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The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 10

Bart Gets Hit by a Car

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 1991 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Homer and Bart seek a large cash settlement from Mr. Burns, after he hits Bart with his car.

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  • Not my favorite of Season 2.

    The episode begins with Bart skateboarding downtown, as he crosses a street he is hit by Mr. Burns' Rolls Royce and knocked to the ground, out cold. Smithers quickly gets out of the car, and suggests they call an ambulance. Mr. Burns, the driver, doesn't understand what the all the commotion is about, and wants to leave the scene. As Bart lies on the ground he has an out-of-body experience, his soul rises up out of his body and he realizes he is dead. He then looks up into the sky as the clouds part and an escalator to the Heavens appears before him. An ominous voice from above instructs Bart to hold on to the hand rail and to not spit over the side. As Bart travels up the escalator, he notices a few of his dead family members and the original Snowball (first family cat). Bart peers over the edge of the hand rail and looks down, he decides to spit anyway. As soon as he does, the stairs of the escalator collapse and the escalator becomes a slide, sending Bart back down to Earth. Bart slides down screaming, and a giant hole in the Earth opens up revealing a fiery pit, and Bart falls through the hole, landing himself in Hell. Down in Hell, Bart is approached the Devil himself. The Devil greets Bart, and he searches for Bart's file on his computer; he discovers that Bart isn't due in Hell for close to another century from now. So, realizing the mistake, Bart's soul slowly begins floating back up to Earth.

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  • a good ep clasic

    this ep is about when bart gets hit by a car and the person driving it is homers boss mr burns and homer gets a lawer linal huts to do the job and so homer and lional hutsz decide to lie to the courtroom saying that bart was more injured then what actully happened but things get bad and homer must now choose between the money or mare what will he choose it was a classic ep and this was a well put togeather ep one of tbhe finest of season 2 i thought and it kept making me come back for more and moremoreless
  • lies

    bart is hit by mr. burns driving his car, and lionel hutz and homer attempt to sue burns, but they lie about how badly bart is hurt so the court would feel more sorry for him. marge is called on stand and reveals they were lying. now homer must make a choice: is money more important than his wife, or is his wife more important.

    classic episode, really funny and had a good plot {although not really relatable}, it is still very funny and also the first appearance of lionel hutz, I believe. My overall grade is easily an A+moreless
  • Very hilarious

    Bart gets hit by a car was a hilarious episode. I loved Bart and Mr. Burns' reenactment of the whole accident cause it was so funny. Especially Burns':

    Bart skatboards into the car therefore getting himself hit.

    Smithers: Let's just leave

    Burns: No no, we must help the boy. * he kisses Bart's head *

    Oh my god I laughed at that part.

    But yeah, this whole episode was funny especially the doctor. The doctor was hilarious, even though he couldn't save a life to save his life. Yep, this was a pretty great episode. gffd fd fd fd fd fd r e er fdmoreless
  • Good episode

    As the title explains, Bart gets hit by a car driven by Mr. Burns while riding on his board. Mr Burns offers 100 dollars to pay for Bart's injuries, but Homer objects and turns to Lionel Hutz. Bart must lie in court in order for Homer to earn a million-dollar settlement. When Burns realizes he will not win the case, he offers Homer a settlement of 500,000 dollars. Homer will not settle on an agreement. Burns' lawyers put Marge on the bench. She tells the jury the truth about the accident, causing Homer to go into a state of depression. So in the end the SImpsons don't get the money, but Homer relizes that all he needs is the love of his wife and family.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Recurring Role

Doris Grau

Doris Grau

Lunchlady Doris

Recurring Role

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (Homer and Marge make up at Moe's bar)
      Moe: Okay, everybody, for the next 15 minutes, one-third off on every pitcher! (Crowd cheers) Hey, one per customer. Domestic beer only. Hey, no sharing!

    • Homer's Brain: A million dollars. My wife cost me a million dollars.
      Marge: Homer would you like some more macaroni and cheese?
      Homer's Brain: Yeah, a million dollars worth, you treacherous snake woman.
      Homer: No, thank you.
      Marge: Some string beans?
      Homer's Brain: No, I don't want any string beans either, you two-timing, backstabbing--Uh-oh. Better answer.
      Homer: No, thank you.
      Marge: Some celery with cream cheese on it?
      Homer's Brain: Just mouth polite nothings.
      Homer: No, thank you.

    • (Smithers checks on Bart after Mr. Burns hits him.)
      Smithers: Uh-oh. I, uh—I think the boy's hurt.
      Mr. Burns: Oh, for crying out loud! Just give him a nickel and let's get going.

    • Burns: I'm going to write a figure on this piece of paper. It's not quite as large as the last one, but I think you'll find it fair.
      (draws a giant zero)
      Hutz: I think we should take it.

    • Bailiff: Do you promise to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
      Marge: Mmm… Yes, I do.
      Hutz: She sounded like she was taking that awful seriously.

    • Bart: (in court and in tears) Luckily, I was not killed that day. Though sometimes I wish I had been.

    • Burns: Oh, it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining. I was driving to the orphanage to pass out toys…

    • Judge: Mr. Burns, I must warn you that if you continue to disrupt the court in this way, I will have to cite you for contempt.
      Burns: You wouldn't dare!
      Judge: Well, no, um, I guess I wouldn't.

    • Hutz: Doctor, are you sure there isn't a little soft tissue trauma in the facial area?
      Dr. Nick: Oh yeah, tons of it! (wrapping Bart's head in bandages) Just say when!

