The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 17

Bart Gets an Elephant

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 1994 on FOX
8.8
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Bart Gets an Elephant
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Bart wins a radio contest which allows him to choose between two prizes: $10,000 or an elephant. Bart picks the elephant and names him Stampy. Homer and Marge decide to give the elephant away because he cost to much to feed, so Bart and Stampy run away together.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the simpsons show there is a radio contest show and bart calles up and wins a prize he can either chose between 10 ,000 or chose a elephant and bart as we know chose the elphant and he starts to grow attach to it but things start to go crazy it start to rech peoples house and they cant aford to really take care of it the way it needs and so when bart finds out that they are giving it away bart runs away with the elphant and then things work out good at the end and this was a good epmoreless
  • Give me my elephant!

    10
    Bart wins a radio contest where he gets a lot of money or a gag prize- an elephant. Of course, Bart wants the elephant. The radio show goes to great lengths to get Bart his elephant.



    Of course, the family does not have much money, so soon they sell Stampy, the elephant, to an ivory dealer. An evil one at that. Now Bart must save his elephant.



    A wacky season 5 episode {I mean, he gets an elephant!}, but unlike Scully seasons, they try harder to make us laugh and stay on plot. Everyone is in character. A great season 5 offering.moreless
  • Stupendous without a doubt one of the most hilarious episodes in the whole first five years of the show...

    9.7
    Bart wins first prize in a wacky radio contest and becomes the proud owner of a giant elephant he names Stampy. Stampy, as you might imagine, turns out to be quite a handful for the Simpson family, but Bart loves his new pet more than anything. Homer, on the other hand, finds Stampy's upkeep too expensive and sells the elephant to an ivory dealer. Bart intervenes and sets Stampy free to go on a destructive rampage through Springfield. Eventually, Stampy finds a nice home at an animal refuge. The Simpsons are giving these episode the best humor I have erver seen in TV history, and I don't think that this type of humor will ever stop being funny for decades to come...moreless
  • The title says it all - Bart gets an elephant!

    8.9
    After chosing an elephant over money The Simpsons find out that by keeping an elephant as a pet is very demanding and it is impossible to be able to afford to even feed it!



    Bart grows attached to it and when an ivory dealer makes a great offer to Homer he is ready to make a deal. In the end after Stampy saves his live Homer lets Stampy stay in a nature reserve.



    There was a line in this episode which I found extremely funny! Of course it came from Homer!!!



    Homer: Now I've had my head in an elephant, a hippo and a giant sloth!



    Thats just brilliant stuff right there!!! Homer has the strangest experiences throughout the 17th seasons of this show so I can actually picture him having his head in a hippo and a giant sloth!!!moreless
  • Lisa: bart's gone! i bet it's because of that horrible ivory dealer, dad! Homer: he took bart too? that wasn't part of our deal blackheart! that wasn't part! Homer: D'oh! Lisa: A deer! Marge: A female deermoreless

    9.6
    this episode is a very well-known one with classic scenes such as homer, after kids say that they'd pay to see the elephant, homer saying "that gives me an idea" and puts up a sign that says "GO AWAY!" messing up the house seconds after cleaning it was a great gag which pays marge back for making them clean in the first place. homer wanting to clean the basement until he realises it's the messiest room in the house and then hallucinating that the cleaning products were killing him was great too. but the main storyline is bart getting an elephant which he names stampy and the simpsons go broke (similar to lisa's pony except the pony didn't crash through the peanut factory). chief wiggum's appearance was great too, not believing any calls about any crimes. this episode is great (didn't know how else to end the review).moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

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Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Marge: (referring to Stampy) Homer... it looks like it could gore.
      Homer: (chuckles) It does look like Al Gore.

    • Moe: Hey Clinton, get back to work!
      Bill Clinton: Bite me.

    • Blackheart: All right, I'll be back in the morning to pick up Stampy.
      Homer: Here's the keys.
      Blackheart: Elephants don't have keys.
      Homer: Well, I'll just keep these then.

    • Lisa: Dad, I think he's an ivory dealer! His boots are ivory, his hat is ivory, and I'm pretty sure that check is ivory.
      Homer: Lisa, a guy who's got lots of ivory is less likely to hurt Stampy than a guy whose ivory supplies are low.

    • Homer: Look at this, Marge! $58 and all of it profit! I'm the smartest businessman in the world.
      Marge: Stampy's food bill today was $300.
      Homer: Marge, please, don't humiliate me in front of the money.

    • Homer: Well, these bills will have to paid out of your allowance.
      Bart: You'd have to raise my allowance to about a $1000 a week.
      Homer: Then that's what I'll do, smart guy.

    • Homer: Mmm... elephant fresh.

