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:

  • Blah Blah Blah: How SLH interprets most human speech, until he clearly hears Bart saying "sit."
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: Santa's Little Helper eats Marge's old quilt, which was a family tradition 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.
  • 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.
  • Special Guest: Tracy Ullman as Emily Winthrop; Frank Welker as the dog noises/animal walla.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The end showing what happened to all the dogs after they graduated obedience school.