Crook and Ladder
Stop or My Dog Will Shoot!
24 Minutes

Cultural references

  • The title is a reference to the extremely unsuccessful, Golden Raspberry Awards-winning movie Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!
  • The song played when Santa's Little Helper looks for Homer in the maze is KoЯn's Freak on a Leash. The scene follows Santa's Little Helper's path; the video for "Freak on a Leash" follows the path of a bullet.
  • In Bart's vision, Santa's Little Helper becomes a dog version of RoboCop and shoots down Jason Voorhees and Pinhead from Friday the 13th and Hellraiser movie franchises respectively, along with a giant living mathematics book.
  • The last line of the show is Groundskeeper Willie after he adopted the python, saying, "That'll do, snake. That'll do." This is a parody of a famous line from the 1995 film, Babe.
  • The song playing in the background as Santa's Little Helper goes through police dog training is the theme from the 1970s crime drama series S.W.A.T.
  • Lisa suggesting that Santa's Little Helper barks for novelty Christmas records is a reference to Don Charles' version of "Jingle Bells" from 1955, popularized further through Dr. Demento's radio programs.


  • This episode was held back due to the Virginia Tech shooting, as the episode features gun references and a school emergency calling for an evacuation.
  • A scene with former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani was not shown when the episode first came on, but is now present in syndication.
  • The last time Bart had a wild animal for a pet, which he names after his attack method and attacks Homer was in "Bart Gets an Elephant."
  • In the episode, ethanol and nitric acid are mixed and produce a toxic gas presumed to be NO2. But in reality it makes an explosive mixture.
  • Principal Skinner's instruction for the children to line up according to their last name if each letter were assigned a numeric value based on its position in the alphabet places Simpson (104) between Muntz (94) and VanHouten (120).

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