    • Homer: Maybe if we tied it down so it couldn't move it wouldn't get so hungry.
      Lisa: You can't do that, Dad, it's cruel!
      Homer: Oh, everything's cruel according to you. Keeping him chained up in the backyard is cruel. Pulling on his tail is cruel. Yelling in his ears is cruel. Everything is cruel. So, excuse me if I'm cruel!

    • Marge: I really think this is a bad idea.
      Homer: Marge, I agree with you, in theory. In theory, communism works. In theory.

    • Homer: Bart! With $10,000, we'd be millionaires! We could buy all kinds of useful things... like love!
      Marge: Or double-ply windows. They look just like regular windows (slowing down) but they'll save us 4% on our heating bill...

    • Homer: You never know when an old calendar might come in handy. Sure, it's not 1985 now, but who knows what tomorrow will bring?

    • Homer: Son, when you participate in sporting events, it's not whether you win or lose. It's how drunk you get.

    • Lisa: You all seem to be forgetting the most important thing! Which is that it's wrong to imprison an animal! Homer: Lisa, go to your room.

    • Homer: (Sinking in a tar pit) Nah, that's ok. I'm pretty sure I can struggle my way out. First I'll just reach in and pull my legs out, then I'll pull my arms out with my teeth.

    • Lisa: Mr. Blackheart, are you an ivory dealer?
      Mr. Blackheart: Well, I've had lots of jobs in my day: whale hunter, seal clubber, president of the fox network. And, like most people, yeah I've dealt a little ivory.

    • Bart: (to Lisa) Uh, it's hard for us to leave when you're standing there.
      Homer: Push her down, son.

    • Bart: KBBL is going to give me something stupid!
      KBBL DJ: Well, hot dog! We have a wiener!

    • Homer: Heh, heh. Shazzam.

    • (Homer hits a steel deer statue with his car)
      Homer: D'oh!
      Lisa: A deer!
      Marge: A female deer!

    • Chief Wiggum: Help! Help us! They stole our uniforms guns and tazers!
      Snake: (in a police uniform) Ohhhhh, Fry piggy. (charges tazer)
      Chief Wiggum: No, no -- no don't -- aargh! Aargh! A little to the left... aah, that's the stuff.

    • Bart: I'm tired. I'm hungry. Can't we just get a new house?

    • Grampa: Hey, they're playing the elephant song.
      Jasper: I love that. Reminds me of elephants.

    • Marge: (Talking about Stampy) Gosh, I thought he'd be happier in his true habitat.
      Warden: Oh, I think he is.
      Marge: Then why is he attacking all those other elephants?
      Warden: Well, animals are not like people, Mrs. Simpson. Some of them act badly because they've had a hard life, or have been mistreated. But, like people, some of them are just jerks--Stop that, Mr. Simpson.
      (The camera pans to show Homer repeatedly head butting the warden.)

    • Homer: I only have two questions... how much and give it to me.

    • Helen Lovejoy: That animal of yours is certainly bad-tempered.
      Lisa: Yeah, well you'd be grumpy, too if you were taken out of your natural habitat and gawked at by a bunch of slack-jawed yokels.
      Cletus: (Pointing at Lisa) Hey, Ma! Look at that pointed-haired-ed little girl! (Chuckles)

    • Homer: Now I've had my head in an elephant, a hippo, and a giant sloth.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • The Wizard of Oz
      The scene where Patty and Selma are sitting in their chairs and are up in the air (in the tornado), is a reference of the tornado scene from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

    • White Hunter, Black Heart
      The ivory dealer's name, Mr. Blackheart, is an obvious reference to the elephant hunter in the 1990 film White Hunter, Black Heart.

    • The Sound of Music
      Homer, Lisa, and Marge's lines -"D'Oh" "A deer" "A female deer"- are a take-off of the song "Do-Re-Mi" from the 1965 film The Sound of Music.

    • The Price Is Right
      The episode's plot, where Bart insists on the elephant as his prize in a radio call-in contest, is very similar to an actual incident that occurred on the 1950s version of The Price is Right. A contestant had won a grand piano, and as an extra bonus, he was awarded an elephant. Producer Bob Stewart meant for the elephant to symbolize "extra ivory"; the real prize was $4,000 cash. However, the contestant (a Texas farmer) insisted on getting the pacyderm he felt he was due, and – much like the KBBL guys with Bart – Stewart was forced to arrange delivery of an elephant from Kenya. The whole story is related on "The Bill Cullen Homepage" at the More Info link.

    • Jurassic Park
      A curious Stampy looks directly into the window outside the Simpsons' living room a la the T-Rex peering into the Jeep's window in Jurassic Park.

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