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The Simpsons: Bart's Dog Gets an F

After Santa's Little Helper gets in trouble for destroying Homer's new sneakers, Homer's large macadamia nut cookie, and Marge's heirloom quilt, Bart enrolls the dog into an obedience school, which Santa's Little Helper must pass if he wants to continue being The Simpsons' pet.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 7F14
Airdate: Thursday March 07th, 1991

Director: Jim Reardon
Writer: Jon Vitti

Special Guest Stars
Frank WelkerFrank Welker
voiced Santa's Little Helper
Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
voiced Troy McClure
Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
voiced Emily Winthrop
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard Gag:
I will not sell school property.

Couch Gag:
Repeat of Dead Putting Society.
The entire family fits on the couch, including the pets.

This episode gives a full name to the background character that first appeared in Simpson and Delilah.
Her name being Sylvia Winfield.

Episode Quotes
(Homer fields a phone call from someone interested in buying Santa's Little Helper.)
Homer: Oh no, we'd never give him away. But we're moving to another country where dogs are forbidden. (Pause) Hear what? (Pause) Oh, sure. Come here, boy! Put that prowler down! Come here! Come on, boy! (Homer pants into the phone like a dog.)
Homer: Say it, boy. Say "I love you" for the nice man. (In a dog's voice) I wuv you!
(Pulls the phone away from his mouth.)
Homer: Good dog! Good doggie!
(Puts phone back near his mouth.)
Homer: Isn't that amazing? See you soon! (Hangs up phone.) Whoo-hoo!

(At dog obedience school.)
Emily Winthrop: There are two ways for a dog to relieve himself. One is like a faithful friend and partner for life. The other is like a hose without a fireman. Which way do you think that was, Mr. Simpson?
(Bart is down on his hands and knees scrubbing the floor.)
Bart: Like a hose. (Under his breath.) Your Wrinkled Highness.

(Bart notices Homer’s new shoes.)
Bart: Whoa! Assassins!
Homer: Yep. Heh, heh. Read ‘em and weep.
Marge: Those are very elaborate sneakers.
Bart: They better be, for 125 big ones.
Homer: D’oh!
Marge: $125!
Homer: Bart! (Reaches down to choke Bart.)
Bart: Aah!
Marge: Homer!
Homer: D’oh!
Marge: I thought we agreed to consult each other before any major purchases.
Homer: Well, you bought all those smoke alarms, and we haven't had
a single fire.
Marge: Hmmm!

(At the breakfast table, Bart notices that Lisa isn't dressed for school.)
Bart: No way! She's faking! If Lisa stays home, I stay home.
Lisa: If Bart stays home, I'm going to school.
Bart: Fine. Then--Wait a minute. If Lisa goes to school, then I go to school. But then, Lisa stays home, so I stay home. So, Lisa goes to school.
Marge: Lisa, don't confuse your brother like that.

Episode Goofs
The plate of toffees Emily Winthrop holds when offering them changes color when she places them on the table.

Also, Santa's Little Helper's collar changes from dark green to tan.

The carpet Santa's Little Helper peed on changes color from brown to red.

Cultural References
Bart Gets An F

The title is a reference to the Season 2 premiere episode.

Animal House

At the end of the episode, there are captions at the bottom of the screen that tell what happened to each of the dogs after graduating their obedience school. It is a quick and humorous reference to the 1978 comedy.

Friday The 13th

When Santa's Little Helper destroys the quilt, the echo sound that can be heard is from the 1980 horror film.

One of the patches on the original quit is a reference to The Falling Soldier. A photograph by Robert Capa, believed to be taken on September 5th 1936.
It was believed to depict the death of a Republican, specifically an Iberian Federation of Libertarian Youth (FIJL) soldier, during the Spanish Civil War.

The Hibbert's kitchen, family and his sweater are references to The Cosby Show (1984-1992).

Episode References
When Bart's dog is chewing the TV remote control, one of the shots on it is of "I Can't Believe They Invented It." with Troy McClure as the host. This is the exact same shot from "Homer vs Lisa and the 8th Commandment."

Kent Brockman reports on the escape of Lucille Botzcowski aka The Babysitter Bandit from Season One's Some Enchanted Evening

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