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.
Did You Know?
One of the places to where Santa's Little Helper voyages, Swartzwelder County, where he rescues a baby from a burning house, is a reference to the writer of this episode, John Swartzwelder
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[Santa's Little Helper is lying on the floor in the kitchen
The dog's dead.
A disclaimer appears on-screen just before the end credits roll. It says "No dogs were harmed in the filming of this episode. A cat got sick, and somebody shot a duck, but that's it." See more
References Old Yeller
Ode to Joy
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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