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The Tennis Menace
Season No.
1
Ep No.
14
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"The Tennis Menace" is the fourteenth episode of The Tom and Jerry Show (1975).

Characters

Plot

Tom and Jerry compete at tennis in The Championship Singles Finals. In a mixed doubles match, Tom's tennis partner is Big Bertha, and Jerry's teamed with Yvonne Jockalong (both are cats!), from which Tom and Big Bertha emerge victorious. After the teams shake hands with the losers, Tom, using underhanded tricks and bending the rules, is determined to win. First he uses the practice machine to serve to Jerry; the first ball slices through Jer's racket, but it bounces off the stands and knocks the machine over. Next, Tom serves a ball with a string attached so it stops short in midair and drops just over the net. Time and time again he tricks Jerry, giving him a rubber racket and then a ball with glue, both of which prove to be disasters. Finally, Thomas, leaving nothing to chance, resorts to using a humongous racket, but Jerry manages to win anyway. In a fury over losing, Tom aims the practice machine at Jerry and switches it on; finding it empty, he fills it with tennis balls and kicks it, turning it towards himself, and, bombarded with speeding tennis balls, he does his level best to hit each and every one!

Gallery

See The Tennis Menace/Gallery

Trivia

  • This is a retread of 1949's Tennis Chumps.
  • The snippet from this cartoon where Jerry delivers the ball and Tom does his best to hit a hailstorm of balls thrown at him until he surrenders and runs away can be seen in the syndicated Tom & Jerry Show opening credits.
  • Unused segues involve Tom giving Jerry a lead ball and then a cheese ball that ends up slicing right through his racquet.
  • Yvonne Jockalong is an amalgam of Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong. Yvonne is another female cat who resembles Tom's kitten girlfriend in 1956's Muscle Beach Tom.
  • Tom & Jerry are seen playing table tennis at the beginning of Episode #80-44, "Jerry's Nephew".
  • The gimmick of Tom using a ball with a string attached is reminiscent of a trick he previously pulled in Episode #80-08, "The Wacky World of Sports."
  • For the first time on the show, Tom is heard to be snickering and Jerry giggling. Tom's snicker is based on Sebastian's laugh on Josie and the Pussycats.

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