On Hogan's Alley, all the cats are afraid of Muscles Mouse. He pounds them at will. His cousin Jerry sends a letter asking for help dealing with Tom. Muscles immediately sets out for Jerry's and upon arrival shows Tom who's boss. Tom doesn't go gently: he works out with weights to build his strength, he uses craft to launch an attack, and he calls in reinforcements. Is Muscles up to the challenge? And what will happen to Jerry when Muscles has to go home? Written by
[Cousin Muscles grabs Tom and eyes him closely]
Listen, pussycat! Don't let me catch ya pickin' on my little cousin while I'm around. Y'understand? Now BEAT IT!
[Muscles throws Tom into a vase]
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This short, nominated for an Oscar, features Tom almost at his worst. In an act of self-preservation, Jerry cals upon his cousin (the very well-named Muscles) for his help. At times, I almost feel sorry for Tom (almost). Tom more or less gets what he deserves here and, were he not a cartoon, would very likely not survive his encounter here with "Jerry's Cousin". Cartoon Network shows this one fairly frequently. Highly recommended.
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