The Simpsons

Season 6 Episode 16

Bart vs. Australia

6
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 1995 on FOX
8.6
out of 10
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Bart vs. Australia
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A prank call from Bart to Australia results in a $900 dollar phone bill. When Bart refuses to pay the charges, Australia indicts him for fraud and the family takes a trip to the land down under so Bart can apologize for his shenanigans.

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  • A bit to far

    4.0
    You can really see how Australians (Including Me) were insulted with this episode, they made fun of our flag, made out that we are all criminals and made everyone look dumb. In fact, i don't even recall anything good about The Simpsons visiting Australia, it was annoying. We don't have Kangaroos hopping around everywhere. The attempt at doing an Australian accent is poor, but i understand it would be hard so the actors did a good job attempting it. I know, this episode was made for a comedy effect, but i think they went a bit to far with this.moreless
  • Dull stereotypes packaged with another corny overseas plot.

    5.0
    In the usual tradition of the Simpsons' foreign adventures, typecast stereotypes and zany plots reign. Another prime example of "some small action of the Simpsons leads to this really big adventure"... The jokes are few and far between, the pacing skips around, and the characters are cardboard! The only good part of this show was the scientific argument between Lisa and Bart about how water drains, and the clever references to invasive species. Definitely not something worth watching over and over! I would give five stars for the said references, two for the plot, two for the humor, and one for the pacing. Sad.moreless
  • Bart angers Australia!

    10
    I this episode, Bart calls Australia to see if the water goes to south there, as opposed to the North there. However, he leaves the line long enough for a $900 bill to come in the mail. A lawyer then suggests that Bart go to Australia and make a public apology. He does so, however they also want to add an additional punishment... a BOOTING!I thought this episode was great in terms of hilarity, like with homer screwing with the guard at the embassy. The end was hilarious with the Bullfrogs eating all their crops, and the kola bear going to US. Overall, definitly worth a watch. 10/10 A+moreless
  • Bart Angers Australians!

    10
    Bart angers Australians so he and the family go there so he can make an apology. However, he and Homer end up getting them madder than they were before.



    A good episode, has some stereotypes, but there is pretty much a stereotype for anything... it is a pretty good and funny episode of the show, I think. Only main complaint is I do not find the ending funny, more weird than anything, but the rest was very good and of course, very funny, this episode gets a well deserved A+ in my books. Just an outstanding and funny episode of the showmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the simpsons bart makes a phone call to autraila to find out what side the toliet water goes when it is flushed. and it ends up costing 900 dollars. and he does not want to pay so they arrest him on fraud and is brouth to austrail to face his crimes but he ends up about to get a boot in the but when he moons the prime mister over there and it makes matters even worser and the simpsons are on the run. this was a good ep i tought and it was funny and that is why i gave it a 8.5moreless
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  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Australian Dad: 900 Dollary-doos? Tobias! Did you accept a 6-hour collect call from the States?
      Tobias: It was an emergency call from the International Drainage Commission in Springfield.
      Australian Dad: Oh, my God! There's nothing wrong with the bidet, is there?

    • Conover: Well, it's too late to merely pay back the money, but as a sign of good faith to our Australian friends, we'd like to imprison Bart for five years.
      Homer: (thinks briefly) That's tough but fair. Boy, go with the man.
      Marge: (picks up Bart) No, no, no! No! I'm not going to have my son go to jail over some silly tiff with Australia. You'll just have to find some other country to have relations with.
      Conover: You're sure, now? The prison train is sailing. (Marge hugs Bart tighter) OK, I'm not hearing a lot of support for prison.
      (Bart is sitting on Marge's lap)
      Conover: There is one other option. They'll drop the charges if Bart makes a public apology in Australia.
      Homer: All Bart has to do is apologize and we get a free trip to Australia?
      Conover: Mm, hmm.
      Bart: (gets off Marge's lap) I can handle that. I'm an expert at phony apologies.
      Marge: (reproachful) Bart!
      Bart: (with phony sincerity) I'm sorry.
      Marge: That's better.
      Bart: Heh heh heh…

    • Homer: Are we going to be landing on an aircraft carrier?
      Pilot: No, the nearest Navy vessel is the USS Walter Mondale... It's a laundry ship.

