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In the penultimate episode of the season, the Cat gets magical with special guest, the illustrious queen of fantasy (and all the animals), Isobelle Carmody, bestselling author of The Obernewtyn Chronicles, among many other beloved titles. Also, Crow. While Joseph returns to the attic of his childhood, Kaaron digs in her treasure box for 1820s brooch porn, and Aaron wards off magpies with dangerously distorted train-track pennies. Isobelle shares her childhood mind-control experiments and traumas with hospital dental trainees. The magic of devotion is discussed, as is literary food, and the thousand names of Wallace the cat. The importance of courage and vulnerability is considered, alongside the harsh cruelties of the Antiques Roadshow. Kaaron recounts her crab-leg sandwich odyssey. Aaron makes an inappropriate comment about breast milk. Joseph sings ho for magical thinking. Isobelle gets revenge on a dog thief and opens the real door into Narnia.
Some of the arcane artefacts referenced in this episode include:
- Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
- Brian Jacques’ Redwall books.
- Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.