The Hogan Family

Season 1 Episode 6

Dog Day Afternoon

Aired Unknown Mar 31, 1986 on NBC
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Dog Day Afternoon
The family dog, 17-year-old Murray is ailing and the family engages in a dogfight over whether or not to put the dog to sleep, something Willie is dead set against. Meanwhile, a fallen tree has caused damage to the house, damage that Valerie and Michael can't afford to pay for at the moment.moreless

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  • Valerie and her children have to deal with the impending death of their dog, Murray.

    Somewhere in my moving boxes, I have this episode on a VHS tape, recorded about 20 years ago. I was living in Munich, Germany, and we got American Forces Network TV in our apartment, though it was very poor quality. This was a very nice episode, "nice" being a stupid word, but that's what it was. Alternating between funny and sad, and a little bittersweet, the family had to face euthanizing their aging, ill family dog. The secondary plot device, removing a tree, was just that - secondary. It was interesting to watch the kids dealing with losing their pal, an animal who was older than they were, who had been there every day of their lives. One son didn't want to let Murray be put to sleep, but Valerie reasoned with him that it would not be fair or kind to let Murray suffer any longer. Eventually, she won her children over, and what had to be done, was done. I remember the last scene, when her pilot husband came in and said that he had flown over Lake Michigan and scattered Murray's ashes. The family had a toast and Valerie said, "To Murray: our dog and our friend." I recently had to euthanize my 18-year-old cat and thought of this episode. I found this episode very well written and acted. Anyone who has had to deal with an ailing pet might enjoy it. Now I need to go look for that videocassette!moreless

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