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Bart's Dog Gets an "F"

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Season 2 Episode
028 "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"
"Bart's Dog Gets an "F""
"Old Money" 030
"This is our pet. We can question his integrity and disposition, but we can't question his heart. Are you trying to teach us that the way to solve a problem with something we love is to throw it away?"
Lisa Simpson
"Bart's Dog Gets an "F""
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Episode Information
Episode number: 29
Season number: S2 E16
Production code: 7F14
Original airdate: March 7, 1991
Chalkboard gag: "I will not sell school property."
Guest star(s): Tracey Ullman as Emily Winthrop
Showrunner(s): James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Written by: Jon Vitti
Directed by: Jim Reardon
DVD features

"Bart's Dog Gets an "F"" is the sixteenth episode of season 2 of The Simpsons and the twenty-ninth episode overall. It originally aired on March 7, 1991. The episode was written by Jon Vitti and directed by Jim Reardon. It guest stars Tracey Ullman as Emily Winthrop.


"After Santa's Little Helper gets in trouble for destroying Homer's new sneakers, Homer's large macadamia nut cookie, and Marge's heirloom quilt, Bart enrolls the dog into an obedience school, which Santa's Little Helper must pass if he wants to continue being The Simpsons' pet."


The Simpsons' dog, Santa's Little Helper, has been causing the family all sorts of grief. He doesn't obey commands, and is constantly making a nuisance of himself.

Lisa has the mumps and has to spend a few days home from school. While Marge teaches her sewing, Homer goes to the mall to buy some magazines for her. There he sees and purchases some expensive shoes known as 'Assassins', which he saw Ned Flanders with earlier, as well as a large cookie.

Marge shows Lisa a patchwork quilt which is a family heirloom. Lisa makes her own contribution to it, but then Santa's Little Helper rips it up, also destroying the shoes and cookie. Homer wants to get rid of the dog, but Lisa convinces them to take it to an obedience school first.

Santa's Little Helper does not do well at the Obedience School as Bart is unwilling to use a choke chain. The night before the final exam, Homer threatens that if Santa's Little Helper fails the exam, he'll have to go, but Bart and Lisa are very upset about this and ask to give the dog another chance. Bart and Santa's Little Helper play, thinking it will be their last few hours together. This bonding breaks down the communication barrier, allows Santa's Little Helper to understand Bart's commands, and to pass obedience school. Lisa marks the occasions by creating a new quilt to replace the one destroyed.


In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Betragen mangelhaft" Inadequate behavior
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Il cane di Bart è un disastro a scuola" Bart's dog is a disaster at school
Brasil Flag.png Português "Cachorro Reprovado" Failing Dog
Hungary flag.png Magyar "Kiskrampusz megbukik" Santa's Little Helper fails
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "迷犬リトルヘルパー" Stray Little Helper

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