The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 6

Bart Star

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 1997 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Homer can be seen wearing the Tom Landry hat he bought in the season 8 episode "You Only Move Twice" while he is coaching the team. Tom Landry was a coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

    • We learn that Homer was a great gymnast back in high school, but failed because Abe Simpson didn't believe in him.

    • Before Nelson hikes the ball, he yells "5F03! Hike!" 5F03 is the production code for this episode.

    • Syndicated versions cut the part after Bart is pushed in the mud by Nelson where Ralph says "You're going to heaven".

    • Syndication cuts the first part of the Kwik-E-Mart scene where Bart plays a video game called "Cat Fight" where teenaged girls beat each other up ("I'll scratch you" "The hair!" "Slut!" "Loser!")

    • Homer cuts Martin from the team but in later scenes he is still there

    • When Homer bought the Beer and Skittles he had money but just a few minutes ago Nelson stole his wallet.

  • Quotes

    • Lenny: (about Homer) Wow! He's Dy-No-Myte!
      Marge: Ooh! What's his name again?

    • Hank Hill: (to Peggy) We drove 2000 miles for this?

    • Ned: Ralph, you're on special teams.
      Ralph: I'm special!

    • Marge: Wow, Homer coaching in the championship game! You must be pretty proud of your son!
      Abe: You'd think so, wouldn't you! (falls asleep)

    • Bart: So if I play, the guys are gonna kill me. If I don't, I'll be letting Homer down. What am I gonna do?
      Lisa: Well, I know you don't wanna disappoint dad, but how do you feel about lying to him?
      Bart: Good!

    • Bart: It's gonna take a miracle for me to become a good quarterback!
      Joe Namath: Excuse me, son.
      Bart: Wow! Joe Namath!
      Joe Namath: That's right. My car broke down in front of your house.
      Bart: I cannot believe you are here! Do you think maybe you could give me some pointers?
      Joe Namath: Sure! There's only one thing you need to know to be a great quarterback.
      Mrs Namath: Joe, honey, I fixed it! It was just vapor lock!
      Joe Namath: OK, look, I've gotta run. Remember what I told you!

    • Ned: Good luck, Homer. No hard feelings!
      Homer: Not so easy to keep your mouth shut now, is it, Flanders?

    • (in the car)
      Bart: But I can't play quarterback! I don't even know how!
      Homer: Son, you can do anything you want. I have total faith in you.
      Bart: Since when?
      Homer: Since your mother yelled at me. Now, how about that hug?
      (Homer hugs Bart)
      Bart: Dad! The car!
      Lisa: I got it.

    • Homer: My father never believed in me! I'm not gonna make the same mistake. From now on I'm gonna be kinder to my son and meaner to my dad.

    • Marge: You shouldn't pressure Bart like that.
      Homer: Well, if you know a better way for me to live through your son, then I'd like to hear it.

    • Marge: You know, Homer, it's very easy to criticize.
      Homer: Fun, too.

    • Homer: Hey, Flanders! You're the worst coach this team has ever had!
      Marge: He's the only coach this team has ever had… and the season hasn't even started yet!
      Homer: Yeah, well… he's wearing that hat like an idiot.

    • (The kids play their first game)
      Ned: Who are we?
      Kids: The Wildcats!
      Ned: Who are we gonna beat?
      Kids: The Wildcats!

    • Lisa: What position have you got for me?
      (The kids gasps)
      Lisa: That's right. A girl who wants to play football. How about that?
      Ned: Well, thats super-duper, Lisa. We've already got four girls on the team.
      Lisa: You do?
      Ned: Uh huh. But we'd love to have you on board!
      Lisa:'s not really my thing. After all...what kind of civilized person would play a game with the skin of an innocent pig?!
      Ned: Well, actually, Lisa, these balls are synthetic!
      Janey: And for every ball you buy, a dollar goes to Amnesty International!
      Lisa: (Crying) I've gotta go!

    • Ned: A little higher, Wendell. (another throw) A lot higher, Martin. (another throw) Ralph, that's a basketball..(next throw hits Flanders hard) OK! Nelson's our quarterback.
      Nelson: Thanks, four-eyes.

    • Todd: We don't have to play football, do we, daddy?
      Ned: Ho ho ho, you betcha. Team sports will keep you away from temptations like rock music and girls.
      Rod and Todd: Yaaay!

    • Kent: This reporter's opinion is for our lard-laden lads to shape up. Get out and try fun activities like military service, frenetic dancing, or good old fashioned pee-wee football.
      Homer: There you go, Bart! Pee-wee football will melt away those unsightly pounds and inches.
      Bart: Yeah, but I could get seriously hurt!
      Homer: Then it's settled.

    • Marge: Now, make no mistake. When I say "first aid" I'm not talking about some sort rock concert. (Laughs at her own joke) I'm talking about treating serious injuries! (The crowd laughs loudly)
      Krusty: Serious injuries! (Writes it down) Ooh, that's gold!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Your cholesterol level is lethally high, Homer, but I'm more concerned about your gravy level.
      Homer: Now, wait a second! You doctors have been telling us to drink eight glasses of gravy a day!
      Dr. Hibbert: You're a little confused!
      Homer: Oh, confused, would we?

