The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 4

Bart Sells His Soul

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After perpetrating a prank on the First Church of Springfield, Bart sells his soul to Milhouse for five dollars. Bart comes to regret his decision, and goes on a desperate quest to regain his soul. In the end, he gets it back with the help of an unexpected source.moreless

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  • To prove to Milhouse that there is no such thing as a soul, Bart sells his soul to Milhouse. But when strange things begin to happen to Bart, he wants his soul back, but has to go through an ordeal to get it.moreless

    This episode was slsightly better than 'Home sweet homediddly - Dum - Doodly' because it was funnier and had a more varied storyline (e.g. there was the story of Bart's soul and the story of Moe's bar changing into a family restaurant. This show was also good because it had lots of allusions, which can improve a show greatly for certain. In this show we also see a blatant chracter development in Bart, how he completely changes his opinion about the soul. The best part of this show was the entire story of Moe's bar, especially when he loses it and goes crazy.moreless
  • Bart sells his soul to Milhouse, but then he must go through a rough ordeal to get it back.

    Well this is without a doubt one of the best and most flawless episode of the Simpsons because it is so comical and intelligent on the nature of the human soul. Actually this episode is so in depth and heart felt on the topic that some colleges actually study this episode. Anyway while still being able to be intelligent, the episode was chaulk full of great gags. One of my favorite parts of the whole episode is Bart's dream about souls. The best part of the whole episode had to be Moe opening up a family restauarant that comedy was just flawless, and its impossible not to laugh at such a hilarious thing for a character like Moe to do. This was one of the first Simpsons episodes I saw, and I was happy with the positive fibe I recieved after watching this episode. A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons bart plays a prank on church and he thinks his soul is not real so he sells it to milhous for 5 dollars. milhoud excepts it but bart soon later regrets what he did when he sees the others with there souls and how it is real. and so bart goes on a spirtaul quest to get his soul back and he gets help form a unlikely person and this was a good ep i thought and it had a good story and it is why i gave the ep of the simpsons a 8.5moreless
  • Perfect

    Bart does not believe in souls so he sells his to Milhouse for 5 bucks. But soon he finds that things in his life are different, and he fears he really did lose his soul. Will he get it back?

    In one of the more memorable subplots ever, Moe makes his bar a family-themed restaurant. It seems likea great idea, and it is, for a little while, then things go wrong.

    A great ,perfect episode with literally no flaws. It has a fantastic plot, some funny gags, and it is all-around great, one of my favorites from the series, A+ episode!moreless
  • Milhouse owns Bart's soul

    Bart tells Milhouse that theres no so thing as a soul, and he even goes as far as to sell his soul to Milhouse for five dollars. Bart uses the five dollars on a toy that dosn't work. He soon realizes that the pets now hate him, and he dosn't find Itchy and Scratchy funny anymore. He dosn't even find Homer hurting himself funny. he must get his soul back from Milhouse, but he sold it to Comic Book Guy, who sold it to Lisa. Bart is so graeteful that Lisa bought his soul for him.

    This was a great episode. I loved the church scene, and I loved Moe's attempt at making a family restaurantmoreless
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

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

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (30)

    • (Dr. Hibbert and his family, looking for a place to eat, wander into Moe's, not realizing it's a tavern)
      Dr. Hibbert: Oh, I'm sorry, I thought this was a family restaurant.
      Moe: Oh, it is, just uh...pull them stools up to the pool table.
      Dr. Hibbert's Daughter: Daddy, this place smells like tinkle.
      Dr. Hibbert: Mmhmm, I think we'll just go to the Texas Cheesecake Depository.

    • Moe: I could make this into a place where you wouldn't be ashamed to bring your family.
      Homer: I'm not ashamed.
      (Homer puts Maggie on the counter)
      Moe: Hey, put a coaster under that.

    • Kirk Van Houten: Milhouse, give him back his soul, I've got work tomorrow!

    • (Near the end of Bart's soul nightmare...)
      Sherri and Terri: (chanting) Bart it's time to end this dream,
      And don't forget the standard scream!
      Bart: (waking up) AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!

    • Homer: Hey, Marge. Remember when we used to make out to this hymn?
      (He and Marge began to laugh quietly to themselves.)

    • Dr. Hibbert: All right, where would you kids like to eat tonight?
      Kid #1: The Spaghetti Laboratory!
      Kid #2: Face Stuffers!
      Kid #3: Professor P. J. Cornucopia's Fantastic Foodmagorium and Great American Steakery!
      Dr. Hibbert: How about this place?..."Moe's"

    • Comic Book Guy: (referring to Lisa) I don't know who she was, but she certainly had an interest for little boy's souls...

    • Lisa: I bought it with the change in my piggy bank.
      Bart: There's no change in your piggy bank.
      Lisa: Not in any of the ones you know about.

    • (Another million-dollar birthday fries siren goes off)
      Moe: Aw, God. (to Sherri) Here you go, here I am! Uncle Moe! Thank you, ma'am. This'll be a treat! Uncle Moe, here I am, while you eat!
      Sherri: Yay! Now do it for Terri.
      Moe: (to Terri) What, it's your birthday too?
      Sherri & Terri: We're twins.
      Moe: (sighs) Here you go. Here I am. Eat your fries. Eat 'em.
      (dumps the fries on the table and leaves)

    • Ned Flanders: Now Rod, you can get anything you want for your big ten-0!
      Rod Flanders: Million-dollar birthday fries!
      Waiter: Uh-oh!
      (A siren goes off)
      Maude Flanders: (reading menu) Moe gets so excited when you order his million-dollar birthday fries, he just has to celebrate.
      (Moe jumps out with sparklers and a basket of fries on his head)
      Moe: (excitedly) Here you go! Here I am! Uncle Moe! Thank you, ma'am! This'll be a treat! Uncle Moe, here I am, while you eat!
      (Rod takes a couple of fries from the basket and eats them)
      Moe: Please take the fries off my head, kid. The basket is extremely hot!

