The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 19

Dog of Death

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 12, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary


The family is forced to scrimp, save and cut back in order to pay for Santa's Little Helper's life-saving surgery.

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  • superb

    what i liked- homer's fantasy of being tall and gold, the emotional conflict of the simpsons maybe having to put Santa's Little Helper down, Burns taking in SLH and trying to make him an attack dog, the Simpsons getting their beloved dog back at the end of the episode, amongst other things.

    as usual, pretty great episode by my favorite simpsons writer. lots of good gags and it was kind of emotional whenbart feared they would have to put SLH down. B+/A- as my final grade.moreless
  • this ep was really good

    in this ep of the simpsons the lottery feaver has made its way to springfield and has made kent brockman and other richer and the simpsons reize they need to get him a big sugrey that cost alot of money so they deicide to do what ever they can by cutting back on everything and saving money and then santas little helper runs away and it goes to mr burns who trains it to be a killer dog and it starts to go after bart but barts love for the dog wins out in the end of the show . this was a good ep of the simpsonsmoreless
  • Schwartzwelder writes another fine Simpsons episode.

    "Dog of Death" is one of the better written episodes of season 3 - written by who-other than John S. The episodes combines emotion and comedy and makes for one great Simpsons episode. In it, it's revealed Santa's Little Helper has a "twisted stomach" that will be expensive to fix. After debate, Homer and Marge agree to the operation, even though everyone in the family had to make a sacrifice. Santa's Little Helper gets the surgery, and he gets some special attention afterwards. Homer: "I want to pet him again."

    Marge: "You can pet the cat."

    Homer: "The cat? What's the point?"

    Really, a good, solid season 3 episode.moreless
  • This is the stuff that true Simpsons episodes are made out!!!! series classic most definately

    Homer believes that he will win the big lottery of $130,000,000 and buys 50 tickets, but none of them are the winning ticket. Meanwhile, Santa's Little Helper has to be rushed to the hospital to undergo an emergency operation; he has a twisted stomach. Homer is saddened to tell Bart and Lisa that they just can't afford the $750 for the operation, but seeing how much everyone--including himself--loves the dog, he resolves to find a way to pay for it.

    To save up the money, everyone must give up their small luxuries and begin to resent the dog for forcing them to lose out on the things they enjoy. Hurt and dejected, Santa's Little Helper runs away from home, only to be adopted by Mr. Burns, who trains him to become one of his vicious attack hounds.

    After a long brainwashing process, Santa's Little Helper becomes a bloodthirsty killer. When Bart goes to Burns' mansion to retrieve his dog, Santa's Little Helper tries to attack him but remembers all the good times they had and snaps out of his brainwashed state. The dog then returns to his loving family.moreless
  • Another excellent Simpson's episode!

    This, along with 'Marge...' are perfect examples of The Simpson's at the top of their game. Some parts in this with Santa's little helper were slightly emotional as well.

    In some parts, this episode made me happy and sad at the same time, again, this is FLAWLESS. This episode also has my favourite Simpson's quote ever, Homer: 'If you were 17 we'd be rich! But no, you had to be 10!'
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Santa's Little Helper and Additional Animal Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Homer: (about Santa's Little Helper) Aw, how come he gets meat and we don't?
      Marge: You wouldn't want what he's eating, it's mostly just snouts and entrails.
      Homer: Mmmm, snouts.

    • Veterinarian: This is the part of the job I hate the most. (Tosses hampster into trashcan with mini-basketball hoop)
      Homer: Hey, you did the best you could.
      Veterinarian: I love animals. I spend my life saving them and they can't thank me. Well, the parrots can. Let's see what's wrong with this one.

    • Bart: (after Homer explains about Doggie Heaven) Hey, wait a minute. Does this have to do anything with Santa's Little Helper?
      Marge: Oh, honey, seven hundred and fifty dollars is a lot of money. We really can't afford this operation.
      Bart: You're gonna just let him die?
      Marge: I know you're upset.
      Bart: Darn right, I'm upset!
      Marge: Bart! Watch your language! Oh, you did. Sorry.
      Bart: I'm not gonna let our dog die and that's it! (leaves the kitchen and mumbles to himself)

    • Homer: I want to tell you about the most wonderful place in the world: Doggie Heaven. In Doggie Heaven, there are mountains of bones, and you can't turn around without sniffing another dog's butt! And all the best dogs are there, Old Yeller, and about eight Lassies.
      Bart: Is there a Doggie Hell?
      Homer: Well… of course, there couldn't be a heaven if there weren't a hell.
      Bart: Who's in there?
      Homer: Oh, uh… Hitler's dog… and that dog Nixon had, what's his name, um, Chester…
      Lisa: Checkers.
      Homer: Yeah! One of the Lassies is in there, too. The mean one! The one who mauled Timmy!

