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The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 11

Barting Over

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Barting Over
Lisa dreams of being honored as one of three great Americans, only to be waken by Marge's vacuum. Marge and the rest of the family have begun spring cleaning. Bart finds a box of old videotapes. He and Lisa start watching the tapes that are boring them, until Lisa finds a tape labeled "BART SAD." They put in the tape, which features an episode of Perfect Strangers and a commercial for a product that fights bad breath for babies. The baby featured in the ad is none other than Bart, leading Lisa to realize the tape should have been titled "Bart's Ad." The baby in the ad is referred to as "Baby Stinkbreath," which opens Bart up to name calling by his siblings. Bart confronts his parents about the ad and Homer tells him he was going to tell him on his "death bed." They tell him he enjoyed making the commercials and he made a lot of money that Homer invested in a college trust fund. Homer confesses that he used the money to buy back incriminating photos. Bart demands the return of his money; Milhouse suggests that he get a lawyer. He finds a lawyer and tells him he wants a divorce from his parents. In court, Judge Harm renders her verdict, Bart is emancipated and half Homer's salary is to go to Bart. Bart moves out and into a loft apartment. His first night alone he is scared by a rat and runs to the elevator that takes him up instead of down. The doors open to a loft apartment that contains skateboard ramps, "skate boarding legend Tony Hawk" and the band "blink - 182" playing live in the corner. The family comes to visit Bart at his new home, where Bart appears to be living the good life. Homer makes a plea for his return, but Bart tells them he is taking off for six months to go on the "Skewed Extreme Sports Tour." At the Springfield stop of the tour, Homer talks Tony Hawk into losing to him in a skateboarding contest so that Homer might win back Bart's affection. When Homer wins the contest, Bart informs him it wasn't about being cool, it was really about Homer not caring about how he felt. With a bit of advice from Tony Hawk, Homer makes an apology and gets a lucrative commercial endorsement for "Viagra-Gain" which allows him to repay Bart, who returns home.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Perfect

    What I liked- Maggie's little dance to lisa singing "You're baby stink breath!", the ending to the episode, Homer going "Mmm... garnish" and then complaining about what that means, Tony Hawk's appearance, and other things.

    Good episode, one of my favorites from the season. Lots of good scenes and funny dialouge. A+
  • The Simpsons marks its 300th episode with Bart suing Homer and Marge for emancipation.

    "Barting Over" was a pretty good episode overall despite its shortcomings. It was hurt from the very beginning by the fact that it could not have been more obvious that Bart would move back home by the end of the episode. What helps make it entertaining is the sharp dialogue and Tony Hawk's clever and amusing guest appearance. The storyline of this episode is very formulaic, but it's still good enough for me to just recommend it. If you want a very good milestone episode, jump ahead to number 500.moreless
  • 300 episodes! Bart becomes emancipated.

    While Spring cleaning, Bart discovers a tape which shows him in a commercial as a baby. When Homer informs Bart that he spent all of his earnings, Bart is angry and goes to the law office to file for emancipation. Judge Harm takes Bart's side and sends him to live on his own until fully repaid with half of Homer's weekly paycheck. Bart rents a loft downtown and Homer's true emotions towards Bart begin to show. Bart is scared on his first night and catches the lift which takes him to a floor above him. There, Tony Hawk and Blink 182 are having a skate party. Bart loves his new life and Homer sees he'll have to upstage Tony Hawk in order to regain the love of his son. Hawk gives Homer an auto-skateboard and the two duel. Homer emerges the victor and apologizes. He does a ViagraGain commercial and gives the money earned to Bart. I love this episode. The skateboard duel was hilarious. This was an amazing episode and just an all around master piece from a so far wonderful season.moreless
  • 302 episodes and still going strong... Bart gets a new neighbor, Tony Hawk!!!!! No way. LOL

    When Bart learns that Homer has lost his earnings from a TV commercial he appeared in as a baby, Bart takes Homer to court and is granted emancipation from his parents. Now a legal adult, Bart moves out of the house and into a downtown apartment, where he befriends Tony Hawk and his gang of skating buddies who live upstairs.

