The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 4

Bart the Murderer

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 1991 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart's bad day suddenly changes when he gets a job working for Fat Tony. Mysteriously, Principal Skinner goes missing. Bart and his new friends are the main suspects.

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  • perfect

    Bart's bad day suddenly changes when he gets a job working for Fat Tony. Mysteriously, Principal Skinner goes missing. Bart and his new friends are the main suspects.

    Overall, this was a perfect episode and should be viewed by any Simpsons fan

    Overall a ten out of ten A +

  • A really bad day comes full circle for Bart when he accidentally stumbles into Fat Tony's club. The gangster soon takes a liking to Bart and hires him to work the club much to the dismay of Marge.moreless

    Hands down the funniest episode of season three. You will be laughing all the way through in this very well written and entertaining episode. This is one of the episodes where the predictable ending does not take away form the over all enjoyment. It's pretty obvious Skinner was alive, but to hear him tell his story of what happened to him and how he escaped was very clever, not to mention hysterical. Don't forget Bart's performance of "Witchcraft" in his new suit. Years after "Bart the Murderer" originally aired, it still delivers terrific laughs. This episode is just plain supoib.moreless
  • Bart in the Mafia.

    This is probably one of my top 15 favorite eps of all time because: it was the first Fat Tony ep, Bart was in the Mafia, and principal Skinner was thought to be murdered by Bart and the Mafia. In this ep, Bart has a horrible day, but his luck changes and after school, he crashed his skateboard in to the stairwell of the Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club, and he soon finds himself working for the Springfield Mafia and Fat Tony. He ends up becoming their bartender and errand boy. When Skinner sentences Bart to an afternoon of detention, he mysteriously disappears and the police suspect that Bart and the Mafia had something to do with it. In the end, Bart snubs the Mafia after Skinner shows up at the trial, saying that he was trapped under a pile of papers and Bart didn't do anything to him.moreless
  • this was a good ep i thought

    in this ep of the simpsons bart takes a field trip the chocklate factory and bart becomes a goodfella under spring field mob boss fat tony and then he must help fat tony do stuff and the family starts to get suppisous when they find stolen cigerests in barts room and they see a fbi truck out side the home. and pricible skinner is giving bart a hard time and bart complains to fat tony and they start to rough him up a bit and kidnappe him. and then the police are in on and then bart tells lisa the story and bart thinks as him self as a murders . this was a good epmoreless
  • Top 15

    In this episode, Bart has a horrendously bad day- he forgets his permission trip to a chocolate factory, he is 40 minutes late to school, etc. But at the end of the school day he accidentally lands in mobster Fat Tony's hideout. Instead of hurting and/or killing him, Fat Tony makes him give him and his henchmen drinks. Bart loves working with the mob, but one day when Bart is complaining about Skinner, the next day he is reported missing and all signs apparently point to Bart. Will Bart be able to clear his name or did he really kill Skinner?

    A great episode, one of my personal favorites in factmoreless
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

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris


Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Jo Ann Harris

Jo Ann Harris

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Chief Wiggum: You wouldn't happen to know anything about a cigarette truck that was hijacked outside of town, would you?
      Fat Tony: What's a truck?
      Chief Wiggum: Don't play dumb with me!

    • Chief Wiggum: (to Fat Tony) I'm not gonna stop until one of us is in jail. (pause) You!

    • Lionel Hutz: I'm here defending you on the charges of . . . (looks at sheet) Murder One!? Even if I lose I'll be famous!

    • Chief Wiggum: You're all under arrest for the murder of Seymour Skinner!
      Fat Tony: What's a murder?
      Chief Wiggum: Don't play dumb with me!

    • Homer: How much does it pay?
      Bart: Thirty bucks a week!
      Homer: Pfft! I make more than that.

    • Fat Tony: Pick a horse, kid. We're putting two dollars on the third race. Make it a good one.
      Bart: Eat my shorts!
      Fat Tony: Eat My Shorts? Okay, let's see ... wait a minute, you little punk! Eat My Shorts is in the fifth race! I said the third race!
      Bart: Don't have a cow.
      Fat Tony: Hmm, Don't Have A Cow in the third, put a deuce on him.

    • Principle Skinner: Oh, licking envelopes can be fun! All you have to do is make a game of it.
      Bart: What kind of game?
      Principle Skinner: Well, for example, you could see how many you could lick in an hour, then try to break that record.
      Bart: Sounds like a pretty crappy game to me.
      Principle Skinner: Yes, well... Get started.

    • Ralph: I'm going to eat chocolate till I barf!

    • Mrs. Krabappel: Bart Simpson, you're late. Go fill out a tardy slip.
      Bart: But I'm only five... (looks at clock) ten, twenty... forty minutes? That's pretty damn late!

    • Bart: You ate my homework? I didn't know dogs really did that.

