Emily Winthrop is the British owner/operator of Emily Winthrop's Canine College.


She has been training dogs since 1954, when she graduated Lord Smiley. She believes that "choke" and "chain" are the most important words in life. Her favorite magazine is JOCO (Journal of Canine Obedience). She humiliates the owners of bad dogs, while rewarding dogs and people equally.[1]

She is the "Systematic Self-Esteem Squasher" type of mom you meet at the PTA.[2]

In "Bart's Dog Gets an F", The Simpson family, tired of Santa's Little Helper's ill-training, brings him to Emily Winthrop's Canine College.

She seems to have little patience with Bart and his disobedient dog, stating "Perhaps I cling to the old ways like a well-chewed shoe... as the traditions I was weaned on are put to sleep, one by one. But my time has not passed yet! We do not need another college graduate who doesn't know how to sit!"

Eventually, through bonding with Bart (and not through Winthrop's "Choke Chain" technique, Santa's Little Helper passes the course, causing Winthrop to exclaim, "You son of a bitch! Good show!"

In "Old Money", she is seen waiting in line to see Abe Simpson and plead her case as to why she deserves part of the money he inherited from Beatrice Simmons. Also joining her in line are Batman's Joker, Star Wars' Darth Vader, as well as many Springfield residents.

In "When Flanders Failed", she is seen at The Leftorium after Homer invites customers to save Ned Flanders' store. From this, we can infer that Winthrop is left-handed.

Behind the Laughter

  • Winthrop is voiced by Tracey Ullman. The Simpsons premiered as a short on The Tracey Ullman Show. Ullman would later sue the Simpsons production team, claiming she was owed a portion of the money The Simpsons, now in episodic form, was earning. The lawsuit was resolved and, in a show of goodwill, Ullman voiced Emily Winthrop.
  • Her hairdo, accent, and abrasive attitude are reminiscent of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.



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