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"Dogcatcher in the Rye" is the thirteenth segment of the second season and the fifty-second segment of The Mighty B! that aired on January 2, 2010.[1]


When Bessie decides to run for City Dogcatcher in a bid to earn her Democracy Badge, the incumbent dogcatcher, Hal the Ice Cream Man, will stop at nothing to bring her down.


Bessie and Happy are walking down the street, as the former wonders whether she should be President of the United States or a member of the Supreme Court so she can earn the Democracy badge. However, Bessie sees stray dogs wreak havoc at the park while off leash.

The incumbent dogcatcher arrives, who is revealed to be Hal. He lets the dogs do as they please so long as they pay him with four slices of bacon so they won't be caught. This prompts Bessie to run for dogcatcher herself. Hal tries to dissuade her, but she starts her campaign and appoints a reluctant Happy as her senior advisor.

Bessie starts to give speeches to dogs and humans alike around San Francisco, with Hal often intruding on them (examples include vandalizing posters featuring Bessie and throwing her into his forklift's crusher). Chai Gallagher and other news reporters ask if Hal's claim that Bessie hates dogs is true. Happy, who is not fond of his owner's run for dogcatcher, gives Bessie their secret handshake only if she bribes him with bacon. However, he smacks his butt in Bessie's face.

In The Hive, she asks Happy why he did that, with Happy opining the whole dogcatcher race is corny. Before the two can talk more, Penny interrupts to tell Bessie that while she has the cat and soccer mom votes, all other categories (strays, shepherds, Labradors, terriers, Tibetan water dogs and werewolves) want Hal to win. Happy storms in to declare he is not voting for Bessie, ripping his collar off and stomping on it before he leaves.

Soon after, Hal visits The Hive to write "Vote Hal" on it as well as to mail Bessie his attack ad on her. They watch it together, with the advertisement in question claiming Bessie picks her nose, ending the ad with "Too bad the job title isn't booger catcher, eh Bessie?" Hal asks Bessie if she'll drop out, as Bessie replies she will still remain in the race.

Happy is at the bar with the dog bartender (from "Night Howl") when Hal buys Happy another drink. He knows Happy doesn't want Bessie to be dogcatcher, and Hal tries convincing Happy to give him some incriminating information on Bessie. Happy is at first reluctant, but relents when Hal bribes him with bacon wraps.

Bessie and Hal are now at the Dogcatcher Debate, with Bessie surprised that Hal has no notes or preparation whatsoever. Penny, who is serving as moderator, asks Hal "How many dogs would a dogcatcher catch if a dogcatcher could catch dogs?" However, Hal doesn't answer the question and instead reveals to the audience that Bessie walks Happy off leash. Although Bessie at first denies it (and wonders where Hal obtained that photo), she admits to doing so.

Reporters interrogate her while the audience boos Bessie. Bones, rubber duckies, sneakers and other objects are thrown at Bessie, as Hal celebrates his probable win. Happy, who had witnessed all of the events, tries to put a stop to the pelting. She asks Happy where Hal got the photo, with both his angel and devil smacking him for betraying his owner.

Bessie proceeds to go on a passionate speech, and announces she has dropped out of the race, securing Hal's win. The reason is so she can spend more time with Happy. She thanks everyone for allowing her to have gotten as far as she did, causing the audience, Happy and even Hal to cry tears. When she finishes, a dog claps for her as audience members follow.

Bessie and Hal shake hands, showing no hard feelings. Bessie says one last thing before leaving the stage: "Don't cry for me, San Francisco! The truth is I'll never leave you!" Happy admits to Bessie it was him who gave Hal the photo, and he expresses regret for doing so, even crying. However, Bessie forgives him and reveals that she has just earned the Democracy badge. She tells Happy she wants to change the world through capitalism and glitter as the episode ends.


Voice actor Roles
Amy Poehler Bessie
Hal Rudnick Hal
Dee Bradley Baker Happy
Dannah Feinglass Penny & Chai Gallagher 



  • In Bessie's fantasy of becoming President, Happy is her First Lady.
  • Bessie mentions Election Day is a week away at the start of the episode. This would put the episode in late October.
  • Bessie says Hal is also dogcatcher, which implies he is still the city's ice cream man.
  • The name of the garbage eating union is "Garbage Eaters Local 219."
  • This episode reveals dogs in San Francisco have a union.
  • Happy took Argentine tango classes, paid for by Bessie.
  • Bessie calls Hal "bubbeleh," a Yiddish term of endearment.
  • At the bar, there is a dog bowl for a dog named Spike in the background.
  • Penny addresses Hal as "Mr. the Ice Cream Man."
  • Bessie walks Happy off-leash on Mondays.
  • Hal has been dogcatcher for four years, saying "Four more years!" in victory of his likely win. This also implies a dogcatcher can be elected to at least two terms of four years.
  • Unlike previous episodes, Happy has brown eyes here instead of green.
  • The requirements to earn the Democracy badge are: sling dirt; meteoric rise to fame; gridlock agenda; face public scandal; and resign from office.
  • Chai Gallagher and Lola Millerson each appear for the last time in this episode.
  • The last time this episode (along with "Awww-esome") aired on the main Nickelodeon channel was December 2, 2012.

Cultural references

  • The episode's title is a reference to the 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye.
  • Bessie saying "No puppy left behind" is a reference to the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • Penny's question for Hal is a reference to "How much could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
  • Bessie's campaign poster saying "Howl" is based off of Barack Obama's "Hope" poster, which he used during his 2008 presidential campaign for President of the United States.

Production information

  • According to the episode's writer (Brendan Hay), journalist Jennifer Chen (also his wife) coined the title of the episode.[2]
  • Chai Gallagher is referred to as "Reporter #1" in the credits.


  1. The Mighty B!. Nickandmore. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  2. Hay, Brendan (July 29, 2012). The title of the next The Mighty B! episode on Nicktoons came from my awesome wife. Thank you, @jchenwriter for "Dogcatcher In The Rye!". Twitter. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
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