    • Marge: Is he well enough for me to start mothering him unbearably, doctor?
      Hibbert: Mmmm, better let him rest up a while first.

    • Lionel Hutz: Lionel Hutz, attorney-at-law. What's that, a broken neck? Great!

    • The Devil: Remember: Lie, cheat, steal, and listen to heavy metal music!
      Bart: Yes, sir!

    • Bart: Um, say, is there anything I can do to avoid coming back here?
      The Devil: Oh, sure, yeah. But, eh, you wouldn't like it.
      Bart: Oh, okay! See you later, then.

    • Voice from Heaven: Please hold onto the handrail. Do not spit over the side.

    • Homer: One million dollars is a-okay.

    • Marge: I'm sorry, but my mother said, if you can't say anything nice about someone, you shouldn't say anything at all.
      Homer: Will that hold up in court?
      Lionel Hutz: No, I've tried it before.

    • Lawyer: Your Honor, my client has instructed me to remind the court how rich and important he is, and that he is not like other men.
      Mr. Burns: I should be able to run over as many kids as I want!

    • Marge: Homer, I'd like you to forgive me for doing the right thing, we've squabbled over money before. I mean, I know this is different than the time I washed your pants with the 20 in the pocket.

    • Marge: Hmm, well, to be honest, he seemed a lot more concerned about wrapping Bart in bandages than in making him feel better. And he mispronounced words that even I know, like abdomen... and his office was dirty. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if he was even a doctor!

    • Lenny: Hey, Simpson, I heard Mr. Burns crushed your boy!
      Homer: Yeah, if I wasn't so spineless, I'd march right into his office right now, and...
      Smithers: Simpson! Mr. Burns wants you to march into his office right now
      Homer: Uh-oh!

    • Bart: I did go away, mom, I was miles and miles and miles away. Dying in agony in the pits of hell. And you were there! And you, and you, and you... and you I've never seen before!
      Homer: (to Lionel Hutz) Yeah who are you anyway? I saw you chasing Bart's ambulance.

    • Devil: According to this, you're not due to arrive here the next time the Yankees win the pennant; that's nearly a century from now. (Chuckles) Boy, is my face red.

    • Lionel Hutz: Hutz is the name, Mr. Simpson. Lionel Hutz, attorney at law. Here's my card. It turns into a sponge when you put it in water.
      Homer: Ooh, classy.

    • Lisa: Excuse me, Mr. Hutz. Are you a shyster?
      Lionel Hutz: How does a nice little girl like you know a big word like that?

    • Bart: Hey, cool, I'm dead.

    • Dr. Nick: Bad news. Your son is a very sick boy. Just look at the X-rays. See that dark spot there? Whiplash.
      Homer: Whiplash? Oh no!
      Dr. Nick: And this smudge here that looks like my fingerprint? No, that's trauma.
      Bart: Am I going to die?
      Homer: (Sobbing) Yes! You're going to die!
      Marge: Homer!

  • NOTES (7)

    • This is the first time Phil Hartman guest stars in an episode.

    • This is the second and final time the title of the episode is shown on screen.

    • During Burns's flashback you can hear a sample of the song "Spanish Flea." In order to get the rights to the song, the staff had to go through Jay Kogen, who contacted his godfather who wrote the song to get permission.

    • Writer Matt Kirkland put in the gag of seeing jokes between floors as Bart makes his way back to his bed. On the Season Two DVD commentary track, the staff discuss how they were "boxed into a corner" into doing those kind of gags for the rest of the show's lifespan.

    • This episode is sometimes billed with the title on the screen "Bart Gets Hit By A Car."

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not sell school property.
      Couch Gag: Homer pushes everyone else off of the couch.

    • First Appearance: Lionel Hutz, Dr. Nick Riviera, and Blue Haired Lawyer.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • The Rolling Stones
      The Devil says to Bart "Please allow me to introduce myself". This is a reference to The Rolling Stones 1968 song "Sympathy for the Devil"

    • Life in Hell
      Jeff and Ackbar, characters from Matt Groening's comic strip Life in Hell, can be spotted sitting in the courtroom.

    • The Fortune Cookie
      The entire plot of the third act was made to be a parody of the 1966 movie The Fortune Cookie.

    • Burns: Take me! I'm old!!!
      This line is taken from an episode of The Twilight Zone, where actor Jack Klugman cries out the same line.

    • Judge: Now Bart, you know the difference between telling the truth and telling a lie, don't you
      A quick reference to the question asked by the judge in the film Miracle On 34th Street.

    • Garden Of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch
      The look of Hell is a parody of Hieronymus Bosch's famous painting "Garden Of Earthly Delights."

    • Mr. Burns: Just give him a nickel and let's get going.
      This is a quick reference to the classic Charles Dickens novel A Tale Of Two Cities (1859). In the novel, the Marquis St. Evermonde runs over a boy in the street and just tosses the father a coin.

    • Hutz: Della...
      The name of Lionel Hutz's secretary is a reference to Barbara Hale's character "Della Street". The secretary for D.A. Perry Mason.

    • The Cosby Show
      For the 2nd season, the show was moved from Sunday night to Thursday night in order to go head-to-head with The Cosby Show. As a gag, the character of Dr. Hibbert was created as a parody of Bill Cosby's Cliff Huckstable. Even the family and his home were designed to look like it.

    • Bart: And you were there, and you, and you...
      When Bart regains consciousness in the hospital, he points to everyone who was in his visit to the afterlife a la Dorothy at the end of The Wizard Of Oz (1939).