Episode 19 – Dog of Death
Couch Gag – This time Homer lays on the sofa with the rest of the family jumping on top of him.
Plot Synopsis – 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.
What is going on really – We start with the state going mad for the lottery which promises a three figure million prize, Homer buys plenty of tickets with each family member going through what they want if they win, but back home Santa’s Little Helper is very sick.
Learning the price of the operation $750 Homer must explain about Doggie Heaven as the family can’t afford the operation, Homer finally gives in to look into a way of making the operation affordable, but Marge brings the sacrifices the family will have to make.
With the operation being a complete success, the family grows tired of Santa’s Little Helper as the sacrifices they make leave them missing out on things they would have had. Santa’s Little Helper decides to run away going on his own adventure around Springfield.
Mr Burns adopts the stray looking to turn him into the latest attack dog using A Clockwork Orange reference to make this happen. Bart’s determination to find Santa’s Little Helper brings them back together again.
Final Thoughts – This is an episode all dog owners will enjoy and understand the problems owning a dog can be when it comes to medical bills, but is an entertaining episode which could be enjoyed by all.