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Recap: The Simpsons S6E20: Two Dozen and One Greyhounds
In this parody of 101 Dalmatians (both the cartoon and live-action films), Santa's Little Helper cuts a destructive path across the Simpson house, which leads him to the dog track from "Simpsons Roasting On an Open Fire," where he mates with a female dog racer named "She's The Fastest" and becomes the father of 25 greyhound pups that Mr. Burns wants for his wardrobe.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: After Mr. Burns sings about how he's going to make the puppies into a suit, Bart finds himself humming the song.
    Lisa: Bart!
    Bart: Sorry. You gotta admit, it's catchy.
  • The Cameo: Nanny from 101 Dalmatians appears briefly during "See My Vest".
  • Chekhov's Gun: The puppies' habit of chewing on Bart's socks.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Mr. Burns does this when scheming how to steal the puppies.
  • Costume Test Montage: Mr. Burns while singin his Villain Song.
  • Cruella to Animals: Mr. Burns plans to make the dogs into a suit. He has a whole wardrobe full of clothes made from animals, and one line in his song implies that he's willing to use his human servants if necessary.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Mr. Burns tries to kill the dogs, but finds that he can't bear to do so because of their Puppy-Dog Eyes. He then turns his gun towards Bart and Lisa, but they make sad faces and whine as well, and Burns relents.
  • Driven to Suicide: It at first appears that Homer hung himself after losing millions of dollars from giving the racing dogs to Burns. Subverted in that he's actually swatting a lightbulb in the basement.
  • I Am Spartacus: Invoked by Lisa as she makes all puppies stand up to get closer to Bart's socks.
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles/Shell Game: Burns has decided to spare one of the puppies after it stands up on its hind legs. Bart hides him among the other puppies to keep Burns from shooting them all. Burns tries to single him out by having him do his trick, but Bart then dangles some socks behind Burns to get all the dogs to stand up.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Homer's shadow in the basement. To Marge is first looks like Homer hanged himself.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Lampshaded by Bart wondering how fast Mr. Burns and Smithers could reach the basement.
  • Overly Long Gag: The puppies eating Homer's chips.
  • Pet the Dog: Mr. Burns decides to spare one of the dogs because it can stand on its hind legs. He eventually spares them all.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: When Homer appears to hang himself. (He's actually holding on to the rafter and swatting the lightbulb, which makes the shadow appear to be swinging.)
  • Shoot the Dog: Mr. Burns is attempting exactly that but cannot bring himself to do it.
  • Shout-Out: The song "See My Vest" spoofs "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Parodied when Santa's Little Helper and She's the Fastest end up fighting over the strand.
  • Spinning Clock Hands: As the family watch the puppies being born, after they count 24 the clock on the wall is shown spinning to a few hours later, after which the count is... 25.
  • Tempting Fate: Deconstructed. All three guests to Marge's dinner are so full of praise, that it could only end in misery.
  • Touch Telepathy: Parodied. The pet shop employee mind-melds with the Simpons' dog in order to increase sales.
  • Unplanned Crossdressing: Bart in Lisa's clothes because his own fell victim to the dog puppies.
  • Villain Song: "See My Vest".
  • Whole Plot Reference: To 101 Dalmatians.

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