Two Dozen and One Greyhounds
The Good Humor man can only be pushed so far
Couch gag: The family chase a rapidly receding couch
Director: Bob Anderson
Synopsis: Santa’s Little Helper falls in love with a racing greyhound, producing 25 puppies. Mr Burns steals the puppies and plans to make a tuxedo from them.
Discussion: Always a sucker for the musical episodes, I love this one also. We begin with Santa’s Little Helper feeling a bit frisky and overexcited. He leads the family to the race track where they got him way back in episode 1, and mates with a female greyhound while she’s racing. The rest is history- everyone who has seen this episode recalls Mr Burns’ evil plot and that very catchy song about his plans. Even Bart hums it afterwards, Lisa reminding him they need to steal the puppies back.
Borrowing heavily from some classic Disney films (also a reason to love this ep), this shows Burns as a true villain- before now, he was just annoyingly schematic with not much punch. The closing scenes where Burns accepts a million dollar cheque for racing these purebred puppies is just the icing on the cake, leading Homer to bat the lightbulb in the basement to calm himself down.
Overall, it’s a great episode. Santa’s Little Helper has been mostly absent from storylines since season 3 so it’s good to see him again in the forefront of the show.