The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 20

Stop Or My Dog Will Shoot

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 13, 2007 on FOX
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Stop Or My Dog Will Shoot
Homer unwittingly drags the family into a cornfield maze after attempting to leave a boring Harvest fest that Marge brought them to. When everyone except Homer escapes, Santa's Little Helper rescues him and becomes the town hero. So the family enrolls him in the Police Dog Academy and after graduation he's teamed with Lou. Police life becomes too much for Santa's Little Helper and he bites Bart. It is decided that he can no longer live with the family. Bart finds a new pet in a python, but in the end, Bart must choose between his dog and his snake.moreless

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  • Santa's Little Helper becomes a police dog after he rescues Homer from a cornfield maze

    Homer unwittingly drags the family into a cornfield maze after attempting to leave a boring Harvest fest that Marge brought them to. When everyone except Homer escapes, Santa's Little Helper rescues him and becomes the town hero. So the family enrolls him in the Police Dog Academy and after graduation he's teamed with Lou. Police life becomes too much for Santa's Little Helper and he bites Bart. It is decided that he can no longer live with the family. Bart finds a new pet in a python, but in the end, Bart must choose between his dog and his snake. I thought that this was a perfect episode of "The Simpsons". The storyline was brilliantly written and the humor was magnificent. It's also good to actually see Santa Little Helper get a storyline of his own. Santa's Little Helper doesn't really get a lot of storylines and it seems like the writers seem to ignore Sant's Little Helper most of the time because while he is the Simpsons' dog, he doesn't appear in every episode. Anyways, this was a perfect episode for Santa's Little Helper and I loved it. I loved the scene when Santa's Little Helper was searching for Homer in the cornfield maze and rescues him and I also thought it was cool how he became the town hero and now becomes a police dog. I was a little shocked that Santa's Little Helper would bite Bart because being a police dog was too much for him. There was a lot of humor that made me laugh such as Chief Wiggum having a sweater with Big Bird pushing Elmo into a giant saw blade (those characters are from "Sesame Street"), Homer thinking that Marge wants to "split up in their marriage" when Marge actually meant to split up in the cornfield maze so they can find a way out, and many many more. Bart also buying a snake to try to get over Santa's Little Helper was good as well. It was also nice that Santa's Little Helper went back to Bart and everyone else in the Simpsons household. Well, we all know that mostly happens in episodes of shows like that anyways but I still think it's nice. Overall, a perfect episode of "The Simpsons".... hopefully the writers will make more Santa's Little Helper episodes like this soon. 10/10moreless
  • Decent Episode.

    This wasn't one of the best of this season, but it wasn't the worst either. Santa's Little Helper becomes a police dog and after awhile, he forgets about his family. It's similar to the Family Guy episode when Brian becomes a police dog as well. Its not overly funny and it got boring towards the end. Not one of my favorites, but it could have been better. 7.5/10
  • Santa's LIttle Helper is a police dog.

    Homer is upset when he realizes that Marge brought him and the family to a boring Harvest Fest instead of his much-anticipated day of debauchery at October Fest. Attempting to leave, Homer accidentally drags the family into a puzzling cornfield maze. When the whole family manages to escape except for Homer, they send out Santa's Little Helper, who sniffs out Homer and rescues him. Santa's Little Helper becomes a local hero and the Simpsons decide to enroll him in Police Dog Academy, where he's teamed with a grizzled veteran cop named Lou and they become a crime-busting duo. Over the years the Simpsons writers have always been original, and this proves it haha! A good episode to say the least. Watch it!moreless
  • Bart must choose to have a snake as a pet or his dog Santas Little Helper.. Who will he choose???

    After successfully locating and rescuing Homer from a corn maze, Santa's Little Helper is recruited to be a police dog. Santa is teamed with a grizzled veteran cop named Lou. The team ends up arresting a known drug dealer; however, he is set free when it is revealed in court that Santa's Little Helper violated police code. Upset by the injustice, Santa becomes jaded and bites Bart when he tries to surprise him. Santa is subsequently sent to live with Lou. Trying to help Bart cope with his loss, Marge and Homer agree to buy Bart a python. During a show and tell session at school, Bart's python escapes and accidentally releases a toxic cloud from the science lab. Santa ends up rescuing Bart from the toxic cloud and they are reunited once again.moreless
  • This episode wasn't so original. The plot was similar in another show.

    This Simpsons episode wasn't really great. This episode wasn't original. This episode ripped off Family Guy. Much of it is the plot. Remember the Family Guy episode, "The Thin White Line."

    It's when Brian becomes a police sniffing dog. Santa's Little Helper became a police dog like Brian. Later in the episode, their dog forgets about his family like when Brian did. One more thing, what happened to Laddie? It was the dog Bart bought when using a credit card. Laddie must have retired police force. It seems like that these days Simpsons are stealing from Family Guy. It used to be the other way around.moreless
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

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • The picture on the sweater that Cheif Wiggum made was of Big Bird from Sesame Street pushing Elmo into a giant saw blade.

    • When nitric acid & ethanol are mixed in this episode it produces a toxic gas. In fact, mixing these two chemicals will make a very explosive mixture, not a toxic gas.

    • The music playing over the scene where Santa's Little Helper, along with the other animals, are in training is from the 1975-1976 television series S.W.A.T..

    • After Snake got arrested, the court is shown. Near the front entrance you can see a "El Barto" tag.

