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Dog of Death

Dog of Death

Rating: 3.3 (166 votes)


Santa's Little Helper one days collapses in the kitchen and he is rushed to the vet. It turns out that he has a twisted stomach and needs surgery. However, it costs $750. The family decide to make cutbacks to pay for the operation: Bart must get his hair cut for free at the Barber College, and Marge gives up buying her weekly lottery ticket, and stretches the food budget by using low grade meats. However, things turn bad for the family: Bart gets shaved bald and Marge's numbers come up on the lottery. The family blame Santa's Little Helper and the dog runs away. He is picked up at the dog shelter by Mr. Burns who is looking for an attack dog. Bart goes looking for SLH, and eventually ends up at Burns' house. Burns tells Smithers to release the hounds on him, and Santa's Little Helper is about to tackle Bart, but remembers who his owner is just in time. The pair are reunited again.

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  • Maggie pokes SLH's eyeballs.
  • The ''missing dog'' posters are put over the flyers of Skinner being missing, from 8F03 Bart the Murderer.
  • A smaller newspaper headline reads ''President, Rock Star To Swap Wives.''
  • The lion statues outside the Veterinary Hospital are wrapped in bandages.
  • On SLH's journey, he passes through Swartzwelder Country, referencing John Swartzwelder, the writer of this episode.
  • SLH is picked up by the dog pound truck on the Michael Jackson Expressway, named so in 7F24 Stark Raving Dad.
  • Flanders is seen wearing the Assassins sneakers he got in 7F14 Bart's Dog Gets An F.

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  • Santa's Little Helper rescues a baby from a burning building as in Lassie, and takes on a bear a la Old Yeller.
  • The SLH brainwashing scene is a reference to A Clockwork Orange.

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