Season 1, Episode 17: “Third Wheel” 2/14/14
Starring: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy
A Cameo by: Lady, Tramp, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
Setting: A fancy restaurant
Mickey and Minnie are enjoying a romantic, candlelit dinner date at a fancy restaurant when an uninvited Goofy sidles up to join them at their table.
Goofy goes on to annoy the couple (along with the restaurant’s other guests) by speaking loudly, dropping a few flaming logs onto the table, chasing down the mice on horseback, hogtying them with a spaghetti lasso (for intimacy), serenading them with saxophone “mood music” and rudely eating their dinner. But, the straw that finally breaks the proverbial camel’s back is when Goofy inadvertently swallows Minnie WHOLE!
Mickey then reasons with Goofy, making it clear that the couple just wants a romantic dinner alone. Goofy acquiesces and we at last see the happy couple dining alone… or, are they? As it turns out they AREN’T exactly alone as they are now dining INSIDE Goofy’s belly as he softly plays the violin.
This short premiered on and for Valentine’s Day.
Where “Potatoland” worked with a primarily brown colour palate, this short employs reds and pinks.
We’ve had a few questionable Horace Horsecollar appearances as a background character so far. But it’s here, in his trademark bowler hat and horsecollar, that it’s finally a certainty.
The same can be said for Clarabelle Cow whose few appearances have been more prominent than Horace’s while still a tad questionable. Here, nothing is left in doubt as Clarabelle is donning her classic frilly collar and cowbells.
To that end, Horace and Clarabelle, who were once an item in classic Disney shorts of yore, are NOT dining together. Horace’s date is a blue jay(?) and Clarabelle’s a squirrel.
The familiar melody playing at the restaurant is from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ “Someday My Prince Will Come” (1937).
As evidenced by the label, the mice are not drinking from a bottle of wine but one of Sparkling Apple Cider.
That same hotdog selling walrus from “Sleepwalkin’” is at the restaurant. Here, he’s dining with a black bear. Is the walrus gay or just enjoying a romantic dinner with a friend?
The Bestaurante’s décor includes busts of famous(?) dogs and a mural of Greek/Roman(?) columns.
That’s Lady and Tramp enjoying a plate of spaghetti from the eponymously titled Lady and the Tramp (1955).
While most of the restaurant’s fare looks to be Italian, the mice choose a meal of a fully baked turkey, a cut of steak, corn, a baked potato and a carrot.
Final Grade: C+
While I thoroughly enjoyed both “Dog Show” and Goofy’s performance in it, I could sense coming problems with the character. In “Dog Show,” Goofy brilliantly goes right to the line of being crass and annoying without going over it. But here, he definitely goes beyond the edge of reason and decency. This just isn’t who he is and, while I understand that he’s just playing a part, it’s unbecoming and disrespects him as a performer. Also, how can you have a romantic, Valentine’s Day themed episode including a very-not-together Hoarce Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow??? You may as well have had Lady and Tramp dining separately!
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