Stop or My Dog Will Shoot
Pearls are not oyster barf
Couch gag: The Simpsons sit on the couch, and more and more Simpsons clones fill the room, then the spill from the house.
Director: Matthew Faughnan
Stephen Hawking as himself
Maurice LaMarche as the horn stuffer
Synopsis: Santa’s Little Helper becomes a police dog and Bart gets a new pet, a python.
Discussion: Aww look, Santa’s Little Helper is a cop dog with a cute widdle uniform and everyfink! Unfortunately, that’s where the fun ends. It’s an average episode, which means I don’t wanna poke my eyes out but I can’t think of much to say about it.
In fact, the most interesting part about this ep is the omission of Rudy Giuliani, who was apparently supposed to appear in the graduation scene but was cut due to his presidential campaign or something. I doubt his appearance would have lifted the episode or mattered much in his campaign… Anyhoo, this production note is still more interesting than the episode.
One notable highlight is the use of Korn’s ‘Freak on a Leash‘ when Santa’s Little Helper is trying to find Homer in the maize maze. I thought that was rather clever and I was surprised that I recognised the song; I’m more of a top 40, pop and 80’s wuss rock kind of girl.