Lottery fever hits Springfield, but the Simpsons are forced to forgo a lottery ticket, and many other luxuries, to pay for a life-saving operation for their dog, Santa's Little Helper. All their personal lives are affected negatively by the sacrifice, and they come to resent Santa's Little Helper. He runs away and is captured by Mr. Burns, who trains him to be a guard dog. Written by
Did You Know?
The doctor who performs the surgery on Santa's Little Helper is based on the main character in Ben Casey
(1961). See more
I hate to interrupt your longevity treatment, sir, but there's a sweet little boy at the door.
[muffled, from behind the glass
Release the hounds.
References Old Yeller
Ode to Joy
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
and Friedrich Schiller See more