Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat

Sick Day / The Name Game

Season 1, Ep 36, Aired 9/21/02
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  • Episode Description
  • #13601 "Sick Day" Scene opens with the magistrate expecting guests - His 20 cousins. And he's worried. The scene changes to the pond in the palace grounds. Sagwa and Fu-fu were playing in the water when Baba comes. He calls them back. Turns out that Sheegwa has a cold, and he wants Dongwa and Sagwa to look after her. Hoo boy. Day ruined. Or is it? Sagwa comes out with this idea of taking turns looking after Sheegwa, and runs off to finish what he was doing. We see her digging in the sand to build a sandcastle with Fu-fu. But in her haste, she knocks over Fu-fu's sandcastle and gets covered by sand. She's rushing because she has to go back and take care of Sheegwa when it's Dongwa's turn. Scene changes back to the palace. Sheegwa's begging Dongwa for a story. He spins a story about Sheegwa having superpowers and living in a pagoda on top of a mountain. He was about to make it a happy story a beautiful day, but Sheegwa wants it to be a dark and stormy night. And Sagwa's gonna be the victim of the baddie. A giant raven appear in a puff of smoke amongst the rain and lightning, swoops down and grabs Sagwa with it's claws, taking her and dropping her on a remote desert island in the middle of the sea where a one-eyed giant pirate turtle lived. Meanwhile, the scene changes to the Magistrate, who'se still worrying about the problem, when he sniffed some fragrant fume coming out of the kitchen. However, like the old proverb says, one man's meat is another man's poison. And what smells delicious to the Magistrate turns out to be the cook's overcooked meal. On seeing the magistrate arriving, he quickly covers the wok up. Scene cuts back to Dongwa and Sheegwa. Dongwa is now doing cheesy imitations of Sagwa. It was then Sagwa returns. So being off duty, Dongwa runs off, and Sheegwa explains to Sagwa what was going on. So, Sagwa continues on the story. The one-eyed giant pirate turtle now has Sagwa cornered. Sagwa, realizing what Dongwa was doing, pulls Dongwa into the story as well. Both of them are captured and wrapped in silk by the one-eyed giant pirate turtle's henchmen - a spider! Meanwhile, we cut to the cook again, and he's losing control of his cooking! luckily, the Magistrate and the rest of his family, as well as the Reader, pitches in. The scene then switches to Dongwa. He pitches the role-playing story idea to the alleycats, but they don't get it. So, he heads back. Fu-fu, meanwhile, sees Dongwa heading back to the palace, and decides to follow. They then join in on Sheegwa's story. The one-eyed giant pirate turtle and his henchmen was about to feed Dongwa and Sheegwa to a giant octopus! Meanwhile, Sheegwa has grown wings and is flying to rescue them, only to be eaten by a whale. Luckily, the whale didn't like the taste of cat fur, and spits her out through it's nostril. Sheegwa is then joined by an armada of bats! They attack the octopus, the one-eyed giant pirate turtle and his henchmen, and save Sagwa and Dongwa. We cut out of Sheegwa's imagination at this point. The story then comes to a close as Sheegwa announces that this is her "best sick day ever". #13602 "The Name Game" Scene opens with Dongwa and Lick-Lick having a Kung-fu match-up. Sheegwa and Sagwa are there, rooting for Dongwa. The alley cats are rooting for Lick-Lick. The match ends. Sagwa and the alleycats argues over who's better. Turns out that Lick-Lick was only a nickname, and his real name is Chan Li, which means "Family Strength". Sheegwa brings out the topic that their names have hidden meaning. And so, the alley cats brought up the meaning of Dongwa's name: "Winter Melon" . And they tease Sheegwa that her name means "Watermelon". But Sheegwa stands tall. However, the main blow was directed to Sagwa, whose name means "Silly Melon Head". Being rediculed, the trio heads back to the palace, turned off by the incident and vowing never to go back to the alley. Back at the palace, Fu-fu joins in the conversation. They say that he's lucky to have a great name. But he runs into a corner, and thinks that it means "clumsy bat" instead. Sagwa says that Mom gives her a strange look when she asked her why she had such a name. So, they decide to ask Nai-nai, who tells them why. When their father was young, he was always playing with Chet-Chet and Lick-Lick's father. But he was born in the palace, and sees the palace as his playground. One day, he meets Mama Miao while playing in the magistrate's winter melon patch. She turns out to be the new gardener's kitten. He then accidentally breaks a melon. She then heads off. He couldn't find her. So, he calls out "Melon Cat", in hopes of her responding. Soon, he finds her. And they soon becomes inseparable (okay, we all know where the story's going - ed). He was so love-sick that one day, he painted a picture of her on a one of the watermelons in a melon pile. Chet-Chet and Lick-Lick's father dropped by, and sees the painting. They then tease him. Mama Miao challenges the alley-cats, and they started climbing up the melon-pile. Naturally, the pile collapses, and watermelons started rolling down the street, two with a pair of cats on each. They race their watermelons, and won when the alleycats' melon ran into a pole. But their victory was short-lived, 'cause theirs soon ran into a wall (Ouch! - ed). And so, Dongwa was named because Baba Miao first met Mama Miao in the Magistrate's winter melon patch, Sheegwa was named because they had so much fun on the pile of watermelons, and Sagwa was named because they wanted to remember that they loved each other. And so, Sagwa, Sheegwa and Dongwa heads out to face the Alley cats, and soon learns that if they don't care about the teasing, the teasing will stop. The story comes to a close as Sagwa, Sheegwa and Dongwa heads back to the palace.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Arthur Holden

    Baba Miao (@ Win Bao)

  • Hiro Kanagawa

    Magistrate

  • Leanne Adachi

    Luk-Do

  • Russell Yuen

    Reader

  • Sonja Ball

    Nai-Nai

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Nai-nai: "There are no long stories, only short attention spans."

    • Nai-nai: "A story is like an onion - it has many layers"

    Notes (6)

    • Some networks outside the US (including Disney Channel Asia) aired this episode through "Cha-Siu Bow Wow"/"The Mutt That Would be King" some 3 months before PBS did.

    • Apparently, clips from part of the "What about you?" segment in this episode was taken from Sesame Workshop's older 3-2-1 Contact and Sesame Street archives. Thanks to Agent_0042 and Slai of the Square One TV Web Site for the pointing that out.

    • Sick Day is considered to be Direct-to-video, as it is already available on the video "Feline Frenzy" and the DVD "Sagwa's Storybook World" before being aired on TV.

    • Both Baba Miao and Mama Miao's real name are revealed in "The Name Game". Baba Miao's real name is "Win Bao", and Mama Miao's real name is "Shao Fung"

    • What about you? segment: A kids talk about her encounter with a lucky cricket, and Fu-fu talks about how frogs are considered to be lucky in Japan.

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