The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 5

Bart After Dark

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lisa talks Marge into going to help rescue animals from an oil spill. This leaves Bart and Homer all along and on their own. Bart causes some damage at what the kids call the local "haunted house." As a punishment, Homer insists that he go there and work to pay for the damage that he caused. Bart discovers the house is actually a burlesque parlor and he begins working there as a stand-up comedian and maitre d'. Marge returns to find what Bart is doing and is angry with Homer so she goes to the owner of the house and tells her to leave Springfield. When that does not work, she goes before the town and tries to get them to bulldoze the place. They all travel to the house with tools of destruction and begin tearing it down, but Homer pleads with them to save the burlesque house and in the process he and everyone breaks into song. The song is so good that it convinces everyone on how valuable the house is to the town. Marge shows up late with a bulldozer. She offers to sing a song in response, but accidentally demolishes the house when she does.moreless

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  • After acidentally causing damage to a large mansion in Springfield, Bart is forced to work at the mansion by Homer in order to pay for the damage. However, the mansion turns out to be a burlesque parlor. When Marge finds out she becomes outraged.moreless

    Season eight of The Simpsons has many memorable episodes, but the best episode of the season is definitely "Bart After Dark." Tons of laughs and excellent dialouge from start to finish makes "Bart After Dark" worth your while. The finale featuring the excellent song "We Put the Spring in Springfield" is just perfect. The song definitely deserved the Emmy it received. I got so involved in the episode that I was a little sad when Marge acidentally tore the burlesque parlor down! That's how good the episode is. One of The Simpsons greatest episodes, period.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show marge and lisa come and give aid to the animals afte a oil spil thing is when they get there they can only do rocks not the animals due to the celberties. also during this ep bart and homer are alone during that period bart gets into trouble and destroys a statue. thing is its from a berles house with girls and alsorts of things .and so homer does not know is job till he goes in there and finds out its after hours club and he sees the girls and the drinks and he wants to help out too . then wives in town find out his out and they go in and find that there husband have been with these girls . and they want to take it down till the girls play a song for them and they decide not to but then marge comes and buldozes it which they are mad.moreless
  • Bart After Dark

    After breaking a gargoyle, Bart works at a burlesque house to pay off. But when Marge {who was away with Lisa} finds out, she immediately protests. Everyone agrees that it should be torn down, but when everyone sings about what the house means, it remains up. But Marge accidentally crashes some of it, and must get a job to pay off.

    Decent funny episode. The song "We Put the Spring in Springfield" was really well-written, as was most of the episode. My overall grade would be an A+, pretty easily. Simply one of the greatest of my favorite season, IMOmoreless
  • Bart starts working at a cat house.

    Lisa and Marge leave Bart and Homer home alone to help clean up an oil spill. Bart damages property in the yard of a spooky house. A woman named Belle comes out and leads Bart home by the ear. Homer punishes Bart by making him do chores for Belle to pay for the accident. Belle's house turns out to be a burlesque salon. When Marge and Lisa return a bunch of angry citizens confront Homer on Bart's work. Marge joins the group in attempt to oust the house from Springfield. Marge convinces Springfield to demolish the old house. When the townspeople arrive with weapons of destruction, Homer sings a song to change everybody's mind. Marge accidentally damages the house anyway, leaving her to pay her debt by performing an act. This episode purely was hilarious. From start to finish, this episode never stopped making me laugh. IMO it was just flawless. Loved the musical at the end!moreless
  • Springfield's lynching mob go soft.

    Hey! I wasn't expecting sucha good episode in this eight season which is regarded by many as the beginning of the downfall of the Simpsons' series. I find the fact that Bart gets so interested in a sexual way in women very unreal. Most ten year olds are thinking about video games and other things. But yeah there is a small chance (very small) that Bart can be really interested. I was expecting Lisa to make a commentary on this situation but she doesn't. Ok, I think she doesn't want to go agains her mother. Once again we see that the townsfolk are insane and that the Simpsons are part of that insanity.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Homer: (Reading a picture frame) 'President Eisenhower celebrates 40th wedding anniversary. Not pictured: Mrs. Eisenhower'

    • Belle: Oh, I agree, kids need rules and boundaries.
      Homer: (Busy looking at dancer) Yes, everybody loves rules.
      Belle: It's so tough to be a parent these days, what with all the gangs, and the drugs.
      Homer: Oh yeah, drugs, you gotta have drugs.

