Canine capers as Santa's Little Helper goes back to school.
Written by Jon Vitti
Directed by Jim Reardon
Also starring: Frank Welker
Special guest voices: Phil Hartman (as Troy McClure), Tracey Ullman (as Miss Winthropp)
Premise: Santa's Little Helper is getting restless and destructive, so Bart takes him to obedience school. However, he doesn't learn very much and so Homer threatens to get rid of him if he doesn't improve.
Features: Dr Hibbert, Sylvia Hibbert, Mrs Winfield, Ned Flanders, Lenny, Newspaper vendor, Kent Brockman, Krusty, Troy McClure, Martin Prince.
Couch: The Simpsons rush in - and are joined by Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II.
- There is a brief shot of Miss Botz from Some Enchanted Evening on Kent's show.
- Other dogs at Miss Winthropp's class include Buddy and Lao-Tzu.
- The magazines Homer buys for Lisa are Teen Scream, Teen Screen and Teen Steam. Other mags on sale include Teen Team, Teen Dream,Teen Spleen and Non-Threatening Boys.
- Tracey Ullman's Miss Winthropp clearly seems to be based on the late TV dog trainer, Barbara Woodhouse.
Homage: The shots of Santa's Little Helper's point of view are a lift from Predator (John McTiernan, 1987). Dr Hibbert's home and his family rather resemble Bill Cosby's home and family in The Cosby Show, which was running against this season of The Simpsons at the time.
Notes: An enjoyable episode this, heightened by both Tracey Ullman's Miss Winthropp and Frank Welker's muted dog noises.