The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 8

Bart the Daredevil

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 06, 1990 on FOX
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Episode Summary


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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  • One of the best episodes of season 2

    This should be an awesome episode. The plot sounds like it should be. As long as there's no flaws with it. I laughed/chuckled at the couch gag, the gang booing that the wrestler they're rooting for lost, Lance Murdoch making a stunt at the pool, Bart's friends leaving after performing a stunt, and Homer falling down from the gorge. The scene where the family is at the truck rally is very amazing to watch. The same thing goes to anytime Bart does his daredevil stunts. The best part of this episode was definitely Homer falling down from the gorge, then he's sent to the ambulance, and he falls again. Oh my God! That was the funniest scene I've seen in the Simpsons as it was so expected for that to happen. Conclusively, I loved this episode and it's a classic.

    Score: 10/10moreless
  • One of the best of Season 2

    The episode begins with Bart and his friends, Richard, Lewis and Milhouse; along with Lisa watching wrestling on TV in the living room. Bart is excited about the upcoming match and Lisa tells him, "Even a five-year-old knows this is as choreographed as any ballet." Cut to Homer, who is at Moe's bar watching the very same wrestling match, he comments to Barney about who he thinks will win the wrestling match. Back at the house, Bart asks Milhouse to turn up the volume, and when he does Bart steals Milhouse's spot on the couch. Cut quickly over to Moe's where Homer has just stolen Barney's stool after he got up to go to the bathroom. The wrestling match ends on the TV, as one of the wrestlers has pulled out a monkey wrench and knocked the other wrestler out. At the bar everyone boos at the result of the match and throws popcorn at the TV, while the same scene is played out back at the Simpson home. A commercial plays on the TV for a monster truck rally coming to Springfield, on Saturday, featuring a car eating robot dinosaur called "Truckasaurus." It instantly captivates Bart and Homer, sending them into a trance. As soon as the commercial finishes, Homer throws down some money to cover his tab and races home. Bart runs out of the house, looking for Homer. Homer with tires squealing, flies into the driveway and jumps out of the car. Bart runs up to him and they meet each other on the front lawn. Bart and Homer stare at one another, read each other's minds, and in unison shout, "Truckasaurus!"Later at dinner, Homer suggests to the family that they all go see the monster truck rally on Saturday night. Marge and Lisa object, citing Lisa's band recital on the same night. Bart and Homer become distraught, but when Marge figures out that the recital takes place at 5:00 and the rally takes place at 8:00, she decides they can all go to both events. On Saturday, at the school auditorium, Lisa and the rest of the school band are on stage, as Principal Skinner introduces them. Throughout the recital Homer becomes increasingly impatient. The camera pans through a content and respectful audience, enjoying the concert, when the camera passes over Homer, he can be seen impatiently pointing at his watch in an effort to get Lisa's attention. At the end of the recital just as everyone takes their bows, Homer quickly rushes on the stage and snags Lisa. Cut to the family in the car with Homer at the wheel, speeding franticly, trying to make it to the rally on time. When they arrive at Springfield Speedway, the parking lot is full and Homer cannot find a spot. Marge points out what she thinks is a parking spot, but inadvertently directs Homer straight into middle of the packed stadium, the car quickly gets stuck in the mud. "Truckasaurus," the 4 story metal dinosaur that breathes flames and eats cars, picks up the Simpson's family vehicle with everyone screaming inside.

    10 out of 10moreless
  • "Bart the Daredevil" is arguably the best episode of season 2.

    Bart witnesses dare devil Lance Murdock perform insane stunts while at an event. While sleeping in the car on the ride home, Bart dreams of being a dare devil, and takes upon that dream by pulling off stunts himself. Soon, however, Bart gets bored of doing similar stunts over-and-over again, and decides to jump something big - the Springfield Gorge. Homer tells him not to leave to jump the gorge, but Bart sneaks out and does it anyway. While there, Homer asks him not to jump again, and Bart promises not to. Homer eventually slides down a slope directing down at the gorge and gets seriously injured.

    This is definitely one of the seasons best. Not my favorite episode yet, but that is soon to come.moreless
  • This episode defines exactly why I watch this series... So dang hilarious when Homer was falling down the gorge, and in many other parts.

    While at a Truckasaurus show, Bart is enthralled with the stunts of fearless daredevil Captain Lance Murdock. When one of his stunts goes wrong, he is sent to hospital. Dispite all this, Bart wants to become a daredevil, so he performs skateboard tricks in front of his friends. He hurts himself and is sent to hospital where Dr. Hibbert gives him a safety lecture. However, he sees Lance Murdock in the hospital, who encourages him to give it a go. With his encouragement, Bart plans on jumping Springfield Gorge. Homer concludes that the only way he can stop Bart is to perform the stunt himself to show him how dangerous it is. Bart knows that Homer will die, so he pulls out of the stunt. Homer accidentaly steps on the board and unwantingly performs the stunt.. falling down the gorge, but still lives on.moreless
  • daredevil

    bart sees a daredevil and soon he wants to become one. he starts off doing petty jumps and stuff, but soon he wants a challenge: to jump springfield gorge on his skateboard. lisa tells homer who forbids him, but bart sneaks out. homer finds hi and tells him he can not go, but instead, in one of the series' most memorable scenes, homer falls down springfield gorge.

    a classic mostly for the gorge scene. this feels like a shorter episode than most, but that doesn't detract quality. A+ episode, no doubt, hilarious, good plot, and a very memorable offering from the season known as 2moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, 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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • 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.
      Lewis: Bad!
      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?
      Bart: What?
      Otto: Cool!

    • Homer: (to Lance Murdoch) Think you got guts, try raising my kids!

  • NOTES (6)

    • 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.


    • Evel Knievel
      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.