The Simpsons’ Season 28 ends this Sunday, May 7th, 2017, when Fox aired “Dogtown”, the 22nd and final episode of Season 28 and the 618th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episodes with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
When Homer‘s court case determines that a dog’s life is more valuable than a human’s is, the status of man’s best friend rises in Springfield. When the dogs recognize their new position of power, they assert their dominance over the humans.
Episode Details: ‘Dogtown’ is the 22nd episode of Season 28 and its Season Finale as well as the 618th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on May 21st, 2017. It was written by J. Stewart Burns and directed by Steven Dean Moore with Al Jean as the show runner.
The Simpson family climb a mountain, on Homer‘s command, two Sherpas bring the couch and the TV to them, one of them faints and is taken away by the other. Maggie is the last to arrive and with a pickax she destroys the frozen family, which melts.
TITLE SCREEN!: A stork carries Ralph that says “I’m a return”.
BLACKBOARD TEXT!: Thank you for great 28 years… Taylor Swift
BILLBOARD TEXT!: Tire fire barbecue: try our car-broiled steak
Returning home after his shift at the Power Plant, with the uranium bar in his back, Homer finds himself stuck in the traffic. Using EZcape, he manages to get off the traffic, but finds himself in a garbage alley.
His brakes are malfunctioning, and he has to choose between hitting Santa’s Little Helper or Gil to pass. He chooses Gil and the app uninstalls itself. At the insurance adjuster, they find out that if Gil sues, he’ll end up with everything the family got.
The family goes to Springfield Hospital to visit him and couldn’t make him desist from sueing them. At the Courthouse, Maxwell Flinch is defending Homer again, and they win, with the jury loving the stories of the dogs, while Gil was diminishing them lower than humans.
Everyone is loving Santa’s Little Helper for what happened at the court house, and Mayor Quimby elected Springfield to be named “dog loving capital of the world” and the whole town is overrun by dogs, including all shops.
As Lionel Budgie predicted, the dogs however start revolting and have gone savage. On the way back from Moe’s Tavern, Homer is attacked by dogs. He makes it home, but Santa’s Little Helper runs away too.
At the Town Hall, Gil offers himself to get Springfield back to normal. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa, to find Santa’s Little Helper, asks the help of Crazy Cat Lady, and they venture themselves in the Springfield Dog Park.
They get surrounded by dogs, but Marge comes in to save them, kicking out the alpha dog, Milhouse‘s chihuahua Taquito. Gil comes in but he’s too late. Marge gives the dogs back to their owners, including Santa’s Little Helper. At the end, Gil finds Milhouse’s chihuahua and takes it with him.
There was supposed to be a scene in which Lisa meets a rabid chihuahua who tries to kill her and she tries talking him off the ledge by speaking Spanish saying “Selo que ser hombrecito un puerto de vueltas si una vuelta. A que le gusta agua fresca? A ti te gusta agua fresca?”. The scene is a deleted scene as it wasn’t included in the episode. The scene was probably going to be included in the scene at the Springfield Dog Park.
The couch gag was released as a promo image for the Season 26 episode The Kids Are All Fight, before appearing in this episode. The episode was originally going to use that couch gag, but according to Al Jean’s twitter, it was too short, so The Game of Life couch gag from season 25‘s “Pay Pal” was reused.
- The title of the episode might be a reference to Dogville.
- Bart mentions Taylor Swift in the Chalkboard gag.
- Apps installed on Homer‘s phone include:
- Homer references Peanuts’ Snoopy.
- Lisa dreams of living in another family and meeting Adolphe Sax.
- The song the dog plays on the piano is “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin.
- The song playing when Springfield becomes dog-friendly is “Finale” from The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns.
- Dogs playing poker around the table are a depiction of the painting “A Friend in Need” from the Dogs Playing Poker series by American artist Cassius Marcellus Coolidge.
- When all the dogs are returned to their owners, “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen plays.
- The graves of Edna Krabappel (“The Man Who Grew Too Much“), Maude Flanders (“Alone Again, Natura-Diddily“), Frank Grimes (“Homer’s Enemy“) and Emilie Mercer (“Barthood“) all appear in Springfield Cemetery in Bart‘s dream.
- Lionel Budgie (“Lisa the Veterinarian“), Maxwell Flinch (“The Last Traction Hero“), Anger Watkins (“22 for 30“), Baz (Ned‘s dog) (“Peeping Mom“), Laddie and Jessica (“The Canine Mutiny“) appear.
- Taquito appears, though this is the first time he’s named. (“Bart’s Comet“)
- Homer uses as an excuse being sent to dog heaven for five minutes after dying. (“Dog of Death“)
- On Homer‘s phone, installed apps include:
- Bart tells the story of how the family saved Santa’s Little Helper. (“Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire“)
- Mayor Quimby references Rand McNally and how they don’t know what state their Springfield is in, breaking the fourth wall. (“Bart vs. Australia“)
- The painting “A Friend in Need” is depicted again. (“Treehouse of Horror IV“)
- Bart and Lisa visit the Springfield Dog Park. (“The Canine Mutiny“)
- This is the second ever episode, consecutive, after Moho House, where the couch gag comes before the title screen, this time though the opening sequence is shown half-fully.
Previous Episode: Moho House
That is all from this week’s Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it.
This is the final episode of the season, see you all this fall, on October 1st, for Season 29, with episode “Whistler’s Father”, and continue checking our What We Know So Far post just above! Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!