    • (Homer calls a play using an electronic football game for some guidance.)
      Homer: Hold on I'm working it out... Okay, half of you vibrate that way, two of you fall down. Nelson, you just spin around in a circle.

    • Smithers: Well that's the end of the girls' exercise… Now let's bring on the men!

    • (Lisa shouts in frustration after accidentally falling down on the stairs.)
      Homer: You're not gonna make the team with that kinda attitude.
      Lisa: I don't want to make the team!
      Homer: Then why are you running the obstacle course?

    • Homer: Flaaanders… Flaaaaaanders…
      Ned: What?
      Homer: Flaaanders…
      Ned: WHAT! What is it!!!
      Homer: Game's out there! Hahaha made you look!

    • Bart: Okay Milhouse let's try out the new cup.
      Milhouse: (Kicks)
      Bart: Again!
      Milhouse: (Kicks again)
      Bart: (Yawns)
      Milhouse: (Kicks again and again)
      Marge: Milhouse! Stop that!

    • Marge: He's going to need, uh… you know, protection.
      Guy: Sure… one helmet coming up.
      Marge: I was thinking more of… protection… down there
      Guy: Oh, why didn't you say so? Knee pads. You got it.
      Marge: (very laughs nervously) I'm talking about his personal area.
      Guy: Ah ha. Say no more. I read you loud and clear. The old shoulder pads.
      Marge: Look, I want a cup
      Guy: Cup, could you spell that?
      Marge: Cee Yuu Pee I wanna Cee Yu…oh my god!

    • Lisa: Hey tubby! Want another Pop Tart tubby?
      Bart: I'm comfortable with who I am.
      Homer: You're a disgrace to this family!

    • Maude Flanders: Okay gentlemen, I want you to raise your hand when you hear the tone…
      Crazy Old Man: You can't tell me what to do!
      (The tone gets louder and louder until a deafening screech is heard)
      Abe: Nothing yet!

    • Homer: Hey Apu, you got that new beer with candy floating in it… Skittlebrau?
      Apu: No such product exists sir. You must have dreamt it.
      Homer: Well then, just gimme a six pack and a bag of Skittles.

    • (Bart walks over to Homer, pretending he is injured.)
      Bart: I got bad news for you, Dad.
      Homer: Oh, your mother is not pregnant, is she?

    • (Homer praises Bart for his play and the rallying of the troops, failing to realize his son's mistakes resulted in a lopsided loss.)
      Homer: Hey everybody! Lets hear it for Bart!
      (Bart's teammates glare at him menacingly.)
      Bart: (Meekly) Give me a "B"?
      Nelson: I won't give you a "B", but I'll tear you a new "A"!
      Millhouse: If I wasn't your friend, I'd tell you, you sucked!
      Terri: You ruined our undefeated season! You ruined everything! Ruiner! (whispers) My sister likes you!
      (Nelson grabs Bart by the jersey.)
      Nelson: Listen here daddy's boy. You cost us one more game and you're dead.
      (Nelson shoves Bart face first into the mud.)
      Ralph: You're going to heaven!

    • (On the phone)
      Mr. Burns: Ahoy hoy!
      Homer: Mr. Burns, this is Homer J. Simpson, the father of the big quitter. Well, I just wanted to tell you, I'm a big quitter too and I quit!
      Marge: Homer… Mr. Burns can't see you winking…
      Homer: So…? Ahhhhh!!

    • Wolfcastle: What's the matter? You can't do one sit-up?
      Uter: I loved your last movie Mr. Wolfcastle?
      Wolfcastle: Quit stalling fatty.

    • Homer: (to Nelson) How does your arm feel?
      Nelson: Great!
      Homer: Then take this note to the ref, telling him we forfeit.

  • Notes

    • Rod's number is 66 and Todd's was 6. Homer announces that Bart is the new quarterback they are standing next to each other making 666, the sign of the beast.

    • This is Uter's last speaking appearence.

    • Homer cuts kids from the team in a heartless and hilarious way. Then over the end credits he cuts everyone who works on the show, except for Joe Namath.

    • Hank Hill and his family (and neighbours) from fellow animated comedy King of the Hill make a cameo appearance in this episode (though only Hank has dialogue, and one line at that). Also note is that they are drawn their usual pink, not with Simpson's yellow skin.

    • Blackboard Joke: I did not invent Irish dancing.
      Couch Gag: Everyone sits on the couch and gets crushed into a cube as if they were in an auto-crusher.

  • Allusions

    • Fantastic Four
      Bart: "It's clobberin' time."
      This is the catchphrase of Ben Grimm/ The Thing from the Fantastic Four comics.

    • Hank Hill: We drove 2,000 miles for this?

      Hank Hill is the main character off another FOX animated comedy, King of the Hill.

    • The title comes from the name of the legendary Green Bay Packers' quarterback, Bart Starr. When he played in the history-making game called the Ice Bowl, he ran from the opponents (The Dallas Cowboys) one yard line to score a touchdown with seconds remaning winning the NFL championship for the Packers and sending them to Superbowl 2 againist the Raiders.