The Simpsons

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Quotes (8910)

  • Principal Skinner: The fifth grade will now favor us with a scene from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Homer: Oh, how many grades does this school have?

  • Principal Skinner: Ah, the fourth grade will now favor us with a melody...err...medley of holiday flavorites.

  • Homer: Bart, did you hear that? What a name! "Santa's Little Helper." It's a sign. It's an omen. Bart: It's a coincidence, dad.

  • (At Santa training class, Homer tries to recall all the names of Santa’s reindeer.) Homer: Um, Dasher. Dancer. Instructor: Mm-hmm. Homer: Prancer. Instructor: Mm-hmm. Homer: Nixon. Comet...Cupid. Donna Dixon? Instructor: Sit down, Simpson.

  • (Santa's Little Helper is chased off by his owner, and comes running towards Homer and Bart.) Homer: Oh, no, you don't! No, no! Get away from me! Uh-uh! (Santa's Little Helper jumps into Homer's arms.) Bart: Oh, can we keep him, Dad, please? Homer: But he's a loser. He's pathetic! He's...(Santa's Little Helper licks Homer.)...a Simpson.

  • Homer: Hey, little ones. Santa’s back. Ho-Ho--(Homer bumps his head.)--D'oh!

  • (Homer is being tested on Santa etiquette...) Homer: And what would you like, little boy? Instructor: (sitting on Homer's lap, pretending to be a child) You're not really Santa, tubby! Homer: (about to attack) Why, you little... Instructor: Hey, no, Homer! If such an emergency arises, just tell them Santa is very busy this time of year and you're one of his helpers. Homer: D'oh, I knew that one too.

  • (Heard at the dog track): Announcer: Here comes Screwy, the mechanical rabbit.

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Notes (1594)

  • First episode to feature snow.

  • This is the only episode that does not start with any kind of show opening. The title is shown and then the episode begins.

  • This episode was nominated, but did not win a Primetime Emmy Award in the categories of "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less)" and "Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special."

  • DVD commentary revealed that the creators got letters of praise for heightening the awareness of the abandonment of racing dogs even though they didn't know it was a real problem when they created the episode.

  • When Lisa is doing the tribal dance, many people were curious as to why she isn't wearing anything from the waist down. Years later, the DVD commentary for this episode revealed that Lisa is actually wearing a body suit, and is in fact not naked.

  • First Appearance: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns, Grampa, Patty, Selma, Snowball II, Ned Flanders, Todd Flanders, Moe, Barney, Lewis, Milhouse, Santa's Little Helper, Mr. Largo

  • Blackboard Joke: none Couch Gag: none

  • Bart's line, "Well, you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't" can be heard in several parts of the song, "Deep, Deep Trouble," on the album entitled The Simpsons Sing the Blues.

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Trivia (2472)

  • Other dogs in Santa's Little Helper's race include: Whirlwind, Quadruped, Dog O' War, Fido and Chew My Shoe.

  • Marge parks in section ZZ in the mall parking lot.

  • Lisa requests a pony 6 times on her Christmas list.

  • Goof: In the scene where Marge thanks Homer for Santa's Little Helper, during one of Homer's lines, the background behind Marge and Homer appears upside down.

  • The Springfield Shopper gives the Christmas pageant 3 and a half stars; as seen on a sign outside of Springfield Elementary for the annual Christmas pageant.

  • Goof: When Marge tells Homer to close his eyes as she takes out the money jar, her necklace is red. When she takes it out of her hair in the next shot, the necklace is white.

  • Goof: When Marge tells Homer that the Christmas money is gone, he is standing in front of the kitchen. But when the camera cuts to Marge, she is the one standing in front of the kitchen.

  • Goof: Lewis changes skin color from dark to light, when Milhouse dares Bart to sit on Santa's lap.

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Allusions (3216)

  • Man o' War One of the dogs at the racetrack is named Dog o' War. This is a quick reference to the champion thoroughbred race horse, named Man o' War, who dominated many races in the early 20th century.

  • Dr. Seuss Illustrations Homer drives past a Christmas tree lot that features, "X-Mas Trees Slightly Irregular." The trees in this lot are drawn to resemble the trees in the Dr. Seuss children's books.

  • Richard Nixon/Donna Dixon While calling out the reindeer, Homer makes quick and funny references to famous 80's actress Donna Dixon and former U.S. President Richard Nixon.

  • Bart: If TV has taught me anything, it's that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It happened to Tiny Tim, it happened to Charlie Brown, it happened to the Smurfs, and it's going to happen to us!
    Bart references two animated Christmas specials. The 1965 classic A Charlie Brown Christmas; and the 1982 yuletide special The Smurfs Christmas Special. (Also used as a parody in the form of The Happy Little Elves). Plus a reference to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

  • All in the Family The storyline of Homer being denied his Christmas bonus has been used in many sitcoms, including the first holiday-themed episode of All In The Family, where Archie puts off telling his family he was denied his yuletide bonus.

  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire The title of this episode is a play on the alternate title/first line to Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song," also known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire."

  • Gabor Csupo A poster advertisement at the opera identifies the conductor as Boris Csupovski. This is a reference to Gabor Csupo, the Supervising Animation Director at the time.

  • E=MC^2 While the family plays Scrabble, Maggie plays with lettered blocks. While playing with the blocks she spells out EMCSQU, which refers to Einstein's famous equation, E=MC^2

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