Bart and Homer make a bet on Santa's Little Helper during the race and end up disappointed that they didn't select a winner. At the end of the day, while bemoaning their loss, they see Santa's Little Helper being chastized by its owner. A twist of fate causes them to bring the greyhound home for the holidays and welcome it to its forever home with them.
Mathias is found guilty for uttering the name of their lord, Jehovah, and is sentenced to death by stoning. The crowd that is to stone Mathias does not listen to the persecutor's orders, making the process take longer. The crowd's lack of listening skills results in the persecutor being persecuted instead of the "criminal."