The Simpsons

Bart vs. Thanksgiving

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 11/22/90
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  • Episode Description
  • The Simpson family Thanksgiving is ruined after Bart feels he has been wrongly punished and decides to run away.

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Meyer

  • David Silverman

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss

  • Jay Kogen

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • The show's only Thanksgiving episode at this moment

    By fsaenz0125, Oct 22, 2014

  • Classic.

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • Lisa spends a lot of time preparing a centerpiece for the table at Thanksgiving. Bart tries to remove it from the table and in the process throws it into the fireplace. Bart is sent to his room but soon sneaks out and embarks on a Thanksgiving adventure

    By meathead704, Dec 10, 2005

  • The Simpsons are getting better and better.

    By Tastes, Dec 20, 2010

  • a instant classic thanksgiven

    By cube2k8, May 05, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Homer: Hello, operator! Give me the number for 911!

    • Homer: Alright Bart, that's it! Go to your room! Now! Bart: Okay, I'll take some white meat and some stuffing to go and send in the pumpkin pie in about twenty minutes. Homer: I said now! Bart: Mom, do I have too? Marge: Yes, you do! I hope your happy, Bart! You've ruined Thanksgiving!

    • Bart: Alright! Twelve bucks and free grub to boot! Viva skid row!

    • Bart: I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!

    • Marge: Now we can blame him for everything! Homer: It's your fault I'm bald. Abe: It's your fault I'm old. Maggie: It's your fault I can't talk! Uncle Sam: It's your fault America has lost its way! Everyone: It's all your fault! It's all your fault! It's all your fault!

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    Notes (4)

    • This is the first time that Mr. Burns released the hounds after Bart was intruding.

    • Dallas Cowboys players Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarkey are actually the names of two producers of The Simpsons.

    • This episode aired Thanksgiving night in 1990.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not do that thing with my tongue. Couch Gag: The family runs in and startles Grampa, who is sleeping on the couch.

    Trivia (9)

    • The books Poe Poetry, Ginsberg and On the Road are visible on Lisa's bookshelf.

    • As Homer individually greets Patty and Selma, he gets their names mixed up. He incorrectly says "Hi Patty" when kissing Selma and "Hi Selma" when kissing Patty.

    • When Homer and Bart are watching the Macy's parade, Homer says "If the parade turned every flash-in-the-pan cartoon character into a balloon, it will be a farce," and immediately a Bart float passes by. The same year this episode premiered, the Bart float made its debut in the real parade.

    • A guard at Mr. Burns' mansion can be spotted reading Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo.

    • Everyone drinks wine with dinner except Homer, who sips from a can of Duff.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Croesus and Mammon When Bart goes to the Burns mansion, we see that it is at the corner of Croesus and Mammon. Croesus was an ancient king of Lydia and became a symbol of great wealth to the ancient Greeks; now it is used as a term for a very rich, usually arrogant person. Mammon was an Aramaic term meaning riches, as in The New Testament: Matthew 6:24… "you cannot serve God and Mammon". Now it is used as a term for great material wealth, especially of a evil or debasing influence.

    • Lisa: I saw the best meals of my generation destroyed by the madness of my brother. This line is a parody of the phrase, "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness..." The line is taken from the epic poem, "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg. Lisa calls her poem "Howl of the Unappreciated."

    • Uncle Sam: It's your fault America has lost its way!
      Less than a year into its run, many conservative social activists (as well as President George H. W. Bush) had blamed The Simpsons, and particularly the character of Bart, for contributing to the decaying morals among American youth. Uncle Sam's taunt references this.

    • Hooray for Everything

      Performing at the halftime show is Hooray for Everything, a group of "clean-cut youngsters" who sing about "the dancingest hemisphere, the Western Hemisphere."

      Hooray for Everything is a parody of Up With People and also bears a resemblance to America Sings! .

      The song they sing is a cover of the Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes song Get Dancin'.

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