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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Normally in situations like this, when Lisa fails to do so, Marge is often the VoiceOfReason 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 kids' shock and Homer's delight. Justified as she was very upset about the quilt, and does engage in some JerkassHasAPoint aspects in that Bart is failing to train him despite sending him to a costly obedience school.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Normally in situations like this, when Lisa fails to do so, Marge is often the VoiceOfReason 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 kids' shock and Homer's delight. Justified as she She was very upset about the quilt, and does engage in some JerkassHasAPoint aspects in that Bart is failing to train him despite sending him to a costly obedience school.

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Emily Winthrop is voiced by Creator/TraceyUllman, on whose [[Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow show]] the Simpsons first started out on.


-->'''Bart''': They better be for a hunderd and twenty-five big ones.

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-->'''Bart''': They better be for a hunderd hundred and twenty-five big ones.ones. [[note]]Equivalent to approximately $236 in 2020 dollars[[/note]]

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* RealityEnsues: While Homer's and Bart's adopting Santa's Little Helper might have been a heartwarming ending to "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", here the whole family ends up finding out the hard way that it can be ''extremely'' difficult for a racing dog that hasn't been housebroken to adapt to domestic life. For all the insults that are made against Santa's Little Helper's intelligence, it's to both their credit that Bart was able to domesticate him ''at all'' -- with some former racing dogs in real-life, that ends up being simply not possible.


** Bart's reaction when he realize what Homer is about to say.

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** Bart's reaction when he realize realizes what Homer is about to say.


* OhCrap: Homer's reaction when he sees that Santa's Little Helper had escaped. What makes it worse besides being annoyed that SLH got out and he now has to retrieve him, he called the neighbor on the phone an idiot and claimed it wasn't SLH in her pool when it was.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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Homer's reaction when he sees that Santa's Little Helper had escaped. What makes it worse besides being annoyed that SLH got out and he now has to retrieve him, he called the neighbor on the phone an idiot and claimed it wasn't SLH in her pool when it was.was.
** Bart's reaction when he realize what Homer is about to say.
-->'''Homer:''' We never had a problem of what family member to get rid of.\\
'''Marge:''' Homer, what are you saying?\\
'''Homer:''' I'm saying... Blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah!



* SuddenlyShouting: "PULL ON HIS BLOODY CHAIN, BOY!!"



* YankTheDogsChain: Literally, as part of the obedience school. Bart himself does it to SLH but [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he regrets it immediately afterwards.]]

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* YankTheDogsChain: Literally, as part of the obedience school. Bart himself does it to SLH but [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he regrets it immediately afterwards.]]afterwards]].
-->'''Bart:''' I'm sorry. You can't help being dumb.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Emily Winthrop when Bart hasn't persuaded Santa's Little Helper to succeed.
* DefrostingIceQueen: For most of the episode, Emily Winthrop is rude and unhelpful. But when Bart gets SLH to pass, she warmly comments "good show".


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* FairWeatherMentor: Of a sort. Emily Winthrop is full of praise for those dogs and owners who do well, but will belittle and be mean to those that fail.


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* TheMeanBrit: Emily Winthrop is pretty damn rude, let's just put it that way.


** A bit HilariousInHindsight, as many dog training programs today focus on making sure the owner knows how to teach commands effectively, so that the results can be reinforced better at home, rather than training the dog directly (although ''punishing'' owners is obviously not part of the process).

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** A bit HilariousInHindsight, as many dog training programs today focus on making sure the owner knows how to teach commands effectively, so that the results can be reinforced better at home, rather than training the dog directly (although ''punishing'' owners is obviously not part of the process).

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* MisplacedRetribution: Dr. Monroe's obedience school is about disciplining the ''owners'', citing that they're the ones at fault.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Homer thinks the smoke alarms Marge bought are unnecessary since they haven't had a single fire.


* BigNo: Homer did this when he saw that Santa's Little Helper had chewed up his Assassins. It coincided with SLH howling, causing every dog in the neighborhood to start barking.

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* BigNo: Homer did does this when he saw sees that Santa's Little Helper had has chewed up his Assassins. It coincided coincides with SLH howling, causing every dog in the neighborhood to start barking.



* DramaticIrony: PlayedForLaughs when the Simpsons' neighbor calls to complain about SLH being in her pool while Homer claims it isn't him as he's outside, unaware that he had escaped until he looked out the window.

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* DramaticIrony: PlayedForLaughs when the Simpsons' neighbor calls to complain about SLH being in her pool while Homer claims it isn't him as he's outside, unaware that he had has escaped until he looked looks out the window.



* HypocriticalHumor: Homer tried to calm Marge down about SLH eating the Bouvier family quilt by saying that you 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 [[IncrediblyLamePun nuts]].
* JawDrop: Bart slowly drops his jaw when he realized what Homer is trying to say.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Homer tried tries to calm Marge down about SLH eating the Bouvier family quilt by saying that you can't get too attached to things. But when he saw sees that Santa's Little Helper had has also eaten his giant macadamia nut cookie, ''he'' went goes [[IncrediblyLamePun nuts]].
* JawDrop: Bart slowly drops his jaw when he realized realizes what Homer is trying to say.



* MurdererPOV: During the moments when Santa's Little Helper eyed Homer's cookie and attacked Marge's quilt, this was used, complete with ominous music.

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* MurdererPOV: During the moments when Santa's Little Helper eyed eyes Homer's cookie and attacked attackes Marge's quilt, this was is used, complete with ominous music.



* PottyFailure: SLH did this at obedience school, and Ms. Winthrop forced Bart to clean it up.

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* PottyFailure: SLH did does this at obedience school, and Ms. Winthrop forced forces Bart to clean it up.



** This isn't the last time Homer would make a major purchase without constituting Marge. "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E9MrPlow Mr. Plow]]" is one future example.



* ShoutOut: To the famous "touching fingers' scene from [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T]]. The music was even the same.

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* ShoutOut: To the famous "touching fingers' scene from [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T]]. The music was is even the same.



* SoundEffectsBleep: When Homer started yelling that Santa's Little Helper had to go, it immediately switched to the dog's POV, so all we hear is BlahBlahBlah.

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* SoundEffectsBleep: When Homer started starts yelling that Santa's Little Helper had has to go, it immediately switched to the dog's POV, so all we hear is BlahBlahBlah.

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* YankTheDogsChain: Literally, as part of the obedience school. Bart himself does it to SLH but [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he regrets it immediately afterwards.]]

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* UngratefulBastard: Santa's Little Helper. According to the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, he bit Bart, even though Bart was the only one actively trying to keep him from being exiled from the family.


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Normally in situations like this, when Lisa fails to do so, Marge is often the VoiceOfReason 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 kids' shock and Homer's delight. Justified as she was very upset about the quilt.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Normally in situations like this, when Lisa fails to do so, Marge is often the VoiceOfReason 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 kids' shock and Homer's delight. Justified as she was very upset about the quilt.quilt, and does engage in some JerkassHasAPoint aspects in that Bart is failing to train him despite sending him to a costly obedience school.


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* SarcasticClapping: When Santa's Little Helper graduates, Homer at first gives a bitter slow clap, before gradually finding himself pleased by this little moment of success, and starts legitimately applauding.

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