    • Even though the pet store owner cut Strangles down to 1 foot, he is still looking longer, after Bart takes him home.

    • Lou lives in an apartment.

    • Cheif Wiggum is a good knitter.

    • Goof: In this episode, Skinner tells the students to line up in accordance to the sum of their last names when each letter is assigned a number according to its place in the alphabet. Bart's place was between Milhouse and Nelson. Van Houten adds up to 120, Muntz adds up to 74, and Simpson adds up to 105. This cannot be correct, because Lisa should be next to Bart. Also there are probably many other last names between 120 and 74. However if we are to say Milhouse's last name is only Houten, it becomes 83, and Bart shouldn't be between them at all.

    • When Bart tries to walk the cat, and hangs her with the leash, it does no harm to Snowball II.

    • The music near the beginning of the second act at the dog academy is similar to the music heard throught the season 1 episode "Bart the General". It was written for the movie Patton but is also associated with Police Academy movie series.

    • The Animal Academy statue has a dog riding a Horse.

    • This is the second time that a dog of the Simpsons has worked in the field of law enforcement.

    • This is the second time Stephen Hawking has gotten out of a difficult situation by activating a propeller and flying away; he did the same thing in "They Saved Lisa's Brain."

    • First episode where Lou, the cop plays a bigger role.

    • This is the second time that Santa's Little Helper has rescued Homer.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Mrs. Krabappel: Bart, you can't bring a python to school!
      Bart: Hey, don't ask me to 'show' if you can't handle the 'tell'.
      (The class laughs)
      Mrs. Krabappel: Well, I'm going to show you to the principal, and tell him about all about it.
      (No one laughs)
      Mrs. Krabappel: Mine was as funny as his!
      Nelson: No one's arguing with you, lady, now can we just learn something?

    • Microsoft Paper Clip: You look like you're trying to eat me. Need some help?

    • Bart: Hey Lis, wanna touch Strangles? He's not slimy at all, he's scaly.
      Lisa: (After touching the snake) Eww! He is slimy!
      Bart: That's because I soaked him in slime!

    • (lost in the corn maze)
      Lisa: Dad, why don't you throw me in the air and I can see which way is out? (he does) Corn. (again) More corn. (again) Another kid getting thrown in the air. (again) Witches' coven. (again) Seattle Space Needle. (again) Amateur production of You Can't Take It With You. (again) Oh, I'm getting dizzy. (again) And corn again.

    • Bart: Oh man! It's like the chemicals cut one!

    • Judge Snyder: You stand accused of giving hope to scrawny young men. How do you plead?
      Snake: Guilty… of being innocent!
      (Crowd laughs, Santa's Little Helper growls)

    • Lou: (to Santa's Little Helper) Nobody stays when you say freeze, you might as well say run.

    • Brandine: (to Cletus) You gave that hog a day of beauty and you give me nothing!

    • (lost in the corn maze)
      Marge: Maybe we should split up.
      Homer: Split up? Marge, no, we can fix this marriage!
      Marge: No, no, I didn't mean--
      Homer: Fine, you want out? Then go, I can make it on my own! Before I met you, I had friends and dreams!
      Marge: I was talking about--
      Homer: Oh, please take me back! (sobbing) The dating scene is a nightmare! I'm begging you!
      Marge: I just meant we should split up to get out of this corn maze.
      Homer: Deep down, I-- I guess I knew that.
      Marge: Now, there must be a way out.
      Homer: Of our marriage? I don't want to live! (runs off screaming)
      Marge: (grumbles)
      Homer: (offscreen) Hey, this maze is made of corn.

    • Homer: (To Man, Gasping) You stuffed your horn?

    • Bart: (About his new python) He is so awesome I already love him more than Lisa!

    • Lisa: What if Santa's Little Helper stops being a police dog, then he can get a non-violent job like barking songs on novelty Christmas records. You can do it, boy!
      (Santa's Little Helper's barks 'The Dreidel Song')
      Lisa: No, boy, that's Hannukah!

    • Bart: I miss Santa's Little Helper. I wanted him to be a police dog, but now he has no time for me. I even have to eat my own homework.

    • Homer: D'oh! Why do things that happen to stupid people keep happening to me?

    • Homer: There sure is a lot of corn in this parking lot.
      Lisa: Dad, we're in the MAZE!

    • Farmer: Wagon wheels were the Internet of the 19th century!
      Bart: Really?
      Farmer: No.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: Pearls are not oyster barf.
      Couch Gag: Everyone runs in and sits on the couch. Then another set of Simpsons comes in and squeezes onto the couch. More and more sets of the family come in until they fill up the entire house and start falling out the windows. Homer yells, "Don't shove!"


    • In Bart's fantasy sequence, Santa's Little Helper looked like RoboCop and then transforms like a Transformer, after Bart told him to do so.

    • In Bart's fantasy sequence, he sees Santa's Little Helper rescue him from Jason Voorhees and Pinhead, of Friday the 13th and Hellraiser respectively.

    • The song played when Santa's Little Helper looks for Homer in the maze is Korn's "Freak On A Leash". This might be a pun on the fact that the maze is built inside a corn field.

    • Willie: That'll do snake, that'll do.
      This is a reference to a similar line at the end of 1995 film Babe: "That'll do pig, that'll do."

    • Title: Is a take on the 1992 film Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot.

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