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Dog of Death

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Season 3 Episode
053 "Separate Vocations"
"Dog of Death"
"Colonel Homer" 055
"I'm not giving up. I don't care if I have to knock on every door in this two-bit town. I'm going to find my dog!"
Bart Simpson
"Dog of Death"
Dog of Death promo.jpg
Episode Information
Episode number: 54
Season number: S3 E19
Production code: 8F17
Original airdate: March 12, 1992
Chalkboard gag: "I saw nothing unusual in the teacher's lounge"
Couch gag: Homer runs to the couch first and lays down on it. When the rest of the family come to sit down, they sit on him.
Showrunners: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Written by: John Swartzwelder
Directed by: Jim Reardon
DVD features

"Dog of Death" is the nineteenth episode of Season 3 of The Simpsons and the fifty-fourth episode overall. It originally aired on March 12, 1992. The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Jim Reardon.


"When Santa's Little Helper suffers from a twisted stomach, the Simpsons cut corners wherever possible in order to pay for a life saving operation. However, when the family's morale suffers from the cuts, the dog runs away, and quickly becomes one of Mr. Burns' hounds."


Springfield is "in the grip of lottery fever" with a $130 million jackpot and, as a result, an ailing Santa's Little Helper is ignored.

Once he is discovered to be sick, the family rushes him to the hospital to undergo an emergency operation. Homer is saddened to tell Bart and Lisa that they just can't afford the $750 for the operation, but seeing how much everyone, including himself, loves the dog, he resolves to finding a way to pay for it.

To save up the money, the family cuts corners, having everyone give up their small luxuries. Among other things, Homer has to give up beer, Marge has to forgo her weekly lottery ticket, Bart has to have his hair cut for free at the Springfield Barber College, Lisa has to forgo the 4th edition of Encyclopedia Generica: Copernicus to Elephantiasis, and Maggie's clothes have to last a little longer.

Things begin to fall apart after it is found that Marge's regular numbers would have won $40,000, and the family begin to resent the dog for forcing them to lose out on the things they enjoy, as Homer is reduced to singing at Moe's for petty money, Maggie's clothes rip, Bart suffers from an awful haircut, and Lisa coincidentally has a school report on Copernicus.

After Santa's Little Helper is saddened by the family's angry behaviour toward him, he runs away from home and goes off in an adventure, only to be adopted by Mr. Burns, who trains him to become one of his vicious attack hounds. After a long brainwashing process, which includes having him watch a film reel consisting of nothing but people being abusive to dogs, and being trained to attack Smithers wearing a protection suit, Santa's Little Helper in turn becomes a bloodthirsty killer.

In the meantime, the family, feeling remorse for their behaviour, decide to bring him back. While putting out posters, Bart passes Mr. Burn's mansion as well, only to discover Santa's Little Helper amongst the other vicious dogs. When the dog leaps forward to attack, he suddenly remembers all the good times they had, and snaps out of his brainwashed state. Briefly embracing each other in joy, Santa's Little Helper then turns to the other dogs, still bent on attacking Bart. As he growls, the other dogs cower back in fear, and run off. Bart and Santa's Little Helper then return home, greeted by their loving family.

The episode ends with a disclaimer: "No dogs were harmed in the filming of this episode. A cat got sick and somebody shot a duck, but that's it."

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Auf den Hund gekommen" Gone to the dogs
Spain flag.png Español "Muerte de perros" Death of dogs
Hispanic America.gif Español "Nuestro mejor amigo" Our best friend
Brasil Flag.png Português "Cão da Morte" Dog of Death
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "リトルヘルパーは疫病神!" Little Helper is a Pest!

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