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Copy Cat
Copy-Cat
Season: 2
Production code: 4b
Broadcast number: 4b
Written by:
Nancy Neufeld Callaway
Broadcast Information
PBS Kids Premiere:
June 7, 2001
Paired with
"Big Funky Cloud"

Copy Cat is the second segment of the fourth episode of the second season of Dragon Tales.

Summary[]

Emmy wishes Max would do things her way. But when a lick from a Copy Cat makes him do everything just like Emmy, she realizes she'd rather have the old Max back.

Plot[]

Max and Emmy start working on crafts made of popsicle sticks, in which Emmy is making a house and Max is making a volcano. Max makes his by putting his sticks in a pile and pouring glue on the top, but Emmy instructs him to put the glue on the sticks first. When they run out of sticks (due to Max having the last juice pop in the freezer), they go to Dragon Land in the hopes of getting more.

Once they get there, some kind of festival is going on. Max, Emmy, and the dragons sit down to have lunch and Max commences eating his burrito in a manner that Emmy doesn't feel is the "right way." He even eats guacamole with a spoon and takes a bite of a chip when Emmy says he's supposed to dunk his chip. Emmy starts to get seriously annoyed with Max and wishes he would do things the way she does.

Suddenly, a meowing sound is heard. A cat is seen inside a bush. Max and Emmy try to call the cat, with Max holding out one hand and making a purring sound. Eventually Max gets the cat to jump out of the bushes, and it's revealed that instead of having a tail, the cat has one head on each end. Max begins to stroke it (the wrong way, in Emmy's opinion) and the cat licks his cheeks. After doing so, Max goes into a trance-like state and after snapping out of it, begins behaving differently. They get back to their feast and Max starts eating his food in the way Emmy does, making her rather impressed. The others notice Max isn’t acting like himself and begin realize that he is copying Emmy, even using the word "definitely".

The gang goes to visit Quetzal to see if he might be able to help them figure out what to do. He looks up the Cat they describe to him in his Big Storybook. As it turns out the cat they encountered was none other than Meow the Copy Cat. In Dragonland, whenever someone wants someone else to be like them, the Copycat comes and makes it happen. After hearing this, Emmy realizes it was her fault because she wanted Max to do things her way. But now she doesn’t seem to like it anymore. Quetzal tells them that in order to reverse the effect, they need Meow to lick Max again. The only problem is that the Copy Cat is like a chameleon, capable of changing its colors to blend in with its surroundings.

They all decide to search separately to find Meow. Zak and Wheezie, of course, search together, with Ord and Cassie making another pair and Max and Emmy go together. Max keeps on praising Emmy saying that her ideas are the best, which begins to sadden her. She actually admits that Max does a lot of things better than she does and even she doesn’t always know what’s right.

Zak and Wheezie search the Mushroom Meadow, where Meow is camouflaged in pink and purple spots. But the cat runs away before they can catch it. Meanwhile, Ord and Cassie are searching near Turtle Rock. Meow is now covered in purple and green stripes. They also have no luck in finding Meow, but the cat does manage to find Ord’s lunch.

Finally, Max and Emmy are searching through the Dandelion Forest, where Meow is hiding in one of the trees. Emmy tries to think of how to find the cat and Max tells Emmy they should go with her idea, as it is the only way. Emmy then tells Max with saddened heart that is just not true, as there are many things he does better than her. She begins to wish she had the old Max back.

Eventually the others catch up to each other, saying they couldn’t find the cat. Emmy then gets an idea to both find Meow and get the old Max back. She gets Max to play a game by making the same purring sound he made before, and it works. Meow comes back down to Max and once again licks his face. Afterwards, Max begins to act like his old self again, and Emmy feels glad to have her brother back to normal.

Max and Emmy then return home just as their mother gets back from the market. The kids then head downstairs to go get more juice pop sticks for their projects.

Cast[]

Transcript[]

Copy Cat (transcript)

Memorable Quotes[]

  • Emmy: Max, are you okay?
  • Max: Yeah, Sure.
  • Emmy: You didn’t say ‘definitely’.
  • Max: [confused] Why would I say that?
  • Emmy: [innocently] Oh, no reason.
  • Zak: He’s Max again!

Home Video release[]

  • N/A

Goof[]

  • TBA

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Morals:
    • Everyone has his or her own way of doing things, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the wrong way.
    • If someone acts exactly like you all the time, it can get pretty boring and annoying.
    • Don't wish for someone else to act more like you. Everybody is an individual, and you might miss out on what he or she has to give if you try to make him or her like you.
    • Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it, and if you do get it, it may not be as pleasing as you may have thought or hoped.
  • Meow bears a strong resemblance to CatDog from the Nickelodeon cartoon of the same name, except that both ends are cat heads.
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