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"On the Lamb" is the second segment of the thirty-sixth episode of 101 Dalmatians: The Series. It aired on October 13, 1997.


The pups are watching Thunderbolt P.I. saving his partner Rex Hunter from the evil scientist, Dr. Wonko, before Spot turns off the television, thinking it was over. Whilst Rolly and Cadpig state that all the footage that was being shown was a preview of tomorrow's show, Lucky is upset since Thunderbolt is the only excitement he can find on the farm.

Suddenly, via the barking chain, Kelly the Sheepdog reports on how a lamb has strayed from the flock and was last seen heading for Gruteley. The Bark Brigade are asked to find and return the lamb. Lucky isn't impressed by this and wonders which poor suckers will be stuck with that assignment...cut to the pups and Lt. Pug outside Gruteley, having been assigned.

Lucky complains to Lt. Pug on how they don't get exciting assignments like Thunderbolt, to which Pug responds that this is real life, not a television show.

As the pups and Lt. Pug look around town, Rolly's nose leads them into an alley way; however, they find a dead end and realize it was a trap. A can of garbage is tossed at them, and Pug is trapped under a grocery cart.

The "lamb" turns out to be a large Goliath-type sheep called Lambo and vows never to go back to the flock. Lt. Pug flies into a fit of rage and passes out as a result.

Whilst the Bark Brigade procedure is to turn tail and run, Lucky realizes that this is the excitement he has been longing for and sets off to trap Lambo.

Lucky figures Lambo will get hungry, so the pups ambush him at the Gruteley nursery. When they try to toss a net over him, Lambo easily bucks them off, and the pups are covered by a birdbath dish.

Lucky puts his second plan into work, where they lure Lambo into the toy store by playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on a music box. Annoyed by the incessant nursery rhyme music, Lambo runs into the store, and the pups lasso him on a rocket ride. However they get dragged through town, resulting in Cadpig, Rolly and Spot falling into some fertilizer and Lambo taking Lucky hostage.

At Lambo's hideout, Lucky is tied up with duct tape, before Cadpig arrives to act as a negotiator for Lucky's release. However, Lambo refuses to negotiate and dares Cadpig to talk herself blue in the face, to which Cadpig happily complies.

Lambo, however, finally surrenders after being driving mad by the many hours of Cadpig trying some psycho analysis on him.

Cadpig is commended for her bravery and cleverness, and Lucky has had most of his fur pulled off from the duct tape, but he is still named a hero for helping catch Lambo. However, Lucky, considering what happened, doubts his hero status.


  • Dr. Wonko in "On the Lamb" has a bit of a similar design to Gene Wilder's incarnation of Willy Wonka (the name Wonko is probably a reference to Wonka as well).
  • Rex Hunter's design and character pays homage to James Bond, especially with the Martini and being strapped to a table with a laser aimed at him.
  • When Lucky states, "Boldly going where no puppy has gone before," his dialogue is most likely an allusion to the Star Trek slogan: "To boldly go where no one has gone before."
  • Kelly the Sheepdog with control issues could most likely be the same Kelly from "Tic Track Toe", whom admitted in Cadpig's group therapy to being scared of sheep.
  • Lambo's appearance and name is a homage to Sylvester Stallone's portrayal of Rambo.
  • "Luckybolt" was also heard in "The Life You Save".
  • In the Gruteley nursery, one of the hedge trimmings is in the shape of a Hidden Mickey head.
  • In one shot, Lambo is walking by the "Hobby Lobby" and "Book Store"; however, in the next shot, he is walking by "Cruella Cares" and "Devil Toys", which is actually south to where the former two stores are.
  • "Cruella Cares" and "Devil Toys" was the store Roger donates his old teddy bears to in "You Say It's Your Birthday".
  • Cadpig, Rolly and Spot falling into the fertilizer may be an homage to the running Biff Tannen gag in the Back to the Future trilogy.
  • Spot almost utters the "S"-word when she says, while in the fertilizer, "And I thought we were in…trouble."
  • Amongst Lambo's loot is a teddy bear, baseball bat, hockey stick, toy helicopter, bucket, basketball, wind-up kitty, toy jeep and banana skin.


v - e - d

Animated Films: One Hundred and One Dalmatians | 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure | Video
Live-Action Films: 101 Dalmatians | 102 Dalmatians | Cruella
TV Series: 101 Dalmatians: The Series | Once Upon a Time
Music: Soundtrack
Video Games: 101 Dalmatians: Animated Storybook | 101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor | 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue | 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure | Kingdom Hearts
Books: Disney Wonderful World of Reading | Classic Storybook | Tell-A-Tale Book | Golden Sound Story

Disney Parks

Club Villain | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | The Golden Mickeys | Villains Tonight!
Parade: Disney Cinema Parade
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Happy Hallowishes | Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | It's Good to Bad with the Disney Villains | Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime | Villains Mix and Mingle


