The Canine Mutiny

"The Canine Mutiny" is the twentieth episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 13, 1997.[1] It was written by Ron Hauge and directed by Dominic Polcino.[1] Bart applies for a credit card and goes on a spending spree when it arrives, including an expensive trained dog called 'Laddie'. It guest stars voice actor Frank Welker as Laddie,[2] a parody of Lassie. The episode's title references the novel The Caine Mutiny.

"The Canine Mutiny"
The Simpsons episode
Bart and Laddie dispose of the credit card.
Episode no.Season 8
Episode 20
Directed byDominic Polcino
Written byRon Hauge
Production code4F16
Original air dateApril 13, 1997
Guest appearance(s)

Frank Welker as Laddie

Episode features
Chalkboard gag"A fire drill does not demand a fire."[1]
Couch gagThe couch is folded out into a bed with Grampa asleep on it. Grampa can only utter a cry of “Huh?” before The Simpsons fold him into the couch as they sit down as normal.[2]
CommentaryJosh Weinstein
Dominic Polcino
George Meyer


When Bart complains he never gets any mail, Marge gives him the family's junk mail. One piece contains a credit card application, which Bart fills out under the name of his dog Santa's Little Helper, whom he claims to have the occupation "butt doctor". The company misreads the name as "Santos L. Halper", and the credit card application is approved. Before long, Bart receives a credit card. Bart goes on a shopping spree, buying the family some very expensive gifts from a mail order catalog: Vancouver smoked salmon and a radio-frying pan for Marge, a golf shirt with corporate logo for Homer, "Trucker's Choice Stay-Alert Capsules" for Lisa and many things for himself. The item that Bart anticipates the most is a finely-bred, pre-trained collie. Not letting its US$1,200 purchase price stand in the way, Bart promptly orders one. Upon its arrival Bart learns the dog's name is Laddie, and that he has been trained to perform a wide variety of tasks. The rest of the family fall in love with the new dog, while Santa's Little Helper goes unnoticed.

Bart fails to pay off "Santos L. Halper's" credit card bill, and it is not long before he gets a call from a debt collection agency demanding payment. When the calls and collection letters persist, Bart enlists Laddie to help him bury his ill-gotten credit card. Later, repo men arrive to take back all of the things Bart has purchased. Lisa demands an explanation, and Bart is forced to admit the truth. When a repossessor asks for the $1,200 dog to be returned, Bart identifies Santa's Little Helper as the dog he purchased. The greyhound is herded into the truck and Bart sadly watches as it drives away. Noticing that Santa's Little Helper is gone, the family begins to bond with Laddie, except for Bart, who fears for Santa's Little Helper's fate. When an exhausted Bart gives Laddie yet another walk, the collie saves the life of Baby Gerald. At the ceremony honoring Laddie's heroism, Chief Wiggum decides that Laddie would make the perfect police dog. Bart gives him to the Springfield police force and is forced to explain why the family now has no dog at all, while sobbing. Homer instructs Bart to do whatever it takes to get Santa's Little Helper back and he goes hunting around the town, trying to find his old pal. Bart eventually learns from Reverend Lovejoy that the dog was given to a parishioner named Mr. Mitchell.

Bart visits Mr. Mitchell to ask for his dog back, but when he sees that the man is blind and lonely, and hears how he and Santa's Little Helper have bonded, he grows heartsick and leaves. Still determined to get his dog back, Bart makes a late-night visit to Mr. Mitchell's home in hopes of retrieving Santa's Little Helper. The pair are reunited, but Bart traps himself in a closet. Mr. Mitchell, thinking Bart is a burglar, sits outside the closet and gloats to Bart that he had called the police, but Bart explains that he's just a boy, and that Santa's Little Helper was his dog to begin with. To solve the problem, Bart and Mitchell let Santa's Little Helper decide which owner he prefers, by having both of them call him. After briefly getting distracted by his own tail, Santa's Little Helper chooses Bart. Chief Wiggum arrives with Laddie, who immediately sniffs out a bag of marijuana in Mr. Mitchell's pocket. Bart and Santa's Little Helper head home, leaving the police to "finish up" with Mitchell, as more officers arrive with beer and dates.


