Dog of Death/References
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- The scene where Santa's Little Helper is brainwashed (by having his eyes pinned open and watching footage) is a parody of the rehabilitation process of Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. During the montage:
- Music played as background is the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, just as in the movie.
- The U. S. president who lifted his dog by the ears was Lyndon B. Johnson, and though the man in the montage does not look like him, a Secret Service agent is seen in the background.
- The airship crashing in flames is the Hindenburg.
- The music played as Santa's Little Helper gambols through the countryside is from Peter and the Wolf by Serge Prokofiev.
- The veterinarian is closely modeled on Vince Edwards in his role as Ben Casey.
- The Burns mansion is situated at the corner of Croesus and Mammon.
- A smaller headline in the Springfield Shopper states that the President and a rock star are to swap wives
- The ornamental lions outside the vet's have bandages.
- The Vet makes his first appearance.
- When Santa's Little Helper dies before being revived, the "Santa's Little Helper" sticker on the ECG heart monitor disappears.