101 Dalmatians: The Series

Season 2 Episode 4

Leisure Lawsuit / Purred It Through the Grapevine

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Sep 04, 1997 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Leisure Lawsuit / Purred It Through the Grapevine
Leisure Lawsuit: Cruella fakes an injury on Dearly property so that she can sue them for the farm, but will the pups be able to prove that she is faking it before it's too late?

Purred It Through the Grapevine: The trio get an emergency Bark Brigade message but don't know how to translate it, but will they manage to figure out what is wrong before the message becomes useless?moreless

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  • Definitely stand as some of the series best.

    One of the first episodes I remember seeing, 'Leisure Lawsuit/Purred it Through the Grapevine' is a strong pair of episodes that are certainly a solid way to be initated into the series.

    'Leisure Lawsuit'--Lucky, Cadpig, Rolly and Spot must find a way to reveal Cruella's insurance scam through an 'injury' she got on the farm.

    While the plot was a little thin, I enjoyed this episode quite a bit. Cruella's scheme is well-thought out and the various attempts by the pups to reveal Cruella's scam were entertaining to watch.

    It does a nice job establishing the point of views from the pups and from the humans', I enjoy seeing multiple points of view from the different characters. It gives some depth to the proceedings and made it more than fun to see.

    It also has some strong character development; we get to learn more about characters like Mooch, Lucky, Cadpig and Cruella. This episode is a strong vehicle for Lucky in particular; it is understandable and clear that Lucky is the leader and gets to make all the decisions. Cadpig is also quite strong for her size.

    The ending, I also felt was appropriate; Cruella now having to work off her blackmail by working as the Nanny while Nanny was off visiting her sister was an appropriate end and it made sense.

    The only foreseeable problem that I could see with this episode was the fact the plot was a little threadbare; there wasn't much to it other than 'Let's expose Cruella's scam.'

    Beyond the plot issue, a strong episode.

    'Purred it Through the Grapevine'--Lucky, Cadpig, Rolly and Spot must translate a barking code message that was given during Bark Brigade.

    While I don't tend to care much for the 'Lt. Pug and the Bark Brigade'-based episodes (kinda like I tend to prefer to skip over Spaceman Spiff strips when I read Calvin and Hobbes), this was actually another episode that I honestly liked very much. While I am indifferent to the Colonel and Sgt. Tibbs, I would prefer they be in charge of the Bark Brigade. Regardless, this episode actually has Lt. Pug in one of his more bearable moments and he doesn't interfere much with this episode's quality.

    The plot was a little stronger than the plot in 'Leisure Lawsuit' and message of the episode--pay attention in class--is a good message to be sending.

    Other bit parts that I liked included the pups' rendez-vous with Mayor Ed Pig, his 'vote for me' running gag is good for a laugh. And to be honest, Mayor Ed Pig tends to get good parts anyway (better than Dumpling, at least). Another bit part that I liked was when Lucky, Rolly and Cadpig paid Swamp Rat a visit for barking code translation. His official code book turned out to be an issue of 'Eratica' (and I think this episode confirms that any question about the pups' sexuality would be answered in this ep...given how they react to Swamp Rat's magazine, it's safe to say the pups are all straight).

    And I'll admit--I adored Cadpig's perky little response to Pug getting her name right.

    While the emergency turned out to be nothing serious, this episode is still a strong installment.

    And yes. I would strongly reccommend this pair of episodes. They did not disappoint me in my viewpoint and they both rank as some of the series' best.

    'That's right! Cadpig! See what happens when you try?'

    --:) Never fails to make me smile, 'Purred it Through the Grapevine'moreless
  • "Leisure Lawsuit" is without a doubt my all-time favorite episode of "101 Dalmatians".