    • (Kids discuss the burlesque house)
      Nelson: I heard a witch lives there.
      Ralph: I heard a Frankenstein lives there.
      Milhouse: You guys are way off. It's a secret lab where they take the brains out of zombies and put 'em in the heads of other zombies to create a race of super zombies.
      Nelson: That's the house?

    • Homer: If Homer Simpson wants his ten year old son to work in a burlesque house, then Homer Simpson's ten year old son is going to work in a burlesque house. That...

      (Marge appears)

      Homer: Ha-ha...hi! Now Marge, you're going to hear a lot of crazy talk about Bart working in a burlesque house.

    • Homer: Awww. This isn't about going to be about Jesus, is it?

      Reverend Lovejoy: All things are about Jesus, Homer.

    • TV Announcer: We interrupt this cartoon for a special report.
      Homer: (gasps) Someone found my keys!

    • Marge: Springfield doesn't want places like this.
      Belle: I think I know what Springfield wants, sugar.
      Marge: Oh? I've lived in this town for thirty-seven years.
      Belle: I've lived here fifty-two years.
      Marge: I'm third generation.
      Belle: Sixth.
      Marge: Get out of my town!

    • Homer: Where is Bart, anyway? His dinner's getting all cold and eaten.

    • Belle: Your son was trespassing on my property and destroyed a very valuable stone gargoyle, and ... are you wearing a grocery bag?
      Homer: I have misplaced my pants.

    • Bart: Dad, do I have to brush my teeth?
      Homer: No, but at least rinse your mouth out with soda.

    • Marge: Now the cat needs his medication...
      Homer: No problem...
      Marge: ... every morning and the furnace has been putting off...
      Homer: Can do. Right. Uh-huh.
      Marge: ... a lot of carbon monoxide, so keep the window open.
      Homer: Gotcha. Cat in the furnace.
      Marge: Ah, you know, I think we'll take Maggie with us.

    • Kent Brockman: Kent Brockman at the Action News desk. A massive tanker has run aground on the central coastline, spilling millions of gallons of oil on Baby Seal Beach.
      Lisa: Oh, no!
      Homer: It'll be okay, honey. There's lots more oil where that came from.

    • Marge: I'm here to share my moral outrage. But this time it's not about that giant inflatable "Dos Equis" bottle. It's about a certain house in our town.
      Moe: Yeah, well what's wrong with this house? Is it the plumbing?
      Marge: No. It's a house of ill fame. A house of loose ethics.
      Kent Brockman: Is there a building code violation? A drainage issue? A surveying error?
      Marge: (Getting angry) The house is perfectly fine!
      Chief Wiggum: Well, then quit bad-mouthing the house!
      Otto: Yeah, leave the house alone!

    • TV: It's eleven o'clock. Do you know where your children are?
      Homer: I told you last night, no! Where is Bart anyway? His dinner's getting all cold and eaten. (takes a bite out of Bart's TV dinner)

    • Belle: When you work the door, the main things are to greet the visitors and toss out the troublemakers.
      Bart: Ah, the ol' greet 'n' toss. No problemo.
      Belle: How did I ever get along without you?

    • Mr. Burns: I don't like being outdoors, Smithers. For one thing, there are too many fat children.

    • Bart: Dad, I think I need some fresh air. Can I go to the park?
      Homer: Do I have to sit up?
      Bart: No.
      Homer: Knock yourself out.

    • Marge: And if anything happens, just use your best judgem--Just do what I would do.

    • (Bart, Lisa, and Homer are watching The Itchy and Scratchy Show when the TV goes blank)
      Bart & Lisa: Dad! V-chip, v-chip!
      Homer: Sorry, sorry, my fault.

