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It was Maggie who decided that the family would visit the shop after they had come out of the store Itchy & Scratchy's. When they walked in, Eric was going to show them a video, but there was an error and the video wouldn't play. Ralph was also there to buy a teddy bear but the bear exploded when he filled it with too much cotton. Lisa originally wanted to have a poodle, but Marge did not like it, because "the dog might get ideas," so she bought a dolphin, Betsy. The vendor refused to sell her "male" clothing for a female dolphin but Lisa cheated her by making her believe it was a boy dolphin. Bart then pranked Homer by recording taunting messages on several stuffed hippos that was there, causing Homer to get angry and rip all the hippos to shreds.
 Behind the Laughter
The store is a parody of the Build-A-Bear Workshop chain, a similar kind of store where customers choose and stuff their own animals, and then pick out clothing and accessories for them.