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"Leisure Lawsuit" is the first segment of the sixteenth episode of 101 Dalmatians: The Series. It aired on September 4, 1997.


The episode starts with the Dearlys out on a relaxing picnic. Naturally, Cruella invited herself to the picnic without warning, after suspecting that the hang up on her voice mail was them calling to invite her. Meanwhile, Roger is off playing fetch with the Dalmatians, Spot and Mooch. Mooch is able to retrieve the most Frisbee catches (often by knocking whoever caught it and taking credit); so in the next round, Lucky decides to become competitive. On the next Frisbee throw, Mooch and Lucky both catch it at the same time. They tug back and forth, but eventually, Mooch lets go causing Lucky to propel backward colliding with Cruella, causing them to fall down a hillside and into the pond at the bottom.

Lucky and Cruella were both injured in the process, so the Dearlys return home, and Anita insists to let Cruella stay at their house to recover. Roger calls the vet to take care of Lucky's injury. Once she is finished with Lucky, Anita begins taking care of Cruella. Cruella wonders where Nanny is, and Anita tells her that she's visiting her sister. Anita decides to go make lunch and once she has left the room, Cruella calls her lawyer to sue Roger and Anita when in reality she's fine.  Secretly unknown to Cruella, Lucky is at the window next to her spying on her (being propped up by Cadpig, Rolly and Spot).  Hearing what Cruella is up to, Lucky at first he felt bad that the Dearlys were going to lose the farm, because of him; while Cadpig tries to cheer him up, Rolly and Spot however agree with Lucky that it is all his fault. Lucky tries to come up with a plot to trick Cruella into walking so that they could expose her to Roger and Anita, but has difficulty in what they can use. Lucky then hears Cruella coughing and notices her cigarettes on the table.

In the house, Cruella nags Anita on how she wants her sandwiches, with such demands as them being cut diagonally and having no crusts. The pups sneak in, via the airduct, and stick a piece of chewed up gum and a string of yarn onto Spot. Spot flies up to the cigarette packet and sticks the line onto it. Once attached, Cadpig starts reeling it in, and Cruella starts to chase after it. So far, everything’s going according to plan, so Lucky runs up to Roger and tries to get his attention, but Roger just ignores him (figuring that Lucky is asking to play fetch) and doesn’t even turn to look at Cruella.  Desperate to get Roger’s attention, Lucky starts tugging on Roger's trousers, however they rip causing him to land on a food cart on wheels, which rolls uncontrollably towards Cruella. = Cruella gets slammed into the front door of the house, which then falls on top of her and Lucky. This results in an even bigger injury, and Cruella demands to have Lucky locked up, When Roger says that he won't do so, Cruella admits her plans to sue to Dearlys for their farm, but now decides to take them for everything they got.

Back at the barn, Lucky is now even more upset because he made things even worse and the pups continue to think of a way to prove Cruella is faking it. Rolly at first admits that he genuinely thinks Cruella is injured. With this comment, Spot comes up with the idea to take a picture of her walking. Agreeing to the idea, Lucky leads the others back into the house into a closet where Roger stores his camera. Roger's camera is on the top shelf of the closet, so the pups stack up to reach it. Rolly (who is on top of the tower) sees the camera, but there is a bowling ball in front of it, so he decides to grab it to move it out of the way, but the weight of the bowling ball causes the pups to start losing their balance. Lucky overhears Cruella making a Memo revealing that her injuries are fake, but this throws off his concentration, and the pups' tower collapses. The bowling ball that Rolly was holding falls and crashes right into Cruella's face.

Cruella is now up in the bedroom in a full body cast and on a frame. Back at the barn, Lucky explains his next plan to the other pups, which is to snag Cruella's tape recorder and play her message to Roger and Anita.  The pups sneak into the bedroom and see Cruella’s tape recorder on the side table.  Lucky jumps onto Cadpig's back and reaches for the tape recorder.  Once he gets it, the pups make a run for it, but Cadpig notices Rolly is missing, and they turn around seeing him eating out of Cruella’s bowl of oatmeal.  Lucky grabs him and pulls him away, but as they try to make their escape, Rolly trips over one of the anchors for the bed frame, which causes Cruella to be flung out of the bed.

Seeing the pups get away with her tape recorder, Cruella gives chase and chases them down the stairs, and grabs Lucky, however her recorder has landed and play Cruella's confession at Roger and Anita's feet.  At first Cruella tries to claim her injuries are genuine, but Roger points out they have evidence which proves that she attempted to commit Insurance Fraud. Realizing this incriminating evidence, Cruella offers to make some kind of deal to keep the Dearlys from telling the authorities. They decide to make Cruella their maid and order her to make sandwiches with no crusts.