One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Pongo | Perdita | Roger Radcliffe | Anita Radcliffe | Nanny | Cruella De Vil | Jasper and Horace | Bachelorettes | Dirty Dawson | Lucky | Patch | Rolly | Penny | Freckles | Pepper | Dalmatian Puppies | Danny | Scottie | Towser | Lucy | Captain | Sergeant Tibbs | Colonel | Prissy | Collie | The Cows | Labrador
101 Dalmatians: The Series: Tripod | Cadpig | Spot | Lieutenant Pug | Mooch | Mayor Ed Pig | Dumpling | Cornelia | Scorch | Swamp Rat | Cydne | Steven | Persian Pete | Vendella De Vil | Go-Go | Blaze | Cave Pup | Rebecca | Amber | P.H. De Vil | Cecil B. De Vil | Ivy De Vil | Malevola De Vil | Judge Dimsdale De Vil
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: Thunderbolt | Lil' Lightning | Lars
101 Dalmatians: Herbert | Alonzo | Mr. Skinner | Jewel | Dipstick | Fidget | Two-Tone | Whizzer | Kipper
Video game characters: Patches
102 Dalmatians: Chloe Simon | Kevin Shepherd | Jean-Pierre Le Pelt | Dottie | Little Dipper | Domino | Oddball | Fluffy | Waddlesworth | Drooler | Chomp | Digger


ABC Episodes: "Home Is Where The Bark Is" | "He Followed Me Home" | "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em" | "Howl Noon" | "Easy on the Lies" | "Two for the Show" | "An Officer and a Gentledog" | "Bad to the Bone" | "Southern Fried Cruella" | "Swine Song" | "Watch for Falling Idols" | "The High Price of Fame" | "The Great Cat Invasion" | "No Train, No Gain" | "Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure" | "Wild Chick Chase" | "The Dogs of DeVil" | "Dog's Best Friend" | "A Christmas Cruella" | "Out to Launch" | "Prophet and Loss"
Syndicated Episodes: "You Slipped a Disk" | "Chow About That?" | "Tic Track Toe" | "Lucky All Star" | "Shake, Rattle, and Woof" | "Cadpig Behind Bars" | "Leisure Lawsuit" | "Purred It Through the Grapevine" | "Our Own Digs" | "Goose Pimples (Goose Pamples)" | "Two Faces of Anita" | "The Fungus Among Us" | "Market Mayhem" | "Lucky to be Alone" | "Four Stories Up" | "It's a Swamp Thing" | "Roll Out the Pork Barrel" | "Alive N' Chicken" | "Prima Doggy" | "You Say It's Your Birthday" | "Oozy Does It" | "Barnboozled" | "Citizen Canine" | "Full Metal Pullet" | "Dough the Right Thing" | "Frisky Business" | "Cadet of the Month" | "Valentine Daze" | "Close But No Cigar" | "Invasion of the Doggy Snatchers" | "Smoke Detectors" | "Lobster Tale" | "Double Dog Dare" | "Mooove It On Over" | "Shipwrecked" | "Mall Pups" | "Shrewzle Watch" | "The Life You Save" | "Spots and Shots" | "On the Lamb" | "Treasure of Swamp Island" | "Lord of the Termites" | "Fountain of Youth" | "Walk a Mile in My Tracks" | "Cruella World" | "Hail to the Chief" | "Food for Thought" | "The Maltese Chicken" | "Film Fatale" | "My Fair Chicken" | "Snow Bounders" | "Gnaw or Never" | "Poison Ivy" | "Twelve Angry Pups" | "The Good-bye Chick" | "Robo-Rolly" | "Splishing and Splashing" | "Virtual Lucky" | "Cupid Pups" | "The Artist Formerly Known as Spot" | "The Nose Knows" | "K is for Kibble" | "Humanitarian of the Year" | "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium" | "Hog-Tied" | "Coup DeVil" | "Every Little Crooked Nanny" | "Cone Head" | "Channels" | "Un-Lucky" | "The Making of..." | "Best of Show" | "Walk on the Wild Side" | "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move" | "DeVil-Age Elder" | "Jurassic Bark" | "My Fair Moochie" | "Dog Food Day Afternoon" | "Spot's Fairy God-Chicken" | "Good Neighbor Cruella" | "Animal House Party" | "Dalmatian Vacation, Part I - Road Warriors" | "Dalmatian Vacation, Part II - Cross-Country Calamity" | "Dalmatian Vacation, Part III - Dearly Beloved"


London | Regents Park | Hell Hall | Dearly Farm | Gruteley County | Cherry Tree Farm | House of DeVil


Cruella's car | Jasper and Horace's truck | Moving van | Dalmatian puppy bus | Kanine Krunchies truck | Double decker bus


Cruella De Vil | Kanine Krunchies | Dalmatian Plantation | Don't Buy a Parrot from a Sailor | March of the One Hundred and One | Cheerio, Good-Bye, Toodle-oo, Hip Hip! | One Hundred and One | 1-0-1 | Dalmatian Vacation | Surf Puppies | I See Spots | Try Again | You're the One | Digga Digga Dog | So Fabulous, So Fierce | I Love Fur | Puppies, Oh, Puppies | Twilight Bark | Up the Stair | Cover Yourselves with Soot

See Also

The Thunderbolt Adventure Hour | The Disney Afternoon | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt

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