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Dog of Death 

The Simpsons wind up regretting paying for an expensive surgery for Santa's Little Helper. He then runs away from home, winds up in the animal shelter, and is adopted by Mr. Burns to become an attack dog.

Director:

Jim Reardon

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Employee in Commercial / Barney Gumble / Krusty the Clown / Lottery Announcer / Grampa Simpson / Trainee Barber / Butler (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Teacher (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Lou / Chief Wiggum / Veterinarian / Mr. Danielson / Barfly #2 / Dog Pound Supervisor (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Boss in Commercial / Commercial Announcer / Sanjay Nahasapeemapetilon / Kent Brockman / Principal Skinner / Lenny / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Voice of Doggie Heaven / Barfly #1 / Ned Flanders (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Nurse / Miss Hoover (voice)
Frank Welker ... Santa's Little Helper / Mr. Teeny / Hounds (voice)
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Kent Brockman's lottery number is 3-17-25-38-41-49. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Burns: I'm looking for something in an attack dog, one who likes the sweet, gamey tang of human flesh. Hmm, why here's the fellow. Wiry, fast, firm proud buttocks... reminds me of me.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Ode to Joy
(uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven and Friedrich Schiller
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Great, But Rather Sad Episode!
21 August 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the nineteenth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and I think it's a very good episode with a central theme of showing affection towards the pet and vice-versa. It goes on to say how you should appreciate animals in your life, no matter the cost. But this can be emotional episode, but of course being a Simpsons episode, it is not devoid of jokes. I'm just happy they were able to make another episode based around Santa's Little Helper.

In this episode, "Dog of Death," the Simpsons were unable to win the lottery despite being lottery season. That comes to hurt when they found out that their dog must need surgery to save it's life. Because of the surgery, the Simpsons are forced to forgo luxuries and that makes them bitter. Feeling hurt, Santa's Little Helper runs away and he is found by Mr. Burns where he's forced to become a guard dog.

Overall, this is a great episode but it's pretty darn sad. But there is a happy ending, so that makes me happy. I loved the cultural references, mainly the Clockwork Orange reference where Burns is forcing the dog to watch movies during his training. I rate this episode 9/10.


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