    Homer appeals to Tony Hawk to let him win in a skate-off to impress Bart and lure him back home, but Bart finally lets Homer know that he was just looking for Homer to care about his feelings. Homer finally gets it, and the father and son reunite.moreless
  • The beginning, of the end of The Simpsons.

    Sorry fans, but this is where, in my opinion, the Simpsons went from classic to tragic. This is the beginning of Bart (later on) and Homers adventure from being great characters, to lame beyound belief. I mean this episode is where Homer starts acting like a selfish jerk, and he never seemed that way to me on all the past episode before this. The way he treated bart and spended "His" money on stupid crap just proves it. And he just becomes more of a jerk then even Mr. Burns. Bart, was fine in this episode, not doing any stupid "pranks". All he wanted to do is get away from Homer, I know would. I'll always call this the episode that ended the Simpsons and if you don't agree with me, then you're just proving my point. Simpson needs to end, now!!!moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

Blink 182

Blink 182


Special Guest Star

Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk


Special Guest Star

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

Judge Constance Harm

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In one line from this episode, Homer says "…I'm gonna work you like a dog!", but the lip movements don't match that phrase.

    • FOX used the best period during sweeps to highlight their "300th episode night"....This episode along with "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can" were aired with captions at the bottom during the opening credits that stated "300th Episode" and "301st Episode" respectively, despite the fact that they are in fact episodes 302 and 303.

    • A scene in which Lisa says "Could this be the end of our show?" was shown in the preview but not in the episode.

    • When Tonk Hawk throws Bart his old card, his pajamas are aqua. When he gets his card back, Bart's pajamas are light green. When Bart starts walking with Tony Hawk, his pajamas are aqua again.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Marge: How many times has Homer done something crazy?
      (Lisa pulls out a rolling counter which is now at 300)
      Lisa: 300.
      Marge: Really? I could've sworn it was 302.
      Lisa: Shhh!

    • Bart: I'm going to be emancipated.
      Homer: Emancipated?! Don't you like being a dude?

    • Bart: I want a divorce from my parents.
      Lawyer: You WHA?!
      Bart: I said I want a divorce from my parents.
      Lawyer: Yes, I heard you. I was just calling my secretary. Yuwah, give me the standard child divorcing parent form.
      Yuwah: Yes, sir

    • Homer: I'll have you know I've been taking steps to become a better parent, I've been taking care of this bag of sugar for a week.
      (Homer picks up a covered sack and opens it, but discovers that it's a baby girl.)
      Homer: What the... where's my sugar?
      (Cut to Cletus's house. Cletus is bouncing the bag of sugar on his knee.)
      Cletus: Condolezza Marie ain't too playful tonight.
      Brandine: (Dips her finger into the bag and tastes it.) And I don't recall her bein' this granulated.
      Fat Woman: Can I put your baby in my coffee?
      Cletus: Now, now, the doctor said that if you eat any more baby, they're going to take your foot.

    • Larry: Balki, why are you dancing in the toilet?
      Balki: What? You never heard of "Flush Dance"?

    • Lisa: Mom, why did you wake me up? I dreamt I was at the Kennedy Center Honors.
      Marge: Well, here's another low-rated annual event…Spring Cleaning! Come on, everyone's helping.
      (Santa's Little Helper scoots a towel across the floor using his butt. Homer scoots a towel across the floor using his butt.)

    • Commercial Mom: These soothing chemical patches alters your baby's DNA, while leaving the RNA untouched.
      Commercial Old Lady: Aw.
      Narrator: Not safe for babies under two.

    • Baby Stink-Breath jingle: He's the baby whose mouth smells like death. Run for your life it's Baby Stink-Breath!

    • Lisa: You're Baby Stink-Breath, you're Baby Stink-Breath! En Francais… vous etes L'enfant Stink-Breath!

    • Marge (to Hobo): Here's $5. Buy yourself a suit and get busy!
      Hobo: I'll buy a suit… of drugs!!

