The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 20

Bart on the Road

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Skinner decides to promote a take-your-kids-to-work-day on the Friday before spring break. Bart goes to the DMV with Patty and Selma. Lisa goes to the power plant with Homer. Milhouse discovers the exciting world of crackers. Martin makes money in the stock market. At the DMV Bart makes himself a fake driver's license. He, Nelson, and Milhouse look for a way to use it, so they decide to use Martin's money to rent a car. The four of them tell their parents that they are going to the National Grammar Rodeo. Instead they go out joyriding, but where should they go? Finding an old brochure they decide to go to the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. But first Nelson makes them stop in Branson, Missouri, where he can see his hero, Andy Williams. Back in Springfield, Homer asks if Lisa would like to come spend her spring break at work with him and she enjoys herself there; meanwhile, Marge becomes bored at home. Finding out that the World's Fair was over years ago, Bart and company do not find Knoxville that exciting, especially when they wreck the car. They are stranded, but they cannot tell their parents. Bart tells Lisa the truth, and she tells him to become a courier. He does and is able to go to Hong Kong free of charge with his friends. Bart tells Lisa that she needs to have somebody ship something large to Springfield. Lisa tells Homer, who is very upset, but orders the plant a new nuclear console. Bart and company return home, and everyone knows about the trip except Marge.moreless

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  • Bart commands a very stupid story.

    I don't know what to say exactly. But one thing I know. This epsiode shows how the writers of this series have lost all their imagination. You can say that they have a big imagination for thinking such a crazy storyline but I beg to differ. You have to be really out of good ideas to start thinking the kind of crazy stuff that goes on in this episode. I know it is the Simpsons, but I think that uptil now the stories were weird and strange nad yet could happen to anyone of us. But this episode is just flat out INSANE.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons bart is spending time at the dmv and he makes a fake drivers licence and he takes a rental car and him and his friends nelson marten and milhouse decide to go on a road trip to knoxville tennisee becasue they still think the worlds fair is there . and they go all the way there but when they get there is over and destroyed so nelson throws a rock at it and it destorys the car and they are stranded and lisa and homer come and get them . this was a good epmoreless
  • Bart on the Road

    Bart gets a fake drivers' license, and soon him, Nelson, Martin and Milhouse go on a road trip. But incident after incident happens, and their car is destroyed. Now they must come up with a plan in order to get home without their parents realizing they lied. Bart calls Lisa, who comes up with a plan, and at the end, everything is normal. Possibly...

    I've always liked it, it was a great episode with some very funny parts. Seemed weird, the last act or so, but it wasn't Scully weird or anything. Overall grade from me is an A+, easilymoreless
  • I will always love this episode no matter how many times I see it... Believe me I've seen it 12 times already. No stop laughs everytime

    A day spent with Aunts Patty and Selma at the DMV leads to a fake ID for Bart and a cross-country road trip for his friends. With Bart's sparkling new driver's license and $600 Martin Prince made in the stock market, Bart, Martin, Milhouse and Nelson rent a car and hit the open road. Their plan is check out the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, but when the kids get there, they discover that the fair ended about 14 years earlier. While Bart and the boys are away, Lisa begins spending a lot of bonding time with Homer, even having sleepovers at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. After Bart's rental car is destroyed, the boys are trapped in Knoxville. Only Lisa can save the day, but she needs to enlist the help of her new best buddy, Homer, to get them back home .moreless
  • Bart Martin Nelson and Milhouse on a car.

    Bart On The Road.

    Bart drove a car for the first time. His friends are 10. Nelson went fast speed. They were lost. Bart called his dad for help. Martin said We're Leaving. Nelson said Haha. They stopped in Canada. Bart went back to Spring Field. Martin drove. But they went home. Watch it.
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

Jim Lau

Jim Lau

Hong Kong Doctor

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (The boys drive past a station wagon with an angry man and his rowdy kids.)
      Father: (Yelling) If you kids can't keep your hands to yourselves, I'm gonna turn this car around, and there'll be no Cape Canaveral for anybody!
      (Kids go quiet. Nelson leans out of Bart's car and slaps the back of the father.)
      Father: That's it! Back to Winnipeg! (Turns the station wagon around and drives off.)

    • Homer: (to Lisa) I will send Bart the money to fly home, then I will murder him.

    • Marge: (answers phone) Hello? Oh hello, Principal Skinner… No, Bart has never been to Hong Kong. Good night (hangs up) ….(the phone rings again and Marge answers) ….Hello? Tennessee State Police? No, my son's car was not crushed in Knoxville. I don't know where to begin telling you what's wrong with that! (hangs up)(the phone rings again and Marge answers) Hello? No, Bart is not available tomorrow to deliver a human kidney to Amsterdam. (hangs up)(While this is going on Homer, has slowly dived under the covers in the bed … he snorts) Homer, are you laughing at me?

    • (Nelson grabs Milhouse's glasses)
      Milhouse: Hey! I need those to see.
      Pawnbroker: Ah, these lenses are perfect! Now I can re-bottom those antique Coke bottles. (he begins counting money) Three hundred, four hundred, five hundred, six hundred…
      Milhouse: Hey! Come back! hey!
      (crashes into the pyramid of Coke bottles)
      Pawnbroker: …five hundred, four hundred, three hundred, two hundred, one hundred, zero.

