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Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Emily Winthrop and Mrs. Winfield
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Santa's Little Helper and Additional Animal Voices
Miss Winthrop reads a magazine with the cover story, "Airedale: Dog of the 90's?"
Dog obedience schools spotted in the phone book: East Side Ruff-Form School, Professor Von Bowser's Sanitarium For Dogs, Dr. Marvin Monroe's Canine Therapy Institute, and Emily Winthrop's Canine College.
The little license plates on the back of Flanders' "Assassins" read, "Ned".
The Springfield Mall shoe store carries footwear grouped by sport, including bacci ball, kickboxing, street crime, and night life.
The ad for Dr. Marvin Monroe's dog obedience school in the yellow pages reads: "Your dog isn't the problem, You are!"
The salesman in the shoe store, who tells Homer that he cannot refund his ruined Assassins, is the same man who worked at Barney's Bowlarama and handed out rental bowling shoes in episode 1-9, "Life on the Fast Lane."
Santa's Little Helper lies on the couch and flips through the TV channels by chewing on the TV remote. On one of the channels is a report by Kent Brockman, about a woman who escaped from jail. The woman pictured is Ms. Botz, the deranged babysitter from episode 1-13, "Some Enchanted Evening."
The collar that Santa's Little Helper breaks free from, when chasing after Bart on the school bus, is a Nev-R-Break brand, and the price tag reads 89 cents.
One of the people who brought their dog to obedience training was Jacques from "Life on the Fast Lane".
Because it was such a small part Troy McClure was played by Dan Castellaneta in this episode.
Goof: During part of Lisa's talk about why they shouldn't give up the dog, her mumps disappear, the camera angle changes, and the mumps reappear.
Lisa asks Bart to get her homework from Mrs. Hoover, but Lisa's teacher's name is Ms. Hoover.
Bart claims they've never had a family meeting before. Bart must have a short memory, because they had one back in the episode There's No Disgrace Like Home.
(Lisa pleads her case to keep Santa's Little Helper.)
Lisa: This is our pet. We can question his integrity and disposition, but we can't question his heart. Are you trying to teach us that the way to solve a problem with something you love, is to throw it away?
Homer: (Sniffling) Oh, Lisa. If they're ever going to pull the plug on me, I want you in my corner, honey. (Hugs Lisa)
(Homer walks by the Cookie Colossus store in the mall.)
Homer: Well, aloha!
Saleswoman: Would you like a free sample? (Offers Homer some cookies on a tray.)
Homer: The price is right. (Eats a cookie.) Mmm! Ooh! "Macamademia" nuts.
(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!
(Bart and Santa's Little Helper perform for Emily Winthrop at the dog obedience school.)
Bart: Now, sit! I said, sit! (Santa's Little Helper walks away.) Um, take a walk. Sniff that other dog's butt. (To Emily) See? He does exactly what I tell him.
(Bart tries to teach Santa's Little Helper at dog obedience school.)
Bart: See, boy? It's not so hard. Here. Roll over. Roll over! Like this. (Bart rolls over.)
Emily Winthrop: Congratulations sonny. You've earned a toffee. (Tosses Bart a toffee.)
Bart: Oh, thank you! (Under his breath.) Moldy old maid.
(Marge, Lisa and Homer discover what Santa's Little Helper has done.)
Marge and Lisa: (Scream in unison)
Marge: My quilt! Six generations, ruined! (Sobs)
Homer: (Consoles Marge) Now, Marge, honey. Honey, honey. Come on. Come on. Don't get upset. It's not the end of the world. We all loved that quilt, but you can't get too attached to--
(Homer sees the remains of his cookie.)
Homer: (Screams) My cookie! (Sobs hysterically) Oh, this is not happening. This is not happening!
(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: Bart! (Reaches down to choke Bart.)
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.
(Lisa is sick and Bart delivers her homework after school.)
Bart: Here's your stupid homework.
(Bart hands Lisa her homework.)
Lisa: Ooh! (Shuffling through the papers.) Phonics, functions, vocabulary--Remedial reading? Oh, do your own homework, Bart!
(Mrs. Winfield calls Homer after she catches Santa's Little Helper in her pool.)
Homer: Are you losing your hearing, or are you just stupid? I am going to explain this to you one more time, and then I'm going to hang up on you. It is not my dog! I tied my dog outside myself! I am looking at him right--(Looks into the backyard and sees the dog missing.) D'oh!
(Santa's Little Helper chews on a talking Krusty doll)
Krusty Doll: You're my best friend! (chuckles) You're my best friend! (chuckles) You're my best friend! (chuckles)
(From Santa's Little Helper's point of view something different is heard)
Krusty Doll: Ooh ba hist ha! (distorted chuckling) Ooh ba hist ha! (distorted chuckling) Ooh ba hist ha! (distorted chuckling)
Homer: (Calls out to Marge who is upstairs.) Marge, the dog is hungry!
Marge: (Yells back) Well, then, feed him!
Homer: Yes, master!
(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.
(Santa's Little Helper passes dog obedience school.)
Emily Winthrop: You son of a bitch! Good show!
Dr. Hibbert and his family are modeled after Bill Cosby's family on "The Cosby Show". At the time, the two shows were both aired in the same time slot, Thursday at 8pm EST.
This is Frank Welker's first of many appearances on the show, primarily doing animal sounds.
This is Tracey Ullman's first and last time being on The Simpsons. Ullman was in this episode, as an in-joke reference to the fact that The Simpsons used to be a 1 min short on The Tracey Ullman Show.
"Deep, Deep Trouble" 7F76 (5 min) This music video appeared right after the broadcast of episode 29, which seems to have been edited to make space for the time the video was going to use. In fact the episode didn't air in its entirety until it was rerun on 25 Jul 91. It was the second song off the album The Simpsons Sing The Blues.
Blackboard: I will not sell school property.
Couch: The entire family fits on the couch, including the pets.
One of the pictures on Marge's quilt is none other than a Frank Capra photograph entitled "Death In The Making."
The scene where Lisa shows Marge that she can use the pin and lighter on her finger and the shot showing them touching the point of each others fingers and making a sort of humming sound parodies a scene in the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Friday The 13th
When Santa's Little Helper destroys the quilt, the echo sound you hear is from the 1980 film Friday The 13th.
The Cosby Show
Dr. Hibbert's wardrobe, family and home are styled to look like Cliff Huxtable's wardrobe, family and home from the TV series The Cosby Show.
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