Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
The classic Krusty episode is dated February 6th, 1961.
Bart: But I saw the murder and then I saw you bury the corpse in the back yard!
Ned: (crying) All right, it's true. I am a murderer! (everyone gasps) I over watered Maude's favorite ficus plant, I panicked, then I buried the remains. I was hoping to replace it before you got home.
Bart: But I heard a woman scream.
Ned: Oh? Well, now that I can't explain.
Lou: (holding up plant) Found it, Chief.
Ned: (screams like a woman)
Bart: Oh. Well, I guess that explains everything.
Homer: Not everything. There's still the little matter of the whereabouts of your wife.
Maude: Um, I'm right here.
Homer: (sarcastic) Oh, I see. Then everything is wrapped up in a neat little package. (everyone looks at him) Really, I mean that. Sorry if it sounded sarcastic.
Bart: (watching Flanders) An ax. He's got an ax! I'll save you, Lisa! (tries to walk on his leg and falls back) Uh, I'll save you by calling the police. (dials 911)
Voice: Hello, and welcome to the Springfield Police Department Resc-u-Fone. If you know the name of the felony being committed, press one. To choose from a list of felonies, press two. If you are being murdered or calling from a rotary phone, please stay on the line.
Marge: Mmm, I wish you'd stop spreading bad rumors about people. Remember how you got Grampa tarred and feathered?
Bart: Sure, that was twenty minutes ago.
Lisa: Huh? Hello? Hey, I'm stuck in here! I gotta think of a way to get out.
Lisa's Brain: Well, well, well, look who's come crawling back.
Hibbert: I'm sorry, that leg's going to have to come off.
(Homer and Bart gasp)
Hibbert: (chuckles) Did I say "leg"? I meant that wet bathing suit.
Milhouse: Hey Nelson, he's really hurt. I think he broke his leg.
Nelson: I said, ha ha.
Ice Cream Man: (shouting as he drives by) Ice cream! Ice cream! We are all out of ice cream!
Lisa: Your refusal will result in months and months of--
Lisa & Bart: Can we have a pool dad?! Can we have a pool dad?! Can we have a pool dad?! Can we have a pool dad?! Can we have a pool dad?!
Bart: Oh no, he's going to kill Rod and Todd! That's horrible . . . in theory.
Bart: I'm telling you, Ned Flanders murdered his wife!
Homer: But why? She's such a fox! I mean, what's on Fox tonight? Something ribald, no doubt...
Ned: I wish there was some other explaination for this...but there isn't. I'm a murderer, I'm a murderer!
Bart: Then that's not the real Ned Flanders.
Ned: I'M A MUR-DIDDLY-ERDILER!!
Bart: If that's not Flanders, he's done his homework.
Marge: Is it true that we should wait at least an hour after eating before we go in?
Pool Salesman: Look, question lady, this job is not what I really do. I play keyboards.
Pool Salesman: Over here we have the Hick Tub, the Insta-Rust, there's the Lightning-magnet, this is the Tinkler…
Homer: Ooooh! The Tinkler! I like the sound of that.
Otto: (referring to the Pool-mobile) Sorry, Bart dude. We gotta fill this thing with Epsom Salt and jam it on over to the old folks' home.
(Bart calls for help.)
911 Recording: If you know the 3-digit number of the crime being committed, please enter it now.
(Bart enters code)
You've entered the code for regicide. If you know the name of the King or Queen being murdered...
(After the refrigerator motor burns out)
Homer: Marge, can you set the oven to cold?
Chief Wiggum: (to a skinny-dipping Homer and Marge) Do not be alarmed. Continue swimming naked. Aw, come on, continue! Come on! Aw. All right, Lou, open fire.
Bart's Brain: Well, it looks like it's just you and me, Barty-boy. Bart: Oh, great, I get to spend the summer with my brain.
Hans Moleman: Well, you're certainly doing your job today, Mr. Sun.
(the sun's rays go through his glasses, setting his shirt on fire)
Hans Moleman: Oh, rats!
Martin Prince: My plan has come to fruition. Soon I will be queen of summertime...uh, King! King!
Homer: Let us celebrate our new arrangement with the adding of chocolate to milk.
Blackboard Joke: Beans are neither a fruit nor musical.
Couch Gag: The family is sitting in midair when the couch runs in and assembles itself on top of them, making them collapse.
Itchy & Scratchy: "Planet of the Aches"
Itchy entombs Scratchy behind a brick wall for 3000 years. Future rats uncover him, bathe and clothe him, then put him in an arena and hurl knives at him through telekinesis.
National Lampoon's Animal House
The part in the beginning where the hippie sings "Sunshine on My Shoulder" and gets punched by a passerby is similar to a scene in National Lampoon's Animal House during the toga party where a hippie singer performs "The Riddle Song" and gets his guitar wrecked by Bluto (played by John Belushi).
The mice with the big brains from the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon are similar to the Talosians from the original pilot of the original Star Trek pilot episode "The Cage" and re-introduced in the first season episode "The Menagerie."
The scene involving the kids do the syncronized swimming is a take off of a similar scene in the 1980 film Caddyshack. Both scenes have the same music.
Episode Title: "Bart of Darkness"
This episode title is a parody of Joseph Conrad's short story "Heart of Darkness."
The scenes where Bart watches the Flanders' house is a spoof of the Jimmy Stewart-Alfred Hitchcock classic 1954 film Rear Window, where a man confined to a wheelchair in his apartment believes he eyewitnessed a murder. Jimmy Stewart's character in the movie is seen in this episode, coincidentally, the character in the movie played by Grace Kelly who runs into the apartment that Jimmy Stewart has been spying on is also named Lisa.
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