The Simpsons

Bart Gets Famous

Season 5, Ep 12, Aired 2/3/94
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  • Episode Description
  • After Bart sneaks away from a field trip to the box factory, he finds himself working as Krusty's assistant. Krusty lets Bart act out a scene on one of his gags, but Bart messes up the line and says, "I didn't do it." The phrase is an instant success and leads Bart to his fifteen minutes of fame.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Swartzwelder

  • Susie Dietter

  • Conan O'Brien


  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Hank Azaria

    Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 18, 2011

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 18, 2010

  • Marvelous!

    By meatboys, Aug 30, 2008

  • O yeah 3 in a row!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 23, 2008

  • I didn't do it.

    By Clarinet2006, May 17, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (27)

    • (Kent Brockman prepares his newscast, with a danish on his desk)
      Kent Brockman: "Tragic news tonight: 120 dead in a tidal wave in Kuala Lala... pir... Kuala Lum... per..." (crosses it out) "France!"
      Bart: (runs up to the desk and steals the danish) Yoink!
      Kent Brockman: (surprised) Yoink?
      (looks down to see the danish missing; gasps in horror)

    • Bart: I didn't do it!

    • Bart: (Whistling Simpsons' Theme) Marge: Bart, I've asked you not to whistle that annoying tune. Bart: (Saluting and speaking German) Ja wohl, mein mamadant!

    • Kent Brockman: I'm Kent Brockman, on the eleven o'clock news tonight...a certain kind of soft drink has been found to be lethal, we won't tell you which one until after sports and the weather with funny Sonny Storm.

    • (Lisa daydreams about living in a mansion in the future, with the walls covered with awards)

      Adult Lisa: (at a typewriter) "And that's how I cured all disease, ended war, and reunited the entire cast of TV's 'Facts of Life', including long-time holdout, Tootie."

      (on the floor nearby, adult Bart unhappily polishes Lisa's awards)

      Adult Bart: (groans) Sounds like another Pulitzer for me to polish.

      Adult Lisa: Hush, field-trip boy! (kicks him) Impaled on my Nobel Peace Prize. How ironic.

      (back to reality)

      Bart: (snapping his fingers in Lisa's face) Yo, Lis. Lis! Come back, Lis! Come back!

      Lisa: (dreamy) Why? I'm so much happier here.

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    Notes (3)

    • The idea of having Conan O'Brien guest star started as a joke if one of the writer's had their own talk show, then they heard that NBC may be giving him Letterman's slot. In case Conan didn't get the job, they had another sequence to run with.

    • Blackboard Joke: My homework was not stolen by a one-armed man. Couch Gag: The family meld into an amorphous blob of red, yellow, orange, green, white, and blue.

    • Conan O'Brien becomes the show's first (and only) writer to come back and lend his voice to the series.

    Trivia (5)

    • Homer fantasizes himself as a teenager by playing "Tighten Up" which annoys people standing around him. Tighten Up was a big hit for Archie Bell and the Dwells in 1968.

    • In "Matchgame 2034," one of the celebrity contestants is a head in a jar. Could this be an early generation of the popular heads in a jars in Matt Groening's later series Futurama?

    • A Bleeding Gums Murphy album can be seen in the recording studio (where Bart records his rap).

    • A box calendar hangs on the wall of the tour guide's office.

    • Lisa's dream house has a saxophone shaped fountain outside.

    Allusions (7)

    • Match Game Bart dreams he is on Match Game 2034 by being one of the celebrity panelists. This is a parody to the 1970's popular game show Match Game where contestants match their answers with the celebrity answers. Gene Rayburn hosted the show.

    • In Living Color The "I Didn't Do It" dancers are an allusion to "The Fly Girls." "The Fly Girls" were a dancing troupe, which featured a then unknown Jennifer Lopez, who appeared on the FOX sketch comedy show In Living Color which ran on Fox from 1990 to 1994.

    • Lisa: (typing) And that's how I cured all disease, ended war, and reunited the entire cast of TV's Facts of Life, including longtime holdout, Tootie. Lisa references the classic 1980s sitcom, The Facts of Life (which has since had a reunion movie, but did not include the entire cast as Nancy McKeon, who played Jo, did not return).

    • Coca-Cola Krusty the Clown tosses Bart a towel just like "Mean" Joe Greene does to a little boy in the famous 1970's Coca-Cola commercial.

    • The Fugitive The blackboard joke, "My homework was not stolen by a one-armed man," is a reference to the TV show, and later movie (1993) starring Harrison Ford, The Fugitive. The story involves a man whose wife was killed by a one-armed man and then framed.

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