The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 7

Bart vs. Thanksgiving

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 22, 1990 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Simpson family Thanksgiving is ruined after Bart feels he has been wrongly punished and decides to run away.

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  • The show's only Thanksgiving episode at this moment

    Another episode that could sounds interesting. It's surprising how it's the only Thanksgiving themed episode on the show. American Dad had a couple, The Cleveland Show had four in its whole run, King of the Hill and Bob's Burgers had a couple, and Family Guy have two (one aired and one for next season). It would be great if the writers make another Thanksgiving episode (as long as the plot is not recycled from this one). The episode contains memorable moments like Bart not knowing who the balloon is, "Mom, it's broken," Homer dancing to the song in the radio, Marge's mom saying she have laryngitis, Bart sneaking in Burns' place, SLH eating Bart's cookie, and Bart apologizing to Lisa. However, this episode is not perfect. The problem I had was the part where Bart and Lisa were fighting over the centerpiece, which ruin it and the family's Thanksgiving. Also, Bart's imagination was very random and weird for my tastes. Overall, it was a great Thanksgiving themed episode for the Simpsons.

    Score: 8.5/10moreless
  • Classic.

    he episode begins on Thanksgiving Day morning, with Marge in the kitchen preparing a turkey, while Homer diffuses an argument between Bart and Lisa. The two are fighting over a bottle of glue. Lisa claims that Bart only wants the glue because she does, and when she gives Bart the glue he doesn't want it anymore. While Homer and Bart watch a parade on TV, Maggie follows Lisa upstairs where she has taken the glue to work on a centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner. Back downstairs Bart pesters a busy Marge in the kitchen and tries to make cranberry sauce. Meanwhile, in the living room Homer watches a football game with Maggie, Marge comes in from the kitchen and tells Homer to go pick up Grandpa. Homer says he will go get him at halftime of the game, the doorbell rings and it is Marge's sisters Patty and Selma. Marge is upset when she sees that her sisters have also brought food to eat, they cite that her turkey is usually a little dry as their reasons for bringing extra food. Homer greets the sisters and makes his exit to leave and pick up Grandpa. At the nursing home Homer quickly ushers Grandpa out to the car, meanwhile a taxi pulls up in front of the Simpson home and a much older looking version of Marge gets out. The old woman walks by the kitchen window just as Marge and her sisters are basting the turkey. They all see her, and Marge rushes to the door to greet her mother. Upstairs Lisa is still diligently working on her centerpiece. Back downstairs Homer tries and fails to light a fire in the fireplace when Marge calls everyone for dinner. Homer leaves the fireplace unattended with a giant log in the middle that is barely smoking.

    10 out of 10moreless
  • Lisa spends a lot of time preparing a centerpiece for the table at Thanksgiving. Bart tries to remove it from the table and in the process throws it into the fireplace. Bart is sent to his room but soon sneaks out and embarks on a Thanksgiving adventuremoreless

    This is a good episode of the The Simpsons but it's not one of the best because it recycles a very old formula of Thanksgiving dinner being ruined. This has been done an infinite number of times on an infinite number of shows. Either it's family quarrels or a series of mishaps that ruin Thanksgiving dinner. I think it's time to put this tired old formula out to pasture. The second half of the episode, where Bart embarks on his journey with Santa's Little Helper, does improve this episode slightly.moreless
  • The Simpsons are getting better and better.

    The Simpsons are getting better on this season, and that is shown on this chapter.

    Some really funny and classic jokes are on this chapter, like the praying, and Marge's grandmother with faringitis, only speaking to complain.

    But even more interesting is the relationship in the family that the Simpson shows on this chapter... on a very big difference from newer chapters, where the family is just dumb, fights for nothing and repeat lame jokes that even the fiction characters should notice, here all seems real. Lisa and Bart fighting and then making peace is very touching, and the ending with the family eating in peace is one of the best endings in all the serie.

    So, a very good chapter that has everything, a total winner on a list of the best chapters in the serie.moreless
  • a instant classic thanksgiven

    its thanksgiven time in the simpsons family home and marges sisters come over patty and selma and there celbrating and given thanks lisa makes a diagram to show how the first thanksgiven was celbrated bart was tring to put things on the the table and he and lisa were arguing and it went in the fire and burned and lisa cried and bart was sent to his room and he runs away and donates alot of his blood for a free cookie and passes out on the street coner and he ends up comeing home and apolgizes to lisa for what he did.moreless
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

Greg Berg

Greg Berg

Rory, Homeless Guys

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • The books Poe Poetry, Ginsberg and On the Road are visible on Lisa's bookshelf.

    • As Homer individually greets Patty and Selma, he gets their names mixed up. He incorrectly says "Hi Patty" when kissing Selma and "Hi Selma" when kissing Patty.

    • When Homer and Bart are watching the Macy's parade, Homer says "If the parade turned every flash-in-the-pan cartoon character into a balloon, it will be a farce," and immediately a Bart float passes by. The same year this episode premiered, the Bart float made its debut in the real parade.

    • A guard at Mr. Burns' mansion can be spotted reading Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo.

    • Everyone drinks wine with dinner except Homer, who sips from a can of Duff.

