This is a good episode of the The Simpsons but it's not one of the best because it recycles a very old formula of Thanksgiving dinner being ruined. This has been done an infinite number of times on an infinite number of shows. Either it's family quarrels or a series of mishaps that ruin Thanksgiving dinner. I think it's time to put this tired old formula out to pasture. The second half of the episode, where Bart embarks on his journey with Santa's Little Helper, does improve this episode slightly.