The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 17

Bart Gets an Elephant

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 1994 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When Chief Wiggum nonchalantly answers distress phone calls late in the episode, he says "Yeah…right, and I'm Edward G. Robinson" sarcastically. Hank Azaria, the voice of Wiggum and many other residents of Springfield, specifically based Wiggum's voice on that of Robinson.

    • The newspaper headline reads: "KBBL cheats straight A Student"

    • According to Time Magazine, Springfield Tar Pits is ''The Best In Tar Entertainment''.

    • Signs at the Democratic Convention: "We Hate Life And Ourselves" and "We Can't Govern"

    • When Bill and Marty talk to Bart at the radio station, Homer can be seen in the next room listening to music.

    • The Olmec Indian Head from episode 7F22 "Blood Feud" is still in the basement.

    • The junk in the house includes a sandwich, a bowling ball in the fridge, two pairs of underpants, and footprints on the ceiling.

  • Quotes

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.