    • A Springfield Retirement Castle sign reads: "Thank you for not discussing the outside world."

    • Goof: When Kent Brockman got back in the van after his report, he had a different look to him.

    • Patty's sundress turns blue when she says that Marge's turkey is dry.

    • Homer is watching the Dallas Cowboys, yet the announcer says they are in the Silverdome, home of the Detroit Lions. By tradition (since the 1940's), the Lions always play Thanksgiving at home. In the 1960's the Cowboys were also granted that honor. So they couldn't possibly be playing each other.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Homer: Hello, operator! Give me the number for 911!

    • Homer: Alright Bart, that's it! Go to your room! Now!
      : Okay, I'll take some white meat and stuffing to go and send up the pumpkin pie in about twenty minutes.
      : I said now!
      : Mom, do I have to?
      Marge: Yes, you do! I hope your happy, Bart! You've ruined Thanksgiving!

    • Bart: Alright! Twelve bucks and free grub to boot! Viva skid row!

    • Bart: I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!

    • Marge: Now we can blame him for everything!
      Homer: It's your fault I'm bald.
      Abe: It's your fault I'm old.
      Maggie: It's your fault I can't talk!
      Uncle Sam: It's your fault America has lost its way!
      Everyone: It's all your fault! It's all your fault! It's all your fault!

    • Kent Brockman: Oh we have lots of names for these people. Bums, deadbeats, losers, scums of the earth, we'd like to sweep these people into the gutter, or if already in the gutter, to some other out of the way place. Oh we have our reasons. They're depressing, their ragged clothes, they're crazy, they smell bad. So every year on one conscience salving day, we toss these people a bone. A turkey bone. And that's supposed to make it all better.

    • Patty: When is that boy going to apologize?
      Selma: He sure is stubborn.
      Grampa: Homer was never stubborn. He always folded instantly over everything. It was as if he had no will of his own. Isn't that true, Homer?
      Homer: Yes, dad!

    • Lady: Hey, you gotta be eighteen to sell your blood, lets see some ID.
      Bart: Here you go, doll face!
      Lady: Okay, Homer, just relax.

    • Homer: And lord, we're especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream. Anyway, we'd like to thank you for the occasional moments of peace and love our family's experienced. Well, not today, you saw what happened! Oh lord, be honest! Are we the most pathetic family in the universe or what?
      Family: Amen.
      Selma: Worst prayer yet.

    • Marge: Mom, you made it! How are you?
      Jacqueline: I have laryngitis. It hurts to talk, so I'll just say one thing: You never do anything right.

    • Grampa: What's your hurry?
      Homer: This place is depressing.
      Grampa: Hey!I live here!
      Homer: I'm sure it's a blast once you get used to it.

    • Bart: Who the hell is that?
      Homer: Bullwinkle.
      Bart: Who? Wait a minute, who's that?
      Homer: Underdog, don't you know anything?
      Bart: It wouldn't hurt them to use some cartoons made in the last fifty years.
      Homer: Bart, this is the tradition. If you build a balloon for every flash in the pad cartoon character, you'll turn the parade into a farce.
      (Bart balloon shows up on the television)

    • Homer: This is Thanksgiving, so glue friendly or else I'll take away the glue and then nobody will have any glue to glue with!
      Lisa: Dad, this isn't about glue, it's about territoriality. He only wants the glue because I'm using it.
      Bart: Oh yeah, prove it (she hands him the glue) Hey man, I don't want your stupid glue.

    • Homer: See Maggie, those silver-and-blue guys are the Dallas Cowboys. They're Daddy's favorite team. And he wants them to lose by less than five and a half points. Understand?

    • Jacqueline: At the risk of losing my voice, let me just say one more thing... (Everyone listens carefully) ...I'm sorry I came.

    • Grampa: Let's go! If I'm not back at the home by nine they declare me legally dead and collect my insurance!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Croesus and Mammon
      When Bart goes to the Burns mansion, we see that it is at the corner of Croesus and Mammon. Croesus was an ancient king of Lydia and became a symbol of great wealth to the ancient Greeks; now it is used as a term for a very rich, usually arrogant person. Mammon was an Aramaic term meaning riches, as in The New Testament: Matthew 6:24… "you cannot serve God and Mammon". Now it is used as a term for great material wealth, especially of a evil or debasing influence.

    • Lisa: I saw the best meals of my generation destroyed by the madness of my brother.
      This line is a parody of the phrase, "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness..." The line is taken from the epic poem, "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg. Lisa calls her poem "Howl of the Unappreciated."

    • Uncle Sam: It's your fault America has lost its way!
      Less than a year into its run, many conservative social activists (as well as President George H. W. Bush) had blamed The Simpsons, and particularly the character of Bart, for contributing to the decaying morals among American youth. Uncle Sam's taunt references this.

    • Hooray for Everything

      Performing at the halftime show is Hooray for Everything, a group of "clean-cut youngsters" who sing about "the dancingest hemisphere, the Western Hemisphere."

      Hooray for Everything is a parody of Up With People and also bears a resemblance to America Sings! .

      The song they sing is a cover of the Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes song Get Dancin'.