After he sees a daredevil perform at a monster truck rally, Bart's new dream is to become a daredevil himself, however some times there are consequences.
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Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, 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
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
When Homer is traveling over the gorge on the skateboard, a protective rail can be seen along the edge of the cliff. However, when the kids are watching Homer fall and also when the ambulance collects Homer, the rail is no longer visible.
The scenes with the school bus driving down a curving road and past a prison is stock footage taken from episode 1-3, "Homer's Odyssey."
When he is poised to jump Springfield Gorge, the skull on Bart's skull-and-crossbones T-shirt is spiked like Bart's head.
The billboard in front of Springfield Speedway Sports, under the "Truckasaurus" event listing reads, "Sunday: Bear Baiting."
A small sign at Springfield General Hospital reads: "Cash Only."
First time that Homer bleeds.
In 2006 this episode was ranked #1 in Matt Groening's list of top 10 episodes of all time.
When Bart runs outside after the Truckasaurus commercial, he heads for the back door, but in the next frame, he walks out of the front door.
Dr. Hibbert said he broke ALL of his bones, yet Captain Lance Murdoch could still talk, blink, and write with his mouth!
The ref counts to four in the wrestling match. Wrestling matches usually end on three-counts.
Goof: At the gorge, Nelson says, "Where is he? I thought he said noon!" But Milhouse's mouth is also accidentally lip synced to Nelson's dialogue.
Lance Murdoch: Bones heal, chicks dig scars, and the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world.
Announcer in Bart's dream: Ladies and gentlemen, the ten-year-old who's brave and bold! When he's not in class, he's risking his ass, the world's greatest daredevil, Bart Simpson!
(Listening to Shubert's Unfinished Symphony)
Homer: D'oh! How much longer was Sherbert planning on making this piece of junk?
(Bart announces his jump over Springfield Gorge.)
Lisa: (Worried) Springfield Gorge? Bart, you'll be killed.
Bart: Lisa, I don't know how to explain this, but I get the same thrill out of jumpin' over stuff that you do from…reading.
(After finding out he might not be able to go to the truck rally.)
Homer: Oh cruel Fate, why do you mock me?
(Lisa, Bart and his friends watch wrestling on TV)
Bart: Two titans at the height of their careers. Ahh, if you ask me, this is gonna be one hell of a match.
Lisa: Oh, Bart, I hope you're not taking this seriously. Even a five-year-old knows that this is as choreographed as any ballet.
(Cut to Homer, who is at Moe's watching the same thing and talking to Barney.)
Homer: Eh, Rasputin's got the reach. But on the other hand, the professor's got his patented coma lock. If you ask me, this is gonna be one hell of a match.
Principal Skinner: Tonight Sherbert's, heh, heh, Shubert's Unfinished Symphony.
Homer: Oh, good, unfinished. This shouldn't take long.
Lance Murdoch: (after trying to give a thumbs-up) Doc, I heard a snap.
Dr. Hibbert: Hmm, I'm afraid the bone is broken. Well, that's all of them.
Otto: (Singing, to tune of "Foxy Lady" over Bus microphone) Do do doo, do doo do doo, do do do doo.
Bart: Hey Otto, can I use that microphone.
Otto: ..doo do do (Switches off) Sorry Bart dude, it's for emergencies only. (Switches back on) Doo doo doo.
Dr. Hibbert: This little boy broke his leg, trying to fly like Superman. This little boy's brother hit him in the head with a wrench, mimicking a recent TV wrestling match. I won't even subject you to the horrors of our Three Stooges ward.
Marge: Gee, I never realized TV was such a dangerous influence.
Milhouse: Oh no, he's hurt.
Milhouse: Let's get out of here!
Lance Murdock: Now, on the chance I don't survive, let me just say: Seat belts save lives, so buckle up!
Todd plays the violin at the school concert
Ned: (Crying) My son, my son!
Homer: Come on Flanders, he's not that bad.
Principal Skinner: Welcome to the first in a series of Saturday evening concerts.
Homer: Series? Awww.
Announcer: One night only, at the Springfield Speedway, this Saturday! If you miss this, you'd better be dead or in jail, and if you're in jail, break out. Be there!
(Scene cuts back and forth between Homer at Moe's and Bart at home, who are watching the same wrestling match on TV)
Milhouse: Hey, that's my seat.
Bart: Correction, was your seat.
(Cut to Moe's Tavern)
Barney: But I only got up to go the the can!
Homer: Hey, I don't see your name engraved on this bar stool.
Bart: Otto, I'm going to jump Springfield Gorge on my skateboard.
Otto: You know, Bart, as the only adult here, I feel I should say something?
Homer: (to Lance Murdoch) Think you got guts, try raising my kids!
When the ambulance is hauling away an injured Homer, it crashes into a tree. Seventeen years after this episode aired, in The Simpsons Movie, the ambulance can still be seen crashed into the same tree.
Originally, this episode was supposed to air on November 29, 1991 but because the Korean production company (AKOM) was behind schedule on episodes, this episode was aired a week later and a rerun of "Simpson and Delilah" aired instead.
First Appearances: Dr. Hibbert and Lance Murdock
In syndicated versions, the second time Homer falls off the gorge was replaced with a frozen shot of the kids looking down as Homer screamed and hit the rocks.
This episode aired short to show the "Do the Bartman" music video (7F75 - 5 min). In the video, Bart ruins his fourth grade dance recital by replacing its audio tape with his own music, "Do the Bartman" which turns the recital into a music video. This music video appeared right after the broadcast of episode 21, which seems to have been edited to make space for the time the video was going to use. In fact, the episode didn't air in its entirety until the 3rd time it was shown on August 29, 1991, the second time it was also edited to make room for war coverage on February 28, 1991. It was a track off the album The Simpsons Sing the Blues. The Bartman video would air on FOX after various late night/early morning movies until 1995. Many of the Fox stations became WB (now the CW) stations and resulted in many Fox stations no longer airing late night movies.
Blackboard Joke: I will not drive the Principal's car.
Couch Gag: Everyone piles onto the couch, the couch tips completely up on Homer's end and Maggie flies up into the air and lands on a cushion.
Lance Murdock's character is based on the legendary daredevil Evel Knievel. Also, the majority of the Lance Murdock material was taken from the 1971 film Evel Knievel.
Lawrence Of Arabia
Bart's emergence through the heat and haze with his skateboard to jump Springfield Gorge is an ode to the 1962 film, Lawrence Of Arabia.
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