The Simpsons

Saturdays of Thunder

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 11/14/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Bart becomes deeply immersed in competitive soapbox racing while Homer begins to realize that he's not as good a father as he thought. After attending a lecture at National Fatherhood Institute, Homer becomes a more attentive father, helping Bart build the ultimate soapbox racer. But Bart decides not to use it in his big race against Nelson Muntz, instead opting to borrow Martin Prince's scientifically engineered aerodynamic racer.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ken Levine

  • Jim Reardon

  • David Isaacs

  • Jay Kogen

  • Wallace Wolodarsky

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Another classic.

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 19, 2011

  • this was a good ep of the simpsons

    By cube2k8, May 15, 2010

  • Another Homer and child episode, following the last one.

    By titiembe, Mar 21, 2008

  • This season is very emotional thus far; so many touching episodes. This one relates to father and son.

    By Iverson82094, Jan 29, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Bart: Dad, I don't know how to say this. I don't want to drive your car. It's slow, it's ugly; it handles like a shopping cart.

    • Martin: What is the matter with you? Bart: It's my dad. Lying there on the couch, drinking a beer, staring at the TV... I've never seen him like that.

    • Bart: Oh, I don't know if I should do that. My dad and I build our car together, and if I drove somebody else's it'd kill him! On the other hand, I'll do it!

    • Homer: Thank you, Bill Cosby. You've saved The Simpsons!

    • Homer: What's the quickest, cheapest, easiest way to do something with you? Lisa: Uh, take us to the video store? Homer: Anything for my little girl.

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    Notes (4)

    • Harry Shearer based the voice of Dave, the director of the Fatherhood Institute, on actor Mason Adams.

    • This episode premiered November 14, 1991 and got high ratings due in part to the fact that it was immediately follow by the premiere of Michael Jackson's infamous "Black or White" music video, the one that ends with Jackson smashing the car windows.

    • ''Deathrace 2000'' was another inspiration for the episode.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not fake rabies. Couch Gag: The family does not realize the bottom cushions are missing until it's too late, and are compressed into the couch.

    Trivia (7)

    • The scene in which Bart welds with his mask up caused a battle between the show creators and the network censors. The censors were concerned that children would imitate Bart by misusing welding tools. The show creators were able to convince them that very few kids would use welding tools anyway.

    • Music from this episode "Watching Scotty Grow" by Bobby Goldsboro "Cats In The Cradle" by Harry Chapin "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler

    • Tapes at the video shack include: "Du Du Du", "Border Siesta", "The Bad Football", "Speed Boat Bloopers", "Frisbee", "Super Jock 3", "Death By Knockout", "Bench Clearing Brawls", "Blood On The Ice", and "Football's Greatest Injuries".

    • The head of the National Fatherhood Institute drinks from a Super Dad mug.

    • Homer double parks at the VHS Village.

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    Allusions (6)

    • The Natural Homer stands up in the crowd to cheer Bart on, and shouts, "Do it for your old man, boy!" As he does this, the theme from the 1984 baseball film The Natural plays.

    • McBain: Mendoza!!!
      The McBain movie pokes fun at both films Lethal Weapon and Colors.

    • Selma: You can turn the world on with your smile.
      Selma's statement is one of several references contained in this episode that reference The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which Jim Brooks was the creator of.

    • Ben-Hur
      In the final race Nelson's car has blades attached to its wheels just like those attached to the wheels of Messala's chariot in the chariot race scene in the 1959 film Ben-Hur.

    • Days Of Thunder The title of this episode is a reference to the 1990 Tom Cruise film Days Of Thunder, which is about a race car driver.

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