    Some people who watch this series might think that this episode is not very well-plotted. True, it could use a little more development, but I find the episode itself in my opinion to be a true classic. "Leisure Lawsuit" is without a doubt my all-time favorite episode of "101 Dalmatians". Why? Well, first off, even though the episode wasn't really made to focus on a specific character of the four main pups, I find it to be focused mostly on Lucky since he's so worried about the Dearly's losing the farm because of him, and since Lucky is my favorite character, I can enjoy the episode a lot. Also, I find this episode to be very fun to watch due to all the action that the pups do, such as the many times they attempt to get Cruella to chase after her stuff, forming several totem poles, and even the frisbee scene was exciting in some ways. "Purred It Through the Grapevine" is another one of my favorites. It's fun and funny, but sadly not as classic as "Leisure Lawsuit". Overall, I give this episode a perfect 10. It's kind of dissapointing that the series didn't have many episodes as classic as this one.moreless
Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

voice of Lucky

Pat Corley

Pat Corley


Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

Colonel, Ed Pig

Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Various Voices including Princess

Frank Welker

Frank Welker


Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Cruella managed to hold her memo-master and press the record button with the hand she had inside of the cast, despite the fact that such wouldn't be possible.

    • How did Cadpig bring the ball of twine through the vent with her and the other pups?

    • In "Leisure Lawsuit", while Lucky is standing on Cadpig's head, she moves her head as she's speaking, but Lucky's legs remain stationary.

    • Lucky's ears appear white during one of the scenes in "Purred It Through the Grapevine".

    • During the main pups' first totem pole formation, they fell down when their formation broke, though none of them seemed to be affected by the fall.

    • Lucky is twice as big as Cadpig, though in this episode, Cadpig could easily support Lucky and in some cases, Rolly, without consequence. This occurs several times throughout the series, despite the fact that it shouldn't be possible.
      (Editor's Note: Cadpig may just be a lot stronger than she seems.)

    • When Lucky was looking into the window, he was being supported by the other three main pups (in other words, they formed a totem pole). After they all got off each other and Lucky heard Cruella coughing, he just suddenly hopped back up to the window!

    • The cart crashes Cruella into the door, and the door falls on her, but then the cart suddenly disappears.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Cruella's Memo: Tell my doctor I'm not paying him real money for bandaging fake injuries.

    • (The characters are relaxing at Hiccup Hole)
      Spot: C'mon, Pug's gonna be looking for us!
      Lucky: Relax, that bonehead couldn't find his butt with both paws!
      (Lt. Pug appears, he was eavesdropping on their conversation)
      Lt. Pug: Freeze, hairballs! You traitors are all going down!
      Cadpig: But…
      Lt. Pug: Don't but me, Cadpig!
      Cadpig (cheerfully): That's right, Cadpig! See what happens when you try?

    • Pug: If you dirt weasels think that this is going to be another session of Sunday in the park with Grandpa, then think twice!
      Cadpig: Can I think happy thoughts, Lieutenant?

    • Anita: Having you join us, Cruella, was such an unexpected surprise.
      Cruellal: Well, I knew that hang up on my voice mail must have been you calling to invite me.

    • Lucky: Only geeks learn barking code, and only losers teach it.

    • Pug: I took command. I faced the enemy. Granted, it was a fictional enemy, but those are the worst kind.

    • Rolly: You sure she's faking it? I've seen healthier looking roadkill.
      Lucky: Don't let her fool you. She's a picture of health.

    • Roger (after he throws a frisbee): Wish it was that easy to get rid of Cruella. Maybe if I tied a dollar around it.

    • Pug: I recieved in urgent warning message, Colonel, sir!
      Colonel: What message was that, Lieutenant?
      Pug: Yip Yap Yow!
      Colonel: Translation?
      Pug: Slavering hoard of cats landing at 0800!

    • Spot: If you guys were paying attention, we'd be in much better... YOW!
      Lucky: What was that?
      Cadpig: Spot's in some kind of trouble.
      Lucky: I got it! "YOW" means "trouble"!

    • Cadpig: I shall wash, but I shan't be clean.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Pug: True, it's not like the good old days. Back then, you can drop a piano on them, or chase them under a steamroller.
      Pug is referring to a lot of jokes that have been used in old cartoons.

    • The episode title "Purred it Through the Grapevine" is a play on the 1960's song I Heard It Through the Grapevine.

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