The Simpsons

Dead Putting Society

Season 2, Ep 6, Aired 11/15/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Bart and neighbor, Todd Flanders, are forced by their fathers, to compete against each other in a putt-putt golf tournament.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeff Martin

  • Rich Moore

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss

  • Jay Kogen

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Bart and neighbor, Todd Flanders, are forced by their fathers, to compete against each other in a putt-putt golf tournament.

    By fsaenz0125, Oct 22, 2014

  • Perfect

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • the simpsons vs flanders the whole way

    By cube2k8, May 05, 2010

  • the end alone makes it a great one

    By futuramarama, Apr 05, 2010

  • The Simpsons vs. the Flanders.

    By Gibson3445, Aug 15, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • (Ned's letter to the Simpsons) Ned: Dear Neighbor, you are my brother. I love you, and yet I feel a great sadness in my bosom. Neighbor's forever, Ned Flanders

    • (Announcer in British accent, commenting on the last hole between Bart and Todd) Announcer: If one were to look up “courage” in the Oxford English Dictionary, one might very well come upon the photo of these two gladiators. They approach the final hole in the shadow of the great emancipator, deadlocked at eight strokes on the happy side of par. Soon, one man will emerge triumphant. He will drink naught but champagne, while his opponent tastes bitter defeat in this oft cruel game.

    • (Announcer on P.A. system in British accent) Announcer: Good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to the finale of what has already been a stirring afternoon of miniature golf. The cream has risen, the wheat has bid farewell to the chaff, and now we approach the championship match with but two warriors remaining: the heretofore unknown Bart Simpson and Todd Flanders: one of the most skilled ten-year-olds to ever take back the blade.

    • (Lisa preps Bart before the golf tournament) Lisa: Eighth hole. Bart: Aim for the octopus' third tentacle. Lisa: Twelfth hole. Bart: Bank it off the pink tombstone. Lisa: Nirvana. Bart: State of bliss attained through the extinction of the self.

    • (Lisa tries to teach Bart a method to clear his mind of distraction.) Lisa: Bart, I have a riddle for you. What's the sound of one hand clapping? Bart: Piece of cake. (Bart opens and closes his right fist quickly, making a sound.) Lisa: No, Bart. It's a 3000-year-old riddle with no answer. It's supposed to clear your mind of conscious thought. Bart: No answer? Lisa, listen up. (Bart quickly opens and closes his fist again.)

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    Notes (3)

    • This is the first episode that really explores Homer's rivalry with Ned.

    • First Appearance: Maude Flanders

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not a 32 year old woman. Couch Gag: The family runs in and squeezes in on the couch, but this time Santa’s Little Helper and Snowball II join in as well.

    Trivia (18)

    • Flanders' references the Bible verse Matthew 19:19, "Love thy neighbor."

    • When Homer misses a putt, he hops and waves his arms in the same fashion as the mechanical ape he confronts on the miniature golf course.

    • At the Great Sphinx hole a sign reads "One of the seven wonders of the world."

    • The library has the following books on Golf: Anecdotes, Eisenhower and, Humor, Japanese Obsession With and Putting.

    • The following trophies and awards are visible in Bart's trophy case: 6th Place, Runner up, 4th Place, Honorable Mention, Participant, Everybody gets a trophy day.

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    Allusions (7)

    • The Karate Kid
      When Bart is training, at one point he stands crane-style on a tree stump, just like Ralph Macchio did in the 1984 film The Karate Kid.

    • Dead Poets Society
      The title of this episode is a reference to the 1989 Robin Williams film Dead Poets Society.

    • Ned: Mercy is for the weak, Rod!
      This line from Flanders, and the crane pose Bart makes on the garbage can, are both references to the 1984 film The Karate Kid.

    • Bart: One O'Clock. Still just a potato.
      If you look at Bart's notepad, potato is spelled. "potatoe." A quick and funny reference to one of the biggest political jokes ever, when then Vice President Dan Quail misspelled the word in a children's spelling bee.

    • Fanfare For The Common Man The scene where the groundskeepers are setting up for the miniature golf tournament is taken from the film Fanfare for the Common Man.

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