    • Homer: Of all the sites on all the web, I had to click onto his.

    • Hawk: Hey, Blink 182!
      Tom: We have names you know!
      Hawk: Whatever. Crank it up.
      Mark: Dude, let's trash this place.
      Travis: AFTER we get paid.
      Mark: Nice!

    • Bart: Hey, a box of old videotapes. "Marge And Homer Get Dirty?" Hey Lis, think you're well-adjusted?

    • Bart: Well, here I am, on my own. And I'm gonna make it, world!
      (Bart throws his red cap ala Mary Tyler Moore and the ceiling fan destroys it)
      Man: (pounding on the wall) Be quiet in there! Some of us are trying to sell drugs!

    • Lawyer: (holding a Bart doll) Bart, using this doll, tell the court where your father took money from you.
      (Bart pulls out the pockets of the doll.)
      Bart: Here and here.
      Lawyer: Let the record show that he pulled out the little pockets of the doll.
      (Homer lowers in his seat nervously.)
      Lawyer: Mr. Simpson, your son alleges that you have an anger management problem.
      Homer: Why you little! I...uh, I'm sorry, judge. That's a rare lapse in my normally calm demeanor.
      Judge Harm: Could the stonographer please read back the previous statement?
      Stonographer: Why you little...
      Homer: Why you little!
      (Bart laughs)
      Homer: Why you little! (to Judge Harm) Why you little!
      (Judge Harm draws Homer being hanged.)
      Baliff: All rise for the verdict.
      Homer: Son, I just want you to know, whatever that judge decides, I'm gonna be the best dad I can.
      Judge Harm: No judge would send a pre-teen out on his own.
      Judge Harm: Except in this case!
      (Homer pulls his shirt collar nervously and cringes.)
      Judge Harm: That boy is about as safe living with you as a crawdad in a gumbo shack. Bart Simpson, I declare you emancipated. Further, I hereby garnish Homer's wages until Bart is fully repaid.
      Homer: Mmmmm...garnish.
      Judge: That means half your paycheck goes to Bart.
      Homer: What the...half goes to Bart, half goes to my Vegas wife? What's left for Moe?
      Marge: Homer, don't make things worse!
      Homer: I'LL SHOW YOU WORSE! (he screams and runs towards Judge Harm. The baliff catches him and drags him out) I WAS TOLD THIS WOULD BE TELEVISED!

    • Bart: Mom, you've always been cool to me; but Homer is a lousy dad and I'm not gonna take it anymore!

    • Bart (watching ad): Oh my God! That's me!
      Lisa: (looks at tape) This isn't "Bart Sad", it's "Bart's Ad".
      Bart: Wait, I was in a commercial? I don't remember this at all. (pulls out Butterfinger and eats it)

    • Lisa: (on seeing a tape marked Bart Sad) If I ever needed proof of the existence of God, here it is!

    • Bart: (starting to cry) I'm gonna die in my jammies.

    • Tony Hawk: You're going down, Homer. Then up. Then down. Then back up again. That's how the game is played.

    • Homer: Psst, Mr. Hawk, may I have a word with you?
      Hawk: An extreme word?
      Homer: Sure. (loudly) MY SON IS BART SIMPSON AND…
      Hawk: I didn't say extreme to the max!
      Homer: Sorry, I just want to win my son back so badly.
      Hawk: I can relate. I'm a father myself. One day they're little shredders, and the next day they're grinding and gnashing their way to college.
      Homer: Yeah, I make up words too.

    • Bart: How could you make me Baby Stink-Breath and not even tell me?
      Homer: I was going to tell you on my deathbed.
      Marge: Honey, you did have a great time doing those commercials, and you made a lot of money.
      Bart: I did? Where is it?
      Marge: Your father invested it in the college trust fund which, today, must be worth a fo…
      Homer: La la la la la la la la la!
      Marge (groans): Of course, the stock market's been down lately, but their must be some sort of…
      Homer: La la la la la la la la nothing left la la la oh.
      Bart: You spent all the money I earned?
      Homer: I needed it. I had to buy back some incriminating photos. Look.
      (Flips through photos of Homer holding Bart over a railing)
      Homer: See, you're fine, and then, whoops! Uh-oh! Look out! Oh! I know this looks bad but if you reverse it, daddy's a hero. See? Watch… I saved you!

