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 Christmas Episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" returns to retrieve his meal ticket.
- Adolf Hitlarious: A Rin Tin Tin episode features the titular dog attacking Adolf Hitler.
- Big Damn Heroes: Marge's attempt to rescue Homer is negated when the rope ladder burns away, while Snowball II plays the trope straight.
- Call-Back: The man who abandoned SLH way back in the first episode, returns here to reclaim him after the pooch becomes famous.
- Holding Out for a Hero: All the townspeople are too busy shaming Santa's Little Helper for not saving Homer to actually bother going in themselves.
- I Have No Dog: Homer paid dearly for saying that. As in losing the money Santa's Little Helper got as a celebrity.
- In-Universe Nickname: 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)?
- Jerkass: Homer is at his absolute worst in this episode. After being saved by Snowball II, he starts abusing Santa's Little Helper horribly and is more than willing to have him be taken by his original owner.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Despite mentioning Frank Lloyd Wright's name, Homer has actually never heard of him.
- Shout-Out: Santa's Little Helper watches an episode of Rin Tin Tin on tv.
- When about to be attacked by a great white shark, Homer asks himself "How did that beautiful naked lady in Jaws make it out alive?!"
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When Homer and Bart witness a train spinning and flying in the air - and landing on its wheels - Homer has this line of dialogue:Homer: Nothing beats flying across the country on a train.
(Bart looks at Homer as he smiles)