An American Tail Wiki
A Case of the Hiccups
Season 1, Episode 5
Written by David Carren and J. Larry Carroll
Directed by Larry Jacobs
Episode guide
The Gift
The Legend of Mouse Hollow

A Case of the Hiccups is the fifth episode of Fievel's American Tails.


Fievel is caught reading Montana Mouse comics in the bookstore that he can't afford to buy, and is heckled by the shopkeeper. This prompts him to beg his mother for an advance in his allowance, to which she refuses. However, a devious newcomer has entered Green River. It's Dr. Travis T. Hippocrates, seller of miracle cures. He happens to walk into the shop and witness Fievel's impression of Montana Mouse, and after charming Fievel's mother, he offers Fievel a job. His job is to hand out free candy to everyone in Green River.

Well as it turns out, soon everyone in town gets the hiccups, everyone but Fievel and Yasha. Fievel takes Tanya to Travis T. for a cure, which he says isn't ready yet but soon will be, and he tells Fievel to bring everyone to his office so that he can sell this cure to them. Fievel does, but after Tiger steals a bunch of the candy and gets hiccups, and Fievel realizes Yasha doesn't have hiccups and never was allowed to have the candy, Fievel gets suspicious. He confronts Travis T. Hippocrates, who then confesses that the candy gave everyone hiccups, and the 'cure' was nothing but a placebo. He then tries to convince Fievel to join his crooked scheme. Fievel refuses with a firm "But that's wrong! I won't do it!"

Dr. Hippocrates gets an evil grin on his face. "Fievel my boy, I'm afraid that was the wrong answer!" he says, as he grabs Fievel by the shoulders roughly, and Fievel gulps in fear. We don't get to see what Travis T Hippocrates actually does to Fievel immediately afterwards, but Fievel is shown trapped in an upside-down glass jar in the next scene as Travis sells his fake product to the mice of Green River. However, during this time Cat R. Waul has been plotting behind the scenes, and there he strikes, as he and his fellow cats capture all the mice. Travis flees to his office and releases Fievel, who sets off to rescue the mice. Travis later joins Fievel, distracting the cats by convincing them to try some of his hiccup candy. While the cats get uncontrollable hiccups, Fievel rescues all the mice. Travis T Hippocrates vows to go straight, and on the train out of Green River when he almost reverts back to his old ways by giving out candy, he finds that Fievel stole his last pouch of candy.

Fievel's American Tails
Characters Papa MousekewitzMama MousekewitzTanya MousekewitzFievel MousekewitzYasha MousekewitzTigerCat R. WaulT.R. ChulaMiss KittySweet WilliamSophie MousekewitzCharacters in Fievel's American Tails
Episodes Fievel, the Lonesome RangerLaw and DisorderLittle Mouse on the PrairieThe GiftA Case of the HiccupsThe Legend of Mouse HollowBabysitting BluesThe Lost Mother LodeA Mouse Known as ZorrowitzMail Order MayhemAunt Sophie's VisitThat's What Friends Are ForBell the Cats