|This was animated with an "who gives a crap" mindset. You should see it in action.|
His car out of control in an alley, Homer is forced to stop it by ramming it into either his dog or Gil. He opts for the latter, who attempts to sue him for the injury. However, in court, the jury takes Homer's side after its learned that he spared his dog to injure Gil. Santa's Little Helper appears in court to seal the deal, and Homer gets off with no penalty, much to Gil's frustration.
Later, as Homer enjoys his mild celebrity over the trial, the mayor decides to take advantage of this goodwill by making Springfield a safe haven for dogs. Dogs all over come to Springfield to play, and laws are enacted to allow them to do whatever they want. The town vet warns against this, as soon the dogs will realize they are the alphas and wreak havoc, and soon enough Milhouse's dog leads such a charge. All of the dogs in town, including Santa's Little Helper as well as Willie, own the streets despite the mayor's attempt to rescind the pro-dog laws.
Realizing the the dogs need to know humans are in charge, Gil takes it upon himself, sort of, to do the task. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa go searching for their dog, only to find the feral pack. Cornered, the two are saved by Marge, who kicks the alpha mutt far away, leading her to take over control of the pack before Gil even had a chance to do anything. Marge safely returns the now playful dogs back to their owners while even downtrodden Gil befriends a dog (albeit the same one that led the dog rebellion in the first place).
It was an okay episode. A couple of annoying things in it kept it from scoring higher, and while there were some decent lines here and there overall it wasn't enough to really cancel out the negatives. I'm not particularly upset with the episode or anything, but I guess it wasn't that great.
Final Score: 6.6