    • Grandma Van Houten: You dial 91, and then when I say so, dial 1 again!

    • Todd: Ow! My freakin' ears!

    • Bart: I want my soul, and I want it now!
      Homer: Bart! You didn't finish your Spaghetti and Moeballs!
      Homer's Brain: Quiet you fool! It could be ours!
      Homer: Run boy! Run! Run for your life!

    • Moe: Hiya folks, welcome to Uncle Moes. Aww, look at all the cute little minors.
      Homer: Wow! That's Moe! The guy from the ad!
      Moe: Right this way, Homer.
      Homer: And he knows my name!

    • Moe: No c'mon, I need a name that says "friendly all-American cooking."
      Homer: How about Chairman Moe's Magic Wok?
      Barney: I like it!
      Moe: Nah, I want something that says people can have a nice relaxing time.
      Homer: I got it! Madman Moe's Pressure Cooker!
      Barney: I like it!
      Moe: Hey, how about Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag?
      Barney: I hate it.

    • Jimbo: Way to breathe, no breath.

    • Bart: (to Snowball II) Gee, you're pretty uppity for something that eats bugs all day.

    • Bart: Well if your soul is real where is it?
      Milhouse: (touching his chest) It's kinda in here... and when you sneeze, that's your soul trying to escape. Saying "God bless you" crams it back in. And when you die, it squirms out and flies away!
      Bart: What if you die in a submarine, at the bottom of the ocean?
      Milhouse: Oh, it can swim. It's even got wheels, in case you die in the desert and it has to drive to the cemetery.

    • Bart: Hymns here! I got hymns, here! Get 'em while they're holy! Fresh from God's brain to your mouth!

    • Reverend Lovejoy: (to the kids in Sunday school) I know one of you is responsible for this, so repeat after me: "If I withold the truth, may I go straight to Hell, where I will eat naught but burning hot coals and drink naught but burning hot cola!
      Ralph: (scared) Where fiery demons will punch me in the back...
      Bart: (bored) ...where my soul will be chopped into confetti and strewn upon a parade of murderers and single mothers...
      Milhouse: (slightly nervous) ...where my tongue will be torn out by ravenous birds."
      (outside, a crow stares at Milhouse)
      Crow: (shreaks)
      Milhouse: Bart did it! That Bart, right there!

    • Milhouse: Pleasure doing business with you!
      Bart: Any time.. chummmmmp.

    • Chief Wiggum: Ralphie, you stay here in the car while Daddy tries to talk some sense into this raving derelict.

    • Little Girl: Unky Moe?
      Moe: (struggling to control himself) Whaaat... is it, sweetheart?
      Little Girl: My sodie is too cold. My teef hurt!
      Moe: (mock sympathy) Aw, your "teef" hurt, huh? Your "teef" hurt? (flips out) Well that's too freakin' bad! You hear me? I'll tell you where you can put your freakin' "sodie", too!!

    • Ad: Come to Uncle Moe's for family fun, it's good good good good, good good good.
      Homer: Hmm. Sounds good.

    • Moe: I got this deep fryer on loan from the U.S. Army. You can roast a buffalo in that in forty seconds.
      Homer: Forty seconds? But I want it now!

    • Milhouse: Remember ALF? He's back... in pog form!

    • Bart: I know that's funny, but I'm just not laughing.
      Lisa: Hmm. Pablo Neruda said: "Laughter is the language of the soul."
      Bart: I am familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda.

    • Bart: (looking at a map) Okay, Milhouse's grandmother lives on 257th Street and I'm on... 3rd.

    • (The doors at the Kwik-e-Mart don't open for Bart and he hits it, making a smudge-mark of his face.)
      Apu: (On the store P.A.) Sanjay to the window with Windex...Sanjay to the window with Windex...Sanjay!

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Wait a minute.. this sounds like rock and/or roll.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not a lean mean spitting machine.
      Couch Gag: The family are in Shriner cars. They all pull into a line in front of the TV set and honk their horns twice.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Skinless in Seattle"
      Scratchy is walking to the Space Needle in Seattle, with a love letter telling him to meet there. He stands next to it, & Itchy, on top of the Needle, drops a penny off the top; it misses Scratchy. He then gets a lot of Space Needle miniature models, throws them down, & they land in a heart shape around Scratchy. Angry, Itchy saws off the top half of the Space Needle, landing in Scratchy's eye.


    • Screaming Yellow Zonkers
      Moe describes his Southwestern Pizza Fingers as "Awesomely Outrageous," which alludes to the snack food Screaming Yellow Zonkers' slogan: "Outrageously awesome."

    • Sleepless in Seattle
      The title of the Itchy & Scratchy episode, "Skinless in Seattle," is a spoof of the 1993 motion picture Sleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

    • Denny's
      As Flanders is leaving "Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag" disgusted over Moe's language, he claims that he expects that kind of language at Denny's. Denny's is the largest full-service family restaurant chain in the United States and it operates in nine countries around the world.

    • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
      Towards the end of the episode Bart begins a prayer with the words "Are you there, God? It's me, Bart Simpson". This is an allusion to Judy Blume's 1971 book "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret".

    • Citizen Kane
      On one of the walls of Moe's restaurant is a sled with the word "Rosebud" on it, this is a reference to the 1941 film Citizen Kane.

    • In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida
      The opening hymn, "In the Garden of Eden," is a parody of the song "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly. This 17-minute song featured the first-ever long drum solo, which is parodied in this episode by the church piano.