    • Lisa: That couch looks really pricy.
      Bart: Well, you need an expensive couch to watch an expensive TV.
      Homer: Of course, because you wouldn't want to I PAY FOR YOUR SPLENDOR YOU…
      (Homer chokes Bart)

    • Tony Hawk: Homer, you're heading for parental face plant! Do a 180 emotional ollie.
      Homer: Finally, someone explains it to me in words I can understand!

    • Homer: That's OK, his cute little hands can't even fit around my neck. (laughs)
      (Bart removes Homer's belt and starts choking him with it.)

    • Bart: Dad, you don't understand. This was never about being cool. It was about you not caring how I felt.
      Homer: Oh, that's the dumbest thing I ever heard, you stupid little kid.

    • Homer: Mmmm, garnish.

  • NOTES (8)

    • This is the most times Homer has said "Why you little" in a single episode.

    • It was originally said in snpp.com that, "Homer foolishly spent all the money on naming a star (which later went supernova) after the family." When the episode aired, it ended up having Homer buy back some incriminating photos of him accidentally dropping Bart over a railing. (See "Cultural References" below)

    • Although Sky One also promoted this as the 300th episode, "A Star Is Born-Again" aired before "Barting Over" in the UK, making this the 301st episode on Sky (counting BBC2's airings of "The Cartridge Family," the 302nd).

    • Blink-182 play their song "All the Small Things," from their album Enema Of The State.

    • This episode and the next episode "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can" aired back to back, something that hasn't been done on this show since 1996 when "Homerpalooza" and "Summer of 4'2"" ran back to back.

    • The opening credits cited this as the 300th episode, even though we know (and the producers knew) it wasn't. They allude to this when Marge asks Lisa how many times Homer's done something crazy, she replies, "It's 300, Mom." Marge then says she could've sworn it was 302, to which Lisa replies, "Shhh!"

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not (Bart then takes an ax to the blackboard, destroying it.)
      Couch Gag: The family (looking like gingerbread people) enters their gingerbread house style living room and takes their places on the couch. Homer then leans in front of Marge and takes a bite out of the top of Bart's head.

    • The voice work for this episode was done on April 24, 2002.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • The title "Barting Over" is a parody of the 1979 film Starting Over starring Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen.

    • Cletus's baby Condoleezza Marie is named after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie.

    • The commercial Homer does at the end is for "Viagra-gaine," a drug that grows hair and is also for impotence. The name of the medication is a play on the real drugs "Viagra" and "Rogaine," respectively used for impotence and hair growth.

    • Homer: Of all the sites of all the web, I had to click on to his.

      The line is updated paraphrase of Bogart's classic line "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine" from the classic 1942 film "Casablanca."

    • Bart: Well here I am, on my own. And I'm gonna make it, world!
      This is a spoof of the Mary Tyler Moore theme ("We're Gonna Make It After All.")

    • Announcer: Goldman Sachs, the skewed financial company.

      Goldman Sachs is a real financial company in New York City.

    • :
      A side of the apartment has an ad similar to those for Absolut Vodka. On the sign a bottle has green hairs with the words "Absolut Krusty" underneath it.

    • :
      When Homer and Tony Hawk have the duel in the air, it spoofs a type of fight scene seen in "Dragonball Z."

    • :
      The pictures that Homer had to waste Baby Bart's money on poke fun at one of the controversies surrounding Michael Jackson. This was the one where he appeared to be dangling his baby over the edge of the balcony of his room at a German hotel in late 2002. Early 2003 brought additional controversies and high ratings for network specials.

    • :
      When Bart talks about him not remembering he was in commercials, he eats a Butterfinger. The Simpson family and other Springfield residents have made several commercials for Butterfinger candy bars.