Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat

Season 1 Episode 13

Alley Night Opera / Cats of a Different Class

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Aired Weekdays 3:30 PM Sep 19, 2001 on PBS
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Alley Night Opera / Cats of a Different Class
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"Alley Night Opera"

Sagwa, Sheegwa and Dongwa are excited, as they've just heard a performer's coming to town, who does an amazing portrayal of the famous "monkey king." They rush to tell Mama and Baba Miao, but they've already heard and are having a heated argument about Baba Miao's opera singing ability. They stop, but continue the argument later that night and Sagwa, Sheegwa and Dongwa overhear. Mama Miao doesn't like Baba singing with the alley cats and Baba Miao wishes that Mama wouldn't spend so much time playing 5 Dots. Baba Miao practices his singing anyway and it wakes up everyone in the palace. Eventually, Baba and Mama go for a walk. Mama's reluctant at first, but eventually Mama agrees that she doesn't really mind Baba practicing his singing (he has a strong voice) and Baba says that he doesn't mind Mama playing 5 Dots (she plays very skillfully.) Meanwhile, the performer doesn't wish to perform the Monkey King because he doesn't have his normal helpers to perform with him. Tai-Tai suggests her worthless sleeve-dogs, but they only make a mess of things. Then Sagwa, Sheegwa and Dongwa appear and the performer knows that he's found his stars.

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"Cats of a Different Class"

Some cats from Beijing have come to the palace. Sagwa's amazed at their beautiful pillows, nice looking slippers and silver food dishes and wants to try to meet them. Sheegwa, however, seems wholely unimpressed by the whole thing. Sagwa gets up the courage to try to talk with the cats, but they try to send her away, saying that they're in a bad mood. When she persists, they quietly admit the real reason they don't want to talk to her- they don't want their master to catch them. Turns out their life isn't so luxurious after all. The pillows aren't at all comfortable and those silver dishes are filled with rice. (If they ate shrimp, it would stink up their breath.) Sagwa cuts a deal with them-- she'll get them shrimp from the kitchen if one of them will let her wear their beautiful slippers. She brings them the shrimp and they hold up their end of the bargain. But wait! The slippers feel awful! They're much too tight and not at all comfortable. The one cat is happy to be free of the awful slippers and pretty soon the others are kicking them off too. Then they all go for a romp in the palace lake, but the Beijing cats get their paws dirty. Their master wouldn't be at all happy about that. Sagwa takes them to her parents for them to get cleaned up. Mama Miao admonishes Sagwa at first for getting them dirty, but they stop her, saying that Sagwa let them be real cats for the first time.moreless

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      • Apart from Agent's goof submission above, it could be possible that they're talking about "bootees" instead - which my copy of the "Oxford Student's dictionary of current English" refers to as a "baby's knitted boot". It also states that "booty" is a term used to refer to "things taken by robbers or captured from the enemy in war". Chalk it up for writing the script in a country where British English is used instead of American English.

      • The slippers worn by the Beijing cats throughout "Cats of a Different Class" are referred to several times as 'booties.' Whoever wrote this must not have been thinking, as 'booty' is crude American slang for 'butt'.

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