After getting branded a coward by Homer during a treehouse fire, Santa's Little Helper becomes a commercial celebrity, and the owner who abandoned Santa's Little Helper on the ChristmasEpisode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" returns to retrieve his meal ticket.

!! Tropes:

* AdolfHitlarious: A Rin Tin Tin episode features the titular dog attacking UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
* CallBack: The man who abandoned SLH way back in the first episode, returns here to reclaim him after the pooch becomes famous.
* HoldingOutForAHero: All the townspeople are too busy shaming Santa's Little Helper for not saving Homer to actually bother going in themselves.
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Dog]]: Homer paid dearly for saying that. As in losing the money Santa's Little Helper got as a celebrity.
* InUniverseNickname: When the family sees Bart's second treehouse on fire, Marge makes sure everyone is together:
-->'''Marge:''' Family head count -- Pointy (Lisa), Pointy (Maggie), Spiky (Bart), Stylish (herself)...\\
''(Marge, feeling no other head, gasps)''\\
'''Marge:''' Where's Baldy (Homer)?
* {{Jerkass}}: Homer is at his absolute worst in this episode. After being saved by Snowball II, he starts abusing Santa's Little Helper horribly and is more than willing to have him be taken by his original owner.
* ShoutOut: Santa's Little Helper watches an episode of RinTinTin on tv.