    • Lionel Hutz: Mr Simpson, you've been the boys father for ten years, do you really think he could be the leader of a murderous criminal syndicate?
      Homer: Well not the leader, I mean... Oh it's true it's true, all the pieces fit!

    • Lady: Some large men to see you, sir.
      Skinner: Uh, I don't have an appointment with any large men...
      Fat Tony: Are you Skinner?
      Skinner: I'm Principal Skinner, yes! And how may I ask did you get past the hall monitors?

    • Bart: More stink lines boys...
      Skinner: What's this? What are you boys doing?
      Bart: (yawn) You didn't see nothing, now beat it!

    • Jack Larson: Folks, I'm pleased to announce a new truckload of Laramies with their smooth good taste and rich tobacco flavor is already heading towards Springfield and the driver has been instructed to ignore all stop signs and crosswalks.

    • Homer: Bart!? Have you started smoking?
      Bart: No!
      Homer: Don't lie to me boy. Uh huh, cigarettes, just as I thought.
      Bart: But they're not mine, my boss said his warehouse was full!
      Homer: Yeah right, son, I'm going to teach you a lesson! I'm going to stand here and watch you smoke every one of those cigarettes!

    • Homer: Hey, look what I got, a genuine official police badge! "Calling all cars! Come out with your hands up!" Heh heh heh.
      Bart: Hey, that's my badge, Homer!
      Homer: That's Officer Homer, hee hee!

    • Chief Wiggum: Fat Tony is a cancer on this fair city. He is the cancer, and I am cures cancer?

    • Bart: Uh, say, are you guys crooks?
      Fat Tony: Bart, um, is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family?
      Bart: No.
      Fat Tony: Well, suppose you got a large starving family. Is it wrong to steal a truckload of bread to feed them?
      Bart: Uh uh.
      Fat Tony: And, what if your family don't like bread? They like...cigarettes?
      Bart: I guess that's okay.
      Fat Tony: Now, what if instead of giving them away, you sold them at a price that was practically giving them away. Would that be a crime, Bart?
      Bart: Hell, no!
      Fat Tony: Enjoy your gift.

  • NOTES (6)

    • What was originally intended to be a one-time guest appearance for Joe Mantegna would become a recurring role later on in the series' run. According to the Season 3 DVD commentary track, Joe Mantegna liked the character and wanted to voice him again.

    • Several elements of the plot, such as a child working for the mafia, and the cigarette heist, are similar to the film ''Goodfellas''. However, this episode did not knowingly parody the movie - the episode was written before it was released, but aired after.

    • The Fox censor had a problem with Homer holding a sign saying "Kill My Boy." The creators were able to get it in.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "The Sounds Of Silencers"
      With his Thompson submachine gun, Itchy pumps hundreds of bullets into seven tough-looking cats lined up against the wall. He fires his gun, spelling out the words "The End" against the wall.

    • First Appearance: Fat Tony, Legs

    • Blackboard Joke: High Explosives and school don't mix.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room to find that the couch is missing.


    • Hershey's Milk Chocolate
      The Ah! Fudge candy wrapper is styled after the Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar wrapper

    • The French Connection
      When Bart is running beside the bus trying to get on, Lisa smiles and waves from inside the bus just like Fernando Rey does to Gene Hackman in the subway sequence of the 1971 film The French Connection.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: The Sound Of Silencers
      The title of the cartoon is taken from the Simon and Garfunkel song "The Sound Of Silence." The cartoon itself is a scene taken from the 1967 film The St. Valentines Day Massacre.

    • Cleveland Indians
      The Native American in the chocolate factory film is a parody of the Cleveland Indians' mascot Chief Wahoo.

    • MacGyver
      Principal Skinner's method of escape from his garage--A model rocket, a vacuum cleaner cord and cord retraction switch, and a support beam--is a parody of the same kind of clever devices and gadgets devised with odds and ends and everyday products in the show MacGyver.

    • Goodfellas
      Elements from this episode's plot--A juvenile used as a gofer for mobsters, the kid mixing their drinks, the bad guys threatening his principal when the kid begins missing school--are taken from the 1990 film Goodfellas.

    • The Godfather
      Fat Tony is much like the mobsters. In particular, Sonny Corleone, from the 1972 film The Godfather. Also, the scene when Bart wakes up screaming is a reference to Jack Woltz screaming after waking up in bed with a horse head.

    • Bart: Don't Have a Cow.
      During the fifth race where Fat Tony bets on "Don't Have a Cow," the other horses in the race are named from other famous cartoon catch-phrases including: "Suffering Succatash" from Sylvester the Cat, "Yabba-Dabba-Doo" from Fred Flinstone, "Ain't I a Stinker?" by Bugs Bunny, and "That's All Folks" from Porky Pig.