Recap: The Simpsons S 2 E 16 Barts Dog Gets An F

Episode - 7F14
First Aired - 3/7/1991

Santa's Little Helper is forced to go to obedience school after ruining Marge's heirloom quilt, Homer's new Assassin sneakers, and Homer's giant macadamia nut cookie, and, if he doesn't pass, he'll be given away.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Big "NO!": Homer did this when he saw that Santa's Little Helper had chewed up his Assassins. It coincided with SLH howling, caung every dog in the neighborhood to start barking.
  • Blah Blah Blah: How SLH interprets most human speech, until he clearly hears Bart saying "sit."
  • Continuity Nod: While Santa's Little Helper is chewing the remote, he changes the channel showing a new reporting on the Babysitter Bandit and a Duff commercial from "Homer's Odyssey".
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Marge scolds Homer for buying the Assassins. Homer counters this by telling Marge she bought those fire alarms and they haven't had a single fire.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Homer tried to calm Marge down about SLH eating the Bouvier family quilt by saying that can't get too attached to things. But when he saw that Santa's Little Helper had also eaten his giant macadamia nut cookie, he went nuts.
  • Jaw Drop: Bart slowly drops his jaw when he realized what Homer is trying to say.
  • The Last Straw: Homer considers Santa's Little Helper eating his giant macadamia nut cookie this and decides to get rid of him.
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: Santa's Little Helper eats Marge's old quilt, which was a family heirloom for centuries. She is understandably very upset and Homer tries to comfort her by telling her it's just a quilt. Then he discovers the dog also ate a cookie he wanted to eat, which sends him into a hysterically Narmy despair. This also turns to be the final straw for him to get rid of the dog.
  • Murderer P.O.V.: During the moments when Santa's Little Helper eyed Homer's cookie and attacked Marge's quilt, this was used, complete with ominous music.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Normally in situations like this, when Lisa fails to do so, Marge is often the Voice Of Reason when it comes to Homer's demands be it comically ridiculous or heart wrenching decisions. However when he decides Santa's Little Helper has to go, Marge is on his side, much to the kid's shock and Homer's delight. Justified as she was very upset about the quilt.
  • Parental Neglect: It's stated in the epilogue that SLH but Bart and Homer didn't mind.
  • Potty Failure: SLH did this at obedience school, and Ms. Winthrop forced Bart to clean it up.
  • Rocky Roll Call: When Homer brings home his new Assassin sneakers:
    Marge: Those are very elaborate sneakers.
    Bart: They better be for a hunderd and twenty-five big ones.
    Homer: Doh!
    Marge: $125?!
    Homer: Bart!
    Bart: Aah!
    Marge: Homer!
    Homer: Doh!
  • Shout-Out: To the famous "touching fingers' scene from E.T. The music was even the same.
  • Sound Effects Bleep: When Homer started yelling that Santa's Little Helper had to go, it immediately switched to the dog's POV, so all we here is Blah Blah Blah.
  • Special Guest: Tracy Ullman as Emily Winthrop; Frank Welker as the dog noises/animal walla.
  • The Un-Reveal: How Marge managed to get Dr. Hibbert's home phone number.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The end showing what happened to all the dogs after they graduated obedience school.