  • This episode is adapted in the Disney chapter book, Cruella Returns. However, the story also is mixed into the premise of "Cone Head".
    • In Cruella Returns, various changes that the story featured is that the reason that the pups are going into the closest is to get a pair of scissors to cut Lucky's cone off. Lucky is flung onto the lunch trolley and into Cruella after Mooch unravels a scarf, which they use to cover the cone up. Cruella is standing to get chocolate off the table rather than her cigarettes, and an aftermath of it is that Cruella turns cones into a new fashion design (which Rolly later comments were wanted by Dipstick and Two-Tone).
  • When Cruella is hit with the lunch trolley and then crushed by the door, the trolley seems to disappear as this happens.
  • Cruella reads a magazine entitled Vague, which is likely based on the fashion and lifestyle magazine, Vogue.
    • The Dalmatians also compete against Cruella and Vendella to get on the cover of said magazine in "Best of Show".
  • This is one of the rare occasions in 101 Dalmatians: The Series where Cruella is shown to be a smoker (other examples of claiming she does are "Home is Where the Bark Is", "Smoke Detectors", and "Hail to the Chief")
  • Cruella's lawyer can actually be heard through the phone when she calls him.


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Films: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (video/soundtrack) • 101 Dalmatians (video/soundtrack) • 102 Dalmatians (video/soundtrack) • 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (video) • Cruella (video/soundtrack/score) • Cruella 2

Television series: 101 Dalmatians: The Series101 Dalmatian Street
Video Games: Animated StoryBook: 101 DalmatiansMath Antics with Disney's 101 DalmatiansDisney Hotshots: Disney's 101 Dalmatians101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue102 Dalmatians: Activity Center101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureKingdom Hearts
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One Hundred and One Dalmatians: PongoPerditaRoger RadcliffeAnita RadcliffeNannyCruella De VilJasper and HoraceDalmatian PuppiesLuckyPatchRollyPennyFrecklesPepperDannyScottieTowserLucyCaptainSergeant TibbsColonelThunderboltDirty DawsonPrissyCocoCollieThe CowsLabrador

101 Dalmatians: The Series: CadpigSpotMoochTripodScorchLieutenant PugMayor Ed PigDumplingCorneliaSwamp RatCydneStevenPersian PeteVendella De VilGo-GoBlazeCave PupRebeccaThe VandercreamsAmber DearlyP.H. De VilCecil B. De VilIvy De VilMalevola De VilJudge Dimsdale De Vil
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: Lil' LightningLars
101 Dalmatians: HerbertAlonzoMr. SkinnerJewelDipstickFidgetTwo-ToneWhizzerKipper
101 Dalmatian Street: DylanDollyDawkinsDougDelilahTriple-DDanteD.J.DeepakDieselDorothyDa VinciDelgadoDizzy & Dee DeeDimitri TrioPortia PoodleFergus FoxHanselRoxySnowballClarissaPearlHunter De VilSpikeConstantin SidBig FeeSpencer Sausage DogSummerChipsArabellaPrunellaBessieApolloCuddlesDoctor DaveGodfreyHugoStanislav
Video game characters: Patches
102 Dalmatians: Chloe SimonKevin ShepherdJean-Pierre Le PeltDottieLittle DipperDominoOddballFluffyDroolerChompDiggerWaddlesworthEwan
Cruella: Baroness Von HellmanBuddyWinkArtieJohnCatherine MillerThe Baroness' DalmatiansGerald