    • (Looking at a globe)
      Bart: So that means if you're in Argentina or ... Rand McNally, everything's backwards?
      Lisa: Yes. In fact, in Rand McNally they wear hats on their feet and hamburgers eat people.
      Bart: Cool!

    • (In the Australian Embassy)
      Homer: Boy, do think next year you could get indicted in Orlando, Florida?
      Bart: Way ahead of you.

    • Homer: When will you Australians learn? In America, we stopped using corporal punishment, and things have never been better! The streets are safe. Old people strut confidently through the darkest alleys. And the weak and nerdy are admired for their computer-programming abilities. So, like us, let your children run wild and free, because, as the old saying goes, "Let your children run wild and free."

    • Homer: Burkina Faso? Disputed Zone? Who called all these weird places?
      Homer's Brain: Quiet, it might be you! I can't remember.
      Homer: Naw, I'm going to ask Marge.
      Homer's Brain: No, no! Why embarrass us both Just write a check and I'll release some more endorphins.
      (Homer starts to scribble a check then ...)
      Homer: (sighs)

    • Milhouse: Hey, Bart! The bakery caught fire and all of downtown smells like cookies! Wanna go smell?
      Bart: Yes... Yes, I do.

    • Lisa: I'm impressed you were able to write so legibly on your own butt.

    • (Bart playing with pocket knife)
      Australian Man: You call that a knife? This is a knife.
      (pulls out a spoon)
      Bart: That's not a knife, that's a spoon.
      Australian Man: Alright, alright, you win. I see you've played knifey-spooney before.

    • Bart: Do the toilets go backwards in here?
      Man in U.S Embassy: No. To combat home sickness, we've installed a device that makes them swirl the correct American way.
      (Flushes toilet. Machine kicks in and water swirls the other way)
      Homer: (weeping, singing) Sweet land of liberty...

    • Homer: Are you like one of those English guards who can't laugh or smile or anything?
      (Homer makes faces and hops around; the guard punches him in the face)
      Guard: No sir! US Marine Corps sir!

    • Bart: Mom, Dad, just so you don't hear any wild rumors, I'm being indicted for fraud in Australia.
      Homer: That's no reason to block the TV.

    • Marge: I would just like a cup of coffee.
      Bartender: Beer it is.
      Marge: No, coffee.
      Bartender: Beer?
      Marge: Coff-ee.
      Bartender: Be-er?
      Marge: C-o . . .
      Bartender: B-e . . .

    • Evan Conover: As I'm sure you'll remember in the late 1980s the United States experienced a short-lived infatuation with Australian culture...(shows slides) ...for some bizarre reason, the Aussies thought this would be a permanent thing. Of course, it wasn't.
      (one slide shows an abandoned theater whose banner reads: "Yahoo Serious Festival")
      Lisa: I know those words, but that sign doesn't make any sense.

    • Homer: (looking at Uruguay on the globe) Look at this country. U-r-gay.

    • (Bart passes a sign saying "Now Entering Australia")
      Bart: Hey, G. I. Joe, your sign's broken. We're already in Australia.
      Marine: Actually, Sir, the embassy is considered American soil, Sir!
      Homer: Really? Look, boy, now I'm in Australia... (hops over the line) Now I'm in America...Australia! America!
      Bart: I get it, Dad.
      Homer: Australia! America!
      Marge: Homer, that's enough!
      Homer: Australia! America! (gets punched) Ow!
      Marine: Here in America we don't tolerate that kind of crap, Sir!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Michael Fay
      The plot of Bart committing a crime in a foreign country and as punishment receiving a booting was in part inspired by the Michael Fay incident where Fay committed a crime in Singapore and as punishment received a caning.

    • Gadsden Flag
      The writing on Bart's butt - "Don't Tread On Me" - is the legend from one of the earliest flags of the American revolution, known as the Gadsden flag.

    • Bart: I think I hear a dingo eatin' your baby.
      This quote refers to the infamous Azaria Chamberlain case. 10-week old Azaria was taken from her tent by a dingo at Uluru on August 17, 1980. In the subsequent trial her mother Lindy was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, with father Michael convicted as an accessory. Both were acquitted of all charges in a later inquest.

    • Crocodile Dundee
      The man who says to Bart and Lisa, "You call that a knife? This is a knife," is a parody of the title character from the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee.

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