    • Homer: Your turn.
      Lisa: Hmm, truth.
      Homer: Uh, do you have a crush on anyone?
      Lisa: Dad!
      Homer: Oh, I won't tell anybody.
      Lisa: Dad, you tell everybody everything. Even Moe knew when I threw up on the dentist.

    • Lisa: Okay, time for truth or dare. You go first.
      Homer: Ehh, truth. Ask me anything.
      Lisa: Who do you love most: me, Bart, or Maggie?
      Homer: D'oh! All right, dare.

    • Martin: Bart, can we stop for ice cream?
      Bart: Yes.
      (a little later and everyone has ice cream cones)
      Milhouse: Bart, can we weigh the car at that weigh station?
      Bart: Yeah.
      (a little later)
      Milhouse: Bart, can we pick up that hitchhiker?
      Bart: I don't see why not.
      (a little later and the Hitchhiker is in the car)
      Hitchhiker: Bart, can we stop for ice cream?
      Bart: Yes.
      (a little later and everyone has ice cream cones again)
      Hitchhiker: Well, I don't think I was rehabilitated, but I guess they needed the extra bed.

    • Homer: You made it! You have any trouble getting past the security guards?
      Lisa: Security guards?

    • Milhouse: A cup holder! Bart, we've got to stop and get a cup!

    • Marge: The national grammar rodeo? I wish I were going. Oh, wait, wait I wish I was going. Is that right, Bart?
      Bart: I dunno.
      Lisa: It's not fair. I'm the best student in school, how come I never heard about this competition?
      Bart: Maybe because you are, as we say in Latin, a "dorkus malorkus."
      Lisa: That's not Latin. Mom, Bart's faking it.
      Marge: Lisa, you've had your glory. Now it's Bart's turn.

    • Bart: Gentlemen, for our road trip I have taken the liberty of preparing an airtight and utterly plausible alibi for use on our parents.
      (Milhouse at home)
      Milhouse: I have been selected to represent the school at the national grammar rodeo at the Sheraton Hotel in Canada.
      (Martin at home)
      Martin: I've been selected to represent the school at the national grammar rodeo at the Sheraton Hotel in Canada.
      (Nelson at home)
      Nelson: (leaving his house) I'm goin' away for a week. See ya!

    • Homer: Oh! This is a map of nuclear sites around the country. As a safety inspector, I'm responsible for changing most of these light bulbs.
      Lisa: Why are there so many burnt-out ones?
      Homer: 'Cause they won't hire me an assistant.

    • Marge: Lisa, you'll have a fine time at the plant with dad. You've been interested in nuclear power for years.
      Lisa: I signed numerous petitions to shut down that plant.
      Marge: Well, there you go.

    • Lisa: I still don't understand why you get to stay home and watch mom work.
      Bart: Because I've always been an advocate of women in the workplace, Lis. I can't help it if my mom's workplace contains our TV.

    • Lisa: (on the phone with Bart) You could travel for free if you were a stewardess. (hold the phone away from her ear as Bart yells at her) Well, how badly do you wanna get home? Alright, alright, what about a courier, they travel for free too... (Bart is talking) No, that's a terrier, they're dogs.

    • (on the phone)
      Homer: Hello, I'd like to speak with a Mr. Snotball, first name Ura.
      Moe: Ura Snotball?
      Homer: What! How dare you! If I find out who this is, I'll staple a flag to your butt and mail you to Iran!

    • Nelson: (At the Andy Williams concert.) Whahaha. Ahah! Wow! I didn't think he was gonna do "Moon River," but bam! Second encore!

    • (Milhouse plays with the radio and Nelson smacks him)
      Milhouse: Bart! Nelson hit me!
      Bart: He sure did.

    • Cletus: (about getting his driver's license) Hot damn. No more sittin' in the dirt at the drive-in.

    • Homer: Donut?
      Lisa: No thanks. Do you have any fruit?
      Homer: This has purple stuff inside ... purple is a fruit.

    • Patty: Some days we don't let the line move at all. We call those, "weekdays."

    • Martin: I must have spent our last 10 dollars on this Al Gore doll!
      Al Gore Doll: You are hearing me talk.

    • Nelson: What is this place?
      Bart: Branson, Missouri. My dad says it's like Vegas… if it were run by Ned Flanders.

    • Milhouse: Twenty-five years old? You're not twenty-five years old. This ID is completely fake!
      Bart: Yes, you're right Milhouse. (takes ID back) It is a fake, which makes it a fake ID.
      Milhouse: A fake ID? Cool!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Snowball II is scared off by a bowling alley pinsetter. The Simpsons are set onto the couch like bowling pins.


    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
      The hitchhiker that Bart and the gang pick up while on the road resembles the hitchhiker from the 1974 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

    • Lisa: (spinning Homer around in a chair) Houston, we have a problem! The Homer 13 is spinning out of control!
      "Houston, we have a problem" is Tom Hanks' famous line from the 1995 movie Apollo 13. It became a widely-used catchphrase that could be used to describe even the most trivial of problems.

    • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
      The strange noises made by the machines in the cracker factory are reminiscent of the machines in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory based on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    • On The Road
      The episode's title derives from the beat novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

    • Nelson: I can think of at least two things wrong with that title.
      After the boys go to see Naked Lunch, Nelson makes the comment above. Naked Lunch is the title of a novel by William S. Burroughs depicting bizzare scenes of drug taking and sexual perversity. David Cronenberg made it into a film in 1991.