101 Dalmatians: The Series

ABC Episodes: "Home is Where the Bark Is" • "He Followed Me Home" • "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em" • "Howl Noon" • "Easy on the Lies" • "Two for the Show" • "An Officer and a Gentledog" • "Bad to the Bone" • "Southern Fried Cruella" • "Swine Song" • "Watch for Falling Idols" • "The High Price of Fame" • "The Great Cat Invasion" • "No Train, No Gain" • "Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure" • "Wild Chick Chase" • "The Dogs of DeVil" • "Dog's Best Friend" • "A Christmas Cruella" • "Out to Launch" • "Prophet and Loss"
Syndicated Episodes: "You Slipped a Disk" • "Chow About That?" • "Tic Track Toe" • "Lucky All Star" • "Shake, Rattle, and Woof" • "Cadpig Behind Bars" • "Leisure Lawsuit" • "Purred It Through the Grapevine" • "Our Own Digs" • "Goose Pimples (Goose Pamples)" • "Two Faces of Anita" • "The Fungus Among Us" • "Market Mayhem" • "Lucky to be Alone" • "Four Stories Up" • "It's a Swamp Thing" • "Roll Out the Pork Barrel" • "Alive N' Chicken" • "Prima Doggy" • "You Say It's Your Birthday" • "Oozy Does It" • "Barnboozled" • "Citizen Canine" • "Full Metal Pullet" • "Dough the Right Thing" • "Frisky Business" • "Cadet of the Month" • "Valentine Daze" • "Close But No Cigar" • "Invasion of the Doggy Snatchers" • "Smoke Detectors" • "Lobster Tale" • "Double Dog Dare" • "Mooove It On Over" • "Shipwrecked" • "Mall Pups" • "Shrewzle Watch" • "The Life You Save" • "Spots and Shots" • "On the Lamb" • "Treasure of Swamp Island" • "Lord of the Termites" • "Fountain of Youth" • "Walk a Mile in My Tracks" • "Cruella World" • "Hail to the Chief" • "Food for Thought" • "The Maltese Chicken" • "Film Fatale" • "My Fair Chicken" • "Snow Bounders" • "Gnaw or Never" • "Poison Ivy" • "Twelve Angry Pups" • "The Good-bye Chick" • "Robo-Rolly" • "Splishing and Splashing" • "Virtual Lucky" • "Cupid Pups" • "The Artist Formerly Known as Spot" • "The Nose Knows" • "K is for Kibble" • "Humanitarian of the Year" • "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium" • "Hog-Tied" • "Coup DeVil" • "Every Little Crooked Nanny" • "Cone Head" • "Channels" • "Un-Lucky" • "The Making of..." • "Best of Show" • "Walk on the Wild Side" • "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move" • "DeVil-Age Elder" • "Jurassic Bark" • "My Fair Moochie" • "Dog Food Day Afternoon" • "Spot's Fairy God-Chicken" • "Good Neighbor Cruella" • "Animal House Party" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part I - Road Warriors" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part II - Cross-Country Calamity" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part III - Dearly Beloved"
101 Dalmatian Street
Shorts: "Merry Pups" • "Muddy Pups" • "Prank Pups" • "Ransom Pups" • "Target Pups" • "Yoga Pups" • "Jurassic Pups" "Space Pups" • "Disco Pups" • "Diva Pups"
Season One: "Dog's Best Friend" • "Boom Night" • "Power to the Puppies" • "Who The Dog Do You Think You Are?" • "Walkies on the Wild Side" • "May Contain Nuts" • "Winter Funderland" • "Snow Day" • "Perfect Match" • "All Fired Up" • "Poetry Scam" • "Crushed Out" • "Girls' Day Out" • "The Woof Factor" • "The Nose Job" • "My Fair Dolly" • "Flea-Mageddon" • "A Right Royal Rumble" • "Dal-Martians" • "A Date with Destiny... Dallas and Déjà Vu" • The Wow of MiaowFear WindowThe Dog HouseA Summer to RememberLong Tongue DayDoggy Da VinciLondon, We Have a ProblemIt's My PartyFox in the Dog HouseFetchDon't Push Your LuckThe Curse of the FerrydogThe Walls Are AliveDiamond DogsRide AlongPoodlewolfThe Longest NightBalancing ActDawkins Strikes BackPoodlefall!Dotty DancingYappily Ever AfterD-FactorPuppy DreamsDante's InfernoBetter the De Vil You KnowThe De Vil Wears Puppies

LondonRegents ParkHell HallDinsfordDearly FarmGruteley CountyCherry Tree FarmHouse of DeVil101 Dalmatian Street2nd Time AroundLiberty LondonSmith & WollenskyHouse of Baroness
Films: Cruella De VilKanine KrunchiesDalmatian PlantationPlayful MelodyI See SpotsTry AgainYou're the OneDigga Digga DogSo Fabulous, So FierceWho's Sorry Now?Perhaps, Perhaps, PerhapsLivin' ThingCall Me CruellaThese Boots Are Made for Walkin'

Animated Storybook: I Love FurPuppies, Oh, PuppiesTwilight BarkUp the StairCover Yourselves with Soot
Television series: 1-0-1Dalmatian VacationSurf PuppiesI Got My Pups with MeIt's a Dog's LifeIn the HouseDolly's RapDogs are Out for Summer SunIt's a PrankWe're Sending You Love
Deleted: Don't Buy a Parrot from a SailorMarch of the One Hundred and OneCheerio, Good-Bye, Toodle-oo, Hip Hip!One Hundred and OneThe Creation of Cruella De Vil

See also
Cruella's carJasper and Horace's truckThe Thunderbolt Adventure HourThe Disney AfternoonHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeThe Further Adventures of Thunderbolt