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.
* 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)?
* ShoutOut: Santa's Little Helper watches an episode of RinTinTin on tv.