaningful his life is, Paddy returns Garfield home with a happy and grateful attitude. He starts playing fetch with Odie and promises Arlene to be on time for their date. He tells them how much he matters in life and then tells the viewer that they matter as well, and that they do not need a leprechaun to tell them that.


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  • The alternate universe Arlene admits that she wishes to have an "orange tabby boyfriend, whom she could bake lasagna."
  • Jim Davis makes a cameo appearance as the president. 
  • Paddy mentions the comic strip at one point.  
  • Paddy's real name is revealed to be O'Furniture in this episode.  

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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