“We’ve had animals on the show more than you would think for a medical show. We’ve had a pig because we needed to filter blood through his liver. We had chickens, dogs, cats, rats, mice”.
Patton got Rocky from Boone’s Animals of Hollywood. Boone’s Animals were also the animal wranglers for the Stuart Little movies, which means “You Must Remember This” constitutes a reunion of sorts. Patton worked on Stuart Little, as did Rocky and Hugh Laurie, who played Mr. Little. Ah, but all you Hugh Laurie experts knew that, didn’t you?
Rocky is a gorgeous white silver-shaded Persian, who is shown running around the set of Wilson’s apartment. Off a visual of Laurie petting Rocky, Tyler says they were very excited to see how the cat would respond to Laurie when they were reunited on set.
“Rocky is a really sweet, great, great cat”, Rocky’s trainer, Claire Pierce says. She then goes on to explain that the most difficult part of Rocky’s day will be learning to hide under a cardboard box on Wilson’s kitchen counter (another nice shot of Laurie and the cat here) and staying calm through the whole thing. This is what they’ve been practicing for the last couple of days.
“With cats,” Pierce says, “you really have to find out what motivates them and chicken is a really good motivator for cats. And you do have to build a relationship with them. They have to trust you because being on set is often a crazy environment. So they have to be comfortable. You just have to show them what they need to do and they’ll do it for you”. At this point Rocky is placed under the box on the counter as Claire feeds him chicken bits through an opening on the side. Rocky doesn’t fuss at all.
In the Writers Room, we meet Kath Lingenfelter, the writer of the episode, who explains how she came up with the ailment for the Patient of the Week: “About two years ago, I was reading an article about a woman diagnosed with hyperthinesia (extreme autobiographical memory), and I was really taken with the notion of what life would be like if you remembered everything, every single moment. Most people would assume that it’s this great gift and, in fact, for her it’s been this terrible curse. Every memory that she relives, she relives as if it were the original moment. So, yes, she can revisit her happiest times but also she’s plagued with her worst memories”.