    • Homer: I wanna pet him again!
      Marge: You can pet the cat.
      Homer: The cat? What's the point?

    • Homer: (on Kent Brockman) Well, he's got all the money in the world, but there's one thing he can't buy.
      Marge: What's that?
      Homer: (Thinks for a moment) A dinosaur!

    • Marge: Well, we lost the money, but at least we still have each other.
      Grampa: Hey, the dog's dead.

    • Kent Brockman: But there's already one big winner...Our state school system, which gets fully half the profits from the library.
      Skinner: Just think what we can buy with that money...History books that know how the Korean War came out. Math books that don't have that base six crap in them! And a state-of-the-art detention hall, where children are held in place by magnets.

    • Homer: You don't understand, Marge. The lottery is the one ray of hope in my otherwise unbearable life! (pause) Uh, the lottery and you.

    • Announcer: The state lottery, where everybody wins! (quickly) Actual odds of winning one in three hundred and eighty million.

    • Lisa: Poor Santa's Little Helper, I'm starting to think we'll never see him again!
      Homer: That was his dish, and that was his leash...and that's where he took a whizz on the rug.

    • Smithers: Wanna buy some cookies, wanna buy some cookies?
      (Santa's Little Helper runs up to Smithers and greets him)
      Burns: If that were a real girl scout, I would have been bothered by now!

    • Burns: Well neighbor, I see you've got your running shoes on, that's a good thing! Smithers, release the hounds. (Flanders runs and screams like a little girl)

    • Bart: Oh, it's all my fault! I called him a dumb dog!
      Homer: Oh, he's gone and he's never coming back...wait, there he is!, that's a horse.

    • Homer: Marge, I've figured out an alternative to giving up my beer. Basically, we become a family of travelling acrobats!
      Marge: I don't think you've thought this through...

    • Homer: If you were seventeen, we'd be rich, but had to be ten!

    • Homer: Bart, I need some lucky numbers, fast, how old are you? Uh huh, and what's your birthday?...No kidding, and what's Lisa's birthday? What, you don't know your sister's birthday, what kind of brother are you?

    • Barney: You know, I heard the jackpot is up to one hundred and thirty million dollars.
      Barney: Did you say one hundred and thirty million dollars?
      Homer: Yeah!
      Barney: Wow!

    • Bart: I'm not giving up. I don't care if I have to knock on every door in this two-bit town. I'm going to find my dog!
      Homer: And I'll be right here watching TV!

    • Marge: The odds of winning are 380,000,000 to 1.
      Homer: Correction: 380,000,000 to 50!

    • Marge: Homie, did you close the gate?
      Homer: Yes. (Gate thumps loudly) Oh, you mean tonight.

    • Smithers: People like dogs, Mr. Burns.
      Burns: Nonsense, dogs are idiots. Think about it Smithers, if I came into your room and started sniffing at your crotch and slobbering all over your face, what would you say?
      Smithers: Umm...if you did it, sir?

    • Marge: Even if he has passed on, there's no reason to cry. Remember Doggie Heaven?
      Homer: Oh, Marge, there is no such place!
      Marge: (Clears throat, indicating Bart and Lisa)
      Homer: Or, to put it another way, there is.

    • Wiggum: (Answers phone) Uh, no you've got the wrong number. This is 9-1... 2.

    • Mr. Burns: What makes a man endanger his job, and, yes, even his life, by asking me for money?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The plot for this episode was based on a dog that writer John Swartzwelder had as a child, the dog became sick and his family could not afford to pay for its operation so it was put to sleep.

    • Until his death, Vince Edwards said one of his favorite moments was being parodied on The Simpsons, and he was actually remembered for his work.

    • Blackboard Joke: I saw nothing unusual in the teacher's lounge.
      Couch Gag: Homer lies on the couch then the rest of the family sits on him.


    • Peter and the Wolf
      The music that follows Santa's Little Helper's adventure when he runs away from home is from the musical Peter and the Wolf.

    • Croesus and Mammon: This is the intersection at which Monty Burns lives. Croesus was the King of Lydia in 6th century BC infamous for his fabulous wealth (and vanity about it). Mammon was a demon in Judeo-Christian theology famous for his extreme avarice.

    • Old Yeller
      Santa's Little Helper attacking the bear is a take on the film Old Yeller.

    • Ben Casey
      The vet, along with a number of other site gags and the theme music are all a parody of the 1960's show Ben Casey.

    • Lassie
      Santa's Little Helper rescuing a baby from a burning building is a paordy of an episode of Lassie.

    • A Clockwork Orange
      To toughen up Santa's Little Helper, Mr. Burns straps him to a chair, puts devices on his eyes that won't let him blink, and shows him movies of dog brutality. This is just like the Alex's treatment from the book/movie A Clockwork Orange.