Season 2, Episode 2
Air date

November 20, 2006

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Directed by
Episode Guide
God's Image

Season Guide

Orel befriends a stray dog and Bloberta allows Orel to keep it. After a while, the two grow very attached and Orel becomes worried that he's loving his dog Bartholomew more than Jesus. Bartholomew quickly spreads enough love around Moralton that convinces the adults that he is a danger.


While at the park with his family, Orel finds a stray dog who immediately takes an attachment to Orel. After being permitted to keep him as a pet, Orel names him Bartholomew and the two become inseparable with the dog being very popular around town.

Later, Reverend Putty delivers a sermon, announcing that God wants the faithful to "love Jesus more than anything else in the world." Orel takes this message to heart but soon develops a conflict, he loves his dog more than Jesus and is unsure what to do. He first goes to his father who tells him that love is merely temporary and Orel tries to distract himself.

He cannot, but Doughy, whom Orel told of his problem earlier, arrives with a group of adults (who all hate the dog for the love and attention he gets from the children). They convince Orel to give up Bartholomew and the puppy is led away to its destruction.

After feeling sad, Orel perks up realizing that they'll see each other in Heaven. This realization is dashed by his mother who informs him that because animals have no soul, they can't go to either Heaven or Hell and are meant to be eaten. It ends with Bloberta boiling a lobster who shrieks with agony, attracting Clay, who is excited about dinner, hearing the screams of the boiling lobster: "Something sounds delicious!"


Minor AppearancesEdit

First AppearancesEdit


  • During the credits, Orel animates Jesus playing with a dog and God kills the dog by smashing it with his fist.

Episode Tie-InsEdit

  • Grounded: Bartholomew is heard during Orel's second near-death experience

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