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Bart's Dog Gets an F 

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.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Troy McClure / Football Announcer (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Martin Prince / Saleswoman (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Dr. Hibbert / Otto / Ned Flanders / Lenny / Kent Brockman / Father McGrath / Clerk #2 / Farmer (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Clerk #1 / Jack (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Jack's Girlfriend (voice)
Frank Welker ... Santa's Little Helper / Snowball II (voice)
Tracey Ullman ... Emily Winthrop / Mrs. Winfield (voice)


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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Animation | Comedy


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Homer pronounces and spells the word macadamia as if it were "macamademia", in keeping with his verbal tick of adding "ma" to the middle of a long word (e.g.: saxomaphone, pantomamime). See more »


As Bart is attempting to train Santa's Little Helper near the end. He unwittingly tells the dog to sit, which he does. However, due to muscle flexibility, Greyhounds that have been raced at some point in their life cannot physically sit. See more »


[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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Edited into The Simpsons: Lisa's Pony (1991) See more »

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Mainly Funny!
23 April 2014 | by g-bodylSee 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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7 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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