After an uncontrollable Santa's Little Helper destroys several important Simpson possessions, Homer announces that he will be thrown out of the house unless he completes obedience training.

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Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Troy McClure / Football Announcer (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Martin Prince / Saleswoman (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Dr. Hibbert / Otto / Ned Flanders / Lenny / Kent Brockman / Father McGrath / Clerk #2 / Farmer (voice)
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Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Clerk #1 / Jack (voice)
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Jack's Girlfriend (voice)
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Emily Winthrop / Mrs. Winfield (voice)
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After Santa's Little Helper has chewed Homer's new shoes and eaten his cookies, Homer decides to get rid of him unless he can behave. Bart takes him to an obedience class run by the formidable Emily Winthrop but he does not respond well. Fortunately Bart has the faith to persevere and to put his dog successfully through the test. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Dr. Hibbert's home and family resemble that of the The Cosby Show (1984), a program that at the time competed with The Simpsons (1989) for the Thursday 8:00 p.m. time slot. See more »

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When Ned shows Homer his new shoes his glasses are present in some shots and missing in others. See more »

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[Lisa, home with the mumps, watches a soap opera with Marge]
Lisa: Gee, is it always this good?
Actor Marge: Mmmmm, I don't know. I just dip in and out. I'm only watching today because Randi is coming out of a coma, and she knows the phony prince's body is hidden in the boathouse.
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Mainly Funny!
23 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The sixteenth episode in the second season of the Simpsons is a solid and rather funny episode. There are some touching moments, but this episode focuses on what it's like to train pets and have them become the creatures that we love. The guest voice is Tracey Ullman and she is formidable as the head of the obedience school featured in this episode.

In this episode, "Bart's Dog Gets an F," Santa's Little Helper chews up the family's heirloom and eats Homer's cookies which angers both Homer and Marge. They threaten to give him away unless Bart takes him to obedience school to properly train the dog.

Overall, this is a funny episode but also touching on the way it depicts friendship of man vs. dog. It's not the greatest episode by any means, but still a rather good one in the second season. I rate this episode 9/10.


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