The Critic

Season 1 Episode 13

A Pig-Boy and His Dog

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jul 20, 1994 on FOX
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A Pig-Boy and His Dog
Eleanor is bored and feeling depressed with her life so he attempts to become an author and write a book. She writes a children's book called "The Fat Little Pig" which Jay learns is modelled after him and does not leave him very pleased. Meanwhile, Jay tries to get along with his new pet dog.moreless

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  • I love this episode alot

    The final episode to air/be produced on / for abc. I like it, once again the crtic gives us a great story, hilarious humour and fine animation. This episode was great and all and I truly love it but at times I was bored only sometimes though, and I do love the little knock at abc at the end and the brilliant humour (surealness) that Family Guy claims they created, well this episode gives full credit to the Critic and Al Jean and Mike Reiss of making that what it is, sometimes I get really angry at Family Guy, but anyways I've gotten off track this is a fine episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (end of the episode)
      Jay: Goodnight, Critic fans! And a special goodnight to those just tuning in for Home Improvement!

    • Franklin: Forget the rivets, darling, Crazy Glue will hold any surface together! It's crazy!!!

    • Jay: Oh well...maybe it's just a big thing to me...
      (looks up at the sky and sees a huge Fat Little Pig blimp flying over the house, oinking loudly.)
      Shackleford: It's not the real Jay Sherman, but an incredible simulation!

    • Eleanor: Franklin, my life is an endless grey corridor.
      Franklin: I've been there too. Usually there's a midget making googly eyes at me. I call him Mr. Pickalini.

    • Jay: This whole book is about me, isn't it?
      Eleanor: No, no, a thousand times no. Well, yes, but so what.

    • Eleanor: Jay, you've just given me a great idea for a children's book!
      Jay: Really? What's it called? "Jay Sherman: The Little Hunk That Really, Really Could"? Oh yeah...

  • NOTES (2)


    • A Boy and His Dog: The episode title alludes to this story by Harlan Ellison, which was made into a movie of the same title starring a young Don Johnson.

    • Looney Tunes
      The music heard at the very end of the episode (after Jay says goodnight to the fans) is the famous opening fanfare for the Looney Tunes cartoons.

    • Home Improvement
      Franklin walking over to his fence and asking his neighbor, Wilson, advice is a nod to Home Improvement, which aired in the timeslot after The Critic on ABC. This episode also references the show at the end of the episode when Jay says hello to the people just tuning in for Home Improvement. This was one of the top-rated shows on ABC at the time and there was a lot of pressure on the show's creators to make The Critic as audience-friendly as Home Improvement.

    • Jay: I'm not a pig! I'm a human being!
      This is a parody of the ending speech from the 1980 film The Elephant Man, about a man whose face was deformed and ostricized from society, ending with him being chased through the street by a mob with torches and pitchforks until he makes them realize that they are really chasing their own insecurities within themselves.

    • Un Chien Andolou
      Jay named his puppy Un Chien Andolou. This is the name of Luis Buñuel's 1929 classic French art film.

    • Franklin: Forget the rivets, darling, Crazy Glue will hold any surface together. It's crazy!
      This was a reference to an old commercial for Crazy Glue that involved a construction worker that had glued himself onto a beam and was being held up by his hat, which was glued onto his head.

    • Franklin: "Who?" "My wife, Eleanor" "Who?" "My wife, Eleanor" "Who?"
      When Franklin goes to the fence in the backyard to talk to his "neighbor" (an owl), it spoofs Tim's chats with Wilson on Home Improvement.