    • (Townspeople consult Homer on the fact that Bart has been working in a burlesque house.)
      Reverend Lovejoy: Your son has been working in a burlesque house.
      Helen Lovejoy: Principal Skinner saw him with his own eyes.
      (Principal Skinner appears from behind Reverend Lovejoy.)
      Principal Skinner: That's true, but I was only in there to get directions on how to get away from there.

    • (Bart works the door at the Burlesque House.)
      Grampa: (Peeks through the front door tentatively) Is your name Bart?
      Bart: Mm-hmm.
      Grampa: Wha--? Does your father know you're working here?!
      Bart: It was his idea.
      Grampa: (Enters and hangs up hat.) In that case, I'll have a whiskey sour.

    • (Bart works the door at the Burlesque House.)
      Principal Skinner: Is Roxanne back?
      Bart: (Taking his coat) Yup.
      Principal Skinner: Did she get my flowers?
      Bart: She did.
      Principal Skinner: (Realizes Bart is the doorman.) Hello, Bart.
      Bart: Hello, Principal Skinner.
      Principal Skinner: This is the National Air and Space Museum, isn't it?

    • Principal Skinner: Ah, there's no justice like angry mob justice.

    • "We Put the Spring in Springfield" (lyrics)

      Homer: You could close down Moe's,
      Or the Kwik-E-Mart,
      And nobody would care,
      But the heart and soul
      Of Springfield's in
      our Maison Derriere!

      (Homer holds the "ere" as the music starts...)

      Belle: We're the sauce on your steak,
      We're the cheese in your cake,
      We put the spring in Springfield.
      Dancing Girl 1: We're the lace on the nightgown,
      Dancing Girl 2: The point after touchdown,
      Belle & Dancing Girls: Yes we put the spring in Springfield.

      Belle: (to Ned and Maude) We're that little extra spice
      That makes existence extra-nice,
      Belle: (to Rev. Lovejoy and Helen) A giddy little thrill
      At a reasonable price.
      Reverend Lovejoy: Our only major quarrel's
      With your total lack of morals.
      Dancing Girls 3 & 4: Our skimpy costumes ain't so bad,
      Dancing Girls 1, 3, & 4: They seem to entertain your dad!

      Belle & Dancing Girls: The gin in your martini,
      The clams on your linguine,
      Yes we keep the
      (Belle flicks Bumblebee Man's antenna)
      In Springfield!

      Chief Wiggum, Krusty & Principal Skinner: We remember our first visit,
      Mayor Quimby: The service was exquisite!
      Mrs. Quimby: Why Joseph, I had no idea!
      Mayor Quimby: Come on now, you were working here!
      Grampa & Jasper: Without it we'd have had no fun,
      Since March of 1961!
      Bart: To shut it down now would be twisted,
      Jimbo, Dolph & Kearney: We just heard this place existed!

      Dancing Girls: We're the highlights in your hairdo,
      Apu: The extra arms on Vishnu,
      Dancing Girls: So don't take the
      (Barney opens a jack-in-the-box)
      Mob: We won't take the
      (Sideshow Mel blows on his slide-whistle)
      Everyone: Yes let's keep the
      (Moe crashes two garbage can lids together)
      In Springfield!

    • Bart: If there's a bad book keeping joke, I haven't heard it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In 1997, this episode won an Emmy for 'Outstanding Music and Lyrics', for the song "We Put the Spring in Springfield." The song was also a part of the album Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: In a parody of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper Album, the Simpsons are dressed in full Sgt. Pepper uniforms, running to their couch in front of a backdrop of secondary characters that have appeared on the show.

    • This is the first episode that Mrs. Hibbert speaks in.


    • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
      The oil spill is a reference to the Exxon Valdez oil spill which occurred on March 24, 1989. It is considered one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters ever to occur at sea. The Sea Captain was shown to be drunk at the helm, which is a reference to Joseph Hazelwood, who was the captain of the Exxon Valdez and was accused of being drunk.

    • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
      Much of the plot is based on the musical and film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas by Larry L. King.

    • Reverend Lovejoy: This house is a very, very, very fine house.
      As the town reverses its stance on the Maison Derriere, the reverend references a lyric from the Crosby Stills and Nash song, "Our House."