The episode uses the full opening sequence because the story came out short.[3] Despite this, a large sequence was cut from the middle of the episode,[3] with half of the episode having to be re-written after the animatic had been finished.[4] The main plot of the episode came from an original idea that the family would be issued a credit card in the name "Hobart Simpson" and that Bart would use that.[3] An original side-story was that Lisa would become addicted to the "Trucker's Choice" pep pills.[4] Originally, instead of going to the dog park, the family took Laddie to a waterfall and he performed a series of dives,[4] but it was scrapped as it had already been proven that Laddie was a form of "superdog".[5] Likewise, Laddie rescuing Baby Gerald was originally a complicated rescue scene, but was cut into showing the aftermath.[3]

Laddie was designed to resemble a real dog.[3] The catalog Bart uses is a combination of the Lillian Vernon catalog and The Sharper Image.[3] The opening stemmed from the fact that the show had not had a sequence where the family received mail, and the writers wanted to create a joke about the different types of mail each of the family get.[3] After Bart's "dog burning" fantasy, when he hears a ship's horn in the distance, there was originally going to be a faint cry of "more dogs", but it was deemed that it took the joke too far.[3] Hank Azaria ad-libbed the entire sequence during the credits in which Chief Wiggum and Lou sing along to "Jammin'".[3]

Cultural references

The title is a reference to the novel and film The Caine Mutiny. The dog "Laddie" is a play on Lassie, in terms of name, appearance and uncanny intelligence.[2][3] Marge listens to the song "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks played on the frying pan radio.[2] At the end of the episode, the song "Jamming" by Bob Marley is played.[2] The design of the "Repo Depot" is based very loosely on the repossession agency from Repo Man.[3] The address of Mr. Mitchell's house, 57 Mt. Auburn Street, is one of addresses of The Harvard Lampoon.[3] Mr. Mitchell having a dead parrot that he believes to still be alive is a reference to the "Dead Parrot" Monty Python sketch.[5]


In its original broadcast, "The Canine Mutiny" finished 43rd in ratings for the week of April 7–13, 1997, with a Nielsen rating of 8.1, equivalent to approximately 7.9 million viewing households. It was the fourth highest-rated show on the Fox network that week, following The X-Files, King of the Hill, and Beverly Hills, 90210.[6]

The episode's ending with Chief Wiggum and Lou singing along to "Jamming'" by Bob Marley is often cited as one of the best endings in the history of the show.[3] The authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, called it "A sweet episode".[2] Homer's line "There, there, shut up boy" is one of Josh Weinstein's favorites.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Groening, Matt (1997). Richmond, Ray; Coffman, Antonia (eds.). The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (1st ed.). New York: HarperPerennial. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-06-095252-5. LCCN 98141857. OCLC 37796735. OL 433519M..
  2. ^ a b c d e f Martyn, Warren; Wood, Adrian (2000). "The Canine Mutiny". BBC. Retrieved 2007-03-30.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Weinstein, Josh (2006). The Simpsons The Complete Eighth Season DVD commentary for the episode "The Canine Mutiny" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  4. ^ a b c Polcino, Dominic (2006). The Simpsons The Complete Eighth Season DVD commentary for the episode "The Canine Mutiny" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  5. ^ a b Meyer, George (2006). The Simpsons The Complete Eighth Season DVD commentary for the episode "The Canine Mutiny" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  6. ^ Associated Press (April 17, 1997). "ABC ratings take a record nose dive". Sun-Sentinel. p. 4E.

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"The Old Man and the Lisa" is the twenty-first episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 20, 1997. In the episode, Mr. Burns becomes bankrupt and asks Lisa to help him become rich again. She helps him on the condition that he will lose his evil manners, and the two start making money recycling cans. After a while, Mr. Burns has made enough money to start his own recycling plant. However, his true colors are revealed when Mr. Burns shows that, inside the plant, he makes a multi-purpose edible compound made of squished sea life. He then sells the plant for US$120 million and offers Lisa 10% of his profits, but she declines.

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The Simpsons (season 8)

The Simpsons' eighth season originally aired on the Fox network between October 27, 1996, and May 18, 1997, beginning with "Treehouse of Horror VII". The showrunners for the eighth production season were Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. The aired season contained two episodes that were hold-over episodes from season seven, which Oakley and Weinstein also ran. It also contained two episodes for which Al Jean and Mike Reiss were the show runners.

Season eight received critical acclaim and won multiple awards, including two Emmy Awards: "Homer's Phobia" won for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) in 1997, and Alf Clausen and Ken Keeler won for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics" with the song "We Put the Spring in Springfield" from the episode "Bart After Dark". Clausen also received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Music Direction" for "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious". "Brother from Another Series" was nominated for the Emmy for "Sound Mixing For a Comedy Series or a Special". For "Homer's Phobia", Mike Anderson won the Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Directing in a TV Production, and the WAC Winner Best Director for Primetime Series at the 1998 World Animation Celebration. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation awarded the episode the GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding TV – Individual Episode".The DVD box set was released in Region 1 on August 15, 2006, Region 2 on October 2, 2006, and Region 4 on September 27, 2006. The set was released in two different forms: a Maggie-shaped head to match the Homer and Marge shaped heads of the previous two sets and also a standard rectangular shaped box. Like the seventh season box set, both versions are available for sale separately.

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